Category Archives: Nashville elections

Hyper-Local Bitchfest

Can someone tell me what is wrong with the people who work at the Metro Government Archives building in Green Hills? Site of the old Green Hills Library up by the mall?

Apparently people are showing up there for early voting, thinking they are at the Green Hills Library. The archives building hasn’t been the Green Hills Library in about 10 years but I guess some folks are slow on the uptake. Furthermore, the real Green Hills Library is not an early voting location this election. I think it was budget cuts or traffic issues or some nonsense, I don’t know.

Anyway, yesterday I stopped by the archives and saw a sign on the door reading “Early Voting At Green Hills Library.” I informed the staff that the library was not an Early Voting Location and was asked, “well, where is it?” I replied that early voting is all over the city, there’s like eight locations. The staffer rolled her eyes. I told her she had to take that sign down because it was incorrect information.

I mean, I’m just a person here, going about her business. It’s not like I work there or anything.

And then she said, I shit you not: “Well, at least they won’t come in here and ask me where it is! Won’t they know at the library?”

Damn. This is the Metro Government Archives staff not wanting to give people information?

Hey, here’s a thought: you’ve got computers in that office. Why not go over to the Davidson County Election Commission website, print out their list of early voting locations, and stick that on the door?

Now how hard was that?

Geeez. It’s hard enough for people to vote as it is, we don’t need to send people on a wild goose chase around the city looking for a place to cast their ballot.


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Let’s Move The State Fair There & Be Done With It

Looks like the free hand of the market has spoken: NASCAR racing can’t make it in Middle Tennessee:

GLADEVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Superspeedway is going out of business unless someone else thinks they can do better.

Dover Motorsports Inc. announced Wednesday it won’t hold NASCAR races at the concrete track in 2012 and may put the superspeedway up for sale. The track’s website sums it up: “Thanks for the Memories!”

This is too bad, and I really mean that: we need vibrant, successful sports and entertainment enterprises in this area, especially when the venues are financed by taxpayers. But don’t worry:

The track, which opened in 2001, was financed with $25.9 million in bonds — $21 million of which remain outstanding — issued by the Wilson County Sports Authority.

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto confirmed that the bonds were guaranteed by Dover and were being repaid by property taxes on the facility. He also said that the bonds used to finance the track also funded infrastructure development projects along Interstate 840.

“The bond structure paid for the infrastructure that went to the speedway,” said Hutto. “Several of the buildings out there along the I-840 corridor were made possible by the funds for the speedway. We’re grateful for the speedway being there ahead of time which led to the groundwork needed for those buildings to go in.”

So let’s see, it’s been 10 years and the bulk of the county’s investment has yet to be recouped? And now the main leaseholder is closing up shop? That doesn’t sound good to me. But what do I know.

Meanwhile, tomorrow Nashville voters are faced with the prospect of being handcuffed to its own losing proposition: the ridiculous Nashville fairgrounds referendum, which let’s face it, is a referendum on the fairgrounds racetrack. Hey, Nashville Speedway fans: if Dover Motorsports can’t make a go of it, who can? Do we really want to tie the city’s hands on this property, amending the Metro Charter to tie an albatross around the city’s neck?

This is something the Davidson County Republican Party has really thrown its weight behind, for purely political reasons. They smell a divisive identity-politics opportunity here (ooh! Blue collar NASCAR fans vs elitist latte-drinking liberals!), and they want to stop any of Mayor Karl Deans political aspirations in their tracks. But if, a few years down the road, the state fairgrounds become the stinking fish many people fear, can we please remember who to blame?

Here’s an idea: why don’t we move the state fair to the Nashville Speedway and call it a day, okay?


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With Friends Like These

I find this really hilarious. Apparently right wing Council-At-Large candidate Eric Crafton is asking his supporters to willingly disenfranchise themselves and just cast one vote for him, instead of voting for five at-large candidates. He calls this “one and done” and apparently we liberals do it every election (we do? First I’ve heard of it. Maybe I’m not one of the kewl kids…). He says that this

…has the effect of that one vote cast becoming the equivalent of five votes for that single candidate.

Um, well no, not really, but whatever. At least one other at-large candidate finds Crafton’s self-serving politicking distasteful.

But not Ken Jakes! Indeed, what I find absolutely hilarious about Crafton’s evil plan is that right-wing at-large candidate Ken Jakes has been running around town promoting Crafton as well as himself, his biggest supporters have placed Crafton’s campaign sign in the back of a pickup truck alongside his own campaign sign. And here Crafton is e-mailing supporters encouraging them to cast just one vote, and make that vote for him, Eric Crafton.


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>Mr. Pot, Meet Mrs. Kettle

>ThinkProgress has an interesting item up about Bill O’Reilly, who opined on his radio show that Middle Easterners “don’t want democracy”:

In my opinion, they just don’t. They want their meals. They want to smoke. They want to go to the mosques. They want to sit around, and that’s what they want to do. Do they want to vote? Do they want to get involved? Not really.

I’m going to pass that along without comment except to point out that the citizens of Nashville/Davidson County just elected a new Mayor and a new City Council, and turnout was about 28%–nearly 13% for early voting, 15% on election day.

I guess folks were just lazy, sitting around eating, smoking and going to church.

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