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John Cole

John Cole

John Cole's political cartoons on Tennessee topics appear in the Tennessee Lookout weekly. He is currently the staff cartoonist for the editorial pages of The Times-Tribune in Scranton, PA. Prior to this, he enjoyed a nearly 20-year run with The Herald-Sun in Durham, NC. His award-winning work is internationally syndicated by Cagle Cartoons.

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John Cole’s Tennessee: Throwing the book at ’em

By: - August 26, 2022

On Tuesday, former Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada and his ex-aide Cade Cothren were arrested by the FBI and indicted on 20-counts involving bribery, theft from programs receiving federal funds, kickbacks, conspiracy to commit money laundering and other charges. The indictments follow that of former Rep. Robin Smith, who was indicted in March and resigned from […]

John Cole’s Tennessee: Turning back time

By: - August 24, 2022

In less than 24 hours, Tennessee’s “trigger law” will go into effect, making all abortions illegal for the first time in 50 years — with no exceptions written into the law to save the life of a mother.

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Cartoonist John Cole illustrates a handful of reasons why Tennessee has a teacher shortage.

John Cole’s Tennessee

By: - August 17, 2022

Editorial cartoonist John Cole illustrates federal agents' refusal to unseal documents related to abuse of immigrants in a Grainger County slaughterhouse raid.

John Cole’s Tennessee: Pork project

By: - August 10, 2022

A 2018 Grainger County slaughterhouse raid has resulted in several lawsuits against federal agencies for the alleged mistreatment — including physical abuse — of immigrant workers. Editorial cartoonist John Cole offers his take.

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John Cole’s Tennessee: “And now, for my latest statement. . . “

By: - July 18, 2022

The ‘silly season’ in politics has arrived, when candidates pull out all the stops before the primary election to woo voters and direct attention away from their opponents. In the case of Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles, who is also running for Congress in the 5th Congressional District, that meant posting a video of himself […]

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John Cole’s Tennessee: The latest lunge

By: - July 13, 2022

Hints by leading Tennessee lawmakers that they may hold a special legislative session to overrule Metro Nashville Council to bring the 2024 Republican National Convention to Music City — and to punish Nashville for its anti-RNC stance — represent the latest grab for local control.

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John Cole’s Tennessee

By: - June 29, 2022

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John Cole’s Tennessee

By: - June 22, 2022

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John Cole’s Tennessee: Gun laws

By: - June 15, 2022