So why is the BRT going to go down West End instead of Charlotte?
For his part, Dean recently told reporters that the West End corridor was the one most likely to receive federal support, based on ridership and density. Setting aside, however, whether the decision should depend on what the federal government will support, the question of ridership numbers is far from settled.
For a three-year period ending in the fall of 2012, Charlotte Avenue had a higher ridership on the current bus service than West End, even though more buses ran down West End more frequently. Since that time, though, MTA has increased its service on West End, with two buses now running twice as often as one does on Charlotte. And voilà! The West End ridership has surpassed Charlotte's.
Does that prove there are more riders to be had on West End if transit options are improved? Perhaps. But one wonders what would happen if potential riders on Charlotte were offered the same service.
So there's no Judicial Nominating Commission...what happens if someone retires?
"It makes for a complicated mess, although we're heard the distinct possibility that something will be done early in the next legislative session" said Tom Lawless, a Nashville lawyer who is chair of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission.
Lawless said that without legislative intervention, there is potentially 19 months of no mechanism of replacement of judges in Tennessee.
Tennessee's current method of selecting judges has been extremely controversial. It has especially rankled some conservatives who believe that all judges, even those who sit on the appellate courts, should face popular elections with opponents.
Park Overall, a failed Senate candidate who once admitted she only agreed to run for office because she was a little bit tipsy, is the dinner speaker at the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women's convention.
Bob Corker is not pleased with the president's nomination for the FHFA:
U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, made the following statement regarding reports that President Obama will today nominate U.S. Congressman Mel Watt, D-N.C., to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
"I could not be more disappointed in this nomination. This gives new meaning to the adage that the fox is guarding the hen house,” said Corker. “The debate around his nomination will illuminate for all Americans why Fannie and Freddie failed so miserably.”
“Before any nominee should be considered for this post, regardless of their qualifications, the administration should explicitly lay out how they will unwind these entities.”