Mayor John Cooper speaks at his July 16 press conference. (Photo: Metro Nashville Network YouTube channel)

An interview with Nashville Mayor John Cooper

BY: - July 23, 2020

Before Nashville Mayor John Cooper helmed a city grappling in rapid succession with recovery from a destructive tornado, a historic pandemic and sweeping protests for policing reform, he was a candidate who campaigned on his expertise in the wonkiest areas of Metro government. A businessman and real estate executive, Cooper touted his experience in finance […]

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett testifies before the U.S. Senate Rules Committee on Absentee Voting. (Screenshot of Senate Rules Committee.)

Hargett to U.S. Senate: Georgia cat’s application to vote proof of voter fraud

BY: - July 23, 2020

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett cited an alleged instance of a voter registration form being mailed to a cat in Georgia as rationale for Tennessee’s continuing emphasis on in-person voting during a Wednesday hearing of the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee.  Among other instances of alleged voter fraud by mail Hargett cited were […]

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From the 901: Four-way Democratic primary in Memphis features high-profile contenders

BY: - July 21, 2020

As the August 6 primary election nears, a fascinating Democratic primary race has drawn attention as high-profile contenders compete for State House of Representatives in Memphis’s District 97.  Four candidates— Allan Creasy, Gabby Salinas, Ruby Powell-Dennis and Clifford Stockton III— are currently running for the District 97 Democratic primary. The winner will face either John […]

Nashville Mayor John Cooper at a recent press conference. (Photo: Metro Nashville News)

Nashville lawsuits target unsolicited robocalls in recall effort

BY: - July 20, 2020

Two federal lawsuits were filed on July 17 against an anti-tax group that made unsolicited robocalls to Davidson County voters encouraging support for an effort to recall Nashville Mayor John Cooper and Metro Council members. The class action lawsuits claim that the anti-tax group No Tax 4 Nash broke federal laws that ban such calls […]

A customer at ABQ Guns in Albuquerque. Recent mass shootings have reignited the debate over gun legislation, including red flag laws and expanded background checks. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Bloomberg, Getty Images)

Poll: Majority of Tennesseans more likely to vote for candidate supporting background checks

BY: - July 20, 2020

A poll just out from former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords’s  gun violence prevention organizations shows eight out of 10 Tennesseans polled approve of background checks before a buyer can purchase a weapon

Screenshot of a Senate District 20 candidate forum hosted by the Donelson-Hermitage Neighborhood Association July 15. Clockwise from top left, Zaia Thombre, moderator, Heidi Campbell, and Kimi Abernathy. (Photo: Facebook)

Closely contested Democratic primary foreshadows November showdown for Senate District 20

BY: - July 20, 2020

As government appointments go, the Solid Waste Region Board and the Foster Care Review Board would hardly be viewed as the launching pads to the top levels of state government. But, Tennessee Democrats believe one of those humble agencies is home to their newest state Senator. Serving on the solid waste board, which oversees trash […]

Nashville Mayor John Cooper at a recent press conference. (Photo: Metro Nashville News)

Secretly-funded efforts target mayor, Nashville tax policy

BY: - July 17, 2020

Nashville voters are being targeted by two apparently linked petition drive efforts, one to recall Nashville Mayor John Cooper and the 31 Metro Council members who voted in favor of the property tax increase last month, and another to give voters unprecedented powers to approve such tax increases and other oversight of city finances. The […]

Nashville Mayor John Cooper at a recent press conference. (Photo: Metro Nashville News)

Group led by Nashville lawyer pushes anti-tax referendum

BY: - July 16, 2020

Davidson County voters received a petition in their mailboxes this week asking for signatures to support a referendum that would overhaul how Metro raises property taxes, deals with excess property and issues bonds. It’s unclear who is behind financing the initiative, which is dubbed the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act, but Nashville attorney Jim Roberts is […]

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Commentary: Home invasion

BY: - July 8, 2020

We can think of what Donald Trump has done to the Republican Party over the last four years as a perverse sort of home invasion: He kicked in the door, forced his way in, tied up the occupants, grabbed the silver, and busted up the place. Did the victims summon assistance? Did they call 911? […]

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How to track campaign cash

BY: - July 6, 2020

Our elected representatives (and wannabe representatives) strive to build and exercise power, of course, and a primary way they do so is through campaign fundraising and spending. That has conferred power on big campaign contributors, who enjoy special access to elected officials and win lucrative contracts from governments at all levels. You can see that […]

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House Democrats tout infrastructure benefits, but Republicans wary

BY: - June 29, 2020

There are countless ways that a $1.5 trillion federal infrastructure package drafted by U.S. House Democrats would affect Tennessee if it ever becomes law, but U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper said there’s one big change residents in his Nashville-area district would see quickly: fewer freight trains causing big traffic jams on major roads. Right now, idle […]

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Finance director accuses Hospital Authority of hiding $9.4M in federal funding

BY: and - June 25, 2020

The Hospital Authority failed to disclose $9.4 million in federal CARES Act funding to Mayor John Cooper’s administration in fear that its operating subsidy could be reduced, according to documents obtained by the Tennessee Lookout. Finance Director Kevin Crumbo, one of Cooper’s top aides, blasted the Hospital Authority for not keeping the administration in the […]