Will Most Republicans Go Along With Extreme Positions to Avoid the ‘Moderate’ Tag?
Published 10/10/2012 at 11:59 a.m. 0 comments
Here in traditionally Republican East Tennessee we tend to be more fiscally conservative and less intense on social issues. Middle Tennessee has become the hotbed of radical on-the-march anti-immigration, anti-abortion conservatism and it is an area more in tune with ...
Megasite Musing: Just Up The Road, Knoxville Could Be In Contention For the Next Auto Plant
Updated 10/25/2012 at 1:07 p.m. 3 comments
Auto plants are springing up all over the South, the latest the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. In Knoxville it is often pointed out that we don’t have a megasite, a tract in excess of the 1,200 acres necessary for a ...
Pick Tennessee: Should State Offer Incentives or Requirements to Use In-State Producers?
Published 9/26/2012 at 10:20 a.m. 0 comments
The state has a website to promote Tennessee products; the idea being support for Tennessee producers promotes jobs and tax revenue. If it’s a good idea, then should the state and state institutions put its money where its website is?
Feudin' and Fightin': Business, Chamber Spats With Local Government Isn't With City's Democratic Mayor
Published 9/19/2012 at 10:43 a.m. 0 comments
The Knoxville business community looked high and low for a Republican candidate who could defeat Madeline Rogero’s bid for mayor. Given her background as a union organizer in her youth, her work with non-profits, and the fact that she is ...
In the Zone: Growth in Downtown Business Has Benefits for Taxpayers
Published 9/12/2012 at 10:45 a.m. 0 comments
It has long been a matter of conjecture whether the downtown Knoxville Convention Center has been a financial boon to downtown development. But what is not in question is that the success of downtown development has been a financial boon ...
Bright-ish Spots? Dems Have a Shot in Three Races
Published 9/5/2012 at 9:27 a.m. 0 comments
There are at least three state House seats, one of them in Knoxville, that are at least possibilities.
Three Parties? Next Session, State House WIll Have Two Kinds of Republicans
Published 8/29/2012 at 10:30 a.m. 0 comments
In the next session of the state Legislature, there could be three political parties: the Democrats, the traditional Republicans, and a group of ultra-conservative members that can be grouped under the rubric of the Tea Party.
Text This: In the Electronic Age, Somebody Must Define "Public Record"
Published 8/22/2012 at 10:02 a.m. 0 comments
E-mail, tweets, text messages, Facebook messages... just what the hell constitutes a public record these days?
Suspend Disbelief: Let's Try to Put the Past Five Years Behind Us and Enjoy the Season
Published 8/15/2012 at 10:21 a.m. 0 comments
Samuel Taylor Coleridge called it the “willing suspension of disbelief.” I would like to suggest this concept for us Vol football fans as the season opens in a couple of weeks.
A Modest Proposal: It's Time to Cut Red Tape and Boost Local Business
Published 8/8/2012 at 10:56 a.m. 0 comments
In business, time is money. That is especially true these days in real estate development, with shaky credit lines and up-and-down mortgage availability.
Why It Matters: Some Off-Year Elections Have Implications For Us All
Published 8/1/2012 at 10:06 a.m. 0 comments
There isn’t a lot of drama or interest in today’s election in Knox County, but this off-year contest has major implications for all of us. Here are some highlights to watch for if you are a political junkie and can ...
Ten Years After State Income-Tax Rejection, What Happened to Armageddon?
Published 7/25/2012 at 12:28 p.m. 1 comment
Since it’s the 10th anniversary, someone ought to mark the occasion when almost the entire state political establishment, academia, and virtually all editorial writers were impatiently explaining to us Neanderthals that unless we passed a state income tax, the state ...
Where Do Candidates Stand on Microwaved Biscuits and Other Important Issues?
Published 7/18/2012 at 12:10 p.m. 0 comments
I think there are a lot of important issues out there without a special-interest group to lobby for them. I’m sure you can think of a few.
Well Water Doesn't Help if You Can't Get it Out of the Ground
Published 7/11/2012 at 11:05 a.m. 0 comments
They had the good grace not to say I told you so, so I’ll say it for them. They told me so.
A Creation Syllabus for Biology Class
Published 7/3/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 3 comments
Good morning students, welcome to your biology class for this year. Thanks to the efforts of the Tennessee Legislature, we will be expanding our lessons this year, no longer bogged down in years of formal scientific study, but now being ...