Tag: Tennessee

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Battle of Athens: The Forgotten History of the Tennessee Rebellion Against Local Government


The fight for civil rights in America is not limited to black Americans. Nor is the American Revolution limited to the 1700s. Case in point: The Battle of Athens. This was a pitched physical confrontation lasting two days in 1946, but with roots stretching back into the 1930s. It is part of an overall pan-racial resistance to anti-democratic government forms throughout the United States – and an oft-forgotten moment in American history.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. October Surprises Breaking Republicans’ Way?


It is axiomatic that, each October, the media will unveil embarrassing, negative, damaging things about Republican candidates. The timing is intended to hurt Republicans and help Democrats at the ballot box. If the media doesn’t do it, a Republican self-sabotages. 2018 is different.

Media Revelations 

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see Ted Cruz opening up a nine point lead over Beto O’Rourke in the Texas U.S. Senate race and it looks like very few voters are likely to change their minds. They also react to former Attorney General Eric Holder telling activists that when Republicans go low, Democrats should kick them. And Democrat Phil Bredesen’s Tennessee campaign staffers are caught on camera admitting Bredesen really hates Trump and only said he would have voted for Brett Kavanaugh to pander to moderate Republicans.

Jim Geraghty of Radio America and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the news that Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker will not become “the Brett Favre of politics” as the senator confirms he will honor his initial decision not to run for re-election this year. They also discuss efforts by House Democrats to ban every semi-automatic firearm that has a detachable magazine and every one that can hold more than ten rounds, with Jim detailing the random, uninformed approach Democrats appear to be taking on this issue. They have some fun with the news actress Stacey Dash and former MSNBC hothead Dylan Ratigan are running for Congress. And they pay tribute to National Review Founder William F. Buckley, Jr. ten years after his death.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Sex and the Convenient Excuse


Greg Schiano.
Greg Schiano’s coaching résumé is a mixed bag. He had a fair amount of success at Rutgers back when that school was still in the Big East. In his last seven years, he led the Scarlet Knights to a 56-33 record and six bowl games where they went 5-1. That got him interviews at Michigan, the University of Miami, and an offer in the National Football League. It was there that his reputation took a hit for six.

In his first year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team was a semi-respectable 7-9 but tumbled to 4-12 in his second year and ranked in the bottom of nearly every offensive category. He, and the General Manager who hired him, were shown the door. Unable to find college or pro work he ended up at Berkeley Preparatory School until Urban Meyer hired him as the Defensive Coordinator at the Ohio State University.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Tennessee Is Criminalizing Shampooing


shutterstock_281446382In a new column over at Forbes, Nick Sibilla from the Institute for Justice (IJ) details the case of Tammy Pritchard, whose attempt to earn a better living as a part-time shampooer in a friend’s beauty salon in Tennessee has been stymied by the state’s restrictive occupational licensing laws.

“Unfortunately for Tammy, unlicensed shampooing is a crime, punishable by up to six months in jail. The Tennessee Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners can also impose civil penalties as high as $1,000 for those who dare to lather, rinse and repeat without a license…

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Here in Tennessee’s 5th district, which is basically Nashville plus some outlying areas, Rep. Jim Cooper has been coasting to reelection since 2003. Before that he represented the neighboring 4th (a seat now in the hands of the eminently creepy Republican Scott DesJarlais, but that’s a separate issue) from ’83-’95. As a leader of the […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. On Individual Liberty and Vaccinations — Troy Senik


Here in Nashville for a couple of weeks — the closest thing I have to therapy — I’ve been perusing the local press, partially as a means of playing one of my favorite games: “Spot the Contrast with California.”

It takes only one item to underscore the difference. The big economic fight right now in Tennessee — a state that already has no general income tax and is in the process of phasing out its estate tax— is whether the Hall Tax, a levy on income from stocks and bonds, is also destined for repeal. We’re not in Los Angeles anymore, Toto.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Jack Daniel’s, It’s Like I Don’t Even Know You Anymore — Troy Senik


I’d like to tell you that the rollout of Ricochet 2.0 was sponsored by Jack Daniel’s, but that would imply that they were putting money into my pocket instead of the other way around. Yes, like any good writer, when the yoke becomes heavy I often pour my therapy into a tumbler (to say nothing of my writerly support for the coffee and tobacco industries — I’m a one-man farm bill!). I may have doubled the GDP of Lynchburg this week.

shutterstock_174073781Being partial to whiskey — and my intermittent home state of Tennessee — Jack Daniel’s is less a choice and more a matter of muscle memory. It’s woven into the very fabric of the Volunteer State.