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  • Hillary Fired For “Lying, Unethical Behavior” on Watergate Committee

    01/17/2014 12:07:14 PM PST · by Tigen · 42 replies ^ | 1-12-14 | Robert Gehl
    Hillary Clinton might have a pretty hefty scandal brewing. It turns when she was an attorney working on the Watergate investigation, she was fired by her supervisor for “lying, unethical behavior.” Jerry Zeifman, who said he is a lifelong Democrat, was a supervisor for 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. When the investigation was complete, Zeifman said he fired Hillary and refused to give her a recommendation. “Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of...
  • Obama’s birthday gift to his wife? Time off, alone

    01/05/2014 6:19:17 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 115 replies
    CBS/Reuters January 5, 2014, 8: 26 AM Obama’s birthday gift to his wife? Time off, alone HONOLULU - President Barack Obama is going to give his wife the birthday present that many parents can only dream of - time off, alone, without the children. The White House said on Saturday first lady Michelle Obama would stay in Hawaii, where the family has been on vacation for the last two weeks, rather than return home with her husband and their two girls. "As part of her birthday gift from the president, the first lady will remain in Hawaii to spend time...
  • Germany: Bill Clinton to meet Angela Merkel in Berlin (US Embassy still open for Clintons)

    10/08/2013 1:34:12 PM PDT · by Dagnabitt · 20 replies ^ | Unknown
    Former US president Bill Clinton met with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday for an informal interview. Clinton came to Berlin to give a keynote speech at the 47th Annual Meeting of the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA), held at the Intercontinental Hotel between October 6 and 8. More than 2600 delegates attended the forum, mostly CEOs and top-level executives from the 700 companies that comprise the EPCA. Since leaving the White House in 2001 and under the Clinton Foundation, the 42nd president of the United States has been advocating for development aid projects and against climate change.
  • Clinton fury at former right-hand man

    09/23/2013 7:23:15 AM PDT · by Liz · 8 replies
    NY POST ^ | 9/23/13 | Kate Sheehy with reporting by Geoff Earle
    Doug Band, Bill Clinton’s 39-year-old former WH “gatekeeper’’ setup a round of golf between Clinton and Pres Obama in 2011. VP Biden ompleted the foursome w/ Obama's then-COS Chicago's Bill Daley.....the Obama team wanted Clinton to pitch in on the 2012 re-election trail... Band demanded “the Obama team help pay off Hillary’s 2008 campaign debt’’ and that Clinton visit Band’s home state of Florida. Clinton learned Doug Band had been soliciting work for Teneo---Band's consulting and PR business. Clinton was told, media mogul Haim Saban, who donated more than $10 million to [one of the Clinton] tax-exempt foundations was contacted....
  • Pelosi: Hillary 'Would Be the Most Qualified Person to Enter the White House in Modern History'

    05/03/2013 5:39:01 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 106 replies
    Pelosi: Hillary 'Would Be the Most Qualified Person to Enter the White House in Modern History' 'With all due respect to President Clinton when he went in, President Obama, and President Bush and everybody else.' Daniel Halper May 3, 2013 7:44 AM Ex-speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said that she's praying Hillary Clinton will decide to run for president next election, because the former first lady is supremely qualified. "I pray that Hillary Clinton decides to run for president of the United States," the San Francisco congresswoman said at an event in Little Rock, Arkansas. And she said that...
  • Robin Carnahan will not seek third term as Sec. of State (Missouri)

    09/30/2011 1:37:54 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 12 replies
    STL Today ^ | Friday, September 30, 2011 | JAKE WAGMAN
    Robin Carnahan will not seek a third term as Missouri Secretary of State, according to Democratic sources. Carnahan, a member of one of the state's most prominent political families, has been in Jefferson City since 2004. But after losing a bid for U.S. Senate last year by a wide margin, she did not raise any money for her state campaign, fueling speculation that she would not seek to stay on as Secretary of State.
  • Court Overturns Ford Corruption Conviction

    04/14/2011 2:37:49 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    The Daily News (Memphis) ^ | 4/14/11 | Bill Dries
    Former state Sen. John Ford’s federal TennCare fraud and corruption convictions were tossed Thursday morning by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court specifically found that Ford’s failure to disclose that he was working as a consultant for a TennCare contractor while he was a state senator voting on policies governing TennCare wasn’t a matter for the federal courts. It was instead a matter for state government, the court ruled. A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the use of the “honest services” federal statute also figured prominently in a ruling that could mean Ford will be released...
  • 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):
  • MEMPHIS: Former girlfriend of John Ford is fired from library job

    11/25/2008 9:02:30 PM PST · by SmithL · 16 replies · 1,257+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 11/25/8 | Jody Callahan
    Connie Mathews has been fired from her job at the Memphis Public Library, city officials said today. Mathews, mother of two children by former state senator John Ford, falsified information on her application, according to an official statement from city spokesman Toni Holmon-Turner. “It has come to the attention of the City of Memphis administration that Ms. Connie Mathews falsified information contained in her employment application for the Memphis Public Library. Therefore, Ms. Mathews’ employment with the City of Memphis will cease immediately.” Mathews was hired as an assistant library cataloger at the Memphis Public Library and Information Center. She...
  • John Ford's girlfriend gets job at Memphis Public Library

    11/17/2008 1:02:03 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 1,353+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 11/17/8 | Amos Maki
    The girlfriend of former State Senator and convicted felon John Ford is working for the city. Connie Mathews, who has two children by Ford, is an assistant library cataloger at the Memphis Public Library and Information Center. Mathews, who began her job Nov. 10, works at the Central Library on Poplar and has an annual salary of $28,580. Mathews, who has a background in banking and finance, is known locally for her run-ins with Ford’s ex-wife, Tamara Mitchell Ford. In 2001, Mitchell-Ford drove her silver Jaguar into the Collierville home Mathews shared with Ford. Ford was the marquee defendant in...
  • Judge orders Ophelia Ford's bill paid

    10/31/2008 7:07:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 1,216+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 10/31/8 | Richard Locker
    State told to take care of legal fees from suit NASHVILLE -- A federal judge in Memphis has ordered the state to pay $117,263 in attorneys fees to the lawyers who represented state Sen. Ophelia Ford when the Senate voided her 2005 special election. That was $12,575 less than the attorneys sought. U.S. Dist. Judge Bernice Donald ordered the reduction on the grounds the state was not responsible for costs incurred by Ford in the early days of the proceeding, before the state Senate began its own proceedings to vacate the election. Prior to that, Ford was fighting an effort...
  • Tennessee - Former Sen. Ford sentenced to 14 years

    09/29/2008 3:49:23 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 1,375+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | September 29, 2008
    Excerpt - NASHVILLE — Former Tennessee state Sen. John Ford has been sentenced to 14 years in prison on federal charges of wire fraud and failing to report more than $800,000 in payments from state contractors. ~ snip ~
  • TENNESSEE Sen. Ophelia Ford rails on state funeral fees

    08/23/2008 10:21:53 AM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 535+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 8/23/8 | Richard Locker
    NASHVILLE -- State Sen. Ophelia Ford -- already a YouTube star for her snarling "what you're saying ain't hittin' on nothin' with me" speech last year -- was back at it last week, berating regulators about new state fees on the funeral industry. Acknowledging that she's a licensed funeral director, Ford complained in a legislative hearing Aug. 13 that fees are going to "eat us up and put us out of business." She demanded regulators disclose who imposed a new $150 biannual registration fee on preneed funeral sales agents and what it's for. Turns out that Ford and her legislative...
  • After eight hours of jury deliberation, Ford faces up to 20 years in prison

    07/18/2008 10:47:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 478+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 7/18/8 | Richard Locker
    NASHVILLE -- A federal court jury convicted former state senator John Ford of all six charges in connection with his $850,000 in consulting work for two major TennCare contractors. Ford, 66, is already serving a 5 1/2 year sentence for a separate conviction on federal bribery charges in Memphis. He faces up to 20 years in the Nashville case but sentencing will not occur for several weeks, possibly months. The middle Tennessee jury deliberated a total of eight hours -- six on Thursday -- before returning to the courtroom where it sat since the trial began on July 1. The...
  • Tenn. won't reinstate Ophelia Ford's expired funeral permit

    07/09/2008 12:23:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 396+ views
    Nashville Tennessean | 7/9/8 | RACHEL STULTS
    Tenn. won't reinstate Ophelia Ford's expired funeral permit
  • John Ford sought to amend financial interest forms after media reports surfaced

    07/09/2008 12:08:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 417+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 7/9/8 | Richard Locker
    NASHVILLE -- Then-state senator John Ford filed state-required financial interest disclosure forms yearly for 2001 through 2004 without listing any consulting work or income -- and then sought to amend them in 2005 after media reports began surfacing about his consulting income and a formal ethics complaint had been lodged against him, according to testimony today in his federal court trial here. Earlier testimony has indicated that the consulting firm in which Ford was a 40 percent partner received about $1.2 million from a TennCare dental services provider during that time. But under questioning by prosecutors, Senate Chief Clerk Russell...
  • Feds dismiss charges against Lee, Ford Sr.

    06/24/2008 4:47:42 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 312+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 6/24/8 | Lawrence Buser
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office this afternoon announced that it is dismissing bribery and extortion charges against former Memphis city councilman Edmund Ford Sr. and Joseph Lee, former head of Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division. “The Government has re-evaluated the case and stated to the Court that a dismissal is warranted in the interest of justice,” the one-paragraph statement said.
  • Former Senator Faces More Bribery Charges -- John Ford Already Serving Prison Sentence

    06/09/2008 1:01:22 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 468+ views
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This month's trial of former state Sen. John Ford on corruption charges could last up to a month. Ford is accused of taking $800,000 in consultant payments from TennCare contractors to promote those private companies' interests with the state's expanded Medicaid program. Ford was known for his flashy attire when he was a lawmaker. On Monday he was led into court in a dark green jumpsuit with his hands cuffed behind his back. He was convicted earlier this year of taking $55,000 in bribes during the unrelated federal Tennessee Waltz investigation and is serving a 5 1/2...
  • IRS After John Ford

    06/06/2008 1:04:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 288+ views
    WREG-3 (CBS-Memphis) ^ | 6/6/8 | George Brown
    News Channel 3 has confirmed the Internal Revenue Service is after former Senator and current prisoner, John Ford. The IRS says Ford owes more than 220,000 in unpaid federal income taxes. The IRS would not comment on specifics but did say the taxes are from 2003, 2004 and 2005. Ford is currently in a federal prison on bribery charges prosecuted under Operation Tennessee Waltz. Ford is serving 5 years in prison. A June 24 trial is set for Ford in Nashville on allegations he took $800,000 in illegal payments.
  • John Ford-backed law lets doctor practice

    06/01/2008 6:55:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 362+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 6/1/8 | Marc Perrusquia
    A psychologist raised in Frayser and trained in South America, Morgan had been rejected twice by the state's psychology licensing board because of his academic record. But Morgan found a powerful ally in then-state Sen. John Ford, who pushed through legislation that forced regulators to hand Morgan a license to practice, according to an examination by The Commercial Appeal. That carefully tailored 1998 law has privately troubled psychology professionals for years yet remained unknown to the larger public. The newspaper uncovered the matter following Morgan's indictment last month. Federal prosecutors contend Morgan offered Ford money in 2005 for legislation that...
  • Federal jury acquits Ford in bribery case { Edmund Ford }

    05/21/2008 3:28:48 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 299+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 5/21/8 | Lawrence Buser
    A federal court jury this afternoon acquitted former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Jr. on charges of taking bribes in 2006 in return for his vote and influence on a development and billboard project. The jury of seven women and five men returned its verdict at about 4 p.m. after deliberating the better portion of two days. As a smiling Ford walked out of the federal court room, he said in a loud voice, “My Lord, the Savior is awesome. He is awesome. I just love my Lord.” Ford, 52, a mortician, was indicted on three counts of extortion...
  • Jury to begin deliberbations in Ford case this afternoon { Edmund Ford }

    05/20/2008 1:19:04 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 200+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 5/20/8 | Lawrence Buser
    A federal court jury is scheduled to begin deliberations this afternoon in the extortion and bribery trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. Federal prosecutors say the 52-year-old mortician accepted $8,900 in bribes from a political consultant in 2006 for his votes and influence in a development project, removal of a city billboard moratorium and the replacement of the chairman of the Board of Adjustment. “Each of these payments was made for official acts,” federal prosecutor Tom Colthurst told jurors as he showed secretly recorded videos of consultant Joe Cooper giving cash to Ford. “You also see...
  • Tapes reveal payoffs to Edmund Ford - So 'Godfather' could 'work your magic'

    05/15/2008 7:58:17 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 244+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 5/16/8 | Lawrence Buser
    Wearing a button-sized hidden camera in his shirt and a recorder taped to his waist, political consultant Joe Cooper passed $100 bills to then-city councilman Edmund Ford Sr. in 2006 while seeking approval for a development project. On the tapes presented Wednesday to a federal court jury, Cooper refers to Ford as "the Godfather" and "the master" and encourages him to "work your magic and just make sure it happens." Testifying as the government's key witness in Ford's extortion and bribery trial, Cooper explained how he regularly got such issues approved by the council for well-heeled developers who employed him....
  • Edmund Ford's trial set to start - Former city councilman accused of corruption

    05/12/2008 7:38:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 181+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 5/12/8 | Lawrence Buser
    The FBI called it Operation Main Street Sweeper, a relatively short undercover investigation that yielded several indictments, three guilty pleas to date and one memorable quote. After allegedly accepting a $1,900 bribe in 2006 to line up votes to repeal a billboard moratorium, then-City Councilman Edmund Ford Sr. pocketed the money and confidently declared on a secretly recorded videotape: "I'll drum up seven or make somebody walk out." The strength of the government's case against Ford will be tested this week in a trial before U.S. Dist. Court Judge Samuel Mays Jr. Jury selection from a pool of 105 citizens...
  • 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...
  • {Former state senator John} Ford assigned to dorm maintenance

    04/29/2008 1:18:20 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 214+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/29/8 | Lawrence Buser
    Former state senator John Ford was assigned to maintenance duty today at the federal prison in Louisiana where he is serving a 5-year prison sentence for bribery. “He will be temporarily assigned to assist the dorm orderlies with sanitation in the dorms,” said Karen Million, spokesman for the Federal Prison Camp at Pollock, La. “After we have a chance to assess his skills, we may assign him to a different job assignment.” Ford, 65, who reported to the camp Monday afternoon, was convicted last year of taking $55,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents in the Tennessee Waltz investigation into...
  • Ex.-Sen. Ford reports to prison camp

    04/29/2008 7:42:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 260+ views
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 4/29/8 | WOODY BAIRD, Associated Press
    5 1/2-year sentence is result of bribes taken in Tennessee Waltz sting - MEMPHIS - The Rolex watches, fancy suits and plush hotels are all things of the past for former state Sen. John Ford.Ford, 65, reported Monday to a federal prison camp in Louisiana to begin a 5 1/2-year sentence for taking $55,000 in bribes during the FBI's statewide corruption sting called Tennessee Waltz.Once one of the state's most powerful lawmakers, Ford was known as a flashy dresser with a taste for fine dining and expensive hotels.At the prison camp, he will have half of a double bunk in...
  • {TN Waltz - John} Ford enters federal prison in Louisiana

    04/28/2008 12:10:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 271+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/28/8 | Lawrence Buser
    Former state senator John Ford entered the federal prison camp at Pollock, La., at 1:40 p.m. today. Ford, who was convicted last year of accepting $55,000 in bribes as a state legislator, is serving a 5-year at the prison, which is about 400 miles from Memphis. Prison spokesman Karen Million said Ford, prisoner No. 20286-076, will receive an orientation and a medical screening today and will be given a work assignment on Tuesday. Ford was convicted as part of an FBI undercover sting dubbed Operation Tennessee Waltz. He is the 10th defendant to be sent to prison. Two others received...
  • John Ford Headed to Prison {for TN Waltz corruption conviction}

    04/28/2008 10:09:20 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 312+ views
    MEMPHIS, TN - Former State Senator John Ford is scheduled to report to federal prison in Pollock, Louisiana on Monday, April 28, 2008. Ford was convicted in April 2007 on bribery charges; he took more than $55,000 to influence votes in the Tennessee legislature. Ford was indicted during an FBI undercover operation, "Operation Tennessee Waltz," which worked to expose public corruption. The United States Penitentiary in Pollock is a high-security facility in central Louisiana, which houses male offender. A satellite prison camp located next to the main facility houses minimum security offenders. The prison is surrounded by the Kisatchie National...
  • Ford tree: Dying or evergreen?

    04/28/2008 7:54:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 170+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/27/8 | Blake Fontenay
    Its political ranks have thinned, but is there a new crop ahead? In videotaped evidence played at his Tennessee Waltz corruption trial, former state senator John Ford once bragged that he was "the man who makes the deals." For many years, he was also the public face of the Ford family to many Mid-Southerners, a larger-than-life character who had the political skills to back up his overbearing personality. With John Ford scheduled to report to prison Monday, he'll be leaving behind a family facing uncertain political prospects. Harold Ford Sr. and Harold Ford Jr., who represented Tennessee's Ninth Congressional District...
  • Overtime duty in District 9 { Ford family tries to un-play the race card in Memphis }

    04/08/2008 8:03:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 204+ views
    Ford family members elevated the dialogue in Steve Cohen's re-election run, discouraging use of the race card - The ability to lead and the willingness to serve are necessary attributes for a member of Congress. When a congressman continues to lead and serve after leaving office, it's a bonus for constituents. Harold Ford Sr. and Harold Ford Jr., who represented Memphis' 9th Congressional District from 1975 to 2007, gave the 9th District a bonus Saturday when they made it clear that U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen's race and religion should not be factors in his re-election bid. Cohen, who is white,...
  • { Memphis Fords } Harold Sr., Jr. speak out against family members

    04/06/2008 4:43:39 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 198+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/6/8 | Pamela Perkins
    Reject racially tinged remarks about Cohen by other Fords - Harold Ford Sr. and Harold Ford Jr. on Saturday rejected racially charged remarks made last week by family members Jake and Isaac Ford. Jake Ford, who is trying to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in the Ninth Congressional District, filed Thursday to run again for the seat as an independent. In 2006, he ran and lost to Cohen. In remarks published Friday in The Commercial Appeal, Jake Ford blasted Cohen, who is white, and said Tennessee deserves to have at least one black congressman. Democrats Ford Sr. and Ford...
  • MWMPHIS: A rude start to Jake Ford's campaign

    04/05/2008 2:27:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 262+ views
    His racially charged rhetoric is tiresome, particularly during a week dedicated to MLK's memory - Maybe it would have been asking too much to expect Jake and Isaac Ford to hold their peace, at least for a couple of days. Jake Ford, who filed qualifying paperwork Thursday to run for the Ninth Congressional District seat as an independent, wasted no time in taking his campaign on a detour down the low road. Jake Ford suggested that incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is unable to represent the district because Cohen is white and the majority of the district's residents are black....
  • Race question back for Cohen -- Challenger Jake Ford: Black person should represent district

    04/04/2008 7:52:13 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 266+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/4/8 | Alex Doniach
    U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has said he thinks the 9th Congressional District has gotten beyond race in electing its representatives. But independent candidate Jake Ford seemed intent on proving him wrong Thursday. He kicked off the congressional campaign by blasting Cohen, who is white, and saying Tennessee deserves to have at least one black congressman. Still hot from his loss to Cohen in 2006, Ford, younger brother of former congressman Harold Ford Jr., also railed against the news media -- specifically The Commercial Appeal -- for not giving him, or his record, a fair shake in the last election. "This...
  • { Convicted in TN Waltz sting, John} Ford to be imprisoned closer to home

    03/28/2008 7:51:21 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 860+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/28/8 | Bartholomew Sullivan
    Cohen intervenes to request change of prison from Texas to Louisiana -- WASHINGTON -- Former state senator John Ford is going to the big house next month, but after the intervention of U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, it will be much closer to Memphis. Cohen confirmed Thursday that his office made a request to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to look into changing Ford's incarceration from a minimum-security federal-prison camp at La Tuna, Texas, to a similar facility in central Louisiana. Ford, 65, is to surrender to federal authorities next month to begin serving a 5 1/2-year sentence after his conviction...
  • Sen. Ford returns to the General Assembly for the first time since Jan. 8 { Ophelia fine}

    03/25/2008 7:53:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 316+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/25/8 | Richard Locker
    NASHVILLE -- State Sen. Ophelia Ford answered the Senate's roll call Monday night for the first time since the General Assembly convened Jan. 8. The Memphis Democrat told her colleagues in a brief address upon her return to the Senate floor that she had suffered from a "bleeding ulcer" that took a long time to diagnose, but she's ready to return to work. She had been hospitalized with a previously undisclosed illness off and on since the legislature adjourned last June. Walking slowly with the aid of an aluminum cane, she arrived at her legislative office about an hour before...
  • Ophelia Ford returning to legislature -- Memphis lawmaker flying to Nashville

    03/21/2008 7:33:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 437+ views
    AP via Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/21/8 | Lucas L. Johnson II
    NASHVILLE -- State Sen. Ophelia Ford is expected to return to the legislature next week after being absent with an unspecified illness since the session started in January. Ford's temporary assistant, Sherwine Lucien, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the Memphis Democrat had contacted her about booking a flight to Nashville on Monday. "As far as we know, she should be here Monday," Lucien said. Ford has been in and out of the hospital with health issues that have plagued her the past year. The 57-year-old said in March that she had a severe case of anemia that had...
  • 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...
  • Two new DUI cases for Mitchell-Ford

    03/07/2008 7:54:08 AM PST · by SmithL · 64+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/7/8 | Lawrence Buser
    Tamara Mitchell-Ford, who is serving a drunken driving jail sentence in Collierville, was indicted Thursday on two more drunken-driving cases. The 43-year-old ex-wife of former state senator John Ford picked up the cases before she was ordered in November to begin serving 11 months and 27 days for violating her probation on a DUI case from February of last year. In anticipation of the indictments, her attorney, Juni Ganguli, said recently a tentative plea agreement with prosecutors called for Mitchell-Ford to plead guilty to both new DUIs and to be given concurrent sentences of 11 months and 29 days in...
  • John Ford goes to prison in 60 days {for TN Waltz conviction}

    02/28/2008 3:38:41 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies · 160+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 2/28/8 | Lawrence Buser
    John Ford must report to prison in 60 days, U.S. District Court Judge J. Daniel Breen decided this morning. Ford, 65, has been assigned to a federal lockup near El Paso, Texas. Ford, who was sentenced to 5 years in prison for taking $55,000 in bribes as a legislator, looked grim as Breen announced his decision. “Mr. Ford just said ‘Let’s move forward on the appeal,’ ” said his court-appointed appellate attorney, Robert Brooks. “He’s a very practical man. He understands life and its ups and downs.” On Wednesday, Ford argued he needed to delay his imprisonment because he needed...
  • {Convicted in TN Waltz, John} Ford banks on parental duties to keep him out of prison

    02/27/2008 12:44:08 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 221+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 2/27/8 | Lawrence Buser
    John Ford fought federal prosecutors to a standoff this morning and will avoid prison for at least one more day. U.S. Dist. Court Judge J. Daniel Breen ordered Ford’s attorney to find out when Ford’s ex-wife Tamara Mitchell Ford will be released from a DUI sentence she is serving in Collierville. Breen will continue the hearing at 9 Thursday morning. The former state senator was sentenced last August to serve five and one-half years in prison for bribery, but has remained free because he says there will be no one else to care for his four children if both parents...
  • 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
  • Hospitalized Ophelia Ford will miss Senate's opening day

    01/07/2008 3:02:20 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 67+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 1/7/8 | Richard Locker
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Sen. Ophelia Ford’s attorney has told the Senate speaker that she apparently won't be able to attend legislative sessions “for at least a few more weeks" and won’t attend Tuesday’s opening of the 2008 session. Citing “privacy concerns,” Memphis lawyer David Cocke’s letter did not disclose the nature of Ford’s illness. But her Memphis colleague, Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle, said today that she needs to allow her physician to explain her prolonged absence.
  • Judge gives Ford reprieve till Feb. 27

    11/28/2007 7:58:32 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 53+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 11/28/7 | Lawrence Buser
    John Ford will be home for Christmas. The former state senator, who was scheduled to report to a federal prison Dec. 12, was granted a delay until at least Feb. 27 by U.S. Dist. Court Judge J. Daniel Breen in serving his 66-month prison sentence for bribery. Ford's attorney argued that reporting to prison near El Paso, Texas, would create a hardship in preparing for a March 4 bribery trial in Nashville. He also said Ford is the custodial parent and sole provider for his four minor children - ages 2 to 15 - while his ex-wife, Tamara Mitchell-Ford, is...
  • {John} Ford asking to put off going to prison

    11/28/2007 12:49:58 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 49+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 11/28/7 | Lawrence Buser
    John Ford will ask a federal judge today to delay serving his 66-month prison sentence for bribery until either after his Nashville trial is completed next year or until his ex-wife is released from jail where she is serving a drunken-driving sentence. The former state senator is scheduled to report Dec. 12 to a federal prison facility near El Paso, Texas, but he said that would create a hardship in preparing for his March 4 bribery trial in Nashville. Ford, in papers filed in federal court, also said he is the custodial parent and sole provider for his four minor...
  • Judge raises Mitchell-Ford's bond to $50,000

    10/26/2007 11:17:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 74+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 10/26/7 | Lawrence Buser
    The bond for Tamara Mitchell-Ford was increased to $50,000 from $100 this morning by a judge citing her local criminal record, which includes a drunken driving conviction and two pending DUIs. General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Louis Montesi said he may review the bond further if prosecutors present documentation of DUI convictions in three other states, including Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina. Mitchell-Ford, the ex-wife of former state senator John Ford, was arrested and jailed Wednesday after police said she caused a three-car traffic accident at Poplar and Yates. Police said there was an open bottle of vodka in her...
  • Mitchell-Ford charged with DUI, reckless driving

    10/24/2007 3:12:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 109+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 10/24/7 | Jody Callahan
    Tamara Mitchell-Ford is in trouble with the law again. The ex-wife of former state senator John Ford was involved in an accident near Poplar and Yates this morning, police said. Mitchell-Ford is facing charges of DUI, reckless driving, public Intoxication, driving on a revoked license and refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test, Higgins said. She also had an outstanding warrant from Shelby County Courts for contempt. At around 10:50, Mitchell-Ford was driving a 1996 Toyota Corolla when it rear-ended a 1999 GMC, which in turn rear-ended a 2005 GMC Yukon, Memphis police spokesman Sgt. Vince Higgins said. Complaining of...
  • Judge postpones John Ford trial to next year

    10/19/2007 12:42:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 69+ views
    AP via Commercial Appeal ^ | 10/19/7 | Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
    NASHVILLE — A federal judge today agreed to postpone the latest trial of former state Sen. John Ford until March to give his defense more time to pore over thousands of documents. Ford is accused of taking $800,000 in consultant payments from private contractors with TennCare while using his position as a state senator to promote those contractors’ interests. The Memphis Democrat’s attorney, Isaiah Gant, said he did not have enough time to review thousands of pages of legislative history in time for the trial that had been scheduled to begin early next month. U.S. District Todd J. Campbell agreed...
  • Judge refuses to unseal John Ford wiretap records - Denies request from The Commercial Appeal

    10/16/2007 2:59:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 110+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 10/16/7 | Marc Perrusquia
    NASHVILLE – A federal judge today rejected this newspaper’s motion to unseal records related to an FBI wiretap placed on then-state senator John Ford’s phone in 2005. In rejecting the request by The Commercial Appeal, U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell said he must balance a range of conflicting interests, including Ford’s right to a fair trial. The Memphis Democrat is set to stand trial here Nov. 6 on six public corruption charges. “There’s a whole witches’ brew of things that have to be balanced,’’ Campbell said. The judge said he also weighed the public’s right to open courts and privacy...