Sam Stockard

Sam Stockard

Sam Stockard is a veteran Tennessee reporter and editor, having written for the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, where he served as lead editor when the paper won an award for being the state's best Sunday newspaper two years in a row. He has led the Capitol Hill bureau for The Daily Memphian. His awards include Best Single Editorial from the Tennessee Press Association.

Flanked by family members, GOP congressional nominee Andy Ogles told supporters Thursday he's ready to "get DC out of Tennessee." (Photo: John Partipilo)

Stockard on the Stump: Beaman’s past adds questions to Ogles campaign

By: - August 19, 2022

Nashville car magnate Lee Beaman appears to have rebounded from bizarre accusations his fourth wife made in their divorce trial, serving again on the Belmont Board of Trustees, donating thousands of dollars to conservative groups and candidates and serving as treasurer of Andy Ogles’ congressional campaign. All is forgiven, forgotten or cast as fabrications. For […]

“It just blew my mind,” said Rep. Andrew Farmer, R-Sevierville, an attorney, on hearing a judge moving offenders off Community Corrections into state probation. (Photo: Rep. Andrew Farmer Facebook)

Community Corrections shift catches lawmaker unaware

By: - August 18, 2022

State Rep. Andrew Farmer, a Sevierville attorney, was caught off guard in Circuit Court a week ago when, inexplicably, the judge started moving offenders off Community Corrections into state probation. “It just blew my mind,” says Farmer, a Sevierville Republican who chairs the House Civil Justice Committee and serves on the Criminal Justice Committee. The […]

Sen. Mike Bell (Photo: John Partipilo)

Retiring state Sen. Mike Bell, leaving office early, joins Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

By: and - August 18, 2022

Outgoing Republican state Sen. Mike Bell, who announced plans to retire from the Legislature last year, will assume a leadership position inside the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency beginning Aug. 31, the agency announced Wednesday. Bell will serve as the agency’s senior advisor for Legislative affairs and policy, interacting with lawmakers to promote the wildlife and […]

Cade Cothren, speaking on phone, attends a meeting with lawmakers and fellow staffers on the balcony ouside the House chamber on April 29, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Erik Schelzig, Tenenssee Journal)

Cothren challenges subpoena order by state registry

By: - August 16, 2022

The former chief of staff for ex-House Speaker Glen Casada is continuing to fight a subpoena to testify before the Registry of Election Finance about a political action committee he ran secretly to attack political adversaries. Cynthia Sherwood, the Nashville attorney for Cade Cothren, claims the court should not hold him in contempt for invoking […]

Tennessee State Capitol. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Stockard on the Stump: Voucher student numbers low with public schools already open

By: - August 12, 2022

A week into the 2022-23 school year and few families in Metro Nashville and Shelby County school districts are seeking the vaunted private school vouchers the state is offering. Only 203 families have applied for vouchers, according to the Tennessee Department of Education, even though the law allows up to 5,000 students to receive the […]

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Democrats caught up in voter data snafu

By: - August 10, 2022

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dr. Jason Martin and the Tennessee Democratic Party are at odds over bad information his campaign received from the party and sent to voters in a mass text message just days before the Aug. 4 election. Martin, who narrowly defeated Memphis City Councilman JB Smiley to win the nomination, was caught off […]

Brandon "Lane" Gomez says Tennessee's Community Corrections program changed his life. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Davidson County Community Corrections keeps clients alive

By: - August 9, 2022

Without Davidson County Community Corrections, Brandon “Lane” Gomez figures he’d be in prison or dead. The 37-year-old Nashville man was strung out on heroin and fentanyl for about a decade, arrested for felony theft to feed his habit 43 times and convicted 28 times when – fortunately, he says – a judge gave him the […]

Andy Ogles, center, with his wife, Monica, and political advisor Steve Gill, react to news Ogles won the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional District. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Stockard on the Stump: Ogles rides super PAC ads in 5th District win

By: - August 5, 2022

Despite reports of tardy tax payments, a late federal campaign filing and potential illegal coordination with a super PAC, Maury County Mayor Ogles rolled to victory Thursday in the newly-drawn 5th Congressional District Republican primary. Buoyed by dark money groups that hammered former House Speaker Beth Harwell and retired Brig. Gen. Kurt Winstead, Ogles collected […]

Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles clinched the Republican nomination for U.S. House District 5, easily passing former Speaker of the House Marsha Blackburn and a host of other candidates. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Ogles likely winner in 5th Congressional District Republican primary

By: - August 4, 2022

After a bruising campaign in which outside groups poured millions into attack ads, Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles appears to be emerging as the winner of the 5th Congressional District Republican primary. Holding a strong lead with most votes counted, Ogles, former state director for Americans for Prosperity, will face Democratic state Sen. Heidi Campbell […]

5th District congressional candidate Beth Harwell, photographed at the U.S.-Mexicso border wall built under former President Donald Trump. (Photo: Beth Harwell for U.S. Congress)

Analysis: Tennessee’s Fifth District race likely coming down to Harwell and Ogles

By: - August 4, 2022

With negative ads flooding voters in the waning days of the 5th Congressional District Republican primary, it appears former House Speaker Beth Harwell and Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles are battling for the nomination, leaving retired Brig. Gen. Kurt Winstead in the rear. Never mind the fact that news reports showed Ogles failed to pay […]

Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton, left, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and House Majority Leader William Lamberth, all Republicans, had strong words for Nashville's leadership after Metro Council rejected a contract to hold the 2024 Republican National Committee in the city. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Metro Council catches Legislature’s ire with vote rejecting Republican convention

By: - August 3, 2022

Tennessee’s courtship of the Republican National Convention is over after the Metro Nashville Council rejected a move Tuesday to bring the 2024 event to town, a vote likely to elicit retribution from the Legislature. Lt. Gov. Randy McNally appeared especially irritated, putting the lion’s share of the blame on Mayor John Cooper – who negotiated […]

Gino Bulso, Republican nominee for State House District 61, right, pictured with auto dealer Darrell Waltrip and his wife, Stevie. (

Anti-federal spending candidate’s firm received $500,000 in pandemic funding

By: - August 2, 2022

A Republican running for the House District 61 seat in Williamson County wants to invoke the 10th Amendment and rein in federal spending, yet his former law firm received nearly $500,000 through the Paycheck Protection Program. Brentwood attorney Gino Bulso, who is squaring off against Bob Ravener for the seat being vacated by Rep. Brandon […]