My friend Alex, a brilliant international lawyer, is in the running to become the new columnist for The Tennessean newspaper, but he needs a little help from his friends. That’s me, and I’m hoping it will be you, too.
The Tennessean is running a contest to pick their next columnist. Each candidate has published an “audition” column for readers to vote on, and voting ends today. Alex is currently in second place, down about 50 votes. I would consider it a favor to both me, and the readers of The Tennessean, if you would vote for him.
There’s no sign-in necessary. Just click this link, select “Alex Little” from the list of potential columnists on the right, and you’re done!
An excerpt from Alex’s column, which you can read in full here:
“Last year, Nashville made headlines for its ability to come together to respond to the flood. This year, state legislators stole the show. And the result wasn’t pretty. Lawmakers skipped meat-and-potato issues like building roads in favor of cotton-candy issues that offered little more than a rush of publicity.
Their proposals this year included legislation to criminalize the religious practices of Muslim-Americans, deny birth certificates to some U.S. citizens, and ban discussion of homosexuality in schools. The resulting headlines put Tennessee in the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons.
Then, the General Assembly attacked Nashville head-on, passing a bill to strip the city of its ability to choose what sort of businesses to partner with. At issue was Nashville’s decision to contract with businesses that had non-discrimination policies that included sexual orientation.
The contrast was stark: Local leaders chose to work only with businesses that treat all people equally; legislators from the rest of the state insisted that it’s fine to fire someone for being gay.
Worse yet, in its haste to veto Nashville’s policy, the General Assembly used a chainsaw rather than a scalpel. The new statewide legislation manages to abolish and forever bar local ordinances that protect veterans, people with disabilities and families from discrimination.
Let that sink in. Now, if a city in Tennessee wants to make it illegal for landlords to refuse to rent to disabled individuals — even war veterans with families — it can’t do it.”
Once again, the link is here. Voting ends today at 6 PM EST, and last time I checked, Alex was in second place, down only about 50 votes, so things are close enough for your vote to really make a difference.