Sounds like the Mark Norris I know:
Keeps an open mind.
Knows all the facts before he makes a decision.
Pays attention to the details.
Not swayed by emotion, but understands the reality.
We shall see how this plays out.
It is obvious the jacks are stacked for Berlin Boyd to get the nod...
To respond to an earlier comment, privatization of government services is never the best choice... even in the face of gross mismanagement (speaking in generalities... no specific comments on MAS or any other agency).
The public is always served best by through public services. In the face of problems, proper reorganization, restaffing, and reinvestment solves issues and leaves essential public functions such as animal welfare and sheltering in the ownership of the citizens with the fullest ability to be overseen by the people.
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What change? Strickland is the same as Wharton, just another mouthpiece for the Greater Memphis Chamber and the power brokers of Memphis. In other news, MPD had another 13 police officers resign in the last two weeks. Officers are leaving in droves just as I've predicted in my other posts for the past few years. Take away pay, benefits, healthcare, freeze hiring, and no raises in the last seven years speaks volumes. Thanks Strickland, you're just as responsible as AC. Strickland helped steal 4.6% pay from employees for two years and when they finally get their original pay back, he says it amounts to a raise?!!! WTH?!!! Sorry Jim, but no thanks.
Strickland addresses needed issues but has no strong constituency in Memphis to draw votes. He has Midtown liberals (which is interesting since he is one of the most conservative council members) but they are a small minority. He hopes to get white conservatives (of which he is one) but will be hard-pressed to get them away from A C. He votes anti-union. He is unlikely to get many African American votes. I see him as getting 25% at most.
On Drake and Zeke this morning, he did not mention MAS. Crime, jobs, populaion loss were most of what he talked about
I am most interested in Councilman Strickland's determination to fix the major problems at Memphis Animal Services which have persisted for at least four decades and/or his ideas for privatizing it. This one issue, a particularly thorny and intractible issue, would be a bellweather for how he would manage the rest of City government. Manager Rogers needs to be replaced ASAP because he is totally ineffective. There is no excuse for Memphis not having a well-run shelter; other cities do it and we can, too.
Can you determine his position on the abject failure of management at MAS and his plan to correct it?
Turn off the AC!! Whoop that trick!
Idealogical inflexibility is a leading cause of non medically induced fatalities these last 100 years.
And I don't think Obama has the strength of character to have any ideology not self serving.
I doubt it, since there is no evidence whatsoever that their "inflexibility", ideological or not, is causing anyone to die.
But I am open minded enough to consider any evidence that anyone has ever passed away from idealogical inflexibility. I certainly hope the medical community is working on a vaccine for that.
I recommend that Presidetn Obama be among the first to recieve the vaccine once it is approved.
I wonder if it weighs on the conscience of these Tea Party legislators in Shelby County, that they are causing thousands to die as a result of their ideological inflexibility.
Time to consolidate the 2 governments when they can't even get 25 people to support 2 has-beens.
Ware and Carson are both poster children for why Memphis is in such pitiful shape.
Mary Mancini speaks out and messages in ways the media picks up -- through organizing rallies, press conferences and otherwise. She knows there is value in putting a dent in the right-wing's fender, speaking truth and calling them out, regardless of any election outcome. Mary does not concede.
If there's no statutory requirement for signatures of voters in the district for interim appointments, why is one being imposed? There is, however, a statutory requirement regarding residency. And there appears to be some discrepancy about Carson's residency in the district. Who are these Council people who don't check the regs before they make pronouncements and start the process of an interim appointment? My junior high school elected class officers in a more organized manner. What an embarrassment.
Damn---I missed the deadline :(
I am not an expert on the minutia of health planning.
I am guessing the Governors's plan is going to get quite a detailed look from the public with this Special Session. We shall see if the Legislature and the public like it.
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