Nothing against West Virginia or Mississippi or any of the other states that still elect Supreme Court justices in contested elections. But for Tennessee to emulate them would be a step back.
State revenue projections are grim, but there's hope for next year. ... Sen. Jim Tracy nixes gas tax bill. ... Lean budgets in Nashville and Knoxville. ... Conservative lawmakers meeting in Memphis with the American Legislative Exchange Council. ... A judge rules Wilson County schools can't ban God from student posters. Union University professor Sean Evans questions whether Roy Herron's ready to run for governor:
"Is he ready to ramp his campaign to the level it would have to be? He will be competing against higher-quality candidates, with professionals advising him who know what they're doing. He's not had to run a race like that in quite a while."