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Trump gets head start on TVA board

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

Three nominees of President Barack Obama for the TVA board of directors were not confirmed by the U.S. Senate and will, consequently, depart the board in 10 days, reducing the nine-member board to six members.

The terms of two more expire in May 2017, for a total of five off the board.

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Funding, finally, for First Creek greenway

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

City Council has approved after five years of waiting $1.2 million for the First Creek greenway construction. This was a greenway promised by Mayor Rogero in her first budget message in 2011 and then quickly forgotten.

The past greenway coordinator had few achievements in her five years in Knoxville. Fortunately, she has left the city and moved to a related position in Chattanooga.

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Making the case for Donald Trump

Scott Frith
Government/Politics columnist

This election is rigged. All of it. And if Donald Trump somehow comes back to win on Election Day it will be the biggest upset since Harry Truman came back to defeat Thomas Dewey in 1948.

When I write that the election is rigged, I’m not referring to the vote itself (at least not around here). Tennessee has hard-working election officials who will ensure the integrity of the ballot.

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Will the wrecking ball get Eddie Smith?

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

In the days after the release of the “hot mic” video of Donald Trump bragging that he gropes women with impunity because he’s a star, Gov. Bill Haslam joined a couple dozen other Republican elected officials who declared their disgust and renounced their support of the GOP nominee. The reaction from the nominee’s committed supporters was predictable and harsh, causing some of the Trump critics (mostly members of Congress facing re-election contests) to renounce their renunciations.

Trump carried Tennessee handily in the GOP primary, and his supporters, who are numerous and loud, are furious at Haslam, whom they accuse of never liking Trump much anyhow (he supported Marco Rubio in the primary). Haslam hasn’t come back to Trump, but there’s not much Trump’s fans can do to the governor, who is term-limited and won’t have to face their wrath at the ballot box any time soon.

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Trump takes South Carolina, TN votes March 1

Scott Frith
Government/Politics columnist

Donald Trump won the South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary on Saturday. It was a dominating win. Most pundits agree that Marco Rubio has the best shot to defeat Trump if he consolidates so-called establishment support. My guess is that Trump’s biggest opponent isn’t Marco Rubio or Hillary Clinton.

It’s himself.

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Butter and egg bureaucracy

Scott Frith
Government/Politics columnist

Red tape hinders local business

In case you missed it, Peg Hambright owns Magpies Bakery on Central Street near the old Sears building. It’s a great business that’s thriving in a long-neglected area of Knoxville. Hambright has been trying to install dancing butter and egg cartoon characters (affectionately known as Mr. Butter and Ms. Egg) on the rooftop of Magpies.

No problem, right?

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