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The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast
26 minutes | 4 days ago
S3E14: Parks master plan explores idea of fees for park programming
On The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast, city parks director Nick Walker says community centers would remain free but with fees for specific programs that include equitable access for the community. He also talked about “open play areas” Memphians indicated in surveys they want to see more of, like David Carnes Park in Whitehaven.
31 minutes | 12 days ago
S3E13: Smiley says racial disparity in vaccine distribution demands "boots on the ground"
On The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast, City Council member JB Smiley Jr. says the health department needs “boots on the ground” in Black communities to remedy a racial disparity in who is getting the COVID-19 vaccines.
31 minutes | a month ago
S3E11: PILOT reform discussions try to avoid Power Points and path of past efforts
Before Shelby County Commissioners and Memphis City Council members get together to talk about changing the most used tax incentive in local economic development, they want to do more than watch Power Point presentations on PILOTs – payments in lieu of taxes. Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer joins the Daily Memphian Politics Podcast.
29 minutes | a month ago
S3E10: Remus says Democrats will challenge Lee in 2022 Governor's race
The new Tennessee Democratic Party chairman says on The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast that challenging Republican majorities in the Tennessee Legislature will take longer. Hendrell Remus also talked about how different the city’s politics is from other parts of the state.
36 minutes | a month ago
S3E9: State GOP chairman says 'redder' Tennessee also comes with challenges for Republicans
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden, on The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast, says the map to winning Tennessee may have changed with some suburban areas turning purple.
49 minutes | 2 months ago
S3E8: Local Democrats look to Georgia model as way to end Republican dominance in Tennessee politics
Former local Democratic party chairman Corey Strong, on The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast, says the Georgia model of bringing activists and organizers into the state party machinery will take time -- probably six to 10 years to take Tennessee from red to purple.
35 minutes | 2 months ago
S3E7: Year in review
The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast offers a review of the year 2020 centered on four major events. Three of the four were national in scope. The fourth is a local story that has broad implications for the gap between aspirations and the reality of governing.
33 minutes | 2 months ago
S3E6: Organizers say down-ballot races key to Tn. Democratic party return to relevance
Several dozens activists and organizers working for Democratic candidates in the 2020 elections have drafted a “roadmap to renewal” for the state party. A Memphis organizer talks about the roadmap on The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast. The recommendations come as the party prepares to elect a new statewide leader in January.
36 minutes | 2 months ago
S3E5: Lamar Leads
How a moratorium on gas stations, body shops and used tire places has brought to life the Memphis 3.0 plan in other areas of the city.
36 minutes | 3 months ago
S3E4: Alexander Exit Interview
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander also said President Donald Trump has a record to be proud of during the interview on The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast. And he said he carried Memphis in his five statewide general election wins by campaigning everywhere in the county, not just the Republican suburbs.
33 minutes | 3 months ago
S3E3: Voter alliance uses familiar political tools for nonpartisan voter outreach
The Shelby County Voter Alliance is working after its debut effort in the presidential general election cycle to hold the interest of voters through an off election year for most of the county in 2021.
33 minutes | 3 months ago
S3E2: Parkinson renews call to change marijuana laws
The chairman of the Shelby County legislative delegation to the Tennessee General Assembly talked about the issue on The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast. He also reacted to remarks by Republicans about how Memphis can get more out of the legislature by electing more Republicans.
10 minutes | 4 months ago
S3E1: Rest of vote count continues in Shelby County without fanfare
While presidential battleground states continue to count votes in a bright media spotlight, the vote count in Shelby County is quietly moving toward completion with a large number of provisional ballots. The first priority is to determine where those votes were cast to see if they could potentially change a few close local races.
12 minutes | 4 months ago
S2E57: Shelby County early and absentee voters mostly women, Memphians, over 50
A new voting app breaks down who the early voters were. The broader turnout numbers show more than half of the county’s registered voters have already cast their ballots.
42 minutes | 4 months ago
S2E56: Growth in voters and voter turnout come with questions
The founder of one of the get out the vote groups working locally says on The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast that higher turnout is part of a national trend. But detailed numbers also show ongoing problems in access to the vote.
30 minutes | 4 months ago
S2E55: Absentee votes will complicate election night returns
Shelby County Elections Administrator Linda Phillips, on The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast, says the unofficial vote count may be tallied by midnight Nov. 3. But counting absentee ballots is a complex process.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
S2E54: MLGW-TVA discussion must move faster, city council member says
Memphis City Council member Jeff Warren on The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast says there could still be an agreement on the next step in the MLGW-TVA issue. He also warns that the Tennessee Legislature could close the door on a possible MLGW exit from TVA if there isn’t a shorter timeline.
34 minutes | 5 months ago
S2E53: Gibson outlines 'front-loaded' redevelopment plan for South Memphis
Business leader and developer J.W. Gibson talks about the South Memphis TIF taking in Soulsville, LeMoyne-Owen College and the old Metro Plaza on The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast.
35 minutes | 5 months ago
S2E52: City Council grants process evolves and adjusts for pandemic
The council budget committee chairman who oversaw 13 hours of pitches by more than 150 nonprofits seeking a share of $1.95 million has problems with the way grants are awarded. But on The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast, Martavius Jones says he continues to work on refining the process and sees a need for the city to help fund some nonprofits.
34 minutes | 5 months ago
S2E51: Turner says nine-vote majority may test passage of county police reform measures
Shelby County Commissioner Van Turner has seen first hand the impact of violent crime on his commission district which includes Hickory Hill. But Turner says it’s possible to back law enforcement and be opposed to a militarization of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Memphis Police Department.
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