Freeman's back at work, miffed at the Chamber

A really good interview with Bill Freeman from the NBJ, in which he doesn't equivocate:

I've seen that legislation the council passed [in pursuit of new zoning that would set a goal of making 14 percent of new units qualify as "affordable" and "work force"]. That is a terrible idea. It's well-intentioned, but that's not the way to attack the problem.
We need to make it attractive to develop affordable housing, not mandatory. Incentives will do that. And it needs to have a timeline, maybe a 10-year lifecycle, where after that point, the developer could rent those units at market rates. I am confident you could get several thousand units online, and then of course you'd have other projects come along later with their own 10-year requirements. I think that's fair because it is not something short-term, but we also wouldn't be requiring developers to do it for a lifetime, either.

Aug 26, 2015 7:08 AM

Dueling fairgrounds endorsements

Save Our Fairgrounds (which apparently still exists despite having already saved the fairgrounds) endorsed David Fox:

Nashville’s Save Our Fairgrounds organization today announced their endorik,sement of David Fox for Mayor with a unanimous vote.

The mission of Save Our Fairgrounds is to preserve, manage and promote the Tennessee State Fairgrounds as a world class, multi-use, historic public assembly facility near downtown Nashville.

“David realizes the importance and heritage that this property brings to the city of Nashville.  He will work with all interested parties, including the Fairgrounds, the neighborhood and the larger community on improving and revitalizing the Fairgrounds and all its current uses,” said Duane Dominy, current Metro Nashville council member, and Vice-Chair of the Save Our Fairgrounds organization.

“We appreciate David’s openness to bring an upfront, inclusive and transparent process regarding future metro projects and developments – with public buy-in and support,” Dominy continued, “David Fox is a leader with a vision for Nashville that includes preserving the treasure that is the Fairgrounds.“

“The Fairgrounds is important to the continued revitalization of the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood,” David Fox said.  “During my childhood, we’d visit the Fairgrounds for birthday parties and events, and it continues to be an attraction for our family and many others in our community.”

Fox said he will not come to neighborhood leaders with a set agenda, but intends to be a catalyst to bring together all the parties that need to be around the table to build a vision for what works best for the future of the neighborhood and the Fairgrounds.

“My process will be to engage the Racetrack and Fairgrounds community – along with experts on Fairgrounds, racing experts, fans and neighbors to come together with ideas – to create a vision and a plan that we can follow to improve and modernize the Fairgrounds.”

Megan Barry, though, got the endorsements of the fairgrounds vendors:

The Nashville Fairgrounds Vendors Association has announced their endorsement of Megan Barry to be Nashville’s next mayor.

“Megan Barry has committed to investing in the fairgrounds property to ensure that it remains a gem for our community,” said Dick Dickerson, President of the Fairgrounds Vendors Association. “Most of our members live in Nashville, and they want a mayor who will not only invest in the fairgrounds, but also invest in our public schools, our transportation system, and help make sure that Nashville remains affordable. Megan Barry is the clear choice on all of those fronts.”

The Fairgrounds Vendors Association represents over 1,000 vendors who participate in the Nashville Flea Market held at the Fairgrounds Nashville.

“I’m honored to receive the support of these entrepreneurs and small business owners who represent the fabric that knits our city together,” said Megan Barry. “I look forward to working with the vendors association and Fairgrounds Nashville to make sure that we are investing in this property so that it remains something we can be proud of for generations to come.”

The Fox endorsement hit the inbox at 4:05 PM; Barry's came in at 9:40 PM, if anybody was wondering.

Aug 26, 2015 6:56 AM

Correction officials say mistakes were made on incident reporting

Department of Correction officials said they didn't get everything right when reporting incidents.

Aug 25, 2015 2:08 PM

Barry camp hangs 'national issues' charge on Fox, criticizes 'hob-knobbing' with Republicans

Script flipped?

Mayoral candidate David Fox spent Sunday afternoon in Williamson County with area Republicans and Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker.

“Clearly, David Fox is more focused on the GOP presidential contest than he is on the mayoral race,” said Sean Braisted, communications director for Megan Barry. “Now that he’s hob-knobbed with Scott Walker, will Fox be spending this weekend with Donald Trump?”

Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Congressman Diane Black and other suburban Republicans were also present at the annual fundraiser for Senator Jack Johnson.

“David Fox went to Williamson County to get the endorsement from a Republican State Senator who has repeatedly undermined Nashville’s ability to govern itself,” said Braisted.
Among Sen. Jack Johnson’s list of accomplishments are:
•             Allowing guns in Nashville parks (SB1171)
•             A bill intended to ban a citywide minimum wage (SB1327)
•             Opposing the Nashville local hire charter amendment, which voters passed with 58 percent support, while threatening state action if the city tried to enforce the law.

“This election offers a clear choice. Megan Barry is a progressive coalition builder, endorsed by former Governor Phil Bredesen, who believes the people of Nashville know what’s best for Nashville. David Fox is a conservative Republican who seeks out the support of a lawmaker who has worked diligently to undermine the will of the people of Nashville. That may work at the Williamson County Republican Party, but it’s not the Nashville way,” said Braisted.

Aug 25, 2015 10:44 AM

The candidates talk faith

The Tennessean talks to the mayoral candidates about how their faith informs their lives and their public service.

Aug 25, 2015 7:00 AM

An informal ticket and a defense of faith

Megan Barry defended herself against shadowy charges she's an athiest and formed something of an informal ticket with Erica Gilmore, Lonnell Matthews and Sharon Hurt.

Aug 24, 2015 2:14 PM

Barry gets firefighters' endorsement

The FOP went for David Fox but Megan Barry got the endorsement of the firefighters' union:

 

 

Councilmember-at-Large and candidate for Mayor Megan Barry recently received the endorsement of Nashville Firefighters, her campaign announced today.

“Nashville’s fire fighters are some of the bravest men and women I know,” said Councilmember Megan Barry. “I am honored and humbled to have their support in this campaign, just as they will have my support as Mayor.”

The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 140 represents the over 1500 men and women of the Metro Nashville Fire Department. From advocating effective public policy to caring for families of the fallen, IAFF Local 140 provides a broad range of services for their members and the community at large.

“We know Megan is the right choice for public safety,” said Mark Young, President of IAFF Local 140. “These men and women are answering nearly 600 emergency calls every day throughout Davidson County. We know Megan has a great passion for public safety and making sure we have the resources that are needed to keep my members and the citizens of Nashville safe.”

The endorsement of Nashville fire fighters continues the forward momentum of the Megan Barry campaign, who have received to date a broad coalition of support including The Nashville Business Coalition, the Central Labor Council, Nashville teachers, Metro employees and a host of leaders from business, faith and non-profit arenas.

“Our campaign is about all of Nashville. I’m proud to have earned the support of Nashville’s fire fighters and I’ll keep fighting to earn every vote I can until Election Day,” said Barry.

Aug 24, 2015 2:02 PM

FOP endorses Fox

The Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed David Fox:

The Nashville Fraternal Order of Police today announced their endorsement of David Fox for Mayor.

The rank and file Metro Nashville police officers and retirees voted overwhelmingly to endorse David Fox by a two-to-one margin. 

“We are proud to endorse and support David Fox for Mayor of Nashville,” said Danny Hale, president of the Nashville Fraternal Order of Police. “David is clearly the common-sense candidate who is most focused on the real needs of Nashville’s neighborhoods.  And the issues he cares most about are also important to all of our men and women in blue.”

“The endorsement of the Nashville Fraternal Order of Police is a tremendous vote of confidence and encouragement.  And I am especially gratified because it is one of the first endorsements in the run-off where the vote came directly from the membership,“ said David Fox. 

“To have earned the vote and confidence of these officers in a bellwether vote from all across our city and county is a real honor.  And I welcome and appreciate their vote of confidence and support.”

Fox continued, “Crime statistics in Nashville have been improving in a lot of areas, but there are a lot of folks across Davidson County who still don’t feel safe in their neighborhoods every day. Nothing else matters if we don’t feel that our families are safe. So working with our men and women in blue and addressing crime must be job one for anyone who serves as mayor.”
 

Aug 24, 2015 11:55 AM

Campaign funds used to buy Titans, Grizz tickets

A dozen lawmakers spent campaign funds to buy Titans or Memphis Grizzlies tickets which is broadly illegal except that the state law has a loophole big enough to drive through.

 

The law specifically prohibits using campaign funds to pay for "admission to a sporting event, concert, theater, activity, charitable event or other form of entertainment."

But the law includes a caveat: "unless the event is an expense associated with a legitimate campaign or officeholder activity, where the tickets to such event are provided to students attending schools, guests or constituents of the candidate or officeholder, or persons involved in the candidate's or officeholder's campaign."

Aug 24, 2015 6:37 AM