Supremes won't expedite Hooker's hearing

The State Supreme Court refused a motion for an expedited hearing for John Jay Hooker's assisted suicide case.

Nov 16, 2015 7:03 AM

Ramsey on Paris: That's what happens when you 'fail to get control of border'

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says the attacks in Paris were the end result of France's relatively liberal immigration policy that "allowed immigrants from the Islamic world to flood their borders and overrun their communities."

Nov 16, 2015 7:01 AM

Mayor's office plans fairgrounds study

The mayor's office will conduct a study of the fairgrounds before deciding what (if any) city investment needs to be made there.

Nov 13, 2015 1:41 PM

State (ahem) overcollects by $90M in October

The state overbanking revenues (or as we call them "taxes") is becoming quite the trend. Figures were over $90.7 million in October.

Nov 13, 2015 1:03 PM

State law could hamstring affordable housing efforts

In 1996, the state passed a law barring cities from adopting rent-control laws, taking away one key mechanism to drive affordable housing initiatives in Nashville. Now, the legislature is looking at passing a law that would take aim at inclusionary zoning laws focused on home purchases, as well. 

Nov 13, 2015 6:38 AM

Ramsey finds Trump's brashness off-putting

Nice little convo with the lieutenant governor on his presidential preferences. Including this on Donald Trump:

The frankness appeals to me, the brashness does not. And the fact that in politics, you’ve got to get along with people. You can’t do things by yourself. You can’t. And you’ve be — a little bit of humility, there’s got to be a little bit of compromise. You don’t ever get everything you want. I’m not sure he’s used to that. If he wins the primary, maybe he’ll have to get used to it. Again, what he’s saying overall, people are just so fed up with politics as usual, and he hadn’t fallen like most people thought on some of the outrageous comments he’s made, like on [Sen.] John McCain in particular. I’d have to think after he said that he would wish he pulled his words back in, but he hadn’t. So again, it’s going to be interesting to watch. 

Nov 13, 2015 6:34 AM

Gubernatorial speculation surrounds Freeman; Freeman doesn't rule it out

The Times Free Press talks to a Bill Freeman "intimate":

A Freeman intimate says the Democrat is indeed taking "a long, hard look" at what will be an open governor's seat in 2018, given that Republican Bill Haslam is term-limited and can't run again.

While it's too soon to tell where the "long, hard look" will lead, if Freeman does run, his ability to self-fund could make for a very interesting Democratic primary contest — should one materialize — and general election.

Joey Garrison talks to the man himself:

"I’m concentrating on other things right now,” Freeman said. “That’s a long way off.

“I don’t want to rule anything out or anything in, but that’s not anything I’m working on at the moment,” he said, adding: “I’m hoping we find some great candidates, and I’m concerned about some of the candidates on the other side, and I think it’s important that a good Democrat step up. And I think we've got several looking, and I hope I can find one that I can get behind.”

Nov 13, 2015 6:32 AM

Future funds for affordable homes in jeopardy

WPLN has a report on some possible forthcoming problems with funding affordable housing in Nashville:

While the latest $2 million in grants will bring the total awarded to about $5 million, the backbone of the fund has not been local money.

Only about a quarter comes from the Barnes Fund — $500,000 in this round. The rest, $1.5 million, comes from the federal government in the form of HOME grants, distributed to the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, or MDHA.

Combining the two sources helped create more affordable units, said Erik Cole, the recently named director of Metro's new Office of Economic Opportunity and Empowerment.

“It’s a good coordination,” Cole said, “because it builds the dollars.”

But MDHA leaders sounded the alarm this summer when Congress began considering a 93 percent cut to its HOME program.

Nov 12, 2015 2:05 PM

Tennesseans actually have agreement on (some) gun control

The MTSU poll found broad support for background checks for private-party and gun show sales and for restricting the sale of guns to people who are mentally ill. 

Nov 12, 2015 8:59 AM

Williamson Republican wants to nip sanctuary cities in the bud

State Rep. Jeremy Durham is worried Nashville, what with its history of "electing left-wing activists" and so forth, might become a sanctuary city so he's going to take legislative action.

Nov 12, 2015 8:57 AM