News Shorts May 19, 2010

Quick Note from Tennessee Firearms Association

Soon to be Ex-Governor Phil Bredesen brushed up his toes, and polished his resume for a possible future Washington appointment by showing how liberal, and devoid of respect for the Citizens of Tennessee he is by presenting a proxy veto today of SB 3012. He placed half this earth between himself and the wishes of over two thirds of the Legislators of our State, about the same distance and amount of solid ground that normally separates him from us.

I could have understood and respected a veto the day the Bill was signed and placed on his desk. But to take our money and run to China, and send an underling to deliver his resume to the Obama Administration is the final insult. The placing of the wishes of our Citizens and Legislature below his desire to gain a powerful positionin Washington is simply selling out his constituents to curry favor with a Socialist regime that he hopes to become a part of. It is the epitome of disrespect of our Volunteer State, and the mark of the true Carpetbagger that Phil Bredesen has proved himself to be by this cowardly act.

R. Archie – Chapter Leader

Souder decides to Resign

Indiana Republican Rep. Mark Souder says he’ll resign from Congress effective Friday over an affair with a staffer.Souder says in a statement provided by his office Tuesday that he has “sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff.”

Attorney General Admits Service Record

Why would an attorney general clearly mislead the voters about being a Vietnam vet? Could he possibly think no one would find out? Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal appeared Tuesday at a VFW hall here, surrounded by cheering veterans, as he admitted misstating his record of service in Vietnam.The callers flooding the state’s Veterans of Foreign Wars office were hardly as forgiving. Some threatened to revoke membership in the VFW because it set the stage for his news conference.”It’s the first time we’ve ever seen the phones lit up like this,” said Ronald Rusakiewicz, the group’s state adjutant. “And the majority of these people are steaming.”

Some Election News

Democrats will retain control of the seat held for decades by the late Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha after winning a special election to fill the final months of his term.

Both parties viewed the contest as a test for the fall.

With 70 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Murtha aide Mark Critz had 53 percent of the vote compared with nearly 45 percent for businessman Tim Burns.

Critz and Burns will have a rematch in the November general election after also winning their parties’ nominations in the Pennsylvania primary.

In the other big election story from Pennsylvania, Sen. Arlen Specter was defeated in a Democrat primary in his bid for a sixth term after taking the risky step of switching to the Democratic Party.

Voters Tuesday picked U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak as the party’s nominee and rejected the 80-year-old Specter in his first Democratic campaign.

The vote also was a defeat for President Barack Obama, who supported Specter when he abandoned the Republican Party last year.

The moderate Specter cast his switch as a decision of principle after inflaming the GOP by voting for Obama’s economic stimulus bill. But many Democratic voters questioned his motives.

In Kentucky, political novice Rand Paul rode support from tea party activists to a rout in Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary Tuesday night, jolting the GOP establishment.

Paul had 59 percent of the vote with returns counted from slightly more than half of the precincts, compared to 36 percent for Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who had been recruited to the race by the state’s dominant Republican, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Grayson had the support of McConnell as well as other establishment figures. But Paul countered with endorsements – and the political energy that flowed along with them – from tea party activists, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, a conservative eager to push his party rightward in advance of the broader fall campaign.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Palin called Paul’s victory a “wake-up call for the country.”

In Arkansas, Sen. Blanche Lincoln has failed to win the majority of votes in the Democratic primary. She now faces a three-week fight with Lt. Gov. Bill Halter for her party’s nomination.

Already one of the most vulnerable incumbents seeking re-election this year, Lincoln is headed toward a June 8 runoff with Halter – extending what’s already been one of the most bitter and expensive political fights in Arkansas history.

Lincoln had said she would be ecstatic with either a runoff or a clear-cut victory in Tuesday’s primary, but Halter has said that forcing her into a prolonged campaign would be close to a win for his bid.

Outside groups on both sides, including the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, had pumped millions of dollars into the race.

Democrats  “See A Significant Blow to the Republican Party” in Tuesday’s Elections

In their post-primary spin, Democrats say they won “the most significant election contest” of the day ” the only race to pit a Republican against a Democrat.

Primaries show anti-DC, anti-establishment mood

With the electorate’s intense anger reverberating across the country, this is all but certain: It’s an anti-Washington, anti-establishment year. And candidates with ties to either better beware. Any doubt about just how toxic the political environment is for congressional incumbents and candidates hand-picked by national Republican and Democratic leaders disappeared late Tuesday, when voters fired Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, forced Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln into a run-off in Arkansas and chose tea party darling Rand Paul to be the GOP nominee in Kentucky’s Senate race. “People just aren’t very happy,” Ira Robbins, 61, said in Allentown, Pa.

Tacoma will redo vote on Arizona

In an unusual procedural maneuver, the Tacoma City Council late Tuesday purposely voted down a resolution to oppose Arizona’s controversial law cracking down on illegal immigrants when a majority of members belatedly realized they were one vote shy of passing the symbolic proposal.

Op Ed – Spread Al Gore’s Wealth to Fight Global Warming!

How completely liberal-hypocritical of Al Gore to fly out to Hollywood a couple of years ago just to accept an Oscar for saving the planet from whatever he was supposed to save it from.

After accepting his statue and preaching “Think Green” to a sinful world, the bloated former Veep then jumped on another jet and zipped back to Nashville, Tennessee.

After arriving in Tennessee, the Global Warming nanny for the planet was probably chauffeured in a stretch limousine to his humble abode.

How humble? How does 20-rooms and eight baths spread out over 10,000 square feet sound?

After losing the election in 2000, Gore apparently still needs a multi-million dollar mansion to soothe his hurt feelings from the shock of being rejected by the electoral college, the only vote that really matters in America. Cont.

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