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Re: “Forget the Senate and governor races: Ron Ramsey's assault on the Tennessee Supreme Court is the most important race of the year

This is the same Supreme Court who under their inherent supervisory authority denied women their representative rights on the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission, took those unlawful retention recommendations and 22 judges filed their declarations of candidacy for an uncontested ballot, (one absent Ramsey's objections would virtually guarantee them 8 year jobs), worth $1.5MM each. They didn't deny lawyer's their representative rights. It's like parents of a teenager who's charged with auto theft, deciding to keep the stolen vehicle as the family car. These are honorable public servants? I don't think so.

1 like, 18 dislikes
Posted by tonygottlieb on 06/12/2014 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Riding the Amp route with MTA regulars puts the need for the project — and its drawbacks — in perspective

The big take away for me reading this article is East Nashville needs a direct route to West End. Makes me wonder if the city is dangling the AMP in hopes to getting East Nashville excited on a $175 Million dollar "direct bus route." How about a direct bus route now with out a huge expense like the AMP at $25 million a mile?

My guess is users of MTA in East Nashville simple want a direct bus route not necessary the AMP.

9 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Robert Hartline on 06/12/2014 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Riding the Amp route with MTA regulars puts the need for the project — and its drawbacks — in perspective

Feel-good boilerplate sheds no light

Generic thinker pats self on back

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Diatribean!! on 06/12/2014 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Riding the Amp route with MTA regulars puts the need for the project — and its drawbacks — in perspective

Basques upon growth projections, the "Bogged down traffic" is coming regardless. Mass transit must figure prominently in the city planning far more than it does now, despite the NIMBY objections of "Stop Amp" crowd.

4 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by spiderrico on 06/12/2014 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Forget the Senate and governor races: Ron Ramsey's assault on the Tennessee Supreme Court is the most important race of the year

Correction: Ron Ramsey is Lt. Governor of the State of Tennessee.

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Posted by Pat on 06/12/2014 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Forget the Senate and governor races: Ron Ramsey's assault on the Tennessee Supreme Court is the most important race of the year

The writer hints at one of the basic reasons for this assault on sitting Supreme Court justices, and that is the appointment of the State Attorney General. Our current Attorney General, Robert Cooper, is a highly qualified public servant who has done an excellent job in this position, but the Republican national organization of attorney generals wants to turn that position red instead of blue. Since the Tennessee Attorney General is not an elected position but is an appointed position, then the turning of the Supreme Court to red will also result in the turning of the Attorney General's position to red. Again, Ron Ramsey's vow to make Tennessee "red to the roots" endangers the separation of the three distinct branches of government called for by the state constitution and allows for the introduction of outside money into Tennessee governmental issues. Tennessee voters should be very suspect of Speaker Ramsey's motivations and their potentially devastating effects on the independence of the Tennessee judiciary.

24 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Pat on 06/12/2014 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Metro students are getting course credits from a tiny operation that lets students fill out workbooks without supervision

It is laughable that these credits count. That said, for 50 kids in the spring, it's not on the top of my list to address. Also, if it's going to be allowed, principal discretion it should be. I called for strong principals in another thread, and I'd expect a high school principal to be aware of this issue allow it sparingly.

Posted by Diatribean!! on 06/12/2014 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Forget the Senate and governor races: Ron Ramsey's assault on the Tennessee Supreme Court is the most important race of the year

Did the Nashville Scene really just put cross hairs over the three justices face? That's a very tawdry and tacky thing to do.

10 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by John S on 06/12/2014 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Riding the Amp route with MTA regulars puts the need for the project — and its drawbacks — in perspective

in2theblue - fewer stops on regular busses would work, too, to achieve your goal.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Diatribean!! on 06/12/2014 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Forget the Senate and governor races: Ron Ramsey's assault on the Tennessee Supreme Court is the most important race of the year

Great article and thanks for the info on this important subject.
The picture you have with it is just wrong and frightening. Cross-hairs should not be put on any person, especially judges who have been targeted in the past.
I hope you will switch it out.

18 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Joe Woolley on 06/12/2014 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Riding the Amp route with MTA regulars puts the need for the project — and its drawbacks — in perspective

Why wouldn't a discussion of the Amp ignore two busses (the 26 and 56) that run up and down Gallatin Pike?

Differently put, what does our experience with those busses tell us? I'll start:

There are a lot of bus riders on Gallatin Pike, both on BRT-lite *and* regular busses.

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I've seen police directing traffic at West End and 440 after an event. It was not pretty.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Diatribean!! on 06/12/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Riding the Amp route with MTA regulars puts the need for the project — and its drawbacks — in perspective

As a long-time MTA rider of the West End corridor (#3 & #5 routes), I understand the frustration MTA patrons experience with simply commuting across town. One significant difference in travel time between driving and riding a bus is that if/when a motorist encounters traffic congestion along their route they have the advantage to choose an alternate route to circumnavigate around the congested area. Juxtapose that with bus riders who are on a vehicle that must maintain its designated route regardless of traffic congestion caused by motorists along that route. On a few occasions, I've actually exited the bus on West End and walked over a mile to my bus stop faster than the bus could get there because of traffic congestion on the route. Dedicated transit lanes are important to allow high-occupancy vehicles the advantage of moving large groups of riders faster along the corridor.

5 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by in2theblue on 06/12/2014 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Riding the Amp route with MTA regulars puts the need for the project — and its drawbacks — in perspective

Beaton's observations are pretty accurate. I disagree that 'traffic is bad' along West End. The 'bad' is only at the interstate on ramps. Fix those and you've cleared a lot of the 'bad'. Short term solution would be to put cops there directing traffic during rush hours. Too often people block those intersections and just make things worse. Further, people only have so much time. You can't expect them to happily embrace taking 2-3 times as long to get where they need to be. That 10 minute wait downtown to change buses shouldn't be ignored either. Or the fact that during rush hour that #56 is regularly SRO and arrives within two minutes of the #26 (also full-but cheaper than the #56).

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Kay Brooks on 06/12/2014 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Riding the Amp route with MTA regulars puts the need for the project — and its drawbacks — in perspective

Interesting article. A couple notes:

Creating a bus route that travels the proposed Amp route could be done now. That would eliminate the need for a connection. That would shave 10-15, maybe 20 minutes off of Stokes's ride. It would also give us an idea if people really want to ride that route.

"I don't drive because...our parking lot is a 1/2-mile from the building" and the comment about driving a car in the coldest weather - these are surely common sentiments, and they will both hold true when the Amp stop is 1/2-mile from a final destination.

15 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Diatribean!! on 06/12/2014 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Forget the Senate and governor races: Ron Ramsey's assault on the Tennessee Supreme Court is the most important race of the year

Vote Remove x 3 in Aug. Vote Yes,No,Yes,No in November

3 likes, 29 dislikes
Posted by mickeyw on 06/12/2014 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Emily Evans begins her quest to add experience to the Metro Council — while shrinking its size

they need to shrink the board's size and keep the current term limits. need fewer of these goons, not more or longer.

Posted by scriptum334 on 06/11/2014 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Metro students are getting course credits from a tiny operation that lets students fill out workbooks without supervision

Sounds a lot like the old Middle College way back in the day.

Posted by porterwiley on 06/10/2014 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Metro students are getting course credits from a tiny operation that lets students fill out workbooks without supervision

@radairj :: At my school, Nashville Academy is the fallback for the kids who manage to fail A+. How they manage to fail A+ I'll never know, but they are guaranteed the credit if they enroll in Nashville Academy. All they need is their principal's approval to enroll. And, with the pressure on to raise the Graduation Stat, no worries there on getting the principal's approval.

Posted by keepingMyHeadLow on 06/09/2014 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Emily Evans begins her quest to add experience to the Metro Council — while shrinking its size

Look at the Planning Department filled with unelected officials, paid by tax dollars, and their obvious bias toward developing at any cost, with the larger interest of increasing the tax coffers regardless of the consequences. This is the kind of thing that has to stop. We cannot have our govt at odds with its constituents.

Emily Evans is absolutely on point with "institutional memory." Council is a starting point for political careers. Fewer positions for longer terms might ease the "cloister effect," and enlarge the perspective for all Council Members. It may also have the effect of enlarging the voices of residents through sheer numbers.

It is not true that one can roll off after 8 years, sit out 4 years and come back. Once you've served your term limit, you're out. Same is true for At Large members.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Jennifer Pennington on 06/09/2014 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Metro students are getting course credits from a tiny operation that lets students fill out workbooks without supervision

Just when I think that Jesse and his gang have reached their lowest in academic standards, they reach down a bit more... and then brag that graduation rates have gone up. It's ludicrous and rotten to the core.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by appdancer on 06/08/2014 at 9:28 PM

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