Thank goodness rational heads are prevailing in the battle to ensure that the virtually nonexistent problem of in-person voter fraud stays virtually nonexistent. Last Wednesday, Davidson County judge Carol McCoy ruled that two Memphis women who had challenged existing voter ID laws by attempting to use library cards as voter identification did not have their rights violated. The women were given provisional ballots and two days to at least produce a concealed weapon permit.
The Commercial Appeal laid off six reporters this week for a total of 23 employee layoffs since August. "It's a tough day. But we don't have time to fret or lose our focus," editor Chris Peck wrote in an email that he sent to himself and the hamster that keeps his internet running.
Memphis is always showing up on undesirable lists. Insult met injury this week when Bloomberg Businessweek didn't even rank Memphis as one of the 50 best cities in America. Obviously, we're not New York or San Francisco. And maybe we're not New Orleans either. But Omaha? Cleveland? On a happier note, a new survey by Colliers International ranks the Bluff City as the least expensive city in America for parking. Maybe a new billboard campaign is in order: "Memphis: A crummy place to visit but the parking's cheap."
Jump the Pig
Henry Winkler, best known for his portrayal of Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli on the hit 1970s TV show Happy Days, was in Memphis sampling the indigenous cuisine.
Winkler tweeted about the brisket, the pulled pork, the potato chips, and the mac and cheese. "NO I can't get up," he wrote. Ayyyyyy.