Tuesday, October 31, 2006

That Was Scary...

A kid just came to my door trick-or-treating dressed as George W. Bush. Sheesh... That's a good way to get shot. I'm still scared. Would it make me a bad person if I turned the porch lights off so no more children came, and I could eat all the skittles myself?

Monday, October 30, 2006

9th Congressional Debate - Part One

For those of you that don't know me, my name is Meg, and I will be a guest blogger on this site so that our friend David can focus more time on law school. I'm glad to do it, even though I am in school myself, because while the world might not need any more lawyers, we certainly do need more lawyers like David Holt.

David had a prior commitment and asked me to go to Saturday’s Congressional debate in his place. I did so, and my overall impression was that all candidates did a good job of keeping themselves on message and for the most part avoiding personal attacks. But I am going to get into that more in my next post. What I want to discuss here is the downright depressing showing from some of Jake Ford's supporters.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a volunteer for Cohen’s campaign. He has represented me very well in the state senate since I moved to Memphis. I have no reason to believe he won’t do the same on a national level. I have voted early for Cohen and will continue to support him as a Congressman as long as I am still pleased with his performance. This is the same attitude I have always had towards Harold Ford Jr. during his time in the 9th Congressional seat, save for some of his more recent votes.

In general, I vote for the Democratic candidate (unless he or she is a murderer or something), and as a general rule I never vote Republican. If I find myself totally dissatisfied with both major party candidates, I am not adverse to voting for an independent candidate, or writing in a name in order to vote against the others.

The reason I want to cover this debate in two separate posts is because I want my report on the debate itself to be neutral. However, I cannot be neutral about the atrocious behavior of some in the Jake Ford camp. I have some anger to get out, and there are a few things that need to be said. I’d prefer to keep that aspect out of my review of the actual debate.

When I arrived at Lemoyne-Owen, there were several young men carrying homemade signs in the parking lot. One read “Adam and Eve, not Steve and Steve”. Another was made to look like a Confederate flag, and said “No Confederates” and I think “Cohen” with an X through it. It was obvious that these were Jake Ford supporters. I’m not sure if they were there on their own or of they were paid to be there, but it hardly matters because Jake Ford and his people were there too. They were parked right by the men with the homemade signs. If this was not the message the Ford campaign wanted to project, they could have asked them to put their signs away and given them official Jake Ford signage. They did not do so and their extremely negative and hate-filled message is what remains.

The “Steve and Steve” sign is a reference to one of the claims Ford has made about Steve Cohen, that he supports gay marriage. It does not seem to matter that this claim is patently false. Jake Ford knows it is a lie and does not care. He believes it will get him more votes, so he continues to repeat the claim. In fact, Jake Ford and Steve Cohen have near identical views on the matter, both are in support of civil unions and against gay marriage. Ford has implied on many occasions, including a different televised debate, that Cohen himself might be gay, a charge that he bases only on the fact that Cohen is not married (Jake Ford is also single). Jake Ford knows this isn’t true. His father, Harold Sr., also knows it isn’t true. But to them, it seems, preserving the Ford Family Seat is more important than truth.

The Confederate sign is so inane it almost belongs in the “too loony to even mention” category, except that calling Steve Cohen a Confederate is so vile, so absolutely, unforgivably depraved, that I think it should be addressed. First of all, is the KKK accepting Jewish people now? Because if they are, was not aware of it. I was under the impression that the ignorant, knuckle-dragging neanderthals that populate the Klan hated Jewish people just as much as they hate all non-white people. If I’m wrong about that, please correct me.

Secondly, all anyone has to do is look at Steve Cohen’s record to see where he stands on civil rights issues. If checking his record is too much work, perhaps Democracy itself is too much work and we should all pack it in and surrender to the Bush monarchy.

Besides the total absurdity of the signs themselves, what really made me sad was the vicious racism that they displayed. It seems that Jake Ford has nothing else to run on besides the fact that he is black, and his last name is Ford. After all, this has been the refrain from the Jake Ford camp for months now. But what never ceases to amaze me is that this really is all that Jake Ford has to run on. Stoking racism and hatred can only be a detriment to this district. How can someone who uses racist tactics to win an election (as Bob Corker and the RNC have tried to do against Ford’s brother) expect people to believe that he will be a benefit to the 9th district?

I do not know Jake Ford personally. Anything I do know about him is by reputation or by his campaign message. I would like to think that he is not actually racist. Racism is immoral. Using racism to get ahead both immoral and deeply cynical. I’m not sure which is worse.

When Tennessee could be on the brink of electing their first black Senator in Harold Ford, (a great landmark no matter how you feel about him) why does his brother’s campaign insist on dragging the 9th district, and indeed the state, back down into the putrid mud of racial hatred?

But What About the State Senate?

That was quick. I already have someone emailing asking how the state legislature will swing. There aren't public polls for that, and I'm not in the races that matter there so I can only go on conventional wisdom. I don't think that there's much chance of us losing the state house. In the State Senate, we'd have to hold all our own seats (which I think we will) and pick up two more. Those seats are that of traitorous former Democrat Don Mcleary who got elected using state Democratic money and promptly switched parties. A conservative Democrat has been put up against him, but the name escapes me at the moment. The other race that matters is that of former State Senator Bob Rochelle who is looking to take revenge on crazy Mae Beavers who defeated him in the wake of the anti-income-tax backlash. I don't see us having much odds of winning both of these seats back, but it is definitely possible. The scandals among certain Democrats in the state legislature won't make that easy though. My money would be on Rochelle being the more likely of the two to defeat the incumbent Republican. From all I've heard, he's been kicking her butt at debates, but my knowledge is very limited.

UPDATE: Oh. Apparently you are wondering about Mike Kernell and Ophelia Ford and Ivon Faulkner (sp?). Mike and Ophelia will waltz to reelection. You can quote me on that. Partisan turnout alone will seal these races. Ivon is a very polished and capable campaigner from what little I have seen of him. Nevertheless, the district is way too Republican to expect much from him.

Wow... Election Predictions...

Wow is all I can say about the latest Majority Watch polls showing the Dems picking up as many as 45 seats. Half of those are in the margin of error, but that is still incredible. The 15 needed to pick up the House are all but guaranteed. I'm sticking with predicting a 20 seat pickup, but I am too-young to really remember a wave so I may well be a pessimist.

In the Senate we pretty much have Rhode Island, Ohio, Montana, and Pennsylvania locked up. Control falls to who wins in New Jersey (our only seat at risk), Virgina, Missouri, and Tennessee.

New Jersey: Polls have been showing momentum for the Democrat, the state is incredibly expensive to compete in, and polls always underrepresent the Democrats so we should be safe here. That means we need two out of the three remaining.

Virginia: If Allen loses, he did it to himself. Two polls come out today showing Webb with a 5 point lead. This is the first 5-poll average lead that he has had. Virginia is also one of the few states with a superior ground game for the Democrats.

Missouri: This race has been tied (literally) for months. Talent has more money, but Claire has the benefit of ballot initiatives that may increase the Democratic turnout (stem-cell research and the minimum wage).

Tennessee: Both candidates have problems with their bases that cancel each other out. In a neutral climate, Corker would win. The Republican base is larger, but the Democratic base is so hungry for power that most will hold their nose and vote for Ford. Ford's charisma and the overall narrative could well carry the day but over-selling the "racist Republican" aspect of the Republican could backfire with independent voters.

If I was a betting man, I'd say we picked up 20 in the House and 6 in the Senate. I am probably underestimating in the House, if I'm wrong. In the Senate, we're as likely to win 5 as 7.

And Another Welcome

Desi Franklin will also be joining my eclectic band of bloggers during my hiatus. Desi is a lawyer, a leader of Mid-South Democrats in Action, and serves with me on the steering committee (and formerly as a vice-chairman) of the Shelby County Democratic Party.

Three Cheers for Mamaw and Papaw!!!

Margo's mamaw and papaw voted the other day. Get this, they voted NO on Amendment 1. These two are traditionally hardcore Republicans. They are dead-set against gay marriage, but they also didn't think "we needed to be messing with the constitution." In addition, they voted for 3 Democrats this time (Bill Morrison, Randy Rinks, and Phil Bredesen.) So, let's hear it for mamaw and papaw!!!

Rally for Cohen!!!


Time: 4:00pm

Location: Cohen Headquarters

1803 Union Ave

Date: Saturday November 4, 2006

Details: Bring home-made signs that express Democratic Unity and Victory

Thank you


Friday, October 27, 2006

Wes Clark Endorses Bill

General Wes Clark Endorses Bill Morrison
Citing Challenges at Home and Abroad…
Clark says, “People of Tennessee Need a Representative Like Bill”

Immediate Release Contact: Erick Mullen
(202) 409-8803 or emullen@securingamerica.com

October 27, 2006 Little Rock, AR. Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander General Wesley Clark today endorses the candidacy of Bill Morrison for Congress in Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District.

General Clark said, “America needs new leadership in Congress. Today American families face many difficult challenges at home and abroad. There has never been a time when foreign affairs were as closely linked to the daily lives of Tennesseans as they are now. We are fighting the causes of terrorism that threaten our homes and we must prepare for a changing global economy that demands America train its people to compete in the world marketplace for the best jobs. That is exactly why we need Bill Morrison in Congress to fight for us in Washington, DC and I am pleased to endorse him today.

“An Army veteran, and history teacher, nominated as Disney Teacher of the year in 2005, Bill is the ideal person to help put this country back on the right track. He understands what it means to serve his country, is fully committed to full funding for the VA so no veterans are denied health care. Bill Morrison will help ensure that our military receives the best equipment and training available. I believe that as a Congressman, Bill will bring fresh ideas to creating affordable healthcare for all our citizens, focus on the meeting the needs of the middle class and promote education.”
General Wesley K. Clark is a retired four-star general and served as the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe where he commanded NATO forces and directed Operation Allied Force in the Balkans, putting a stop to the ethnic cleansing by the Serbs. More recently, he was drafted in 2003 to seek the Democratic nomination for President. General Clark remains engaged in public policy and private business development. Authoring two books, Waging Modern Wars and Winning Modern Wars, he and his wife, Gert, still live in Little Rock. He can be reached through his website, www.securingamerica.com.

See You Tonight

The Morrison Campaign will issue a Special Announcement at tonight's fundraiser. DON'T MISS IT!

Join Senator Rosalind Kurita in support of Bill Morrison at the Fun Fund Raiser this evening Friday, October 27.

The silent auction features a variety of things up for bid including a special mystery item, live music featuring CJ and Brian, a book signing by Jim Derych, Confessions of a Former Diitohead, food, libations and the debut of a special song.
The fun begins at 7 p.m. sharp at the home of Brian and Nancy Kuhn. 2616 Countrywood Pkwy. Call Nancy at 388-6156 if you need directions.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

More Ads For Bill




Morrison-Represent All TN

Watch them. Forward them. Send him some cash and manpower. Bill is a fighting Dem taking the fight to a corrupt and inattentive Congresswoman.

Because Breaking the Law is Fun...

Just ask Jake Ford. When your last name is Ford, campaign filing deadlines don't apply to you. They only apply to those other people who aren't cool professional wrestlers. Also, notice that Jake has managed to raise a grand total of $20,000. People are really clamoring to get this guy into Congress aren't they?

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Memphis Flyer on Bill

Read it here. Also be sure and come to the House Party for Bill Friday.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The CA on Bill

Voters who want to protest all that [Blackburn's steadfast support of the Bush administration]have a viable candidate in Democratic nominee Bill Morrison, an Army Reserves veteran who teaches social studies at Southwind Middle School.

Morrison is an intelligent, independent and personable centrist with a firm grasp of domestic and international issues. If he should pull off one of the biggest upsets of the election, the Seventh District would be in capable hands.

Republicans Curl Into the Fetal Position and Whimper

From the often annoying The Note of ABC

In three straight national elections and scores of legislative and public relations battles, the Bush-Rove-Mehlman political machine has rarely lost to the Democrats in over six years.

Now, on the brink of what many believe will be a midterm election in which Democrats will win big, the Republican Party finds itself in a position to which it is unaccustomed.

How is the Grand Old Party handling all this?

By either cause or effect (or, perhaps, both), Republicans are acting like Democrats.

To wit:

1. They are suffering from the classic "nothing is sticking" lack of confidence, so they are switching messages nearly as fast as they can come up with them, guaranteeing that, well, nothing will stick: "Pelosi is liberal," "Rangel is liberal," "they will raise your taxes," "they are unethical," "they will let the terrorists win," "CNN shows snipers," "Democrats won't give you energy independence," etc. If it's Thursday, it must be "Harry Reid Is Unethical Day!"

2. They are playing the intra-party blame game: the White House is blaming the Hill; congressional staffers are blaming the party's 2008 presidential candidates; the campaign committees are blaming the campaigns; the campaign strategists are blaming the White House and the candidates; the candidates are blaming everybody (but themselves).

3. They are overreacting to good poll news — and to bad poll news.

4. They are making spending decisions with the certainty with which most Americans pick lottery numbers.

5. Their lobbyists and Gang of 500 members are not only resigned to losing, but thinking it might be better for the country and the party if they did.

6. They have forgotten what it is like to be in the minority.

7. They have forgotten that using exact language matters.

8. They keep WAITING to win two news cycles in a row, by providence, rather than executing a plan to do just that.

9. They are filling the papers with blind and on-the-record quotes predicting defeat and doing pre-game post mortems.

10. They don't know what they stand for, but promise a focused search for it.

11. They feel they would rather be the other team than themselves as far as strategic positioning is concerned.

12. They are watching helplessly as the other side hides many of its real positions with steely discipline.

13. They are seeing the opposition live more than they are by the dictum "what's mine is mine, and what's yours let's talk about" regarding groups such as rural voters, religious voters, and fiscal conservatives.

13. They are forgetting the famous Franklin axiom: We must all hang

Had Enough?

Had enough?



Bill Morrison
Democratic candidate for U.S. Congressional District 7

Help send him to Washington

Special Guest

Senator Rosalind Kurita

Live music by CJ and Brian“,

Silent Auction,

Jim Derych, author of

Confessions of a Former Dittohead,

will autograph copies and donate the proceeds to Bills campaign.

Buy one for yourself and a friend.

New poll shows that District 7 is WINNABLE!!

Friday, Oct 27 7 9 pm

2616 Countrywood Pkwy

Home of Brian and Nancy Kuhn


Not That Kind of Purist

I get several emails a day concerning this blog. Most comments are positive, but of course my posts regarding the Tennessee Waltz, unsavory campaign tactics, and Harold Ford Jr.’s undermining of a fellow Democrat have all generated their own angry letters. There seems to be a trend (mostly among the negative letter-writers) of perceiving me as a bit of a liberal ideological purist. I find this kind of amusing actually; as I’m sure some of my blogging brethren such as the Cracker and Brassmask would have a coronary if we argued certain issues. In truth, I am a purist, but not THAT kind of purist.

I refer to myself as a liberal in the title of the blog, and I consider myself as such. I want to take that word back. It’s not an insult, it’s a label of pride. As President Kennedy said:
"If by a 'Liberal' they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a 'Liberal,' then I'm proud to say I'm a 'Liberal.'"
-John F. Kennedy

When it comes to issues like universal healthcare, living wages, education, environmental protection, and civil rights I am an unabashed and unashamed liberal. However, when it comes to issues such as abortion, gun rights, the military, and fiscal responsibility, I am closer to the center, though by no means to the right. To win we need to be a big tent party, and I can tolerate a certain amount of space between my positions and those of my representatives when necessary without complaint.

I am also a partisan. Even when there are differences between me and a politician, I will stick with my party because united we can achieve more than we can divided. However, I expect my politicians to show this same unity. I can tolerate a politician who votes with the Republicans at times. I cannot tolerate a politician who bashes his or her own party and uses right wing talking points against it. This is my problem with both Ford and Lieberman even more than their stances on issues. Both are the go-to Democrats to attack our party on television and validate whatever the day’s right-wing attacks are.

Where I am a purist is on ethics. It seems I have angered a number of you with my denunciations of indicted politicians. I do not apologize for this. I have no tolerance for the betrayal of the public trust that these politicians have committed. An elected official should be above even the appearance of impropriety. I make more fuss about the Democrats indicted because I expect more out of my own side.

I also have a strong distrust and distaste for political dynasties. I feel that they are dangerous to Democracy. Besides that, look at what happens to the subsequent generations. We get Jake Ford dropping out of high school and getting arrested, Patrick Kennedy getting drunk and driving into pieces of the capitol, George W. Bush doing almost anything he does, and both currently elected Hooks getting indicted for bribery. The sense of entitlement they have is disgusting. Harold Sr. and Jake, for example, really feel that we owe them political seats. We owe them power. We owe them the chance to enrich themselves. We owe them our fasting when they get caught with their bribes.

I love my party. It stands for equal opportunity. It stands for the people over the powerful. It stands for the values that I hold dear. What it does not stand for is enriching the corrupt, electing the incompetent, or attacking the very values our party represents. Candidates who stand for those things are no longer Democrats in my book. They are criminals, machines, or Republicans. I don’t vote for any of those three groups. I will not be blogging on the Senate race in TN again. I wish Ford the best, but I cannot support him. I hope we take back the Senate, but I also can find nothing else to vote for him for. That really pains me to say as I once had such hope for him. For those of you who feel the same, please send a few bucks to the races in MO or VA. For those of you who support Ford, get out there and work for him. The rest of you, get out there and work for someone like Kernell or Cohen or Morrison. We are down to the wire. The complaining is over. Go knock on some doors.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Jake on MySpace

This is SO wrong, and yet SO funny.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

The Cracker Speaks.

The Dean of the Memphis progressive blogosphere speaks and speaks well.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Ford Makes My Choice For Me.

From the Commercial Appeal:

"Now, it appears that State Senator Steve Cohen and Mayor Bob Corker are singing from the same Ford family attack hymnal. I know that Bob Corker is attacking my family because he has come up short on ideas and answers in this campaign. I didn't know that ... Cohen was suffering from the same problem." and this:

"State Senator Cohen and I disagree on several significant issues. He's for gay marriage; I'm not. He's for amnesty for illegals; I'm not. He's for legalizing marijuana; I'm not. He's for a cut-and-run strategy in Iraq; I'm for a new plan to partition Iraq into three regions to ensure that we leave it better than we found it."

From me:

"Ford is for budget breaking tax-cuts for the rich. I'm not. Ford is for the credit card companies over consumers. I'm not. Ford is for torture. Ford is for wars based on lies. I'm not. He's for demonizing Democrats for being unpatriotic; I'm not. He's for his family over everything. I'm not. He's for millions of dollars of lobbying contracts for his father. I'm not. He's for loving the worst President in decades; I'm not. He's for keeping seats in his family no matter what. I'm not. He's for his own ambition over anything else. I could go on for hours, but I'm not. Suffice it to say that Jr. is a fucktard."

A Rousing Welcome...

It's coming up to that time of the law school semester where life as one knows it gets pushed aside in favor of briefing, outlining, researching, and generally being the world's biggest nerd. As such, for the month after Election Day I will be taking a sabbatical from blogging. Don't worry though (or for those of you pro-corrupt-politician readers out there- don't get too excited) because I will be back and in the mean-time we have a great slate of writers joining the blog. Already you can see on the left Brad Watkins, founder and organizer of Democracy For Memphis. Soon a fellow teacher and DFM member, Meg, will be joining, as will President of the University of Memphis College Democrats, John Marek. With that line-up I fully expect to have the local blogosphere conquered by February. Enjoy the new guys!!!

Fundraiser For Bill


Had enough?



Bill Morrison
Democratic candidate for U.S. Congressional District 7

Help send him to Washington

Special Guest

Senator Rosalind Kurita

Live music by CJ and Brian,

Silent Auction,

Jim Derych, author of

Confessions of a Former Dittohead,

will autograph copies and donate the proceeds to Bill’s campaign.

Buy one for yourself and a friend.

New poll shows that District 7 is WINNABLE!!

Friday, Oct 27 7 - 9 pm

2616 Countrywood Pkwy

Home of Brian and Nancy Kuhn


Friday, October 20, 2006

The Official Holt Ballot

Vote Holt Because I'm a Holt:

Senate: Greg Holt Jr.

Congress: John Holt

County Commission: Barry Holt

State Senate: Kathy Holt

Clerk: Henry Holt (No relation, but vote for him anyways so people don't get confused.)

City Council: Larry Holt

President of Cell Block 152: James Holt

Greedy Corporate Lobbyist: Greg Holt Sr.

Paid For By Holts For The Sake of Holts: Joe Lieberman Treasurer

And if you don't vote for us then I hope it's not for "personal reasons."

The Ballot for Prima Donnas...

Political offices should be kept in the family. As such, don't vote for anyone on the ballot. Use the write-in button to write-in your brother, father, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Don't be shy. You deserve this because you are a Ford/Smith/Evans/Doe/Green/Carter/Whatever. All seats should be held by your family because you're just that cool. Don't worry about their lack of qualifications, intelligence, or sobriety. Credit history and arrest records are irrelevant. All that matters is they have the right last name. All political offices belong to you after all. Nepotism rules. Enjoy your voting.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Make Jake's Dream Come True...

Jake is only running for Congress because he failed in following his dream of becoming a wrestler. Sean in Nashville is lobbying the WWE to help Jake pursue his dreams of gratuitous violence and televised spectacle. Help him out.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

A Whole Campaign Staff of Unstable Punks...

According to Joe Ford Jr. Jake Ford's campaign is calling him up and threatening him like a bunch of gang thugs. I knew Jake was unstable, but it appears his campaign is composed entirely of unstable people.

Harold Ford Sr. should put his ego and lobbying contracts to the side for a moment and get his kid some psychological help before he really goes psycho.

Mocking Jake "Batshit Crazy" Ford...

The mocking of our resident moron, Jake Ford, is zooming across the state from Memphis to Nashville to Knoxville. Here's the latest from Nashville. Just like our Idiot Leader, Jake is a "uniter, not a divider."

Vote Bill...


Watch this ad and send it out to all your friends.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The Tennessean Endorses Morrison

Morrison, an Army veteran and middle school teacher in Shelby County, characterizes himself as a conservative both fiscally and socially. He says he would like to put aside party labels. He advocates tackling various issues with new approaches, such as establishing partnerships between government and businesses to solve many public policy issues. While that may be easier said than done, Morrison appears to have enthusiasm for trying new ways of tackling old problems. He seems well versed in the vast array of issues facing the nation.

While not especially criticizing President Bush, Morrison believes Congress has dropped the ball on its responsibilities for policies regarding the war in Iraq.

He particularly favors full funding for veterans benefits. He favors more-targeted tax cuts and says he will be a strong voice for middle-class citizens.

Jake Ford: Batshit Crazy...

But we all knew that already. Read all about it here.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Jr., Senior, and Jake Ford Can Go To Hell...

I received a robocall from Harold Ford Jr. to come to a rally just down the road on Summer Avenue. Read about that rally here. Harold Sr. spoke in place of Jr. and spoke in favor of Jake Ford and against Steve Cohen. That was an official event of the Jr. campaign where a speaker for the campaign actively attacks the Democratic nominee and works for an opponent of the Democrat. The Senate would have been nice.

A bit of the speech:

And, as I close, let me just sayÂ…I have to say this because thereÂ’s one person here whoÂ’s with one of the newspapers. You know, I have another son named Jake. And this newspaper never calls me. They donÂ’t have the respect to call us. And this newspaper is talking about my son, Jake Ford. And, you know, I respect the newspaper. I donÂ’t think they have any ill intention. I just think they just donÂ’t know the facts.

The 9th Congressional District has had solid representation. And there have been those who’ve been talking about Jake Ford. But until they saw him on that debate on last Sunday, you wouldn’t have believed it if you’d been reading that certain newspaper in this town. I mean, here it is that when he was confronted with the crisis the other day about Jake being arrested –-he was a teenager, all of those things were dropped; he was never convicted of anything.

I mean, he was a teenager. And if someone would think that IÂ’m not going to support my son Jake Â… IÂ’m a proud papa! IÂ’m a proud papa. If someone would tell me that Jake is running as an independent and IÂ’m a Democrat, well, Jake is a Democrat. Jake couldnÂ’t have been raised in my house unless he was a Democrat! And a person was saying, I want a real Â… Well, there ainÂ’t no more real Democrat than me! Jake is a product of me. HeÂ’s a part of me. If you like what you had in the past, donÂ’t give it up now!

His opposition won’t even come to the community and ask for their votes. He’ll run and put out pictures and put out press releases and try to distort my son. I’m asking all of you: Don’t let this man reject (sic) Jake Ford Jr. Now, (sic) Jake Ford Jr. is the man that you need. And I promise you that (sic) Jake Ford Jr. – he don’t believe in no same-sex marriages! We’re from a Christian city here. He doesn’t believe in legalizing marijuana. This man that’s running against Jake wants some sex shops running in downtown Memphis on a Sunday! That’s our religious holiday. He shouldn’t be doing that and then saying he’s the most liberal Democrat. He is too liberal! I mean, paramutual betting. And this lottery! A lottery ain’t nothing but a tax on poor people. And why would you brag about lottery. And the very people that the lottery’s supposed to help are the very people that can’t go to college and benefit from it. So I say to you: Trust me, you trusted me as your congressman. We don’t know much about the other person. He missed 49 percent of his votes in 18 years in the state Senate.

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

To hide from mean ole reporters who ask mean questions about unfair things like issues.

Hattip to Wintermute and Farmer.

Moustache Power

See, I'm not just frumpy and unkempt (although I am that.) The boys over at the DCCC have started growing "Moustaches for the Majority" as one of those juvenile hair games of manly solidarity that we all remember from high school sports. They're showing their Democratic pride in a way previously limited to porn stars and cops. Check them out, and grow yours out.

Go Republican for Senate?

I hate to say it, but I'm rooting for a Republican to pick up steam in the Senate race in CT. With Republicans behind him, Joe Lieberman has been ahead in the general election the whole time. The media and Republican party have ignored the Republican nominee in favor of Lieberman. As long as the GOP nominee stayed at 4% in the polls, the race was Lieberman's to lose. However, the debate featured all three candidates. From this account, the spurned candidate soared. If he can pick up 10-15% of the votes then Lamont is in. I'm not saying that's going to happen, but I do have to say for the first time in my life GO GOP!!!

Volunteer for Bill

Morrison Supporters,

Now is the time to inconvenience ourselves, roll up our sleeves and do what it takes to make a change in Washington. Just for a few short weeks, let's spend our time and energy to get Bill elected.

We need to keep the phone calls going. This week we are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 6 to 8:30 and this Saturday from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the UFCW Union at 8205 Macon Rd. in Cordova. Eight to ten people a night would make a difference for Bill.

We need poll workers outside each of the busiest early voting locations in the 7th district. Early voting begins this Wednesday. Our primary goal is to cover at least from 4 to 7 p.m. during the week and all day on Saturdays. If we can do more, that just means more votes for Bill. It's fun to pair up with someone else at the polls, so if you have spouses, students, neighbors, friends, groups who could help, all are welcome.

It would be a tremendous help if each of you could hit reply and let me know the dates and activity you prefer.


Barbara Williams
Volunteer Coordinator

If You're Going...

To Marsha Blackburn... You're gonna ask some meanie questions there... (In my head I just sang that to an off-key version of "If You're Going to San Francisco, but I digress.)

A few off-the-cuff ideas.
1. Why are you taking illegal contributions?
2. Why are you using campaign contributions to enrich your family?
3. Should the members of the House Leadership such as Hastert and Reynolds who covered up for child-sex-predator Foley resign?
4. Why not?
5. Will you ask them for their resignation now? Why not?
6. How does covering up for those who prey on children for political gain square with family values?
7. With the deficit, the loss of life from the war, the scandals, and the lack of progress on any issues such as immigration this term, why should voters not choose someone new?
8. How does it feel to be in the leadership of a Congress that has been in session as little as the famous "Do-nothing Congress?"

Add more to the comments.

Whining Versus Running...

Our friends over at the Flypaper Theory have been mocking green party candidate Chris Lugo and riling up Jim Maynard and Brassmask. I'm not going to get into the fashion-magazine insult realm of my good-buddy Pesky, but he does have some strong points. Too often people complain about the two party system, or the lack of progressive values in the Democratic Party, or conservative values in the Republican party, or moderate values in either party, but they do nothing more. Just complaining about candidates or just putting up a third-party candidate in a top-tier race does nothing. The candidates you complain about win or lose without you and without caring what you think. The spoiler goes down to an unnoticed defeat. Real change requires shoe-leather and patience, folks. It may not be sexy to knock on doors for a school-board candidate or county commissioner or a referendum, but that is where change happens. These are the races where money is less important and a race can be decided by who knocks on more doors. This is also where the farm-team for higher offices come from. Build from the ground up, not the top down. The issue that you raise in an issue-campaign can spread to other places. The candidate you elect to the school board can run for mayor then governor then President. Or you can just be unhappy without progress. Put your time and money where your mouth is. Railing against the establishment may be fun, but it's little more. Taking over the establishment now that's when the fun really starts. Just ask our comrades in the Christian right.

Brave Sir Jake, He Bravely Ran Away...

The River City Mud Bugle reports that Jake Ford is running away from tonight's debate. First he demanded that another moderator be added along with Jackson Baker. That demand was met with Richard Ransom. Nevertheless, Jake pulled out, apparently incensed at, among other things, Jackson describing the candidate as "slim, well-groomed and reasonably well-spoken."

The absurdity of that comment being an insult aside, Jackson is nothing if not a fair moderator. He has moderated forums on countless issues and races and I have never heard anyone complain. Besides, I imagine Steve Cohen had qualms about Halimah Abdullah being a questioner recently. You know what he did? He went to the debate without complaint and answered questions like a man. If Jake is in this race to have debates as he claims, maybe this means he's withdrawing. Either that, or it means he's a coward.

Meet Everyone's Favorite Wingnut...

Want to Meet Marsha?

Everyone who has expressed an interest in meeting Marsha, here is your opportunity! She will be in Arlington at the Town Hall Center at 8 a.m. this Friday, October 20. It is a visit to the Chamber of Commerce as an elected official and is not considered a campaign stop. The room capacity is about 75. There is a possibility that she may take some questions...

For more information:

Arlington Chamber of Commerce: 867-0545

Marsha Blackburn's Bartlett Office: 382-5811

www.arlingtontnchamber.com (copy and paste into your browser window)

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Congressional Predictions

Please note the new addition to the lefthand column of the blog. The projections for the House and Senate races will be updated there daily.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Prayer Request...

Please keep Ann Sandberg in your prayers. She is in the hospital at the moment, and has been struggling with health problems for a while, as many of you know. Her and her husband, Don, are two of the most loyal and hard-working Democrats (and all-around great people) that I know.

Fasting for the Corrupt Ones...


Roscoe Dixon has been sentenced to 5 years and 3 months for accepting bribes as a state senator. He will be out for the next month or two as he waits for an expected appeal. In the meantime, I can only assume that he will again be calling for us to fast in sympathy for him. As you may can tell, I am less than sympathetic. Any time any politician breaks the public trust, whatever their party, the utmost scorn and derision should be heaped on them. This is one of the rare times when I believe in unapologetic bipartisanship. I have no patience for corruption. With that said, I like the sentence. It was the minimum possible (the sentence could have been as much as 90 years.) It's enough for him to pay for his crimes. Assuming that this also ends his political career completely then I'm happy.

Jake Ford: A Tribute to His Family and City


The Memphis Flyer and the CA both report on Jake's troubled past and present today. Jake has been arrested for marijuana use, DUI, assaulting his father, and assaulting his girlfriend. There are also unconfirmed reports (supposedly coming from Edmund Ford's wife)that he also assaulted his father and brother last year. The articles go on to describe Jake insulting his brother as a "prima-donna" and saying the he (Jake) got all the political smarts in the family. For all their faults, I've never thought of the Fords as stupid, but if Jake got all the smarts than I'm surprised they can even find their own name on the voting machines.

The Ford family is not all in with Jake's candidacy (See, they are smart.) Cousin Joe Ford Jr. and Aunt Ophelia Ford are both supporting Cohen. I can't blame them. Jake Ford would be an embarrassment to both the district and the family. That's reason enough to vote against him. What really makes me sick, however, are the assaults. Having grown up living with an abuser, I say that any man who ever attacks a woman (or a child) not only doesn't deserve to be in Congress, but deserves to be drug by their balls into an alley and have the shit beaten out of them.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Come on You Brady Bunch Fans...

Do you cringe when right-wing wackjobs riot in the state capitol?

Does your blood pressure rise when politicians use their positions to enrich their family?

Do you think the leadership of the "family values party" covering up for sex-predators is disgusting?

Do you want to take the fight to a Republican in their own territory and turn this state a beautiful tinge of purpleish blue?

Then click here!!!

Take Down Marsha...

The Bill Morrison campaign is reporting a poll showing them within 7% of Marsha Blackburn, 47 to 40. This is a chance to put the Republicans on the defensive in a red district. Marsha Blackburn is as conservative as they come and high up in the leadership. Not only do we have a chance at taking her down, but any momentum and votes Bill gets, win or lose, will help the whole ticket, Jr. included, in the district. If you can, hit the streets for him. Make some phone calls. Give some money. I'm about to give for the third time. We have a choice between a progressive veteran and teacher or a right-wing nut-job. Let's fight the good fight on this one.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Ford for the Sake of Fords...


I repeat my previous assertion that if Jake is getting stomped then I will vote to take back the Senate. If Ford for the sake of Ford has a chance of winning, then screw the Senate. My city comes first and the corrupt-race-baiting-I'm-entitled-to-a-political-seat-because-of-my-last-name family can all go to hell. I'll vote against whichever of them happen to be on the ballot. I have spoken to Jake twice now. I think the guy is truly unstable. The idea of Sr. and company trying to shove this down my throat enrages me. I want the Senate bad, but if it takes losing the Senate to save the city, I'll do it.

Help the Democratic Ticket

Volunteers needed for State Rep. Mike Kernell campaign
This Saturday we are going out into areas around the University of Memphis, trying to swing votes for the entire Democratic Ticket. If you want to be able to say " That I contributed to a winning ticket," come help this Saturday afternoon. We are conducting a coordinated campaign effort and are looking for help for Democrats who want the entire Democratic ticket to win. Come hand out Kernell literature along with other Democratic Nominee candidates in the University of Memphis area.
Garibaldi's at 12:30 pm every Saturday before the election, light leafletting now: and also, putting up yardsigns starting October 21st.
Garibaldi's is located on Walker, near the University of Memphis, across from the Tiger Bookstore.
For more information contact Jody Hurt Patterson at 282-1358 11 am- 11pm Monday- Saturday and 1-5pm on Sundays or Mike Kernell at 870-1526 11am-11pm daily.
Or you may e-mail Jody at campaignmanager@mikekernell.com
The Kernell Campaign

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Smell the Saltwater in the Air...

How Can the Democrats NOT Win the House ... and the Senate?

By Stuart Rothenberg

After looking at the news for the past 10 days or so, I have to wonder how Democrats can possibly fail in their efforts to take both the House and the Senate.

The national atmospherics don’t merely favor Democrats; they set the stage for a blowout of cosmic proportions next month.

No, that’s not a prediction, since Republicans still have a month to “localize” enough races to hold onto one or both chambers of Congress. But you don’t have to be Teddy White or V.O. Key to know that the GOP is now flirting with disaster.

Let’s forget all of the niceties and diplomatic language and cut to the obvious truth: From the White House to Capitol Hill, Republicans look inept. And that assertion is based on what Republicans are saying. Democratic rhetoric is much harsher and, therefore, easier to dismiss as partisan claptrap.

The Iraq War is going poorly, with daily reports of mounting casualties and little evidence that American policy is achieving its goals. Bob Woodward’s book and the leaked National Intelligence Estimate give more fodder to critics of the White House, undercutting President Bush’s fundamental argument about the war against terror. If Iraq indeed is the front line of the war against terror, then the war on terror isn’t going well, is it?

Republicans failed to produce anything meaningful over the past couple of years on the president’s top priorities, Social Security reform and immigration. And now in the wake of the scandal surrounding former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), the House leadership looks like the Keystone Cops.

You can be sure that the Foley mess will percolate for a while, as Democrats and journalists ask House Republicans what they knew and when they knew it. Instead of being able to focus on their accomplishments in office or their challengers’ warts, Republican House Members running for re-election will have to spend too much of their time answering questions about the scandal.

Even before the Foley eruption and the Woodward book, the president’s job rating stood at 42 percent, with fewer than one in three Americans believing the country was headed in the right direction.

The Woodward book is a serious problem for Republicans, even though many conservatives and supporters of the White House will dismiss it as the product of a biased media. Once again, the administration looks divided, and the “who said what to whom” discussion reminds Americans of the policy’s failures.

On the campaign front, Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) has turned an easy re-election victory into a nail-biter. Allen still may win, but that certainly is not a foregone conclusion. Because Democratic challenger Jim Webb has no legislative record to dissect, it isn’t clear that Allen has enough ammunition to demonize his opponent. The idea that Allen is trying to regain his footing in the race by portraying Webb as someone who doesn’t favor treating women equally qualifies as either strange or funny.

Over in Tennessee, the general election campaign of Republican Bob Corker has been underwhelming. Unlike Webb in Virginia, Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D), Corker’s opponent, does have a voting record that allows Republicans to paint him as a liberal. (Yes, Ford also has votes that allow him to make the opposite case.) But so far, Republicans haven’t made the headway I’d expected them to make, and Ford surely is running a better race than Corker is.

The Pennsylvania Senate race now looks nearly impossible for Republican Sen. Rick Santorum to win. He is stuck around 40 percent in the ballot test, and the gubernatorial race has become a blowout for Gov. Ed Rendell (D). I see no possible roadmap for a Santorum victory, unless, of course, challenger Bob Casey Jr. (D) does something that is mind-bogglingly stupid. And I don’t anticipate that happening.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which over the past 10 years or so has been the most consistently effective campaign committee, is once again doing everything it can to demolish strong Democratic challengers and open-seat hopefuls. This time, however, its efforts may not be enough, given the national environment.

At this point in the cycle, with four weeks to go, Democrats have enough credible candidates and enough resources to win both the House and the Senate. It’s quite possible that a handful of lower-second-tier, and even some third-tier, Democrats could be swept into the House by an anti-Republican wave, giving Democrats a bigger gain than I had heretofore been estimating.

Republicans may counter that while they have messed up, Democrats haven’t done anything to deserve control of Congress. Sure, I can buy that. But that’s not how our system works. Democrats don’t have to offer an agenda. They don’t have to offer a list of unquestionably able committee chairmen. They don’t have to understand that their election isn’t a mandate for anything — except change.

Given that the past two years produced little good news for the GOP, and the past week has produced even worse news, it’s hard to see how Democrats can fall short in their bid to win at least one chamber of Congress. They are sitting with a lot of very high cards in their hand. A true blowout is now possible.

Monday, October 09, 2006

The Next Debate

The South Main Association And

The Downtown Neighborhood Association

Are Pleased to Sponsor a

9th Congressional District Debate

Steve Cohen (D), Jake Ford (I) and Mark White (R)

Moderators Jackson Baker and Richard Ransom

October 16, 2006 at 7:00 PM

Kris Kourdouvelis' "The Warehouse"

36 East G.E. Patterson

Free Parking at Central Station

Meet the candidates after the debate

Cash bar will be provided

Please submit questions prior to the debate to


Written questions will also be accepted during the debate

Democrat Fest

Help the Democratic Wave at the Democrat Fest!!!

Sponsored by: Shelby County Democratic Party

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

6:00 P.M until 9:00 P.M.

Venue: The Lobster King

32 N. Cleveland (between Poplar and Madison )

Memphis, Tn

Authentic Oriental Cuisine


Suggested Donation: $50

(Proceeds to benefit Nov. 7th 2006 ballots)

Limited Seating, Please R.S.V.P or for additional info call:

Mal Hooker 647-5785 email: mjhook2@sprintpcs.com

Attire: Business Dress

From Rev. Rebekah Jorden

Confused about the status of the living wage ordinance? Read on to find out!

We’ve had some significant victories in the Memphis Living Wage Campaign that we should celebrate. Our rallies, town hall meetings, prayer vigils, and the thousands of phone calls, letters, and emails to the City Council are bringing results. But we’re not finished yet! The Council has not voted yet on critical areas of the living wage, and your action is still needed.

The Memphis Living Wage Campaign has always proposed that the Council should require four groups of workers to be paid a living wage: workers on city contracts, workers at companies that get tax freezes, full-time City of Memphis workers, and part-time/temporary City of Memphis workers.
Click here for an easy to read chart about the status of each of these four areas, or go to: http://www.midsouthinterfaith.org/index/living_wage/current_action.htm

Your Action is Needed in Two Areas:
1) The Council will take its final vote on whether City contractors should be required to pay a living wage on November 7th.
Your presence at the vote will make a critical difference for these workers. November 7th is also election day, so please take part in early voting or vote that morning so you can be present for this extremely important vote. Click here for more information about the vote, (including time and place) or go to: http://www.midsouthinterfaith.org/index/living_wage/vote.htm

2) Call or email your Council members by Oct. 16th and tell them temporary City workers deserve a living wage! Many Council members are still undecided on this issue, and they will have a committee discusion on October 17th, so please contact them before then. Click here for sample messages, phone numbers, and email addresses, or go to: http://www.midsouthinterfaith.org/index/living_wage/Council_calls.htm

Rev. Rebekah Jordan
Mid-South Interfaith Network for Economic Justice
3035 Directors Row, Building B, Suite 1207
Memphis, TN 38131
(901) 332-3570
(901) 332-3532 (fax)

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Dems Lead on All Issues

From Georgia10 and Newsweek
Democrats now outdistance Republicans on every single issue that could decide voters' choices come Nov. 7. In addition to winning--for the first time in the NEWSWEEK poll--on the question of which party is more trusted to fight the war on terror (44 to 37 percent) and moral values (42 percent to 36 percent), the Democrats now inspire more trust than the GOP on handling Iraq (47 to 34); the economy (53 to 31); health care (57 to 24); federal spending and the deficit (53 to 29); gas and oil prices (56 to 23); and immigration (43 to 34).

And even if the Republicans manage to bail out their ship before the midterms, they'll have a hard time matching their one-time strengths to voters' priorities. A third of registered voters, 33 percent, say the single most important issue that will decide their vote will be Iraq; compare to 20 percent who say the economy and only 12 percent who say terrorism, which ties with health care.

I think that's the first time we've ever led on War on Terror and Moral Values.

Get Off of Here and Go Watch the Debate

If you're reading this, get off and go watch the debate right now. Fifteen minutes into it, and I think my choice for Senate is being made as I type.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Best Quote...

I'm watching Corker and Ford getting interviewed on WKNO as we speak. I already have the best quote from Ford though: "I like girls. I can't help it. If that's a bad thing, I'm in trouble."

Everyone Endorses Everyone...


Bredesen, Herenton, and Chism all endorse Steve Cohen and Harold Ford Jr.

Read the article for an important development for both Democrats and for a world-class example of spin on Herenton's part. He managed to make himself look both bipartisan and like a loyal Dem in the same article. He also managed both to endorse and disparage a rival at once.

Another note to those emailing me saying I'm a flip-flopper (and they're from both sides.) I haven't flipped-or-flopped, just hovered wimpily. :-) I never said what I was going to do, because I'm not going to decide until voting starts on Election Day. My position from start to finish has been that I am about as far from a fan of Harold Ford Jr. as one can get, but I am desperate for the party to control the Senate. At the moment, I'm significantly more pissed at the idea of GOP control than I am at Ford. That could change quickly if Jake looks to have a shot-in-hell or if Ford goes back and casts another vote that makes be physically sick. I have voted early every time, but I will wait until Election Day to decide for sure this time. It's not the most sophisticated way to vote, but emotions being what they are if Jake looks to have a chance I'll take it out on whatever Ford is on the ballot (say what you want about that not being fair and a person not being able to choose their family but when someone is elected because of their family they can also be voted against because of their family when their family is making yet another race-based, power-hungry grab.) If the race looks safe for our Democratic nominee in Congress then I'll be a loyal Democrat and cast my vote for Harold Ford Jr. and wait expectantly for the Democratic wave to sweep over the Senate races. Unlike the Cracker, I'm not calling any truce. Next time he pisses me off; I'll say it. Unlike Bob and others, I think partisanship is neccesary for us to win and that at times compromises have to be made to wrest control from a party whose leaders stand against the moral values I believe in and who will stop at nothing to keep power. I'll let you know if this is one of those times for me on Nov. 7.

The First 100 Hours

From Soon-to-be Speaker Pelosi:

Franklin Roosevelt had his first hundred days. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is thinking 100 hours, time enough, she says, to begin to "drain the swamp" after more than a decade of Republican rule. As in the first 100 hours the House meets after Democrats in her fondest wish win control in the Nov. 7 midterm elections and Pelosi takes the gavel as the first Madam Speaker in history.

Day One: Put new rules in place to "break the link between lobbyists and legislation."

Day Two: Enact all the recommendations made by the commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Time remaining until 100 hours: Raise the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, maybe in one step. Cut the interest rate on student loans in half. Allow the government to negotiate directly with the pharmaceutical companies for lower drug prices for Medicare patients. Broaden the types of stem cell research allowed with federal funds "I hope with a veto-proof majority," she added in an Associated Press interview Thursday.

All the days after that: "Pay as you go," meaning no increasing the deficit, whether the issue is middle class tax relief, health care or some other priority. To do that, she said, Bush-era tax cuts would have to be rolled back for those above "a certain level." She mentioned annual incomes of $250,000 or $300,000 a year and higher, and said tax rates for those individuals might revert to those of the Clinton era. Details will have to be worked out, she emphasized. "We believe in the marketplace," Pelosi said of Democrats, then drew a contrast with Republicans. "They have only rewarded wealth, not work."

Fun With Senate Polls


This has us up in the poll averages in 6 Republican-held seats and holding N.J. within the margin of error. I'm not going to get my hopes up to the extent of expecting us to take the Senate, but it is now a very real possibility (assuming that Lieberman and Lamont both would caucus with the Dems.) I also take great pleasure in the fact that Reynolds, the RCCC chair who convinced Foley to run for reelection after he found out about the emails is losing for the first time.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

It's That Time Again...

Rep. Mike Kernell once again has opposition. The Republicans are coming after Mike again. Our opponent is Tim Cook and he is already sending out literature attacking Mike for sponsoring the income tax bill. You can check out Tim Cooks website at
We will be meeting at Garibaldi's Saturday October 7th,2006 at 12:30-3pm. At this time we will be doing light leafletting and in a couple of weeks also putting up yardsigns. If you have any other DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE literature you'd like to bring to hand out, that will be fine.
Garibaldi's is located on Walker, across from the Tiger Bookstore, near the U of M. If you have any questions please call Jody Hurt Patterson Campaign Coordinator at 282-1358 after 11am and before 11pm. Or you may e-mail Jody at memphisjody40@aol.com
Thank You,
The Kernell Campaign

Resolutions, etc.

Tonight on the Ex-com we voted for both resolutions, one opposing amendment 1 and another supporting amendment 2. Get this, both passed unanimously. We're also sending out a Democratic ballot. Sadly, I didn't get impeached. One of my anonymous friends extolled the courage of someone who stands up to me and called me gutless. You'll notice my name follows this post. Where was your name after your comment? Where was your promised resolution to remove me? I'm waiting expectantly.

Jake also made an appearance. Kind of. He spent the night lurking with his posse in the parking lot kind of like a panhandler. Maybe he was hoping some people would throw him some change as they walked by and double his campaign budget.

GOP Pulls the Race Card

It's being reported that the GOP in Tennessee is pulling out the ole race card and darkening Ford's image for mailings. If so, this don't fly.

Resolution For Amendment 1 For Tonight

WHEREAS, On November 7, 2006, Tennessee voters will go to the polls to vote on whether or not to amend the Tennessee State Constitution to prohibit same gender marriage by the adoption of Amendment 1 (the text of which is set out in full as an attachment to this resolution.); and

WHEREAS, the Tennessee Constitution was adopted in 1870 without any language discriminating against any group of Tennesseans and has never, heretofore, been amended to include language that expressly denies equal treatment to any group of Tennesseans (UPDATE: I looked it up and the constitution has previouslly banned interracial marriage so this paragraph will need to be changed slightly); and

WHEREAS, the position of the Democratic Party in opposition to the adoption of Federal and State constitutional amendments prohibiting same gender marriage is on record through the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee as follows:

"…Because Democrats value all families, we are committed to the funda-mental principle that every American has the right to live in dignity, with equal rights, responsibilities and protections under the law. …Republicans in Washington are …scapegoating LGBT families for partisan gain.”

"This is morally wrong, and it hurts LGBT Americans. Democrats are committed to fighting this hateful, divisive amendment and to fighting similarly discriminatory ballot initiatives in states across the country. We strongly oppose any attempt to write discrimination into law - whether it be at the local or state levels or in the United States Constitution." (Chairman Howard Dean, Proclamation 6/1/06); and

WHEREAS, the Executive Committee of the Shelby County Democratic Party wishes to join the National Democratic Party in its opposition to writing discrimination into the Tennessee Constitution by opposing the adoption of Amendment 1;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that all Tennessee voters are hereby urged to oppose the attempt to write discrimination into the Tennessee Constitution through proposed Amendment 1 by voting “NO” against the adoption of Amendment 1 during early voting or on election day, November 7, 2006; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution be adopted and recorded in the minutes of the Executive Committee of the Shelby County Democratic Party; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Officers and committee members and each of them are hereby authorized to publicize this resolution as appropriate, including, without limitation, its publication on the website of the Shelby County Democratic Party and the websites of other organizations opposing the adoption of Amendment 1.

ADOPTED, this 5th day of October, 2006


Chair Secretary

Resolution For Amendment 2 For Tonight:

WHEREAS, On November 7, 2006, Tennessee voters will go to the polls to vote on whether or not to amend the Tennessee State Constitution to allow, but not require, the Tennessee legislature to implement a program of property tax relief for persons sixty-five (65) years of age or older by the adoption of Amendment 2 (the text of which is set out in full as an attachment to this resolution.); and

WHEREAS, the position of the Democratic Party, as contained in the agenda of the Democratic National Committee, includes that “a retirement with dignity is the right and expectation of every single American”; and

WHEREAS, the Executive Committee of the Shelby County Democratic Party wishes to join the National Democratic Party in its support for a retirement with dignity for all senior citizens by its support of the adoption of Amendment 2;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that all Tennessee voters are hereby urged to support authorizing the Tennessee legislature to pass legislation allowing for tax relief for senior citizens by voting “YES” for the adoption of Amendment 2 during early voting or on election day, November 7, 2006; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution be adopted and recorded in the minutes of the Executive Committee of the Shelby County Democratic Party; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Officers and committee members and each of them are hereby authorized to publicize this resolution as appropriate, including, without limitation, its publication on the website of the Shelby County Democratic Party and the websites of other organizations supporting the adoption of Amendment 2.

ADOPTED, this 5th day of October, 2006


Chair Secretary


To the ads about Ford hanging with playboy bunnies, Ford responded, "I'm not going to take a lecture on morality from a party that took hush money from a child predator."

Even I gotta give credit to Ford for fighting back there.

Al Gore Causes Sex Scandal!!!

Just ask Fox News:

I expect them to run this one as non-sarcastic next:

"But in fairness to the Republicans, let me just throw this out: who invented the Internet? That's right, Al Gore, a Democrat. If it wasn't for him, none of this would have happened. Run with it, Fox News!"
---Jimmy Kimmel

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Meet Bill

Bill Morrison

US Congressional District 7 Nominee

Wants to meet you and discuss the issues

affecting our families and country

Monday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.

Cordova Library
8457 Trinity Rd.

Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

Bartlett Library
6382 Stage Rd.

I don't know, Pesky.

Thepeskyfly has postulated that the Foley-page cover-up scandal could actually hurt Ford because it could put enough seats in play that Ford isn't necessary to take back the Senate. I don't think so. We need 6 seats, and the most that are in play are 7. (8 or 9 if you want to be pie-in-sky-upset-of-biblical-proportions about Arizona and Nevada.) That doesn't give us much wiggle room, especially with NJ at risk. Besides, liberals aren't as good at anger as conservatives. Whatever anger they might feel at conservative Democrats like Ford and others from recent pro-torture votes, etc. will be mellowed by this scandal. This situation points out the unbelievable hypocrisy of the Republicans in Congress. They talk family values, but won't do a thing to protect children. Along with the lobbyist bribery scandals, the Woodward book, and numerous other things recently brought to the fore, it is blindingly apparent to everyone the depths the party will go to keep power. They don't seem to care how many soldiers die or how many children are preyed upon. With this at the fore, the emotional response is to lash out at the bastards. As bad as a conservative Democrat may be, they'll likely reason he ain't THAT bad.

Mystery Pollster Discusses Tennessee Senate

Mystery Pollster discusses the polls for the Ford-Corker race. Warning, read this only if you are a nerd too.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

You Mean I'm Not a Socialist?

So several people have taken the "political ideology test" that places them on the chart below. Instead of working on my legal memo, I did too. See, I told you I wasn't a socialist. :-P

You are a

Social Liberal
(63% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(30% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

Corker Recycles...

Pay no attention to the Walmart around the corner. Contray to popular assumption, Bob Corker is quite green. For example, he is a strong supporter of recycling. He himself, and both his primary opponents, are recycled failed Republican candidates. Now, he's recycling his ads from the primary when Ed and Van were mean to him. He's also running a recycled, cookie-cutter Republican campaign with recycled staff. You gotta admire his consistency.

Passed by Davidson County, and We Should Too


WHEREAS, On November 7, 2006, Tennessee voters will go to the polls to vote on whether or not to amend the Tennessee State Constitution to prohibit same gender marriage by the adoption of Amendment 1 (the text of which is set out in full as an attachment to this resolution.); and

WHEREAS, the Tennessee Constitution was adopted in 1870 without any language discriminating against any group of Tennesseans and has never, heretofore, been amended to include language that expressly denies equal treatment to any group of Tennesseans; and

WHEREAS, the position of the Democratic Party in opposition to the adoption of Federal and State constitutional amendments prohibiting same gender marriage is on record through the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee as follows:

"…Because Democrats value all families, we are committed to the funda-mental principle that every American has the right to live in dignity, with equal rights, responsibilities and protections under the law. …Republicans in Washington are …scapegoating LGBT families for partisan gain.”

"This is morally wrong, and it hurts LGBT Americans. Democrats are committed to fighting this hateful, divisive amendment and to fighting similarly discriminatory ballot initiatives in states across the country. We strongly oppose any attempt to write discrimination into law - whether it be at the local or state levels or in the United States Constitution." (Chairman Howard Dean, Proclamation 6/1/06); and

WHEREAS, the Executive Committee of the Davidson County Democratic Party wishes to join the National Democratic Party in its opposition to writing discrimination into the Tennessee Constitution by opposing the adoption of Amendment 1;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that all Tennessee voters are hereby urged to oppose the attempt to write discrimination into the Tennessee Constitution through proposed Amendment 1 by voting “NO” against the adoption of Amendment 1 during early voting or on election day, November 7, 2006; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution be adopted and recorded in the minutes of the Executive Committee of the Davidson County Democratic Party; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Officers and committee members and each of them are hereby authorized to publicize this resolution as appropriate, including, without limitation, its publication on the website of the Davidson County Democratic Party and the websites of other organizations opposing the adoption of Amendment 1.

ADOPTED, this 26th day of September, 2006


Chair Secretary

Progressive Toastmasters

You Are Invited to Attend
the 2nd organizational meeting of
Memphis Progressive Toastmasters

At a Toastmasters club designed for progressives, you will:

Enjoy the support of open-minded souls
Get better at articulating your values and vision for our country
Feel safe speaking about controversial issues
Hone your message with framing assistance
Plus all the great benefits of the famous Toastmasters training:

Gain confidence speaking in public
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Author of Confessions of A Former DittoHead

Wednesday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m.
5400 Poplar
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Jim Derych, author of Confessions of A Former DittoHead, would like to invite you to join with him in organizing a Progressive Toastmasters Chapter in Memphis.
Please read on:

From Jim Derych:
I'm looking to start a Progressive Toastmasters chapter in Memphis. These guys hosted me in Portland, OR on my book tour, and ever since then I've been wondering "why don't we have one of these in Memphis?"
Take a look at the info below from the Progressive Toastmasters website. I'll be combining the tools used by the Progressive Toastmasters with my own experience as a former dittohead to offer what should be a fun and educational way to develop our Democratic ground game for the 2006 mid-term elections and beyond!

If this sounds like something you might be interested in send me an email at advisorjim@yahoo.com.

Thanks, and I hope to see you all very soon!

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School Board Forum Reminder

Memphis Groups Organize School Board Candidate Forum, Tuesday, October 3, 2006, 6:30 PM, Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

"Memphis City School Board Candidate Forum, co-sponsored by 100 Black Men of Memphis, Inc and Mid-South Democrats in Action"

MEMPHIS , TN September 27, 2006 – The 100 Black Men of Memphis, Inc and the Mid-South Democrats in Action will host a forum for candidates in the races for Memphis City School Board At-Large Position 2, District 6, and District 2. The District 4 candidate is running unopposed.

The forum is scheduled for Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar (Midtown), the forum will start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

This event is open to the general public and serves to provide the community with an in-depth opportunity to review the candidates, hear their platforms, and pose questions for these critically important elected positions. Dee Griffin, ABC 24 and CW 30 News Anchor, will moderate the forum.

The 100 Black Men of Memphis, Inc. (www.100blackmenofmemphis.org) is a 501c3 non-profit membership organization, affiliated with the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., whose mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve and enhance educational and economic opportunities for African Americans in the Memphis area. We represent one of 106 chapters nationally and internationally. The 100 seeks to address pertinent issues affecting African American youth by focusing on the theme “What They See is What They’ll Be”, hence providing positive, approachable role models. The development and nurturing of our African American youth, particularly young black males is the paramount purpose of the 100 Black Men of Memphis, Inc. acknowledging and accepting the fact that indeed, “our children are our legacy to the future”

The mission of Mid-South Democrats in Action is to support and enrich democracy locally and nationally through involvement in elections, education of voters, and the recommendation of candidates, to invigorate the Democratic Party through grassroots organizing, and to provide a vehicle for those willing to contribute positively to the values and culture of the Democratic Party. MDIA collaborates with other progressive groups to protect and renew our democracy and to develop leadership that will find and mentor the next generation of leaders.

The groups are asking attendees to please submit questions via email prior to Tuesday’s forum if possible to ensure timeliness given the number of races and candidates.

For more information or to submit questions, contact:

Ayana Buchanan



Monday, October 02, 2006

Even a Yellow Dog...

Would vote for Bill over Marsha!!!

Senate Polls

Several people have emailed me lately asking about how the polls are looking in the Senate. Rather than sending out a dozen different emails, I'll just post here. I like to look at Pollster.com which gives you 5 and 10 poll averages, trend lines, and let's you factor out any polls you don't trust (like Zogby Internet polls.) After the newest Mason-Dixon poll is added, the 5 poll average for the most competitive seats are:

Pennsylvania: Casey 49.6%--39.8% Santorum
Washington: Cantwell 50.2%--41.4% McGavick
Maryland: Cardin 49.6%--42.0% Steele
Montana: Tester 48.8%--43.6% Burns
Ohio: Brown 46.8%--42.4% DeWine
Rhode Island: Whitehouse 44.4%--41.0% Chafee
Tennessee: Ford 44.4%--43.8% Corker
New Jersey: Menendez 42.8%--42.2% Kean
Missouri: Talent 45.6%--45.4% McCaskill
Virginia: Allen 47.8%--43.8% Webb

That puts us more than three points ahead in Republican-held seats in PA, MO, OH, and RI. That's four out of the six we need to take back the Senate.

We are in the margin of error in Republican-held seats in TN and MO, and closing in hard in VA. We need to win two out of the three of TN, MO, and VA.

New Jersey is the only Democratic-held seat at risk. This race has us up within the margin of error. That's scary, but for some reason NJ always polls weird. Polls showed the possibility of a Republican winning for Governor last time, and Bush winning over Kerry. Neither ended up very close. I don't quite know the reason, but we tend to out-perform the polls in NJ. That combined with the Democratic, anti-Bush tilt to the state and the D's cash advantage will probably pull it out.

The trend for Ford is incredible. It looks like he is suddenly the favorite to win, but there are a lot of unstable factors out there. The debates could really matter here. MO has been tied for months and months with no change. It's a coin flip between Talent's money/incumbency and Bush-hatred/desire for change in that last bit of turnout. VA will be hard to pull. Allen is an idiot, but he has a lot of money, Webb has little, and Webb is a weak campaigner. Nevertheless, Allen has a remarkable ability to stick his foot in his mouth.

I'd bet the farm on us picking up four, probably 5 seats. 6 isn't at all beyond the realm of possibility though.

It's Time For New Leadership...

The House leadership has been been covering up the sexual predation of minors by a Congressman for 5 years. Marsha Blackburn, you are part of the Republican leadership. Take the high ground. Call for investigations, now. Call for the resignation from leadership of anyone who failed to act to protect children. You have a chance to put our children's safety above partisan affiliation. Will you do it? If not, it's time for new leadership.

Here's the guy:

Dear Friends,

We are in the final push with early voting only 16 days away. It is our goal to reach over 50,000 voters before early voting begins. We have made tremendous gains in fund raising but still need your help. I want to thank all of you for your support and tell you that your $20.00 is making a difference. Some of you have given more and it all goes to defeating Marsha Blackburn.

This race for District 7 is changing because of two reasons the first is the scandal now facing the Republican Leadership. More and more people are questioning if this is the party they want to vote for. Secondly is people are getting to learn about the choice they can make this year. They are learning more about me and coming out to meet me and we are making an impact with voters all over this District. We need your help to continue to make that difference. Please take a moment to contribute $20.00 to our campaign.

This November we will be celebrating not only our victory but a victory for this District as we take back our House. We have all Had Enough!

To contribute on line please go to www.votebillmorrison.com. If you prefer contributing by mail please mail to Morrison for Tennessee at P.O. Box 281297 Memphis TN. 38168.

Thank you all for your hard work and your generous contribution.


Bill Morrison

From ABC's The Note and the Florida Democratic Party

Here's what the super-aggressive Florida Democratic Party is calling for:

The Foley Five - U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., U.S. Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y., U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., U.S. House Majority

Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, and U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La. - all were aware of the danger posed by disgraced U.S. Rep. Mark Foley prior to last week's shocking revelations yet they did nothing (see timeline below).

At a minimum, to restore trust in American government, the following must happen:

1) A full and thorough investigation into the actions of the Foley Five;

2) The suspension of all campaigning and fundraising by the Foley Five until the investigation is complete;

3) A donation of $100,000 in Foley-contributed funds to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children by the NRCC, and additional donations from Republican candidates who received tainted funds;

4) The resignation of Reynolds as NRCC chair.

The Values Party?

So the party of moral values is now pro-sex predators? The House GOP leadership has been covering up for Foley for five years. This is sickening.

Along those lines, 7th District candidate Bill Morrison breaks the bat out against party leader Marsha Blackburn.