Gov. Bill Lee has stood by an experimental health care block grant approved by the Trump Administration. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee Justice Center, families file lawsuit over TennCare block grant

A group of 13 Medicaid recipients represented by Tennessee Justice Center and two other groups filed suit Thursday in U.S. District Court challenging federal approval of a TennCare block grant through 2030. “The hardships experienced...
Inside the Tennessee Senate chambers. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Revamped unemployment bill takes Senate step

Legislation that could reduce Tennessee’s unemployment time frame but increase payments $50 a week started moving Wednesday in the state Senate, despite complaints it would put families in dire straits. Sen. Jon Lundberg, who took...
A 2018 photo from a TIRRC demonstration. (Photo: Jon Dragonette/TIRRC Facebook)

TIRRC pushes Congress to create easier path to citizenship

Immigrants and new Americans made up a large portion of essential workers during the pandemic, and Tennessee immigrant advocates joined a nationwide effort urging Congress to create an easier path to citizenship. Tennessee Immigrant and...
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Comprehensive Pain Specialists, former senator settle fraud allegations for $4.1M

Former Republican state Sen. Steve Dickerson was dropped from a lawsuit filed by the federal government alleging fraud by Comprehensive Pain Specialists, but Dickerson is named as a majority owner in an agreement to...
The Tennessee Senate Chambers. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Governor could appoint statewide chancery court to hear all constitutional cases

Legislation creating a so-called super-court to hear constitutional challenges would allow the governor to appoint the three-judge panel and then the attorney general to shift every pending case to the new court, according to...
Tennessee State Capitol (Photograph: John Partipilo)

Commentary: A Modest Proposal for the General Assembly,

I have a modest proposal to make. Why does Tennessee need 95 counties? Think of the efficiencies to be gained by consolidating them into one county. Why does Tennessee need general sessions courts, circuit courts –...
George Floyd's nephew Brandon Williams (left) raises hands in triumph with civil rights attorney Ben Crump after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter on April 20, 2021. Photo by Max Nesterak/Minnesota Reformer.

Tennessee officials respond to Chauvin verdict

Tuesday afternoon a Minneapolis found police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on three charges resulting from the killing of George Floyd. Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. His bail was...
Odessa Kelly works on the porch of her East Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Odessa Kelly enters race for Congress after a decade of African-American candidates winning more...

Before Odessa Kelly ever entered the race for Congress to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, Nashville politics had been in the midst of a transformation. Over the previous decade, more Black politicians won notable...
License plate reading technology. (Photo: Getty Images)

Debate over license plate readers returns to Metro Council Tuesday

A long-delayed debate over the use of license plate reader technology on Nashville’s public streets returns to Metro Council on Tuesday night with competing arguments over privacy versus over-policing. License plate readers—typically mounted on road...
Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives mill about in House Chambers. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Whitson: Ethics legislation on hold to tighten up language

Rep. Sam Whitson is holding off on a comprehensive ethics reform bill until 2022 in an effort to improve the legislation, even with an FBI investigation pending. “I see this as an opportunity to make...

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