The Re-Employment Plan

Major staff changes are being hinted in the Dean Administration and he's hired another former Bredesen staffer to kick it off:
According to multiple sources, Tam Gordon, Bredesen’s former special assistant for projects, has joined the Dean administration. Gordon, a former Nashville Banner reporter who served as press secretary for Bredesen during his tenure as mayor of Nashville, has also worked for the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. Mayor’s office spokeswoman Janel Lacy declined to provide details when asked about staff additions, although she acknowledged in an email that the mayor’s office has “some staff announcements coming.” An aide to Dean confirmed Gordon’s appointment, adding that she would be working on special projects including a poverty initiative. The aide said Gordon was to start the job this week.
Feb 8, 2011 7:16 AM

One or the other

Michael Craddock and Eric Crafton - both potential challengers to Karl Dean - make a joint appearance in front of the some Bellevue Republicans.
Feb 6, 2011 8:35 AM

Cavaliers and roundheads

The Metro Council's progressives are at loggerheads over CANDO. Old-schoolers like Ronnie Steine who backed the Metro non-discrimination ordinance don't like the approach Mike Jameson and Jamie Hollin took in introducing it:
"The sponsors, prior to filing this, did not take the time to consult with those that had been in leadership of the 2009 effort and to my knowledge were not in consultation or collaboration with the leading proponent groups in the city on the issue," says Steine. Nonetheless, he tells the Scene he plans to vote for the bill on second reading, which could come as early as Feb. 15. It's certainly true that Hollin and Jameson didn't talk to Mayor Karl Dean beforehand, his office confirmed. They didn't ask the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, which hasn't offered a position on the issue despite numerous press inquiries. They didn't consult Steine or Barry, viewed as the parents of the late nondiscrimination push in Nashville. Nor did they discuss their plans with leaders of the Tennessee Equality Project, the leading GLBT rights group. ... "He is perhaps intentionally sending a signal that the effort lacks coordination, which is false, to those on-the-fence council members that it's OK to vote no," Hollin says. "I know it sounds Pollyannaish, but my preference would be that we each weigh our own consciences and vote accordingly," he says. "I am told that by the slimmest of margins, we have the votes for passage. I'm delighted to hear that, but I don't need to hear that 20 other council members are supportive to find my own moral compass."
Feb 3, 2011 10:40 AM

Dean's green

In Sesh says Karl Dean's got $425,000 in the war chest.
Feb 1, 2011 8:00 AM

Karl's Paper Trail

Stephen George wonders where Karl Dean is on non-discrimination:
In Nashville, that agenda, so to speak, dates back most infamously to 2003, when the bill to extend the same protections to all of Davidson County failed by one tie-breaking vote. The bill, sponsored by former Councilman Chris Ferrell, now CEO of Scene parent company SouthComm, brought all manner of drama both private and public. That included a council request for a legal opinion on the bill's constitutionality from Metro's then-director of law. "While municipalities cannot adopt ordinances which infringe the spirit of state law or are repugnant to the general policy of the state, they can adopt ordinances that go beyond the state and require more," the city's legal director responded in affirmation. His name? Karl Dean. At the time, at least 92 city and county governments across the U.S. had adopted such protections. That figure has jumped to 136, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Some of Nashville's largest corporate citizens already abide by private practices that are similar to Metro's, including AT&T and Corrections Corp. of America. CCA is one of Metro's largest contractors; in 2010, the city budget dealt the company $16.5 million, with its contract calling for more than $80 million over five years. For Dean, a city executive with an avowed interest in pleasing private business and its boosters, meddling in a university's employment matters would be about as popular as renaming the Courthouse in honor of Vince Young. Even adversaries acknowledge him as a social progressive who is caught in a difficult position with the city's more regressive business elite. "I think I know where his heart lies, and I get not wanting to piss off the chamber, but for God's sake," Jameson says. "The guy's got a paper trail that tells you exactly where he should be on this."
Jan 27, 2011 11:04 AM

We have been promised crosshairs

Nashville radio talker Carl Boyd sends an email:
Greetings Truth Listeners, I was the fairgrounds on Saturday and spoke with vendors and the people. I asked them how are they enjoying the fairgrounds. They all responded we love it. There were so many people out there on Saturday it makes you wonder what is the real reason why Mayor Karl Dean wants to shut the fairgrounds down. We will discuss that on Monday's show. Also, we must get ready for the elections coming with our council members and figure out how to get rid of Karl Dean. "OPERATION STOP KARL DEAN" is in full effect on "Nothing But The Truth". We will discuss which council member is running for re-election and their district so we can put it in the "CROSSHAIRS" on the map along with the Mayor. Visit my website later tonight and I will have map posted. I have invited all council members and the mayor to come on the, but I have received a response yet. I will keep you updated if any respond to the invite. Remember I am now on 880am WMDB "The Big Mouth" 3pm to 4pm weekdays.
As of 11:37A, the map is crosshair-less.
Jan 24, 2011 11:43 AM

Music Council partners with Entrepreneur Center

Mayor Karl Dean and the Nashville Music Council yesterday announced a partnership with the Nashvile Entrepreneur Center to provide direct support to local startup companies in the digital media and entertainment industry. To start, the EC will host events for the 50+ member council and sponsor its formal mentoring program to pair an industry leader with a local startup venture.
Jan 21, 2011 7:03 AM


Enclave's Mike Byrd has been publishing a series of emails between various muckities-muck in the Dean Administration regarding the redevelopment of the fairgrounds and re-imagination of Hickory Hollow Mall. Byrd is up to #8 in a series, which he indicates will conclude before Tuesday's meeting of the Metro Council, which according to some councilwatchers has the potential to be the longest council meeting in history.
Jan 17, 2011 2:39 PM

Chamber on fairgrounds: 'We need development-ready land'

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ralph Schulz today encouraged business leaders to attend the Jan. 18 Metro Council hearing on whether to tear down the fairgrounds racetrack. Speaking at a meeting of the Chamber’s Partnership economic development initiative, Schulz said the city is “site starved” and in need of development-ready land to help lure corporate relocations and expansions, and encouraged listeners to attend the event and speak before the council. Also speaking at the event, Mayor Karl Dean called the fairgrounds site “underutilized” and said development on the site would “create an opportunity for us to bring jobs to Nashville and show that we are serious about expanding our tax base.” For much more background on this topic, see our sister site, The City Paper.
Jan 13, 2011 1:58 PM

That's the Chicago way

Mike Byrd wonders if Karl Dean can do a Daley-at-Meigs-Field job on the racetrack:
Might Nashville's Mayor exercise his own power by dispatching Metro bulldozers on the down-low to ruin the track just enough to cancel any future racing? Since his finance department has its own track record of sabotaging the Fairgrounds' revenue stream, and given that he brushes off opposition as if they were infinitesimal gnats, it bears vigilance.
Jan 7, 2011 10:09 AM