Politics

Tennessee House of Representatives (Photo: John Partipilo)

Republicans back new healthcare plan after Tennessee rejects Medicaid expansion

BY: - January 27, 2021

Two Republican lawmakers are hoping to expand healthcare coverage to hundreds of thousands of working poor while Democrats are trying to turn back the state’s modified “block grant” program with the help of the new Biden Administration. Legislative Democrats sent a letter to President Joe Biden Monday asking him to rescind the “block grant” waiver […]

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

Several state-authorized schools remain virtual as Lee blasts Nashville and Memphis for not reopening

BY: - January 26, 2021

While Gov. Bill Lee bashed Nashville and Memphis schools last week for not offering in-person instruction, and some Republican lawmakers have proposed taking away state funding as a punishment, several schools overseen by the state have remained virtual. Charter schools under the state Achievement School District and the state Board of Education have chosen virtual […]

The Cordell Hull Legislative Building. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Lawmakers warn education commissioner about reading screener contract

BY: - January 26, 2021

At least two state legislators are urging caution about an education contract that could push school districts to a specific vendor and, ultimately, mire the state in a money pit. The warnings came amid questions about whether the state is already talking to vendors about a “universal screener” contract. Education Commission Penny Schwinn denied any […]

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New TNDP chair Hendrell Remus strikes hopeful tone, emphasizes the long game

BY: - January 25, 2021

Despite taking over the Tennessee Democratic Party at a time when Republicans lay claim to the governor’s office, supermajorities in the General Assembly, both U.S. Senate seats and seven of nine U.S. House seats, newly elected chairman Hendrell Remus said he is hopeful about what the future holds. On Jan. 16, Remus became the first […]

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 05: Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) holds a mask to her face as she arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Oversight of the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation" on Capitol Hill on August 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. Crossfire Hurricane was an FBI counterintelligence investigation relating to contacts between Russian officials and associates of Donald Trump. (Photo by Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)

Power Poll Prediction: Hagerty & Blackburn Will Not Vote to Convict Trump

BY: - January 22, 2021

Our pro-Trump senators in Washington D.C. will not vote to convict former President Donald Trump in his likely impeachment trial, according to the most recent Nashville Power Poll. The margins of this prediction were astronomical. As to whether the Senate overall will vote to impeach Trump, Power Poll members predicted the Senate would not. Our […]

Children participating in a Sunday rally at the office of the Metro Nashville Schools Board hold up placards spelling out 'January All Schools Open.' The rally was organized by Let Nashville Parents Choose, a group advocating to return all schools to in-person learning. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Legislature passes COVID education plan; penalties for Metro Nashville, Shelby on hold

BY: - January 22, 2021

In two and a half days, the Tennessee General Assembly nearly wrapped up a special session on education in a pandemic world, passing a literacy plan and slight pay increases for teachers and school staff. Only legislation to fund the plan remains to be passed Friday morning. The Legislature passed bills Thursday providing pay raises, […]

Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 7 - Mayor John Cooper tours COVID-19 assessment centers in Davidson County. (Photo: Nashville.gov)

Nashville Mayor Cooper says city can handle more vaccine, as President Biden promises to speed up process

BY: - January 22, 2021

Nashville Mayor John Cooper cautioned residents on Thursday that there will not be a sudden surge in COVID-19 vaccine distribution that would allow the city to advance “more rapidly” on its immunization timeline. Cooper began his press conference updating the state of the pandemic by shooting down media reports that there was a national stockpile […]

A group of legislators file into the War Memorial Building for Gov. Bill Lee's address at the start of a special session. (Photo: John Partipilo)

One senator catches COVID-19, another under quarantine in special session

BY: - January 21, 2021

State Sen. Ed Jackson confirmed Thursday he tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantining at his Nashville home while another senator is isolating during a special session of the Legislature designed to reform education amid the pandemic. Jackson, a Republican from Jackson, said he underwent testing this week as soon as he started feeling symptoms […]

A protest organized by Tennessee Stands in downtown Franklin in November. (Photo: Tennessee Stands, Facebook)

New conservative group Tennessee Stands takes on government mandates

BY: - January 21, 2021

In the six months since Tennessee Stands launched as a fresh conservative voice railing against pandemic policies — galvanizing resistance to COVID-19 emergency orders by state and local officials — the newly established nonprofit has worked to coalesce resistance to government mandates during the pandemic. Tennessee Stands and its founder, Gary Humble, have filed lawsuits […]

Protesters in front of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexanders offices on West End in 2017. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Biden immigration reform bill gives faster path to citizenship

BY: - January 21, 2021

President Joe Biden sent a sweeping immigration reform bill to Congress on his first day in office, and immigrant-advocacy groups have been preparing individuals for a faster path to citizenship.   “Today ushers in a brighter, more hopeful future for immigrants and refugees. After four years of harsh immigration policy under Trump, President Joe Biden and […]

Legislators file into the War Memorial Building for Gov. Bill Lee's address at the start of a special session. (Photo: John Partipilo)

TN Republicans propose taking funds away from school districts that went virtual

BY: and - January 20, 2021

Republican lawmakers filed legislation for the special session to take education funds away from school districts that don’t open for at least 70 days during the current school year and the full 180 days for next school year. The late-filed bill was sponsored by state Rep. William Lamberth, R-Portland, and state Sen. Jack Johnson, R-Franklin. […]

The Tennessee State Capitol with gates locked.

Sen. Robinson faces second wave of federal charges

BY: - January 20, 2021

State Sen. Katrina Robinson, already under federal indictment, is charged in a new case with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday. Robinson, 40, a Memphis Democrat, was accused in 2020 of stealing $600,000 from her federally-funded business to pay for a lavish lifestyle. In this […]