There were a few hundred people scattered around different parts of the complex down on Horn Lake Road, many partaking of the free food and drink (including some members of the media who will not be named) but the stage was so far away that the speaking became background noise. When Chism spoke, he seemed aggravated by the lack of attention, and at one point, while Shelby County Democratic Party chief Van Turner was exhorting people "make some noise," City Councilman Edmund Ford Jr. complained to nobody in particular: "We gonna lose if that's all the noise we make."
Here's the story we ran Sunday about how the Democrats believe they will sweep all 10 county-wide offices on the ballot, including mayor, to take complete control of county government. Even Republicans agree this is a real possibility, and it would be a remarkable development, given that going into 2008, the Republicans controlled 10 of the 12 countywide offices. Check the story's lively comment section out -- up to 84 comments at last count.