Vanderbilt Political Review

Nashville at 50

Ryan Higgins

April 7, 2013

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...

What’s Happening in Cyprus and Why Do We Care?

Ryan Higgins

March 21, 2013

Cyprus, a seemingly insignificant Mediterranean isle near Greece and Turkey, has been experiencing a massive debt crisis in recent weeks, one that could actually have profound effects on the international community.  The Cypriot...

City Council Consolidation?

Ryan Higgins

February 13, 2013

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...

Learning from History, Looking Forward

Ryan Higgins

January 23, 2013

On a day filled with symbolism and optimism for the future, President Barack Obama’s inaugural address set a progressive tone for his second term.  For the second time ever, the Presidential Inauguration fell on Martin Luther King Jr...

Tennessee’s Golden Tickets for Education

Ryan Higgins

November 26, 2012

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 convene...

Africa Rising

Ryan Higgins

October 24, 2012

As the rest of the world is still trying to resurrect itself from economic crisis, a new economic player is beginning to emerge.  Africa is beginning to prove itself on an international stage, becoming an increasingly important ...

Nashville Schools: Defying State Orders and Leaving Students Behind

Ryan Higgins

September 20, 2012

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...

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