Saturday, March 25, 2023

Current Metro Council Districts

 

Current Metro Council Districts and neighborhoods

Current Council Members. Click on Name to see details of districts

District 1 Guide - Jonathan Hall              District 2 Guide - Kyonzt√© Toombs

District 3 Guide - Jennifer Gamble         District 4 Guide - Robert Swope

District 5 Guide - Sean Parker                District 6 Guide - Brett Withers

District 7 Guide - Emily Benedict          District 8 Guide - Nancy VanReece

District 9 Guide - Tonya Hancock         District 10 Guide - Zach Young

District 11 Guide - Larry Hagar             District 12 Guide - Erin Evans

District 13 Guide - Russ Bradford        District 14 Guide - Kevin Rhoten

District 15 Guide - Jeff Syracuse         District 16 Guide - Ginny Welsch

District 17 Guide - Colby Sledge          District 18 Guide - Tom Cash

District 19 Guide - Freddie O'Connell   District 20 Guide - Mary Carolyn Roberts

District 21 Guide - Brandon Taylor       District 22 Guide - Gloria Hausser

District 23 Guide - Thom Druffel          District 24 Guide - Kathleen Murphy

District 25 Guide - Russ Pulley             District 26 Guide - Courtney Johnston

District 27 Guide - Bob Nash                District 28 Guide - Tanaka Vercher

District 29 Guide - Delishia Porterfield   District 30 Guide - Sandra Sepulveda

District 31 Guide - John Rutherford      District 32 Guide - Joy Styles

District 33 Guide - Antoinette Lee        District 34 Guide - Angie Henderson

District 35 Guide - Dave Rosenberg    

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Metro Planning Releases Two Draft Metro Council District Maps for Public Input: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 24, 2023)

From Dist. 27 Councilman Bob Nash's email newsletter- The Metro Nashville Planning Department has
released two draft Metro Council District maps of 15 Districts with 5 At Large seats and 17 Districts and 3 At Large seats. This is being done in accordance with the Metro Council Reduction Act, passed by the State. It requires the Metro Planning Commission to establish new district boundaries, with no more than 20 Councilmembers by April 10. With the release of these maps, Planning Staff will spend the week of March 27 at in-person events gathering public feedback, as well as reviewing online comments on our redistricting website – redistrict.nashville.gov.

Metro Planning strives to adhere to the same methods and principles we used in the 2021 redistricting process. However, the short timeline imposed by the state law deeply constrains the community input period. Nevertheless, our goal is to release a minimum of two separate rounds of draft maps that respond to community input by our April 10 deadline. “This state law directs our department to perform a difficult task in a short timeframe,” said Lucy Kempf, Metro Planning Executive Director. “The process, while far from ideal, must prioritize opportunities for our residents’ voices to be heard so that communities are able to stay together, and ensure we have a district makeup that reflects our diverse county. This is the purpose of releasing such maps today for public feedback.”

Planning Staff uses a series of Federal, State, and traditional redistricting criteria when drawing district
boundaries. While no map will meet all criteria, it is important to ensure that maps meet the Voting Rights Act (VRA). In Section Two of the Voting Rights Act it prohibits “any electoral practice or procedure that minimizes or cancels out the voting strength of members of racial or language minority groups in the voting population. This phenomenon is known as vote dilution.” The current Metro Council reflects Nashville’s diversity in important ways. African-American Councilmembers make up 25% of the Council, in line with that community’s share of the County’s overall population. Our goal is to propose draft boundaries that sustain this level of representation and avoid vote dilution. Similarly, the draft maps retain a South Nashville “plurality Hispanic” district that supports the Council’s overall diverse representation.

Planning staff anticipate close scrutiny and discussion of these draft districts to better understand concerns related to vote dilution. The Department plans to make changes in subsequent drafts to address those concerns to the greatest extent possible under federal, state and local law. The 2021 Redistricting process had a robust public input process that resulted in broadly supported maps. While the State law does not allow for that level of public engagement, Metro Planning greatly values the feedback of Nashville’s residents and will work to incorporate their feedback into additional draft proposals. Metro Legal has filed a lawsuit against the State asking for an injunction. If the Courts grant an injunction, Metro Planning will cease all work immediately. For more information about this redistricting process, to access the maps, and online feedback tool please visit redistrict.nashville.gov.

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Public Engagement Opportunities:

• Monday, March 27: Hadley Park Community Center, 1037 28th Ave. N. o 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

• Tuesday, March 28: Metro Campus o Sonny West Conference Center, 700 2nd Ave. S.: 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. o Planning Department, 800 2nd Ave. S.: 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, March 29: Southeast Community Center, 5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy o 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

• Thursday, March 30: Madison Library, 610 Gallatin Pike S. o 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Richel Albright, Communications Director Metro Nashville Planning Department

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Friday, March 24, 2023

Williamson County Republican Party 2023 Mass Convention, March 30th

 

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Nashville needs to get with the program and submit a plan for a smaller Council.

by Rod Williams, March 23, 2023- Metro Council met in special session yesterday to consider RS2023-2062.  This resolution directed the Metropolitan Planning Department to prepare a Council redistricting plan consisting of 17 district councilmembers and 3 councilmembers at-large. There were several proposed amendments to the resolution proposing different Council configurations, such as a proposal for 15 districts and 5 at-large structure and one proposing 20 districts and no at-large. This resolution was to comply with state law requiring the Council have no more than 20 members.  This was the Council deciding what the new smaller council would look like. The Council voted to postpone their decision until April 4 to gather public feedback.  The vote to delay was 36-1.

Time is of the essence. The state law requires the Nashville Planning Department to submit a new district map to Metro Council by April 10, with or without recommendations from the council. So without direction from the Council as to how many districts, the planning department will have to decide for itself how many districts to draw. This is a short time frame.  It is my understanding that the Planning Department has already been working on plans, primarily the 17 district, 3 at-large plan. If Council does not act, that is probably the plan that Planning will present to the Council.  If the Council passes one of the other proposed plans, the Planning Department would have to hustle to meet the April 10 deadline. 

If a new map with no more than 20 districts is not approved by May 1, the law requires the current council members to serve an additional year, and in 2024 there would be Council elections with a smaller council and new districts.  The qualifying deadline for Nashville's upcoming local election is May 18, and potential candidates do not even know district boundaries. Further delay could mean a very rushed campaign season.

While Metro Council is delaying acting, Metro legal is fighting the new law. My advice to the Council is to accept the new reality of the law and on April 4, pass a resolution. Get the show on the road! Also, there would be nothing wrong with delaying for year but that opens up the likelihood of more legal action. 

I understand the frustration of those who feel Nashville is being treated unfairly, but they need to face reality.  Cities do not have sovereignty. City charters come from the state.  Even if the law is overturned that does not end this drama ends and a return to the status quo. The state could simply abolish the Metro Charter and mandate a new charter for Nashville, or the State could simply take over governance of Nashville. The city needs to accept that they lost this fight with the State and get with the program. Defiance will only make things worse. It is time to quit poking the bear. 

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State Airport takeover bill and State takeover of beer regulation on Lower Broad bill advance. State cut to Music City Center Funding delayed for a year.

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'He makes George Santos look like Mother Teresa:' Republican's ads call for Andy Ogles to resign

By: Phil Williams, WTVF, Mar 22, 2023 - Tennessee Congressman Andy Ogles faces a demand for him to resign following an exclusive NewsChannel 5 investigation.

That demand for Ogles' resignation comes in the form of full-page newspaper ads that call the Maury County Republican a "national embarrassment."

The ads were purchased by Bobby Joslin, a well-known Nashville civic leader with deep Republican ties, who says that — just two months into Ogles' term in Congress — it's time for him to go.

"I don't think the guy has a conscience," Joslin told NewsChannel 5 Investigates. "I think he makes George Santos look like Mother Teresa." ... "That story hit close to home," he explained. "I lost a son. I know the pain and the financial burden burying a child is."(read more)


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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

An arrest of Trump could help him win the nomination and election and what we should fear from a Trump win and a second term.

by Rod Williams, March 21, 2023 -Rich Lowry writing in National Review today said if Donald Trump’s Truth Social post about his impending arrest made it feel like our politics was about to reach another level of insanity, just wait. 

Lowery writes:

The impending Alvin Bragg prosecution offers a taste of what our national politics will be like post–November 2024 if Donald Trump wins the presidency again.

The Left freaked out in 2017, and that was before the Trump attempt to overturn an election, before January 6, and, we can presume, before he was indicted, perhaps more than once.

He says that if Trump wins the Electoral College while losing the popular vote, "it will be considered a damning indictment of our constitutional system," and this will be a new reason to deny the legitimacy of his victory. Last time around, the excuse to doubt his legitimacy was the false allegations of Russian collusion. 

Lowery says if Trump wins we can expect large-scale street protests, and the notion of national divorce will gain more traction on the left. He says Trump will probably be in personal danger as will those around him. 

He also writes that a new Trump administration will be stocked with officials more likely to act on Trump’s worst instincts and half-baked ideas than the first time around.

I agree with what Lowery writes but think he understates it.  In 2017 Trump's staff and cabinet members were mostly establishment Republicans and reasonable people. If Trump wins in 2024, I would not be surprised to see Marjorie Taylor Green as a cabinet secretary or White House advisor.  He will surround himself with people who will cheer him on, not try to moderate him.  He will attempt to amass additional power and subvert the constitution even more than before. I sense that his supporter, unlike traditional Republicans, are not very concerned with process but only outcomes. 

Also, should Trump win, I fear massive violent protest across the country from the left.  Remember the mass of people wearing 'pussy hats" and crying in the streets? This time, I fear violent protest. There will be a left-wing January 6. Following the BLM/Antifa uprising of 2020, those people did not just go away.  The press kind of downplayed the intensity of the "mostly peaceful" uprising but it was massive and violent. In one day in June 2020 there were protest in 550 cities. Across the county buildings were burned, police attacked, and people killed.  Those activists are still there. A Trump win will bring them out in force. A Trump win will not result in snowflakes in pussy hats crying in the streets, but violent people ready to die to keep Trump from taking office. And those violent protestors will probably be met by violent supporters of Trump.

A Trump win will probably result in the division in the country resulting in what will come close to resembling a civil war. Also, a Trump loss will probably also result in massive acts of terrorism and violence. The best thing that could happen is that Trump not be the Republican nominee. 

Unfortunately, if Trump is arrested, I think Trump will benefit politically and is more likely to be the Republican nominee in 2024. While I don't think anyone should be above the law, this investigation of Trump appears politically motivated. I hardly think paying hush money to a porn star with whom you had an affair is a serious crime. It is no worse than getting a blow job under the desk in the White House from an intern. 

I hope Trump is not arrested. We do not need him to be able to make the argument that he is being unfairly persecuted and an attack on him is an attack on his movement. 

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Monday, March 20, 2023

Tomorow, March 28th. The Bastiat Society of Nashville presents "Libertarianism against the Welfare State," by Bryan Caplan, Professor of Economics at George Mason University.

 

AIER's Bastiat Society of Nashville invites you to join us TOMORROW at 6:00 pm for an in-person event with Bryan Caplan, Professor of Economics at George Mason University.

Many libertarians argue that the welfare state isn't all that bad. Caplan argues, however, that long-standing libertarian objections to the welfare state have stood the test of time. They may not be popular, but they're true.

This event is open to the public. Registration Required.

Let us know if you're coming. Register here.

Rod's Comment: I go for the education and the intellectual stimulation, but the excellent horderves and open bar are nice too. 


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Sunday, March 19, 2023

Don't freak out. Johnson nor Lambert are party to an effort to surrender U. S. sovereignty.

by Rod Williams, March 19, 2023- The Tennessee Conservative recently posted an article warning that, "A bill that will legally redefine what the law currently recognizes as “money” in the state of Tennessee is very quietly being pushed through the state legislature and is very close to hitting Governor Lee’s desk to be signed into law." 

The author of the piece says Senator Johnson’s bill appears to be setting up a new Global Currency.

Don't freak out. I don't think Johnson nor Lambert are party to an effort to surrender U. S. sovereignty.  They both seem to be pretty solid conservatives as far as I can tell and they both seem to respect state sovereignty and federalism. 

I wonder if the author of the piece, Kelly Jackson, has the credentials to offer an informed opinion on this topic. She has a BA in Communications from Point Loma Nazarene University and has a background in law enforcement and human resources. She is active in Mom’s for Liberty Williamson County and Tennessee Stands.

I would not have credentials to write authoritatively on the topic either. I have a major in Economics from years ago and had a course in Money and Banking and I stay informed, but I would not feel qualified to critique the "Money Transmission Modernization Act."  I would only take seriously an opinion of a renowned economist or someone who had worked in a related financial field of banking or bank regulation for many years. A search for more information on the bill does not reveal any other alarm being sounded except form one obscure blogger that gets into la-la land ranting about the Council on Foreign Relations, the Federal Reserve, the Bilderberg's, and the World Bank. 

The Money Transmission Modernization Act is a model piece of legislation produced by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. The act is a single set of nationwide standards and requirements created by industry and state experts. Sometimes you need to trust the experts. The law was approved in full by the CSBS Board of Directors in August 2021. The CSBS was organized in 1902 as the National Association of Supervisors of State Banks. In 1971, the name was changed to the Conference of State Bank Supervisors.  

The Act has already been adopted by a bunch of states. To learn more about the act read it, SBO286. Also visit the CSBS website and see CSBS Model Money Transmission Modernization Act. There is page after page of explanations broken down into specific topics.  Also, do a search. I found no one else in a freak-out mode over this bill. I saw no opinion piece from any credentialed authority critical of the bill. 

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Stopping such brutal insanity is what progressives mean by 'banning medical care for their transgender children.'

Layla Jane and attorney Harmeet Dhillon
 
Teen Suing Doctors For Removing Breasts At Age 13, Putting Her On Puberty Blockers

"...presenting Layla’s parents with the false dilemma that: 'would they rather have a live son, or a dead daughter?'"

By Amanda Prestigiacomo, Mar 18, 2023, DailyWire.com - A teenager is suing a health care company and the doctors who put her on controversial puberty-blocking drugs at age 12 and removed her healthy breasts in a double-mastectomy surgery when she was just 13 years old, accusing them of “intentional fraud and concealment.”

Layla Jane, an 18-year-old detransitioner represented by attorney Harmeet Dhillon, claims in a letter of intent to sue that she was rushed into the life-altering medical services while she and her family were not properly informed of risks and other vital information, such as the rate of desistence for childhood gender dysphoria. 

... “Layla immediately started puberty blockers and testosterone at age 12, and had a double mastectomy at age 13,” the legal letter states. ... “I don’t think I should have been allowed to change my sex before I could legally consent to have sex,” Layla said ... (read it all)

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