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By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 06:50

Steven Hale looks at how we'll look at Karl Dean.

20/20 hindsight can make for somewhat unfair judgments of past leaders. Yet it also provides a clearer picture of their tenure. Dean's mayoral legacy — What It Means — will eventually come into focus: the blooming of downtown, the eruption of cranes, the chorus of needs answered to varying degrees in his second term.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 14:01

From the inbox, Brian Kelsey says the state should use its "over-collection" to repeal the Hall Tax.

Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) today filed legislation which would repeal the Hall income tax next year. The Hall tax is a 6% tax on interest and dividends. Previously, Sen. Kelsey proposed phasing out the tax over three years, but this amendment to the original bill would abolish the tax next year.

“This is a bad tax, and it needs to go,” stated Sen. Kelsey. “It especially hurts our seniors and those who have saved for their retirement.”

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 11:39

David Fox sent this e-mail to supporters today (and yes, it included his now-famous cell phone number):

Dear Friends:

With almost two weeks and a family trip to the Smokies to reflect on the recent mayoral election results, I want to express again my thanks to everyone who supported the campaign. For many of us, it was our first all-in citywide campaign, and I hope you -- like Carrington and I -- came away with a reaffirmed confidence in the goodwill of our fellow Nashvillians. It was a blessing to get to know our city and our neighbors so much better.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 07:17

A two-minute YouTube video was posted yesterday featuring a fox that looks like, but isn't exactly the same, as David Fox's fox mascot. In what appears to be a victory lap for Barry supporters, the unemployed vulpine is turned away at various places and the video is tagged as paid for by George Fox and Citizen Super PAC (hardy har). 

As Joey Garrison reports, Garrisonly:

Presumably, none of these entities are responsible for the video.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 07:10

Tricia Herzfeld, a Democratic appointee to the Davidson County Election Commission, was the lone no vote against a cost of living pay raise for Election Administrator Kent Wall. She says she voted no because he hasn't become a certified administrator and because it wasn't all that long ago that the DCEC threatened to cut early voting to one site. 

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 07:07

State Sen. Bo Watson, a Republican, has asked for a special hearing of the Senate. Finance, Ways and Means committee to hear testimony about Volkswagen's troubles, given that the state is incentivizing the German automaker, which admitted this week software installed in diesel cars was intended to evade emissions standards.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 11:43

David Smith replaces Alexia Poe:

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that longtime press secretary David Smith will now serve as director of communications for his administration.

“Dave has been a valued part of our team since the 2010 campaign, and I’m excited to have him take on this expanded role,” Haslam said. “Dave is trusted, respected and well liked both by folks in state government and by the media. His experience will serve him well as he drives our message on education, job creation and efficient and effective government.”

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 11:42

Ten languages and one theme: "We Make Nashville."

From the transition:

This week’s inauguration ceremony at Public Square launches a new chapter in the Nashville story, and Mayor-elect Megan Barry has given it a name: We Make Nashville.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 10:32

Following former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez and Mayor Karl Dean, ex-Metro schools chief Jesse Register will join Belmont's faculty as a distinguished professor of educational leadership