Today, the Bill Freeman for Mayor campaign secured endorsements from nine community papers across Davidson County. Endorsing outlets include The Green Hills News, Nashville Today, Belle Meade News, West Meade News, Bellevue News, West Side News, Donelson News, Hermitage News and the Tennessee Tribune. These announcements come on the heels of other major endorsements from Metro schoolteachers, firefighters and police officers.
"I am truly honored by these endorsements and believe it reflects on my commitment to focusing on improving all of our neighborhoods, not just downtown. We have received more than a dozen endorsements to date and believe that the diversity of the endorsements speaks to the inclusive nature of our campaign. As mayor, I will represent every resident in every neighborhood and will work to make sure no one is left behind."
The endorsement focuses on Freeman's leadership style, business experience and compassion for the community. The endorsement reads:
"Nashville needs a strong leader in the mayor's office. Our city deserves the wisdom of his experience and the freshness of someone from outside the political sphere. Just as Freeman set goals and charted the direction for his own successful business, he will utilize those proven guidelines and his decisive leadership style for Nashville and its citizens."
Eight of those papers (all but the Tennessee Tribune) are owned by the same publishing company (GCA Publishing) and run much of the same content outside of hyperlocal front-page stories.
Presidential candidate Scott Walker will be the speaker at Jack Johnson's big annual summer barbecue, which frequently draws upwards of 1,000 attendees.
Bill Freeman's latest internal poll has him up to 24 percent. Vanderbilt professor John Geer, who knows this stuff, says that's probably about right. Also worth noting: David Fox is on the way up.
The charman of ForRel and Tennessee's junior senator has questions:
And he says his vote will turn on the plan's specifics. Among the questions he has: Will inspectors get to meet with Iranian scientists, and which facilities will they be able to visit?
Corkers says that if he and his colleagues get satisfactory answers, they could support the deal. If not, they should have no problems rejecting it.
Rep. Rick Womick says he's going to try and impeach the governor because the Supreme Court overturned the state's gay marriage ban:
Womick contends that Haslam should enforce the Tennessee Constitution and the amendment approved by voters in a referendum that bans gay marriage because the U.S. Supreme Court has no authority to rule on marriage.
"He (Haslam) changed the constitution and changed state law without addressing the General Assembly," said Womick, who lives in the Rockvale community southwest of Murfreesboro. "He failed to uphold his oath to the state. He went and altered state law. He put homosexuals on marriages licenses.
"He did not consult the General Assembly on any of this. He did this based on the five rogue justices in Washington, D.C. He doesn't have that power, and, therefore, we are looking at impeachment proceedings."
Haslam spokesman David Smith Tuesday declined to comment about Womick's assertions.
"Yeah," Smith said. "I'm not going to respond to that."
Womick also said he is "working" with Rep. Scott DesJarlais on impeaching the five justices — though he did not make clear what high crimes or misdemeanors they committed. DesJarlais said he "listened to what" Womick "had to say."
Steven Hale asked the mayoral candidates about their plans for hiring key administration figures. No names, really, but some perspective on the thought process, at least.
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