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Kelo Row On Music Row

Both Kay Brooks and Bill Hobbs blog on the case of a property owner whose stake is at risk due to attempts by developers to use government power to force her off her land.
This area is no where near blighted and the city should be ashamed of picking on Miss Joy to line the pockets of a developer that will never have the ties to that neighborhood or this city like Miss Joy and her Country International Records. Does any of this look 'blighted' to you? Can you even FIND Miss Joy's property in these pictures? If Lionstone lacks the vision to make money with the property they have available perhaps they're not entity that can make the best use of the property at all.
Jun 23, 2008 8:05 AM

Destroy Everything

Say Uncle on a possible neocon anthem.
Jun 23, 2008 8:00 AM

Prominent Republicans Seek To Knock Off Controversial Representative

Georgianna Vines reports on the uphill climb once again facing Rep. Stacey Campfield in his bid for reelection to the state house:
Among those on Leadbetter's host committee were former Senate Minority Leader Ben Atchley; former state Sen. Bud Gilbert; former House Minority Leader Tom Jensen; and former Knox County GOP chairs Sue Methvin, Billy Stokes, Chad Tindell and Gerald Turner. "I think Ron would be the type of person we need in the Legislature," Atchley said. Campfield is seeking a third term in the Legislature, having been first elected in 2004. He said Thursday that so far he hasn't had a fundraiser this year, although he was thinking of a "creative" one. "People have ritzy golf tournaments. I'm thinking about doing a miniature golf tourney, a Putt-Putt, with smaller prices. People who are my supporters are working-class people. That would be a nice little family activity," he said. State Sen. Tim Burchett, a Republican whose district includes the 18th House District, said the outcome of the primary may depend on who campaigns the hardest. "I think it's a fistfight (between Leadbetter and Campfield)," Burchett said. "It's brutal door-to-door. That's what primaries are about."
Jun 23, 2008 7:44 AM

In Pursuit Of The Green

Nate Rau reports that Nashville has a long way to go until it becomes the "greeenest" city in the South:
“In this area, the remaining contaminated [bodies of water] are a result of a combination of urban runoff and the remaining sewer issues,” said Paul Davis, TDEC director of the Water Pollution Control Division. If water quality is the top environmental area of weakness for Davidson County, air quality is probably a close second. A report released in May by the Brookings Institution, in conjunction with the Southern Environmental Law Center, placed Nashville at No. 6 on the national list for cities with the highest per capita global warming emissions. There are those, such as Dean himself, who point out the Brookings audit excluded industrial impact and focused primarily on residential and car emissions. This is why Nashville is nowhere near the likes of Pittsburgh and Los Angeles on most carbon imprint lists. But finishing No. 6 on the dubious list (the state of Tennessee was No. 1 in its category) is hardly a proud badge to wear for a city hoping to be the greenest in the southeast.
Jun 23, 2008 7:40 AM

Interested Parties

Glen Harness notes the presence of outside agitators in the debate over the future of Nashville's fairgrounds:
If we don’t do something soon, racing in Nashville will be a thing of the past. If you’re a race fan, take off the morning of the first Tuesday of the month and go sit in on the Fair Board meeting. The “neighbors” (I put that in quotes because from what I can tell, they’ve brought in outside “neighborhood activists” to attend the Fair Board meetings) are certainly there at every meeting.
Jun 23, 2008 7:33 AM


The Vol Abroad notes the Islamic conversion trend on the far-right:
[Y]ou get far more indulgence and less outright hostility as an Islamist as opposed to a neo-Nazi, the ideological leap is tiny - you get to keep all your enemies - gays, Jews, liberals, women - and you’re joining a movement which, if not actually flourishing, isn’t down to nearly single figures. I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often.
Jun 23, 2008 7:23 AM

Sometimes The Best Decision Is No Decision

The Occasional Muse takes issue with criticism of Barack Obama's predilection for voting "present" during his tenure in the Illinois state Senate:
I would argue a thoughtful politician is more inclined to vote "present" or "abstain" than a stupid one. Brooks's tacit argument is that yes/no votes are proper while "present" votes are calculating. After eight years of George W. Bush's decisiveness, the bloviating class should have learned that a binary worldview can be a crippling liability.
Jun 23, 2008 7:21 AM

You Can't Just Drop A Challenge And Leave, Old Man

Joe Powell publicizes an incumbent Congressman's retraction of a challenge to debate his opponent:
1st District Congressman David Davis issued a challenge on his website to debate his opponents in the GOP primary. But not long after GOP candidate Phil Roe agreed to the challenge, Rep. Davis changed his mind. He refuses to participate in the June 24th debate and worse, he tried to even remove his challenge, originally from his website in '06. Bad move.
Jun 23, 2008 7:15 AM

Inventives To Stay Healthy And A Good Supply Of Bubble Wrap

Angelia is not impressed with Republican Congressional challenger Phil Roe's approach to health care:
He tells Hayes he has a health care savings account, and his investment in the plan serves as incentive for him to take care of himself. Yeah, so? What about me? I have young children? This incentive encourages me to cocoon them in Lysol-coated bubble wrap, never allow them outdoors, demand all school classrooms and surfaces be Clorox’d five times daily and no snot-filled peers be permitted to violate their personal safety zone? Not terribly realistic - and considering the cost of medical treatment, lab testing, supplies and prescription drugs, common injuries and illness of childhood will burn through a spending account by early March.
Jun 23, 2008 7:00 AM

Perpetual Political Announcements For PR Purposes

Lynn Sebourn "announces" his run for the state Senate in District 14. Of course, the deadline for ballot access passed long ago making it public information and his website has been live for months but he is "announcing" now.
Jun 23, 2008 6:56 AM