"I am staying a Republican because I think I have an important role, a more important role, to play there."
"I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary."
Senior White House adviser David Axelrod on Sunday suggested the "Tea Party" movement is an "unhealthy" reaction to the tough economic climate facing the country.
Axelrod was asked on CBS's "Face the Nation" about the "spreading and very public disaffection" with the president's fiscal policies seen at the "Tea Party" rallies around the country last week.
"I think any time you have severe economic conditions there is always an element of disaffection that can mutate into something that's unhealthy," Axelrod said.
Axelrod appeared to backtrack when pressed on whether the movement is unhealthy.
"Well, this is a country where we value our liberties and our ability to express ourselves, and so far these are expressions," he said.
The Hall of Fame coach spent the last three seasons on NBC's "Sunday Night Football." His final telecast was the Super Bowl in February.
"You know at some point you have to do this -- I got to that point," Madden said on his Bay Area radio show Thursday. "The thing that made it hard is not because I'm second-guessing, 'Is it the right decision?' But I enjoyed it so damn much.
"I enjoyed the game and the players and the coaches and the film and the travel and everything."
Cris Collinsworth will replace Madden, moving over from the network's studio show, NBC Sports chief Dick Ebersol said. Collinsworth filled in when Madden took a game off last October.
John Madden discusses what the Hall of Fame means to him.
Ebersol called Madden "absolutely the best sports broadcaster who ever lived."
Mark "the Bird" Fidrych, the fun-loving pitcher who baffled hitters for one All-Star season and entertained fans with his antics, was found dead Monday in an apparent accident at his farm. He was 54.
Worcester County district attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said a family friend found Fidrych about 2:30 p.m. Monday beneath a dump truck at his Northborough, Mass., farm about 35 miles west of Boston. He appeared to have been working on the truck, Early said.
The curly-haired right-hander was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1976 when he went 19-9 with a 2.34 ERA and 24 complete games. But injuries cut short his career, and he ended up spending only five seasons in the major leagues, all with the Detroit Tigers. He was 29-19 with a 3.10 ERA.
As promised, here is some info on the new radio show that debuts this morning and will air each weekday 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
There are enough agendas in the world. This is a talk show about the day's top stories from a distinctively upper Midwestern perspective, including a dose of skeptical humor and subtle sarcasm. Even the most serious of topics, there is a laugh to be had in there somewhere.
Prebil & Murphy is Shawn Prebil and Chris Murphy join AM1500 with several years of hosting radio shows, most recently teamed for a few years in Madison, WI.
Murphy, a native of Apple Valley, is a struggling parent of two young daughters, yet Prebil knows everything about parenting because he has no children.
Give them a few listens and let me know what you think. (Keep in mind, Joe Soucheray's first week many told me he would never work out.)
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Prebil & Murphy.
Bob Davis is no longer with AM1500 KSTP. His last show was today, April 7.
Bob's contributions over the last eight years are appreciated and we wish him well. His effervescent demeanor, his always-ready belly laugh and his iconic head of hair leave a lasting impression on all who meet him.
Starting Thursday morning at 9am, we will have a brand new radio program for the Twin Cities. I could tell you their names (yes, a two-person show), but you have not heard of them. They are new to Twin Cities radio, but not new to upper Midwest radio and both guys have personal ties to the Twin Cities metro.
Expect an e-mail from me Thursday morning about 8am with further details.
I am excited about this addition to AM1500 KSTP and I encourage you to share your view of them after you give them a few listens.
As for Dave Thompson, I think you may be interested in the headline of a news release that was issued earlier this afternoon:
Dave Thompson Announces Candidacy to become next State Chair of the Minnesota Republican Party
Steve Cannon, one of the most unforgettable voices in the history of Twin Cities radio and for years the highest-rated afternoon drive host in the country, died late Monday after a short, fierce battle with cancer.
Cannon died just after 10 p.m. Monday at his home near Minneapolis' Lake of the Isles, surrounded by family members. He was 81.