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  • Scarborough Ribs Shameless Schmoozer Ford, Jr.: Is There Anyone You Don't 'Like and Respect'?

    03/13/2013 7:00:20 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Five days ago, this NewsBuster wrote that Harold Ford, Jr. "seems more interested in cultivating friends and avoiding offense than in saying anything interesting." On Morning Joe that day, Ford had managed to praise a trio of pols, even breaking out the old "my dear friend" line to describe one of them. When Ford employed the same shtick on today's show, Joe Scarborough eventually had enough, sarcastically asking Ford whether there's anyone he doesn't "like and respect." This morning, Ford variously praised "the great Tip O'Neill", said he has "great respect" for Patty Murray, and even professed "I like Paul...
  • Harold Ford, Jr.'s Bold Admission: 'I Don't Socialize With Terrorists'

    03/08/2013 6:01:30 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Way to go out on a limb, Harold!. . . Of all the Morning Joe regulars, Harold Ford, Jr. is on my short list of those who bring the least to the table. Ford seems more interested in cultivating friends and avoiding offense than in saying anything interesting or—heaven forfend—controversial. Ford took his penchant for finding something good to say about everyone to absurd new heights on today's show. On the one hand, Harold showed respect for Rand Paul's filibuster. On the other, he actually broke out the hoary "my dear friend" in saying he wasn't as worred about the...
  • Mika Admits: Under Bush, Drone Strike Memo Would Have Caused 'Huge Controversy'

    02/05/2013 4:51:11 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Unusual candor from Mika Brzezinski and Harold Ford, Jr. on the double standard that exists for Republicans and Democrats. Discussing on today's Morning Joe the Obama administration memo that has been uncovered authorizing the use of drone strikes to kill U.S. citizens abroad, Mika admitted that there would have been a "huge controversy" if such a memo had surfaced during the Bush administration. Ford said that "Democrats have to think now about how they conducted themselves and the questions they raised about Bush administration tactics." Joe Scarborough flatly declared that had the policy come to light under Bush, it would...
  • EXTREME Black Anger in Chicago at Obama: “He done did it. He ruined it for us...

    10/08/2012 7:05:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    HillBuzz ^ | October 8, 2012 | Kevin DuJan
    Here in Chicago, I regularly meet with a group of friends who call themselves “The Think Squad”; these are men and women who are prominent members of the black community in Hyde Park and the City’s south side. None of them supported Barack Obama’s presidential bid in 2008 but most begrudgingly voted for him because they freely admit race-pride was their motivating factor. These people knew Obama when he was a state senator and saw him do absolutely nothing for blacks in Chicago back then…and they similarly saw Obama do nothing for blacks (or any of his constituents in general)...
  • The Booker insurgency grows - We few, we unhappy few.

    05/22/2012 12:01:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 05/22/2012 | John Hayward
    Newark mayor Cory Booker may have been reduced to filming “hostage videos” in which he apologizes for throwing sharp spikes of reason and temperance beneath the madly spinning wheels of the Obama re-election bus, but the Booker Insurgency continues to grow. Harold Ford Jr., formerly a Democrat congressman from Tennessee, was welcomed to the ranks on Monday. Ford was no small-time back-bencher. He took a credible shot at wrestling House leadership away from Nancy Pelosi, and served as leader of the Democratic Leadership Council - a now-forgotten artifact of an earlier time, when there really were “moderates” in the Democrat...
  • MTP 4-1-12 Harold Ford Jr schools Mika B on Capitalism

    04/02/2012 7:55:21 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 11 replies
    NBC ^ | 4-1-12 | NBC News
    Calling for higher taxes may bring applause at partisan political events, but it won't lower energy prices." I think all of the above energy strategy that Tom laid out and that the president articulates at times is not altogether pursued. Take for example the vote in the Senate last week. The deductions enjoyed by the oil companies are enjoyed by all U.S. manufacturers. So to single out oil companies at a time in which gas prices are high, in which our U.S. domestic industry, or to say domestic oil industry... MS. BRZEZINSKI: Eighty billion in profits. FMR. REP. FORD JR.:...
  • Harold Ford, Jr.: Republicans Wrong To Believe Obama Enjoys Great Favor Amongst Media

    01/23/2012 5:14:08 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Of all the Morning Joe regulars, I find Harold Ford, Jr. the least interesting. Ever on the lookout for his next opportunity, the fiercely ambitious Ford is firmly of the "my good friend" so-and-so school of politics, constantly hedging his bets and finding a way to praise or agree with virtually everyone. So it was an exception this morning when the former Dem congressman from Tennessee actually said something of note, if only for its sheer silliness. Ford somehow managed to maintain a straight face while claiming the media doesn't strongly favor Barack Obama. View the video here.
  • Harold Ford, Jr.: Obama 'Greatest Orator The Office Has Ever Known'

    09/08/2011 5:38:55 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 99 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Lincoln's Gettysburg Address? FDR's day of infamy and nothing to fear but fear itself? JFK's ask not? Reagan's Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall? Meh. Not bad I suppose, but nothing compared with Barack Obama's immortal rhetoric, such as when he proclaimed, uh, like, when he intoned, that is . . . On today's Morning Joe, the unctuous Harold Ford, Jr. went into sycophantic overdrive, telling White House press secretary Jay Carney that President Obama is "the greatest orator that the office has ever known." View the video here.
  • Hail Halperin: Calls Out Deutsch, Ford On Kanjorski Double-Standard

    06/25/2010 5:01:21 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    That Donny Deutsch and Harold Ford, Jr. would jump to defend a Democrat who made a hideously impolitic remark, whereas they would have skewered a Republican saying the same thing, is altogether predictable. What's remarkable was that Mark Halperin called them out on it. It happened on Morning Joe today in the context of Dem PA Rep. Paul Kanjorski's comment yesterday that a housing bill he was advocating helped "good, average Americans" and not "minorities" or "defective people." Halperin was first to comment, and actually launched a pre-emptive strike against the double-standard, observing "this is one of those instances where...
  • Democrats, Get Down to Business (Harold Ford Jr.)

    01/25/2010 6:59:39 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 35 replies · 1,388+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 24, 2010 | Harold Ford Jr.
    SCOTT BROWN’S victory last week in the Massachusetts Senate race, following the Republican gubernatorial triumphs in New Jersey and Virginia, marked the third time in three months that the Democratic Party has lost the support and trust of independent voters. The message these voters sent was clear. With one out of five Americans unemployed or underemployed, President Obama and the Democratic Party need to shift attention away from health care and toward a bold effort to create jobs, improve the economy and rein in the size of government. Here are four simple steps we must take immediately to put us,...
  • Harold Ford Jr.'s voting record refutes residency claim

    01/13/2010 9:20:47 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 389+ views
    commercialappeal.com ^ | Jan. 12, 2010 | Lela Garlington, Bartholomew Sullivan
    Despite talk about a possible run for the U.S. Senate seat in New York, former Memphis Congressman Harold E. Ford Jr. still lists a condo on South Front Street as his home. He shows the Downtown address as his primary residency on records with the Shelby County Election Commission. And he last cast a ballot in Shelby County during the November 2008 presidential election. "He voted at an early-voting site for the November 2008 general election," Shelby County Election Administrator Richard Holden confirmed Tuesday. Holden said election records indicate that Ford has listed 415 S. Front, Unit 12, as his...
  • Tennessee Paper Says Harold Ford Jr. Not Telling the Truth About NY Residency

    01/13/2010 6:34:59 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 12 replies · 542+ views
    If it was up to Harold Ford Jr. NY State would be changing its name from the Empire State to the carpet-bagger State. The former Tennessee Congressman is threatening to mount a primary challenge against NY Senator Kristen Kirsten Gillibrand who was named to fill the seat of another carpet-bagger, Hillary Clinton. Ford, who lost his bid to be Senator from Tennessee in 2006 claims he has been a resident of New York State for the past three years is still registered to vote in Tennessee and voted in Memphis in the 2008 Election when he was supposedly a NY...
  • The spoiler: How Harold Ford Jr. will shake up New York politics

    01/10/2010 5:27:58 AM PST · by SonOfDarkSkies · 35 replies · 1,543+ views
    NYPost ^ | 1/10/2010 | MAUREEN CALLAHAN
    In the days since floating a possible run for Kirsten Gillibrand’s senate seat, Harold Ford Jr. — former Democratic congressman from Tennessee, current vice chairman at Merrill Lynch, dashing MSNBC talking head and the party’s next great black hope — has already upended New York politics. This week, Mayor Bloomberg, along with high-powered members of the Democratic Party’s machine, telegraphed their support for a Ford candidacy; one day later, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Gillibrand supporter, told Ford to back off. By late Thursday, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid had asked Bloomberg to stay out of it, and by Friday afternoon, Ford...
  • Ford: Don’t Arrest Man In His Own Home, Whether His Name’s Gates, Johnson . . . or Finkelstein

    07/24/2009 6:28:20 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 93 replies · 1,760+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Could Ford be a fan? On Morning Joe today, Harold Ford, Jr., the former-congressman-turned-professor, commenting on the Cambridge brouhaha, said: “I think, look, the guy [Officer Crowley] did the right thing. My only question is once you determine there was no break-in, guy may be yakking off, I don’t care if he’s black or white, his name is Gates or Johnson . . . or Finkelstein. You don’t arrest a guy in his home.” View video here.
  • Ford, Jr.: Letterman Wrong, But Palins 'Unique'

    06/11/2009 5:26:07 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 64 replies · 3,092+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Harold Ford, Jr. is the epitome of the equivocating politician who tries to play things both ways. But that strategy came a cropper for the MSNBC contributor on Morning Joe today. Ford claimed that though Letterman was wrong to make sexual jokes about Sarah Palin's teenage daughter, somehow the Palins are "unique," and thus presumably an understandable target. Mika Brzezinski came down on him. A clearly uncomfortable Ford was soon seeking cover. View video here.
  • Harold Ford Jr. defends his 'Hardball' comments on torture

    05/13/2009 1:54:51 PM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies · 885+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 5/13/9 | Bartholomew Sullivan
    WASHINGTON — Former Memphis Congressman Harold Ford Jr. is taking exception to MSNBC host Chris Matthews’ suggestion that Ford’s views on torture after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks were “veering into Cheney territory.” Ford sent an e-mail message to the Washington bureau of The Commercial Appeal today to clarify that he is “adamantly opposed to torture,” but that, “given the environment that our intelligence officials were operating in after 9/11, it is not surprising that ‘enhanced methods’ were executed in an effort to gain valuable and, in some cases, actionable, intelligence…” Any effort to link me to former Vice President...
  • Video: Harold Ford says, “I would have voted for torture”

    05/12/2009 8:34:00 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 5 replies · 1,043+ views
    Hot Air ^ | May 12, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    And, of course, Chris Matthews goes apoplectic, while Chris Cillizza wisely stays on the sidelines — and, one presumes, jots down notes quickly for a Fix update. Matthews starts spluttering about “Cheney talk” and completely misses Ford’s point, which should shock no one (via Instapundit):
  • Democratic leaders could cure what ails us

    05/08/2008 7:59:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 35 replies · 101+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 5/8/8 | Harold Ford Jr. and Al From
    GUEST COLUMN: In addition to universal health care, our next president should create an American Center for Cures -- a cabinet-level authority charged with fighting life-threatening disease. By the time our next president takes the office, 50 million Americans will be living and working without health insurance. By the time he or she seeks re-election, health care costs in the United States will reach $3 trillion -- with medical costs rising twice as fast as workers' wages. For those reasons, health care is at the center of the presidential debate this year. We believe America needs a universal health care...
  • Politics Today: Ford Jr. would be viable Clinton running mate {Call me, Harold }

    03/17/2008 11:32:53 AM PDT · by SmithL · 64 replies · 812+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/17/8 | Blake Fontenay
    After last week's developments on the campaign trail, it seems highly unlikely that Barack Obama would agree to be Hillary Clinton's vice presidential running mate. But would Harold Ford Jr.? Several days ago, Clinton's campaign floated the idea of selecting Obama as her running mate as a way of keeping Democrats unified in the November election. Obama shot that idea down the day before his win last week in the Mississippi primary. So if Clinton were to win the nomination, where else might she turn to find a running mate who could appeal to Obama's supporters, who include large numbers...
  • State doesn't penalize lobbyists who skip ethics training {Harold Ford, Jr. is AWOL}

    02/12/2008 7:44:57 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 122+ views
    Nashville Tennessean | 2/12/8 | THEO EMERY
    State doesn't penalize lobbyists who skip ethics training
  • Democratic party, Ford are keeping cash from fraud figure {Who's Hsu}

    09/04/2007 12:57:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 460+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 9/4/7 | Tom Humphrey
    NASHVILLE — While some national Democratic figures are getting rid of contributions collected from Norman Hsu, the Tennessee Democratic party and Harold Ford Jr. have no such plans. Hsu, who a major donor and fundraiser Democratic causes, was jailed last week in California on fraud charges dating back almost 15 years. The Tennessee Democratic party received $58,000 from Hsu last year — $38,000 to the party’s fund for state campaigns and $20,000 to the party’s fund for federal campaigns. Ford received $14,700 in three contributions during 2005 and 2006. Other Democrats, including presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have...
  • MEDIA GIVES $$ LIBERALLY: 87% OF JOURNALISTS TILT LEFT IN ELEX FUNDS (Good ol' liberal media bias)

    06/30/2007 8:12:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 875+ views
    The New York Post ^ | June 22, 2007 | Charles Hurt
    Nearly nine out of 10 journalists who made political donations gave to Democrats or left-wing groups, according to a bombshell new investigation into media bias - and perhaps the most shocking name on the list was the writer of "The Ethicist" column for The New York Times. The probe by MSNBC investigative reporter Bill Dedman revealed the names of 144 employees - reporters, editors, producers - from media organizations nationwide who have lined the candidates' pockets since '04. Underscoring the leftward tilt of the press, 125 of the workers, or 87 percent, ponied up only to Democrats and liberal causes,...
  • Defeat’s been kind to Harold Ford Jr.

    03/22/2007 9:07:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 557+ views
    Nashville Tennessean | 3/22/7 | JENNIFER BROOKS
    Defeat’s been kind to Harold Ford Jr.
  • Stupidity so bizarre is difficult to process

    12/02/2006 12:50:22 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 33 replies · 1,953+ views
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | December 2, 2006 | Wendi Thomas
    Today I'd like to award my first "On the Pipe" awards to Memphis City Councilmen Rickey Peete and Edmund Ford, both arrested Thursday on public corruption charges. No insult to addicts intended, this award goes to anyone whose behavior is so bizarre, so devoid of any common sense, so head-scratchingly stupid that the only explanation is a serious addiction to the crack pipe. What makes Ford's and Peete's stupidity so memorable, so worthy of the "On the Pipe" award is the timing. In August and October, federal prosecutors say Ford took a total of $6,900 in bribes to get the...
  • Bribe Bust Nets 2 Councilmen (Cash-for-Vote Scheme Finds Another Ford in TN)

    12/01/2006 4:00:02 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 11 replies · 902+ views
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | December 1, 2006 | Michael Erskine and Lawrence Buser
    With a hidden video camera rolling, Memphis City Councilman Edmund Ford allegedly pocketed a $1,900 payoff from a government informant in October, then promised results. "I'll drum up seven (votes) or make somebody walk out." That was among allegations levied Thursday against council members Ford and Rickey Peete, who were arrested by FBI agents on federal bribery charges accusing them of accepting thousands of dollars from an informant in exchange for their votes. In the second major local public corruption investigation in two years, authorities say secret audio and video recordings show the pair received cash payments -- $12,000 for...
  • WEAK-ly Standard Props Up Democrats Senatorial Candidates

    11/10/2006 5:18:29 AM PST · by colonel mosby · 79 replies · 1,453+ views
    The Weak-ly Standard | November 10,2006 | me
    Congratulations to The Weak-ly Standard. The "conservative" magazine did a wonderful job promoting Democrat senatorial candidates Jim Webb, Harold Ford Jr., and Jon Tester in it's last two issues immediately preceding Tuesday's election. The Standard wrote a long tribute to Webb, calling him a "blood and soil conservative". Despite Harold Ford Jr.'s very low ACU lifetime congressional voting record of 19, the Standard tried to portray him as being similar to his conservative opponent Bob Corker on the issues. Apparently, the magazine was enamored of the notion of having little Harold in the U.S. Senate. But, most outrageously, the last...
  • Harold Ford Jr. Is Not Pro-Life

    11/01/2006 5:24:26 AM PST · by GailA · 17 replies · 720+ views
    Human Events ^ | 11/01/06 | Douglas Johnson
    Is Rep. Harold Ford, the Democratic nominee for the open U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee, pro-life? Certainly, over the past month he has repeatedly claimed the pro-life label. For example, on Tucker Carlson's program on MSNBC on October 30, Ford said, "I'm pro-life, I'm pro-life, Tucker, so I mean, I don't run from that ..." Although Carlson expressed some skepticism about the claim, it has been accepted at face value and repeated as fact by many other journalists, and even by some conservative commentators. Journalists do their readers and viewers a disservice when they accept and repeat such claims without...
  • Kranky Kondracke Claims RNC Playboy Ad Designed to 'Stir Up Rednecks'

    10/29/2006 4:19:05 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 97 replies · 2,159+ views
    It's not just Chris Matthews who sees racial bogeymen behind the RNC's now-famous ad [view here] with a Playboy bunny inviting Harold Ford, Jr. to "call me."On last evening's "Beltway Boys," good old moderate Mort Kondracke claimed the Republicans designed the ad to "stir up rednecks."Mort's fellow "Boy," Fred Barnes, was having none of it:"You have to be living in the 50's or 60's to think it is racist. . . There is absolutely nothing wrong. It amounts to the way Democrats play the race card and you fall for it."I'd say "bada-bing," but wouldn't want to be accused of...
  • Early voting turnouts high in county, state (Tennessee)

    10/26/2006 4:24:35 AM PDT · by Princip. Conservative · 59 replies · 1,678+ views
    Election officials say Tennessee’s tight U.S. Senate race and proposed constitutional amendments for elderly tax relief and banning samesex marriage have drawn voters to the polls in relatively high volume during the first few days of early voting. Through Saturday, more than 159,000 people had cast early and absentee votes statewide, according to the Tennessee Division of Elections. State Election Coordinator Brook Thompson said Tuesday that early voting turnout is at a higher pace than 2002, the last comparable statewide election. However, it is hard to determine if there will be a greater total turnout for the Nov. 7 election...
  • More Details Of Ford's Fancy Fling

    10/20/2006 11:31:38 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 33 replies · 2,108+ views
    Fancy Ford (website) ^ | October 16 | Staff
    WASHINGTON--The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) issued the following release after The Commercial Appeal reported more details of Congressman Harold Ford, Jr.'s previous "nonexclusive courtship" with a Georgetown University sophomore: "It's good to hear Congressman Ford's Georgetown University girlfriend's spring break planning didn't get in the way of his meetings with the President," said Dan Ronayne, NRSC Spokesman. "But the least Fancy Ford could have done was call her back after news broke of their relationship. Not providing closure is distinctly un-fancy." The Commercial Appeal Reports "The Younger Ford's Dating Life Is An Active, But Quieter Affair. 'He Met Julia...
  • Harold Ford Jr. and Chicago's E2 nightclub tragedy

    10/17/2006 4:38:20 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 1 replies · 697+ views
    Marathon Pundit ^ | October 17, 2006 | Marathon Pundit
    While I was in the Volunteer State a couple of weeks ago, I heard a radio commercial from Tennessee Republican Senate candidate Bob Corker about a $1,000 donation his opponent's campaign fund made to the Dwain Kyles Defense Fund that jogged my memory. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. is the Democratic candidate for the senate seat being vacated by Bill Frist. Who is Dwain Kyles? He was the owner of Chicago's E2 nightclub, where on February 17, 2003, 21 club patrons were killed in a stampede. Kyles was subsequently charged for involuntary manslaughter. The club was greatly overcrowded that night. Kyles...
  • Harold Ford calls himself lawyer, but did not pass bar

    10/06/2006 7:54:48 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 57 replies · 3,421+ views
    Ford called self a lawyer but did not pass bar exam By Michael Davis Staff Writer Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Harold Ford Jr. referred to himself as a lawyer earlier this week, but the congressman has not passed the bar exam. Michael Powell, senior adviser to the Ford campaign, said U.S. Rep. Ford took the Tennessee bar exam in February 1997 and failed. He said that was the only time Rep. Ford has taken the test. Rep. Ford, of Memphis, got his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1996, according to his congressional Web site. He...
  • Looking for liberal we'll like voting for (Wendi Thomas)

    09/28/2006 7:15:31 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 20 replies · 749+ views
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 9/28/06 | Webdi Thomas
    There are more than five weeks to go before the midterm elections, and I'm already sick of the ubiquitous Senate campaign ads on TV -- especially those from the Johnny one-note former Chattanooga mayor Bob Corker. I know, I know, he's just doing the Republicans' well-practiced three-step shuffle -- repeating buzz words, labeling Democrats as evil people and ignoring the massive failures of the last six years. The spots that feature Corker's overbearing mother are quickly becoming as annoying as the "Head-On! Apply directly to the forehead!" ads. For this voter, who isn't exactly a fan of the Democratic candidate,...
  • Ford brands Corker ad a 'lie' (JR)

    09/09/2006 9:38:21 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 33 replies · 1,364+ views
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 09/09/06 | Richard Locker
    NASHVILLE -- Democratic senatorial candidate Harold Ford Jr. charged Friday that opponent Bob Corker's new statewide TV ad saying that Ford voted against reauthorizing the USA Patriot Act is a "lie." The Memphis congressman's remarks followed a news conference at the Tennessee Vietnam Veterans Memorial here where he and about two dozen military veterans announced formation of a Veterans for Ford group. Ford rejected claims by Republican Corker that he has a "weak record in protecting America," including the charge in a new Corker TV ad that Ford voted against renewing the Patriot Act. The anti-terrorism law originally passed following...
  • Tennessee Senate: Ford Within 1

    09/08/2006 9:21:43 AM PDT · by youthgonewild · 39 replies · 1,022+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | September 7, 2006 | Scott Rasmussen
    The latest Rasmussen Reports election survey shows U.S. Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. closing in on Bob Corker in what has become one of the country’s marquee Senate races. Ford now trails Corker by a single point, 44% to 45% (see crosstabs). Last month’s poll showed him down by six; he trailed by 12 in July. Throughout Election 2006, Democrats have felt competitive in five races featuring incumbent Republicans—Pennsylvania, Montana, Rhode Island, Missouri, and Ohio. However, they need a net gain of six seats to take control of the Senate. Tennessee may now be on the radar screen as the potential...
  • Ford poll shows lead over Corker

    08/23/2006 10:58:56 AM PDT · by youthgonewild · 26 replies · 1,054+ views
    Chatanooga Times Free Press ^ | August 23, 2006 | Michael Davis
    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. is virtually tied with Republican opponent Bob Corker, according to internal poll results released by the Ford campaign. Rep. Ford, a U.S. congressman from Memphis, leads the former Chattanooga mayor 44 percent to 42 percent in the poll of 1,118 likely Tennessee voters. Thirteen percent of respondents were undecided in the head-to-head matchup. The poll was taken Aug. 10-15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.93 percent. Ford campaign senior adviser Michael Powell said during a Tuesday morning conference call that Mr. Corker was hurt during the fierce Republican...
  • Steve Cohen wins; will face Jake Ford, Mark White in November (Jr. Ford's seat)

    08/04/2006 8:29:56 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 15 replies · 913+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 8/3/06 | Halimah Abdullah
    State Sen. Steve Cohen won Thursday’s Democratic primary in the Ninth Congressional District. With all precincts reporting, Cohen had 23,570 votes. Nikki Tinker, who conceded about 10:30 p.m., was second with 19,132. She was followed by Joe Ford Jr. with 9,329, Shelby County Commissioner Julian Bolton with 8,050 and Ed Stanton with 6,920. Mark White easily won the Republican primary, collecting 12,013 votes to Tom Guleff’s 2,927 Cohen and White will face independent candidate Jake Ford in the November general election for the seat left open by U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr.’s bid for the U.S. Senate. Jake Ford is...
  • TN Senate: Dems Hope GOP Winner Emerges Bloodied

    07/27/2006 5:30:22 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies · 394+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | July 27, 2006 | Rachel Kapochunas
    Tennessee Democratic Rep. Harold E. Ford (news, bio, voting record) Jr., though highly competitive in his bid to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Bill Frist (news, bio, voting record) this year, faces two formidable obstacles. One is a trend against his party in a Southern state that jilted native son Al Gore for George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential race. The other is that Ford is battling history in trying to become the first popularly elected black senator from the South. But Democrats argue that the three contending Republican candidates for the Aug. 3 Senate primary — former Reps. Ed...
  • Political Website Exposes Harold Ford's record (TN Senate race)

    07/17/2006 6:25:18 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies · 641+ views
    Latest News Ford Wins Howard Dean Award Friday, July 07, 2006 NRSC Honors Rep. Harold Ford Jr. With The First “Howard Dean Award Of The Day” For... Thursday, July 06, 2006 GOP rips Ford for missed votes Thursday, July 06, 2006
  • GOP furor: ‘Stooges’ or ‘Statesmen’

    06/27/2006 7:43:52 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 677+ views
    AP ^ | 6/27/6
    NASHVILLE — The state Republican Party on Monday demanded that Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. apologize for calling the three main GOP candidates "the three stooges" at a rally last weekend. "Last time I checked, name-calling didn’t win too many elections in Tennessee," state GOP chairman Bob Davis said. "Maybe Ford’s immaturity and insulting character assassination works in Washington, D.C., but in Tennessee it doesn’t fly." The main candidates in the Republican primary are former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker and former U.S. Reps. Ed Bryant and Van Hilleary. "All three of the Republicans in the race for U.S....
  • [Harold Jr.] Ford calls opponents 'stooges,' dismisses criticism of family

    06/24/2006 9:21:36 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 707+ views
    AP ^ | 6/25/6 | ERIK SCHELZIG,
    NASHVILLE - The level of discourse between the three Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate is embarrassing and offensive to Tennessee voters, Democratic candidate Harold Ford Jr. said at a Democratic rally Saturday. Speaking to supporters at a block party before the state Democrats' annual Jackson Day event, the congressman from Memphis called his three GOP opponents "the three stooges." The candidates in the Republican primary are former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker and former U.S. Reps. Ed Bryant and Van Hilleary. "They really need to grow up," Ford later told reporters. "They should be running a race that is worthy...
  • Judge rules Ford seat fight not over [Dead votes STILL count for Ophelia Ford in Memphis]

    05/16/2006 6:44:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 762+ views
    AP ^ | 5/16/6 | WOODY BAIRD
    MEMPHIS — The fight over Ophelia Ford's removal from the state Senate isn't over, even though a majority of senators voted for it, a federal judge said Tuesday. In granting a request from Ford to block appointment of an interim replacement by the Shelby County Commission, Judge Bernice Donald said she must decide if the Senate's decision to remove Ford was proper. "There may be no vacancy for the county to fill," Donald said. Ford won a special election to the Senate by 13 votes last year, but senators decided in April to overturn those results, citing evidence of two...
  • Up, up, up goes city's crime (Memphis murder up 43% in first 4 months of 2006)

    05/14/2006 7:09:26 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 35 replies · 1,406+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | May 14, 2006 | Chris Conley
    When beer truck driver Wes McNeal was fighting for his life with an armed robber, he would have loved to have seen a blue and white Memphis Police cruiser turning the corner at Looney and Dunlap. McNeal, a distributor for D. Canale Beverages, was robbed at gunpoint of $603 and about $1,000 in receipts. He was the second vendor victimized at that spot recently. "It's a hot corner," McNeal said as he left the hospital for treatment of shoulder, elbow and face injuries. "I'm there, and I never see cruisers in the area." McNeal was one of 10 people robbed...
  • Tennessee Senate: Ford (D) Trails Three Republicans

    05/07/2006 8:01:43 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 50 replies · 977+ views
    May 7--In the competitive race to fill the Senate seat of departing Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R), likely Democratic nominee Harold Ford continues to trail all three potential Republican opponents. Representative Van Hilleary now leads Ford 47% to 38%. Representative Ed Bryant leads Ford 44% to 36%. And Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker leads him 43% to 39%. Those numbers are little changed from our previous Tennessee election poll. Since the beginning of the year, the gaps between Ford and the Republicans have widened. Hilleary does a bit better among conservatives than Bryant or Corker. All four candidates are viewed...
  • Brother makes 2 Fords in 9th race

    04/11/2006 11:21:51 AM PDT · by tlross · 13 replies · 391+ views
    Commercial Appeal ^ | Hamilah Abdullah
    Brother makes 2 Fords in 9th race Congressman's younger sibling files late, taking on own cousin Joseph Ford Jr. and his cousin Jake aren't the Hatfields and the McCoys, but as potential Ninth District congressional opponents they aren't exactly kissing cousins either. Jake Ford shied away from kissing and telling why he waited until Thursday, the qualifying deadline, to officially enter the bloated race to succeed his older brother, U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. "There's nothing strange about it," said Jake Ford, 33, who filed to run as an independent. "You have such a crowded field in this congressional race....
  • 'Dead voter' Precinct 27-1 is no more

    03/28/2006 8:30:32 PM PST · by Sybeck1 · 24 replies · 1,326+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/28/06 | Marc Perrusquia
    The infamous North Memphis precinct where ballots were cast in the names of dead voters no longer exists. The Shelby County Election Commission has dissolved Precinct 27-1, consolidating it with an adjoining precinct. And all the 27-1 poll workers are barred from working future elections. "On its face, someone committed an illegal voting act,'' said commission Chairman Greg Duckett. "Until it's resolved ... we as a body felt it was important that no one affiliated with that ward and precinct works for the organization.'' A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe is in its fourth month following reports that someone used...
  • Even in Ford family, race divides generations (Rep. Harold Ford JR., TN - Ford Family Feud)

    03/19/2006 2:40:14 PM PST · by Eagle9 · 10 replies · 7,355+ views
    commercialappeal.com - Memphis, TN ^ | March 19, 2006 | Wendi C. Thomas
    Was the matriarch of a Memphis political dynasty a white woman who married into a black family? Or was she a black woman with a white forefather buried in her lineage, a past shared with millions of black people?And why does it matter?Vera D. Ford The race of Vera Ford, the paternal grandmother of U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., came up when Harold Jr. declared she was white while campaigning for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee. His statement, first reported in December in a USA Today profile of the congressman, surprised many longtime Memphians who knew the Ford family and...
  • Transcript of Sen. Ford's remarks (Ophelia's call from God!)

    03/12/2006 7:47:41 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 7 replies · 497+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/12/06 | The Associated Press
    This is a verbatim transcript of Sen. Ford's remarks to reporters as she was leaving the Senate committee examining her election Thursday. "Nothing like this has ever happened before, that's why God is using me _ little old me _ to make needed laws that needed to be changed. It's not just affecting our state, it's going to affect our whole country with laws needing to have been change. They had to come upon a way to do it. What can they do but something like that? I think they're doing the very best that they can, my colleagues, I...
  • Harold Ford Jr. Living Large

    03/09/2006 1:45:57 PM PST · by NillaWaif · 35 replies · 1,755+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/08/06 | Peter Savodnik
    http://fancyford.com/Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. likes to live the good life...perhaps a little too much. Lavish hotel stays. Fine dining. Couture suits. Parties with Playboy Playmates...all on his campaign contributors' dime.It makes you wonder...what would the folks back in Tennessee think?
  • Joe Ford Jr. jumps into political ring (Harold Jr.'s cousin running for "family" seat!!

    02/25/2006 6:34:20 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 28 replies · 884+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 2/25/06 | Oliver Staley and Sherri Drake
    A member of the Ford family has joined the race for Tennessee's Ninth District congressional seat, running, of all things, as an outsider. Joe Ford Jr., son of the Shelby County commissioner, filed Friday to run as a Democrat. A Los Angeles resident who left Memphis for college, Ford is moving back to the Ninth District to "give back to the community," he said. Ford, 32, who practices entertainment and contract law, said he brings real-world experience and is not a career politician. "I think a lot of things wrong with politics in Memphis and the state of Tennessee and...