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VOL. 42 | NO. 25 | Friday, June 22, 2018

Blue wave? State Democrats more likely up a creek

Other states might see Trump backlash but it’s doubtful here

Tennessee Democrats are hoping a “blue wave” will wash across the Volunteer State this fall and help them regain a number of seats lost over the last decade. Republicans are banking on red voters to crush any wave by capitalizing on the popularity of President Donald Trump when November arrives.

After 300-vote loss last year, Carfi goes after Pody again

On the heels of a near upset in December, 2017, Mary Alice Carfi isn’t banking on a blue wave to defeat Republican Sen. Mark Pody in the race for state Senate District 14 just east of Davidson County.


Enthusiasm not enough to turn Tennessee blue

Tennessee’s legislative Democrats are eternally optimistic. They don’t have much choice but to look on the bright side with 75-24 and 28-5 deficits in the House and Senate.

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Williamson, Inc. Town Hall. A monthly community forum featuring elected officials centered on the issues being discussed in the Tennessee Legislature and in Williamson County. Representatives are given a platform to discuss the issues in greater depth with their constituents. Topic: An update from the Williamson County Legislative Delegation. Guest Panel: State Senator Jack Johnson, State Representatives Charles Sargent, Glen Casada and Sam Whitson. Columbia State Community College Community Room – Building A, 1228 Liberty Pike, Franklin. Friday, 7:15 a.m. networking, 7:30-8:30 Program/taping Fee: no charge for Williamson, Inc. Business Partners and Guests. Open to the general public. Information:

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Tennesseans struggle to get, stay healthy

Despite having some of the best health care companies in world, the people who live and work in Tennessee are not healthy.

What statewide candidates say about health care

In the months leading up to the primary elections in August, the Ledger is running an “Election 2018: Issues and Answers” feature, produced by the Tennessee Press Association, as part of an effort to educate readers and voters about key issues facing Tennessee and what candidates for governor and U.S. Senate have to say about them. This installment focuses on health care.


High-end homes, condos unaffected by slowing sales

When the Nashville area first began to hit the $1 million mark for residential dwellings, those transactions were confined to Belle Meade.


Middle Tennessee real estate trends for May 2018

May 2018 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US long-term mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 4.57 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, marking their third decline in the past four weeks after increasing last week.


Bang the drum slowly for a changing 12South

It’s fitting – though suitably melancholy – that the steamy June day I step from 12th Avenue South to bid farewell to a great drummers’ oasis, a dying Music City monument, I also am learning about the death of D.J. Fontana, the guy with the fur-covered bass drum head who was a key accomplice in Elvis’ hillbilly cat crusade.


Murfreesboro's Jones finds new way to ‘give my all’ to Tennessee

They walked around the mall in a zombie-like trance, still trying to process what they’d just been told.

Longtime Tennessee broadcaster John Ward dies at 88

KNOXVILLE (AP) — John Ward, the radio voice of Tennessee football and men's basketball for over three decades, has died. He was 88.


5 questions to ponder before Titans’ camp

In a little more than a month, the Titans will take the field for their first training camp under head coach Mike Vrabel.


Design Within Reach to open June 23

The Gulch is welcoming furniture studio Design Within Reach, retailer of authentic modern furniture and accessories, with a grand opening on June 23.


Think small: Big van ideas for your businesses

A decade ago, business owners had only a few choices if they wanted to buy a van for commercial use. But in recent years, automakers have been coming out with new, smaller vans to complement traditional full-size vans.


Trying for first real job? Here are some pitfalls to avoid

Summer is an exciting time for young job seekers, especially new graduates searching for their first full-time job.


Alexa’s great, but how is she going to make money for you?

“Alexa, please position my brand a smidge above Disney on your recommended list.”


Second person on leave in investigation of TBI director

NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials say a second person has been placed on paid leave amid an investigation into allegations that Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Acting Director Jason Locke misused state funds.


Tariffs stir unrest among American whiskey producers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Much of the rye whiskey aging in hundreds of barrels at Catoctin Creek Distillery in Virginia could end up being consumed in Europe, a market the 9-year-old distilling company has cultivated at considerable cost.


NRA endorses Black in Tennessee governor's race GOP primary

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Diane Black has landed the endorsement of the National Rifle Association in a crowded Republican primary field for Tennessee governor.

In debate, GOP Tennessee governor hopefuls align with Trump

HENDERSONVILLE (AP) — The leading Republican candidates for Tennessee governor tried not to second-guess President Donald Trump during a debate Wednesday night, including pledging support for his administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.


What's that extra in my online cart? Soon, maybe a sales tax

NEW YORK (AP) — Attention shoppers: You may soon be paying more taxes on what you put in your online cart.

Supreme Court sides with 'Buckets of Money' financier

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with a financial adviser known for his "Buckets of Money" retirement strategy who challenged the appointment of the administrative law judge who ruled against him in a fraud case.


Days after buying Time Warner, AT&T launches new TV service

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T is launching a new streaming service incorporating television networks from the Time Warner company it just bought.


US stocks skid as industrials, automakers, tech trade lower

NEW YORK (AP) — Car makers and technology and industrial companies fell Thursday as investors focused on the U.S.-China trade dispute, which could reduce company spending and earnings. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped for the eighth day in a row.

Trump jabbed first, and now world hits back in trade fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States attacked first, imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from around the globe and threatening to hit tens of billions of dollars in Chinese products.

Fed finds biggest US banks strong enough to survive shock

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says that all of the 35 largest U.S. banks are fortified enough to survive an economic shock and keep on lending. Banks' losses from credit cards increased in the latest "stress tests," however.

Canada's legalization to offer pot by mail, better banking

Mail-order weed? You betcha! With nationwide marijuana legalization in Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up differently there than the way it was established in nine U.S. states that have similarly broad legalization. Age limits, government involvement in distribution and sales, and access to banking are some big discrepancies.

EU says tax on Harleys aimed to 'make noise' in trade debate

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Thursday that the grouping has targeted some iconic American imports like Harley-Davidson motorcycles and bourbon for tariffs in hopes that it will "make noise" and put pressure on U.S. leaders amid a trade dispute.

China says US swinging 'big stick' of unfair trade tactics

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday accused the United States of using bullying tactics and blackmail in threatening to impose tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese imports, ramping up criticism that the measures levied in the name of balancing trade would harm both countries' companies and the world economy.


Governor orders probe of abuse claims by immigrant children

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia's governor ordered state officials Thursday to investigate abuse claims by children at an immigration detention facility who said they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.

GOP-led House narrowly passes farm bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House has narrowly passed a sweeping farm bill that would toughen work requirements for food stamp recipients.

Melania Trump dons 'I really don't care, do u?' jacket

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump wore a jacket that read "I really don't care, do u?" as she boarded a flight Thursday to a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents.

House rejects hard-right immigration bill, baring GOP divide

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House killed a hard-right immigration bill Thursday, and Republican leaders delayed a planned vote on a compromise GOP package with the party's lawmakers fiercely divided over an issue that has long confounded them.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely claims progress on NKorea nukes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is trumpeting results of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that get ahead of reality.

Courting Putin, Trump jolts the West with a nationalist bent

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Donald Trump presses ahead with plans for a summer summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin, the U.S. president is jolting relationships with some of America's longest and strongest allies. Amid concerns over Trump's apparent desire to be cozy with the Russian leader, he is pursuing increasingly nationalistic foreign and trade policies and delivering scathing personal attacks on traditionally friendly leaders who don't share his views.

White House proposes merging education, labor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration proposed a major reorganization of the federal government on Thursday, calling for merging the education and labor departments, moving the federal food stamp program to the Department of Health and Human Services and renaming that agency. The plan represented the latest aspiration of a presidential administration to revamp a sprawling federal government.

Trump tweet complicates House GOP efforts on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours before House showdown votes on immigration, President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that any measure the chamber passes would be doomed in the Senate anyway. His comments could weaken Republicans' already uphill drive to pass legislation on an issue that's become politically fraught amid heart-rending images of migrant families being separated at the border.

Tennessee officials praise online sales tax ruling

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials are praising a U.S. Supreme Court decision that lets states force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

Pentagon agrees to provide space for 20,000 migrant children

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will make space available on military bases for as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children detained after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, a spokesman said Thursday.