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Tennessee’s anti-LGBTQ bills supported by national conservative groups

BY: - May 20, 2021

With dozens of anti-LGBTQ bills introduced this legislative season around the U.S., human rights groups and nonprofits have been busy fighting discrimination—perhaps only surpassed in productivity by the vast and well-funded networks of nonprofits that lobbied for, and helped write, discriminatory bills in the first place. Three of the heaviest hitters have been the Heritage […]

Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron speaks to residents in a March address on COVID-19. (Photo: rutherfordcountytn.gov)

Registry director now questions whether state law allowed Ketron payment plan

BY: - May 20, 2021

A month after the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance authorized its executive director to negotiate a payment plan with Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron on a $135,000 civil penalty, the director is raising doubts about whether such a move would have been legal. “I think that’s a very close question at the end of the […]

A police car blocks entrance to the Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis after a substantial crack was found in it May 11. (Photo: Karen Pulfer Focht)

Memphis bridge reopening unclear as governor criticizes federal funding plans

BY: - May 18, 2021

Gov. Bill Lee took another shot Tuesday at billions of dollars in COVID-19 federal funding, saying the state should have the flexibility to use that money on roads and bridges as officials said they are expediting work on the cracked I-40 beam that forced the shutdown of Hernando DeSoto Bridge.  Asked about his criticism of […]

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Save Nashville Now, a coalition opposing Metro charter amendment referendum, unveiled

BY: - May 18, 2021

A coalition of business groups, labor groups, faith-based groups and grassroots activist groups announced on Tuesday the formation of a new coalition to oppose the July 27 charter referendum to consider major changes to Metro charter. In total, 19 groups representing dozens of businesses and organizations expressed their opposition to the charter amendment proposal. The […]

Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives mill about in House Chambers. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Commentary: Legislature unnecessarily cruel to Tennesseans facing unemployment

BY: - May 18, 2021

There’s no point in politely dancing around the truth any longer: Tennessee’s Republican supermajority is cold, cruel, and downright heartless.  This is especially obvious when it comes to decisions that affect working families.  As a small snapshot, look at what has happened just in the past couple of weeks. The first half of the 112th […]

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Carter dies after bout with pancreatic cancer

BY: - May 17, 2021

Colleagues are mourning the death of state Rep. Mike Carter, a highly respected Ooltewah Republican and former judge who carried clout in the Tennessee General Assembly. Carter, 67, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer, which was detected in 2020 after he tested positive for COVID-19.  “Mike Carter lost his battle with pancreatic cancer late last night, […]

Former US Senator Rick Santorum photographed at the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Commentary: Tennessee must reject Santorum slights on Native Americans

BY: - May 17, 2021

Another Rick Santorum outrageous statement came and went last month, flushed away like so many of his words.  His claim, however, merits reaction and debunking in many spots, notably here in Tennessee. The former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania turned CNN commentator, speaking at a Young America’s Foundation event, pontificated about America.  “We came here and […]

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Stockard on the Stump: Registry won’t renew investigation into Ketron

BY: - May 16, 2021

The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance isn’t going to reopen an investigation of Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron’s campaign finance problems but it will accept new information about the former state senator’s campaign and PAC accounts.

Metro Legal Director Bob Cooper, right, talks to Metro Councilman Bob Mendes during an election commission meeting on May 10. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Legal Director Bob Cooper to leave mayor’s office

BY: - May 14, 2021

Metro Director of Law Bob Cooper will leave Mayor John Cooper's administration in the coming weeks to return to private practice.

Congressman Cooper chief of staff Lisa Quigley to leave post

BY: - May 12, 2021

Lisa Quigley, the long time chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper and one of Nashville’s most influential political leaders, will leave her post this summer, the congressman’s office announced on Wednesday.

Gov. Bill Lee addressing legislator's during the January 2021 special education session. (Photo: John Partipilo)

‘Stress and uncertainty’ follow Gov. Lee’s decision to end federal unemployment benefits

BY: - May 12, 2021

Nearly 112,000 Tennesseans received unemployment payments during the week ending May 1, and 61,000 have applied for jobless benefits, according to the Department of Labor.

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Liz Cheney ousted from U.S. House GOP leadership for rejecting Trump’s “big lie”

BY: - May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON—House Republicans voted Wednesday to remove U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position after her continued pushback against former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud in the presidential election. Saying they want to unite the party in an attempt to win back the House in the 2022 midterm elections, GOP lawmakers in […]