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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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‘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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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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Transit ad exploits senior citizens

By now, if you watch much local TV News, you have probably seen the 30-second “Vote For Transit” ads that features mostly “seasoned citizens” like myself touting Nashville’s light rail transit plan. I wonder how many of the people in the ad have calculated what age they might be when construction is scheduled to be…
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Missed it by That Much!

  by Ralph Bristol The projected cost of California’s bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles has jumped to $77 billion (a 20% increase) and the opening date has been pushed back four years to 2033. The first 119 miles is scheduled to open by 2022, 14 years after voters approved a $10 billion…
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2018: A rough start for police

So far this year, 17 police have been shot to death, a record pace. At this pace, 90 officers would be shot to death this year, more than double the number just three years ago. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund found that 64 officers were killed in firearm-related incidents in 2016 — a…
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The Dallas Light Rail Experience

BUDGET: $1 billion AVERAGE SUBSIDY: $14/trip USAGE: 3% of commuter population EFFECT ON CONGESTION: negligible   Dallas-Fort Worth boasts the longest light rail system in the country, operating 93 miles of light rail, plus 34 miles of commuter rail and 652 buses in 2017 with an operating budget of $495 million dollars and a total…
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