Rub Some Dirt On It: The August Ballot is an Abrasion on Democracy's Knee
Published 7/18/2012 at 12:33 p.m. 0 comments
Early voting started last Friday, but you haven’t voted yet. You’re still hoping an asteroid will strike the planet or the governor will sign a stealth bill requiring proof that you’ve donated $10,000 to political campaigns to be eligible to ...
State Officials Are Grabbing More Control Over Who Can Be on the Ballot
Published 6/20/2012 at 5:51 p.m. 0 comments
In Tennessee, the majority party in the state Legislature gets control of the election commission in every county, a contrivance with no constitutional basis.
Will Gov. Haslam Ever Rise Above Party Politics and Deliver Us From the Kooks?
Published 5/23/2012 at 3:08 p.m. 1 comment
While Gov. Haslam is to be commended for making Amazon collect sales taxes, his overall stance toward corporate interests has been supplication. He has weakened Tennessee’s already laggard regulatory agencies and launched an attack on transparency.
The Knox County Charter Review Committee Needs to Think Bigger
Published 4/25/2012 at 11:07 a.m. 1 comment
Knox County’s charter is its constitution, the document that defines county government. The Knox County Charter Review Committee is the local version of a constitutional convention, and it has convened this year, as required every eight years. This is a ...
State Lawmakers Chase Agenda 21 While Real Problems Get Worse
Published 3/28/2012 at 2:33 p.m. 6 comments
A joint resolution passed this month by the State House condemning a 20-year-old United Nations document should be placed into a time capsule so future generations can understand why they inherited an unsustainable and deteriorating world. The legislators who sponsored ...
Next Month's Primary Is a Golden Opportunity to Screw With Campfield
Published 2/8/2012 at 3:43 p.m. 1 comment
There is an election next month, with early voting beginning Feb. 15. Did you know Stacey Campfield is on the ballot?
Looking Forward to the Rogero Administration
Published 1/4/2012 at 12:10 p.m. 0 comments
With a new year and a new city government, what lies ahead for Knoxville? Mayor Madeline Rogero’s promise to make our town greener and more livable needs to be translated into policies, and there is cause for optimism.
Why Green Opportunities Make Good Business Sense
Published 12/7/2011 at 11:06 a.m. 0 comments
Until this month, no composting facility near Nashville could accept food waste. A couple of Lipscomb University graduate students noticed this opportunity a couple years ago. Now, finished with their degrees, they have started a business, obtained permits, and built ...
Why Rural Counties Should Tax the 1%
Published 11/16/2011 at 3:57 p.m. 0 comments
Coal and timber land is often owned by small holding companies that are owned by larger corporations and institutional investors. This makes it difficult to find an actual person associated with the land, and even county property assessors are sometimes ...
Mayor Burchett's Loose Ways
Published 10/12/2011 at 11:19 a.m. 0 comments
With a new Carter Elementary now assured, County Mayor Tim Burchett deserves cheers, but only in the sense that you clap for stragglers in a charity 5k run who were just trying to prove they could finish
Let’s Put a Stop to Redistricting Shenanigans
Published 9/14/2011 at 11:45 a.m. 0 comments
Redistricting is one of the ugliest processes in our democracy. But there is a way to stop the shenanigans.
A More Than Tolerable Choice for the 6th District State Senate Seat
Published 8/17/2011 at 1:22 p.m. 1 comment
Gloria Johnson is the best candidate in the race, the one who can be trusted to act on behalf of people, not corporations.
Privatizing Public Services Doesn't Work
Published 7/20/2011 at 3:45 p.m. 2 comments
Privatization of public services has been a trend in government for a couple decades. It was hatched as a Republican concept, but because it enables graft and does little to limit legislative spending powers, it soon caught on among Democrats ...
Construction of a Hillside Plan Everyone Can Love is Ahead
Published 6/15/2011 at 11:16 a.m. 0 comments
If your primary objective is delay, local government is here to please. County government has a long history of delays and a toolshed of tricks, but recent votes have a revealed a new tool in the arsenal.
Has the Age of Sprawl Bought the Farm?
Published 5/25/2011 at 2:26 p.m. 2 comments
Demographic trends point toward continued population growth in Knox County, but where are the newcomers going to work and live?