Although present (at far right) during last Thursdays gubernatorial CoverTennessee announcement, Memphis senator Ophelia Ford, pleading illness, has been largely absent from the floor this session. With senators Jerry Cooper and John Wilder out with injuries, that hurts the D column, notes the Nashville Tennessean.
Ninth district U.S. Representative Steve Cohen is one of 21 new members of Congress who have dispatched an open letter to President Bush calling on him to adhere to the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group and to begin bringing American troops home.
GOP state senator Micheal (sic) Williams of Maynardville was scheduled to announce his departure from the Republican Party on Wednesday, according to NashvillePost.com. It is generally conceded that if Sen. Rosalind Kurita (D-Clarksville) had not voted for Republican Ron Ramsey as speaker, making Williams vote moot, he would have been a deciding vote for former speaker John Wilder.