Council to consider agreement to host RNC
The overturning of Roe v. Wade underscored the divide between liberal Nashville and the state's deeply conservative political leaders.
- Following the ruling, Nashville politicians renewed their opposition to the city hosting the Republican National Convention in 2024.
Driving the news: Metro Councilmember Robert Swope has filed legislation to approve an agreement between the city and the Republican National Committee to host the convention in 2024.
- The measure does not mean Nashville will be chosen — Milwaukee is the other apparent finalist — but it is a critical legislative step.
- Nashville Mayor John Cooper has been walking a political tightrope, insisting a political convention must not cost city dollars, but not out-and-out opposing hosting.
Be smart: Cooper was boxed in on the matter partly because his administration had to collaborate with Gov. Bill Lee and other Republicans in the legislature to create a funding plan for a new Titans stadium.
- NBC News reported over the weekend that Cooper has expressed concerns to RNC leadership about security during the convention.
What he's saying: "At this moment in time with Jan. 6 apologists & supremacists all around, the risk of violence at a convention is as high as it's been in a half century. There's nothing for Nashville in this," Metro Councilmember Bob Mendes said on Twitter.
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