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.

Two members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol Honor Guard carry one of the three original Tennessee Constitutions to a waiting vehicle for transport to the new Tennessee State Library and Archives in 2021. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)

Know your Tennessee Constitutional amendments

By: - October 5, 2022

November’s midterm elections approach, and for Tennesseans, that means only a handful of major hot-ticket races.  Gov. Bill Lee has opposition for his second term from Dr. Jason Martin of Nashville. Martin entered the race as a reaction to Lee’s oft-criticized — from all political segments — handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, […]

Single family home or short term rental? (Photo: John Partipilo)

When misery loves company: housing prices and short term rental woes

By: - September 29, 2022

For those of us who focus our time and attention on state news coverage, be it through news sites or social media, it’s easy to feel like Tennessee has unique problems. Of course, we do, as every state has issues unique to it. But to quote “Human Family,” written by the late Maya Angelou, “We […]

House Republican Caucus leadership, from left: House Majority Leader William Lamberth, Caucus Chair Jeremy Faison, Assistant Majority Leader Ron Gant, and Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee GOP outrage over transgender clinic a cynical ploy for votes

By: - September 22, 2022

As if there were any doubt midterm elections are nearing, right-wing politicians have turned up the heat on cultural and social issues to make sure we don’t forget.  Looney-tunes Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green held a Tuesday press conference outside the U.S. Capitol to announce she will lead a congressional movement to criminalize providing gender-affirming […]

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A tale of two missing Memphis women

By: - September 13, 2022

(Update: Memphis Police announced Tuesday Takirra Milam had been located, a week after she was reported missing.) I took last week off as a vacation with the intent of clearing my mind. I largely stayed off social media and limited my exposure to news, for even those of us in the news business need a […]

President Joe Biden walks along the Colonnade of the White House on May 4, 2022, to the Oval Office. (Official White House photo by Adam Schultz)

Student loan forgiveness proves that if government can’t help Americans, what good is it?

By: - August 30, 2022

When President Joe Biden announced last week a student loan relief plan, many Americans reacted as though he had encouraged the overthrow of the government or stolen classified documents.  Biden announced the U.S. Department of Education will cancel up to $20,000 in debt for Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 for non-Pell Grant recipients. […]

Ayres Hall at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville (Photo: Getty Images)

School days aren’t like the old days

By: - August 23, 2022

Social media is at its best when parents show photos of their kids going back to school, from the ‘first day of first grade’ shots of fresh-faced little ones dressed in new clothes to the galleries of high school graduates flying the coop to start college.  I love those pictures, because fall has always felt […]

Photo illustration by John Partipilo.

Pandering to potential treason

By: - August 16, 2022

One week ago, the FBI carried out what we have since learned was a quiet, well-planned and professionally-executed search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home.  The public likely would not even have known about the search had not Trump, an inveterate blabbermouth who finds it impossible to not call attention to himself, did what […]

Screengrab of former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Gov. Bill Lee in a video for the "Yes on 1" campaign.

Campaigns for and against Tennessee’s ‘right-to-work’ constitutional amendment heat up

By: - August 10, 2022

A campaign to enshrine Tennessee’s ‘right-to-work’ law in the state constitution released a video on Tuesday from Gov. Bill Lee and former Gov. Bill Haslam urging voters to approve the measure in the upcoming November election.  “For 75 years, Tennessee has been a right to work state. That means that no Tennessean can be fired based […]

Voters stand in line on the first day of early voting in Nashville at Casa Azafran. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nearing Election Day, the thrill is gone

By: - August 1, 2022

Election Day used to feel like Christmas Day to me.  As far back as I can remember, the day was an exciting one. My parents voted religiously, my dad in the brief window between arriving home from work and the 7 p.m. poll closures.  Mom, who didn’t work in my early childhood years, had no […]

U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty speaking in Nashville on June 17 at the Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road t0 Majority" event which featured former President Donald Trump as the keynote speaker. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Blackburn and Hagerty owe Tennesseans answers about their place on Giuliani’s call list

By: - July 26, 2022

Televised hearings of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol have produced some shocking moments.  Testimony Thursday revealed that members of then-Vice President Mike Pence’s security detail made personal calls to family members at the height of the attack to tell them goodbye, so worried were they for their […]

Gov. Bill Lee signs an executive order on June 6 that reinforces existing school safety guidelines. (Photo: Sam Stockard)

Lukewarm Lee’s failure to take a stand may cost him his career

By: - July 11, 2022

I’ve spent a great deal of time over the last couple of weeks pondering the conundrum that is Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee. During that time, Lee has faced a barrage of criticism for his failure to repudiate comments by the president of Hillsdale College, Larry Arnn, the latter of whom was captured on video at […]

Photo illustration by John Partipilo.

Independence Day 2022

By: - July 4, 2022

July 4 marks the most sacrosanct of American holidays, Independence Day, the day on which the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence from England and created America.  The day has always been one of patriotic displays with red, white and blue bunting, parades, fireworks and political speeches about how we live in the […]