Adam Friedman

Adam Friedman

Adam Friedman is a reporter with the Tennessee Lookout. He has a particular love for data and using numbers to explain all kinds of topics. If you have a story idea, he'd love to hear it. Email him at [email protected] or call him at 615-249-8509.

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, photographed in February 2023. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Lieutenant governor captures vote of confidence amid Instagram scandal

By: and - March 20, 2023

Barely two weeks after revelations that he posted comments next to risque photos on young gay men’s Instagram sites, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally won a vote of confidence from his peers. The Senate Republican Caucus, in a vote that took hours to cast Monday, supported the veteran lawmaker instead of handing him a vote of […]

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, said he will run again to lead the Tennessee Senate. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Senate Republicans to hold a vote of no confidence in Lt. Gov. McNally today

By: and - March 20, 2023

The Senate Republican Caucus will hold a vote of no confidence in Lt. Gov. Randy McNally Monday, nearly two weeks after revelations that he frequently commented on racy photos on young gay men’s Instagram sites.  McNally, the Republican-appointed speaker of the Senate from Oak Ridge, has weathered the criticism of these comments by stating he […]

Tennessee House of Representatives (Photo: John Partipilo)

House committee moves forward a bill to allow narrow exceptions to Tennessee’s abortion law

By: and - March 15, 2023

A bill to allow very specific exceptions to Tennessee’s abortion ban passed a key House committee Wednesday. The legislation would allow doctors to perform an abortion in the case of an ectopic and molar pregnancies — a rare, noncancerous tumor that develops as the result of a non-viable pregnancy — or when a doctor determines […]

Tennessee State Capitol (Photo: John Partipilo)

Bill to allow public access to lethal injection records on the rocks after state lobbies against it

By: - March 15, 2023

Legislation to allow the public to understand how Tennessee buys lethal injection drugs is floundering as the state correction department lobbies against it behind the scenes.  The legislation — House Bill 870 — would remove an exemption in Tennessee public record law, which allows the state to hide how it procures drugs for lethal injection. The […]

A restaurant on Lower Broadway in mid-April. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Tootsie’s Honky Tonk owner pushes bill to exempt Lower Broadway bars from Nashville oversight

By: - March 14, 2023

Tootsie’s Entertainment LLC, the company behind several honky tonks on Lower Broadway, is pushing legislation in the Tennessee General Assembly to remove all bars from oversight by Nashville’s beer board.   The legislation, filed last week, would block Metro Nashville’s authority to regulate all bars in the downtown tourism development zone and instead give oversight to […]

Metro Nashville Courthouse. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville files lawsuit over state’s law to cut the council’s size in half

By: - March 13, 2023

Metro Nashville has filed a lawsuit to stop the state from implementing a law to cut the size of its council from 40 to 20. Last week, lawmakers passed and Gov. Bill Lee signed legislation that capped all city and metro council sizes at 20. The bill effectively targeted Nashville, the only city or metro […]

Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives greeting each other on opening day of session. Jan. 9, 2023.(Photo: John Partipilo)

After slashing the council, lawmakers will have to decide if they want to run Nashville

By: - March 13, 2023

State Republicans cut the size of the Metro Nashville Council in half last week, kicking off a process that should reveal how serious lawmakers are about taking over various aspects of the city’s government.  GOP state lawmakers passed, and Gov. Bill Lee signed, the legislation into law Thursday, with metro officials expected to file a […]

A drag performer entertains a full house in a Nashville club. A law banning public drag performances was struck down on June 3, 2023. (Photo: John Partipilo)

The origins of Tennessee’s drag show restriction: From rural West Tennesse to the state capital

By: - March 9, 2023

In fall of 2022, nearly a dozen political and religious leaders met with Pride festival organizers in a back room of Jackson City Hall in West Tennessee. The shared goal? Hash out a deal over a drag show. Jackson’s third annual LGBTQ Pride festival was scheduled for the following month, and unlike the previous years, […]

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigeig speaking at Nashville International Airport on March 3, 2023. (Photo: John Partipilo)

U.S. Secretary of Transportation: Amtrak rail in Tennessee could ‘unlock’ economic activity

By: - March 6, 2023

While in Nashville last week, the federal transportation secretary signaled his support for expanding Amtrak rail in Tennessee. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said connecting Nashville by rail lines to places like Memphis, Louisville and Atlanta has enormous potential. “Those connections could unlock a lot of economic activity,” Buttigieg said while attending a grant […]

Downtown Nashville, as viewed from the east bank of the Cumberland River. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville Black clergy group could file lawsuit against the state if Metro Council cut

By: - March 3, 2023

A prominent group representing Nashville’s black clergy delivered a letter Friday asking state Republican leaders to halt their efforts to shrink the size of the Metro Council and other proposals targeting the city. Davie Tucker, the President of the Nashville Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship, signed the letter. In it, he implied the group could file a […]

Historic Metro Nashville Courthouse (Photo:

Where does the Nashville Chamber stand on bills targeting the city? Their CEO won’t say

By: - March 2, 2023

As state Republicans target Nashville with a slate of legislation, business leaders, city officials and local representatives have been sounding the alarm, but the city’s most prominent business group is absent from the conversation. Last week, a group of three dozen Nashville business leaders signed a letter asking for a “reboot” in the relationship between […]

Entry gate at Tennessee State University in Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Legislative subcommittee recommends giving TSU board a year to fix housing, scholarship problems

By: - February 27, 2023

Tennessee State University’s board could get at least one more year to implement changes to fix scholarship and on-campus housing problems. Lawmakers voted to recommend extending the life of the school’s board for an additional year at a hearing Monday. The bipartisan recommendation comes from members of a joint House and Senate government operations subcommittee, […]