Sara Kyle edged out G. A. Hardaway to run for the seat as the Democrat. (Beverly Marrero tried to run for it 2 years ago.) Kyle's being set up to run for governor in six years. You watch.
That Kyle so soundly defeated Flinn, who brought name recognition at the least, tells you how "safe" the district is for Democrats.
I notice that Jackson avoids what's really going on here. Sara Kyle was bandied about in the previous gubernatorial election cycle as a possible Democratic candidate for governor. She declined largely because she only had her former seat on the "sunsetted" Tennessee Regulatory Authority board on her resume. And her family's name.
And the TNGOP tidal wave was still cresting at that time. She and Jim could read the weather forecasts and didn't want to have an electoral loss on her record.
By having her in the State Senate seat, she gets a launching pad for her next run for governor and the TN Democratic Party gets a candidate with a leg up on the qualifications section of her resume. That boosts fundraising as well.
Watch for this to get ugly as minority-party forces wage a titanic struggle for control. This being Shelby County, race will enter into it as well, somehow.... (I'm guessing Jackson pocketed all this for his next story.)
Reduce. Recycle. Reuse. You know the mantra.
1. The number of Democrats in state government has been reduced.
2. Recycle the Democrats who were turned out of office.
3. Reuse those Democrats who might otherwise have to get real jobs.
No. The state's Democrats, who were hammered flat after the state's political electoral realignment in 2010 are seeking every opportunity to make things difficult for Republicans. Adding more party names to the ballot simply serves to confuse more voters, aiding Democrats, in the eyes of party loyalists like Kyle.
That said, as a Libertarian, I'm glad to finally see the county's and state's ballots opened to more than just the same damned, two parties.
When local Republicans "betray" their party's interest or perceived principles, local Democrats can't restrain themselves in praising that person's "bipartisanship". Witness Mike Ritz, mentioned above. But let local Democrats behave the same way, and you get the slapdown that Harvey is getting. It's all a one-way street.
Is the presentation itself available online?
Point 1: So why was a "granite marker" placed at Auction/Willis and what does it mark? Why did the Colonial Dames place one there?
Point 6: So why was Union Avenue thus named? In honor of what?
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