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. 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.

Protestors hold a banner saying, "No Nazis in Nashville" outside hatWRKS in Nashville during a Saturday protest. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Commentary: In comparing COVID-19 vaccines to the Holocaust, the idiots have outdone themselves

By: - May 31, 2021

It should go without saying that one should never trivialize the Holocaust. The Holocaust, after all, was the systemic —and damn near successful—effort to wipe out the Jewish people by Adolph Hitler’s Nazi government. Six million Jews were marginalized, herded into ghettos, tortured and murdered—some by firing squads until Nazi officers realized that was too […]

Gov. Bill Lee at a plant dedication Humboldt, Tennessee in March, pictured with plant workers. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: Lee is either ignorant or dishonest in migrant children situation

By: - May 28, 2021

In this week’s manufactured crisis, I give you the situation of unaccompanied migrant children being transported to shelter in Chattanooga.  To hear Tennessee’s Republican leaders, the kids were snuck into our fair state in the dead of night, with no consultation with local leaders and against explicit warnings to the Biden administration that we don’t […]

The L.H. "Cotton" Ivy Laboratory at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville. (Photo courtesy of Steve Simms)

Former Agriculture Commissioner L.H. “Cotton” Ivy dies at 91

By: - May 26, 2021

Former Democratic state representative and Tennessee Secretary of Agriculture L.H. “Cotton” Ivy died Tuesday at the age of 91 in Decaturville, Tennessee, his home town.  The son of a sharecropper, Ivy was the principal agent with Farm Bureau Insurance in Union City before running for the state legislature in 1984. He served two terms before […]

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Longmire files campaign paperwork, nabs endorsement for judge

By: - May 26, 2021

The primary for Metro Nashville judicial elections is almost a year away but attorney Wendy Longmire got a jump on the competition Wednesday, filing paperwork necessary to officially start her campaign and snagging her first endorsement.  Retired Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman gave her endorsement of Longmire, who announced May 10 she is running for […]

Tennessee Republican House Majority Leader Jeremy Faison: "Dog-faced lied to" by Robin Smith and the proprietor of Phoenix Solutions.. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: The real ‘welfare queens’ are our GOP legislators

By: - May 21, 2021

I’m old enough to remember when President Ronald Reagan created the myth of the “welfare queen.”  In the 1970s and 80s, Reagan and other conservative politicians cited one woman, Linda Taylor. Originally from Tennessee, Taylor was used as an example of how poor and predominantly Black Americans were too lazy to work. “Welfare queens” would […]

Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville: Democratic version of congressional maps "not gonna happen." (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: Look away from the shiny objects

By: - May 5, 2021

The Tennessee legislature is wrapping up the first half of the 112th General Assembly, and it’s been one filled with plenty of shiny objects to distract Tennesseans from crucial and life changing matters.  That the Tennessee legislature is obsessed with matters pertaining to the LGBTQ community is nothing new. I first took notice in 2016, […]

Gov. Bill Lee has stood by an experimental health care block grant approved by the Trump Administration. (Photo: John Partipilo)

New PAC targets Lee’s re-election bid

By: - April 29, 2021

Gov. Bill Lee’s reelection bid is more than a year away but a PAC aimed at unseating him launched Thursday mornings and backers say they’ve already got $100,000 in committed funds. A press release from “Beat Bill Lee,” which is led by former Tennessee Democratic Party communications director Emily Cupples, said the goal is to […]

Rev. Lawrence Richardson of the Linden Hills United Church of Christ (right), offers comfort to Rev. Jia Starr Brown of First Covenant Church (left) at George Floyd Square. Photo by Ricardo Lopez/Minnesota Reformer.

Editor’s column: With Chauvin’s conviction, the arc bent a little further, but has a long way to go

By: - April 23, 2021

As America waited Tuesday afternoon for the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year, I scrolled through my Twitter feed watching for the first tweet announcing the outcome.  A tweet from a 30-year old caught my eye: “Is this what the OJ trial felt like? […]

George Floyd's nephew Brandon Williams (left) raises hands in triumph with civil rights attorney Ben Crump after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter on April 20, 2021. Photo by Max Nesterak/Minnesota Reformer.

Tennessee officials respond to Chauvin verdict

By: - April 20, 2021

Tuesday afternoon a Minneapolis found police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on three charges resulting from the killing of George Floyd. Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. His bail was revoked and he was handcuffed and led from the courtroom. As social media exploded with the new, few Tennessee elected […]

The Debra K. Johnson Rehabilitation Center, formerly called the Tennessee Prison for Women. (Photo:

Editor’s Column: Criminal justice reform needs to account for women in the system

By: - April 13, 2021

Gov. Bill Lee held a criminal justice roundtable discussion on Wednesday as part of “Second Chance Month.”  Since 2017, April has been declared “Second Chance Month” to raise awareness about the ongoing consequences of criminal convictions—including the inability to find jobs and housing after release—and to urge the offering of new opportunities to those released […]

School shooting at Knoxville high school leaves one dead

By: - April 12, 2021

A student is dead and a Knoxville police officer is wounded following a shooting at Austin East Magnet High School for the Arts in Knoxville on Monday. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation into the incident, which occurred when Knoxville Police were summoned to Austin East for a report of an armed […]

Several hundred people gathered at East Tennessee State University to show support for basketball players who took a knee during the National Anthem at a February game and subsequent resignation of Coach Jason Shay. (Photo: Kate Craig)

Legislature has pattern of harassing Black Tennesseans, says Democratic leadership

By: - April 8, 2021

Democratic legislative leaders said on Thursday the controversy that began when East Tennessee State University basketball players knelt during the playing the National Anthem is part of a pattern of harassment of Black Tennesseans.  The remarks came during a weekly press conference held by the Democratic House and Senate Caucus leadership. Republican legislative leadership holds […]