Allegations made in media reports about my business relationship with the Chase family with regard to criminal charges filed and then dropped against David Chase are completely false.In an interview with News Channel 5 Thursday night, David Chase said he had talked to Fletcher — it's not clear when — and that Fletcher told him that "make it go away" was supposed to refer to the negative press attention surrounding the Chases.
I have never proposed any payments of any kind to anyone regarding the criminal case.
I never had any contact at all with District Attorney Glenn Funk, anyone in the Office of the District Attorney, or anyone representing Mr. Funk or his office in my representation of Mr. David Chase, his family or the D.F. Chase Company.
I will explore all my options to see to it that these false and scurrilous allegations are corrected on the public record.
Ugh, Bill Ketron is touting the wonderfulness of a monorail between here and Murfreesboro over in Andrea Zelinski's Nashville Post story and excuse me while I roll my eyes.
“Of course, I’ll try to impart my vision, which is monorail. You have land ports between Murfreesboro and Nashville,” said a smiling Ketron who adds his dream is to see it run down the middle of I-24, which would take approval from the federal government.
While it's no secret he likes the idea of a monorail, making it happen is a different story. There’s currently nothing in state law that allows government to partner with a private sector group or consortium of financial investors who want to work on transportation here, the Republican said, an aspect key to getting a project like this off the ground.
Public officials of all political stripes say it’s obvious Middle Tennessee needs to think about mass transit, citing long drive times into Nashville while the area is expected to grow by 1 million people by 2035. Three options now in discussion to reduce congestion include freeing up emergency shoulders on the interstate to carry passengers on a bus, light rail or a monorail, said Ketron.
Good lord. We can't have real bus rapid transit here in town because people whine and complain about riders getting on and off in the middle of the road but we're all supposed to be cool with riders getting on and off in the middle of the interstate? When one breaks down, how are people supposed to be rescued from it? And could you image the traffic nightmare—and for how long it would go on—as they built the monorail? I assume Republicans like the idea because it's so stupid it can't actually come to pass, but, Lord, it just screams boondoggle.
We've neglected our transportation needs for so long that suggesting a solution that will take another ten to twenty years to complete, at which point we'll have even more massive traffic problems, is dumb and a joke. Ketron knows that.
Freeing up emergency shoulders for buses seems like an okay temporary solution, but then where are people with car problems supposed go? Into the ditch? And once asshole drivers see the buses driving on the shoulders, what mechanism is going to keep them off?
The only real choice, and it's a choice with its own drawbacks, is trains. The track is already in place. It goes where we need it to go. All we need are some stations and the cooperation of the railroads. And that should be fun for Republicans to get. They hate Federal crap so, go forth, Republicans and disrupt interstate commerce until the railroads work with us on passenger rail.
Why didn’t the Speaker follow the existing sexual harassment policy and launch an investigation into the allegations when she first heard about them. The press has confirmed that Speaker Harwell specifically knew about the allegations of harassment by at least one woman – did she invite that woman to come to her office and report it? If not, why?
Obviously, her priorities are out of order. What about the women who work at the Capitol? As more information has come to light, it’s clear that she has repeatedly taken the smallest steps or corrections necessary to cover up the story and protect her political future and the reputation of the Republican Party. She’s concerned only with her future run for governor and not the women who work in the toxic work environment that Rep. Durham’s behavior created.
Worse yet, instead of immediately holding her own members accountable for their bad behavior, she thinks it’s good “public policy” to punish the very interns who a certain Republican House member has placed at risk.
And, the governor isn’t any better. Governor Haslam claimed that the primary “collateral damage” of the Durham scandal was the damage it caused to the reputation of the Republican Party and Rep. Durham’s colleagues. The real collateral damage is all the women who were forced to work in this toxic work environment and had to remain silent for fear of losing their jobs.
At every turn, Speaker Harwell and Governor Haslam have done everything in their power to protect their own interests and the Republican Party at the cost of the victims of sexual harassment.
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