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During a segment titled “Booming Or Busting: Cities And Regions After The Recession,” the show’s host, On Point’s Tom Ashbrook, tossed out all the kudos that have been filling the media lately — we’re the “it” city, “simply Nowville!” — and then welcomed Mayor Karl Dean to the airwaves to bask in the glory.
The show’s other guest, Atlantic magazine senior editor Richard Florida, called the mayor “a fabulous guy” before getting down to business and really covering Dean in flattering slobber.
“I just spent good part of last week in Nashville and spent time with the mayor,” Florida said excitedly as if he’d just spotted Nicole Kidman at Noshville. “I got to sing happy birthday to the mayor with a fella named Jack White. It was kind of a highlight of my life, believe it or not.”
Florida hailed Nashville’s “integrated creative economy,” whatever that is. He added, “Everyone’s on the same page and feels empowered” and said that was all Dean’s doing.
Dean could hardly get in a word edgewise and must have been fist-pumping the air as he listened to all this BS on the phone. Then Ashbrook decided to take a turd-in-the-punchbowl call from a listener — some smartass named Jan — and the party was over.
After five Beat Lamar town halls, the folks behind the effort would like you to know that they have united behind Joe Carr. This press release came out this morning …
Michael Patrick Leahy, co-founder of BEAT LAMAR, today announced that BEAT LAMAR, a project of the conservative ground game SuperPac the Real Conservatives National Committee, and a coalition of local Tea Party groups across Tennessee have endorsed State Representative Joe Carr for the Republican nomination in the 2014 United Senate race.
“Over the past month Joe Carr has been vetted in five BEAT LAMAR Town Halls across the state of Tennessee—in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Maryville, and this Saturday in Johnson City,” Leahy said. “Joe Carr has emerged as the unanimous choice among the Tea Party co-sponsors of each of these events—the Nashville Tea Party, the Mid-South Tea Party, the Chattanooga Tea Party, the Blount County Tea Party, the Roane County Tea Party, and the Tri-Cities—as the constitutional conservative candidate we enthusiastically endorse to stand with Ted Cruz and beat Lamar.”
“I am also delighted to note that the Coalition for a Constitutional Senate, an informal coalition of 63 Tea Party and Liberty groups throughout Tennessee, is also issuing a statement of support for Joe Carr today,” Leahy said.
But something else hit our inbox as well, and it hints that not everyone is happy with the process or Joe Carr.
This story in The Tennessean is really strange. The gist seems to be that State Senator Steve Dickerson injected steroids into some patients at Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgical Center a year ago, right before a meningitis outbreak was linked to the center.
Redacted patient treatment records obtained by The Tennessean show Dickerson was listed as the treating physician for two patients at the clinic in August and September of last year. The outpatient center shut down on Sept. 20, two days after a physician realized a possible link between her patient’s fungal meningitis and the steroid injections he had received at the clinic.
Dickerson has not been named as a defendant in any of the pending cases. The records do not indicate the source of the spinal steroid.
But there doesn't seem to be any indication that Dickerson's patients got meningitis, nor that he knew of the risk of meningitis. He wouldn't have been the one to order the drugs. The story goes on to say that Dr. John Culclasure, medical director of the center, donated a couple grand to Dickerson's campaign. And there's some stuff about a piece of legislation Dickerson helped pass.
I'm not understanding what the problem is here. Dickerson has rich friends who give him money. He gives his patients medicine. He voted on some legislation his friends benefited from, but he's a state senator, so that makes sense. That seems to be all that Dickerson could control. It's terrible that patients got meningitis from tainted medication, but we don't know that they were Dickerson's patients or that, if they were, Dickerson could have known that the medication was tainted. So, is it really news that Dickerson's sometimes worked at the Center?
It's like Mike Reno said ... and we're no different. But we've got a few things to share on the way out the door:
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From Wonkblog: Arkansas is using this one weird trick to expand Medicaid.
It looks like we're in for a few days of brinksmanship at the federal level. Despite an overnight broadcast by Ted Cruz that Art Bell would be proud of, the Senate stripped out the provisions to defund Obamacare (along party lines) and kicked it back to the House.
With that in mind, we wanted to take the temperature of the Tennessee delegation with regards to a potential government shutdown next week.
We posed the same question to both senators and all nine congressmen yesterday and asked them to get back to us by noon today to let us know their views on the subject. Then we extended it until 2 p.m., but some did not bother to respond. Some answers were direct. Others more nuanced.
Here's what they said:
Stop Amp, meet your foe: Amp Yes!
The Movers and Shakers convened at Bridgestone Arena this morning to launch the Amp Coalition, in support of Mayor Karl Dean's proposed $175 million bus rapid transit project connecting East and West Nashville.
Headlining the event, along with the mayor, were Ralph Schulz, president and CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Mike Schatzlein, president and CEO of Saint Thomas Health, Kenya Stevens, board member for Transit Now, and Thomas "Freddie" O'Connell, a board member for the Metropolitan Transit Authority. They touted what they claim is broad public support, and pitched The Amp as the way to stem the coming tide of increased congestion in the city.
"What is so hard to really get your mind around," said Schatzlein, "is that while what we're experiencing on West End today is bad, we can't count on the status quo continuing. It's going to get exponentially worse. There will be a lot more occasions in the coming years where cars will sit through multiple stop lights without moving. If you ride the regular bus, you're going to be sitting in those same traffic jams."
This Week In The 'Drome, We're Hoping There's Not A Repeat
In an age when the default position for someone who has failed is to dismiss criticism as "hating" and to stand by a position even if it's demonstrably the wrong one, it was refreshing for Britt to come out after the win against San Diego and admit he wasn't very good (for the second week in a row).
Now, it would be better if, instead of talking about how bad he played, Britt would instead play better, but baby steps are at least steps in the right direction.
Britt wasn't lying, of course, when he suggested the Titans were shutting him out of the offense. The coaches are, indeed, doing that, but in his tweet, Kenny didn't acknowledge the underlying reason for that:
He is playing badly. Very badly, at times. The system doesn't make him hold, the system doesn't make him drop passes, and, while talented, he's not so talented a receiver that he has the leeway to make errors because eventually his contributions will outweigh them.
It seems Britt wants to be better and that he's not going to shrug his shoulders at the criticism, but he has yet to actually be better. So he'll trod the sidelines until he is, until he demonstrates that watching he's better suited on the field as opposed to watching forlornly as the team puts together a thrilling drive without him.
And he might get there, but, for now, he isn't, but at least he's blaming himself and not casting aspersions on his haters.
After a one-day hiatus (we were busy celebrating ... you know), the Links are back and better than ever.
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A skirmish has broken out in the Republican U.S. Senate primary over tactical decisions made by former Gen. Sam Houston and former Tennessee Congressman Davy Crockett (R-Frontier) in the Texas Revolution.
In a release this afternoon, Joseph Cordell Carr Sr. blasts Sen. Lamar Alexander for using "an insulting analogy about at least one famous Tennessean." That one Tennessean — AT LEAST — was Crockett, the King of the Wild Frontier himself. The release quotes Alexander thusly:
“…Former Congressman Davy Crockett said I think I will go to the Alamo…some people said Davy if you go to the Alamo you’ll get killed, he went to the Alamo he did get killed.” Alexander continued by saying, “Sam Houston took a different tact [sic], he withdrew to San Jacinto. He was heavily criticized by some people at that time for withdrawing. We celebrate Texas Independence Day on March 2, 1836 because Sam Houston won the war. The moral of the story is that sometimes in a long battle patience is a valuable tactic and that’s why I’m in Sam Houston’s Camp on this one. I’m not in the shut-down-the government camp.”
Carr, who has referenced Crockett before in his campaign, will have none of that. More from the release, after the jump:
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