News & Updates

Views and opinions about the key issues facing Nashville

February 01, 2018
What’s next for the transit referendum?

As Nashville digests yesterday’s news about the Mayor, many people are asking what it might mean for the transit referendum. The Council is set to vote on our third and… Read more »

January 31, 2018
Where to start?

This evening, Mayor Barry acknowledged publicly that she had an extramarital affair with her now former security detail leader. It’s shocking news. As an At-Large member of the Metro Council,… Read more »

January 25, 2018
The $5.4B is for new rail AND bus capital costs

This week, I have been trying to clean up some discrepancies and debates that are going on about the proposed transit plan. My earlier posts are here and here. One… Read more »

January 24, 2018
Getting to the bottom of the debate over $5.4B versus $8.9B

There has been some debate about whether the upcoming transit referendum language should include just the capital cost of the transit plan in 2017 dollars ($5,354,000,000) or also include additional… Read more »

January 23, 2018
Transit thoughts – 1/23/18

Last August, I put out a list of questions I would need answered in order to vote to put the transit initiative on the May 1 ballot. The proposed Transit… Read more »

January 21, 2018
STR transparency…

In the last few hours, I started getting this form email urging, for the first time, that Council members abstain on Bill -608. To be clear, it is very likely that… Read more »

January 14, 2018
Nashville General Hospital – 1/14/18 thoughts

Here are my Nov. 29, 2017 thoughts about NGH. My main thought then was that there were too many people with firm, preconceived ideas about the hospital’s future and not… Read more »

January 12, 2018
TVAR Greer Stadium Report

You can see the full report by Tennessee Valley Archaeological Research here. There’s a lot to read in the lengthy report. However, toward the end, “TVAR recommends that a portion… Read more »

December 30, 2017
As we head into 2018…

There are a lot of issues brewing for the Metro Council in the new year. We’ll hit the ground running with a meeting on January 2 that may last until… Read more »

December 19, 2017
BL -983 about economic incentives

Bill -983 is sponsored by 22 Council members and is set for 2nd reading in the Council tonight. The bill would create new reporting and enforcement mechanisms for economic incentives…. Read more »

November 29, 2017
Nashville General Hospital – Nov. 29 thoughts

Here are some things I think about Nashville General Hospital: I don’t have any idea what is going to happen. It feels like options are narrowing, which is never good…. Read more »

November 09, 2017
Following up on the community oversight bill on 1st reading…

At our Council meeting on November 7, legislation for a police community oversight board was introduced on first reading. With all the attention earlier this week on soccer, I wanted to do… Read more »

November 06, 2017
Soccer thoughts (11/6/2017 edition)

Here’s an update about where I am on my issues. Excuse typos — I’ve been trying to get this out quickly and still get some client work done today. After… Read more »

November 03, 2017
Soccer thoughts (11/3/2017 edition)

Yesterday evening, the administration sent the Council a Substitute Resolution for the soccer stadium. See here. After digesting where the parties ended up, I don’t think I can vote for… Read more »

October 28, 2017
Transit thoughts (10/28/17 edition)

The Mayor outlined her transit plan on October 17, 2017. So far, only high level summary bullet point, pictograph, and animated information is available about the plan. I am not expecting to see the… Read more »