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.
Among the charter amendments is one requiring contractors working on big public projects to hire 40 percent of their work force from within Metro. Most of the candidates for mayor have, at the very least, qualms about it.
A new anti-DUI campaign from the Governors Highway Safety Office is targeted at, well, bros. Bros who might have so much to drink they go home with someone "clingy" or "old" or they might mop up vomit (seriously, this was part of the commercial). Outrage ensues. Website connected to said campaign taken down.
Megan Barry gets The Tennessean's endorsement:
She told the editorial board that she would restructure the mayor's office by hiring a chief operations officer (COO) who would run the day-to-day operations of the city, allowing her to focus on the vision and oversee execution of the plan.
That plan involves dealing with $2.3 billion in unfunded Metro employee health care benefits, working to continue to fund Nashville General Hospital at Meharry, creating an office dedicated to transit to address transportation and congestion concerns, and working hard on enhancing public-private partnerships.
Among her specific ideas to move the city forward: creating a housing trust fund, a New Americans entrepreneur center and growing universal pre-kindergarten in Nashville.
One thing that made her stand out among candidates was the ability to connect with people while also staying firm to her ideals.
This despite Bill Freeman's intense and burning desire for it:
My good friend John Seigenthaler, before he passed away, encouraged me to make the decision to run. I wish that he were here to continue to give me some guidance on what to do and how to ask you for your help. But I think one of the critical endorsements in this race is The Tennessean endorsement. I’ve received all the major endorsements and I’m thrilled to have them and they’re all important, but at the end of the day The Tennessean endorsement is a critical, critical endorsement. I just hope that I have shown enough in my career and in my meeting with you last time, this time to — nothing would mean more to me find out tomorrow or next week, whenever it is you’re going to make the decision, that I’ve gotten the endorsement. Nothing is more important. It’s something that’d mean a great deal to me. So, I’m a salesman, I didn’t want to leave without asking for the order, so consider that my ask but I’m sincere in wanting it.
Freeman, by the way, was not even among the top three candidates for 1100 (Charles Robert Bone and David Fox were the other two besides Barry).
Legally-married same-sex couples are eligible for state employee benefits, presumably because they are legally married. Should the aforementioned couples no longer wish to be married, the AG has opined they can be divorced, again because these are couples who are legally married.
John Covington, about whom much that is less than flattering has been uncovered, has been cut from the list by the MNPS board, which forges forward with its superintendent search despite calls to the contrary.
Today, July 13, is, by state law, Nathan Bedford Forrest Day. The governor issued the proclamation, as he's required to by law, though one wonders who would arrest him for not issuing said proclamation and what the punishment would be.
A federal judge is allowing abortion clinics to remain open, prohibiting the state from enforcing the new restrictions.
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