Rob Dobie

Rob Dobie

Rob Dobie is a recent graduate of Claremont McKenna College and a content editor at A Nashville native, he writes on a freelance basis for Tennessee Lookout.

Former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry works in her home office, in front of a photo montage of her late son, Max. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Megan Barry: Life after public office

By: - March 15, 2021

Megan Barry resigned as Nashville’s Mayor in March 2018 after an annus horribilis in which she lost her only son to a drug overdose and was embroiled in a public scandal involving a member of her security detail and charges of misusing public funds.  Since then, she’s spent much of the last three years out […]

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Analysis: Chattanooga Mayor’s race features cast with business acumen

By: - February 26, 2021

There’s a theory that local elections are determined by the alphabet. Ballots are in alphabetical order by last name, and uninformed voters, of which there are many, don’t have the time or patience to get to know each candidate, especially when there are a lot of candidates. The evidence used to support this theory is pretty […]

Steve Dickerson, left, talks with the late Sen. Douglas Henry. (Photo:

Nashville’s lone legislative Republican exits stage left

By: - January 4, 2021

Sen. Steve Dickerson’s November loss to Democratic Senator-elect Heidi Campbell meant Nashville and Davidson County’s legislative delegation has no Republicans fully representing the county. Dickerson, elected in 2012, became known for supporting issues typically thought of as progressive, including voter registration and medical marijuana —as well as his guitar playing and tweets about “The Mandalorian.” […]

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Analysis: The polarization express

By: - December 24, 2020

Political  junkies continue to pore over the 2020 presidential election maps featured in the New York Times looking for keys to electoral trends: the maps graphically display the vote shift from 2016 to 2020 in every county in the United States.  The setup is simple: counties with larger vote margins for Donald Trump in 2020 […]

A large group of people wait in line to early vote at the Howard Building before Polls opened at 8:00am.(Photo: John Partipilo)

Live Election Coverage 2020

By: , , and - November 3, 2020

Join the staff of the Tennessee Lookout as we bring you coverage throughout Election Day 2020 of the U.S. Senate race between Democrat Marquita Bradshaw and Republican Bill Hagerty, as well as state house and senate races.

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A close race in the changing Memphis suburbs pits diametrically opposite candidates in battle to win

By: - October 12, 2020

In May 2019, Jim Coley, the Republican state House member from Tennessee’s 97th district, announced he would not seek reelection upon receiving news he was in the early stages of dementia. Today, for the first time in as long as anyone cares to remember, his party is in danger of losing that seat. Democrat Gabby […]