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.

Former GOP state representative and current candidate for county mayor Sheila Butt with her husband, Stan. (Photo: Sheila Butt for Mayor Facebook)

Former state lawmaker Sheila Butt sued for defamation

By: - June 23, 2022

(Story updated June 24 with comment from Butt added.) Former Republican state representative Sheila Butt, now a candidate for Maury County mayor, has been sued for defamation of character by another mayoral candidate.  David Baker, a minister and former volunteer chaplain at the Maury County Jail, filed suit in Maury County Circuit Court on Wednesday, […]

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speakingat the Faith and Freedom "Road to Majority" event in Nashville in June. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: Sen. Rick Scott is Trump 2.0

By: - June 20, 2022

If you think former President Donald Trump was bad for America, let me tell you about Rick Scott.  Scott is the first term U.S. senator from Florida and former two-term governor. He was in Nashville Friday to speak at the Faith and Freedom “Road to Majority” event that also featured Trump as its keynote speaker […]


Editor’s column: The insurrectionist’s dictionary

By: - June 13, 2022

Those of you who were among the 20 million Americans to tune into Thursday night’s opening hearing of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol and those of you who plan to continue watching will likely become familiar with a number of terms.  And if you read newspapers […]

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Tennessee Supreme Court ends Starbuck’s congressional bid

By: - June 10, 2022

The Tennessee Supreme Court overturned a June 3 ruling by Davidson County Chancellor Russell Perkins, ending a bid by video producer Robby Starbuck to run for the Republican nomination to Congress in the state’s 5th District. On April 19, the Tennessee Republican Party Executive Committee voted to remove Starbuck, Donald Trump-backed Morgan Ortagus and businessman […]

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Tennessee Republican Party upholds Williamson County primary results

By: - June 10, 2022

The Tennessee Republican Party Executive Committee voted to uphold election results in two Williamson County races on Thursday during a 90-minute meeting−the second day of a two-day discussion of the challenges—with committee members again expressing their desire for closed primaries. Christopher Richards, a candidate for Williamson County Commission District 7 challenged the outcome of his […]

State Rep. Torrey Harris and Sen. London Lamar, both Memphis Democrats, are part of a growing bench of candidates for higher office in West Tennessee. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: Go west, Democrats.

By: - June 6, 2022

For more than a decade, Tennessee Democrats have lamented the lack of a “bench” — that is, elected officials at the city and county level who can develop into respectable candidates for U.S. Congress and governor, much as Triple A ball clubs prep talented players for the Show.  The lack of a political bench means […]

The New York Times Sunday Review, May 29, 2022.

Editor’s column: Is this what our veterans died for?

By: - May 30, 2022

Memorial Day usually makes me a bit nostalgic, as I think about not only the men in my family who risked their lives in combat to protect America’s freedoms but about all the families who didn’t get to witness their loved ones return home. I get a little emotional as I look at the American […]

Councilmember and gubernatorial candidate JB Smiley, Jr., at a recent debate. (Photo: JB Smiley)

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris endorses Smiley for governor

By: - May 25, 2022

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris announced his endorsement of gubernatorial candidate J.B. Smiley Wednesday, a day before the first of three debates sponsored by the Tennessee Democratic Party.  “Councilman Smiley understands the issues that matter to working women and men and the challenges that face our neighborhoods. Tennessee needs a Governor who will focus on […]

Reporter Dulce Torres Guzman interviews a woman from Afghanistan during a Nashville rally in Sept. 2021. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: Two years of the Tennessee Lookout

By: - May 23, 2022

In May 2020, America was still coming to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting partisan and political hysteria around it. The country was six months away from the most polarizing presidential election in memory for most of us.  And the Tennessee Lookout launched.  The day in March I woke up to start work […]

Attorney General Herbert Slatery has filed a motion with the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a stay on a 6 week abortion ban. (Photo: Tennessee Attorney General)

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]