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Chris Sanders of the Tennessee Equality Project discusses gay and heterosexual culture in response to a question raised in this space:
Since we're always saying THE gay community or THE GLBT community, I think this is actually a pretty fair question, tongue-in-cheek or not. So A heterosexual culture? No, not just one. In fact, there may not even be much of a gay culture. Its end has already been proclaimed again and again, even by the likes of Andrew Sullivan. The fact that we use 4 or more letters to describe ourselves indicates we're at least in a period of reevaluation.
May 30, 2008 7:23 AM
In the wake of the tell-all book released by former Bush Administration press man, Scott McClellan, Joe Lance discusses the charges leveled in the context of previous administrations:
Obviously the practice of employing secrecy and obfuscation in the White House is nothing new. Do you remember President Bill Clinton? President Richard Nixon? That said, the use of these methods has undoubtedly risen—and taken on a new function—in the two most recent administrations. And in the current administration, the tactics have damaged our nation far more than did the more personal abuses by the Clinton White House.Has the use of these methods risen or are our politics, due to the influx of media, both citizen and professional, just more of an open book than they used to be?
May 30, 2008 7:16 AM
Amy Griffith surveys the most highly contested and politically excited school board race this cycle -- the contest to replace outgoing chair Marsha Warden in Bellevue:
There are no run-offs in school board elections, meaning that a winning candidate for the District 9 seat could command as little as 20 percent of the total vote. Many education-watchers — including some of the District 9 candidates — say there are two anticipated front-runners in the race, Coverstone as well as Lee Limbird. Both are perceived to have solid relationships in the right places; Coverstone has already reported high success raising funds, and Limbird has earned the public endorsement of Warden. But in an election with five candidates and no run-offs, there’s no writing off of the other candidates, Paul Brenner, Stephen Hicks and James Lech. “The two front-runners, I think, may split off some votes. I hope so,” Hicks said Thursday. “I’m impressed with [all] the candidates.” The five candidates have subtly different views as to what will drive the race. Brenner, a retired MNPS teacher, says the factors most important to voters are “neighborhood-type schools,” safety and parental involvement. Coverstone, a teacher and administrator at Montgomery Bell Academy and the parent of one MNPS student and one private school student, believes voters are looking for a board member who can help bring back “lost credibility” and improve communication between the district and parents. Hicks, a former juvenile courts worker, says he thinks District 9 residents want a representative who is very familiar with day-to-day operations at schools, who will promote school safety and vocational education, and who is not swayed by certain “big groups” — he declined to name examples — with stakes in public education. Lech, a city planner who recently earned a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University, believes neighborhood schools are at the forefront of voters’ minds, as well as teacher quality and its role in market share. And Limbird, who has worked as a high-level leader at both Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College, says the biggest issues are “excellence” in each school, a willingness to study the addition of another high school to the district in keeping with the fast growth of the area, the implementation of career academies and increasing principal authority over individual high schools.
May 30, 2008 7:11 AM
Democratic U.S. Senate Mike Padgett "journals" his get together with some local Democrats at the Tin Roof:
This evening, Jake and I hooked up with about 30 local Democrats at the Tin Roof on Demonbreun. My friend John Little dropped by, as did Brady Banks, Derek Tibbs and popular Nashville bloggers Sean Braisted and Ilissa Gold. Jake was on his best behavior, with his beautiful girlfriend at his side.
With this 35-and-under crowd, the conversation was hot, the beer was cold, and a good time was had by all.
Ilissa Gold recounts her conversation with the candidate on education:
Since he served on the Knox County school board, he has some specific ideas as to how to improve education in this country. His goal is that every child should be able to read the newspaper by fourth grade (I can't speak for newspapers in the rest of the country, but the Tennessean is certainly written on a level that fourth graders should be able to read it). He also wants to work to reduce class sizes, noting that larger class sizes later on in a child's education wouldn't matter as much as long as he or she has the fundamentals. Overall, I left very impressed by his candor and honesty.
May 30, 2008 7:02 AM
Defying some expectations Hillary Clinton seems to have every intention on campaigning after the primaries are over on June 3rd:
The press traveling with Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign received an email Thursday afternoon informing reporters they could sign up for travel through June 6 on the campaign website. Given the speculation surrounding plausible outcomes from this Saturday's DNC Meeting and the final Democratic primaries on June 3, many confused looks passed between reporters on the back of the press bus. When asked for comment, Clinton spokesman Jay Carson looked past Tuesday's primaries to the general election. "There are a lot of places for us to go between June 4 and November," Carson said.
May 29, 2008 7:20 PM
This weekend, one of Nashville’s biggest annual cultural celebrations will be taking place: Nashville Pride 2008. The festivities have already begun, stretching for 10 days leading up to the big celebration this Sunday. This year, appropriately themed “Carnivale” for its 20th anniversary, also marks the first year that the festival will occur on a Sunday, which has caused mixed reviews among usual attendees.
May 29, 2008 7:08 PM
Jeff Woods reports that the city is not renewing Planning Commission attorney David Kleinfelter contract:
Jameson says it happened because Kleinfelter tried to force Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors’ husband Steve and commission chairman Jim McClain to build sidewalks in front of an apartment complex they’re constructing in South Nashville. Kleinfelter learned of his demise after a May 1 meeting between Deputy Mayor Greg Hinote, Planning Department executive director Rick Bernhardt and Eddie Latimer—Steve Neighbors’ partner in the development. At a Planning Department budget hearing this afternoon, Jameson confronted Bernhardt, and Bernhardt essentially acknowledged the chain of events laid out by Jameson—that Hinote interceded on behalf of the developers, and that Kleinfelter is losing his job in the aftermath.MORE: Enclave
May 29, 2008 7:00 PM
From The Times Free Press:
“I do believe we’re going to be driving plug-in hybrids,” Sen. Corker said Wednesday night at a kick-off reception to today’s conference. “I believe that is something that is very near in our future. That’s not something that is a 2020 proposition; I think that’s a 2010 proposition.” Sen. Corker predicted the U.S. Senate will not approve legislation to be debated next week to create a cap-and-trade system to control carbon emissions from everything from automobiles to power plants. But the Tennessee Republican expects the next president and Congress will implement some type of carbon controls next year and this region of the country is well positioned to help find new sources and technologies for carbon-free energy.
May 29, 2008 6:53 PM
Jackson Baker pulls the curtain back and reveals that the big chill between Rosalind Kurita and the Senate Democrats over her vote for Senate Speaker last term is not over:
The meeting - of the admonitory sort that politicians refer to irreverently as a "come-to-Jesus" affair -- took place at the request of Democratic caucus chairman Joe Haynes of Goodlettsville during the last week of the 2008 legislative session. It was a day after Kurita had voted with Senate Republicans to defeat a key Democratic-backed bill to amend eligibility requirements for lottery-funded Hope scholarships. She was taken to task by several caucus members for that vote and for other breaks with the party majority but vigorously defended her right to cast her votes as she saw fit. She was then asked if she would at least pledge to support the caucus' candidate for Senate Speaker at the beginning of the next legislative session, in January 2009. She declined to make such a commitment.SEE ALSO: Left Wing Cracker
May 29, 2008 5:17 PM