Good morning, Nashville. The barrage of robocalls and campaign commercials is finally over, Election Day went off (mostly) without a hitch, and our new governor-elect is Bill Haslam, who raked in nearly double the votes that his Democratic opponent did. Weirdly enough, this guy came in third while Crazy Man James checked in near the bottom. Meanwhile Republicans gained enough ground in the state House of Representatives to take control, meaning that they now control both chambers and the governor’s seat for the first time since the Civil War.
- Some other notable races. State Rep. Diane Black won in the 6th, US Rep. Marsha Blackburn rallied past Greg Rabidoux in District 7, US Rep Jim Cooper beat David Hall in District 5, and Scott DesJarlais ousted Lincoln Davis in the 4th.
- Bust out the orange hats. And lastly, the constitutional amendment guaranteeing our right to hunt and fish passed. Not that we couldn’t hunt and fish before! This is just supposed to ensure that the government won’t be able to revoke it without a very long and complicated process.
- Bits & pieces. You know, it had really been too long since we saw a truck wedged beneath an overpass … Some folks are pretty outraged by a Facebook picture posted by State Rep. Teri Lynn Weaver featuring her posing with a person in blackface and the caption “Aunt Jemima, you is so sweet.” … Who knew Williamson County had so many dang mayors? … The Preds feel like they really struck gold with rookie goalie Anders Lindback … Harding Place is getting some new sidewalks soon … The weatherpeople are calling for a chance of SLEET/SNOW/SPRINKLES on Friday.
Photo by Hell Dorado.