Gov. Haslam Has Shaken Up the Structure of State Government
Published 4/18/2012 at 12:24 p.m. 1 comment
Democratic leader Mike Turner said last week that Gov. Bill Haslam is now the most powerful (Tennessee) governor ever. Hyperbole? Or is there an element of truth in it?
Reconsidering Chattanooga Shale
Published 4/11/2012 at 11:51 a.m. 2 comments
A lot of attention is being paid to the oil sands in Canada and North Dakota and the Keystone pipeline. What has been pretty well ignored is something called Chattanooga Shale, a pocket of natural gas-rich shale that stretches from ...
Knox County Needs to Honor its Promise to Provide Pension for Deputies
Published 4/4/2012 at 1:07 p.m. 1 comment
You would think the pension board and a couple of CPAs would be a better vehicle to solve problems with the Knox County Uniformed Officers Pension Plan, but it will instead be resolved by a subcommittee of the Charter Review ...
Let’s Pass a Law to Keep Secret Stuff That’s Been Secret Under Four Governors
Published 3/28/2012 at 2:22 p.m. 0 comments
Sometime I think I’ve entered Bizarro World when I view public policy issues being argued in the Tennessee Legislature.
Knox County's Charter Revisions Need Good, Unbiased Legal Advice
Published 3/21/2012 at 11:44 a.m. 1 comment
The post-election battle between Law Director Joe Jarrett and Law Director-elect Bud Armstrong has been more entertaining that the election itself.
From the Home-Builders' Perspective
Published 3/14/2012 at 12:18 p.m. 1 comment
Home builders, chambers of commerce, Realtors, and others involved in development are frustrated. Times are hard and deals are even harder to get done. The sentiment to loosen regulation and speed up the process to get projects done has never ...
The End of Privacy
Published 3/7/2012 at 11:10 a.m. 1 comment
The next assault on our privacy will not allow you to opt out. The Constitution protects our property rights. Even the police need a warrant to come in. But it never occurred to the Founding Fathers that we would enter ...
Romney Needs Someone to Tell Him to Stop Sticking His Foot In His Mouth
Published 2/29/2012 at 2:33 p.m. 1 comment
The president’s management style must be conducive to reaching the best solutions—to get the widest variety of opinions possible. Then be able to sell those solutions to Congress and the public.
Published 2/22/2012 at 12:09 p.m. 0 comments
Most people are more concerned about their kids, their jobs, and just living life. I suppose the culture warriors among us have appointed themselves to do battle on our behalf. They fight the gay menace so you don’t have to.
The Passing Political Parade
Published 2/15/2012 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments
So a rich guy decides to run for office. He calls all his friends, they call their friends, and they pony up a pile of cash. He then begins the race as the perceived “front runner.” The rest of the ...
Knoxville's Traditional Power Centers Have Dead Batteries
Published 2/8/2012 at 3:06 p.m. 1 comment
Trustee John Duncan III ought to send Gloria Ray flowers. Her troubles with the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corp. have kept him off the front page or the lead TV news items for a few days.
Appointing State Appellate Justices Unconstitutional
Published 2/1/2012 at 11:02 a.m. 0 comments
A special panel of the state Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s appellate justices are being properly elected to office by being appointed by the governor then one day facing a retention election. This in spite of the Tennessee ...
Is Gloria Still Gloria?
Published 1/25/2012 at 11:58 a.m. 0 comments
So how did Gloria Ray get to be Gloria Ray?
Cutting Taxes in a Recession
Published 1/18/2012 at 11:40 a.m. 0 comments
It’s an election year so expect the Legislature to at least talk about cutting taxes. This might seem odd in the middle of a recession (remember the crisis last year to pass a balanced budget?) but the state Legislature is ...
Tennessee Redistricting May Run Afoul of the Voting Rights Act
Published 1/11/2012 at 11:10 a.m. 0 comments
The Republicans are in control now and they are redrawing House district lines following the 2010 census and they are attempting to secure a filibuster proof majority. It is likely the Republican plan this time around will face a great ...