City Primary results

Something like 19% of eligible voters participated in yesterday’s primary. It’s legitimate to complain that there is no ‘jury of peers’ when the hallway of potential jurors is almost entirely older white people. Whining that your elected officials don’t represent you when a fifth of the voting pool bothers to show up on election day […]

Knoxville’s 2019 Primary

I live in the county. If I walk my neighborhood, which I won’t during mosquito season, I would weave in and out of the city. Someday, developers will intervene and my tiny, working class neighborhood will be gobbled up by the city. Until then, I vote only for county offices. There are six candidates on […]

Because we are Americans

“Mom? What will you do if ___ wins?” “I’ll be disappointed, but I will respect the office and I expect you to always do the same.”

Be a voting helper, not a hindrance

I guess we’re going to have Poll Watchers and Monitors this November. What a waste of time and energy. I have taken my children to the polls since they were babies. They have all watched me spin the dial. They have all taken a turn pushing the big button at the end of the ballot. […]

Mean Season

The closer we get to November 6th, 2012, the more I find myself tsk-tsking and shaking my head in disbelief at the behavior of campaigns and voters. I need this post to serve as a placeholder for four years in the future, in case I find myself asking the question that I’ve been mumbling with […]

Civics parenting

Today, I was a negligent parent. My children were playing happily with their friends and for the first time ever, I didn’t take them along when I went to vote. I feel appropriately guilty at not including them in such an important civic responsibility, but I balance that guilt with pride in my oldest, who […]


cranky, annoyed, irritated, frustrated, bothered, bewildered, ticked, unhappy, aggravated Apparently Knoxvillians have the attention span of a 2-year-old. In order to prevent future ADD attacks on election day, please make a list of every elected official representing you. Print and paste it into your paper planner, store it on your PDA and keep a picture […]