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VOL. 126 | NO. 37 | Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey Hires Former Blogger

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NASHVILLE (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has hired former political blogger Adam Kleinheider as his communications director.

Kleinheider will assume the responsibilities formerly held by Lance Frizzell, who was promoted Tuesday to chief of staff for the Blountville Republican.

Frizzell will be paid $115,000 a year, while Kleinheider will earn $50,000.

Kleinheider formerly ran the Post Politics blog and wrote columns for the Nashville City Paper, both owned by SouthComm Inc. He previously ran a blog for WKRN-TV.

The blogs were popular among political insiders, though they were also sometimes controversial. Kleinheider apologized in 2009 for questioning in a post whether an African-American challenger to an incumbent lawmaker was similar to a white challenger in a previous contest, but "in blackface."

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