VOL. 131 | NO. 42 | Monday, February 29, 2016
The Week Ahead: February 29, 2016
How was your weekend, Memphis? We know what you’ll be doing Tuesday (voting, of course!), but plenty of nonpolitical happenings grace this week’s calendar too – from a trio of Grizzlies games to a fundraiser supporting fair housing.
Ready to earn your “I Voted” sticker? Election day is Tuesday in Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. – and remember, this isn’t early voting. You have to vote at your designated neighborhood precinct (which you can look up at shelbyvote.com).
The ballot is topped by the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries.
Tennessee is one of the so-called “SEC” Southern states holding their primaries on the same day.
Also on the ballot are the Republican and Democratic primaries for a single countywide office – General Sessions Court Clerk.
The Republican primary has one candidate, Richard Morton, running unopposed.
The Democratic primary is a one-on-one matchup between incumbent clerk Ed Stanton and challenger and former clerk’s office administrator William Stovall.
Morton and the winner of the Democratic primary advance to the August countywide general election ballot.
The presidential primaries have what you might call a more porous definition of winning. The primaries and caucuses across the country are races to the respective national party conventions this summer, with delegates won during the primaries and caucuses.
Until the conventions, you will hear numerous declarations about who has won – mainly from the candidates themselves.
Speaking of conventions, local Democrats hold one Saturday to begin selecting their delegates for the summer national convention based on the unofficial vote count from Tuesday’s primary.
The two parties have different methods for selecting their delegates, and this is part of the Democrats’ method.
Young professional meet-up Undercurrent returns on Monday night at The New Daisy. A complete overhaul of the historic theater – located at 330 Beale St. – wrapped last October, and many Memphians have yet to see the decades of graffiti replaced with carpeting and chandeliers.
The latest edition of Undercurrent is hosted by The New Memphis Institute. Admission is free and the night kicks off at 8 p.m.
The Memphis City Council meets Tuesday, with an afternoon protest outside City Hall expected.
The protest is over talk by some council members of changing the rules that allow citizens to speak on any topic at the end of their sessions.
The council rules committee could talk about those changes at a Monday meeting at 3 p.m.
Also Tuesday, the Memphis Area Transit Authority board meets at Central Station at 4 p.m. to do some voting of its own.
They are voting on a set of 35 route and service changes that would take effect May 1.
The changes are a revenue-neutral set of changes that increase frequency and shorten some routes.
They are a start by the transit authority in a push to improve service for a system that MATA president Ron Garrison has said is “on the verge of collapse.”
MATA held public hearings on these proposed changes and got mixed reactions – some specific responses from riders who have to use the system to get to work and home every day.
So there may be some tinkering with the changes before the MATA board calls the roll on this.
Some Memphis companies are set to get Wall Street’s take on their recent performance this week.
AutoZone and GTx both post quarterly results this week, two companies that couldn’t be more different in terms of the Street’s reaction to how they perform. The latter, of course, is a biopharmaceutical company that depends heavily on research, successful clinical trials and regulatory approval for its drugs – with a negative surprise in any of those areas quickly putting a damper on the stock.
AutoZone, meanwhile, is a company that’s grown its earnings per share by a double-digit percentage every quarter for years. It’s flush with cash, keeps opening stores at a steady clip and tends to impress analysts for its ability to perform well in good times and bad. AutoZone reports on Tuesday, GTx on Thursday.
In the middle of public outcry against Global Ministries Foundation, whose nonprofit housing portfolio lost its Department of Housing and Urban Development subsidies due to numerous code violations, Memphis has something to celebrate.
On Friday, the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center is hosting a fundraiser to note the 48th anniversary of The Fair Housing Act.
An anonymous donor has offered to match funds raised by the MSPJC up to $10,000 until March 15. The funds will support MSPJC’s organizing efforts for housing justice.
The event is held at MSPJC headquarters, 3573 Southern Ave., and begins at 7 p.m.
Memphis writer Bob Mehr is releasing “Trouble Boys,” his book about The Replacements, this week. He’ll be talking about and signing copies of the book – about the iconic rock band from Minneapolis – Tuesday at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended.
The Memphis Grizzlies return to action at FedExForum with a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday vs. the Sacramento Kings.
This starts a three-game homestand that continues with a 7 p.m. game Friday vs. Utah and a 3 p.m. contest on Sunday against the Phoenix Suns.
• Monday is the last chance to catch “Out of Africa,” contemporary works from Africa and the diaspora at the Art Village Gallery, 410 S. Main St. Call 901-521-0782.
• At the Circuitous Succession Gallery, 500 S. Second St., the “Strong Women” photo exhibit by Lawrence Jasud, continues. Go to circuitioussuccession.com or call 901-229-1041.
• And at the Memphis Slim Collaboratory, 1130 College St., “Burning Bridges as I Light the Way Forward,” objects and images of Tobacco Brown, remains on display. Visit memphismeansmusic.com or call 901-527-1029 for more details.
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