Election 2022

Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles (Photo: andyogles.com)

Ogles’ late fundraising report shows less than touted in 5th Congressional District race

BY: - July 26, 2022

Months after announcing he raised $453,000 in the first 30 days of his 5th Congressional District campaign, Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles filed a late report showing he brought in only $264,400. Ogles was already beset by a TV ad claiming he failed to pay property taxes when he turned in his filing a week […]

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State elections officials struggle with paper shortages, harassment, insider threats

BY: - July 23, 2022

MADISON, Wis. — Elections officials from 33 states, gathered for a conference under tight security, warned that the next few election cycles will be affected by paper shortages and the potential for threats from inside elections offices. The meeting of the National Association of State Elections Directors this week was held with stringent security precautions, […]

Conservative radio host Elisha Krauss, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs and conservative commentator Tomi Lahren at 2019 Politicon in Nashville(Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Politicon )

Analysis: All you need to know about Knox County elections

BY: - July 22, 2022

Early voting for the August 4 election started a week ago and in change from past election cycles, many Knox County offices on the ballot have more multiple candidates. Several are competitive and worth a close look.  County Mayor Republican Glenn Jacobs, who, prior to becoming Knox County mayor, was best known for performing as […]

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Analysis: Knox County Board of Education candidates

BY: - July 20, 2022

Last fall, in a move opposed by many nonpartisan education organizations such as the Tennessee School Boards Association, the General Assembly voted to allow partisan school board races. Both local parties in Knox County elected to support candidates for the Board of Education, setting up several partisan battles across the district. In the first local […]

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Early voting is underway: Here’s what you need to know about how to cast your ballot in Tennessee

BY: - July 19, 2022

Tennessee’s early voting season is underway ahead of the August 4 primary election, which features each party’s candidates for governor, the state Legislature and Congress — along with five open seats on the Tennessee Supreme Court. The midterm elections in some of Tennessee’s 95 counties also include races for district attorney, local judges and ballot […]

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In Tennessee’s first partisan school board elections, candidates in key races address issues

BY: - July 18, 2022

In Williamson County, candidates are competing in hotly contested school board races, representing how divisive politics have become around teachers and students.  Last year, Gov. Bill Lee signed into law a bill allowing political parties to nominate candidates for school board races, which were previously nonpartisan elections. The bill followed a series of clashes between […]

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Gov. Bill Lee during a Wednesday media avaliablilty in Nashville. (Photo: Sam Stockard)

Stockard on the Stump: State jumps on vouchers after court lifts injunction

BY: - July 15, 2022

Gov. Bill Lee finally got to say something besides “I love teachers” this week when a three-judge panel vacated an injunction against the governor’s Education Savings Account program. No pesky reporters asking questions such as, “Are you going to disavow the idiotic statements of Hillsdale President Larry Arnn?” The college president who wants to start […]

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Analysis: The effect of legislative retirements and uncontested elections in 2022

BY: - July 11, 2022

This 2022 election cycle has been marked by the retirement of more than a dozen state legislators  — a few under unusual circumstances that include, in one case, an indictment  — or in some cases, plans to seek a different elected office.   Legislative retirements The 14 retirements in the General Assembly —11 in the House, […]

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Williamson County’s Welch rolls out endorsement list for school board

BY: - June 16, 2022

Eric Welch, incumbent member of the Williamson County School Board, has rolled out more than two dozen endorsements from current and former school system administrators and Parent Teacher Organization leaders.  Among those endorsing are Dr. Alicia Spencer Barker, Tim Stillings and Kevin Townsel, all members of the Franklin Special School District Board of Education; Mark […]

Juana Cecilia and her family contemplated eviction from the Nashville mobile home park they lived in for over a decade after a developer bought the property and gave residents a short timeline to move. Photo by John Partipilo.

Wave of evictions may depress voter turnout for Tennessee midterm election

BY: - June 16, 2022

Tennessee habitually ranks as one of the lowest states in the nation for voter turnout, with fewer than 60% of the state’s voting-eligible population casting a ballot in the 2020 presidential election.  And while the General Assembly hasn’t passed as many restrictions on voting rights as other Southern states, voting in Tennessee has limits. A […]

Shelby County Commissioners at a March meeting. (© Karen Pulfer Focht)

Shelby Commission approves new voting machines amid discord

BY: - June 7, 2022

Shelby County commissioners voted Monday to spend $5.8 million on voting machines for the November elections as tempers flared and in spite of an ongoing lawsuit pitting county officials against one another. The Shelby County Commission and the Shelby County Election Commission are currently embroiled in litigation to decide which body has jurisdiction over deciding […]

Councilmember and gubernatorial candidate JB Smiley, Jr., at a recent debate. (Photo: JB Smiley)

Smiley drops policy platform

BY: - May 27, 2022

On Friday, Memphis City Council member J.B. Smiley, Jr., laid out his policy platform in the Democratic contest for governor.  “It’s time we do more than simply identify the issues, but put a plan in place to address them moving forward. With your help, we can create a better Tennessee, together,” said Smiley in a […]