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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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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 […]

Walter Hussman, CEO of WEHCO Media, owner of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. (Screen grab from YouTube.)

Chattanooga Times Free Press announces conversion to all-digital format

By: - September 11, 2021

The Chattanooga Times Free Press, one of Tennessee’s largest daily news outlets, is converting to an all-digital format with the exception of a Sunday print edition, publisher Walter Hussman announced Saturday.  The daily print edition will cease by mid-2022.  Hussman announced the changes to newspaper staff Friday afternoon and editor Alison Gerber told subscribers in […]

Odessa Kelly's congressional race against incumbent Jim Cooper could result in higher Black voter turnout. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Odessa Kelly picks up national SEIU endorsement

By: - September 2, 2021

Odessa Kelly, candidate for the Democratic nomination for Congress in Tennessee District 5, has picked up the national endorsement of Service Workers International Union on Thursday.  Kelly, who is taking on incumbent Congressman Jim Cooper, is member of SEIU Local 205 in Nashville through her work with the Metro Nashville Parks Department.   “I’m a proud […]

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Franklin High School (Photo: Williamson County Schools)

Editor’s Column: In Williamson County’s underbelly, everything old is new again

By: - August 25, 2021

Recently, a recording of a Williamson County School Board meeting went viral after anti-mask parents mobbed physicians after the meeting, screaming at the doctors and threatening them.  National news outlets, including CNN, The Washington Post, the New York Times and Esquire, covered the disgraceful incident and many locals shared their feelings of distress on social […]

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Editor’s Column: COVID comes home

By: - August 13, 2021

My husband is a bull of a man.  He’s rarely sick and I’ve never known anything to scare him. He joined the Chicago Carpenters Union at 18, swinging a hammer for years before working his way up to superintendent. When a nail went through his work boot into his foot, he pulled it out and […]

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Gov. Bill Lee at Ag Day on the Hill, March 12, 2019. (Photo: Theresa Montgomery/State of Tennessee)

Editor’s Column: Welcome to Absurdistan!

By: - August 7, 2021

Christopher Buckley is known for writing novels of absurdist political fiction, with titles like “No Way to Treat a First Lady,” in which the First Lady is accused of killing her husband, the president, and “Thank You for Smoking,” which was turned into a 2005 film.  Buckley’s 2007 book “Boomsday,” revolves around a public relations […]

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

Editor’s column: The hottest ticket in town

By: - July 23, 2021

Political tongues have been flapping all over Nashville since community organizer and activist Odessa Kelly announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the 5th Congressional District in early April.  Kelly is taking on incumbent Jim Cooper, who has served in the 5th District seat since his election in 2002 (and in the 4th Congressional […]

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Dr. Michelle Fiscus (Photo: John Partipilo)

Commentary: The curious case of Dr. Fiscus

By: - July 16, 2021

We began the week in the soap opera that is Tennessee with the firing of the Tennessee Department of Health’s chief immunization director.  Dr. Michelle “Shelley” Fiscus, a pediatrician by training, was unceremoniously sacked on Monday after four years of service with the state. Fiscus said her termination letter gave no reason for her firing […]

Historic Nashville Courthouse. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Save Nashville Now sues Davidson County Election Commission

By: - July 13, 2021

The other shoe has dropped in the ongoing dispute over a proposed referendum in Nashville to change the Metro Government Charter and undo a property tax increase levied by Metro Council in 2020.  Save Nashville Now, a coalition of city business, community and faith leaders has filed a lawsuit against the Davidson County Election Commission, […]

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 18: The U.S Capitol Building is prepared for the inaugural ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden as American flags are placed in the ground on the National Mall on January 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. The approximately 191,500 U.S. flags will cover part of the National Mall and will represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, DC for the inauguration. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Commentary: Recapture the flag

By: - July 4, 2021

When I was a kid, the American flag was a big deal in our house.  We had a heavy cloth flag that, unlike flags now, wasn’t just a design printed on flimsy fabric. The red and white stripes were sewn together and the stars individually stitched onto the blue background.  When it wasn’t hanging from […]

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Editor’s column: America has too little education on race, not too much

By: - June 25, 2021

When I got out of college in 1987, I realized I was an educated idiot.  For the past five years, I’d crammed my head with a lot of facts and knew about the politics of Latin America and the Soviet Union, political theory going back to Plato and Aristotle, the plays of Shakespeare and bawdy […]