Good morning, everyone.
There's a quote falsely attributed to Mark Twain that goes, "If voting made any difference, they wouldn't let us do it." You'll see it meme'd around the internet whenever election season rolls around. The origin of that line is unclear, but by all accounts, it seems to be a kind of anarchist shorthand that you'd find on lampposts and in dingy bathrooms as a hollow, surface-level condemnation of politics in general.
What Twain actually thought is better expressed in an interview he did with the Boston Transcript in 1906:
But in this country we have one great privilege which they don't have in other countries. When a thing gets to be absolutely unbearable the people can rise up and throw it off. That's the finest asset we've got—the ballot box.
Another choice line finds Twain noting:
No party holds the privilege of dictating to me how I shall vote. If loyalty to party is a form of patriotism, I am no patriot. If there is any valuable difference between a monarchist and an American, it lies in the theory that the American can decide for himself what is patriotic and what isn't. I claim that difference. I am the only person in the sixty millions that is privileged to dictate my patriotism.
We mostly attract and write for people who tend to vote for the GOP. But while party affiliation is a solid stand-in when you don't know much about who is on the ballot, candidates increasingly need to be judged on their merits and actions, not simply on their party affiliation. This is why primary elections are so important.
I'll note that early voter turnout this year for the GOP primaries is down compared to when we did this the first time. This is mostly because there is not a state-wide primary like 2018's gubernatorial race-- but even in the counties that make up the newly drawn fifth congressional district, turnout is down across the board.
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➫ ELECTION DAY PREVIEW
It is August 4th, which means we’ll finally get some resolution after a sweltering campaign season. Happy election day!
With uncontested primaries for both incumbent Republican candidates John Rose (R-District 6) and Mark Green (R-District 7), the drama in Davidson County U.S. Congressional races revolves around the fight for the Republican nomination in the 5th District. Nine Republicans appear on the ballot in addition to one write-in. That puts ten ponies in the race.
The highest spenders were Kurt Winstead, Beth Harwell, and Andy Ogles, Winstead having the deepest pockets due to a personal cash infusion of $680K. Despite the extra cash on hand, Winstead doesn’t seem to be gaining the ground necessary to pull out a victory. A number of polls and analyses indicate that the race will be fought between former Speaker of the Tennessee House Beth Harwell and former Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles.
SCHOOL BOARD DRAMA
The local news cycle continues to focus its energy on Hillsdale President Larry Arn’s controversial remarks in what seems to be a coordinated effort to disenfranchise Tennessee’s charter school initiative. Coupled with the residual drama of Metropolitan Nashville Public School (MNPS) Covid policies, the contention has compounded in the MNPS School Board race. Rachel Anne Elrod (D-District 2) has taken to Twitter to call out supporters of School Board candidates Todd Pembroke (R-District 2), Amy Pate (I-District 8), Kelli Phillips (R-District 4), and Fran Bush (I-District 6 incumbent) as bullies.
Meanwhile, after a string of incidents in which his campaign signs were stolen, Elrod’s Republican opponent, Todd Pembroke, helped police apprehend the sign thief with the help of an Apple AirTag. Caught red-handed, the campaign sign poacher turned out to be “a radical Democrat and follower of Antifa,'' according to an official press release by Pembroke’s campaign. You can listen to The Pamphleteer’s interview with Mr. Pembroke about the incident on our podcast.
Though they are last on the ballot, the proposed Metro City Council Charter Amendments are certainly not least when it comes to impact. Tacked onto the historically long Davidson county ballot at the eleventh hour, the amendment getting the most attention from Metro voters is Amendment No. 1. If voted through, the amendment would significantly increase the number of signatures required to petition the Metro Government. The proposed amendment comes after entanglement in court regarding the petition presented to Metro to recall the 34% property tax increase in 2020.
Review all the proposed amendments and candidates up for election in Davidson county before you hit the ballot box with The Pamphleteer’s August Voter Guide.
- Lamborghini and Ferrari bring a little bit of Italy to the streets of Nashville (Tennessean) Ferrari opened in a highly visible, 43,400-square-foot glass building on I-40 near the airport. Lamborghini is tucked away in a more intimate, 5,700-square-foot space in Brentwood alongside other luxury brands such as Maserati, Porche, and BMW.
- Music City Grand Prix 2022: List of road closures in Nashville (WKRN) The IndyCar Race returns to Nashville for three days starting on Friday and there will be multiple road closures in the Metro area. In 2021, there were more than 140,000 spectators and that number is only expected to grow this year.
- New Tennessee Titans stadium could increase franchise's value by $300M (Center Square) That report comes as the Titans saw one of the largest valuation increases in the NFL, according to new numbers from Sportico, which say the Nashville franchise is now worth $3.2 billion. That's a 23% increase from last year's valuations, which jumped the franchise up five spots in the rankings to 23rd.
- Early voting down 26% in GOP primaries compared with last gubernatorial election (TNJ) The difference between the current election and four years ago is that there is no competitive GOP primary going on at the top of the ticket, as Gov. Bill Lee is unopposed for the the nomination to second term.
- Analysis: Tennessee’s Fifth District race likely coming down to Harwell and Ogles (Lookout) With negative ads flooding voters in the waning days of the 5th Congressional District Republican primary, it appears former House Speaker Beth Harwell and Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles are battling for the nomination, leaving retired Brig. Gen. Kurt Winstead in the rear.
- Metro Nashville School Board Pushes Back Against Charter School Applications (TCN) After the Metro Nashville Public School board met on July 25, supporters of the Tennessee Nature Academy threw a party, despite the fact that their application as a charter school had just been denied. The group lost with a vote of 5-4, but they were not completely dejected. Instead, they found hope in the fact that they could now appeal that decision to the Tennessee Public Charter School Commission.
- The New Beaman Toyota Site Marks The Beginning Of An Era For Nashville (Now Next)
- Early 2023 start eyed for east side mixed-use project (Post)
- Midtown building near St. Thomas Hospital sells for $3.84M (Post)
- New images released, permit applied for Five Points project (Post)
- Vanderbilt pays $3.8M for West End Avenue building (Post)
WHERE DO ALL THE ELECTRIC CARS GO?
Turns out, they mostly sit in California. But even in the Golden State, EVs only make up 2% of total vehicles on the road. According to Axios, 4.6% of newly registered vehicles in May of this year were EVs. Consumer enthusiasm for electric vehicles continues to sputter along.
➡ CHART OF THE DAY: TRUST THE PROCESS
⚔ MISSIVES ⚔
- 🇨🇳 China on Thursday conducted its largest ever live-fire missile exercise off the shores of Taiwan, just one day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi concluded her controversial diplomatic visit.
- 🚼 President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday that will allow Medicaid funds to be used to facilitate travel for women seeking abortions in states where the procedure is still legal, likely violating the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the federal financing of abortion.
- 🇷🇺 A Biden administration proposal to cap the price of Russian oil is facing skepticism from some oil analysts and financiers who question whether the U.S. and its allies can effectively dictate the global sales price for a major supplier of oil.
- 🛢 OPEC and its allies agreed to a small increase in oil production Wednesday following calls by the U.S. and other major consumers for more supply, but the symbolic move is expected to have a minimal impact on crude prices.
- 🇸🇪 The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly ratified the addition of Finland and Sweden as members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a move leaders of both parties portrayed as key to American security around the world following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
- 🌴 Republican Governor Ron DeSantis announced Thursday the suspension of rogue Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, who pledged not to enforce a number of state laws including a 15-week abortion ban and prohibitions on sex changes for minors.
THINGS TO DO
View our full event calendar here.
🍺 The Pamphleteer hosts Bar Hours on the third Thursday of every month (the next meeting is August 18th) 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.
👨🏻🌾 The Pamphleteer farmer's market guide.
⚔️ Knights in Armor at the Frist starting July 1st: European arms and armor from the renowned collection of the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy.
🏎 The Music City Grand Prix, a formula race – part of the Indycar Series – taking place in the streets of downtown.
🎼 Listen to The Pamphleteer's Picks, our playlist of bands playing in Nashville each week.
🍀 Live Irish Music @ McNamara’s Irish Pub, 6p, Free, Info
🤣 Craig Robinson @ Zanies, 6p, $35, Info
+ Black guy from the Office and Pineapple Express
📃 Super Talk 99.7 Primary Election Round Table @ Bold Patriot Brewing, 6p, $50, Info
🎸 Kelly’s Heroes @ Robert’s Western World, 6:30p, Free, Info
🎸 Open Mic @ Fox & Locke, 6:30p, Free, Info
🏥 First Aid/CPR/AED certification @ MNSS Lebanon, 7p, $85, Info
+ Be independent
🎸 The Medium (1st opener) @ 3rd & Lindsley, 7:30p, $12, Info
+ Sound like Beatles, smell like your grandma's house & cigs
ON THE RADAR
🏜 Hiatus Kaiyote @ Marathon Music Works, (8/14), $35+, Info
+ Australian experimental jazz/funk band
🐂 Professional Bull Riding @ Bridgestone, (8/19-21), $20+ Info
🐖 Roger Waters @ Bridgestone, (8/27), $39, Info
🎹 Stereolab @ Marathon Music Works, (9/6), $35, Info
+ Motorik post-rock synth avant-pop surrealist prismcore from the 90's, savvy?
🎸 My Morning Jacket @ Ascend Amphitheater, (9/23), $22.88, Info
⚔️ HELMET @ Marathon Music Works, (9/24), $35, Info
+ 90's alternative metal band from NY, a Pamphleteer favorite
🎻 Gustav Holst's The Planets @ Schermerhorn (9/29-10/2), Info
+ Early 1900's orchestral suite, each movement is named after a planet
🕺 Remi Wolf @ Brooklyn Bowl (10/6), $30, Info
+ Young talented funk/pop/hip-hop singer, one of the few
🎸 Smashing Pumpkins @ Bridgestone Arena, (10/10), $133+, Info
+ 90's alt-rock from Chicago
🎸 The Doobie Brothers @ Bridgestone Arena, (10/12), $43+, Info
🌶 The Gypsy Kings @ The Ryman (11/1), $39.50, Info
+ The roving band of flamenco guitarists
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