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Crazy Race - 08/11/14

  Four days after the primary election... and one race is still too close to call.  All eyes are on the DesJarlais - Tracy race for U.S. Congress.   Even so, both candidates are declaring victory.  No one is conceding.

   Boy has this been an interesting one.... especially with the scandal that continues to cast a shadow on Dr. DesJarlais.     He's the doctor who admitted in court transcripts to having no less than 8 affairs and using a gun to scare his first wife.  The pro life candidate also admitted under oath to asking one of his many lovers to get an abortion when she became pregnant with his child.   The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners reprimanded the doctor for  having sex with patients.  It's against state rules for a licensed doctor to do this.

    Right now, there are just 35 votes separating State Sen. Jim Tracy and Dr. DesJarlais and so the physician turned congressman has lawyered up to defend his lead.  He says he's prepping in the event Tracy challenges the race. 

   This is a process that could drag on for weeks.  Right now provisional votes are being counted and this could sway that 35 vote difference. 

    So many political pundits were sure there was no way DesJarlais could weather his self-made scandal and emerge to serve another term. 

   The take away?  Every vote counts, regardless of which candidate you support.  If you didn't want Jim Tracy to win, then you're probably happy with the unofficial 35 vote lead.  But, if you did want him to win and had any concerns about DesJarlais' character and his ability to serve you in Congress----- did you go to the polls and do your part?  If not, why not?  You could be one of the 35 who potentially threw this race.  We're talking less than three dozen.  

    See this earlier blog on our civic duty to VOTE.  It's a privilege thousands of others would love to have.



 

 

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DRUNKEN BANK ROBBER

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- If you're planning to knock over a bank, it's probably best not to knock down a few first. That's what a man in Tallahassee has found out the hard way. Authorities say an intoxicated Stanley Geddie walked into the Capital City Bank and demanded $100,000 from a manager -- claiming he had a handgun and plastic explosives. When police arrived, they found the man "very intoxicated and spaced out" in the manager's office. They also found a cab driver who said he brought Geddie to the bank -- and complained he got stiffed on his $25.50 fare. At least the would-be robber decided not to drive to the bank heist. The Tallahassee Democrat reports Geddie is charged with robbery, petty theft and resisting an officer. He's also being held on two probation violations.

BASEBALL GIVEAWAY

UNDATED (AP) -- Spring training -- a time for baseball teams and their fans to be optimistic. But the Houston Astros are balking over a planned promotion by one of its minor league affiliates. The Fresno Grizzlies of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League feel so confident the 'Stros will win a title soon, they planned to hand out replica 2017 World Series rings as a promotional giveaway this summer. But once the big league club heard about the pitch, they asked the Triple-A team to bench it. Grizzlies officials say they don't want any issues with its parent club.

POLICE HORSE ON THE LAM

CLEVELAND (AP) -- You've heard about the occasional rogue police officer. But a rogue police horse? A spokesman for the Cleveland police department says a horse with the department's mounted unit was tied up at a cemetery -- but got loose and started roaming the downtown area. Police finally caught up with Jack and got him back where he belonged. Police say there were no reports of injuries or property damage. Officers say Jack stayed on the street during his escape -- but didn't stop at red lights.

GOATS CAPTURED

SEATTLE (AP) -- You've probably heard the phrase: "getting someone's goat." In this case, police in Seattle got someone's goat -- times 10. A herd of 10 goats got free from a yard in the Beacon Hill neighborhood -- and began chasing a group of children. That led police on a chase of their own -- after the creatures. The police website says officers were able to wrangle the goats into a pen. Animal control officers were called to reach the goats' owner.

 
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