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VOL. 131 | NO. 155 | Thursday, August 4, 2016


Bill Dries

Last Word: The One Before November, Defining The Outsider and Stock Exchange

By Bill Dries

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Election Day arrives in Shelby County.

And this election cycle, in the shadow of the November Presidential general election, has turned out to be pretty interesting.

There are several competitive races – primary and otherwise – beyond the marquee race on the ballot – the Republican primary in the 8th Congressional district.

For the traditionalists who vote on election day, here is our Memphis News cover story from the start of early voting that walks you through the race for the 8th and has a link to our rundown of the rest of the ballot. There is also a link to your very own sample ballot that you can mark up as you please to take with you to the polls.

Republican state Representative Curry Todd already had a good challenge from Mark Lovell and Diane George before his arrest Tuesday on a warrant connected to removing Lovell’s campaign signs and then Lovell posted his bail.

Democratic state Representative John Deberry and challenger Tami Sawyer has been a close primary race from the outset as has the state Senate Democratic primary between incumbent Sara Kyle and former state Senator Beverly Marrero.

Kyle is the incumbent and has all of the advantages that come with that. Marrero is a recent former incumbent who has backing from Congressman Steve Cohen.

Another one to watch Thursday evening that developed over the course of a very hot summer is the special election nonpartisan race for Chancery Court between incumbent judge Jim Newsom and attorney Joe Jenkins.

Newsom has the endorsement of the local Republican party. And he has not mistaken an appointment from the governor to the bench for an election victory. Jenkins is running a solid textbook campaign that has turned a lot of heads in the kind of race that is hard to get voters who aren’t attorneys interested in.

The conduct of each in this hard fought campaign has also been an affirmation that it is possible to have a competitive election and walk away after the votes are counted feeling good about the process even if it wasn’t the outcome some of us wanted.

As we’ve mentioned before, our live coverage of the election returns begins @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols, with the release of the early vote totals after the election day polls close at 7 p.m.

Back to the 8th… All of the major contenders in the primary and some who aren’t major contenders have each claimed status as “the outsider” in the race.

But each has defined that status in terms that, not surprisingly, are tailored to who each of them are.

You can be a Republican party leader and be an outsider. You can work in a lot of campaigns as a consultant and you are still an outsider. You can run for office a lot and lose most of those races and still be untainted by having held elected office. And you can hold elected office without turning in your outsider card.

So we talked with two national political figures about what makes an outsider and got some different answers as well as interesting answers.

Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum each admittedly have a view about who should win Thursday’s primary but each has also carried Shelby County and taken Tennessee in past Tennessee Presidential primaries.

Shelby County Elections Administrator Linda Phillips tells us there are a few points to keep in mind when you are voting on the touch screen machines used in Shelby County.

The touch screens on the voting machines are different than the touch screens on your phone or tablet. They are resistive touchscreens, which means you apply firm pressure as opposed to the sweeping and punching movements you use on your phone or tablet.

If you have long fingernails, that could be a problem when voting if your fingernail makes contact with the screen in a different spot than where your finger has made contact with the screen.

The solution, Phillips says, is a stylus that you can request at your polling place. She adds that the election commission is ordering more for the November Presidential election with a goal of having one for each machine without having to ask for one.

In his View From The Hill column, our Nashville correspondent, Sam Stockard, has a statewide perspective on the two parties in the Legislature and in Congress in the shadow of Trump.

As election day approaches, the corruption trial of veteran state legislator Joe Armstrong of Knoxville is getting underway. Erik Schelzig of the Associated Press sets the stage for what the defense and the prosecution will tell the jury through testimony.

One year since the city’s newest public company opened for business, Jernigan Capital talks with investors and analysts in their earnings call about the first of their self-storage developments financed by the company that has performed above leasing projections.

What many Memphians refer to as the Stock Exchange is marking its 30th year. The Les Passees Inc. Stock Exchange is a consignment shop that opens Aug. 13 in Stage Centre in Bartlett and it closes in late October. Just don’t go calling it a flea market or a garage sale.

The exchange is known for the meticulous way its items are grouped and for not taking any old thing that someone doesn’t want. It’s very upscale. And the fundraiser for charities and nonprofits selected by what is the city’s oldest women’s volunteer organization boasts a list of 4,600 consignors.

The Memphis Real Estate Recap: the second Frost, a building in Bartlett Corporate Park sells for $1.4 million, details of the Downtown Huey’s renovation, building permit details for the build-out of the Shops at Millington Farms and renovations at the First Tennessee Bank Building at Madison and B.B. King.


The Office Depot merger with Staples fails.

Goldman Sachs is fined for using confidential material.

The small biz hiring streak is still happening.

Time Warner invests in Hulu.

And Facebook opens a hardware lab.

PROPERTY SALES 57 280 1,209
MORTGAGES 55 244 916
BUILDING PERMITS 158 699 2,751