Election 2022

Little appetite for Manchin permitting bill in congressional lame-duck session

BY: - November 28, 2022

Among the items on Congress’ lengthy to-do list by the end of the year is U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposal to speed up the federal government’s permitting process that certifies energy projects do not harm the environment. But the bill, which was a condition of the centrist West Virginia Democrat’s support for his party’s larger […]

TULSA, OK - JUNE 19: A man displays a shirt celebrating the freedom of enslaved Black people during the Juneteenth celebration in the Greenwood District on June 19, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when a Union general read orders in Galveston, Texas stating all enslaved people in Texas were free according to federal law. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

One county posted misleading information about an anti-slavery referendum & ‘no’ votes piled up

BY: - November 17, 2022

Throughout months of campaign work, Kathy Chambers had never seen a single message pop up through the “contact us” page on the website for the Yes on 3 campaign — the bipartisan effort to urge voters to approve a constitutional amendment prohibiting slavery in Tennessee forever. But at 8:31 am on Election Day, Chambers — […]

Voters at Nashville's Cathedral of Praise, Nov. 8, 2022. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Think Tennessee report: noncompetitive races partially to blame for low turnout

BY: - November 16, 2022

Tennessee’s historically low voter turnout was significantly less than in 2018 and noncompetitive races were partially to blame, according to analysis by Think Tennessee, a civic engagement organization. Controversy defined the days leading to Election Day as Davidson County voters reported receiving ballots for the wrong congressional districts.. A day before Election Day, the Davidson […]

Democrats projected to retain U.S. Senate control after winning Nevada seat

BY: - November 12, 2022

Democratic U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada will win reelection, according to Associated Press projections late Saturday, ensuring Democrats will remain in the majority next year no matter what happens in a runoff election in Georgia next month.  After days of vote counting, U.S. Sens. Mark Kelly of Arizona and Cortez Masto were both […]

House Minority Leader Karen Camper of Memphis. (Photo: John Partipilo)

House Minority Leader Camper to run for Memphis mayoral post

BY: - November 11, 2022

Karen Camper, leader of the House Democratic Caucus, is set to announce her candidacy today for the Memphis mayoral seat. A 14-year veteran of the General Assembly, Camper is to make the announcement on the front porch of a Dempster Avenue home to show her emphasis on local needs. Camper is expected to focus her […]

U.S. Rep.-elect Andy Ogles gives his victory speech on Election Night, November 8. 2022. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Stockard on the Stump: Republican strategy clear with congressional results

BY: - November 11, 2022

Republican congressional candidates vaulted to victory in Middle Tennessee, thanks to redrawn district lines that gave them a clear advantage at the polls. But it was also painfully obvious that Davidson County, which the GOP-controlled Legislature split into three districts, does not want them. For instance, Republican Andy Ogles captured 123,358 votes, 55.8%, to Democratic […]

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Young Black and Latino voters seen as key in turning back midterm ‘red wave’

BY: - November 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Young Black and Latino voters were critical in holding off the Republican “red wave” in several battleground states for U.S. Senate seats and in tight U.S. House races in the midterm elections, according to analyses by researchers and grassroot organizations.  Young, diverse voters between the ages of 18 and 29 had the second-highest […]

Gov. Bill Lee and Secretary of State Tre Hargett lead a parade to walk the Tennessee Constitutions to the Tennessee Library and Archives in early 2021. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)

Amended: All four amendments to Tennessee’s Constitution pass overwhelmingly

BY: - November 10, 2022

By a 4-1 margin, Tennessee voters on Tuesday approved a ballot measure that will remove the last vestiges of legal slavery from the state’s Constitution. Amendment 3 replaces archaic language that has lingered since just after the Civil War saying “slavery and involuntary servitude” are fit punishments for crime. With 79.5% of the vote, the […]

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Which party controls Congress? It could be days or weeks before we know

BY: and - November 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Democrats exulted Wednesday in outperforming expectations in the midterm elections, even as vote-counting was still in progress and control of both chambers of Congress remained unknown. The U.S. Senate will go to the winner of two of the last three races where party control is still in doubt in […]

Town of Mason ousts incumbent mayor, elects longtime businessman Eddie Naeman

BY: - November 9, 2022

The Town of Mason has ousted its incumbent mayor, electing a longtime local businessman now tasked with paring down the community’s outsized debt while navigating the potentially transformative opportunities ahead with the arrival of a new multi-billion dollar Ford plant next door. With a turnout of just 199 voters, Eddie Naeman earned 91 votes (45.7%) […]

House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, at left, speaking at a house party for Rep. John Gillespie, R-Memphis, center. (Photo: Twitter)

Rep. John Gillespie wins second term with comfortable margin in Shelby County

BY: - November 9, 2022

Rep. John Gillespie, R-Cordova, remains undefeated in state House District 97 after beating Democratic challenger Toniko Harris by nearly 15%. Gillespie, a self-described moderate Republican, has a political career that includes serving as a campaign manager for former Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, who held office 2010-2018.  Gillespie was first elected to the legislature in […]