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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.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 17: The new book by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, "The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story" is displayed at a New York City bookstore on November 17, 2021 in New York City. First published in The New York Times Magazine, "The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story" was written to center the effects of slavery and the achievements of Black people in the history of the United States. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Editor’s column: 1619

By: - December 1, 2021

You’d have to be completely out of the political loop—and I suspect you aren’t, if you are reading this—to not have heard of “The 1619 Project” and the brouhaha surrounding it.  A publication of journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times, “1619” first appeared in an August 2019 issue of the New York Times […]

Artist Michael McBride with his mural at the corner of Commerce Street and 5th Avenue in downtown Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Artist McBride drew inspiration from John Lewis

By: - November 23, 2021

Michael McBride and the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis had much in common. Both grew up similarly, in rural Southern farming communities: McBride in Medon, Tennessee, in Madison County, and Lewis in Troy, Alabama.  Both were members of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. McBride, a Nashville-based Black artist and professor at Tennessee State University, never had […]

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U.S. Capitol. Photo by Russ Rohde/Getty Images

Editor’s column: Grading congressional newsletters

By: - November 17, 2021

I spend a lot of time thinking and talking and writing about the Tennessee General Assembly because too few news outlets in our state have the resources or capacity to do the same, and I figure, larger outlets than this one do have the means to check on our federal delegation.  But a few months […]

Historic Metro Nashville Courthouse. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville mayor names transportation director

By: - November 16, 2021

Nashville Mayor John Cooper has named Diana Alarcon, currently director of transportation and mobility for Tucson, Ariz., as director of the new Nashville Department of Transportation and Multimodal Infrastructure. Cooper launched NDOT in July and Faye DiMassimo, his senior advisor for transportation and infrastructure, has served as interim director. NDOT was formed after Cooper reorganized […]

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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: Tennessee’s GOP representatives blew infrastructure vote

By: - November 10, 2021

There’s no secret that Tennessee’s infrastructure is in woeful condition.   The most notable recent example came in May, when a routine inspection of the Hernando de Soto Bridge in Memphis prompted frantic calls to 911: Inspectors found a crack in the bridge so large the waters of the Mississippi River below were visible through it.  […]

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Rep. Tim Rudd, R-Murfreesboro (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: Rudd’s concern for unruly DAs needs to begin at home

By: - November 3, 2021

Much ink has been spilled over last week’s special legislative session and much more will continue to be spilled, mostly over the omnibus bill to restrict how school boards and businesses can manage COVID-19 among their students and employees.  But that’s not the only poorly thought out and vindictive legislation that was passed during the […]

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Community members re-enacting roles as members of the United States Colored Troops stand by "March to Freedom" in downtown Franklin. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: A Southern town evolves

By: - October 26, 2021

Saturday morning, I got up and had coffee as usual before donning my Stetson and walking from my house to downtown Franklin for a Civil War-themed event. The last gasp of the Confederacy in Tennessee came in fall 1864, so there’s no surprise that the weekend featured two Civil War-themed events and it’s not a […]

First draft of new Metro Council districts. (Map: Metro Planning

Nashville redistricting to change Metro Council, school board districts

By: - October 15, 2021

East Nashville resident Adam Vollrath has concerns about new redistricting maps released by the Metro Nashville Planning Department on Friday morning.  “I have specific concerns about splitting McFerrin Park between Districts 5 and 6,” said Vollrath, who served as president of the McFerrin Park Neighborhood Association in 2018-19. “There are obvious logistical concerns about splitting […]

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Rutherford County Juvenile Court Judge Donna Scott Davenport, in green judicial robes, pictured with other members of the juvenile court staff. (Photo: RutherfordCountyTN.gov)

Editor’s column: Sickening systemic abuse in Rutherford County calls for action

By: - October 12, 2021

I love Tennessee. I’m a native and no matter where I’ve gone, I always thought my home state is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.  But for the last few days, I’ve felt sad and sick to be a Tennessean for once again, Tennessee has achieved a place in the national consciousness and once […]

Scales of justice with back-light on wood table.

Vanderbilt University sued for gender discrimination and retaliation

By: - September 30, 2021

A 25-year employee of Vanderbilt University has filed suit against the university for discrimination and retaliation on the basis of sex and gender identity and disability. Olivia Ruth Hill, who was hired by Vanderbilt in 1996 to work in the university’s Facilities Plant, and her legal team filed suit Wednesday on nine counts. They claim […]

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

Editor’s column: Slatery’s tenure as AG shows mixed legal bag

By: - September 23, 2021

A week or so ago, a tweet about Tennessee government caught my eye: “We don’t legislate by law, we legislate by lawsuit,” wrote someone in response to another story about Gov. Bill Lee’s legal woes.  I don’t remember which one of the Lee administration’s suits to which the Twitter wag referred, and that’s the problem: […]

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American president Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924) gives a speech to Congress, Washington DC, 4th December 1917. (Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Editor’s column: Presidential precedent exists for drastic action in times of crisis

By: - September 12, 2021

On Thursday, President Joe Biden announced a six-prong strategy to try to get the current surge of COVID-19 under control. His platform includes fairly non-controversial steps that include making home COVID testing kits more readily available and extending the mask mandate in commercial air travel.  But the leading piece of Biden’s plan is one that […]