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

Tennessee joins lawsuit against EPA

A release from Andy Holt:

 On Thursday evening, responding to calls from sixty-three Tennessee lawmakers, the Tennessee Farm Bureau, and many other agriculture and small business organizations, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery joined the State of Tennessee to a lawsuit against the EPA challenging the highly controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

The effort was led by Tennessee State Representative Sheila Butt (R-Columbia). “Slatery showed true leadership by joining Ohio’s litigation against the EPA’s vastly overreaching WOTUS rule,” said Butt. “I want to thank the sixty-three legislators signing my letter requesting that Tennessee join the 30 other states that realize the massive negative impact that the rule would have on their states’ economies and sovereignty.”

Butt’s letter was signed by State Representative Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro) and State Representative Andy Holt (R-Dresden).

Holt, Vice Chairman of Tennessee’s House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, says the EPA has a history of thumbing its nose at the Tenth Amendment.

“Earlier in the month, the Supreme Court reprimanded the EPA for overstepping their authority in an unprecedented manner,” cited Holt. “I want to thank Slatery and the agriculture community for joining the efforts of the legislature to hold the EPA accountable. Trampling on the Tenth Amendment every day, this unconstitutional federal agency is out of control, and it is time to put a stop to it.”

Terry says the EPA’s WOTUS rule has negative implications for personal liberty and property rights.

“I would like to commend Slatery for taking action. Our farmers and families need to know that our officials will take a stand for their liberties and property rights,” said Terry. “By taking a stand against the EPA, we are doing just that.”

Jul 24, 2015 9:50 AM

Looney staying in Williamson County

Mike Looney will remain in Williamson County, turning down a more lucrative contract from Metro.

My family and I are humbled by the support and prayers we have received over the past few weeks.

The support from the Williamson County community, including parents, former parents, students, Williamson Inc. and the business community, and Williamson County Schools employees has been overwhelming. I also appreciate the support of the Williamson County School Board members who have worked with County Mayor Rogers Anderson and Williamson County Commissioners.

I want to thank the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Board of Education for allowing me to get to know them and for allowing me to explore the opportunity of working for boys and girls in Nashville. I was impressed with the warm reception I received. It is evident the Board’s focus is on student success, and I am encouraged about the future of MNPS.

After careful consideration, I have made the decision to remain in Williamson County Schools in order to continue our journey to becoming a district recognized nationally in the academics, athletics, and the arts.

Jul 24, 2015 8:19 AM

Anonymous "Vote For..." fliers show up in Metro races

"Vote For..." fliers similar to the 30,000 distributed during the judicial primaries are hitting mailboxes. The group behind them has filed with the state and the treasurer is Rick Williams, famous Amp opposer.

Jul 24, 2015 6:54 AM

School board votes to extend offer to Looney

The MNPS board voted 8-1 to offer a contract to Williamson County Schools superintendent Mike Looney. He's expected to put pen to paper on the deal Friday morning.

Jul 24, 2015 6:47 AM

Majority of council backs local-hire amendment

Yes On 3, backed by the Tennessee Laborers PAC, announced the support of six more Metro Council members, which brings the total of supportive council members to 22.

Jul 24, 2015 6:44 AM