Aspire Public Schools superintendent Dr. Nick Manning talks about Aspire’s new local control model and the relationship between charter school operators and Shelby County Schools.
S2E11: Bringing back Orange Mound
Shelby County Property Assessor Melvin Burgess and Ken Washington, over residential appraisals in the assessor’s office talk about the Orange Mound Initiative that starts with a bid to increase property value in a part of town where the median home value is under $30,000.
S2E10: City council member elect J.B. Smiley Jr.
The new city council that takes office in January and the transition from candidate to elected official along with Smiley’s views on residency requirements, MLGW rate hikes and “scare tactics.”
S2E9: City Council chairman Kemp Conrad
Conrad talks about the new council that takes office in January with six new members, the current council’s end of term agenda, why the new CLERB proposal can wait and a sobering moment during his recent trip to Hungary.
S2E8: Climate change in Memphis
Planning and Development director John Zeanah talks about carbon emissions goals for the city, why the bus rapid transit corridor to come will be a different kind of bus ride and the climate change debate.
S2E7: MLGW’s rate hike proposal and a cost-cutting plan for the utility
Memphis Light Gas and Water Division president CEO J.T. Young talks about the report recommending a cut in more than 300 employees, other savings and the rate hike proposal he is about to take to City Hall.
S2E6: Interpreting the October Memphis elections
Sijuwola Crawford and Earle Fisher of Up The Vote 901 and the Peoples Convention talk about what voters were saying in city elections, voices outside the polling places and the return of the People’s Convention.
S2E5: Political consultant Steven Reid
Mayor Jim Strickland’s campaign consultant talks about what happened behind the scenes of the race for Memphis Mayor, a critical change in the polling and the fallacy of a split black vote in the election results.
S2E4: Is there a better way to conduct elections?
Carlos Ochoa of Ranked Choice Tennessee talks about ranked choice voting and the group’s push to have it implemented in Memphis elections over the last decade. Why the group expects state election officials to again rule that ranked-choice can’t be used in the state. Also the debate over the terms suffragists and suffragettes in the Memphis 200.
S2E3: The Memphis elections
A review of Memphis election results and a few new steps beyond the election. Also Shelby County Election Commissioner Bennie Smith talks about what voters were saying with the turnout and the Strickland re-election effort as well as lots of talk about new voting machines.
S2E2: Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris
The pitch for a third car sustainability fee to fund the Memphis Area Transit Authority.
S2E1: City Court Clerk candidate Delicia DeGraffreed
Should the clerk’s job be an elected position?
S1E40: Council candidate Cat Allen and the “Pledge For Progress”
Hear more about the pact five city council candidates have signed off on as early voting starts in Memphis. And take a look at our new elections section.
S1E39: Former Memphis Mayoral contender Harold Collins
The former city council member talks about his 2015 bid to become mayor, how it compares to the 2019 race and the concept of vote splitting.
S1E38: City Council member Gerre Currie
City council member Gerre Currie talks about her appointment to the council, her quest for a full four year term in a different district and change in the election season.
S1E37: City Council candidate Mauricio Calvo
Super District council contender Mauricio Calvo talks about his first run for political office, a more diverse Memphis and explaining super districts.
S1E36: City Councilman Ford Canale
City Councilman Ford Canale talks about development, more police and his grandfather’s campaigns.
S1E35: The public safety referendum
Leaders of the police and fire unions talk about the referendum on a half-cent sales tax hike this October to restore benefits for public safety employees.
S1E34: City council contender Frank Johnson
The super district candidate talks about the summer campaign, South Memphis and distrust in economic development.
S1E33: City council contender Cody Fletcher
Fletcher talks about why he switched super district races and his views on development.