Kane campaign says Barry's a self-funder

In a fundraising push, the Jeremy Kane campaign has grouped Megan Barry — who took out a $200,000 loan against her home to help jumpstart her campaign — with the bigger self-funders in the mayoral race (Freeman and Fox, notably).

"False equivalency!" says the Barry camp:

"Megan took out a $200,000 loan against her house in order to show her commitment and resolve to win this campaign and make sure she had the resources to be competitive," Barry spokesman Sean Braisted said. "Since that time, she has not loaned the campaign any more money, and has no intention or capacity to do so. Her loan constituted about 18 percent of all money brought in for the campaign as of the last filing report, and that number will drop to about 16 percent or less after the next filing. Compare that to Bill Freeman whose campaign loans constituted about 71 percent of his overall money, and about 77 percent for David Fox."

Jul 28, 2015 12:10 PM

Group of Nashville Republicans back LER with a letter

A group of local Republicans that includes former Metro ECD director Paul Ney and AOC Administrative Director Deborah Taylor Tate are out for Linda Eskind Rebrovick:

The Nashville mayor's race is still very close and could be decided by the narrowest of margins. Our candidate, Linda Eskind Rebrovick, is among the contenders for the runoff.

Over the past week, many Nashvillians received mailings that made false accusations about Linda. As conservative Nashville voters, we are offended by these actions.

These mailings attacked Linda for not voting in the last mayor's election, a charge that is entirely false. The Metro Election Commission records show that Linda voted, and she voted early. 

Second, the mailings suggested Linda favors a property tax increase in Nashville. Not true. She favors a fiscally-responsible government. She has even gone on record in her recent TV ad as the only candidate promising to "hold down property taxes," and she has been telling the voters how she will accomplish this goal as our mayor.

Finally, she was criticized for supporting both Republican candidates as well as Democratic candidates. Again, her actions in supporting the person – and not a party label – demonstrate the principled conviction, independence and leadership that Nashville needs. 

Knowing Linda well, we recognize she is a smart and independent thinker who makes good things happen. She is the most uniquely qualified candidate with the scale of business and senior leadership experience needed to be the Chief Executive Official of Nashville today and in the near future.

That is why we are casting our vote for Linda, and we are asking you to do the same.

Paul Ney                     Deborah Taylor Tate
         Colleen Conway-Welch       Mark Winslow
Charlie Tygard         Carol Hudler 
                   
Katy Sheesley          Rick Olzewski
 

Jul 21, 2015 6:44 AM

Mayoral candidates have big dreams — some bigger than others — for city’s sports scene

Howard Gentry has one idea that he can’t — and admits does not necessarily want to — get out of his mind. Charles Robert Bone, on the other hand, wants to keep an open mind.

At a mayoral candidates forum held to address the current state and the future of sports in Nashville Thursday morning at Bridgestone Arena, there was a lot of talk about public-private partnerships, issues that involve public transportation and the connection between tourism and athletic events. Five of the seven candidates — Gentry, Bone, Jeremy Kane, David Fox and Linda Eskind Rebrovick — each answered five predetermined questions that ranged from their opinion on the city’s biggest challenge in attracting sporting events to their favorite local sports memory.

It was the query about their vision for the future of Nashville sports that elicited the widest-ranging and most detailed of responses.

Gentry, the former Tennessee State University athletics director whose campaign staff includes former Titans running back Eddie George, easily set forth the boldest vision. He acknowledged that the average life for sports venues is roughly 30 years and with the Nissan Stadium (formerly LP Field) approaching 20, his idea is to plan for a bigger, better venue rather that spend to refurbish the existing one.

His goal is to work toward a climate-controlled, multi-use facility that will make Nashville a potential Super Bowl site.

“It’s a big vision,” he acknowledged. “And it should be a vision for us here in Nashville.”

Bone, on the other hand, was the only one who offered no firm notion of what the city should do. At least twice, however, he referenced the now apocryphal 1995 phone call from Bud Adams to then-mayor Phil Bredesen, which eventually led the Houston Oilers to relocate and become the Tennessee Titans.

“I want to be an open-minded visionary about what comes next,” he said.

The other candidates had different ideas.

Kane, a former college swimmer at Stanford, wants to redevelop the Greer Stadium site and integrate other public areas to create a sports infrastructure that can attract a variety of national and international competitions with one expressed goal in mind. “We need to compete with Indianapolis to become the amateur sports capital of the United States,” he said.

Fox, in response to a different question, acknowledged the allure of Major League Baseball but conceded that Nashville was right to partner with the Nashville Sounds on the construction of First Tennessee Park and continue as a minor-league baseball town. His more immediate interest is to explore professional soccer and the possibility of a sport-specific venue “outside the core of the city.”

Rebrovick, who was involved in local efforts to land, and eventually stage, the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four, said she wanted to see the men’s Final Four and the Stanley Cup finals here, big ideas to be sure but impossible as a course of action for Metro government. The only way for the latter to happen is for the local team, the Nashville Predators, to make it to the Cup finals, something they have not approached. As for the former, the NCAA for the past two decades has mandated that the men’s Final Four be played in indoor stadiums rather than arenas.

For that, she would need Gentry’s climate-controlled venue to become a reality.

Jun 25, 2015 10:59 AM

Early voting saved by compromise

All of the standard early-voting sites will be open as-per usual after a Friday compromise between the Election Commission and the Metro Council.

The council will vote Tuesday on a substitute budget proposal and the commission will then have to vote on Thursday to restore early voting sites. Early voting begins July 17 for the Metro general election on Aug. 6.

Jun 15, 2015 1:46 PM

Mayoral candidates out with the first-quarter disclosures

Not much of a shock, but Bill Freeman leads the way in the early-going fundraising.

Apr 12, 2015 8:44 PM

East Nashville's growth tensions shaping Council races

The rapid redevelopment of sections of East Nashville has caused a number of ruckuses recently. In this week's Scene cover story, Steven Hale writes about how a number of people — in the words of one activist, "folks that have felt they've lost their voice [and feel] vulnerable of losing control of the future of their neighborhoods" — are rallying around challengers to Councilmen Peter Westerholm and Scott Davis, representatives they say are not appropriately defending their interests.

"Peter is a friend of mine and, there are many issues on which we agree," Withers says. "And the main differentiator is that we sometimes have a different approach to how decisions are reached.

"The difference to me is that I am passionate about reaching out and communicating with our neighbors and seeing what their opinion is. And if the majority of neighbors are in favor, then that's what I'll bring forward, and if the majority want a compromise, then we should have a compromise. If the majority of neighbors are opposed, then we want to look at that a little more closely."

Mar 12, 2015 11:01 AM

Freeman walks back Chamber criticism

Mayoral candidate Bill Freeman has gotten a lot of attention over the last few weeks for his criticism of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. But at an event Wednesday morning, he appeared to be walking back some of those remarks, or at least trying to counter the perception.

Speaking at a breakfast event at E|Spaces in Belle Meade, Freeman clarified his rhetoric in prepared remarks given to the Post.

Much has been made, in some circles, about my comments so far in this race about the city’s relationship with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

I want to expand on that a bit today … since you are generously giving me more than one minute to answer a question.

First, I want you to understand, I am a product of the Chamber of Commerce. My business partner and I met in the Junior Chamber. Our first banker and lawyer came from the chamber. We found the printer to print our letterhead through the Chamber.

I also believe the Chamber of Commerce does great work in this community. I am a big fan of the Chamber. I’m a big fan of Ralph Schultz, the leader of the Chamber.

Freeman then said that he would be a "jealous advocate" for Davidson County. One of the themes of Freeman's campaign so far has been the necessity to bring more jobs to Nashville, not just the Nashville area. 

He returned to the topic later in his speech ...

I’ve been somewhat amused by the response to my comments.

I’ve been called an isolationist by some. Not true.

There are certain areas where the region should cooperate. Mass transit is the biggest and most obvious place where we should cooperate.

If we want Nashville … and the region … to grow and prosper we must have a meaningful, long-term plan for mass transit. But when it comes to jobs … we are competitors. The point of competition is to win.

I intend to fight for Davidson County when it comes to jobs and development. I intend to win those fights.

If we occasionally lose one of those battles … I will tip my cap to the winner … and get back out on the field more determined to win next time. That doesn’t mean I’m picking a fight with the Chamber of Commerce.

As I said earlier, I am a fan and admirer of the Chamber and its leadership. I just think this is one area where the responsibilities of the Mayor of Nashville and the Chamber will from time to time diverge.

Frankly, I would like very much to have the support of the Chamber … but I’m not willing to bend on this issue to get their support.

Feb 25, 2015 7:30 AM

Bone adds Democratic consultants Little-Smith

INBOX:

Charles Robert Bone today announced a significant addition to his campaign team in his bid for mayor of Nashville. Little-Smith Strategies will play a key role in advising the campaign on general strategy, outreach, and targeting.

Little-Smith Strategies is a Nashville-based democratic consulting firm. The firm is well known for its recent successes in local politics with clients such as; Judge Rachel Bell, District Attorney Glen Funk, Judge Sheila Calloway, and Judge Lynda Jones. The partners are veterans of the campaigns to elect former U.S. Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. and Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. They’ve also compiled a national resume including work on campaigns for U.S. Senators Al Franken, Kay Hagan, and Harry Reid.

“We’re very excited to have Little-Smith Strategies on board. They’ve proven themselves as some of the most successful operatives in the city over recent election cycles and we’re looking forward to working with them on our effort to elect Charles Robert Bone the next mayor of Nashville,” campaign manager Kim Sasser Hayden said about the announcement.

The Bone for Mayor team includes longtime campaign and government veterans with a wide range of complementary experiences. Earlier in the fall, the campaign formally announced that Kim Sasser Hayden would serve as manager, The Ingram Group would continue to advise the campaign as general consultants, April Orange would lead the fundraising effort, and DVL would advise on marketing.

Nov 12, 2014 12:49 PM

Rebrovick steps aside as Consensus Point CEO

Research firm brings on industry veteran to succeed mayoral candidate
Nov 6, 2014 10:52 AM

How to mayor

The Scene offers a handful of ideas to the mayoral candidates — at this point, we have five to consider — about how to improve Nashville. No. 1 is "Get rid of PSC Metals." And yes, public transit is also on the list.

The next mayor should also tell Middle Tennesseans honestly that we don't want them in a car, and that our transit system will work to make the automobile the less convenient option. Perhaps the biggest failure of The Amp campaign was the attempt to sell it as an option that would easily co-exist with a car-dependent culture. Going forward, we need a public transit system that not only provides an alternative to auto travel, but is created to replace it for a significant number of Nashvillians.

Nov 6, 2014 6:58 AM