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Glenn Reynolds column suspended over tweet

From the News Sentinel
The University of Tennessee is investigating a tweet by one of its law professors after the faculty member and contributing columnist for USA TODAY and the News Sentinel urged motorists to run over demonstrators blocking traffic in Charlotte, N.C.

The USA TODAY editorial page editor, meanwhile, said Glenn Reynolds had violated the newspaper’s standards and Reynold’s twice-a-week column would be suspended for a month.

“I didn’t live up to my own standards, and I didn’t meet USA TODAY’s standards,” Reynolds said in a statement on the USA TODAY website. “For that I apologize, to USA TODAY readers and to my followers on social media.”

Twitter briefly suspended Reynolds’ account after he responded to a tweet from a TV news station in Charlotte that showed protesters on Interstate 277. “Run them down,” he wrote.

Reynolds, the creator of the Instapundit blog, tweets from the handle @Instapundit.

He posted to Twitter shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday that his account had been unblocked after he agreed to delete the offending tweet.

Court of Appeals reinstates defamation lawsuit against Sen. Stacey Campfield

By Eric Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The state Court of Appeals on Monday reinstated a defamation lawsuit against Republican state Sen. Stacey Campfield for publishing false information on his blog about a Democratic candidate for the state House in 2008.

The panel found that the lower court erred in throwing out the $750,000 lawsuit filed by former candidate Roger Byrge last year, and that the case could result in a finding of “actual malice” by Campfield. (Note: Full opinion is HERE.)

“Politics may be a rough and tumble endeavor, but, contrary to the vintage Cole Porter song, ‘anything goes’ will not suffice when it comes to publishing factual falsehoods about political rivals,” Judge D. Michael Swiney wrote in the opinion. “A public figure, even a politician, is neither totally immune from nor totally unprotected by the law of defamation.”

Campfield, who had a long history of provocative statements, was defeated in the Republican primary last month. His term doesn’t end until after the general election in November.
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Alexander: Little Plaid Book might need an update

Lamar Alexander, who has been posting on his “Little Plaid Blog” as part of campaign activities lately, was asked by TNReport whether he’s violating a rule set forth in “Little Plaid Book,” a list of 311 rules for politicking written by Alexander years ago.

That would be No. 297: “Serve two terms and get out.”

Back in the 1980s, though, “that’s exactly what I did as governor,” Alexander said following an early morning rally Wednesday in Chattanooga.

But Tennessee’s senior senator cautioned against literalism when interpreting of ancient texts. “I wrote the book in the 1990s,” he said.

It should be noted that another little compilation of political wisdom and reminders for holders and seekers of government office has been floating around Tennessee in recognizable form since the Seventies – the 1870s, that is. Its Article III, Section 4 proclaims that this state’s governors must leave office after two consecutive terms.

… Like the Volunteer State’s constitution, Alexander said his Little Plaid Book may occasionally need updating. This year, he’s thinking of adding a new rule to the list.

“Rule 312 — it’s going to be, ‘If you hear anything new about a candidate for the United States Senate in the last few days before the election, don’t believe any of it,’” Alexander said.

Sage judgment, indeed, senator. But why fuss with that sublime subtitle in any way? Just swap in the new rule in place of an old one that, for whatever reason, is no longer applicable. Who’s going notice?

Note: Previous post HERE.

Following the Links: Ramsey, a Challenge, Campfield and Chop-Busting Bloggers

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s talk of putting new restrictions on unemployment benefits inspired Metro Pulse’s Cari Wade Gervin offering to “put up her own money”: to see Ramsey live on $300 for a week. Which inspired Sen. Stacey Campfield to declare that he would accept the challenge, provided the stakes were a full month at $1,200 (and some other conditions).
Which inspired bloggers such as Sean Braisted and Aunt B to a round of (as Michael Silence puts it) “busting Campfield’s chops.”
And Gervin declines, at least for now (?), Campfield’s offer.,

Some Recent Interesting Posts in TN Political Blogging

Occupy & Tea
The Occupy Wall Street protesters and Tea Party protesters have their differences and some of both have been rather derogatory in commentary directed to the other. Ben Cunningham, one of the state’s most prominent tea party types, has a thoughtful Taxing Tennessee post on things they have in common.
The first two of six points:
1- The joys of lawful public protests and demonstrations…not only the right of expressing yourself as a citizen but the camaraderie.
2- A desire to see my governments, federal, state and local, stop ALL corporate/business welfare and subsidies.

Disgusting Mailer
Over at Knoxviews, R. Neal has been reporting on an anonymous mailer attacking Madeline Rogero in the Knoxville mayoral campaign. He finds it too offensive to post in full, but summarizes thusly:
It says “This election is between a young man with our values and a left wing community organizer like her hero Barack Hussein Obama,” that Rogero is an atheist, and that “Her base of support is a bunch of drug addicts and hippies.”
That’s the nice part.
It goes on to names names of people who have allegedly been promised jobs by Rogero and refers to them in a most derogatory manner. It refers to another of her supporters using an offensive slur regarding their supposed sexual orientation.
Rogero’s opponent, Mark Padgett, called Neal to say he was appalled and disgusted by the mailer.
Stacey’s Great Frustration
On “opportunity scholarships,” known to some as school vouchers, Sen. Stacey Campfield declares his support:
Why any person would so selfishly want to force a child to stay in a school that has proven to not educate them has got to be one of the great frustrations to me in the legislature.
Angst in the Gun Lobby?
Jeff Woods, an equal opportunity basher of most everyone, recently turned his attention to pro-gun activists in the aftermath of Rep. Curry Todd’s arrest.
Gun lobby leaders, like state Sen. Stacey Campfield and Tennessee Firearms Association director John Harris, are keeping a stiff upper lip and playing down the damage done to their cause by Rep. Curry Todd’s arrest.
But at Internet forums, gun lovers themselves are distraught–outraged at Todd, their one-time hero, for wrecking their credibility and uniformly pessimistic about expanding the right to carry anytime in the near future.

TN Democrat on Romney as GOP Frontrunner
Excerpt from Sean Braisted after watching last week’s debate: No rational person can watch this debate and say that anyone other than Mitt Romney is the best candidate to go against Barack Obama in 2012. Not saying he’s right about, well, anything really. But he comes off (to me) as someone who has a few brain cells left to rub together, and that’s saying a lot for this crowd, at least when it comes down to he or Cain/Perry.
Note: For a roundup of Tennessee political blogging — at least from the Democratic perspective — see Trace Sharp’s Out of the Blue most anytime.