Archive for April, 2020

by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 29th, 2020 9:30am CDT | No Comments

  When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued his gratuitous red meat talking point about states filing for bankruptcy, he spotlighted a fact of life rarely acknowledged: the bluest of states, those in the Northeast, are the top donor states to the federal government. While Mr. McConnell was taking a shot at blue states like […]

Read More →

              Thanks to The Commercial Appeal for publishing my op-ed on the financial opportunities for City of Memphis that results from leaving Tennessee Valley Authority.  Here’s an unabridged version: How long the coronavirus pandemic will last or how deep the recession that it triggered will be is anyone’s guess. […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Leadership | April 24th, 2020 9:30am CDT | 1 Comment

              About 17 days ago, we asked a diverse group of people to grade key local players in the COVID-19 pandemic.  At the time, we invited readers to submit their grades and we are grateful for all of you who did.   We continue to update them. Here are the […]

Read More →

              It is the nature of the politician to think short-term.  Thinking long-term in that world often means submitting a two-year budget. But if it’s the nature of the beast, it’s the one we voters created. We want action right now.  We want magic bullets.  We want the pain […]

Read More →

              Let Them Gather If They Want To I stand with Jerry Falwell Jr., Donald Trump Jr., Ammon Bundy, Stephen Moore, Alex Jones, myriad Christian nationalist ministers, and the drive-by, gun-toting protesters harassing governors who issued shelter-at-home directives. They are right. They should be able to gather without following […]

Read More →

                    Earlier, we asked a diverse group of people to grade key local players in the COVID-19 pandemic.  At the time, we invited readers to submit their grades and we are grateful for all of you who did. Here are the updated grades (the previous grade […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 16th, 2020 5:52pm CDT | No Comments

Read More →

                In the midst of a crisis, we often are reminded of what really matters in our lives. That has certainly been the case with the coronavirus: family, friends, health, taking time to reach out, and taking time to support people on the front lines fighting for us. […]

Read More →

                            At the time that the coronavirus hit Memphis and Shelby County, the unemployment rate was based on 28,400 people being out of work, and today, if our community reflects national trends, that number has already swelled to more than 60,000. It […]

Read More →

                  Chalk up Memphis as the least surprised place in the country when the racial disparities for the Covid-19 were announced. After all, all of us were told that people with risk factors were vulnerable to the disease, and there is no risk factor greater in America […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 9th, 2020 4:51pm CDT | No Comments

Read More →

                Note: This is the first of two blog posts about the impact of the coronavirus on our region. If in fact the past is the best predictor of the future, the coming years will not just be difficult, they will be painful. That’s a central lesson for […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Economic Development, Leadership | April 3rd, 2020 9:30am CDT | 1 Comment

When the economy sneezes, black people catch pneumonia, a truism stated by former Urban League president Vernon Jordan. When the economy in turn catches pneumonia, the prognosis is even more dire for African Americans and an African American city. These days when the economy sneezes, it comes with COVID-19. Because Mr. Jordan’s words remain as […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 1st, 2020 1:43pm CDT | No Comments

Read More →

by (RSS) Leadership | April 1st, 2020 9:30am CDT | 1 Comment

                      We asked 20 people to tell us what grade they would give to some key players in the COVID-19 pandemic.  We averaged them and here are their grades. We welcome your grades and we’ll average them in: Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland: A- Memphians: C […]

Read More →