A pickup truck emblazoned with the Jack Daniel's Distillery logo parked in front of the Cordell Hull Legislative Office Building Wednesday. Inside the building, officials with company gave one-fith bottles of Jack to legislators. (Photo: Sam Stockard)

Stockard on the Stump: Jack in the bag sparks new look at gifts

BY: - July 9, 2021

Jack Daniel’s owner Brown-Forman didn’t violate any rules on gifts to lawmakers when it handed out bottles of sipping whiskey to lawmakers in February. But the gift bags are causing the Tennessee Ethics Commission to take a new look at the guidelines for giveaways. The Ethics Commission voted recently to have staff review a 2008 […]

Franklin High School (Photo: Williamson County Schools)

Commentary: In Williamson County, a public education PAC takes shape

BY: - July 8, 2021

In late 2014, a good friend texted me with something along the lines of, “Are you watching this School Board nonsense?” I think my response was, “Who watches the School Board?”  My oldest daughter was in 1st grade, and I was about as clueless as they come about anything beyond her immediate classrooms when it […]

Metro Public Healthy Molly Shine preps a vaccine while sister Maya and Sara Gana wait at a recent Nashville mobile vaccine clinic. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Commentary: The vax of life

BY: - July 7, 2021

Bringing her vaxo-enthusiasm tour of the south to a Nashville distillery last month, Jill Biden told the assembled dozens that the COVID-19 vaccine “offers almost perfect protection,” plus “it’s just absolutely free so why not?” It’s a fair question, Madame First Spousal Unit, if you assume your intended audience of the unvaccinated can rationally evaluate […]

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 […]

Attorney James Blumstein provides legal advice to the Davidson County Election Commission at its meeting on Monday, May 10 in Nashville. (Photo by John Partipilo.)

Nashville Power Poll: Power poll respondents strongly oppose tax reduction referendums

BY: - July 2, 2021

Nashville Power Poll members are overwhelmingly opposed to rolling back the city’s recent property tax hike. They also oppose amending the Metro Charter in a host of other areas, such as requiring elections if taxes are increased by more than 3%. Requiring such referendums would significantly weaken the mayor, and Metro Council, and turn us […]

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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 […]

A historical marker for the Elliston Place "Rock Block" is positioned just outside the Exit/In. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Commentary: Nashville must prioritize protections for historically significant properties

BY: - June 22, 2021

The recent threat to Nashville’s iconic Exit/In may feel like Yogi Berra said, “déjà vu all over again.”  Except, it is different.  This one was both foreseen and preventable.   Time and time again in Nashville, we have seen the push for height and density in our urban core approved at the expense of irreplaceable iconic […]

Franklin High School (Photo: Williamson County Schools)

Commentary: Williamson County group chooses equal and fair treatment for all children

BY: - June 16, 2021

I am a storm-tossed and weary Williamson County Schools parent. I’m weary because I’m a mother of four who would rather be making summer plans with her kids instead of writing this op-ed. I’m weary after a year of navigating a pandemic with four children in four schools, almost losing my husband to COVID-19, and […]

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 7, 2020 -A supporter of Donald Trump yells at a Black Lives Matter supporter during a "Stop the Steal" rally, the same day President-elect Joe Biden clinched his win. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)

Editor’s column: Refute the big lie

BY: - June 15, 2021

Almost five months ago, Joe Biden was inaugurated President of the United States, an event that came after months of lawsuits filed by former President Donald Trump’s campaign team, outright lies and a disgraceful and violent insurrection against Congress the very day that body was certifying the results of the federal election.  That was bad […]

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Commentary: Fund our schools, not the police

BY: and - June 14, 2021

Mayor John Cooper’s budget for fiscal year 2022 includes some important measures to mitigate damage from the pandemic, including increased funding for affordable housing, transit, and emergency management. Mayor Cooper’s budget also brings our tax rate down, to the third-lowest level in Metro Nashville’s history. We are grateful for specific parts of this budget. As members […]

A little girl holds her mother's hand at a 2017 demonstration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Commentary: Migrant children – what do we do with them?

BY: - June 5, 2021

I have just been appointed to a special joint committee of the Tennessee legislature by Lt. Gov. Randy McNally to study the issues surrounding migrant children being brought into Tennessee. I requested this assignment because the facility in Highland Park in question is in my district. I have known about this for several months and […]

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 […]