Little Kurdistan, USA

Little Kurdistan, USA

Driving down Nolensville Pike, look left to see the Nashville Speedway. Look just past the track and an unassuming warehouse comes into view: the al-Mahdi Islamic Center. There are eleven thousand cultural Kurds residing in Nashville, by far the largest such community in America. These refugees hail from the geo-cultural...

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Tennessee’s DUI Screw Up

Tennessee’s DUI Screw Up

By Jack Cramer and Bailey Bowden Over the last few weeks, Tennesseans have had a first-hand look at bureaucratic breakdown. Earlier this year, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a law intending to change how the state dealt with drunk drivers under the age of twenty-one. Soon after this law was...

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What to Expect From Tennessee Next Tuesday

What to Expect From Tennessee Next Tuesday

As Super Tuesday approaches in Tennessee, the state has seen the start of presidential campaign visits. Marco Rubio had a rally in Franklin over the weekend where, according to his campaign website, almost 4,000 locals came out to support. This was a triumph for the campaign, as they were only...

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Nashville’s Missed Moment

Nashville’s Missed Moment

Since deinstitutionalization in the latter half of the twentieth century, portions of America’s mentally ill population have struggled with issues such as incarceration, homelessness and affordable housing, and lack of health insurance among other issues. In Nashville, where affordable housing is one of the most pressing issues for the low-income...

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Keeping Tennessee Primaries Open

Keeping Tennessee Primaries Open

Yesterday the Tennessee Republican State Executive Committee voted down a resolution that supported closed primary elections, 37-29. The debate over whether or not to change the Republican primary to a closed one, where only voters who are registered with the part can participate, reappears in Tennessee every few years immediately...

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An Attack on Women’s Rights: The Tennessee Story

An Attack on Women’s Rights: The Tennessee Story

Across the South, judges and voters are deciding the fate of reproductive justice in their states. In Texas, despite Wendy Davis’s moment in the spotlight, HB2 was passed and it is now up for the courts to decide what will stay and what will go. As a bit of a...

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Tax Reform Unlikely in 2014

Tax Reform Unlikely in 2014

“Both Democrats and Republicans have argued that our tax code is riddled with wasteful, complicated loopholes that punish businesses investing here, and reward companies that keep profits abroad.  Let’s flip that equation.  Let’s work together to close those loopholes, end those incentives to ship jobs overseas, and lower tax rates...

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Tennessee Democrats Facing Uphill Battle In Leadup To 2014 Elections

Tennessee Democrats Facing Uphill Battle In Leadup To 2014 Elections

Surprising as it may be to Tennesseans who have become politically aware within the last few years, in 2006, Democratic prospects in Tennessee were actually looking up. In the elections that year, incumbent governor and Democrat Phil Bredesen beat Republican challenger Jim Bryson by a whopping 700,000 votes, Democrat Harold Ford...

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Will Tennessee Decide to Expand Medicaid? Examining Governor Haslam’s Reluctance

Will Tennessee Decide to Expand Medicaid? Examining Governor Haslam’s Reluctance

In the time since the Supreme Court decided in June 2012 that each state could decide whether or not to expand Medicaid for its residents, the majority of states have taken a decisive stance on the highly contested issue. This provision of the Affordable Care Act applies to those individuals...

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Mayor Dean’s Field of Dreams

If you build it, he will come.  Mayor Karl Dean surely did not hear these words in his head akin to Kevin Costner’s character in Field of Dreams, but Dean certainly has a dream scenario in mind for the city of Nashville.  Fresh off $1 billion in investments—most notably the...

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