Main Street Journal – Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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Santorum Wins 2 More

In a Southern surprise, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum won both Mississippi and Alabama. He won all the border counties of north Mississippi. The Associated Press report. Mitt Romney came in third in both states. Reports from WREG.

The total delegate count; CBS results for MS and AL.

President Barack Obama is painted as a victim of events “out of his control”.

Mississippi Primaries: US Senator Roger Wicker easily won his Republican primary. He will face Democrat Albert N. Gore, Jr. And Representative Alan Nunnelee won his primary. Nunnelee reports from the, the Commercial Appeal.

MS Secretary of State Elections website and results from WMC. MS voters have an a “big influence” on the vote, even if turnout was abysmal. More on DeSoto County’s turnout from ABC24.

Shelby County Commission: Yesterday’s stalemate on redistricting will next move to Chancellor Arnold Goldin for sorting out. More reaction to Commissioner Henri Brooks’ racist comments Monday; she is defending these remarks. More from ABC24. Fox13 interviews Commssioner Steven Mulroy on the partisanship.

Transitional Planning Committee: The Flyer’s Jackson Baker on the “multiple achievement paths”. More on former school superintendent and mayor Willie Herenton’s claims that the new TPC plan is actually his old plan.

Memphis City Schools: The outside investigation into sexual harrassment claims filed by an MCS executive assistant against Deputy Superintendent Irving Hamer was completed last week, but MCS isn’t releasing the findings.

Memphis Police Department: The department is facing an officer shortage that may persist until this year’s budget crisis is resolved.

Mississippi: A State Senate bill would severely limit the advertising a State agency can do. Yesterday was a “contentious” day for the Legislature.

Politics: The legislative bill known by opponents as “Don’t Say Gay”, has stalled in the House. Backers will instead focus on sex education. More from the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Governor Bill Haslam continues to deprecate efforts to pass it.

The House will take up a bill called a UN conspiracy. Tennessee may soon be making horse sausage. Another bill would disallow motorcycle passengers under a certain height. A House bill would force local police agencies that seize money and drugs to send it to a State fund first.

Open Records: Governor Bill Haslam wants to standardise open records requests and limit the most egregious requests. TBI files are exempt from the Public Records Act and the effort to include them isn’t attracting much effort.

Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr: His confirmation hearings begin today.

Nashville: Mayor Karl Dean and several Metro Council members will make a final push to overturn the ban on the City’s non-discrimination laws.

Former House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh: The TN Democratic Party will give him the Governor Ned Ray McWherter Legacy Award.

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NEW! ONLINE EXCLUSIVE! Presidential Economic Plans, Part II: Financial contributor Chuck Bates continues his examination of the economic plans of the four Republican presidential candidates. You can read part one here.

NEW! ONLINE EXCLUSIVE! The Main Street Journal proudly welcomes Andria K. Brown to our ranks. She’ll be writing Southpaw and in Being Memphisotan she introduces herself.

Internet Exclusive: Farewell, Andrew Breitbart: Mick Wright pens a remembrance of the “iconoclastic provocateur”, the man who showed us the way.

Education: A poll of ethnic groups served by Southern schools finds them satisified with the results of their children’s education, despite documented shortcomings. The poll’s findings were discussed at a round table at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Millington: There will be four public meetings, beginning on Monday, discussing the proposed municipal school district. Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland is calling for an apology from the Commercial Appeal’s Wendi Thomas over an editorial. A boycott may be in the offing.

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis: Representatives of Concerned Citizens of Southaven had a private meeting with Davis.

Lincoln Davis: The TN GOP is denouncing his lawsuit alleging he was illegally purged from voter rolls. Davis was presented an opportunity to vote and passed.

Downtown: The Center City Revenue Finance Corporation approved the crucial $2 million start for the Harahan Bridge pedway. But the Downtown Memphis Commission still thinks its chance of success is less than 50 pecernt. More from WMC, ABC24. Memphis leaders are in Washington DC today to secure TIGER IV grants to finish the process. The CCRFC also approved a 10-year tax abatement for Printer’s Alley Lofts; more from the CA. The DMC’s Paul Morris downtown developers will next focus on Hotel Chisca. The Peabody will soon offer Segway tours of Beale Street. Young people are causing mayhem on Beale through Facebook!

Federal Reserve Bank: Three Memphians–two bankers and an exective–have been appointed to positions (two to the board) within the St Louis branch.

Business: The Daily News covers Memphis Newsmakers and Today’s Events. The Commercial Appeal informs you of People in Business and What to Do.

Collierville: Homebuilders are warning that new construction codes, the 2012 International Building Code, will raise the cost of homes.

Memphis Animal Shelter: New interim director James Rogers is promising improvements during his tenure.

Kamala: Known in real life as James Harris, he is retired from wrestling and facing complications from high blood pressure and diabetes, including the loss of a leg. He also didn’t make much during his wrestiling career.

Bartlett: As the community is growing, Saint Francis Hospital is growing with it.

Real Estate: Area foreclosures were down in December. The housing market is improving but some say it’s not out of the woods yet.

Financial: One of only a few financial firms to fail the Federal Reserve’s “stress test” was SunTrust. Regions Financial will attempt to raise $900 million through a public stock offering.

Germantown: There’s a new human resources director in town: Susan Hopson.

Picture of the Day

What are you waiting for? Camel rides at the Memphis Zoo! Go! From I Love Memphis by Kerry Crawford-Trisler. © 2012.

Opinion and Blogs

no rococo: A review of Mosa Asian Bistro with her friend, Irina McGuire, and illustrated with many mouth-watering photos.

Joe Spake’s Daily Buzz: The rest of the day’s news, from all sorts of eclectic places.

Guerrilla Sales & Marketing: “Experiential marketing” is the latest buzzword for a very old form of customer contact. (via the Daily News)

Alan Crone: Explaining SIPA and POPA for you. (via the Daily News)

Commercial Appeal: Another “reason” to carve yet another piece from irreplaceable public land for a “good” civic reason. Stymied in the courts, those who disagree with former governor Haley Barbour’s pardons are encouraged to try the Legislature.

Fred Johnson and Daniel Kiel: Lots of flowery, hopeful language but what are they saying? (via the Flyer)

Secondhand Underground: An aimless though entertaining wander through the Goodwill Half-Price Center. Fun photos, of course.

I Face Me: The Chapter-A-Week book club continues.

LeftWindCracker: He donates a post to Commission candidate and fellow liberal blogger Steve Ross.

Memphis Lagniappe: Another Memphis restaurant patio culture enthusiast self-identifies.

My Memphis Mommy: Another reminder of the tirelessly generous coupon and free offer website.

David Sandy: How to prepare your home for home inspection prior to a sale.

Steve’s Nude Memphis Blog: His encounter with a newspaper reporter over the use of “Ms”.