Election 2020

A sign reminds voters they need photo ID to vote at polling station at Hillsboro Presbyterian Church on Election Day, Nov. 6, 2018 in Nashville. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Tennessee’s voter registration numbers for midterm show little to no uptick

BY: - October 18, 2022

Interviews with Tennessee election administrators show that people are registering to vote at roughly the same pace or slightly lower levels than previous years, a hint that voter turnout in this year’s midterm elections will be low. And there’s little sign that the June 24 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Roe […]

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Moderate and ultra-conservative face off in 59th District House race

BY: - September 26, 2022

The race to fill the new 59th District House seat in southern Davidson County pits self-styled moderate Democrat Caleb Hemmer against ultra-conservative Republican Michelle Foreman. If Foreman were to win the Nov. 8 election, she would be the only Republican House member in the Davidson County delegation. Hemmer, who works in corporate development for American […]

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 7, 2020 -A supporter of Donald Trump yells at a Black Lives Matter supporter during a "Stop the Steal" rally, the same day President-elect Joe Biden clinched his win. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)

U.S. House members warned about disinformation in upcoming campaigns

BY: - June 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — Experts on election security warned lawmakers during a U.S. House Administration hearing on Wednesday of targeted disinformation campaigns that could occur in the upcoming midterm and presidential elections. The panel of witnesses also stressed to members of the subcommittee on elections the dangers of conspiracy groups and their reach in sowing disinformation about […]

Shelby County Commission. (Photo: Shelby County Government)

Shelby County Commission defers funding bump to election commission

BY: - March 1, 2022

The Shelby County Commission deferred a motion to increase the county Election Commission’s budget despite an upcoming deadline to alert voters of precinct changes.  Commissioner Tami Sawyer referred to recent controversial changes to voting in Memphis. Republican-controlled committees approved the state’s legislative and congressional maps despite testimony that Black voters were being disenfranchised in key […]

A protester holds a Trump flag inside the US Capitol Building near the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Federal prosecutors file seditious conspiracy charges against Oath Keepers in Jan. 6 attack

BY: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers, was charged with seditious conspiracy in organizing an attack on the U.S. Capitol and disrupting the Electoral College certification of the president, the Justice Department announced Thursday.  Edward Vallejo, 63, of Phoenix is charged along with Rhodes in connection with events […]

Tennessee State Capitol (Photo: John Partipilo)

House panel to consider congressional redistricting plan — yet undone

BY: - January 4, 2022

A Republican-controlled House committee is set to approve a congressional redistricting plan next week, though the proposal is not complete. Democrats are concerned the map will split Davidson County in an effort to put more Republicans in Congress. The current 5th Congressional District contains all of Davidson and Dickson counties and part of Cheatham County. […]

"Do masks work or don't they? questioned Rep. Vincent Dixie, D-Nashville, seeking clarification from GOP Rep. Bruce Griffey. Photo: John Partipilo)Rep. Vincent Dixie, photographed in the Cordell Hull Legislative Building in March 2021. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Dixie: Special legislative session should assess West Tennessee infrastructure

BY: - October 18, 2021

Rep. Vincent Dixie, D-Nashville, spoke with a civil-rights group Monday morning  about what to expect at Gov. Bill Lee’s special session discussing the Ford Motor Company manufacturing campus headed to West Tennessee.  The Urban League of Middle Tennessee, a non-partisan civil-rights group, asked Dixie, D-Nashville, about his goals to use the deal in an effort […]

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

Williamson County group clashes with State Election Commission

BY: - October 12, 2021

A group of Williamson County residents skirmished with the State Election Commission Monday, claiming the state’s voting process is full of loopholes that could lead to fraud. Although it failed to show any proof of voter fraud in Tennessee during the 2020 election—which former President Donald Trump still claims was stolen—the group dubbed Williamson County […]

Gov. Bill Lee speaking to the Memphis Regional Megasite Authority on Wednesday. (Photo: Official Facebook page of Gov. Bill Lee)

Stockard on the Stump: Welcome to the Green New Deal, Tennessee

BY: - October 1, 2021

Lawmakers across the state are cheering the Blue Oval City plan for the Memphis Regional Megasite, a Ford-SK Innovation project to build electric trucks and batteries that will transform southwest Tennessee. But the $5.6 billion project, which will lead to 5,800 jobs, comes with some teeth grinding and eye rolling as well. In other words, […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 18: The U.S Capitol Building is prepared for the inaugural ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden as American flags are placed in the ground on the National Mall on January 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. The approximately 191,500 U.S. flags will cover part of the National Mall and will represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, DC for the inauguration. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Commentary: Recapture the flag

BY: - July 4, 2021

When I was a kid, the American flag was a big deal in our house.  We had a heavy cloth flag that, unlike flags now, wasn’t just a design printed on flimsy fabric. The red and white stripes were sewn together and the stars individually stitched onto the blue background.  When it wasn’t hanging from […]

Eric Munchel of Nashville entered the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Analysis: Expert assesses motivation behind insurrectionists’ actions

BY: - January 20, 2021

As Joe Biden takes over as President of the United States Wednesday, one expert provides background analysis on why insurrectionists like Eric Munchel, known as “Zip Tie Guy,”may have been inspired to break into the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6. Munchel, of Nashville, was arrested by the FBI on Jan. 10 and charged with one count […]

U.S. President Donald Trump stands in the colonnade as he is introduced to speak to March for Life participants and pro-life leaders in the Rose Garden at the White House on January 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Cooper: House to seek removal of President Trump

BY: - January 12, 2021

Congressman Jim Cooper predicted Monday the U.S. House will seek to remove President Donald Trump this week for inciting insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, either by invoking the 25th Amendment or impeaching the commander in chief as he leaves office. Cooper, a Nashville Democrat, was set to return to Washington, D.C., Monday where he said […]