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POSTPOLITICS

By: Andrea Zelinski
Posted: Friday, September 4, 2015 - 09:30

Mayoral candidate David Fox's latest ad contends he's protecting Nashville from his contender, Megan Barry, given her stance on the possibility of raising taxes. Like his last TV spot, Foix takes liberally from another Matthew McConaughey's Lincoln ad to make his point.

By: Andrea Zelinski
Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 11:01

Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman expects to decide by week's end whether to allow Hamilton County's lawsuit challenging the state's education funding to rope in nearly all other school boards in Tennessee. The Shelby County Board of Education has filed its own lawsuit and would skip the class action, according to the district's general counsel, but district officials are hoping Metro Schools will join in its lawsuit.

By: Andrea Zelinski
Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 10:52

From the Inbox:

Days after Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Tracy says there's not enough time to come up with a comprehensive gas tax plan, he's going on tour to nine places across the state to gather input about how to address transportation funding. His stops over the next two months include Nashville, Columbia, Memphis, Huntingdon, Martin, Jackson, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Kingsport. 

By: Andrea Zelinski
Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 10:14

The Scene sits down with David Fox for another expansive, expansive interview with the remaining mayoral hopefuls. (The alt weekly's interview with Megan Barry ran last week.)

By: Geert De Lombaerde
Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 09:17

Hey look! Nashville's mayoral candidates agree on a big issue, that of supplying the city with more affordable housing. In conversations with WPLN's Tony Gonzalez, both Megan Barry and David Fox say they will look for ways to have the city consistently fund The Barnes Fund for Affordable Housing, seen by many as the best vehicle to grow Nashville's affordable housing inventory.

By: Andrea Zelinski
Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 09:43

Scooter Clippard, a Republican donor and ex-finance chairman for former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson's presidential bid, is joining with Jimmy Webb, the business partner of failed mayoral candidate Bill Freeman, to host a $250-a-plate breakfast fundraiser for David Fox next week. 

By: Andrea Zelinski
Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 08:30

Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Tracy says increasing the gas tax is a non-starter next year because any comprehensive plan would take too much time to put together and be considered by the General Assembly, he tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

By: Andrea Zelinski
Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 08:18

Four months before lawmakers resume business at the capitol, Americans for Prosperty counts 48 Republicans in the state legislature who have vowed to oppose a gas tax, according to the conservative group. The rest of the 132-member General Assembly has not responded to the AFP, and no members told the group they were in favor of the tax, should the governor propose it.

By: Geert De Lombaerde
Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 07:29

With less than two weeks until the runoff election, the tone of Nashville's mayoral race isn't softening one bit. On Monday, Megan Barry and David Fox took to the stage at the downtown Rotary Club and traded shots related to a new Fox radio ad that calls Barry and her husband, Bruce, anti-Christian. Chris Bundgaard at News2 sums it all up here.

By: Andrea Zelinski
Posted: Monday, August 31, 2015 - 08:03

Upon learning the University of Tennessee is encouraging the inclusing of using the gender neutral "ze" in place of "he" or "she," several state legislators are frustrated with the school for using state money to come up with that policy.