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Wharton: Memphis is No Detroit

By Adrian Sanz, Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is rejecting comparisons between his financially challenged city and Detroit, the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy.
Wharton told reporters Friday he reluctantly called a news conference to address questions about Memphis ending up like Detroit, which filed for bankruptcy this week. He said Memphis is not in denial about its financial challenges, but stressed that they are not as bad as the Michigan city.
“I’ve gotten a number of questions and they just get straight to the bottom line of, ‘Well, is Memphis like Detroit?” Wharton said. “My initial reaction was to say ‘I’m not going to dignify it by starting to try to make that kind of comparison.'”
He added: “I do hurt for what has happened in Detroit. This is not a time for piling on and saying how bad they are. After all, it’s not a government that will suffer. It will be citizens that will suffer.”

Early Voting Down 40% From 2008 Levels

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennesseans have cast 40 percent fewer ballots going into the last day of early voting Tuesday compared with the last presidential primary in 2008.
Nearly 153,000 people had voted through Monday, with 79 percent of ballots cast in the hotly contested Republican presidential primary. But without a contested Democratic primary, voting totals are far off the state record set in 2008.
Early voting has been heaviest in Knox County, where more than 11,000 people have voted in the Republican primary, compared with only 878 Democrats. The next highest Republican turnout has occurred in Shelby, Rutherford, Hamilton and Williamson counties.
Four counties — Perry, Clay, Van Buren and Lake — have registered fewer than 125 in the Republican primary. In Hancock County, only four Democratic ballots have been cast.

Tennessee & Wisconsin: There Are Some Differences

State political leaders say there is little chance that Republican-led moves to reduce the rights of public employee associations and unions in Tennessee will produce the level of confrontation that has drawn national attention to Wisconsin.
“Their pension plan is very different than ours. Our budget situation is very different than theirs. So I don’t think you’ll see anything like that here,” said Gov. Bill Haslam last week.
Jerry Lee, president of the AFL-CIO in Tennessee, sees gubernatorial attitude as another difference between the Badger State and the Volunteer State.
In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker has spearheaded a confrontation with unions as part of budget-balancing efforts, leading to thousands of protesters descending on the capitol while Democratic senators fled the block a vote on Walker’s proposals.
Haslam, on the other hand, has determinedly avoided taking a position on the three bills that brought about 200 pro-union protesters to the capitol last week – measure to stop collective bargaining between teachers unions and school boards, end dues deductions from government paychecks and prohibit union donations to political campaigns.
Lee said Haslam, “being the huge businessman that he is, is probably a little more laid back” than those motivated by political ideology. Besides, even if sympathetic with the bill, Lee said Haslam doesn’t really need to get involved, Lee said.
“He’s got these fire-in-the-belly, blood-in-their-eyes Republicans (in the Legislature) coming after the unions. He doesn’t have to (lead).”

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