Flood or No Flood, The World Keeps Turning

Mud Island shot from Riverside Dr., 2pm May 2, 2011
This may sound a bit callous or cold, but it is a harsh reality: The world doesn’t stop just because we’re staring down the barrel of a disaster.

Lots of things are going on across the state and the nation, and even though it’s hard to keep up with everything with all the flood information, but it is important.

On the bright side:

Memphis’ own Booker T. Washington High School has been selected as a finalist in the President’s Commencement Challenge. Congratulations to #BTW and here’s hoping they win it all.

The has effectively killed many bad bills for this year including State Sen. Stacey Campfield’s ridiculous “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Thank goodness.

Speaking of “Don’t Say Gay”, here’s an interesting exchange between Sen. Campfield and a blogger.

On the Not so bright side:

The Tennessee Senate voted last night to approve a bill that would end collective bargaining. I’m not sure how removing a check from the system of checks and balances is going to help student achievement, and neither are several state legislators. Here’s a video from State Sen. Eric Stewart.

Speaking Out

Sen. Lowe Finney and Rep. Craig Fitzhugh ask in the Commercial Appeal why the Haslam Administration is abandoning successful policy.

The CA editorial board also had something to say about the Anti-Shariah bill before the TNGA.

Mediation

Here in Shelby County, the mediation on the Schools issue has been taken back over by the Judge. We’ll just have to see what shakes out from that development.

City Council Meeting

This afternoon the Memphis City Council meets and will discuss several items of interest. You can see the agenda here.

No mention of redistricting, which was deferred until the May 17th meeting. Maybe someone needs to go and ask them about the need for public scrutiny. Maybe I will.

The meeting starts at 3:30.

I’ll have more flood information later this afternoon. Until then, stay safe.

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