Fri
Jul 20 2018
09:55 am

Indivisible East Tennessee, a grassroots progressive advocacy group, surveyed Democratic candidates for Governor and U.S.Congress.

As an editorial aside, the survey is long, covers a lot of topics I had no opinion on or didn't even know about, and has some loaded questions. It also asks a lot of questions about campaign strategy that no candidate in their right mind would answer. Is Coach Jeremy Pruitt going to hand over his playbook to Kirby Smart? I don't think so.

Anyway, Craig Fitzhugh, Karl Dean, and Renee Hoyos responded to the questionnaire. Fitzhugh and Hoyos gave straightforward answers. Dean talked around a few of the questions without actually answering, and maybe that's understandable for an experienced politician trying to thread the red state needle.

Josh Williams declined to respond, "citing concerns of releasing policy stances and strategy to a third-party organization," and withdrew his name from consideration for endorsement according to Indivisible East TN.

Here are the the completed surveys:

Renee Hoyos (U.S. Congress, TN2)
Craig Fitzhugh (Governor)
Karl Dean (Governor)

P.S. I'd like to see the Republican candidates' answers to some of these questions, but it wouldn't take a rocket scientist to guess what they'd be.

Fri
Jul 20 2018
07:56 am

Knox News has posted a Democratic endorsement for U.S. 2nd Congressional District in Tennessee. It doesn't really matter to me who they endorse. They've been endorsing primarly Republicans in general elections. Thus, their choices are irrelevant.

We have two good candidates in Hoyos and Williams.

However, Joshua Williams is a Clinical Psychologist, not a Psychiatrist. In the KNS endorsement, they said Williams "earned a doctorate in psychiatry." No, he earned a doctorate in psychology. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor. They said Williams "now works as a psychiatrist visiting patients in the city’s hospitals," No, he is a psychologist.

I wish they could get the information right. Anyhoo... , probably not going to happen.

33 Tennessee 24.12%

50 Knoxville, TN 25.2%

Stats reveal how many Americans volunteer and where

Democratic TV host Lisa Plawchan interviews Tennessee House District 89 Democratic Primary Candidates Keifel Agostini and Coleen Martinez on the Friday evening DTV show that airs on Community TV at 7:30 PM on Friday, July 20.

CTV airs on cable channels

Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 193
Wow! Channel 6
ATT Uverse Channel 99

and it streams live at (here!)

Early voting continues until July 28th. Find your early voting location (here!)

Do-it-yourself firearms like The Liberator have been nicknamed "Ghost Guns" because they don't have serial numbers and are untraceable.

Wilson has built a website where people will be able to download The Liberator and digital files for an AR-15 lower receiver, a complete Baretta M9 handgun and other firearms. Users will also be able to share their own designs for guns, magazines and other accessories.

He says the files will be a good resource for builders, even though it's not yet practical for most people to 3-D print most of the guns.

Americans can legally download 3-D printed guns starting next month

Thu
Jul 19 2018
04:54 pm

TNJ On the Hill: Republican gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell’s campaign has sent out an advisory to political reporters to alert them to a “major announcement” at a news conference at the state Capitol on Friday.

If she drops out, will she throw her support to Lee?

The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it is relaxing rules for the disposal of spent coal used to fuel hundreds of power plants nationwide.

Trump's EPA rolls back Obama-era coal ash regulations

Thu
Jul 19 2018
06:32 am

The Commercial Appeal came to "feel like we had a Nashville publication in town," according to the paper's former columnist (and probably most well-known face) Geoff Calkins.

He came to Memphis to write for The CA 22 years ago. He fell in love with writing about Memphis, he said, and planned to do it until "I was in my rocking chair."

"That job changed, and I found instead of focusing on journalism, I was focusing on clicks," Calkins said of the web strategies of the paper's new owners, Gannett Co. "I was writing for bosses in Nashville for a publication that was produced, laid out, printed, directed all outside the city of Memphis."

Huh. That sounds familiar. Anyway, the Memphis Flyer reports that an online-only startup, The Daily Memphian, will provide an antidote to the generic Commercial Appeal McPaper. They apparently have a wealthy benefactor and a staff in place, and plan to launch in the fall.

Read more at the Memphis Flyer...

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Wed
Jul 18 2018
11:33 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Picked just now, 10", 1lb 9oz. Not biggest we've had, but pretty big.

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Tue
Jul 17 2018
04:16 pm

Thus, all is well in the garden.

Although, from George Will,


This sad, embarrassing wreck of a man

America’s child president had a play date with a KGB alumnus, who surely enjoyed providing day care.

Tue
Jul 17 2018
07:27 am

Like many of you, I’m terribly disturbed by what’s happening to Latin American refugees at our southern border. In doing a little research, I was shocked to find out that there are numerous companies that have sprung up, and which are each making many tens of millions of dollars a year based on a business model that literally requires immigrant family breakups. These companies are being given massive incentives by the Trump administration to delay and deny immigrant parents’ reunification with their children. I have a new blog post up about what I found HERE.

Also, FYI, I’m back on Twitter after a prolonged absence and would love to connect there with any and all other KnoxViews-ers. You’ll find me @thekatieallison

Mon
Jul 16 2018
11:30 am

What: Books Sandwiched In welcomes Marshall Stair
When: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street

MarshallStair250.jpgJoin Knoxville City Councilman Marshall Stair for a consideration of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein. Bring your lunch or pick up something downtown. Drinks are available for fifty cents. Reading the book is optional.

"As the City of Knoxville turns its attention to improving the zoning code, I thought it was important for the community to take an historical look at some of the negative consequences of government regulations, specifically attempts to increase segregation," Stair said. "I hope reading and discussing Color of Law will give us a better understanding of these harmful policies as we modify our code to increase affordability and diversity."

Continued...

Mon
Jul 16 2018
10:38 am

What: Third annual WOZOfest this weekend
When: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:00pm
Where: Barley's Taproom

From DJ Anam, WOZO:

WOZO radio 103.9 low power FM is a local community radio station, run out of the Birdhouse (at the corner of 4th and Gill), and is Knoxville's only all volunteer and most widely diverse (including DJ staff and shows) progressive community radio station running now for three years here locally.

We're having our Third Annual WOZOfest this coming weekend, July 21 - 22. We've expanded it significantly to two nights and are now including a full range of musical genres (punk, folk, rock, alternative, trap, hip hop), plus an additional night of comedy, spoken word and beats.

WOZOfest will be at Barley's Tap Room on Sat. July 21st, 9PM and at the Pilot Light on Sun. July 22nd, 7PM. Admission is only $5 at each venue.

More info...

Mon
Jul 16 2018
08:07 am

Amazon's Prime Day sale starts at 3PM today for a day and a half of deals. If you are not a Prime member, you can get a free 30-day trial to take advantage of the sale. Keep checking the Prime Day page for new deals as they pop up.

More info:

Prime Day guide
Prime free 30-day trial
Prime Day deals

Some sample deals:

Amazon Echo Dot, $30
Fire TV Stick, $20
Kindle Paperwhite, $80
Fire 7 Tablet, $30
Fire HD 8 Tablet, $50

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Mon
Jul 16 2018
07:31 am

Regarding Putin from the NY Times in 2007;

The world needs a “new architecture of international economic relations based on trust and mutually beneficial integration,” he said. “Today protectionism, which the W.T.O. is meant to fight, often comes from developed economies.”

He said that more than 60 percent of the world’s output was produced outside the G-7 countries: the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada.

(link...)

With Russia marginalized globally, it'd be tough for the Russian president to disrupt NATO, the EU, the IMF, the G7 and the WTO to get the new economic relations he's sought for over a decade.

If only he had somebody to do the disrupting for him.

Sun
Jul 15 2018
08:25 am

According to the Tennessee Dept. of State Election Division, more than twice as many Republicans (30,262) have voted as of 7/14/2018 than Democrats (12,205).

Blount County
Democrats 225
Republicans 619

Knox County
Democrats 956
Republicans 1,986

Only a few counties have recorded more Democratic voters than Republicans.

Davidson County (Nashville)
Democrats 764
Republicans 312

Hardeman County (East of Memphis)
Democrats 281
Republicans 182

Haywood County (West of Jackson)
Democrats 146
Republicans 125

Lauderdale County (North of Memphis)
Democrats 204
Republicans 178

Van Buren County (Between Chattanooga and Cookeville, near Fall Creek Falls State Park)
Democrats 31
Republicans 30

Sun
Jul 15 2018
01:42 am

Knox County voting opportunities

From July 13-28, for 14 days, 106 hours, at 10 locations that tens of thousands? of people drive by
during those time periods. Maybe 5-6 days a week. How many people will spend 10 minutes, or less, to stop in and vote?

Or, on August 2, 2018 there are 89 locations to vote. Located close to peoples homes, open from morning until 8 pm.

How many will vote?

Knox County election

Sat
Jul 14 2018
09:42 pm

From the Tennessean/News Sentinel...

FYI, both Fitzhugh and Dean say they support federally funded Medicaid expansion. All the Republicans are opposed.

Is there anything else you need to know?

Also, Harwell appears to be the most rational Republican candidate. And probably the most qualified among that bunch. I guess that, and the fact that she isn't kissing Trump's butt, is why she doesn't seem to be getting much traction.

Anyway, Democrats have two great candidates.

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To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding. (Source)

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