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Two Takes

Two Takes

Corker and Herenton try to get their messages across to different audiences.
Bob Corker made one thing clear at a town meeting in suburban Arlington on Tuesday — that the venue, Crave Coffee Bar and Bistro, was not

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District 95 Showdown

District 95 Showdown

Ten aspirants for the state House seat vacated by Mark Lovell turn up for a TNA forum.
Ten aspirants for the District 95state House seat vacated by Mark Lovell turned up for a TNA forum at Collierville High School last week. There were 7 Republicans, 2 independents, and 1 Democrat. One of them will get to replace Lovell.

They’re Back!

They’re Back!

The General Assembly tackles two Shelby County hot topics: de-annexation and school vouchers.
As the current session of the Tennessee General Assembly heads toward its conclusion, either late this month or early in May (see cover story, "Nashville Gets Serious"), two questions of serious concern to the Memphis area are about to be revisited.

Up in Smoke

Up in Smoke

Prospects for marijuana reform were dissipated by legislative action last week.
Despite heady optimism early in the current session of the General Assembly, proponents of significant reform legislation regarding marijuana were well advised not to

Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday

No sausages got made in this week’s Shelby County Commission meeting.
No sausages got made in this week’s Shelby County Commission meeting. The bottom line: No Democrat and no Republican to represent District 95, nobody at all from the district to vote on vouchers or anything else.

Partisanship vs. Solidarity?

Partisanship vs. Solidarity?

County Commission wrestles with interim House appointment and the school-voucher issue.
A move to seat a Democrat as interim state representative from House District 95 could shred the County Commission’s resolve on the school-voucher issue.

Dual Decisions in District 95

Dual Decisions in District 95

Commissioners prepare to appoint a successor for Mark Lovell; Haslam sets schedule for a special election.
Consensus would seem to be an uncertain prospect, as Shelby County commissioners face the task of naming an interim replacement for the District 95

Tennessee, Shelby Parties Organizing for 2018

Tennessee, Shelby Parties Organizing for 2018

Gubernatorial candidates emerge; Boyd takes dim view of “right-sizing” plan; Kustoff careful with town meetings.
Last week was a time for members of both local political parties to gather and take stock. The Shelby County Republicans did so

Commission Gets It Together

Commission Gets It Together

Consensus for medical marijuana; against school vouchers and county social media policy.
God knows what will happen when the Shelby County Commission tangles with the deannexation issue — as it will, now that the legislature has

Shelby County Democrats to Revive

Shelby County Democrats to Revive

Mancini forms group to begin reorganization for defunct local party; Cohen holds town hall.
Mary Mancini of Nashville, who in late January won reelection as Tennessee Democratic Party chair at a meeting of the state party's executive committee,

The Abortion Divide, Again

The Abortion Divide, Again

An HIV prevention grant to Planned Parenthood is narrowly approved as the County Commission splits along party lines.
During Monday's regular meeting of the Shelby County Commission, a dispute on continuing Planned Parenthood's involvement in a local, state-funded HIV-prevention program was resolved — sort of

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Low Early Voting Totals for District 95

Most of the voting is in the contested Republican special primary.

Gubernatorial Hopeful Boyd, an East Tennessean, Has Roots in These Parts

Connects with Shelby County Mayor Luttrell on their collaborative past and common Crockett County ancestry, and stresses local control as against "people in Nashville think[ing] they know best."

Serendipity and Synchronicity: Simultaneous Homages to Racial Harmony, 3-30-17

George Wallace's daughter and former Mayor Herenton both gave voice to triumphs in racial relations.
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