This is indeed a bad deal for Nashville, and Tygard was exactly right to try and protect the taxpayers. Almost as bad an idea as the AMP. I am one liberal who thinks both of these items are bad for the city.
And you can rationalize Gail Kerr's ongoing fawning, sycophantic public relations effort for Dean all you want, Eric, but you are just wrong. She deserves to be "shredded" for falling hook, line and sinker for any b.s. the Dean Administration throws her way. Her problem is that she hasn't done any real reporting for many, many years; never leaves her office except to get lunch; never actually does any investigation or legwork (as actual reporters or even columnists used to do); and still manages to stay on payroll while more gifted, energetic, qualified and useful staffers -- including real reporters -- are cut loose in Gannett's regular layoff cycles.
A bigger question is just who is Bill Haslam putting on boards and commissions at all? Sundquist and Bredesen would announce their appointments every single month for press and public review. I just looked at the state website, and Haslam almost never does this.
We already know about his sweetheart deals as Haslam outsources state jobs to big contributors, does single-source contracts for his friends, and refuses to conform to any standard whatsoever of transparency or accountability for what his government-of-the-rich, by-the-rich and for-the-rich is doing. The lazy, complacent, go-along-to-get-along, been-there-way-too-long denizens of the Legislative Plaza press room would never bother to actually ask a question about this process, would they?
But what is to prevent on the Textbook Commission the stealth appointment of members who are either homeschooling racist religious nutjob teabaggers or corporate lapdogs for the textbook producers, or both? Or the same sort of lunatics and parasites on the State Board of Education? Or competition killing, anti-consumer business buddies on the Motor Vehicle Commission or the Building Contractors Commission on the Real Estate Commission or any number of other business-related boards? Or cover-up-for-our-malpracticing-buddies hacks on the Medical Licensing Board or the Nurses Licensing Board or even the Dentist Licensing Board?
Maybe he can appoint who he wants, but if he never tells us who he's appointing, and there is no chance (or inclination on the fat assed press corps just mentioned) to ask a few questions, how will anyone know, who will ask the questions, who will raise a little bit of a stink about these appointments. Yes, be concerned about a racist inane crook like Laurie Cardoza-Moore on the textbook commission, but these boards can have a far ranging impact on daily life in Tennessee. And no one anywhere is paying attention.
Looks like Yarbro in a walk. Mancini's only hope was to split their vote, and she'll never raise close to his money.
There aren't many actual news people left over there, unfortunately. McNews is McCrap, and the Tennessean is a poster child for that. Thanks for nothing, Gannett.
The Tennessee law against gay marriage is wrong, unethical, discriminatory, even immoral. Hopefully, it will be overturned. In fact, I genuinely believe it is only a matter of time before all laws against gay marriage are declared unconstitutional.
Until then, as much as I would like to see our Attorney General not fight these lawsuits, he is obliged by virtue of the office he holds to defend State laws when they are challenged. That's his job, and more than his job, his obligation.
So, Betsy, that's "why" our AG will have to "fight this." Like you, I hope he will lose. But he has no choice, really, other than to resign in protest (in which case the State will still have to fight the lawsuits). And I would just as soon our current AG, who is at least sane and competent, stay on and not be replaced with some teabagger foam-flecked nutjob.
This is certainly not a partisan oriented group. Both Republicans and Democrats as far as I can see. Good luck to them. This project is absolutely ridiculous, at least for West End.
Sorry, Stacy. Gail Kerr is a hack and so totally full of it, especially when she is pandering to the Nashville elite like Beth Fortune. The premise of her column, that Fortune just wouldn't work for Vandy if the University weren't just peachy ok on women-related issues, is just ridiculous. (And who, outside a Muslim theocracy, "condones" violence against women? A straw man argument if ever there was one.)
Kerr sits on her ass in her office, never goes out to actually report on anything except perhaps a new lunch spot, and can be reliably counted on to apply her lips to the posterior of any good-ole-boy/good-ole-girl that needs massaging in this city. She is no longer capable of real reporting, so her ever-predictable single-source (at most) column is about all we can expect from her. When, oh when, will she retire or be fired?
How sad that in cutback after cutback, layoff after layoff, Gail Kerr has survived while real reporters and really competent writers have been given their walking papers. Reminds one of Tex Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show.
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