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Knoxville mayor: Worth every penny

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais was the only Republican House member from Tennessee to oppose House Speaker John Boehner’s re-election. DesJarlais barely won re-nomination by 38 votes last August after the House leadership privately suggested he not seek another term.

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville was one of only four House Democrats not to vote for Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker, but he voted for Colin Powell to be Speaker, as he did in 2013. House rules provide that a non-member may server as Speaker. However, no House Speaker has ever not been a member at the same time. Powell is considered to be a moderate Republican. He endorsed Barack Obama for President in 2008 and 2012.

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Greenway project drags

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

The First Creek Greenway, announced by Mayor Rogero in her first budget in 2012, still has not been built two years later as she prepares her third budget. Perhaps no one at city hall is really pushing it, so little delays become long delays and people spend time on other issues.

New city press spokesperson Eric Vreeland says the greenway is actually ahead of schedule with a completion date of December 2016. Surely he jests, but actually not.

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