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Holly McCall

Holly McCall

Holly McCall has been a fixture in Tennessee media and politics for decades. She covered city hall for papers in Columbus, Ohio and Joplin, Missouri before returning to Tennessee with the Nashville Business Journal. She has served as political analyst for WZTV Fox 17 and provided communications consulting for political campaigns at all levels, from city council to presidential. Holly brings a deep wealth of knowledge about Tennessee’s political processes and players and likes nothing better than getting into the weeds of how political deals are made.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery at the 100th anniversary of the Tennessee Farm Bureau in Jan. 2021. (Photo: Tennessee Attorney General's office)

Tennessee Attorney General Slatery won’t seek a second term

By: - May 11, 2022

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery will not seek a second term when his current one ends. The news, first reported by the Tennessee Journal, broke Tuesday after Slatery informed the Tennessee Supreme Court in a letter. Slatery’s eight-year term has been marked by his office’s involvement in political issues, notably the joining of an amicus brief […]

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Three women hold signs at a May 3 protest in Nashville over a leaked U.S. Supreme Court document indicating the court may roll back Roe v. Wade. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: Normalize abortion conversations

By: - May 10, 2022

Like many women across the U.S., I’ve been reeling from the news that broke last week about the U.S. Supreme Court’s draft decision that would reverse Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1971 ruling that legalized abortion at the federal level.  As soon as I tweeted, “Looks like the Supreme Court has given me my next […]

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Franklin, Tenn. grammar school, circle 1936. The writer's father is front row, second from left, with hand on hat. (Photo: Holly McCall)

Editor’s column: After 100 years, a look at a father’s life

By: - May 2, 2022

My dad would have been 100 on Sunday. He died 25 years ago, shortly after his 75th birthday, and I find it hard to wrap my mind around both facts, but he lives in my mind as he did when I last saw him, freshly shaved and looking younger than he had a right to […]

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A homeless individual sleeps in a downtown Nashville park. (Photo by John Partipilo for the Tennessee Lookout)

Commentary: Christian charity escapes Tennessee lawmakers on homeless issues

By: - April 25, 2022

On Saturday night, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs posted a tweet: “Allowing homeless people to camp on public property does not help them—it enables them and prevents them from seeking the aid and resources they need to get back on their feet.” Jacobs doubtless tweeted in response to a bill the Tennessee legislature passed last […]

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Tennessee Republican Party bounces three candidates from 5th Congressional ballot

By: - April 19, 2022

The Tennessee Republican Party Executive Committee voted Tuesday to remove three candidates for the Republican nomination in the 5th Congressional District, including former President Donald Trump’s endorsee, Morgan Ortagus.  Scott Golden, TNGOP chair, confirmed that Ortagus, Robby Starbuck and Baxter Lee failed in their appeals to be restored to the ballot after the executive committee […]

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Sen. Brenda Gilmore, D-Nashville, caused a political uproar with her retirement announcement last week. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: Gilmore brouhaha was reminder of simpler political times

By: - April 18, 2022

Thursday afternoon, the news broke that Sen. Brenda Gilmore will not be running for reelection. To say the news “broke” might be too strong; rather, the news seeped out in an uneven fashion.  First, Keeda Haynes, a 2020 Democratic candidate for Congress in the 5th District, tweeted at 4:36 p.m. Thursday that she’d be going […]

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Editor’s column: Primary colors

By: - April 11, 2022

Gallup, the nonpartisan analytics organization that became famous for public opinion polls, has a fascinating monthly tracker of how Americans identify themselves politically dating to 2004.  In the early and mid- aughts, the percentage of Americans who identified as independent and not affiliated with either the Democratic or Republican parties hovered in the mid-30s. Starting […]

Dr. Jason Martin at his August announcement he is seeking the Democratic nomination for Tennessee governor. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martin draws challenge to bona fides

By: - April 6, 2022

A former member of the Shelby County Democratic Party Executive Committee is challenging the partisan bona fides of Dr. Jason Martin, candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor. Gabby Salinas, chair of the Shelby County Democratic Party, said Frank Johnson submitted a challenge to the county party based on Martin’s vote in the 2016 Republican […]

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Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, photographed at his desk in the Tennessee House of Representatives chambers Jan. 12. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: Will Casada get another bite at the electoral apple?

By: - April 4, 2022

Caveat emptor is a Latin phrase that translates to ‘‘let the buyer beware’’ and legally means a buyer or purchaser is alone responsible for performing due diligence before closing a deal.  The same principle can apply to electoral politics.  Take, for instance, former Speaker of the Tennessee House and current state Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin. […]

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 21: Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on September 21, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Ting Shen-Pool/Getty Images)

Editor’s column: Thank God for Sen. Marsha Blackburn

By: - March 28, 2022

For too long, Tennessee has gotten short shrift on the national political scene. We’ve become flyover country. National Democrats have given up on us and national Republicans take us for granted.  For outlets like CNN, MSNBC and the Washington Post, U.S. senators, including Republicans Ted Cruz of Texas, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham and more recently, […]

Odessa Kelly works on the porch of her East Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Odessa Kelly announces round of Davidson County endorsements

By: - March 28, 2022

Odessa Kelly, Democratic candidate for Tennessee’s 7th congressional district, rolled out a round of endorsements Monday morning that includes four countywide elected officials from Nashville.  “I am so proud of Odessa for never backing down from a fight when our people need results the most,” said Zulfat Suara, Metro Nashville council member-at-large in her endorsement […]

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Mason, Tenn. City Hall. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s Column: Government agencies prove that just because they can, they shouldn’t

By: - March 21, 2022

Until two weeks ago, I had heard neither of Mason, Tenn., nor of Joshua Lipscomb but thanks to a couple of government agencies, I am now very familiar with them and I bet there are many other Tennesseans who have learned about them. Mason is the small West Tennessee town located just a few miles […]