Vice Mayor David Briley has tapped former Metro councilman and (briefly) General Sessions Judge Mike Jameson as the new attorney for the Metro Council, following the departure of Jon Cooper, who is now the Metro director of law. Jameson still has to be approved by the Metro Council.
Turns out Amendment 3 may have the unintended consequences predicted by its opposition. Supporters of the charter amendment, including the Southeast Labor Council, asked Metro to delay implementation until March. Mayor Barry, also a supporter of the amendment, sent a letter to the Metro Council:
In a Wednesday letter to the Metro Council, Barry — who publicly supported Metro Charter Amendment 3 establishing the local-hire law — said concerns arose after talks with union leaders, the business community and legal counsel that the new procedures might hinder Metro's ability to move forward with construction projects and thus be "counterproductive towards the intended goals of putting more Davidson County residents to work."
"Like the majority of voters in the Aug. 6 election, I supported Amendment 3 because I believe strongly in workforce development and expanding access to good-paying jobs," Barry, sworn into office Friday, wrote. "My commitment to these principles has not (wavered) and I believe that we can find a path forward that satisfies our desire to promote economic prosperity for working families while also being fiscally responsible and continuing to move forward with important Metro projects.
"This delay in implementation will give us all a chance to research best practices in other cities and for my office to meet with members of the Metro Council, the business community, labor leaders and other stakeholders to develop guidelines that will meet our goals of training and hiring more Davidson County workers for jobs funded with their tax dollars."
The Tennessee Democratic Party's latest insertion into the mayor's race is a mailer that includes the Gadsden rattlesnake and says David Fox is a Tea Partier. Steven Hale on it:
It's not meant to make an argument or change a single vote. What it's meant to do is stampede the complacent Democratic voter who will open his or her mailbox, startle at the sight of those words and that rattlesnake, and then make haste to a precinct. The party knows the race is close, and it must be convulsing at the thought that a candidate endorsed by anti-municipal schemer Casada could be mayor of the state's capital city — a Trojan horse for precisely the kind of extremists Fox isn't, but Casada is. So they're trying to scare the faithful to the polls. (Or they just want to encourage Democrats to take up good civic habits like voting, no matter who it's for.)
Meanwhile, a group called Tying Nashville Together — though not the TNT that became NOAH — which appears to be affiliated with Stop AMPer/pro-Fairgrounds gadfly Rick Williams, is out with a mailer, circulating in North Nashville, encouraging votes for Fox (among others). NOAH is displeased:
"It has come to our attention that someone has appropriated the name of our predecessor organization, Tying Nashville Together, to suggest that we are responsible for their dirty campaign literature," the Rev. Edward Thompson, chairman of NOAH's Executive Committee said in a prepared statement. "Someone unknown to us incorporated an organization as Tying Nashville Together, Inc. on Aug. 20, 2015. "NOAH is a transparent organization that encourages civic participation," he said. "As a nonprofit we do not support or oppose any candidate. We call on those responsible for these dirty tricks to identify themselves and the sources of their funds. We are consulting our attorney about possible legal action.
Mayoral candidate David Fox's latest ad contends he's protecting Nashville from his contender, Megan Barry, given her stance on the possibility of raising taxes. Like his last TV spot, Foix takes liberally from another Matthew McConaughey's Lincoln ad to make his point.
Hey look! Nashville's mayoral candidates agree on a big issue, that of supplying the city with more affordable housing. In conversations with WPLN's Tony Gonzalez, both Megan Barry and David Fox say they will look for ways to have the city consistently fund The Barnes Fund for Affordable Housing, seen by many as the best vehicle to grow Nashville's affordable housing inventory. Case in point: The replacement of the River Village apartments in North Nashville with the $3.2 million, 23-unit complex pictured here.
How the program compares to other cities was on Barry’s mind when asked what she thought of the $65 million target.
“I think that a lot of this is: What are our peer cities doing? And how do we best do what’s best for Nashville? I think that number is not unreasonable.”
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