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The Waiting

Transitions between election and taking office are similar to decorating the stage for a theatrical production: do it badly and your play is going to cost more, take longer, require re-staging, and cause a cascading set of other headaches.…

UT Buyouts

Voters are motivated by many things, but among them two principal factors drive people to the polls: anger over something someone has done or fear of something someone might do. That’s why a political candidate running against the…

The Post-Election Walking Dead

The crowd is gathered as The Walking Politically Dead conducts his funeral march across the room. When TWPD mounts the scaffold - or rather, stage - there are a few calls from the crowd, but the mood is mostly somber.  At times, there is…

Big Brother

For every action there is a reaction, and in the public arena an emotional reaction often achieves a policy overreaction. Bullying in schools is just such an emotional subject. It seems an easy call to demand officials “do something” about…

Resistance to the Death?

The Tennessee Democratic establishment has the potential in 2018 to “resist” its way into continuing its decades-long slow sinking. The evidence? As of this writing the TDP’s website’s home page urges visitors to “Join the Resistance,” the…

The Amazing Disappearing Voter

The number of people who make decisions about who leads the city of Knoxville is getting smaller all the time, which means that the number of people who decide everything for everyone in Knoxville is getting smaller all the time as well.…

Dogged by Definitions

A cardinal rule of political campaigning is to define yourself before your opponent defines you. The campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination offers an object lesson for political candidates and would-be candidates: Take care…

Mayor Madeline Rogero

George Korda: If your tenure as mayor ended today, what would you look back on with the greatest level of satisfaction? Madeline Rogero: I think our improvements to sustainability in the city and our community would be one; the massive…