Nashville

Is Obamacare Making Insurance Cheaper In Your City?
New report shows prices falling in some places, but there's a catch
September 05, 2014

Quite possibly—but there's a catch

Take This Microbrew and Shove It
Why do we keep anointing "it" cities?
February 20, 2013

Why do we keep anointing "it" cities?

No Southern Comfort For Wishful Liberals
November 20, 2012

Southern liberals say the region isn't as severely Republican as it seems. But they're ignoring reality.

A Pro-Life Law Flying Under the Banner of ‘Women’s Health’
June 13, 2012

The latest assault on abortion rights is taking place in Tennessee, where a new law that goes into effect on July 1 will require abortion providers to register at local hospitals. Though it seems mundane and bureaucratic, the law is actually part of an increasingly successful strategy for quietly destroying access to abortion. The Tennessee bill, called the Life Defense Act of 2012, would require every Tennessee practitioner who performs abortions to be a member of a local hospital.

The Unbearable Weakness of Mitt Romney
March 06, 2012

I'll leave it to others to make the general pronouncements about how Mitt Romney's middling performance Tuesday night against deeply flawed and overmatched opponents showed yet again what an astonishingly weak frontrunner he is. Instead, I want to focus in on a geographic irony that emerged more clearly Tuesday night than it has in the earlier primaries. Namely, that Romney does well in the places where Barack Obama does well, and he does poorly in the places where Obama does poorly.

Government Jobs and the Economic Recovery in Metropolitan America (Updated June 24, 2011)
June 27, 2011

The current edition of Brookings’ MetroMonitor shows that government job growth is associated with the economic performance of America’s metropolitan areas since the beginning of the recession. Among the nation’s 100 largest metro areas, the 20 that have done the best since the recession started (taking into account recovery of jobs, output, unemployment rates, and house prices) are Augusta, Austin, Boston,   Buffalo, Columbus, Dallas, El Paso, Honolulu, Jackson, Knoxville, Little Rock, Madison, McAllen, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Rochester, San Antonio, and Washington. Of th

Government Jobs and the Economic Recovery in Metropolitan America
June 22, 2011

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The Famous Door: Blake Shelton's Cowardly Ass
June 10, 2011

“I ain’t trying to start no fight, but I’ll finish one every time”—so crows the country star Blake Shelton in the song that won the first-ever prize for Best Web Video at the CMT Music Awards, broadcast from Nashville this Wednesday evening. Shelton is a coward, and I’m saying that not to pick a fight with him, but to defend country music fans from his award-winning song’s assault on their freedom of individual expression. The title is “Kiss My Country Ass,” and it’s less a song than litany of cynically baiting Red State tropes and cliches.

Are State and Local Government Workers Sharing the Pain of Job Cuts?
March 14, 2011

In proposing to increase state government workers’ payments for their pensions and health insurance (read: cut their pay) and gut their collective bargaining rights, Wisconsin Gov.

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