You gotta love the Memphis political scene.

My mother-in-law has been involved in the political and real estate scene in Memphis for decades. She tells me that her associates from Middle and East Tennessee have chided her for years about whacky politics in Memphis. She says she responds that politics in Middle and East Tennessee are boring and that you never know what to expect next from the local yokels in the Bluff City.
The latest federal indictment indicates the acorn apparently doesn’t fall from the tree. Yah, it’s only an indictment but his dad was indicted last year in the same sting. I would guess that MHJr saw this one coming last fall and decided to step down to start making preparations on what was to come. I had heard rumblings on this a while back but had actually forgotten about it until I heard the news on the radio at my mother-in-law’s house.
Let’s see, that makes eleven people indicted with the count standing at two convictions and three guilty pleas. You have to get a scorecard to keep up with things around Memphis.
Thank goodness the mayor of our fine city hasn’t embarrassed us with the latest revelations about his annointment and appointment from God. Oh wait, he’s going to do that boxing match thing with Smokin’ Joe Frazier. I hope hizzoner doesn’t take too many shots to the head. He might start doing some really crazy things if that happens. Don’t get me wrong. I like WW and he’s nice to me on the occasions that our paths cross. Now that he’s set the record as the longest serving mayor of Memphis, I wish he would step down. Where are term limits when we need them.
Yah, things are never boring when it comes to politics in the Bluff City. It’s like the weather. Give it 15 minutes and something different will be going on and you’ll have the folks on TV and radio breathlessly telling you about it as breaking news. You gotta love this town and the shennagins and hijinx the politicians get involved in. The local universities and colleges should have nationally recognized political science courses here. The experts could study local politics for years and not get a handle on what’s going on. It would be a great training ground for folks wanting to wheel and deal in Washington, D.C.

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8 Comments on “You gotta love the Memphis political scene.”

  1. ragamuffinwriter Says:


    Great blog.

    Since you’re so well-connected to the Memphis media scene, have you heard what’s going on with Cameron Harper? This is the third week in a row he’s not been on the air. Is it just a long vacation, or has he had it with Memphis?

    Just curious. Haven’t heard anything.

  2. Joe Larkins Says:

    I haven’t heard anything about that. He probably is taking some time away from the cool, crisp, Memphis weather.
    Maybe some folks out there can shed some light on Mr. Harper’s absence. How about it, does anyone know what the deal is here?
    Thanks in advance.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Where is Donna Davis? I know she has been away for the Action News desk for atleast over two weeks.

  4. ragamuffinwriter Says:

    Hey, maybe they’re together. 🙂

    How’s that for a Breaking News Alert?

    Seriously, being a lead anchor must be a pretty sweet gig…three consecutive weeks of vacation!

    My only concern is that there’s no one to hold Willy accountable while Cameron’s gone.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    I haven’t heard anything about Cameron or Donna, but I did hear that Joyce Peterson will join WPTY/WLMT.

  6. FedexRazorback Says:

    Hi Joe !!

    I ran across your blog last night while I was doing some web surfing about Jerry Tate. I left Memphis in mid-1999 for the Washington DC suburbs of northern Virginia (originally from northeast Arkansas). I had lived in Memphis for years and when I viewed the WREG site-50th anniversary video-etc. I found out he had retired. Did a quick google search and your blog was listed as one of the results.

    I have enjoyed reading the postsw that I have so far. I was also unaware you had left Memphis. Your blogs are just like your reporting/anchoring were…open and honest..which is very refreshing these days. I was back in Memphis last October (2005) for 3 days and managed to catch a bit of the news while there. I shook my head because Mempphis in genetral has not changed. After living here for nearly 7 years I can say with all honesty….I think the politicians here in Washington could learn a thing or two from the Memphis politicians, although we do from time to time have a few new original stunts pulled by some…like the Georgia representative who slapped the Capitol Hill security guard !!

    Looking forward to reading more of your blog. Good luck and thanks for your years of honest and upfront reporting in Memphis

  7. Joe Larkins Says:

    Thanks for taking time to write and for the kind words.
    Yah, nothing has really changed in Memphis. It appears to be business as usual.
    By the way, I’m still in the Bluff City, I just don’t work in television news anymore.

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