Sunday, May 24, 2015

What Bill Freeman is saying to the African-American community. And just which canidadate is the Tea Party candidate?

From Tim Skow, Host of First Tuesday - By now you have seen a flood of Bill Freeman TV ads for Mayor.....touting "cotton candy platitudes" and how he wants to be good for all of Nashville. Yet, on radio stations known for their African-American audiences, Bill Freeman is playing ads [including the following] that are some of the most divisive ever heard in TN. Bill Freeman has hired the Campaign Manager used last year by ultra-Liberal New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. His ad says:

  "...and Bill Freeman was one of the first and and biggest supporters of Pres. Barack Obama and he's worked to stop the Tea Party's agenda."
https://soundcloud.com/freeman-for-mayor/radio-60-freeman-bill

Please... take a minute, click on the link above and listen to this ad. Realize, there isn't a single Tea Party candidate in the race ! Mr. Freeman is simply "baiting" this targeted minority audience !

When Bill Freeman spoke at 1ST TUESDAY, he said he believes Mr. Obama is the best President in recent history ! [ its on video! ]

I'd appreciate you taking a moment to forward this to those you know who care about Nashville's future.
Thanks,
Tim

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

The big Belmont mayoral debate. Who won?

Last night was the night of the big mayoral debate at Belmont University sponsored by The Tennessean and WSMV-TV Channel 4.  Unfortunately I was unable to watch the debate. It was live-streamed but I was otherwise occupied. Fortunately, it is achieved on YouTube. Here it is.


The format of this debate is such that not each candidate gets to answer each question but any candidate can give a quick rebuttal to what another candidate says. With seven candidates in the race, there  is no way to have a real debate unless it lasted hours and hours then no one would watch it, so this is probably about as good of a format as one could have. Also, since most of the candidates are saying the same thing, there is no point to hearing seven candidates say the same thing but just saying it a little differently. Here are some highlights:

Transit and the AMP: Megan Barry says she would chase federal dollars to get transit funding and that sidewalks would go some where. Bone did not say anything much different and said we need a local transit plan and a regional transit plan. David Fox said we must find ways to have the private sector meet some of our transit needs.

The Education Gap between the good schools and the bad schools. David Freeman Howard Gentry get asked this question and neither one answer it. Freeman says the Mayor cannot do much about our schools except be a cheerleader and he says our teachers are not getting a fair shake by all the criticism of our public schools. Gentry doesn't say anything of importance either.  Kane, Fox, Bone and Barry give a rebuttal but one can't say much in one minuet. Fox says the mayor can be very important in influencing school policy.  Megan Barry calls for universal pre-K which confirms why I think she is the worst choice for Mayor. Young children from two-parent middle class or privileged families who have parents that read to their children, give them experiences and engage them, do not need pre-K while kids living in the projects may benefit. Why make pre-K universal rather than focus on where it may actually do some good?

The move of the jail and police headquarters to Antioch and Jefferson St..  Kane and Rebrovick are asked how they would have handled this. Kane says we should start from the neighborhood up and not impose things on neighborhoods. Rebrovick gives a lame answer not addressing the question.

How much would you invest and how would you pay for mass transit: Fox says he cannot come up with a dollar amount and say lets spend that amount. He says we need to come up with a plan, see what we need, what we can afford and sequence that. He again says he would seek private sector partners. I like his answer. Gentry gives a lame answer and says he would seek regional funding. Kane says, "whatever it takes."  Rebrovick offers a rebuttal and says we need to use smart technology.

I am discontinuing my question-by-question report. You can watch the debate for yourself. To save time you can watch it in double time and not lose content, if you know how to do that. Here are some highlights and impression:

  • Megan Barry says she would put more money into the office of neighborhoods and gives an endorsement of NashvilleNext.
  • Howard Gentry in addressing the proposed $100 Million flood wall ask a question I have wondered about. He says the water diverted from flooding downtown by the wall has to go somewhere else and he would want to know who would be negatively impacted by protecting downtown from a flood. He says the flood wall needs more study.
  • Freeman says he is frustrated that the first he knew of the flood wall proposal was when he read it in the newspaper. He says there needs to be discussion and debate before something like this happens. 
  • Freeman says we need to pay our police, fireman and city workers more, especially the police.
  • Gentry says what happened in Baltimore could happen in Nashville and we need to address inequality.
  • Are we investing too much too quickly and should the public be concerned? No, says Gentry; Kane says we must invest in education and transit but does not answer the question; Bone says keep the momentum going and quotes the Bible as he often does; and Barry says we need to take the growth all of the way to the county line.
  • Megan says everybody should have transit to get them wherever they want to go.
  • Rebrovick keeps pushing synchronized traffic lights.
  • Fox is the only candidate who expresses concern about our city's debt obligations.
All of the candidates are personable and seem like friendly, likable people. Charles bone is quick on his feet with zingers and is quick to quote the Bible. Just judging the candidates on performance as a campaign speaker, I think Bone is probably the best one to play the role of a mayoral candidate. Freeman seems like the closest to a good ole boy, backslapping politician and someone you might want to have a beer with.

Fox makes fewer bold and visionary statements and is a little less charismatic than some of the other candidates. When asked to name a song that would make a statement about their campaign, Fox could not come up with anything. I am not sure I could either on the spur of the moment, but anything would have been better than just passing on the question. It is a shame that debate moderators ask such stupid questions. These forums should be about who can best manage the city and what political values a candidate subscribes to rather than questions of the "boxer or briefs" category.  Fox seems the most thoughtful and cautious of the candidates but in a day of massive attention deficit disorder where campaigns more closely resemble a Miss America Beauty contest, Fox's thoughtfulness and intellect may not be an advantage.

Having watched this debate and several others forums and having read the position papers of the candidates and visited the websites of the candidates and knowing something of their record, I have come to the conclusion that Megan Barry would be the least desirable of the candidates to have as mayor, and David Fox would be the best.  The other candidates are kind of lumped together somewhere between.

Fox seems the candidate most concerned that we may be overextending our indebtedness, the most open to seeking private sector solutions to problems, and the only candidate to express respect for private property rights and concern about the abuse of eminent domain. For sometime my support for Fox has been growing but I have been reluctant to reach a conclusion that he was the candidate I would vote for until I knew more about all of the candidates. I met one-on-one with Fox recently and talked with him for a little over an hour and am convinced that he is the best candidate and is absolutely genuine and has deeply held believes about the proper function of government and how the city should be managed. He would not be the mayor that would offer shiny new projects as much as a mayor who would protect our bond rating, use common sense to solve problems, and repair our crumbling infrastructure.

To read the Tennessean report on the debate, if you can get behind their pay wall, follow this link and another Tennessean report at this link. To see The WSMV Chanel 4 report follow this link.

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Final NashvilleNext draft is online for public review and comment

The Metropolitan Planning Department of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee, has prepared a draft of a proposed long-range General Plan which would guide growth, development, and preservation through 2040.

All elements of the draft plan are online for public review at www.nashvillenext.net.

Planning Commission public hearing on NashvilleNext set for June 15

Prior to adoption of NashvilleNext, a public hearing discussing NashvilleNext will be held as part of a special called Planning Commission meeting at 3 pm Monday, June 15, 2015 in the Sonny West Conference Center in Metro’s Howard Office Building at 700 Second Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee.

After that hearing is completed and closed, the meeting will adjourn temporarily and resume in the same location at 1 pm on Monday, June 22, 2015; Commissioners will continue their discussion on NashvilleNext and may vote on the Plan at that time.

Questions and comments about the draft plan may be directed to Planning Department staff at 615/862-6398, by email at in...@nashvillenext.net, and by postal mail at 800 Second Avenue South, PO Box 196300, Nashville, Tennessee, 37219.

My Comment: I have not studies the hundreds of pages in NashvilleNext. Following political campaigns and other public affairs, I have simply not had the time. No one except the authors of the plan really know what is in it and this plan will have tremendous impact for the next 25 years. Current sub-area plans were developed with the input of people looking at their particular neighborhood.  Those sub-area plans are being replaced without the same level of citizen involvement. To properly understand what is being proposed in NashvilleNext one would have to devote full time to the endeavor for some weeks. Once adopted by the planning commission, NashvilleNext will be the city's official planning document. New development must comply with the General Plan.  To pass something not in conformity with the General Plan takes a two-thirds vote of the council. I think the plan should be put on hold and a committee of citizens in each sub-area, now called neighborhoods, should study the plan and make sure they understand it and recommend changes at the neighborhood level. I think the plan should be put on hold until citizens have had a chance to study it and until the next mayor takes office. This is being rammed down our throats without adequate citizen study.  

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Southeast Nashville and Antioch opposition to relocation of jail to that part of town- Meeting announced.

 Press Release, Nashville/Antioch, TN - Residents of Southeast Nashville and Antioch declare our opposition to the proposed relocation site and call on our Mayor, elected Metro City Council Representatives, and all related Metro Nashville government agencies to:

1.      Begin an ongoing dialogue with the residents of Southeast Nashville about the relocation; and,
2.      Explore other relocation sites and options; and,
3.      Keep the Criminal Justice Center at its current downtown location throughout this process.

Relocating the Criminal Justice Center to Southeast Nashville will:
 
1.      Permanently stigmatize the Antioch area as the area for incarceration; and,
2.      Establish the Antioch area as the only area of Nashville with the responsibility for housing prisoners; and,
3.      Hinder economic development of the area because desirable businesses will not want to locate in close proximity of the jail; and,
4.      Attract undesirable businesses, like bail bonding and cash advance businesses; and,
5.      Encourage the release of prisoners directly into our neighborhoods close to the Criminal Justice Center as a result of families of prisoners patronizing those bail bonding and cash advance businesses.

A COMMUNITY MEETING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED

Invited:  Mayor Karl Dean, Sherriff Daron Hall, Metro Council Members, State Senators Yarbro, Harper and Dickerson, State Representatives Jones, Powell, Stewart, Capital Project Solutions President Jim Pustejovsky, Capital Project Solutions Principal Dick Darr, Mayoral Candidates Barry, Bone, Eskind-Rebrovick, Fox, Freeman, Gentry, Kane, Metro Govt Finance Department Representatives, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods Director Courtney Wheeler.
WHAT:  Community Meeting Regarding the Proposed Consolidation of All Nashville Jails to Southeast Nashville
DATE:  Tuesday, May 26, 2015
WHERE:  Global Mall at the Crossings Event Center, 5252 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Suite 292
TIME:  6:30 pm      

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Kane courts the LGBTQ+ vote.

Kane Press Release - Jeremy Kane held the latest in a series of working lunches today speaking with LGBTQ+ Nashvillians to discuss issues that affect the community and how to make Nashville a more inclusive home for all. The working lunch is the latest in a series held by the mayoral candidate to allow leaders in various communities to share their concerns and ideas with the next mayor of Nashville.

“LGBTQ+ Nashvillians make great contributions to Nashville but they face unique challenges,” said Kane. “As Nashville’s next mayor, I want to hear directly from every community in Nashville and the LGBTQ+ community is no exception. My administration will be accessible, and the LGBTQ+ community, whether on LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, or inequity in public services, will be given a voice.”

Attendees included representatives from the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the Tennessee Equality Project, The Brooks Fund, Unite Magazine, the Oasis Center, and the Middle Tennessee Transgender Support Group, and Parker Camp, a former openly-gay NCAA athlete.
Working lunches, along with the Just Jeremy town hall series and other efforts, are one of many ways.

My Comment: I knew what LGBT was an acronym for. That is lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender. I did not know what "Q+" added to the LGBT was. That was new one. I found this definition: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and other identities.
LGBPTTQQIIAA+: any combination of letters attempting to represent all the identities in the queer community, this near-exhaustive one (but not exhaustive) represents Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Intergender, Asexual, Ally - See more at: http://itspronouncedmetrosexual.com/2013/01/a-comprehensive-list-of-lgbtq-term-definitions/#sthash.uSRYXmvJ.dpuf
LGBPTTQQIIAA+: any combination of letters attempting to represent all the identities in the queer community, this near-exhaustive one (but not exhaustive) represents Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Intergender, Asexual, Ally - See more at: http://itspronouncedmetrosexual.com/2013/01/a-comprehensive-list-of-lgbtq-term-definitions/#sthash.uSRYXmvJ.dpuf

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

What happend at the May 19th Council meeting: Term limits advances to the ballot, Capital Improvement Budget controversy, New regs for sex clubs, Top Golf approved, Beer in the parks



This meeting is one and half hour long. If you are interested in watching the meeting but do not want to spend that much time watching it, you can watch it in double time.  In the bar at the bottom of the video screen, under "settings" see if you are given that option.  If not, go to this link and click HTLM5 player and then go back to the video and you should be given the option of watching the video at faster speeds.

It will help you follow what is happening if you have a council agenda. To see my commentary on the agenda and a link to get your own copy of the agenda and staff analysis follow this link.

The meeting is conducted by Lonnell Matthews Jr, who is President Pro Tem of the Council, whose job it is to conduct the council meeting in absence of the Vice Mayor. He also conducted the May 5th meeting. Where is the Vice Mayor?

The first item of business is a presentation honoring the Madison Utility District, followed by a presentation honoring Dr. Register, followed by the adoption of a Council rule change. The rule change would allow the Vice Mayor to put bills on pubic hearings on two consecutive meetings or call a special meeting to hear bills on pubic hearings. This makes sense. Last council meeting the meeting lasted four hours. That is entirely too long. I remember serving in the Council when there would be lots of bills on public hearing and meetings would last for hours. After about the first couple hours of basically people saying the same thing (it will cause traffic problems, it will cause water problems, it doesn't fit the character of the neighborhood) you are sort of brain dead. In June there will be 60 bills on pubic hearing! That is a lot. I see the need for this rule change and my only concern is that if the meeting is a special meeting, it still needs to be televised by Channel 3 and the video archived.  Unless someone coordinates with Channel 3, they may not have people scheduled to cover a special meeting. The council voting machine fails and a rule change requires a recorded vote, so the vote is taken by a show of hands.

The regular order of business does not get underway until timestamp 18:27.

All of the mayor's appointees to board and commission are approved without discussion. I am very disappointed. Two of the appointees were to the Human Relation Commission. I was hoping that at least one councilmember would take the opportunity of vote "no" on these confirmations. My basic reason is that this agency is a useless agency at best, but the worse thing they do is sponsor the youth pavilion at the Gay Pride Festival. For a more detailed explanation, follow this link.

There are 18 resolution on the agenda and all but two are on the consent agenda. All resolutions on consent pass with no dissention. The consent agenda are those resolutions deemed non-controversial and they stay on consent if they pass the committee to which they were assigned by a unanimous vote.

RESOLUTION NO. RS2015-1433 was not on consent. It proposes an amendment to the charter that would extend term limits for the Vice Mayor and members of the Council from two to three terms. It had been approved by the Charter Revision Commission. This would only extend term limits; it would not reduce the size of the council. Only the sponsor speaks in favor and only Steve Glover speaks in opposition. The resolutions required 27 votes to pass and it gets only 27 positive votes, 9 "no" votes and two abstentions. The voting machine is still not working and the clerk has to call the roll.

With this resolution passing, this means there will be two measures on the ballot that extend term limits, this one and the one that got on the ballot by petition that in addition to extending term limits also reduces the size of the council. For more on that proposed charter amendment and other charter amendments that will be on the August ballot, follow this link. To see the discussion and the roll call go to timestamp 27:0- 33:34.

RESOLUTION NO. RS2015-1498 by Charlie Tygard is the other resolution not on consent. It request the   Metropolitan Civil Service Commission to consider and recommend an amendment to the General Pay Plan to partially base the compensation of Members of the Metropolitan Council upon Council and committee meeting attendance.

 Recently, Channel 5 did an investigative piece and revealed that some Council members almost never attend committee meetings.  With a large council, the council must have a strong committee system.  It is in committee where the real work of the Council is done. It is in committee where the council can ask hard questions and get answers.  There is no way a councilmember can know all there is to know about the  bills on the agenda. Some of the Councilmen said they had regular jobs and could  not take off work to attend committee meetings. In my view, if a councilmember does not have flexibility in his job to attend to his council duties, he should not run for council.  If he cannot attend Council committee meetings he should resign from the council. The worst offenders were Emily Evans, who missed 83 committee meetings since 2013, Robert Duvall, who's missed 93 committee meetings in that time period, and Sean McGuire, who's missed 132 committee meetings since 2013! Among the top twelve members with the worst attendance records was Council member-at-large and Mayoral candidate Megan Barry.

I was very disappointed to learn of this because generally Duvall and Evans are two of my favorite council member. For more on the  story and to watch a video of the Channel 5 newscast, follow this link. I am proud of Charlie Tygard for proposing this. I wish other council members had to guts to go out with a bang, standing tall. The Committee vote was only one in favor and four against for a recommendation of disapproval. Councilman Tygard moves to defer indefinitely. That probably kills the resolution.

Bills on First reading all pass all lumped together in one vote as is customary, with the exception of the Capital Improvements Budget which is filed as a late resolution requiring a suspension of the rules.  The Charter requires the Capital Improvements Budget to be approved by no later than June 15; so, in order for that to happen it had to be on First Reading tonight or the council would have to have a special meeting to meet the June 2nd deadline.

The Capital Improvements Budget is not really a budget but a prioritized list of capital projects and the source of the funding for those projects. It is a planning document. Some projects can be funded by revenue bonds and some other sources but most are funded by general obligation bonds. Throughout the year, the Capital Improvements Budget can be amended but that can be difficult to do. Ideally all capital improvements are included in the Capital Improvements Budget. The number of projects that actually get funding that are in the Capital Improvements Budget depends, in most cases, on how much money the Council approves for debt service in the Operating Budget.

Council members really do not have much say on what gets funded because to include a project, another project must be removed from inclusion. A councilman may get something added to the Capital Improvements Budget but it may have a low priority and never be funded. It is easier to get an unpopular project taken out of the Capital Improvement Budget than to get a pet project funded. This is one example of how we have a weak council-strong mayor system.

Councilman Duane Dominy takes to the floor and argues against the Capital Improvements Budget saying it includes moving the criminal justice center to the southeast portion of the county and moving the police headquarters to Jefferson Street and he says there is a lot of concern about those proposed moves and without proper public input and council review he will not vote for it and he request a machine vote. Other discussion follows. My view is that these two projects should be taken out of the Capital Improvements Budget as well as the downtown flood wall. I think the next mayor and the next council should consider those projects. With the voting machine not working, there is an actual roll call vote with a few "no" votes but the clerk does not announce the totals. To see the debate see timestamp 35:37 - 53:28.

Bills on Second Reading all pass and none of them are of interest.

Bills on Third Reading all pass and none generate controversy. These are the ones of interest:

BILL NO. BL2015-1081 passes which changes a zoning in order to allow Top Golf to build a large high tech golf driving range.

BILL NO. BL2015-1099  defines what is a sex club, and says they can only locate in areas zoned industrial and not within 1000 feet of a church, home, school, park or daycare center. It would prohibit the following:

    1. Admitting members that are younger than 21 years of age;
    2. Admitting any new member without the affirmative vote of a majority of the other members;
    3. Accepting applications for membership without a current member’s written recommendation; and
    4. Granting membership within 24 hours from the time a membership application is filed.
BILL NO. BL2015-1100 changes the code to make it the applicant's responsibility rather than the city's for posting signs that say a property has a hearing before The Board of Zoning Appeal. Originally it removed the requirement that such notices be published in a newspaper but it amended to continue requiring notices to be published in the paper.

BILL NO. BL2015-1102  would allow the Parks Department to permit the sale of beer in any Metro Parks. Now, the Parks Department can only allow beer sales at parks in the downtown area.

Here is the Tennessean's report of the meeting. Please note that the Tennessee's now has their on-line content behind a pay wall so if you are not a Tennessean subscriber you can't read it. 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Three charter amendments make the ballot: Ban the box, cut the council, and hire locals.

Three proposed charter amendment petitions appear to have gotten enough signatures to get on the August ballot. A fourth that would have restricted funding for marijuana law enforcement for people processing not over two ounces of the herb failed to make the cut. To get on the ballot a proposed charter amendment had to have signatures on a petition that equaled 10% of the number of votes cast in the last Metro election.

The three proposed charter amendments that it looks like will be on the ballot are below and these are my initial thoughts on them:

  • Ban the Box- removes the question from the initial Metro job application that
    ask if an applicant has ever been convicted of a felony.
    I am undecided about this but leaning "yes." We need to ease the reentry of ex-felons into society. This applies only to the initial application. To give an ex-con a shot at getting a Metro job does not seem too much to ask.
  • Reduce the size of the Council from 40 members to 27 and expand term limits fom two to three terms. I am supporting this. I have always thought term limits was a bad idea. It makes for a weak council and a strong mayor. I do not think having the next to the largest Council in America has served us well. We may have 40 members but very
  • little diversity of thought. On things that should be controversial we have votes that are 40 to 0 in favor. The argument against this change is that a person can get elected now without spending a lot of money if they are willing to work hard and that neighbors can have access to their councilmen. I am not buying that argument. Twenty-seven will still make us have a larger council than most cities and these other cities seem to manage as well as we do. This proposal does away with the Council-at-large positions. I have always thought the at-large positions served no useful purpose. This proposal only reduces the number of districts from 35 to 27 which is not that much of a reduction. It only takes 99 Representatives and 33 Senators to legislate for the State, surely we can legislate local matters with less than 40 people.
  • A requirement that 40% of the workforce on any Metro project exceeding
    $100,000 be residents of Davidson County.
      I oppose this. When we put out for bids a big project, the winner of the bid already has his employees. To require that the contractor lay off his employees and hire local employees will drive up the cost of construction. It takes time to find the right people who fit the culture and environment of a company. Also, there is a learning curve in learning how a company does things and what the expectations are.  Many companies cannot just replace 40% of their workforce and still do the quality job they were hired to do. Also, if we have such a requirement, other cities may start having such a requirement. There are a lot of people in the construction trade in Nashville who work on projects out of town. Do we want those people to lose their job? At one time, the city required that everyone who had a metro job had to live in the county.  This restricted us from getting the work force we needed. When you start tampering with the market by fixing prices or imposing requirement that you only buy local or hire local then there are usually detrimental consequences. Markets maximize efficiency. This needs to be defeated.

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    It matters who we elect to the office of Mayor and Metro Council. We are at a turning point.

    In a year from now will we be watching on the evening news that Nashville's mayor conducted a mass grand wedding for gay couples on the steps of the metro court house, and the city funded a big gay wedding party to celebrate our "diversity" and how "welcoming" of a city we are?

    Will we see a massive new tax increases?  Will we see our bond ratings tumble?

    A year from now will we learn that our schools will be adopting a family life curriculum that teaches gender fluidity- the ideal that there is no such thing as boys and girls but we are each somewhere along a spectrum?

    Will we see massive new spending for public art, for new light rail that multiplies the failure of the Music City Star several times, and new everything- infrastructure, parks, schools, and as of yet unthought of projects? Maybe a downtown soccer stadium? We will continue to divert tax generated from downtown development out of the general fund?

    Will we be engaging in price fixing by mandating that all new residential property construction contain a set aside of a certain number of units that must be priced to be "affordable" and that they must be kept "affordable" for the next thirty to forty years?

    Will we be running roughshod over private property rights by taking people's property and selling it to a developer because bureaucrats and the mayor think the new owner will do something better with the property?

    These things are not fantasies. There are examples all across the country of cities that are on the verge of going bankrupt because of mismanagement and cities with outrageously high property taxes due to unfettered spending, and cities that are celebrating the normalization of deviant behavior.

    Since 2010, forty-seven municipalities have gone bankrupt (link). Many cities have tax rates that are a severe burden to the residents. If you think taxes are high in Nashville, look at other cities. In San Francisco, a home-owner with a median income pays a total of 39% or their income in Federal, State and local taxes of one sort or another. In Nashville it is 24.36%.  Of the largest 100 cities, we are the 45th most heavily taxed (compare the top 100). There are those who want us to spend more for this or that and "invest" more. The flip side of the "spend," "invest," or "fund," is "tax." Money for pubic goods has to come from somewhere and it comes our of your pocket. I think we are taxed enough.

    One of the nation’s largest public school systems is preparing to include gender identity to its classroom curriculum, including lessons on gender fluidity (link). In Orlando, Florida, 50 same sex couples got married by Mayor Buddy Dyer in January (video). There are those who want Nashville to become "the San Francisco of the South." I don't.

    We need to pay close attention to this election and elect some common-sense people. If one rushed to the election commission tomorrow early and picked up a petition to run for council, one could work hard at it and turn it in before noon on Thursday and be on the ballot.  Nashville is on the verge of taking a hard left turn if we elect some of the people who are running to the office of mayor and council. We don't need to let that happen.


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    1st Quarter Report on who is contributing to the Howard Gentry campaign

    Howard Gentry
     Short on Cash
    Howard Gentry did not raise any money prior to January 15, so was not required to file an initial report. The First Quarter campaign financial disclosure report is for the period of Jan.15 through March 31st. He begins the period with no cash on hand, had receipts of $103,875 and ends the period with $98,145. "Howard Gentry for Criminal Court Clerk" loaned his campaign $30,000. Below are the contributions of interest.

    Rahim Rahimi contributed $1,500 and Libra Holding, LLC, which is owned by Rahim Rahimi contributed $1,500.  Dinah Gregory, Director of Planning and Coordination with Metro Social Services, $1,000; Jack Cawthon, owner of Jack's Barbeque, $1,500; retired judge Sue M. Evans, $1,000, Orrin H. Ingram of Ingram Industries $1,500 and  Martha Ingram, owner of Ingram Industries and philanthropist contributed $1,500.

    Mike Curb of Curb Records, songwriter, philanthropist, and former Lt. Governor of California, $1,500. Linda Curb of the same address contributed $1,500.

    John Curley III, manager with DET Distributing contributed $1,500 and Fred Dettwiller contributed $1,500. Fred Dettwiller has contributed to several of the candidates.  Catherine Dettwiller contributed $1,500.

    Ryman Hospitality PAC Contributed $1,000. This PAC has also contributed to other candidates for mayor.

    Two pay day lenders, Tennessee Quick Cash of 5302 Mt. View Rd and Cash 2 Day LLC of 5307 Mt. View Rd, each contributed $250. Two bonding companies, both located at the same address, contributed $250 each.

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    Marijuana push falls short in Nashville.

    Marijuana push falls short in Nashville.WBIR-TV -  Petitions that were submitted to the Metro clerk on Monday on other issues will now make their way to the Davidson County Election Commission,...

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