In April, Nashville Mayor John Cooper provided the yearly ‘State of Metro’ address to the citizens of Nashville, which is required by the city charter to be open to the public. While the administration claims no one was turned away or denied an invitation, a newly fulfilled open records request details people who were told they could not attend, citizens who were turned away at the door because they were not on the invitation list, and a directed change of the announcement text making it ‘invite only’ and specifically not open to the public. The Mayor’s Chief Communications Officer TJ Ducklo claims none of this ever happened, despite the newly released administration emails detailing the denials.
#NotAParody: Nashville Mayor John Cooper has now scheduled multiple “Jurassic Park” style tours of the city’s most vulnerable and unhoused humans who have resorted to living in tents and makeshift shelters inside public park space, many times for their own safety. The tours, offered to Metro Council Members and accompanying media, come complete with personal escorts from the city’s police force. An invitation notes the office will offer “UTV availability for those who want to go further into the encampment”. The next tour group will gather at Azafran Park Tuesday at 4 p.m., should you wish to attend and see if your Metro Council Person brought their binoculars or care packages.
Just before 6 a.m. Sunday, Metro Council member Steve Glover let loose, while accidentally broadcasting live from his bathroom, sitting on the toilet. It wasn’t a rant that viewers heard, but rather some deuces being dropped – while a confused councilman attempts to figure out what’s going on, and why technology is so hard.
State law is clear – when you run for an office you must disclose who contributes money to your campaign and categorize how you spend those dollars. Jonathan Hall, running for Metro Council D1, has $7,050 in contributions from individuals he refuses to disclose the identity of, and over $11,000 in cash/misc purchases he refuses to say what they were for.
Metro Councilman Jonathan refused to show up for a court date after being served and says he’s “not paying” the judgment ordered by the Judge. He’s left a small business owner out over $7,000 for his campaign signs from the last election, despite repeated promises to make it right.
Metro Council politics heated up in District 20 overnight as Tori Goddard’s campaign released a statement capitalizing on the tragic death of MNPD Officer John Anderson
Lydia A Hubbell, a candidate for Metro Council in Nashville says “Being ‘Gay’ is nothing to be proud of, but she’s “not opposed to them having their little festival”, and admits “now I have to look up ‘Stonewall Riot’”. In any other election season, a candidate with very little community support would not have garnered the attention of the community, but the council seat vacancy created by Jason Potts in Metro’s District 30 doesn’t have a clear front-runner, and with four contenders a run-off is very possible in 2019. Candidate…
She doesn’t answer phone calls. She doesn’t reply to emails, and she’s now deleted her entire social media history, the most significant of which was on twitter @Delishia4D29. Newly elected Metro Council Member Delishia Porterfield has started off her new council career as possibly the least accessible, and certainly the least transparent member of Metro Council, and she’s only been seated a few weeks.
Current at-large candidate for Metro Council, and former vice Mayoral candidate, Matthew DelRossi was arrested over the weekend, charged with two counts of violating an active order of protection. For his second campaign in a row, it appears he will be running for an elected office while out of jail on bond.
#OpenRecords: Metro Council Member Ed Kindall has 9,388 unread emails in his official nashville.gov email account. He says they are “just thousands of for/against somethings”.