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Commission Votes to
Poke the Bear
University of Memphis: The univerisity’s collection of art grew by one more at the Statue of Ramesses was moved from Downtown yesterday, safely. A WREG photo gallery of the move. A Daily Helmsman account. And more from ABC24, Fox13 and the Commercial Appeal.
Municipal School Districts: Action Monday means a conference committee between the State House and Senate to resolve and pass a bill allowing MSDs for Shelby County.
Beale Street Landing: At twice the original cost, with a trimmed-down final design and still behind schedule the BSL is still scheduled to open on time.
Second Amendment: Governor Bill Haslam is apparently pressuring legislators to kill the “guns in parking lots” bill. The bill failed to get a vote in the Senate. State Senator Jim Kyle tried to force a Senate vote; his statement on the effort. House Republicans also “overwhelmingly oppose” a floor vote.
Economic Development: Legislation has quiety surfaced that would disallow “border cities” (like Memphis) from using Tax Increment Financing from State revenues to fund private projects. This could impact Memphis development. Link to bill.
Business: A quarterly survey of economists by USA TODAY shows the economy should gain steam this year. But, the Associated Press says half of all 2012 college grads will find jobs.
Wal-Mart: That the company found tens of millions in suspect payments in their Mexican subsidiary and then stopped an investigation has brought scrutiny from the American Federal government. It hurt the company’s stock. sending it down.
Pinnacle: They will furlough 450 pilots over the next 18 months.
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NEW! INTERNET EXCLUSIVE! Our Tea Party contributor, Ed “Doc” Holliday has a monumental post likening the 2012 election campaign to the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War! And President Barack Obama is…General Robert E. Lee?
INTERNET EXCLUSIVE! Southpaw: Andria K. Brown looks at abstinence-only education, as enacted by the State, and wonders at their “modesty proposal”.
Internet Exclusive: Tomeka Hart and Separate Schools: Regular contributor Mick Wright shows that Tomeka Hart, candidate for the Ninth Congressional District, working with Darrell Cobbins, doesn’t have the best interests of Shelby County’s surburban residents in mind when it comes to schools.
Unemployment: Between February 2008 and February 2012, Memphis lost 32,000 jobs, an almost 6% decline.
Shelby County Public Defender’s Office: State Senator Jim Kyle says the State owes the office $28 million from a long-term “budget blunder”.
Memphis Fire Department: Residents in Hickory Hills are concerned that budget cuts will mean poorer protection.
DeSoto County: More on the new Performing Arts Center at DeSoto Central High School. Olive Branch police are issuing 65% more traffic tickets. Both Hernando and Southaven won awards for “sustainability”.
Politics: The bill to allow drug testing of welfare recipients passed out of the House Finance Subcommittee yesterday. The bill. Sponsor Representative Julia Hurley later blocked an effort to have legislators also drug-tested; more from the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Pregnancy and Assaults: The State Senate also passed a bill making harm to an embryo during homicide or assault a dual charge. (Links to bill in story) The bill has already passed the House and now goes to the governor.
Judicial Appointment: A constitutional amendment to allow the governor to appoint judges with Senate approval, has now passed the State Senate. Two more readings are required before the resolution waits for the next session of the General Assembly for second approval, then the resolution is put before the voters in 2014. A related bill, applying to the Attorney General, also failed.
Mall of Memphis: Sale has closed on its former site, which will now become an industrial park.
Mississippi: The charter school bill is headed to a conference committee. And the Legislature passed the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act, to review current or proposed legislation as it affect small business. And protections for roadside workers was expanded.
Picture of the Day
|Part of the Secret Sculpture Garden, a wonderful arts project, from MetalRiot by Thomasin Durgin. © 2012. Used with permission. Follow the link to learn more about this enchanting little endeavour.|
Opinion and Blogs
Taming Insanity: At what point should she stop blogging all the silly things her infant son does? (Hopefully, not soon.)
Giving Back: He spotlights the Mid-South Food Bank. (via the Daily News)
The Worldly Investor: Don’t be seduced by large cap investments, there are plenty of small caps out there, too. (via the Daily News)
Eric A. Trotz: Advice if you’re considering a property tax appeal this year. (via the Daily News)
Sid Salter: The rift between the MS tea party and the Chamber of Commerce and Republican leadership. (via the Desoto Times Tribune)
Ben Ferguson: He looks at the issues of the day (via Fox13)
People I Know: This local podcast interviews David Nielsen, who runs the Secondhand Underground and Oh Dear God Why blogs, both of which you should be reading.
Joe Spake’s Daily Buzz: The rest of the day’s news, from all sorts of eclectic places.
Walls of the City: A case study in fail.
This Classical Life: Another Monday recipe roundup.
Squeaky Wheel Seeks Grease: Hey! Someone noticed us!