Pinkston gets in Facebook fight with consultant Little

Well, this got weird

In the Facebook thread, board member Will Pinkston and political consultant John Little, of Little-Smith Strategies, began a war of words unrelated to Huff, with Pinkston lobbing the first attack. The two then spent 16 entries fighting between each other, questioning who each work for and their education views, including school choice.

The conversation turned personal in later posts.

“You fight for investors and your payday,” Pinkston wrote to Little. “My side will always win. Unless you bring your handgun as you're known to do. But go ahead: Bring your bullets. I have Kevlar.”

The brunt of the exchange lasted through Sunday, and started when Pinkston denounced Little in a 6 a.m. Facebook post by saying Little is out to destroy traditional public education, and that Democrats should silently boycott him and “his ilk.”

Jul 28, 2015 6:30 AM

Al Gore clicks send for Charles Robert Bone

Former Vice President Al Gore has typically stayed out of local politics in Nashville, but he's sent out an email asking for support for Charles Robert Bone. This despite the fact he once took Bill Freeman to Antarctica. 

Jul 27, 2015 12:27 PM

Holleman target of mail piece highlighting domestic violence allegations

A bit of a departure in at-large races, which often see candidates more or less ignore the other candidates, as allegations of domestic violence against Jason Holleman show up in a mail piece from "Volunteer Voters PAC." Holleman tells Garrison he contacted the listed treasurer who was unaware of the organization, or that he was the treasurer thereof.

Jul 27, 2015 11:55 AM

If Bill Freeman hasn't knocked on your door, stand up

The Freeman campaign claims to have knocked on 200,000 doors:

Today, the Bill Freeman for Mayor Campaign surpassed its 200,000th door knock of the campaign.

“Our Field Team has worked so hard this entire campaign, and we are now seeing the unprecedented results,” said Bill Freeman. “We could not have knocked on 200,000 doors of Davidson County residents without the unwavering support of our volunteers. They go out every single day of the week and talk with people about the future of Nashville, and I could not be more thankful for them.”

Bill marked this occasion by knocking on doors with one of the Campaign’s most loyal volunteers, Vionne Williams, who has been volunteering for the campaign for months because of something Bill did for her and her family years ago.

Vionne's family was displaced during Hurricane Katrina, and during their time of need, Bill's company Freeman Webb stepped up and provided housing for them.

"I will never forget Mr. Freeman’s great act of kindness in our family’s time of need,” said Ms. Williams. “I think he’s down to earth and he has done a lot for a lot of people and the communities here in Nashville. He showed me the type of person that he is. He just picked up and got things taken care of. We believe he is the best candidate for the job.”

“During my time in the NFL I learned what it takes to build a successful team, and the Freeman Team is certainly one of the most dedicated and hardworking teams I have had the pleasure to be on,” said Cortland Finnegan, Former Titans Cornerback and Freeman for Mayor Host Committee Member.

“We have always been committed to talking with as many Davidson County residents as possible before Election Day,” said Freeman. “I want to hear about the issues that concern them. I will carry this desire to remain connected with the citizens of Nashville with me into the mayor’s office.”

“Our volunteers are so dedicated and passionate, and I think that comes across clearly when you look at how much we’ve been able to do in just three months,” said Cyrus Shick, Freeman for Mayor Field Director. “We are more focused than ever on bringing this race home and making sure that Bill Freeman becomes the next mayor of Nashville.”

Now, the release does not specify whether this is unique doors (in other words, could one address have been knocked twice?) or if trying at a front and side door counts as two door knockings. But it's worth noting the Census Bureau says (as of 2013) there are 288,863 housing units and 256,745 households in Davidson County.

Jul 27, 2015 10:57 AM

Wade to retire from Supreme Court

Former Sevierville mayor was chief justice from '12-'14
Jul 27, 2015 7:04 AM

Fox surges, Freeman flat in latest mayoral poll

A poll from Laborers PAC shows a virtual three-way tie for first between Bill Freeman, Megan Barry and ... David Fox, with Fox on the up and Freeman basically flat for weeks.

Jul 27, 2015 6:47 AM

Cruz, O'Malley set Tennessee visits

Democratic Party distant third Martin O'Malley will have a fundraiser in Nashville August 27. Ted Cruz is making a stop at the Madison County Republican Party Aug. 10.

Jul 27, 2015 6:42 AM

Justice Gary Wade announces retirement; State Supreme Court set for first-ever Republican majority

State Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade announced he is retiring later this year and went out with one parting shot:

“I was honored to serve as chief justice during the partisan challenge to the judiciary last year,” he said. “I am especially grateful to the bench and bar, practically all of whom joined in defense of the principle of a constitutionally based balance of powers among the three branches of government.”

The move likely sets up the first Republican-majority state supreme court ever.

Jul 27, 2015 6:38 AM

Tennessee as jihad capital?

Even before the Chattanooga shooting, Tennessee had a jihadist history, per Politico.

Jul 24, 2015 11:48 AM

Statements on the passing of Francis Guess

The statements as we get them on the passing of civic leader Francis Guess:


From Mayor Karl Dean:

“Francis Guess played an important role in bringing communities together across Nashville. He was a dedicated public servant whose accomplishments included helping to get Tennessee to become one of the first states to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday. Later he served on Metro’s Convention Center Authority and many other boards and commissions. He was a friend whose advice I sought and treasured. And he had a great sense of humor and never took himself too seriously. With Anne, I extend our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

From Megan Barry:

"Francis Guess served our country and served our community with honor and distinction.

"Mr. Guess made numerous contributions to the betterment of our society. From his work on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, to his 30 years on the Tennessee Commission on Human Rights, to his efforts locally in supporting Tennessee State University and the North Nashville community as a whole.

"His work and contributions will be felt by many for decades to come. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time."

From Bill Freeman:

"Nashville lost a true leader and friend today with the passing of Francis Guess. Francis was a pillar in the business community, a champion for civil rights and a dedicated philanthropist who gave so much to the communities and causes closest to his heart. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to the Guess family."

Jul 24, 2015 11:46 AM