Tom.Joad 
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Re: “With New Poll Suggesting She's Far Behind Cohen, Bergmann Opens HQ

I know it sounds like splitting hairs, but my reading of FEC law is that it's legal to pay a candidate a salary, but not legal for the candidate to, say, cut MLGW a check from the campaign fund to keep the lights turned on at home.

That being said, it's really quite ugly. It creates the appearance of a party sending out to Central Casting and paying someone to run.

It also annoys donors, I believe. I know I would be far less likely to give, thinking "Of course she's having a fundraiser. The cable bill is due."

Posted by Tom.Joad on 09/22/2010 at 9:47 AM

Re: “On Push Polls

Yeah, I'm not so sure I buy into this as a push poll. A push poll is generally more about spreading a negative message. "Does John McCain having a biracial child out of wedlock influence whether or not you will support him?" in the 2000 South Carolina GOP primary is one of the better examples.

I'm not even sure there is a proper term for this kind of call. "Message testing" is a good option. "Blowing sunshine up ther voter's @$$es" is another.

Posted by Tom.Joad on 11/04/2009 at 3:39 PM

Re: “You Think The CA Might Miss Bill Day?

Hmmm... Interesting wordplay at use here. Michael Ramirez, who never found anything good to say about a Democrat, is somehow fair and balanced, while Bill Day is a "partisan hack".

I not only found his work entertaining, but when I wrote to give him an "attaboy" over one particularly good one, he actually wrote back personally. Very nice guy who deserved better.

Posted by Tom.Joad on 11/03/2009 at 11:30 AM

Re: “In Stunning Accomplishment, Herenton Reverses Flow of Time, Vindicating Einstein

It's absolutely absurd. The only campaign Herenton is running right now is a campaign to contaminate the jury pool. He took his pension in a lump sum because he can't collect it in jail. Now he's trying to pretend that a criminal investigation started three months before he announced he was running for Congress is being used as a political weapon.

What's next? I shouldn't even ask...

Excellent article, JB. We need more people to call him out on his BS.

Posted by Tom.Joad on 10/27/2009 at 11:37 PM

Re: “The Rant

I have enjoyed the remastered set immensely. The sound quality is just shy of "being there", and I'm hearing things in the songs I've never heard before. It's simply mind blowing.

Posted by Tom.Joad on 10/26/2009 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Developer Buehler Wins the Rental-Home Battle, though a Scratchy Brooks Says She’ll Soldier On

JB, excellent piece. Nothing captures the insanity of Henri Brooks like her own words.

Denise, maybe you haven't been following the coverage very well. Brooks complained about these being rental properties. Well, she's a renter. She's trying to force homes for sale in areas where people do not buy homes. They rent. So the homes would sit vacant, leaving the community worse off than when it began.

And sorry to tell you this, but renting in a swanky area like the South Bluffs while trying to deny rental homes to working class people in North Memphis is hypocritical.

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Posted by Tom.Joad on 10/23/2009 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Stormy Mayoral Debate Shakes Sensibilities, But Did It Alter the Standings?

However, the Shelby County mayor said he would offer no endorsement as such in the congressional primary. “My friends are divided on the issue,” Wharton said. “Half of them want Cohen, and half of them are for Nikki Tinker. I don’t want to get in the middle of that.”

http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/a-c-wh…

Apparently, not even Tinker's ridiculous and offensive ads were enough to pull him off of the fence.

Posted by Tom.Joad on 09/27/2009 at 12:57 PM

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