Archive for the ‘Politics and Government’ Category

                Abe Fortas – the forgotten Memphian – has been back in the news lately. Or more precisely, he has been in the background of the news lately. First, there was his relevance in the controversy about U.S. District Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, […]

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by (RSS) Politics and Government | March 15th, 2017 12:45am CDT | 3 Comments

              Why is it that there’s always more money for weapons and war but not for people and human need? It’s been hard for years to ignore that feeling with the Republican Congress. Anytime there is a proposal to spend more money to help people, there suddenly is an […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Politics and Government | November 11th, 2016 12:46am CDT | 17 Comments

                  It is inconceivable that the president of the United States could be someone my granddaughters cannot respect. But that is precisely where we will be January 20. That is why all the platitudes about uniting to support the new president, about the American example of presidential […]

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                            The following article was written by a favorite Memphis economist of ours, David Ciscel, former Chair of the Economics Department, Associate Dean of Fogelman School of Business, Dean of the Graduate School, and Senior Consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Politics and Government | July 27th, 2016 12:29am CDT | 4 Comments

                About the time that I entered high school, I met a Republican. Growing up in Collierville in the era of the solidly Democratic South, it created quite a stir when word rippled out that the new family in the town of 2,000 was Republican.  Most of us […]

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                  It doesn’t take a CSI unit to determine that the fingerprints on sprawl’s smoking gun belong to Shelby County Government. However, that doesn’t mean that City of Memphis didn’t put bullets in the gun, and two of them were policy decisions that allowed widespread development outside […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice, Politics and Government | December 3rd, 2015 12:24am CDT | Comments Off on Data Points: Homicides By Race

There is now a cottage industry dedicated to correcting president candidate Donald Trump’s overt misstatements of fact. There is such a pattern of fabrications and deceptions that we almost become desensitized to them, but the one he retweeted from the non-existent San Francisco Crime Statistics Bureau caught our eye.  It included a list of alleged […]

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Often, in the midst of the diatribes by opponents of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, it is difficult to remember that the (Protestant) Bible has 31,173 verses and 807,361 words. After all, opponents to equal marriage rights are obsessed with about six verses and a couple of hundred words whose interpretations are arguable […]

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If you don’t read the comments from readers to our blog posts, you might just be missing the best part.  The following are some recent comments that seemed worthy of being posted here: Deciding What Memphis Should Be in Its Third Century: David Ciscel wrote: I have always liked this quote from Julia Vitullo-Martin’s book, […]

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              Earlier this week, we posted the most read blog post of 2014: Creating a Culture of Opportunity for Memphis.  You can read it here. The rest of the top 10 posts: #2 — It’s The Memphis Region, Not The City, That’s #1 in Poverty “Suburban conventional wisdom about […]

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                    Listening to City Council discussions about more money for Memphis Police Department, we wonder if there’s an answer to the question: When exactly is enough enough? Meanwhile, while a Memphis City Council committee was cutting funding last week for Memphis Gundown, we wondered: Why not […]

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                Christian doctrine says that God gave us free will. The backers of Amendment 1 would take that away. They want to take away the options of women in Tennessee to make their own health decisions and they have gone to the extreme of trying to amend the […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Politics and Government, Shelby County government | April 7th, 2014 3:28pm CDT | Comments Off on Answering 10 Questions for Better Public Programs

From Governing: Implementation plans for government programs are as diverse as the constituents that they are meant to serve. What led to extraordinary results and outcomes in one city or state may cause the program to fall flat on its face in another jurisdiction. But while every program needs to be tailored for its particular […]

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by (RSS) Politics and Government, Poverty | January 14th, 2014 3:15pm CDT | Comments Off on One Reason the Poor Have Less Political Clout

From Atlantic Cities: The U.S. electorate isn’t entirely represented by the people in the U.S. who vote. Women are more likely to vote than men. Until the 2012 presidential election, whites were significantly more likely to vote than all minority groups. On the whole, Americans are more likely to vote the more education they have, […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design, Politics and Government | November 15th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Toronto’s Problems Are Bigger Than Its Mayor – Governance and Growth

From the Globe and Mail – by Richard Florida: Bill de Blasio, the newly elected mayor of New York, rode to office on the phrase “a tale of two cities,” reflecting the stark divide between the ever-growing fortunes of the super-rich and the sagging conditions of everyone else. Rob Ford rose to power on the […]

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by (RSS) Politics and Government, Trends and Issues | October 3rd, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Should Mayors Rule the World?

From Atlantic Cities: People elect a mayor to get the trash off of their sidewalks. Maybe prominent local leaders like New York’s Michael Bloomberg don’t don coveralls and hop on the 4 a.m. pick-up shift, but they’re responsible for making sure someone does — and they’re held responsible if someone doesn’t. When it comes to […]

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by (RSS) Politics and Government | July 10th, 2013 3:15pm CDT | Comments Off on Can Real World Voter Suppression Come Back?

From Atlantic Cities: In her dissent to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling Tuesday gutting the core of the Voting Rights Act, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg evoked the long history of persistent tactics that have been used to prevent minorities in the United States from voting. “Early attempts to cope with this vile infection resembled battling […]

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by (RSS) Politics and Government | June 21st, 2013 12:11am CDT | 1 Comment

State of Tennessee unlawfully arrested members of the Occupy Nashville group two years ago during a protest encampment on War Memorial Plaza and violated their First Amendment rights to free speech, according to a ruling a week ago by federal Judge Aleta Trauger. In the ruling, federal judge Aleta Trauger declared that state and local […]

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