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News and opinion from a retired, pool-playing libertarian conservative

I’m probably not getting this endorsement

One of the more interesting things about running for mayor is answering questions from one side of multi-sided issues like this one from the Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Here are their questions, and my answers. The Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee represents thousands of union members from the industrial,…
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Mother’s milk?

…or poison nectar. It was Jesse “Big Daddy” Unruh who’s credited with coining the phrase “money is the mother’s milk of politics” in 1966, the year I got my driver’s license. Jesse was the Speaker of the California General Assembly and later state treasurer. He ran unsuccessfully for governor against Ronald Reagan in 1970 and…
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‘Suiting up’ for SharonKays411

I’m delighted to have been asked by the Fisk University radio station, JAZZY 88, to do a 15-minute interview next week with Sharon Kay. I’ll be in Sharon’s studio from 5:45 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25. This is where I expect to field questions about General Hospital, Black Lives Matter, and maybe even…
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Briley alone on Transit Tax

My first prediction regarding the transit election has come true. I made the prediction first at a “First Tuesday” lunch on the first Thursday this month. The Tennessean confirmed it today, the same day they also endorsed the tax increases. All of the mayoral candidates, save one, are now against the proposed new Transit plan,…
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What constitutes ‘Open Government’

My second priority as Mayor of Nashville is to open government. My first, defeating the Transit Taxes, will already be accomplished when I’m elected, unless a growing list of candidates for city office are misreading the tea leaves. A lot of politicians talk about open government, or “transparency,” but how many of them actually practice…
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Ralph, why did you decide to run for mayor?

It’s the first question every TV and newspaper reporter asked me on Monday, when I announced I was running for mayor of Nashville in the special election to replace Megan Barry. I’m running for mayor because our city has lost its way, and is currently serving the few at the expense of the many. The…
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My name is Ralph Bristol and I’m running for Mayor of Nashville

I never dreamed this would happen, but it did, and right now, I’m very excited about the possibilities to reform both campaigning for and running local government. My name is Ralph Bristol and I’m running for Mayor of Nashville in the Special Election to replace Megan Barry. Here are some of the reasons: Light Rail…
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Of CROWDS and COURTROOMS

I don’t WANT to be the only armed defender in a crowd if that crowd, God forbid, needs an armed defender, or more than one. But, in that hypothetical scenario, I’d rather be the one armed defender, even if it’s only with my .380 LCP, than be in the crowd and also be defenseless. Nashville…
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Humility: Explained

If you care about winning, not getting credit, you’ll win more. If you care about winning to get the credit, you aren’t really caring about winning. And, you’ll win less. I don’t make the rules. I just know them. The rules are easy to find. Just Google “bible verse humility” and the instructions will come…
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Cost Effectiveness Test: Mailers v. Facebook Views

PLEASE READ AND VOTE FOR ONE (in the comment section on Facebook) -MAILERS -FACEBOOK VIEWS If you were trying to get people to vote “yes” or “no” on an issue, or vote for a candidate, which would be more effective: 10,000 views of a Facebook video or 10,000 postcards in mailboxes? To compare the cost-effectiveness…
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