Friday, September 06, 2019

These "Our Revolution" endorced candiates need to be defeated!

This election season we are seeing more money from outside liberal organizations flowing into Nashville than ever before. Among those organizations are  LGBTQ Victory Fund and WTF (Women for Tennessee's Future) and the Washington DC based organization  Our Revolution.  Unfortunately, the money and political help from the left is not matched by money and help from conservative organization.  I know of no conservative organization trying to influence our elections, but several national or state-wide progressive organizations are doing so.

Among the issues Our Revolutions focuses on is net neutrality, Medicare for All, LGBT Equality, Women's Rights, Racial Justice, Climate Change, A living wage, College Tuition, and Income Inequality. The organizations says of itself, "Our Revolution is built upon the success of Bernie Sanders’ historic presidential campaign, and will continue to thrive with the support of an unprecedented level of grassroots organizers."

 Below are the candidates endorsed by Our Revolution.  These people need to be defeated.  If they win, we can accept the slogan, "San Fransisco of the South."

  • Zulfat Suara, Nashville Metro Council, At-large (Please vote for Steve Glover)
  • Sharon Hurt, Nashville Metro Council, At-large (Please vote for Steve Glover)
  • Ginny Welsch, Nashville Metro Council, District 16  (Please vote for Tony Tenpenny)
  • Emily Benedict, Nashville Metro Council, District 7 (Please vote for Client Camp)
  • Kyonzté Toombs, Nashville Metro Council, District 2 (Please vote for  DeCosta Hastings)
  • Brandon Taylor, Nashville Metro Council, District 21 (Please vote for Councilman Edward T. Kindall)

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Thursday, September 05, 2019

Confederate private monument to remain in Centennial Park for now.

The Confederate private monument in Centennial Park is to remain for now and interpretive text will be added. The Park Board had the removal of the monument on its September 3rd agenda in response to a petition to have the monument removed.

The monument is a statue of a young unknown Confederate private in a uniform with a rifle. The sculptor was George Julian Zolnay, a Hungarian immigrant who had a distinguished art career and who sculpted many Confederate monuments across the South as well as other works of art. The monument was commissioned by the Frank Cheatham Bivouac of the United Confederate Veterans in 1903, laid with Masonic honors in 1907, and dedicated in 1909 (link).
Back in June the monument was vandalized. It was splashed with red paint and someone spray painted, "there were racist" on the bronze plaque on the pedestal of the monument. That bronze plaque had the names of members of the Frank Cheatham Bivouac chapter of the United Confederate Veterans who commissioned the monuement.

In 2013, state lawmakers enacted the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act, which prohibits the removal, relocation or renaming of a memorial located on public property without state approval. If the Park board would have voted to remove the monument, it would have had to seek state approval. However, there are ways to work around the law as Memphis did with a Confederate monument removal.  Also, the Park Board could drape the statute from pubic view or choose not to protect it from vandalism or not repair vandalism when it occurs. 

For now, the Park Board has voted to keep the monument, but  I would not be very surprised if the monument's future protection is in doubt.   The new Council is going to be the most liberal council the city has ever had.  If the four or five sensible people in a runoff are not victorious, there will be few voices to counter the radicals who will be serving in Metro government.  If Briley should be reelected, he does not strike me as the type of person who would stand up to the progressive element that likes to topple monuments.

With so many people from other places moving into Nashville, I have the feeling they are not going to be too concerned with preserving our heritage and political correctness seems to be a motivating ideology for many new Nashvillians.

The Park Board is appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Council.

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

TNReady Data Analysis: Nashville’s historically underserved students thrive in public charter schools

2019 TNReady results show economically disadvantaged students, students of color in public charter schools far outpace their peers in district, state 

PRESS RELEASE-  Nashville students who are economically disadvantaged succeed at far higher rates when they attend a public charter school than they do in other public school settings, an analysis of the 2019 TNReady results show. The vast majority of Nashville’s public charter schools are classified as Title 1 schools, which means most of their students are considered economically disadvantaged.

Data from the 2019 TNReady state standardized testing shows that the percentage of economically disadvantaged students in Nashville public charter schools significantly outpaces their peers in all other Nashville public schools. The success rate of economically disadvantaged students in public charter schools is higher than district-managed schools by 50 percent in ELA, 83 percent in math, and 81 percent in social studies. The chart below shows the comparisons:

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Moms for Tennessee fundraiser Sept. 5th

Moms for Tennessee invites you to our Fundraiser! Thurs. Sept. 5th, 2019, 4:30-6pm. Host Dr. Susan Sharpe, 823 Tyne Valley Court, Nashville

About this Event

Meet and Greet 4:30-6pm
Program 5-6pm
Complimentary Wine and Hor D'oeurves
Speakers: Senator Marsha Blackburn
Pres. Moms for TN, Cecelia DeSonia
Counter Culture Mom, Tina Marie Griffin
Political Strategist, Nilsa Alvares Morales
Citizen Activist, Jackie Archer
Independent Research Consultant, Dr. Beth Meyers
94 FM The FISH, Media Stragegist, Sandra Lee
Warrior Brides, Dr. Teresa Dailey
Moms for TN is a PAC, donations are non-tax deductible.
RSVP here.     DONATE here.

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Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Mayor Briley's Executive Order to fight sanctuary city status ban and to adopt sanctuary city policies

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Briley pushes for repeal of law banning sanctuary city status

NASHVILLE (WSMV) – Nashville Mayor David Briley signed an executive order on Tuesday to push for a repeal of a state house bill prohibiting state and local governments from adopting sanctuary policies in an effort to stop ICE interference on local government agencies.

In the executive order released to News4, Briley is calling for Davidson County’s delegation of the state General Assembly to fight for a repeal of House Bill 2315, and for an investigation into a violation of state and federal constitutions. (link)

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Belleview Republcan Breakfast Club meets September 7th 8:15AM

From: Betty Hood
Sep 3 at 1:00 PM
Dear BRBC Friends,

Hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day!!!

Our monthly BRBC meeting will be Saturday, September 7 at 8:15 am at the Corner Pub in the Woods on Hwy 100. 

Steve Glover will join us to give us a campaign update. In addition, if you wonder what's happening in the public schools, like me, our guest speaker may be able to shed some light on the subject.  Ms T.J. Williams, a female auto mechanics teacher at Maplewood High School, will be with us. She is part of the public/private partnership with Firestone that prepares her students for jobs.  Ms Williams is a previous Titan Teacher of the Year.

Hope you come and hear Ms. Williams and have some questions for her.

See you there!


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Monday, September 02, 2019

Nashville rents more affordable than many similar cities nationwide

From Apartment List - As rents have increased moderately in Nashville, a few comparable cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Nashville is still more affordable than most other large cities across the country. Nashville's median two-bedroom rent of $1,159 is slightly below the national average of $1,191. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.5% over the past year compared to the 2.8% rise in Nashville. While Nashville's rents rose moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.7%), Dallas (+2.0%), and New York (+1.7%).

Renters will find more reasonable prices in Nashville than most similar cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,133, which is more than two-and-a-half times the price in Nashville.

 (For the full report, follow this link)

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The "industry" that lost most jobs in Tennessee is State Government! Happy Labor Day!

There are fewer people working for State government!

It matters who governs!
At a time when State population was growing, Governor Bill Haslam, with a Republican legislature, was able to cut a whopping 7800 government jobs.


Happy Labor Day!

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Nashville warned to stop the obstruction of Federal immigration enforcement

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I am pleased to see the State pushing back against Metro's policies that make Nashville a defacto Sanctuary City.  If you read the above letter, you will note that the Representatives who signed the letter threaten to withhold State money from Tennessee. Do it! Nashville may have voters who would like to make us San Francisco or Los Angeles or Portland; thankfully the voters of Tennessee do not want to make Tennessee like California.  On this issue and others such as a high minimum wage, inclusionary zoning, outlawing shot-term rentals, the State has had to keep Nashville on a short leash.

Liberals will claim a view such as mine is contrary to my principles. Not so.  The relationship of the Federal government to the State is not analogous to the relationship of the
State to the local government. States have sovereignty; cities do not. The Federal government is restricted by the constitution in what it may impose on states.  Cities are chartered entities subservient to the state.

Tennessee needs to yank Nashville's leash.

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Sunday, September 01, 2019

The list of council members who told General Session Judges to not assist ICE with the identification and apprehension of Nashvillians for civil immigration matters.

Colby Sledge, District 17 
CouncilmemberJim Shulman, Vice Mayor 
Bob Mendes, Councilmember-At-Large
Erica Gilmore, Councilmember-At-Large 
Sharon Hurt, Councilmember-At-Large 
John Cooper, Councilmember-At-Large
DeCosta Hastings, District 2  Councilmember 
Brett Withers, District 6 Councilmember 
Anthony Davis, District 7 Councilmember 
Nancy VanReece, District 8 Councilmember 
Bill Pridemore, District 9 Councilmember 
Jeff Syracuse, District 15 Councilmember
Burkley Allen, District 18 Councilmember 
Freddie O’Connell, District 19 Councilmember 
Mary Carolyn Roberts, District 20 Councilmember 
Ed Kindall, District 21 Councilmember  
Mina Johnson, District 23 Councilmember 
Kathleen Murphy, District 24 Councilmember 
Jeremy Elrod, District 26 Councilmember 
Delishia Porterfield, District 29 Councilmember  
Fabian Bedne, District 31 Councilmember 
Antoinette Lee, District 33 Councilmember 
Angie Henderson, District 34 Councilmember 
Sean Parker, District 5 Councilmember-elect  
Tonya Hancock, District 9 Councilmember-elect  
Tom Cash, District 18 Councilmember-elect 
Gloria Hausser, District 22 Councilmember-elect  
John Rutherford, District 31 Councilmember-elect 
Joy Styles, District 32 Councilmember-elect 

The above list of Council members signed the letter directed to  Mr. Warner Hassell, General Sessions Court Administrator, calling "upon you and the General Sessions Judges to ensure that the General Sessions Probation Department immediately ceases assisting ICE with the identification and apprehension of Nashvillians for civil immigration matters."

To read the letter follow this link. 

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Runoff election: Where At-large Metro Council candidates stand on the issues facing Nashville

The Tennessean:

Rod's Comment: This is somewhat informative but please do not read it and pick the best (or lease bad) four candidates.  Please vote for only one candidate and please vote for Steve Glover.  For a detailed explanation of why it is better to only vote for one candidate instead of four, see Vote. Vote Smart. Single-shot vote. Steve Glover wins!

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Mayor Briley and the Metro Council are determined to turn Nashville into a 'sanctuary city'

Reposted from an email from Bobbie Patray, Chairman of Tennessee Eagle Forum  - It appears that regardless what we do here in Tennessee, the Mayor and the Metro Council are determined to turn Nashville into a 'sanctuary city' DESPITE the fact that TN Eagle Forum worked VERY HARD to pass a bill to PROHIBIT Sanctuary Cities in 2018.  In addition, they seem to be giving no attention to the danger this could be creating in our county.

Mayor David Briley calls for sweeping investigation of Nashville's probation department following reports of ICE involvement

Scrutiny of the city's probation department intensified Thursday, with Mayor David Briley and a broad swath of the Metro Council demanding investigations into the department's cooperation with federal immigration agents seeking to deport immigrants in the country illegally.
Briley is calling for an investigation and performance audit of the General Sessions Probation Department following reports that the agency is sharing information on probationers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. 

In a letter sent Thursday morning to Interim Metropolitan Auditor Gina Pruitt, Briley said it was "absolutely unacceptable" that Probation Director Robert Green and probation officers have been cooperating with ICE agents since at least 2017. Briley said the behavior "does not reflect the character of our city."

"It also significantly undermines the public's trust in local government," Briley said in the letter obtained by The Tennessean. "Further, these interactions threaten to discourage justice-involved individuals from complying with the terms of their supervised release."

Metro Council members call for investigation into Nashville probation officers assisting ICE agents

Yihyun Jeong, Nashville TennesseanPublished 4:17 p.m. CT Aug. 28, 2019 | Updated 5:52 p.m. CT Aug. 28, 2019

Metro Council members are asking the General Session Court to investigate reports that Nashville's probation director and his staff are working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to arrest and detain individuals under probation supervision.

In a letter Wednesday, a group of council members called upon the General Sessions judges and court administrator Warner Hassell to ensure that the city's probation department immediately ceases assisting ICE on civil immigration matters.

Sanctuary County Ignores ICE Detainer Request, Releases Alleged Rapist Back Into the Public

August 21, 2019 Ohio Star Staff by Jason Hopkins

A Maryland detention center ignored a detainer request by ICE and released an alleged rapist from custody, the latest run-in between federal immigration authorities and the county since it enacted a "sanctuary city" executive order.

Rodrigo Castro-Montejo, a 25-year-old Salvadoran national, was arrested by local authorities in Montgomery County, Maryland on August 10 and charged with second-degree rape and second-degree assault. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed a detainer request on him on August 12 because Castro-Montejo is living in the U.S. illegally, an agency spokeswoman told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

However, the Montgomery County Detention Center ignored the request and released him the following day. News of Castro-Montejo's release marks the latest national headline for the liberal enclave since County Executive Mark Elrich, a Democrat, signed an executive order that largely prohibits how local law enforcement from interacting with ICE.

The executive order forbids police from asking people about their immigration status, and it also prohibits them from cooperating with federal immigration authorities under most circumstances. The order, known formally as "The Promoting Community Trust Executive Order," builds on sanctuary policies already established in the county.

However, in just a month since the order was signed by Elrich, the Democrat-run county has attracted national attention for the arrests of illegal aliens accused of rape.

Montgomery County Police arrested Mauricio Barrera-Navidad, 29, and Carlos Palacios-Amaya, 28 - both of whom are residents of Montgomery County - for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl on multiple occasions. One of the suspects allegedly raped the middle school-aged girl orally, vaginally, and anally, according to authorities, all while he lived in the county that afforded him sanctuary protection.

Fugitive Cities Have Harbored 10,000 Criminal-Alien Recidivists

By DEROY MURDOCK March 9, 2018 3:58 PM

Let's stop calling them 'sanctuaries.'

The phrase "sanctuary cities" is warm and welcoming. Sanctuaries are safe, cozy, and sometimes therapeutic. This term is also a deceptive euphemism for something thoroughly unacceptable.

Conservatives redefined the debate on the "estate tax" when 60 Plus Association founder Jim Martin rechristened it the "Death Tax." Likewise, those who seek law, order, and sanity in immigration should refer to "sanctuary cities" as "fugitive cities."

Anyone who hides a wanted criminal from federal officials could be prosecuted for harboring a fugitive. According to 18 U.S. Code § 1071, it is "an offense to harbor or conceal any person for whose arrest a warrant or process has been issued, so as to prevent the fugitive's discovery and arrest." Also, 8 U.S. Code § 1324 prohibits sheltering illegal aliens from authorities. Breaking these laws can cost up to five years behind bars.

Believe me, we, and the members of the General Assembly, are paying close attention to the activities of the present mayor and Metro Council to see if they violate the law we worked to hard to passed and hold them accountable.

Bobbie Patray

P.S.  If you feel so inclined, you can contact the mayor HERE; the Metro Council members HERE.

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September 3rd fundraiser for Steve Glover.

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Where Briley and Cooper stand on the issues

The Tennessean recently published a good piece comparing the stand on the issues, the bios and qualifications of the two candidates for mayor (link). For a concise comparison of the two candidates, follow this link for a  spreadsheet showing Briley and Cooper's answers side-by-side.

I am supporting Cooper because I believe he is the candidate most likely to get us out of the financial mess we are in, most likely to curtail corporate welfare, most likely to reduce our debt load and least likely to raise taxes. While I think Cooper is, like Briley, a progressive on issues like gay rights, illegal immigration, abortion and other issues.  I don't think I will see Cooper looking goofy in a "pussy cap."  I suspect Cooper will focus more on real issues of governance rather than engage in symbolic actions and social justice warrior campaigns. That does not mean I am not critical of Cooper's approach to several issues.  He is the best choice, but he is not the kind of visionary conservative I wish we had as mayor.

As an example, on the issue of affordable housing, Briley touts his phony Under One Roof 2029 initiative. It is smoke and mirrors and a dog and pony show that will have minimal impact.  Cooper rightly calls the Under One Roof plan, "sound bite and no substance."  Cooper promises a real plan and some reforms that are needed such as more transparency at MDHA. As far as he goes, good. I wish Cooper would have went further.  I wish Cooper would have pointed out that Metro can have minimal immediate impact on affordable housing,  but what Metro can do is to stop the practice of decreasing density and Metro can drastically reduce red tape on developers.  He could have pointed out that the actions of the city often kill affordable housing developments even when the property owner does not require a zoning change to develop affordable housing. I would have liked for him to have pointed out that it is Metro policies, as well as market forces, that lead to a lack of affordable housing.  Every time Metro rezones a neighborhood from a zoning that now allows duplexes to a zoning that is single-family only, we drive up the price of housing.  Cooper didn't say that.

While Cooper is by far the best candidate, he is not the idea candidate. Living in a liberal city like Nashville, Cooper is the best that could get elected.

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