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By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 14:02

Both Gov. Haslam and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke have received assurances from VW that the automaker's recent troubles shouldn't affect the Tennessee plant. Of course, VW assured purchasers of clean diesel cars that they were getting clean diesel cars, too.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 06:55

The State Capitol Committee's Artifacts Subcommittee (no, seriously) set some rules for artifacts in the state capitol. And...well, it's not clear whether the controversial bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest gets to stay or not.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 06:52

J. Holly McCall breaks down the surprising success of Erin Coleman:

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.