Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Vanderbilt poll: More locals think Nashville is growing too fast and 'no longer on the right track'

Vanderbilt poll: More locals think Nashville is growing too fast and 'no longer on the right track' 

News Channel 5 - ....the percentage of residents who think the city is moving in the wrong direction has grown from 22% to 45% since the poll’s inception in 2015. Additionally, this latest poll says those who think Nashville is moving in the right direction has dropped from 72% in 2015 to 53%.

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GOP Rep. Mark Green to force vote on Cohen perjury probe

GOP Rep. Mark Green to force vote on Cohen perjury probe

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Annual Wilson County GOP Reagan/Trump Dinner

May 14th, 2019 at 5:30pm
Tucker's Gap Event Center, 2900 Callis Rd., Lebanon, TN


Join us at the annual Reagan/Trump Dinner on May 14th at Tucker's Gap Event Center, 2900 Callis Rd. Lebanon, TN.

Schedule:
  • 5:30pm - Music by Kenny Lee, Country Rock Artist and author of "The Trump Card Song" and will debut his new Trump campaign song for 2020, "We're All Trumped Up".
  • Main Event | 6:30PM - Emcee will be Steve Gill, Political Editor for The Tennessee Star.  Speaker for the evening will be Todd Starnes host of "Todd Starnes Radio Show" and "Starnes Country" on Fox Nation. Todd is the author of a number of best selling books, including "The Deplorables Guide to Making American Great Again".
Tickets: Dinner Price: 
  • Sponsor Table $1,000 - includes table for 10 and meal plus listed as a sponsor in the Program 
  • $600 for table of 10
  • Individual ticket - $60
Mail check to Wilson County Republican Party, P. O. Box 124, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122 or buy tickets on website (website purchases require processing fee).

Click HERE for tickets and more info

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70th Anniversary of the Founding of the Nashville Republican Women Wednesday, May 8th

From The Davidson County Republican Party:
 
DCRP extends the following invite on behalf of the Nashville Republican Women: 

DCRP extends the following invite on behalf of the Nashville Republican Women: 

70th Anniversary of the Founding of the Nashville Republican Women
Wednesday, May 8th 
Hillwood Country Club
6201 Hickory Valley Road, Nashville  

You are invited to join us as weCelebrate the  70th Anniversary of the Founding ofthe Nashville Republican Women

Wednesday, May 8, 201910:00 a.m. - Registration and  mix and mingle.
11:00 a.m. - Program begins
$35 per person
Special Appearance by
The Honorable Beth HarwellFormer Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives
and
Phil ValentineAward winning radio talk show host, author and film maker

Reservations are requested by Friday, May 3rd
Make checks ($35 pp) payable to NRW and mail to:
Treasurer, NRW
P.O. Box 58882, Nashville, TN 37205
Hillwood Country Club
6201 Hickory Valley Road, Nashville  

You are invited to join us as weCelebrate the  70th Anniversary of the Founding ofthe Nashville Republican Women

Wednesday, May 8, 201910:00 a.m. - Registration and  mix and mingle.
11:00 a.m. - Program begins
$35 per person
Special Appearance by
The Honorable Beth HarwellFormer Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives
and
Phil ValentineAward winning radio talk show host, author and film maker

Reservations are requested by Friday, May 3rd
Make checks ($35 pp) payable to NRW and mail to:
Treasurer, NRW
P.O. Box 58882, Nashville, TN 37205

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Oops! I made a mistake. Qualifying deadline is May 16. There is more time to qualify to run for Council.

by Rod Williams - In post on this site regarding the election for mayor, vice mayor, and at-large and district council seats, I have said the qualifying deadline is May 3rd. Thankfully, but embarrassingly, I was wrong. The qualifying deadline is May 16. I regret the error. I don't know how I made that mistake.

I am pleased that the qualifying deadline is May 16th rather than May3rd. That means there is more time to qualify to run for Council. Please, if you are at all interested, please get qualified. There are several districts where the incumbent has no challenger or where there is not an incumbent and the only candidate is an extreme progressive or someone with no qualification.

If you pick up a qualifying petition, it only takes 25 signatures to get qualified. If you start the process and find out there is another candidate running who you could support, you can simply not turn in the petition. Or, if you turn in the petition and then for any reason change your mind, you can withdraw the petition and your name will not appear on the ballot. 

To view the Election Commission web page where you can learn what you need to know about the procedure of running for office and see the election calendar follow this link.

I served in the Metro Council in the decade of the 80's and have carefully followed the Council for many years since.  If you are thinking about running and would like to talk to someone who understands how to run and what it is like to serve, email me or Facebook message me and we can talk. My email address is Rodwilliams47@yahoo.com. My Facebook addresses is https://www.facebook.com/rod.williams.12327.

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Mayor Briley presents upbeat State of Metro address.




Mayor David Briley delivered the 56th Annual State of Metro address at Nashville Public Library at 10 a.m. today, Tuesday, April 30.  This is the second State of  Metro address for the current mayor. If you want to see it, you can watch the above video. To skip the prayer and entertainment and get right to the speech go to timestamp 11:40.

The mayor presented an upbeat message. He said, "a year after facing one of Nashville's most challenging moments, Nashville is strong widely admired, resilient, and welcoming." He touted the economic growth of the city but said we must work to create "equitable prosperity."

He said the city is in fine shape and much improved from a year ago. "When I spoke to you here a year ago, we were in a much different position," he said. "I said from this very spot that sacrifice leads to success. We had to get Metro’s budget under control by living within our means, and departments throughout Metro stepped up and did just that. Our plan worked."

He announced he will submit to the Metro Council this week a no-tax increase $2.33 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

To read the full text of the speech, follow this link


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Monday, April 29, 2019

Metro Council Budget & Finance Committee FY2019-2020 Budget Hearings May, 13, 2019.

Metro press release - The Metro Council Budget & Finance Committee will conduct FY2019-2020 Operating and Capital Budget Hearings with Metro Departments during the month of May. All budget hearings will be conducted in the David Scobey Council Chamber.
Budget hearings will be aired live on Metro Nashville Network and Nashville.gov.
Monday, May 13, 2019

  • 4:00 p.m. - Mayor's Office
  • 4:15 p.m. - Finance
  • 4:30 p.m. - Internal Audit
  • 4:45 p.m. - Metro Legal
  • 5:00 p.m. - Economic Development
  • 5:15 p.m. - Chamber of Commerce
  • 5:30 p.m. - Beer Board
  • 5:45 p.m. - Human Relations Commission
  • 6:00 p.m. - Planning Commission
  • 6:15 p.m. - Codes Administration

Location

David Scobey Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, Historic Metro Courthouse
1 Public Square
Nashville, TN 37201

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Bellevue Republican Breakfast Club guest speaker is Carol Swain, May 4, 2019.

From Betty Hood: 
Dear BRBC Friends,

Carol Swain, former Vanderbilt professor and candidate for Nashville's mayor, will be our guest speaker  on Saturday, May 4 at 8:15 am. The meeting  will be held at Corner Pub in the Woods, 8058 Hwy 100.
Hope you will be able to attend.

See you there.

Betty

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Only eight more people have picked up qualifying petitions in the last week. There is still time! Run!

by Rod Williams, 4-27-2019 - Where are the candidates running for Metro Council?  Since last week, only eight more people have picked up qualifying petitions.  There are no districts where no one has picked up a petition but there are several where only one person has picked up a petition.

District 16 is the worst disappointment. Only one person has picked up a petition and I know who this person is. It is an extreme progressive by the name of Genny Welsch.  In 2006 Welsch ran an unsuccessful campaign against Congressman Jim Cooper. Welsch is often seen at left wing protest gatherings advocating the liberal cause of the moment. She has advocated for singled-payer universal health care, a minimum "living wage," and various other liberal causes. She was a founding member of the low-power left-wing radio station Radio Free Nashville.  It will be a shame if she wins a seat on the Council without even being challenged.

In District 30, Sherry Jones is running. She is a former member of the Council and the State legislature. I would like to see her defeated. Lydia Hubbell is running for that seat and she is a good conservative but I question her electability. At this point I don't know anything about any of the other candidates.

In District 19, Nick Johnson is running against Freddie O'Connell. I know absolutely nothing about him. For some time I have been hearing that the association of honky tonk owners was going to field a candidate against O'Connell and I don't know if Johnson is that candidate or not. A search engine search turns up no web page for Nick Johnson.

In the race for council at large,  I plan on voting for Steve Glover only.  One may vote for up to five candidates but to do so weakens the influence of your vote. You may think of it like this; voting for only one candidate is almost the equivalent of casting five votes for that candidate. Since John Cooper has announced he is running for mayor, this makes my decision to single-shot vote for Steve Glover easier.  Former councilman Michael Craddock has picked up a petition. He was a good councilman but rather than splitting my vote, I will still be single-shot voting for Glover.

John Cooper has not yet picked up a qualifying petition to run for mayor, but he has announced and has a campaign website. I would be shocked at this point if he does not run. Early on, after John Cooper announced he would not be running for mayor, I supported Carol Swain and contributed to her campaign.  Since Cooper has reconsidered and is now running for mayor, I will be supporting him. Unfortunately, Carol Swain is too closely identified as a social conservative. In liberal Davidson County, I just don't think Swain can be elected. Cooper has been one of the most vocal advocates for financial responsibility in the Council.  As far as I am concerned, the state of Metro's finances is the most important issue facing the city.  We need John Cooper.

There is one more week in which one may qualify to run for mayor, vice mayor or Metro Council. One may pick up a qualifying petition up until the deadline for turning in qualifying petitions which is noon May 3rd.  That is four full days and a half day. It is not too late to run. It only takes the name of 25 voters to qualify.  One can get that many names in one evening, if you also purchase a voter registration list so you are only knocking on the doors of registered voters. Almost anyone will sign a qualifying petition if you explain they are simply signing to allow your name to be on the ballot.

If you are at all interested in running, get qualified.  If you then find that someone else who you could support is running or someone else is too formidable for you to beat is running, you could simply not turn in the petition. Once a qualifying petition is submitted and the petition is approved, then a candidate may withdraw his name up until noon May 23rd.  Please, if you know someone who lives in one of those districts with a liberal council member and no challenger or only one candidate and know the person to be liberal, please run yourself or encourage someone to run. At this point, a sensible liberal who is concerned about Metro's debt, which is the highest per capita in the nation, would be an improvement over some of the progressive candidates who are running.

Below is the list of those who have picked up qualifying petitions to run for the office of mayor, vice mayor, at-large and district council seats as of Friday, April 26th.  Circled are the names of those I would vote for if these were the only choices and I knew only what I know today, the elections were today and I could vote in that contest.  My selections are  preliminary.  I may be changing my mind, depending on who else gets in the race. Some choices I have not made because I do anticipate someone else to get in the race or because I know too little about the candidates to have an opinon.

Here is the list of those who have picked up petitions. The names highlighted in yellow have not picked up a petition but have appointed campaign finance chairmen.




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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Why did DA Glenn Funk's office issues stern warning to NFL Draft visitors about domestic violence?

This weekend Nashville drew one of its biggest ever crowds to an event. An estimated 300,000 people attended part of the three day NFL draft event. The number of people in one place at one time may not be as great as some other events since attendees were spread between Lower Broad and the Nissan stadium and not everyone attended all days.  The four day CMA fest draws 250, 000 people but not all attend all four days and the event is spread to various locations. Between 175,000 to 200,000 people attended the Jan. 1, 2019 “Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville."  The last Fourth of July Let Freedom Ring event drew 250,000 people. Whether the largest event ever in Nashville or not, the NFL draft drew a lot of people.

District Attorney Glen Funk's office  issued a stern warning to NFL Draft visitors about domestic violence.  He warned that if they're arrested for domestic violence there is a mandatory 12 hour hold in jail, more court dates after they make bond, extra expenses for an attorney not being allowed to be around the victim until the charge is resolved.

Domestic violence has been a major focus of his administration. Still, I question why he issued a stern warning prior to the NFL draft event. I do not know of him doing so prior to the New Year's Eve event, the CMA Fest, the 4th of July event or the Lawn and Garden show. Why the NFL draft event?  Since a lot of professional football players are thugs and are high profile people and seem to be credibly accused of domestic violence at a greater rate than the other groups, maybe it was appropriate to highlight the issue of domestic violence when some of the players who are accused abusers will be being cheered and in the public spotlight.

Maybe, Funk is going to increase public awareness of the issue and this just happened to be his first of more to come public warnings. Maybe. Still it seems somewhat insulting to think NLF fans need a special warning about domestic violence when other visitors to our city do not.

A few years ago there were somber public service announcements played during the Super Bowl about domestic violence.  Feminist surmised that the Super Bowl builds up a lot of testosterone and adrenaline in men and mixed with heavy drinking, Super Bowl Sunday was a day in which women were at increased risk of domestic violence. Maybe Funk remembers those PSAs and thought the same factors would be at play during the NLF draft event as at a Super Bowl Sunday. It turns out this claim that Super Bowl Sunday results in greater domestic violence is a myth. The myth has been thoroughly debunked. There is no evidence that NFL fans are more likely to commit acts of domestic violence than any other group of people.  Maybe Funk didn't get the memo.  Funk needs to explain why he felt the need to issue a stern domestic violence warning to NLF fans visiting our city.


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Thursday, April 25, 2019

John Cooper Explains Why He Is Running for Mayor

John Cooper
by Stephen Elliott, Nashville Scene - ....Cooper says he expects to be his campaign’s biggest donor. And he doesn’t feel like he got a late start: Because there were so many elections last year, Nashville voters are just now starting to pay attention to the mayoral race, he speculates.....Cooper describes his constituency as “people who are focused on financial management and stewardship.”

....It’s time, he says, to shift from stoking the fire of Nashville’s economic boom, in part by incentivizing businesses, and instead embrace a new priority of supporting the residents who already live here.

 It’s time, he says, to shift from stoking the fire of Nashville’s economic boom, in part by incentivizing businesses, and instead embrace a new priority of supporting the residents who already live here. (Read the full article)

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Thom Druffel announces run for Metro Council in District 23. Please support Thom's campaign.

Friends and Neighbors, 

I am running for Metro Council | District 23 (Belle Meade, Hillwood, Warner Park, and West Meade) AND I want your support to enhance and protect our quality of life in West Nashville.
Our city and neighborhoods are experiencing unprecedented growth and development. There are OVER 560* building permits in District 23 alone:

building permits map

The impact on our schools, infrastructure, and quality of life is telling:

  • Public lands and schools repurposed for development
  • Congested, deteriorating, and dangerous roadways
  • Broken public education system
  • Inadequate stormwater drainage systems
  • Old and deficient sewer systems
ALL of which create SAFETY concerns and LOWER property values.
We all pay significant property taxes. Are we getting the benefit? The Metro Council is the steward of that investment and the guardian of our community’s quality of life and resources. This council is the primary tool through which we can grow, protect, and enhance our neighborhood. That is why I am running for Nashville’s Metro Council.
Many of you know me, but for those of you who do not: I am not a braggart. However, it’s important that you are familiar with my background, my work, and why I am qualified to work the problems that threaten our quality of life in West Nashville. Please read through my website ThomasDruffel.com, become familiar with my experiences, achievements, recognitions, but most importantly my passion for community involvement and education.

If you still have questions and concerns, please email me.

My wife and I have raised our family in West Nashville since 2002, supported its public schools, served on its charities and committees, and attended nearly all its neighborhood and district meetings. We care what happens here—and know you do too.
We live in a divided culture that has lost its way in working together for the common good. With your support, we can rebuild that infrastructure of cooperation and find common purpose again. It begins here and today.
On August 1, please support me for your next District 23 Council Representative.
Together, we will preserve and enhance what is good in our neighborhood,
Thom Druffel
* Data and map from Data.nashville.gov website / Includes: New Residential, New Commercial, Residential - Addition, Commercial - Addition, Commercial - Rehab, Building Blasting Permit, Commercial - Shell, Commercial - Foundation, Tree Removal Permit, Sign Permit, Commercial - Tennant Finish Out, Demolition Permit, Use and Occupancy, ( Does not include residential rehab )
Paid for by Thom Druffel for Metro Council – Tim Schwarz, Treasurer​

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Budget & Finance Committee FY19-20 Budget Hearings

Metro Press release - The Metro Council Budget & Finance Committee will conduct FY2019-2020 Operating and Capital Budget Hearings with Metro Departments during the month of May. All budget hearings will be conducted in the David Scobey Council Chamber.
Budget hearings will be aired live on Metro Nashville Network and Nashville.gov.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

  • 4:00 p.m. - Trustee
  • 4:15 p.m. - Assessor of Property
  • 4:30 p.m. - Register of Deeds
  • 4:45 p.m. - County Clerk
  • 5:00 p.m. - Human Resources and Benefit Board
  • 5:15 p.m. - Municipal Auditorium
  • 5:30 p.m. - Sports Authority
  • 5:45 p.m. - Convention Center

Location

David Scobey Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, Historic Metro Courthouse
1 Public Square
Nashville, TN 37201

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Where are the candidates? Here is the list of those picking up qualifying petitions for Mayor, and at-large and district Council seats.

by Rod Williams, 4-22-2019 - Where are the candidates?  Only a few more people have picked up qualifying petitions in the last week to run for mayor, vice mayor, or a council seat. I know there are some incumbents intent on seeking reelection but they have not picked up qualifying petitions. I don't know why they are waiting to the last minute. I would want to let people know I was running and discourage a challenger, but maybe they have a different strategy. There are no districts where no one has picked up a petition but there are several where only one person has picked up a petition.

District 16 is a real disappointment. Only one person has picked up a petition and that is an extreme leftist by the name of Genny Welsch. Incumbent Mike Freeman, I understand, is not seeking reelection.  In 2006 Welsch ran an unsuccessful campaign against Congressman Jim Cooper. Welsch is often seen at left wing protest gatherings advocating the liberal cause of the moment. She has advocated for singled-payer universal health care, a minimum "living wage," and various other liberal causes. She was a founding member of the low-power left-wing radio station Radio Free Nashville.  Please, someone else needs to run in District 16. I would contribute to the cause of anyone to her right, which means almost anyone. It would be a shame if she won this seat unopposed. If anyone knows Mike Freeman, please encourage him to seek reelection. If you live in District 16, run!

In District 30, Sherry Jones is running. She is a former member of the Council and the State legislature. I would like to see her defeated. I like Lydia Hubbell but question her electability. I will be looking at the other candidates to see who has the best chance of beating Sherry Jones and as long as they are less liberal than she, I will be supporting that candidate.

In District 19, I am pleased to see Freddie O'Connell has picked up an opponent. I know nothing about the opponent, but would support almost anyone running against O'Connell.

At this time in the race for council at large,  I plan on voting for Steve Glover only.  One may vote for up to five candidates but to do so weakens the influence of your vote. You may think of it like this; voting for only one candidate is almost the equivalent of casting five votes for that candidate. Since John Cooper has announced he is running for mayor, this makes my decision to single-shot vote for Steve Glover easier.

Early on, after John Cooper announced he would not be running for mayor, I said I would vote for Carol Swain.  Since Cooper has reconsidered and is now running for mayor, I will be supporting him. I like Swain a lot but unfortunately, Swain is too closely identified as a social conservative. In liberal Davidson County, I just don't think Swain can be elected. Cooper has been one of the most vocal advocates for financial responsibility in the Council.  He is smart, grasp the issues and works hard.  As far as I am concerned, the state of Metro's finances is the most important issue facing the city.  We need John Cooper.

There are several districts where no one except the incumbent has picked up a petition or where the incumbent has not picked up a petition and only one person has. Please, if you know someone who lives in one of those districts with a liberal council member and no challenger or only one candidate and know the person to be liberal, please run yourself or encourage someone to run.

Below is the list of those who have picked up qualifying petitions to run for the office of mayor, vice mayor, at-large and district council seats as of Friday, April 19th.  Circled are the names of those I would vote for if these were the only choices and I knew only what I know today, the elections were today and I could vote in that contest.  We know that these will not be the only choices so my selections are  preliminary.  I may be changing my mind, depending on who else gets in the race. Some choices I have not made because I do anticipate someone else to get in the race who I know and who I know I would prefer. The list of those who have picked up qualifying petitions is updated every Friday by the election commission. You can access that list at this link.

One may pick up a qualifying petition up until the deadline for turning in qualifying petitions which is noon May 3rd.  That is only eleven more days.  I expected this list to be much longer by now. Maybe a lot of people will pick up qualifying petitions this week.  I hope so. Once a qualifying petition is submitted and the petition is approved, then a candidate may withdraw his name up until noon May 23rd. In that case the name would not appear on the ballot. If a candidate decides not to seek the office after the May 23rd deadline, the candidate's name would still appear on the ballot.

Early voting will began July 12, election day is August 1, and if a runoff is necessary it will be September 12th.

Please look over this list.  It is not too late to run. If you are thinking about running, it does not hurt and it doesn't cost anything to pick up a qualifying petition. If you then find someone else who you could support is running or someone else is too formidable for you to beat is running, you could simply not turn in the petition.





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Sunday, April 21, 2019

In the races for District Council, who has the money and where did it come from (Part 2)

by Rod Williams - Below is information gleamed from an examination of Financial Disclosure forms filed with the Davidson County Election Commission. In listing who contributed to whose campaign, I listed those names that I recognized. I do not know everybody. There are many people in Nashville who are better informed than I about who the movers and shakers and influencers are. To view the campaign disclosures for yourself, follow this link
 
Those candidates who did not file a report were not required to because they had not appointed a campaign treasures in the first quarter and have not raised or spent money.   This is part 2 of this report. To see part 1, follow this link.

District 20

Tori Goddard raised $5,500, spent $1229.
Contributors: Unitemized contributions, which are contributions of $100 or less, comes to $1200; Goddard Construction $1000; Goddard Remodeling $1000; Chris Rampage an investigator with the State of Tennessee $1000; and another Goddard gave $500.

Mary Carolyn Roberts, the incumbent, raised $55,375 and spent $2,118 for a balance on hand of $53,258.
Her receipts include a loan of $10,000 from the candidate.
Contributions of interest:
  • Nick Bailey, attorney, $$250
  • Charles Robert Bone, attorney, $250
  • Roy Dale, developer, $1000.
  • Mark Deutschmann, realtor, $1000.
  • Bill Freeman, fund raiser for Democrats, former candidate for mayor, owner Freeman-Webb, $500.
  • H. G. Hill Realty PAC, $250.
  • Home Builders PAC, $500.
  • John Ingram, Ingram Industries, $1500.
  • Darren Jernigan, State Rep., $300
  • Bobby Joslin, Joslin Sign, $250.
  • Rogers Group, Inc, $1000.
  • Tom White, attorney, $1000.

District 21
Taylor Brandon received $2145 and spent $301. Unitemized contributions came to $1095. Taylor Brandon contributed $250 to his campaign. I do not recognize the names of other contributors.

District 22
Art Allen received $6340 and spent $805. I do not recognized any of his contributors.

Gloria Hausser received $4880 and spent $2663.

Contributors of interest:
  • Bill Freeman, yes The Bill Freeman, $500,
  • Gloria Hausser contributed $1000 to her own campaign.
  • Kay Bowers, MDHA board member and Ex. Dir. of New Level Community Development Corporation $200
  • Burkley Allen, Council person District 18 and candidate for at-large, $100.

District 24
Kathleen Murphy, the incumbent council member, has raised $31,226, spent $1972, for a balance on hand of $29,829.
Contributions of interest:
  • George Armistead $150
  • Bill Beck, State Rep. $750
  • Dewy Brandstetter, attorney, $350
  • John Bridges, writer with Nashville Scene, $250
  • Jack Cathon, Jacks Bar B Q, $500
  • Steward Clifton, former Metro Councilman, attorney, lobbyist, $400
  • Mark Deutschmann, realtor,$500
  • Penny Harrington, attorney, $375
  • Mike Murphy, Murphy Public Relations, father of the candidate, Tennessee State House of Representatives from 1970-1986, $100.
  • Bill Purcell, Former Nashville mayor, $150
  • John Summers, former Metro Councilman, community advocate, $300
  • LIUNA PAC (Laborers International Union of North America) $1000

District 25
Russ Pulley, the incumbent council member, began with a balance on hand of $13,156, raised $19,797, spent $2660 for a balance on hand of $30,293.
Contributions of interest

District 26
Courtney Johnston has loaned her campaign $1000 and has spent no money.

District 28
Tanaka Vercher, the incumbent, has her name listed on the campaign finance web site but there is no campaign finance report on the site.

District 30
Sandra Speluveda began with a balance on hand of $1,653, raised $4,119, spent $2,351 and did not do the math to show current balance on hand, but the reader can figure it out.
The only name I recognized among her contributors is Charles Robert Bone who gave $500.

District 32
Cheryl Mayes raised $6216, spent $4741 for a balance on hand of $1474. Her receipts include a $4000 loan to her campaign.
  • Vignina Pupo-Walker of Conexsion Americas and a School Board member gave $200
  • She had a donation of campaign tee shirts from Surreal Spice Creations valued at $750.
Joyce Neal had a campaign report dated 1/28/19 for the 8/12019 election but did file a report for the First Quarter. That January report showed no money raised or spent. Status of her campaign is unknown.
Joy Styles raised $3,966, spent $1,749 for a balance on hand of $2,217. I do not recognized the names of her contributors. Unitemized contributions come to $1,850.

District 34
Terry Jo Bichell raised $24,961, and spent $1,961. The candidate loaned her campaign $2000 and donated $1600 to her campaign. David Bichell of the same address, maybe her spouse donated $1600.
Contributions of interest:
  • Gini Pupo-Walker, Conexsion Americas, School Board member,  $250.
  • H. G. Hill Realty PAC, $500.
  • The candidate received several out of state contributions, from Florida, Vermont, Atlanta GA, and California.
  • Megan Barry, former mayor of Nashville,  $100.
  • Bryan Simmos of  Maryland, VP of Communications with the Arcus Foundation, $1,600.  Arcus Foundation is dedicated to supporting LGBT Social Justice and Great Apes & Gibbons Conservation.
  • A lot of doctors, lawyers and university professors donated to her campaign. 
  • Charles Robert Bone, Attorney, $500.
District 35
Dave Rosenberg, the incumbent, raised $19,705 and spent $98. He donated $5,000 to his own campaign.
Contributions of interest:
  • Bill Freeman, Former candidate for mayor, major fund raiser for Democrats, Chair of Freeman-Webb, $1,500.
  • James Thompson of Freeman-Webb, $500.
  • Ragan Smith PAC, $1,000.
  • Tom White, Attorney, $250.
  • Home Builders PAC, $500.
  • Waller Lansden PAC, $1,000
  • H. G. Hill PAC, $500
  • Ironworkers Local PAC, $1,500.
  • Jamie Hollin, former Council member, attorney, $750.
  • Powell for Tennessee, $250.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

In the races for District Council, who has the money and where did it come from (Part 1)

by Rod Williams - Below is information gleamed from an examination of Financial Disclosure forms filed with the Davidson County Election Commission. In listing who contributed to whose campaign, I listed those names that I recognized. I do not know everybody. There are many people in Nashville who are better informed than I about who the movers and shakers and influencers are. To view the campaign disclosures for yourself, follow this link

Those candidates who did not file a report were not required to because they had not appointed a campaign treasures in the first quarter and have not raised or spent money. 

District 1

Johnathan Hall: Amount raised $4251, spent $3063, on hand $1187,

Contributors of interest:
    • Tom White, attorney, $500
    • Rod Dale, developer and former councilman, $1000
    • Nick Leonardo, Judge, $101.
    • Donna Knepper of Springfield, TN gave a aggregate amount of $3801. Candidates are prohibited from receiving over $1600 per campaign from any one person (link). Donna Kneepper's occupation and employer are not listed as required. 
Rudolph Mamula: raised $990, spent $458. Contributors: $980 was candidates own money. District
District 2
Yolanda Hockett: I was unable to review this campaign disclosure. There is a problem with the link on the Easy Campaign Finance website. I have reported this to the Election Commission.
 Kyonzte Toobs: Received only $100  
District 3
Ellie Hudson: Received $11,015, spent $15098
Contributors: Unitemized $1765. I do not recognized any of her contributors. James Hudson, Westley Hudson and Marcella Hudson gave $1500 each and another Hudson gave $400.  

District 5
Charles Flowers: Received $2900, spent $2055. Contributions: unitemized $980. He received four $500 contributions and I do not recognize any of the names. 

Sean Parker: Received $5615, spent $286. Contributors of interest: Hana Ali for State Representative, $250; Candidate received four $500 contributions. I do not recognized the name of any of his contributors except for Hanna Ali.
District 7
Clint Camp: His only receipt is a $1300 from the candidate. nothing spent. 
District 10
Tim Garrett raised $28,247, began with a balance on hand of $1844, spent nothing and has $30,091 on hand.
Contributor of interest:
    • He received $4130 unitemized which means they are contributions of not over $100. 
    • Anthony Holt, Mayor of Sumner County $250
    • Jamie Hollin, attorney, $250
    • Friends of Daron Hall, $250
    • Lee Beaman, auto dealer, $1000.
    • Jack Cawthon, owner Cawthon bar B Q, $250
    • William Freeman, developer, $1500
    • Charlie Tygard, Jr, former Councilman, $200
    • Joe Binkley, Jr. Judge, $150
    • Roy Dale, Developer and former councilman, $500
    • Robert Joslin, Jr, of Joslin Sign, $500
    • Home Bilders PAC, $500 
    • Tom White, attorney, $1000 
Zach Young raised $15,219, spent $832.
Contributors of interest:
  • unitemzised meaning contributions of $100 or less,$4744 Hana Ali for State Representative, $250 Carol Soloman, $125
  • Friends of Bo Mitchell, $500
  • TENNESSEE STATE UAW PAC $500
  • VINCENT DIXIE COMMITTEE TO ELECT , $250
  • VINCENT DIXIE, TN State Rep. ,$150
  • BOWERS STRATEGIES, $500
  • Madison Rivergate Chamber of Commerce, $125
  • A loan from the candidate, $2500.
District 12
Erin Evans received $13061, spent $2784
  • unitemized contributions 2031
  • Gayle Ray, $104
  • Several of the candidates contributions were from out of state (Florida and Ky and OH) and several were from other cities in Tennessee.
Geric Smith received $900, spent $270

District 13
Russ Bradford,  $0 received

Dan Meridith received $1232, spent $172. Contributors: Candidates own contribution $200, Will Pinkston School Board Member, $242.

District 14
Jeff Syracuse, received $16,533, spent $1160.
    • Ryman PAC, $8100
    • Phil and Judy Clairborn, Phil is the former councilman, $200
    • Joe and Elizabeth Hobbs, $200
    • John Hobbs, $200
    • Bill Beck, $200
District 16
Ginny Welsch received $4140, spent $1092
Contributors: Barbara Clinton, $450, Don Mooradian $50, Several Welsch's contributed to her campaign

District 18
Tom Cash received $1190, spent $851
Contributors: unitemized contributions $1370, Jan Busing $300

John Green. Received $33,324, spent $2485
Contributors ot interest:
  • Tom White attourney $$250
  • Ozburn Hessey, $250
  • Burkley Allen, $100
  • Peter Heidenreich, $200
  • Gordon Bonnyman, Tennessee Justice Center, $150
  • Brenda Sanderson, ower of several Broadway honky tonks, $500.
  • Michele Johnson, Tennessee Justice Center, $500.
  • Mark Deuteshmann, realtor, $1,000.
  • Charles Robert Bone, attourney $500.
  • H. G. Hill Realty PAC, $250
  • Vivian Wilholte, Davidson County Assessor of Property, $100


To be continued. Check back for Part 2.


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Friday, April 19, 2019

Metro Nashville Council considers instant runoff voting

By Dylan Aycock, Community Impact Newspaper - Metro Nashville Council is considering changes to the Metro Charter that would eliminate the need for runoff elections.

The voting method, referred to as “ranked choice” or “instant runoff,” would allow voters to choose a top candidate, followed by a ranking of subsequent preferred candidates. As it stands now, the top two candidates must go to a run-off election when no one receives 50 percent of the vote. (read more)

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What they’re saying about the release of the Mueller report

Sen. Lamar Alexander:
“Robert Mueller is a respected prosecutor. He has determined that the president did not collude with Russia during the 2016 election."

Rep. Phil Roe, 1st Congressional District:
"I hope with the public release of his report Congress can get back to working with the president on policies that benefit all Americans."

Rep. Tim Burchett, 2nd Congressional District:
"The reality is, the bottom line is, there is no collusion by any Americans."

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, 3rd Congressional District:
"Today, the Special Counsel’s report was released to Congress but it is abundantly clear that Democrats are steadfast in their effort to prolong their dog and pony show of taxpayer-funded investigations regardless of the Special Counsel’s findings."

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, 4th Congressional District:
"Atty. Gen. Barr presented a detailed, convincing explanation of the Special Counsel’s findings — no collusion, no obstruction — and process for release of report."

Rep. John Rose, 6th Congressional District:
"There was no collusion. This was simply another distraction from the real work we need to be focused on for the Sixth District of Tennessee and all of the American people."

Rep. Mark Green, 7th Congressional District:
"The Special Counsel’s report is clear – it absolves the president and kills the phony tale that the president colluded with Russia. It’s time to close this embarrassing chapter of American history."

Rep. David Kustoff, 8th Congressional District:
"As a former United States Attorney, I believe Attorney General Barr handled the legal requirements with the public’s need for full transparency extremely well. I hope the Democrat party can finally move on and end their politically motivated investigations against President Trump."

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

At-large Council races: Who has the money and where did it come from

* Burkley Allen's totals are based on incomplete data. It is likely higher than the number listed.


Not everyone who have picked up a qualifying petition for a Council-at-large race has appointed a campaign treasurer.  Below is information taken from the financial disclosure of those who have filed reports. These are the only at-large candidates to file financial disclosures. I am not the person in Nashville best connected, so there are many important people whose names I do not know. For more information, visit the Elections Commissions website and view the financial disclosures for yourself at this link.

Burkley Allen
As posted on the Election Commissions website, the report does not contain the report form but only a list of contributors. I have reported this to the Election Commission.  As of now, the total expenditures, total receipts and cash on hand is unknown. Itemized contributions: $89,672
Contributions of interest
  • Friends of Burkley, $22,836
  • Dave Cooley, lobbyist, $250
  • Burkley Allen, $1600
  • Marks Deutschmann, Realtor, $1500
  • Walker Matthews, R. C.Matthews co., $1500 
  • Gayle Ray, $250
  • Hannah Casidy, attorney, $250
  • Bert Matthews, The Matthews Co., $200
  • Charles Howell, IV,  C. A. Howell and Co. $500
  • Gina for Schools, Conexion Americas, $150
  • H. G. Hill Realty PAC, $250
  • Randy Rayburn, Restaurateur, $250
  • Waller Lansden PAC, $1,000
  • I. C. Thomason PAC, $1,000
  • Charles Robert Bone, attorney, $500
  • She received a lot of money from medical doctors and others in the medical field.

Fabian Bedne
Total money raised was $39,083 and expenditures totaled $4,770.
The ending Balance on hand was $3,1313

Contributions of interest:
  • He reports $51078 of unitemized contributions. Contributions of $100 or less do not have to be itemized.
  • Charles Robert Bone, attorney, $500.
  • Gina Pupo-Walker, School Board Member, employed by Conexion Americas,  $250. 
  • Kay Bowers, MDHA board member, Executive Director of New Level Community Development Corporation,  $250.
  • Avi Poster, liberal community activist, $250.
  • Mario Ramos, Immigration Attorney, $250.
  • Will Cheek, III, attorney, $250.
  • William H. Freeman, Freeman Webb real estate, 2016 mayoral candidate, super Democrat Party fundraiser, $1,000.
  • Shirley Zeitln, real estate, $200. 
  • David G. Cooley, pubic relations/lobbyist, $250.
  • Janis Sontany, former state representative, $200.
  • Will Pinkston, Metro School Board member, $250.
  • Tennessee Laborers PAC, $2000.
  • Home Builders PAC,  $500. 
Steve Glover
Total money raised was $8,404; money spent was $379.
The ending balance on hand was $8,025.

Contributions of interest: 
  • Roy Dale, Developer, Dale and Associates, former councilman, $500.
  • Ronnie Hobbs, Hobbs Enterprises, $500.
  • Joe Hobbs, High Note Wine and Spirits, $500.
  • Tom White, attorney,  Tune, Entrekin & White, P.C. $500.
  • Robert Joslin, Jr, Joslin and Son Sign Co. $500. 
  • Doug Pardue, Metro Councilman, $500.
  • Raphaela Keohane, member of the Davidson County Republican Party Executive Committee, $100.
  • Barrett Hobbs, Cumberland Hospitality Group, $500.
  • Beth Harwell, former State Speaker of the House and candidate for governor. $250
  • Ben Cunningham, Tea Party activist, $250.
  • Edward Smith, $1000.
  • Johnny Hobbs,  CEO Jackson Downs Wines & Liquor, $500.
  • Home Builders PAC, $250. 
Gary W. Moore
Total money raised was $20,019; money spent was $3711.
The ending balance on hand was $16,308.

Contributions of interest:
  • Gary W. Moore, $500
    Nashville Firefighters Local 140, $7,800.
  • Amanda McClendon, judge, $250
  • William Freeman, (I assume this is Bill Freeman of Freeman Webb, former candidate for mayor and fund raiser for the Democrat Party*), $250.
  • Gary Moore, Jr, $1000. 
  • Nashville Firemans Credit Union, $200. 
  • Friends of Bo Mitchell, $500.
  • UAW PAC, $500.
  • Dewey Brandstetter, attorney, $250.
  • DRIVE Committee, Washington D. C., $1000.
*Note: On this candidates disclosure form, on most entries the candidate did not list the employer and occupation of the contributor which is required by law.  This makes it difficult to know who is the contributor. 


Zulfat Suara
Total money raised was $57,076. Money spent was $15,373.
The ending balance on hand was $41,703. 

Contributions of interest:
  • unitemzed contribution were $2,626
  • Rahaman Suara, $1600
  • Will Pinkston, School board member, $250
  • Brenda Wynn, Metro Clerk, $250
  • Demetria Kalodimos, $100
  • Gayle Ray, $250
  • Mark Deutschman, broker, Village Real Estate, $100
  • Wade Munday, Executive Director, Tennessee Justice for our Neighbors, $150. 
  • Megan Barry, former mayor, $100.
  • Jose Conzalez, CFO, Conexion Americas, $125
Note: The majority of contributors to this campaign were people with foreign sounding names and I knew very few of them.

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