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Your government on Twitter

I remember a recent municipal controversy having to do with the city manager spending too much time on Facebook. But some level of social media engagement by government officials arguably is beneficial to the public.

Nooga.com’s David Morton walks you through some example tweets, and provides a convenient list for Hamilton County area folks.

I only wish U.S. Sen. Bob Corker would (have his people) tweet in first person.

Just remember, guys, the coonskin cap shtick has been done already

Here’s what Tennessee’s United States Senators, and those who would replace them, were on about recently.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, reacting to the 21-hour speech by fellow Sen. Ted Cruz, said that he is playing this more like Sam Houston than like Davy Crockett. Alexander also mused about whether the whole thing was thought up by Democrats.

Alexander’s reference to those two famous Tennesseans in Texas amounted to dangling red meat in front of Rep. Joe Carr, whose stump speeches already contain comparisons between himself and the fighters who died at the Alamo. Carr’s shot back at his primary opponent had all the subtlety of a Bowie knife.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, who’s not running for re-election, took his own chance to lambaste Cruz, saying that the much-discussed “talkathon” was just for show.

Meanwhile, Brenda Lenard announced she is hosting a fundraiser with former Chattanooga Moc and NFLer Terrell Owens in December.

Turn to page 2 for all the latest from the Democratic Party candidates. Continue reading

Postcards from the middle of it

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann created a stir last week when his office published a postcard-styled message that “welcomed” President Barack Obama to Chattanooga with arms folded rather than outstretched. The fact that a draft version containing some unfortunate misspellings was attached to the release only excited the reactions, including a breathless rebuke by columnist Roy Exum that contained its own errant keystrokes (including an incorrectly transcribed version of the misspelled “Pensylvannia” from the postcard address).

Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson, a longtime Democratic Party activist, waited a couple of days before penning his own, sincere welcome to the president.

President Obama has chosen Chattanooga’s Amazon.com fulfillment center as the site from which to announce a jobs bargain he wishes to seek with GOP members of Congress.

Much chatter has been expelled about the reasons given by U.S. Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander and Gov. Bill Haslam for not being in attendance at today’s festivities.

I can actually see the logic in avoiding spending at least a whole working day just to be in some photos, given the short notice and the domino of delays such a schedule change would trigger. But there is also merit in at least asking why an elected official wouldn’t drop everything to stand with the president as he visits one of your state’s most promising cities.

Still, I can accept the practical answer, provided it doesn’t come with snark. (UPDATE: A statement by Corker is gratifyingly snark-free.)

What I find more difficult to tolerate (without saying something) is the outright hatred and disrespect shown by many in the community towards the President of the United States. And here’s where honesty is part of the maturation process: there were moments during previous administrations where I might not have maintained an appropriate level of respect. So the full object of my consternation includes those missteps on my part.

And even though the time should and will come when we need to continue a good discussion with this president about Guantánamo, drones, the War on Drugs, Manning and Snowden, and more…for today, I gratefully welcome President Obama to Chattanooga, and I hope he is able to glimpse from his short visit what a true treasure the Scenic City is, despite some of the loud whining that threatens to embarrass us all.

And I hope the nation’s economy gets a boost either due to or in spite of whatever jobs plan gets implemented.

Write-in candidate Angelia Stinnett on statewide listening tour

Chattanooga resident Angelia Stinnett, who became one of eleven Democrats across the state to officially register as write-in candidates for the United States Senate seat in protest of Mark Clayton’s official nomination, says she is traveling the state to interview voters and get their perspectives on jobs, education, and healthcare.

Stinnett, a self-described “full-time activist” who holds a degree in political science from the University of Tennessee at Martin, is realistic about her chances in November, and says that she likely will seek the party’s nomination in 2014, when the seat currently held by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is up for election.

But she says she is gaining valuable knowledge and experience by running in this election, and that she particularly wants to hear from the state’s working class citizens, as well as to educate them about Clayton’s policy positions, which she says “(do) not express Democratic values.”

The tour will cover locations in all three of Tennessee’s Grand Divisions, including stops in Franklin, Memphis, Martin, Nashville, and Knoxville. It concludes with an event at Hamilton County Democratic Party headquarters at the intersection of Central and Main in Chattanooga on Sunday afternoon, October 14 at 4:00 p.m.

Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is the incumbent facing reelection. In addition to Clayton and the eleven write-in Democrats, Kermit Steck (Constitution), Martin Pleasant (Green), and Shaun Crowell, David Gatchell, James Higdon, Michel Joseph Long, and Troy Stephen Scoggin (all Independents, though Crowell is with the Libertarian Party) are on the ballot.