Jul 23 2016
01:55 pm

Tampa, yesterday (Jul. 22, 2016)...


What: MPC public meeting on Bearden Mixed Use District zoning proposal
When: Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 3:00pm
Where: Panera Bread, 4485 Kingston Pike

On Thursday, July 28, staff from the Metropolitan Planning Commission will be at the Panera Bread at 4485 Kingston Pike from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. to discuss, receive comments on, and answer questions regarding the proposed Bearden Mixed Use District standards. Staff is encouraging interested residents, property owners, and business owners to drop by this community event. Refreshments will be provided to those who attend.

"We want community members to have an opportunity to speak with us one-on-one in a more casual environment. This is a great opportunity for anyone who has questions to come by and for us to get a good sense of any concerns from the community," said Mike Reynolds, Senior Planner with the MPC.

MPC has received feedback from the community from two public meetings held earlier this summer and wants participation to continue throughout the planning process.

The original Bearden Village Opportunities Plan was developed in 2001 with extensive public input, which helped shape the vision for the future. The goals for the “urban village” plan are to enhance pedestrian activity and access, enhance sense of place and community, and build upon Bearden’s urban character and unique atmosphere.

To realize this concept, MPC is proposing new Mixed Use District zones. The purpose and intent of the proposed Mixed Use zoning is to:

• Provide appropriate areas for mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly development

• Group and link places used for living, working, shopping, educating, and recreating to reduce vehicle trips, relieve traffic congestion, and improve the overall quality of life

• Provide a variety of residential housing types and densities

• Integrate new mixed-use development with its surroundings

The current draft of the proposed Mixed Use District zoning, additional information, and a mapping tool that compares the proposed zoning and height maximums with current standards are all available online at

Jul 23 2016
08:24 am

From Project Vote Smart:

American Public Health Association 100%
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights 94%
Human Rights Campaign Positions on Marriage 100%
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100%
ACLU 93%
AFL-CIO 100%
National Hispanic Leadership Agenda 100%
Disabled American Veterans 100%
Planned Parenthood 100%
NARAL Pro-Choice America 100%
American Association of University Women 90%

National Right to Life Committee 0%
National Federation of Independent Business 17%
Americans for Prosperity 0%
American Conservative Union 0%
Heritage Action for America 3%
Eagle Forum 0%
National Rifle Association 7%
Family Research Council 0%
The Club for Growth 0%

Jul 22 2016
08:48 pm

Just announced (8:11PM).

Who is Tim Kaine?

UPDATE: Statement from Hillary Clinton...

"I'm thrilled to share this news: I've chosen Tim Kaine as my running mate.

Tim is a lifelong fighter for progressive causes and one of the most qualified vice presidential candidates in our nation's history.

But his credentials alone aren't why I asked him to run alongside me.

Like me, Tim grew up in the Midwest. During law school, he too took an unconventional path -- he took time off and went to Honduras to work with missionaries, practicing both his faith and his Spanish.

When he returned to the states and graduated from Harvard Law, he could have done anything. But instead of going to some big corporate firm, he chose to fight housing discrimination as a civil rights lawyer in Richmond. He and his wife joined a church, built a home centered around their faith, and raised three beautiful children. Then, after 17 years of practicing law, Tim ran for city council -- and won.

Tim says his experience on city council taught him everything he knows about politics. To the people in Richmond, an underfunded school wasn't a Democratic or Republican problem. It was simply a problem that needed fixing, and his constituents were counting on him to solve it. So Tim would do it. He'd roll up his sleeves and get the job done, no matter what.

He's a man of relentless optimism who believes no problem is unsolvable if you're willing to put in the work. That commitment to delivering results has stayed with him throughout his decades-long career as a public servant. So I could give you a laundry list of things he went on to accomplish -- as mayor of Richmond, governor of Virginia, and in the United States Senate.

But this is what's important: Tim has never taken a job for the glory or the title. He's the same person whether the cameras are on or off. He's sincerely motivated by the belief that you can make a difference in people's lives through public service.

That quality comes through in every interaction. To know Tim is to love him. When I was talking to people about this decision, I couldn't find anyone -- Democrat or Republican -- who had a bad thing to say about him. From his staff over the last 20 years to his colleagues in the Senate, Tim's beloved.

He is a genuinely nice person, but Tim is no one's punching bag. He will fight tooth and nail for American families, and he'll be a dogged fighter in our campaign against Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

I want you to know that I didn't make this decision lightly.

I've had the privilege of seeing two presidents and two vice presidents up close. I want a vice president who can be my partner in bringing this country together. I want someone who will be able to give me their best advice, look me in the eye, and tell me they disagree with me when they do.

But what matters most is a simple test that's not so simple to meet: whether the person could step in at a moment's notice and serve as president.

I have no doubt that Tim can do the job.

I want him by my side on the trail and in the White House."

Jul 22 2016
05:45 pm

from ...

Knox County has its first confirmed case of mosquito-borne Zika.

The person recently returned to the United States from an area overseas where Zika is prevalent, reported Knox County Health Department, which received lab confirmation of the case from the state health department Friday. The person, who is not being identified, is expected to recover fully, health officials said.

Knox County reports first Zika case

Jul 22 2016
01:58 pm

If I may say so, I think this is one of Mark's best columns. He has been getting many nice emails today thanking him for it.

Thanks, Obama. No, really, thanks

If you have any questions about who is voting for Trump, go to the News Sentinel facebook page and check the comments on their link to this column. I find it very sad and very scary.

Jul 22 2016
09:39 am

It's been 95 degrees for the past couple of days, and the predicted high for today is 95 and in the 90s for the next few days. There's also a poor air quality alert in effect for today, and a general heat wave advisory for the Southeast.

As luck would have it, our AC quit on us yesterday. They had to order a part, and it's supposed to be fixed this afternoon. The repair guy said they are swamped and every call is an emergency. It was still 90 degees outside at 10PM and 86 inside when we went to bed. We opened some windows around midnight and got it down to 84 inside this morning. Hope this gets fixed today.

Anyway, here are some tips for keeping your cool and staying safe:

TVA: Top Tips for Saving Energy in the Summer Heat

National Weather Service: Heat Safety


Early voting is underway for the Aug. 4th Federal and State Primary and County General elections. Through Wednesday, 3937 have voted early or absentee, 2715 in the Republican primary.

Speaking of the Republican Primary, things got a little heated on Hallerin Hilton Hill's show yesterday between 18th District state Rep. Martin Daniel and challenger Steve Hall when Daniel got physical and shoved Hall. (See WBIR, WATE and KNS.)

Over at the local conservative playground blog, another Daniel opponent says his signs were vandalized. The Mega Bullhorn of Truth also reports that Daniel blew off a constituent seeking help with a Worker Compensation issue because he was too busy campaigning.

In the 15th district, Rep. Joe Armstrong (D-Knoxville) is set to stand trial on federal charges of tax evasion related to a tobacco tax stamp resale scheme. His trial is scheduled for Aug. 2nd, two days before the election. (Who wants to bet it will be delayed again?) Armstrong is unopposed in the Democratic primary and drew no Republican challengers.

Meanwhile over in Nashville, state legislators are mulling a special session to oust Rep. Jeremy "Pants Candy" Durham (R-Franklin) over allegations of serial sexual harassment. Durham has "suspended" his reelection campaign, and ouster would strip him of his state pension. In a related move, House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga) wants to include Rep. Joe Armstrong in the ouster proceedings if he is convicted on Aug. 2nd.

Anyway, here's the Aug. 4th sample ballot. There are some competitive races, so vote early and vote often.

Jul 21 2016
05:42 pm

Announcement expected tomorrow or Saturday. Personally, I'm hoping for Joe Biden, at least for Clinton's first term.

Jul 21 2016
05:06 pm

Mediated notes: Keep an eye on the Knoxville News Sentinel. I'll be writing a Delegate Diary from the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, starting in Monday's edition. Also, on Friday night I'll be the guest on Democratic Television, a cable access program airing live at 7:30pm tomorrow (Friday) Former Hubert Humphrey aide John Stewart hosts. Oh, and I also have a travelogue program airing every Friday at 9:30pm on cable access. Community Access may be found on Comcast channel 12, Knology/Wow on channel 6, Charter channel 193, and ATT Uverse channel 99, follow the menu prompts.

Jul 21 2016
11:54 am

from ...

Claims have now been below 300,000, a threshold associated with a healthy labor market, for 72 straight weeks, the longest stretch since 1973.

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to Three-Month Low

Maybe the Republican party should always refuse to participate in government like they have the past 8 years.


from Times Free Press ...

" In the future, no business is going to set up shop in a community if you don't have broadband."

Broadband service vital for Tennessee businesses, new study show

Jul 21 2016
08:57 am

For your consideration and (hopefully civil) discussion, this email landed in my inbox this morning, previewing the intentions of People for Bernie for the upcoming Dem convention:

It’s five days until Philadelphia. And while the campaign will focus on inside the convention center, the political revolution will operate outside as well. With millions watching and tens of thousands in attendance, we have a huge opportunity to demand in no uncertain terms that the Democrats commit to enact that revolution or else be swept away by the wave of progressive energy that has supercharged this election.

Democracy Spring is doing exactly that. After organizing over 1,300 people to sit-in on the steps us the US Capitol last April, they are coming to the DNC to give the Democratic Party a choice: either publicly commit to pass sweeping democracy reforms within the first 100 days of the new administration and take immediate action to prove your commitment to democracy by abolishing superdelegates, or face mass civil disobedience at the convention.



Interesting ...

from CNN ...

The researchers found that for every car2go in a city, between seven and 11 vehicles disappeared from that city's roads. This resulted from drivers either selling their car or hold off on a new purchase.

How car-sharing is already helping cities with their transit issues

The Impacts of Car2go on Vehicle Ownership, Modal Shift, Vehicle Miles Traveled, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: An Analysis of Five North American Cities

Jul 20 2016
05:58 pm

USA Today:

The 9-6 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, a generally conservative court, represents the third consecutive decision against the Texas law and sets up a potential Supreme Court showdown over the contentious issue of state photo ID rules.

Washington Post:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit on Wednesday found that Texas’s strict voter-ID law has a discriminatory effect on minority voters, and it ordered a lower court to come up with a fix for the law in time for the November elections.


This is scary on so many levels. I really hope we can make sure this man gets no where near the White House.

From the NY Times:

One day this past May, Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., reached out to a senior adviser to Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who left the presidential race just a few weeks before. As a candidate, Kasich declared in March that Trump was “really not prepared to be president of the United States,” and the following month he took the highly unusual step of coordinating with his rival Senator Ted Cruz in an effort to deny Trump the nomination. But according to the Kasich adviser (who spoke only under the condition that he not be named), Donald Jr. wanted to make him an offer nonetheless: Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history?

When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.

Then what, the adviser asked, would Trump be in charge of?

“Making America great again” was the casual reply.

Jul 20 2016
09:51 am

I'm still evaluating Tidal HIFI and so far I'm still liking it. They recently updated their Android app to support Chromecast, and I had a Chromecast around so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm pretty impressed so far.


Jul 19 2016
07:36 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for President of the United States.

May God have mercy on our souls.


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