Politics

Time to fix the “crummy roads” at your favorite national parks

BY: - August 28, 2020

The Great American Outdoors Act, which is estimated to bring millions to Tennessee in tourism means “there’s finally money to fix those crummy roads to your favorite public parks,” said one avid outdoorsman. Caleb Hemmer advocated for the bill, which passed both chambers of Congress with bipartisan support July 22. In April, he organized a […]

Singer/Songwriter Bobby Bare performs at The 6th Annual Jerry Reed Celebration at 3rd & Lindsley on September 21, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Oversight committee dedicates $2M to help live music venues, fine arts groups

BY: - August 27, 2020

The city’s financial oversight committee, which recommends how Nashville spends its CARES Act funds, unanimously voted on Thursday to appropriate $2 million in emergency grants to live music and arts businesses that have been shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s the first domino to help save Nashville’s independent live music venues, which disclosed to […]

Nashville, Tenn. - Hanging a banner on the former statue of Edward Carmack designating the space "Ida B. Wells Plaza." (Photo: Alex Kent)

Black Caucus rips state’s top two leaders

BY: - August 26, 2020

In a Wednesday press conference, members of the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators sharply criticized the state’s top two elected officials’ handling of racial issues. Specifically, caucus members denounced Gov. Bill Lee for ignoring an Aug. 2 caucus letter asking him for an emergency meeting to discuss treatment of protesters at the Tennessee Capitol […]

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Commentary: Time for the General Assembly to act on powers equal to governor

BY: - August 24, 2020

So, it appears revolutionary fervor is sweeping the Tennessee General Assembly, and there is a move afoot to reign in the tyrannical Gov. Bill Lee. Last week an ad-hoc committee of the legislature held its first hearing to determine if the governor is abusing his powers with the executive orders he has issued to respond […]

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Supreme Court ruling allows TN voters with certain pre-existing conditions to vote by mail

BY: - August 20, 2020

The state of Tennessee has failed to comply with a Tennessee Supreme Court instruction to educate voters with pre-existing conditions making them vulnerable to COVID-19 of their right to vote by mail for the November election. The charge came in filings with the ongoing legal dispute over absentee voting rights during the deadly pandemic. The […]

Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 18 - Celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Historic Hermitage Hotel hosts 19th Amendment celebrations

BY: - August 19, 2020

By the time the 19th Amendment passed on August 18, 1920, efforts for women to gain the right to vote had been in progress for over 70 years. In 1848, the Seneca Falls Convention adopted a Declaration of Sentiments, which included a resolution urging women to get the right to vote. After a number of […]

Clockwise from top left: Rep. London Lamar, Councilmember at Large Sharon Hurt, Sen. Brenda Gilmore, Knox County School Board Member Evetty Satterfield, Rupa Blackwell, Tullahoma Chamber of Commerce.

With Harris keynoting DNC, Tennessee’s elected women of color react

BY: - August 19, 2020

The selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as vice-presidential running mate to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden last week has been lauded for its historic nature. Harris is the first woman of color to be named to one of the top positions on a presidential tickets and one of only a few women of any […]

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Tennessee now only state to pursue plan for Medicaid block grant

BY: - August 18, 2020

Tennessee remains the only state actively pursuing a controversial Medicaid block grant touted by the Trump Administration in January as a “game-changer” that would radically rejigger financing for the federal-state public health insurance program that covers 1 in 5 Americans. Last week, Oklahoma’s Republican governor,  Gov. Kevin Stitt, informed federal officials he was scrapping plans […]

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In-person voting rule challenges Rutherford County voter ill with COVID-19

BY: - August 14, 2020

On July 29, Brittney Whidden received a phone call from the Rutherford County Election Commission. While her husband’s absentee ballot had been approved, hers would not be. Whidden pushed back, and the election commission made an exception. Whidden, who tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering, received her ballot via mail July 31, but reached […]

Franklin's Angel Stansberry leads a crowd to Cordell Hull Office Building for the special legislative session. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Special session bill criminalizes camping on state property and threatens voter rights

BY: - August 13, 2020

The Tennessee General Assembly Wednesday passed a bill that makes camping on state property a felony. House Bill 8005 appears to target Black Lives Matter protesters who have been camping on Legislative Plaza in downtown Nashville since mid-June. One portion upgrades the punishment for camping on property not specifically designated for camping from a Class […]

Tennessee House of Representatives Chambers (Photo: Tennessee Secretary of State)

COVID-19 liability legislation moves forward

BY: - August 11, 2020

The Tennessee legislature reconvened today to fast-track Gov. Bill Lee’s proposed legislation to exempt public and private companies and institutions from legal liability related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In separate committee hearings on Tuesday, during a specially called session expected to wrap up in less than a week, Democratic lawmakers argued unsuccessfully against the measure.  […]

Nashville voters eager to elect women of color, but fundraising obstacles remain

BY: - August 11, 2020

On the heels of political newcomer Keeda Haynes coming closer than any challenger has to unseating nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, political insiders say Nashville is in the midst of an existential crisis. Campaign advisers, city politicians and organizers say voters are eager to elect women, especially women of color, to top political posts. […]