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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.

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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

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 […]

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Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives mill about in House Chambers. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: Republicans need to lose the crazy

By: - March 30, 2021

Thursday, I was speaking to a bipartisan group about the current political environment and giving a recap on all that’s happened since the Nov. 3 Election Day. As the resident progressive, I was joined by a well-known Republican consultant who has carved out a solid career in Tennessee and national politics.  For the last question […]

First shots: an early arrival at Nashville's mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic pulls up to get inoculated against the novel coronavirus. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville COVID-19 clinic vaccinates 10,000 in one day

By: - March 22, 2021

Even before the sun rose over Nissan Stadium Saturday, the first day of Spring was brimming with the renewal that comes after a long winter. By 6 a.m., volunteers stood ready to direct the traffic backed up not for a Tennessee Titans game but for a COVID-19 vaccine clinic.  The Nashville Department of Health offered […]