U.S. Senators from Tennessee Plan for Action with the Corker-Alexander Plan

U.S. Senators from Tennessee Plan for Action with the Corker-Alexander Plan

With both United States Senators from Tennessee – Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander – representing the Republican Party, their motivation and influence with regards to the government shutdown has been scrutinized. As Republicans, they are quickly labeled as the catalyst for the government shutdown, though Alexander continues to emphasize his...

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Getting Amped Up For Public Transportation In Nashville

Getting Amped Up For Public Transportation In Nashville

Throughout Nashville, attention-grabbing crimson signs emblazoned with the phrase “Stop Amp” have been steadily multiplying, spreading from lawn to lawn at a blistering pace. Fortunately, the incursion of these dastardly maroon invaders has recently begun to meet stiff opposition from heroic emerald signs proudly displaying the forward-thinking, eloquent, and egalitarian...

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Nashville at 50

On April 1, Metro Nashville’s consolidated city-county government turned fifty years old, marking a significant period of growth and expansion.  Originally, Nashville was an independent municipality located within the boundaries of Davidson County.  Nearby cities included Goodlettesville and Belle Meade, among others – all operating completely independently.  However, after at...

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Nashville: Host of the 2024 Olympic Games?

This Tuesday Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, along with the mayors of 34 other American cities, received letters from the United States Olympic Committee (U.S.O.C.) to measure interest in making a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Quite a few cities, including the smallest city in consideration, Rochester, NY, are...

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City Council Consolidation?

When the city of Nashville was merged with the rest of Davidson County in 1965, many small neighborhoods feared losing representation on the new Metro Council.  Racial minorities were also concerned that a new council would be too White.  For these reasons, a compromise was made that created Nashville’s Metro...

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Tennessee’s Golden Tickets for Education

Tennessee is gearing up for a potential showdown over school vouchers in the coming legislative session.  After a 2011 bill creating a school voucher program failed to move through the state legislature, Governor Haslam convened a panel of education experts from both public and private schools to evaluate school voucher...

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It’s Decision Time: The Future of Health Insurance Exchanges in Tennessee

The election is finally over, and the initial raucous that overcame the nation is beginning to subside. This peace is only illusory, as consequences of the outcome are beginning to sink in for those distraught Republicans who held onto hope of a Romney-led administration repealing the Affordable Care Act.  Nationwide,...

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Governor Haslam and The Scopes Trial

In early April of this year Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) allowed a bill to become law without his signature for the first time in his career. Nicknamed the “monkey bill”, HB 368/SB 893 is aimed at protecting public school teachers with students who voice objection to topics, but not...

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Nashville Schools: Defying State Orders and Leaving Students Behind

Last week, the Metro Nashville Board of Education voted for the third time to deny Great Hearts Academies the right to open a charter school in the city.  Great Hearts had originally submitted their application late this spring to open a school by summer 2013 on the western side of...

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Dividing to Conquer: TN Voter Registration Laws

On September 13th, 2011, 96-year-old Dorothy Cooper waited patiently for over an hour at the DMV station in Chattanooga, TN to get her now mandatory state-issued photo ID. An active citizen, Cooper has missed only one election since 1933, and desired only to continue to exercise her fundamental right to...

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