Just in time for the opening of early voting Friday, July 18, here is the sample ballot for the Aug. 7 election. It features the state and federal primary elections, county general elections and nonpartisan judicial races that come along once every eight years to make this the longest ballot of any election cycle in Shelby County politics.
Unlike the many sample ballots you will be handed between now and Aug. 7, ours comes without any endorsements. So do what you will with the PDF to use as your own voting guide for the “big ballot.”
It’s also printed in the July 11 edition of The Daily News, if you want to do this old school and need a hard copy to have and hold and mark up.
We’ll be tweeting the daily early voter turnout and election night returns at @tdnpols. And we are happy to answer any basic questions about what can be a confusing ballot at times, with primaries, general elections and a few judicial retention races all together.
The new Hard Rock Café location on the northwest corner of Beale and Second Streets opened this Fourth of July holiday weekend after nearly 20 years on the other side of Beale at Hernando Street, which is about to become a “Tin Roof” restaurant.
The Hard Rock franchise is immersion into the rock and roll culture, with its original locations touting rock stars before such celebrity endorsements became part of the marketing textbook.
Hard Rock is also a big player in the rock and roll and rock memorabilia collecting world. Many of the 80,000 items in the Hard Rock collection are rotated from one Hard Rock to another and are also loaned for exhibitions.
So as the finishing touches were being put on the new Beale location, Jeff Nolan, the music and memorabilia historian for Hard Rock, talked with us at length just about that.
Some of his points are in our original piece which ran in the July 2 edition which was a broader look at more than just the artifacts at the new Memphis location.
Here are a few more points from Nolan for those of you who follow closely whether our almanac has a picture of the right Deep Purple line up that played the Overton Park Shell in 1971 and similar points of great consequence.
A few notes on a very busy weekend in our corner of the world…
The visit by royalty to Memphis was one of the rare opportunities where the exposure probably got a lot of people thinking about what Memphis has to offer who maybe haven’t thought about the city before.
Normally, we have a tendency to fervently believe against all odds that a 10-second shot of the Pyramid or the city skyline on national television will produce an avalanche of visitors who will not only visit but will decide to move to Memphis and live here until they die.
I might be exaggerating slightly. But you get the idea.
In this case, there were several really good travel and tourism pieces that focused on what the royals could see if they got out on the town and what others could see during a visit to the city they were suddenly reading about and seeing stories about. It helped that the visitors in question were here to do a bit of that built around a friend’s wedding.
There is nothing scarier in the field of political prognostication than trying to figure out what voters were saying through their votes — what the result of an election means.
In 2008, Shelby County voters were asked to vote on two sets of amendments to the Shelby County charter. One of them included a charter amendment that expanded term limits to several other countywide offices but in the process amended the existing limit of two consecutive terms for the mayor and county commission to three consecutive terms.
Voters rejected that package of charter amendments prompting another vigorous debate on the County Commission about term limits. Some on the commission concluded that voters were for term limits and specifically for no more than two consecutive terms. Others on the commission said voters were sending a message that they were opposed to any term limits including the ones they approved in the 1990s.
The next batch of county charter amendments included a two term limit and was approved by county voters.
So, what was the sentiment voters were expressing in their rejection last week of the half percent city sales tax hike?
From talking with a decidedly unscientific sampling of voters — folks I ran across the day after the votes were counted — I heard several reasons among those who voted.