Haslam appoints new claims commish

Dyersburg's Jim Hamilton has been named the new Claims commissioner for the Western District. The job is the top paying gig appointed by the governor.

Jul 21, 2015 2:12 PM

Barry's new ads

Among other things Steven Hale has video of Megan Barry's two new ads.

Jul 21, 2015 2:09 PM

Group of Nashville Republicans back LER with a letter

A group of local Republicans that includes former Metro ECD director Paul Ney and AOC Administrative Director Deborah Taylor Tate are out for Linda Eskind Rebrovick:

The Nashville mayor's race is still very close and could be decided by the narrowest of margins. Our candidate, Linda Eskind Rebrovick, is among the contenders for the runoff.

Over the past week, many Nashvillians received mailings that made false accusations about Linda. As conservative Nashville voters, we are offended by these actions.

These mailings attacked Linda for not voting in the last mayor's election, a charge that is entirely false. The Metro Election Commission records show that Linda voted, and she voted early. 

Second, the mailings suggested Linda favors a property tax increase in Nashville. Not true. She favors a fiscally-responsible government. She has even gone on record in her recent TV ad as the only candidate promising to "hold down property taxes," and she has been telling the voters how she will accomplish this goal as our mayor.

Finally, she was criticized for supporting both Republican candidates as well as Democratic candidates. Again, her actions in supporting the person – and not a party label – demonstrate the principled conviction, independence and leadership that Nashville needs. 

Knowing Linda well, we recognize she is a smart and independent thinker who makes good things happen. She is the most uniquely qualified candidate with the scale of business and senior leadership experience needed to be the Chief Executive Official of Nashville today and in the near future.

That is why we are casting our vote for Linda, and we are asking you to do the same.

Paul Ney                     Deborah Taylor Tate
         Colleen Conway-Welch       Mark Winslow
Charlie Tygard         Carol Hudler 
Katy Sheesley          Rick Olzewski

Jul 21, 2015 6:44 AM

State won't block NBF statue

TDOT commissioner John Schroer says the state won't plant shrubs to block the Forrest statue:

“TDOT does not plant foliage on its right-of-way with the sole intention of blocking items on private property based on what might be offensive to some and not to others. Therefore, the request of Metro Nashville’s Council to have TDOT plant vegetation on I-65 near the Harding Place Exit is respectfully denied.”

Jul 21, 2015 6:39 AM

Bush and Walker both headed for Middle Tennessee

We're an electoral hot spot!

Bush will attend a high-price reception Aug. 4 in Brentwood, according to an invitation obtained by The Tennessean. The news comes the same day the presidential campaign for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced a Nashville visit planned for Wednesday morning at Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant.

Jul 20, 2015 1:39 PM

First the Kochs, now a Coke

Former Forest Hills mayor Bill Coke has endorsed Jeremy Kane:

“Jeremy Kane is the only candidate who understands what makes Forest Hills special and how to preserve it. I’m voting Jeremy Kane, I hope you will too.” wrote Coke in the postcard.

“Bill Coke is one of our community’s most trusted and long-time leaders. I’m honored to have his support,” said Kane. “Bill is a strong advocate for preserving and protecting our neighborhoods. We share a vision of a vibrant, sustainable community that preserves our history and heritage while developing new expressions and creating contemporary culture.”

While mayor of Forest Hills, Coke fought to protect Kellytown, a prehistoric Native American village, as historic greenspace. In partnership with local advocates, the City of Forest Hills helped Metro buy, maintain, and develop the property, preserving that piece of Nashville’s heritage as a Metro park in 2014.

Jul 20, 2015 1:24 PM

Harwell, Haslam disagree on roads fix

Speaker Harwell wants to use the state surplus to pay for roads. Gov. Haslam's a no:

Asked about the speaker's comments, Haslam said, "When you have a surplus everybody has an idea for how to spend that. And so my approach is always you be really thoughtful, you look at the wide variety of needs we have from deferred maintenance on buildings. I can make a really long list of things that might be appropriate. I'd say let's use the normal budget process."

Haslam also made a second point.

"[A] one-time fix, a one-time spot of money really doesn't solve our issue," Haslam told reporters. "We have a long-term, multi-year, multi-billion dollar problem and we're going to have to address that at some point in time."

Jul 20, 2015 12:19 PM

Ingram no longer Haslam consultant

Tom Ingram isn't being paid by the governor any more:

“We’re still friends and I’d do anything I could to help him personally,” Ingram said in an interview.

He declined comment on reports the move was sparked by the governor refusing to follow Ingram’s advice on some matters, including Insure Tennessee. Ingram said he decided it was best to end official consulting “to avoid any issues or questions.”

Jul 20, 2015 7:12 AM

The PAC news runneth over

A rundown of what's up with the Super PACs in the mayor's race:

* Charles Robert Bone stood at the courthouse and railed against "out-of-state Super PACs hijacking" the race

* Meanwhile, a new mailer (perhaps with some coded design choices) hit the streets; it was denounced by David Fox (more or less) even as he pointed out he can't do anything about it.

* The America's Future Fund began airing an ad for Jeremy Kane.

* Today at 1, Howard Gentry will hold a press conference talking about how he hasn't been talking about super PACs.

Jul 20, 2015 7:00 AM