Briefs

Southern Christian Coalition calls on Lee to expand Medicaid

BY: - May 14, 2020

Gov. Bill Lee is putting vulnerable Tennesseans at risk by reopening the economy too soon and failing to accept federal funds for Medicaid expansion, members of the Southern Christian Coalition said Thursday. During a Thursday press conference, three pastors from across Tennessee called on Gov. Lee to expand Medicaid in Tennessee and to address the […]

Dr. Alex Jahangir (Screenshot)

Nashville COVID chief says ‘data and science matter’

BY: - May 14, 2020

A Monday story from NBC that reported Nashville is experiencing a high spike in COVID-19 cases counted data from a Trousdale County prison outbreak took local criticism. Written by political reporter Jonathan Allen and reporters Phil McCausland and Cyrus Farivar, the story cited a May 7 report by the White House pandemic task force. Dr. […]

Jim Shulman (Official photo, Metro Council of Nashville and Davidson County)

Will Congress send aid to ailing local news outlets?

BY: - May 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Politicians are banding together to try to rescue local news media from economic collapse during the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that Democratic leaders in Congress are pushing to fix a small business lending program so that it applies to local news publishers and broadcasters affiliated with larger […]

Dr. William Barber (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Poor People’s Campaign launches stay-at-home campaign

BY: - May 13, 2020

The Poor People’s Campaign, which has a Tennessee chapter, today launched a nonviolent protest to promote the plight of essential and low-income workers as states begin reopening the economy. Today’s virtual media conference was led by the Rev. William Barber II and featured workers speaking of having inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE.) A Dallas retail […]

Update: DNC Member Owen: “I didn’t give money to McConnell”

BY: - May 11, 2020

On Wednesday, the Tennessee Lookout reported Bill Owen, a former state senator from Knoxville and one of four Tennessee members on the Democratic National Committee, survived a challenge from party officials that would have removed him from the DNC. Among the charges levied against him were his numerous contributions to Republican elected officials. Owen has […]

UPDATE: List of Law Enforcement Agencies with MOUs

BY: - May 8, 2020

The Tennessee Department of Health has provided a list of law enforcement agencies in the state that have entered into memorandums of understanding with the state to accept personal data about COVID-19 patients in their jurisdictions. As the Tennessee Lookout reported earlier, Gov. Bill Lee requested the Department of Health to provide daily updates to […]

TIRRC joins national coalition to protect meatpacking workers

BY: - May 7, 2020

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) discussed a nationwide coordinated effort with other immigrant rights leaders in order to highlight COVID-19’s impact on immigrants. In response to the rising number of infected workers across the country, adult children born in the U.S. have collaborated on behalf of their parents, many of whom  are undocumented […]

From hospital, Justice Ginsburg slams Trump birth control rules

BY: - May 6, 2020

WASHINGTON — Hospitalization for a gallbladder condition didn’t stop U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from assailing Trump administration’s birth control rules on Wednesday. Ginsburg, 87, was hospitalized at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday night, but was animated as she participated in an oral argument via teleconference surrounding a Trump administration policy that allows […]

A Tyson Poultry truck backs up to its load dock at a processing plant. (Photo by Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images)

Trump’s order to keep meat plants open imperils workers, critics say

BY: - May 6, 2020

Democratic senators are accusing President Donald Trump of putting workers at risk by ordering meat and poultry processors to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Senate Democrats are asking Trump to amend an executive order he signed last week, which declared meat plants to be “critical infrastructure” and ordered his administration to ensure that they […]

A second Tennessee Democratic Party veteran escapes being booted

BY: - May 6, 2020

On Monday, the Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee held a three hour virtual meeting to vote on removing former State Sen. Bill Owen of Knoxville from his post as a member of the Democratic Committee. The charge? Owen, a lobbyist, has made numerous donations to Republican elected officials, including a 2019 contribution of $8,500 to […]