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It’s pretty easy to kind of stay out of the way on the controversial things, to push things to the council or set up study committees. What it takes is someone who’s willing to say, ‘Look, here’s two or three things that I’d bet on to really enhance the future of the city.’ ” —Gov. Phil Bredesen in The Tennessean on what traits Nashville’s next mayor should possess. Interestingly, his characterization in the first sentence would have aptly described Mayor Bill Purcell until last week, when, for arguably the first time in more than seven years, hizzoner located his genitalia and vetoed the English-first bill.

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