Good morning, everyone.
It's been said that Americans uniquely channel their creative ambition into politics and when you go to a campaign event or mingle with those in a political race, it's obvious this is true. The 5th Congressional district, redrawn and vacated by Jim Cooper this year, is the most prominent and hotly contested in Middle Tennessee at the moment, and so it is that a wide variety of personalities have converged to battle it out for the seat.
At an event last night at Bold Patriot Brewing Company, a handful of candidates got up and spoke to the room. Jeff Beierlein sticks out for his ability to inject energy into what are otherwise rote stump speeches as he wanders around the room cultivating an air of unpredictability that sticks out from the rest of the crowd who stood on the stage and intoned in the manner we expect of our politicians. By this criterion alone, he'd be the only one with a rightful claim to "not being a politician" if only for the unorthodoxy of his delivery.
There was also Geni Batchelor whose husband got so worked up over her talking politics over dinner that he told her she should just run for office. Sure enough, she is, expressing her desire to go to DC, solve the problems, then return home like Cincinnatus.
Beth Harwell made an appearance, introducing herself around the room before jetting off to another event or simply to avoid the risk of muddying her name, which is already well-established.
Tres Wittum, by the far the youngest and most energetic of the group, spoke passionately before his speech about bringing America's supply chain into the 21st century, noting that Eisenhower's highway act was almost 70 years old. We'll be releasing our conversation with him early next week, but you got the sense that he's the kind of guy who's overflowing with ideas which is refreshing against the backdrop of the stentorian visage of Kurt Winstead and the polished and focused Andy Ogles.
Notably absent was the firebrand Robby Starbuck whose write-in campaign will cast a shadow across the field.
We've already interviewed quite a few of the candidates running in TN-5 (you'll find a list below) and will continue to interview candidates in the run-up to the August 4th primary. Be sure to listen if you live in the 5th (find out here or here) and are not familiar with the candidates.
Today, we look at the recent rollout of vaccinations for children under 5 in Tennessee and explore a marker of ill health in old age.
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- In Conversation: Andy Ogles (Candidate for TN-5 Congressional District) (Listen)
- In Conversation: Jeff Beierlein (Candidate for TN-5 Congressional District) (Listen)
- In Conversation: Stewart Parks (Candidate for TN-5 Congressional District) (Listen)
𖼥 THE VACCINATORS RETURN
Well, resident blowhard and Big Pharma mouthpiece Brett Kelman, winner of our Flat Curver Award for having the Biggest Covid Boner, is at it again telling Tennesseans that not vaccinating toddlers against Covid is a sin. Joining him in this hall of mirrors, where nothing is what it seems and the only thing visible is the reflection of oneself as he wishes to be seen, is Michelle Fiscus, winner of our Flat Curver Award for the Biggest Predator.
Kelman and Fiscus both live for times when the vaccines are at forefront of the discussion. It is quite literally their job to discuss and advocate for these things. Their livelihood depends on it. So, it's perfectly reasonable to ignore everything they say. They're paid to say what they say, and if they said something different, they wouldn't get paid. It's really that simple.
The great sin of Covid was the denial and rationing of treatments to patients. The decree set down by the state was vaccinate or die, and Kelman and Fiscus served and continue to serve as representatives of this narrow viewpoint—hopefully, they're at least collecting a fat check from Pfizer because their position is already embarrassing enough.
What both take issue with is the TN GOP's efforts to block the Department of Health from "distributing, promoting or recommending" the Covid vaccine for children under 5. Now, to be clear, the state isn't banning the use of vaccines. They are simply divorcing the state from their disbursement. Fiscus and Kelman advocated throughout the pandemic for the banning of alternative treatments like Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine. The state, in a more reasonable approach, has simply taken the position that the Department of Health should not administer them and that such discussions should happen between patient and doctor.
If you find yourself in the same room as Kelman and Fiscus, look for the nearest exit immediately. By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.
We wrote last year about why Tennessee children do not need a Covid vaccine. (Read)
- Unclaimed Baggage rolls through Nashville (Main Street) Based in Scottsboro, Alabama, the company processes unclaimed luggage from airlines and sells, recycles and donates the contents through its on-site location and online store.
- Enrollment decline may continue for many Tennessee community colleges (WPLN) Eight out of 13 colleges are projecting either no enrollment growth or a decline for the next fiscal year, according to the Tennessee Board of Regents. The remaining five campuses, TBR says, are projecting an average decline of 5%. Full-time enrollment is down 18% overall from the fall of 2019.
- Conservation Group Receives Boost in Williamson County Land Dispute (Scene) The Williamson County Heritage Foundation placed Vaughn Road on its annual Sites to Save list in May, identifying it as part of the Old Natchez Trace, a historic highway used by Native Americans since precolonial times and later traversed by white settlers in the 1800s. Vaughn Road cuts right through the proposed development.
- Election commissioner sues ex-law firm, Metro (Post) Davidson County Election Commission Chair Jim DeLanis is suing Metro and his former employer, law firm Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz.
- Council passes Nashville's $2.9B budget, dips into reserves to fill school shortfall (Tennessean) The budget is more than 12% larger than last year's budget and reflects about $319.6 million in new revenue, though growth is expected to slow amid inflation and anticipated recession.
- Lawmakers Won’t Seek Hargett’s Resignation Following DUI Arrest (TCN) None of the state’s General Assembly leaders are asking him to resign from the constitutional officer position in the aftermath of his arrest by Tullahoma Police following the music festival. Only two of the state’s four elected leaders even responded Monday to questions about Hargett’s future as secretary of state.
- MetroCenter office building offered for sale (Post)
- South Davidson apartment complex sells for $15M (Post)
- Midtown apartment complex sold to Dinerstein Cos. (NBJ)
- Industrial property in The Nations fetches $2.8M (Post)
- Local investor pays $5.85M for Five Points buildings (Post)
- Fallyn Debuts Unique Living & “Swoon-worthy” Amenity Experiences In Midtown Nashville (Now Next)
❜ AND THE SURVEY SAYS, YOU'RE DEAD
If you can't stand on one leg for more than 10 seconds in middle and later life, you're more likely to die by a factor of two according to a study from the British Journal of Sports Medicine:
After accounting for age, sex, and underlying conditions, an inability to stand unsupported on one leg for 10 seconds was associated with an 84% heightened risk of death from any cause within the next decade.
The people who failed the test were more likely to be obese, have high blood pressure, have heart issues, and have type 2 diabetes.
Source: Inability to stand on one leg for 10 seconds in mid to later life linked to near doubling in risk of death
British Journal of Sports Medicine, 21 June 2022, Read Online
↡ GRAPH OF THE DAY: WHERE THERE'S SMOKE, THERE'S FIRE
⚔ MISSIVES ⚔
- 🏫 The San Francisco school board voted 4-3 Wednesday night to return Lowell High School to a merit-based admissions system, two years after it first switched to a lottery-based system.
- 🌴 Former Democratic Party rising star Andrew Gillum, who came within a half percentage point of being elected governor of Florida in 2018, has been indicted on federal charges including wire fraud and was arrested Wednesday.
- ⛽️ President Biden called for a three-month suspension of federal gasoline and diesel taxes—a move that is unlikely to have the support needed to pass in Congress and one economists and business leaders say would do little to address record-high gas prices.
- 🤡 The man accused of attempting to kill Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh pleaded not guilty in federal court on Wednesday.
- 🇨🇦 Canada is banning the manufacture and import of single-use plastics by the end of the year, the government announced on Monday, in a major effort to combat plastic waste and address climate change.
THINGS TO DO
You can view our full calendar here.
🍺 The Pamphleteer hosts Bar Hours on the third Thursday of every month at Lucky's 3 Star Bar from 6-8 PM. The first ten guests get drinks on the company tab.
🎪 Check out our favorite driving distance festivals this summer - Redneck Rumble in Lebanon this weekend, see us there.
👨🏻🌾 The Pamphleteer farmer's market guide.
👂 Listen to The Pamphleteer's Picks, a playlist of the bands featured in this week's calendar.
🍀 Live Irish Music @ McNamara’s Irish Pub, 6p, Free, Info
🎸 Kelly’s Heroes @ Robert’s Western World, 6:30p, Free, Info
🎻 Bluegrass Nights @ The Ryman, 7:30p, $35, Info
🎙 Erin Rae & Logan Ledger @ Basement East, 8p, $18, Info
ON THE RADAR
🎹 Steely Dan @ First Bank Amphitheater, (7/13), $34+, Info
🏜 Hiatus Kaiyote @ Marathon Music Works, (8/14), $35+, Info
🐂 Professional Bull Riding @ Bridgestone, (8/19-21), $20+ Info
🐖 Roger Waters @ Bridgestone, (8/27), $39, Info
🎹 Stereolab @ Marathon Music Works, (9/6), $35, Info
🎸 My Morning Jacket @ Ascend Amphitheater, (9/23), $22.88, Info
🎸 Smashing Pumpkins @ Bridgestone Arena, (10/10), $133+, Info
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