The Tennessean has a Sunday story on the ripple effects in closing of Taft Youth Center, including an escape by three girls from a converted mental health facility in Nashville.
The Commercial Appeal, meanwhile, looks at the long-running Brian A lawsuit against the Department of Children Services and recent setbacks.
Lamar Versus Free Press
A Chattanooga Free Press editorial, headlined ‘Lamar Sells Out,’ inspired Sen. Lamar Alexander to write a letter to the editor, calling for a retraction. Instead, the reply was a letter-rebuttal editorial further criticizing the senator. (Note: The Free Press recently got a new editorial page editor, post HERE.)
Legislative Fundraising Listed
Sen. Stacey Campfield’s blog has a bipartisan listing of 2nd quarter collections, spending and balances in state Senate races, HERE, and in key contested House races, HERE.
A Voter Guide for Knoxville Region
The News Sentinel has a voter guide that includes thumbnail profiles on candidates for the Legislature and Congress in central East Tennessee, plus all the candidates for U.S. Senate.
Davidson County Open Seat Review
The City Paper has a rundown on candidates competing in four open seats where Nashville-based Democratic legislators are retiring. HERE.
Herenton Gets Some Sympathy
In a Sunday column, Wendi Thomas says former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton’s latest problem does not deserve criticism, though he often does.
Voters Can Be Dishonest, Too
Not only are some voters apathetic; they also lie about it, says Robert Houk
This veteran politician told me he was surprised to learn just how many people say they vote when they don’t. He discovered this sad fact after losing a close election a few years back. Checking the names of who voted in that election told the story. He was disappointed to learn that people he had thought to be too responsible to shirk their duties as citizens had in fact stayed home on election day.