Democrat Mark Kelly is picked to beat incumbent Republican Martha McSally in the Arizona Senate Race. (Getty Images)

These are the top states for contributions to U.S. Senate candidates in 2020

BY: - October 30, 2020

1. South Carolina total: $174.4 million (R) Sen. Lindsey Graham raised $66.8 million; spent $60 million (D) Jamie Harrison raised $107.5 million, spent $104 million 2. Arizona total: $144.5 million (R) Sen. Martha McSally raised $55.7 million; spent $47.5 million (D) Mark Kelly raised $88.8 million; spent $77.8 million 3. Kentucky total: $143.5 million (R) […]

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State House of Representatives races a mixed bag

BY: - October 30, 2020

All state representatives come up for election every two years and in the fourth installment of our five-part look at campaign finances and possible outcomes of elections, we look at House races starting in Northeast Tennessee and moving west to Murfreesboro. In Knox County’s District 18, an open seat, Democrat Virginia Couch faces Republican Eddie […]

Marquita Bradshaw in Memphis on September 9, 2020. She is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in what she calls a "Marquita versus Goliath" race against the Trump-endorsed Republican candidate, Bill Hagerty. The Memphis activist is also the only Black woman running for Senate in the entire country this cycle. (Photo: © Karen Pulfer Focht)

Struggle for control of the U.S. Senate enters its final tense hours

BY: and - October 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrats have a shot at winning the White House,  capturing the Senate majority and keeping their hold on the House—an election result that could dramatically shift the policy agenda away from the gridlock that’s gripped the nation’s capital for years. In the Senate, the clearest route to that outcome is through flipping GOP-held […]

John Cooper takes the oath of office on Saturday, September 30th at Stratford STEM Magnet High School in East Nashville as the ninth mayor of Nashville's metropolitan government. (Photo: Nashville.gov)

Effort to recall Mayor Cooper fizzles out

BY: - October 29, 2020

The effort to recall Nashville Mayor John Cooper over his support for the property tax increase and his pandemic response has failed. An organizer of the effort to recall Cooper told supporters the cause is “dead and over” late Tuesday night. It’s the second time in 2020 that a signature drive has gone nowhere. Volunteers […]

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Memphis races feature hot contests

BY: - October 29, 2020

The presidential race and U.S. Senate races  traditionally earn the most analysis and coverage, but all state representatives are up for reelection in Tennessee and half of the General Assembly’s state senators. Shelby County features several hotly contested state house races. The most notable is the one between Democrat Torrey Harris and incumbent Rep. John […]

Jawharrah Bahar, who works as the director of outreach for Free Hearts, said it took five years to get her voting rights restored. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville clerk Howard Gentry’s office helps hundreds restore voting rights

BY: - October 28, 2020

Against the backdrop of Tennessee ranking among the worst states in the country for restoring the voting rights of felons, Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry’s office has quietly been working behind the scenes to cut the red tape and simplify the complicated bureaucratic process. Instead of making a person navigate the necessary approval […]

Voters stand in line on the first day of early voting in Nashville at Casa Azafran. (Photo: John Partipilo)

First time immigrant voters take pride in making their voices heard

BY: - October 28, 2020

On a rainy Saturday morning, when others slept warm and dry at home, dozens of people stood drenched and cold outside Casa Azafran waiting for their turn to vote. Although very few brought umbrellas, they held their resilience against the rain on their shoulders to participate in this civic duty.   For the 2020 presidential elections, […]

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Davidson County legislative races feature one competitive seat

BY: - October 28, 2020

Part Two of the Tennessee Lookout’s series analyzing third quarter fundraising disclosures for Tennessee General Assembly candidates focuses on Davidson County state house and senate races. With one exception, Sen. Steve Dickerson in District 20, all of  Nashville and Davidson County’s representatives are Democratic and most are running without opposition. Dickerson is also in the […]

Metro Nashville Councilmember Zulfat Suara speaks at an Oct. 2020 event.(Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville Councilwoman Zulfat Suara rallies support to #EndSARS in native Nigeria

BY: - October 27, 2020

Metro Councilwoman Zulfat Suara ran for office last year with a platform focusing on the wonkiest of issues: city finances, schools funding, taxing policy. Issues like that are in Suara’s wheelhouse since most of her professional career has been spent in the field of accounting and her day job is working as an administrator for […]

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State Senate races: Quarter three fundraising review

BY: - October 27, 2020

The presidential race and U.S. Senate races are the campaigns that traditionally earn the most analysis and coverage, but all state representatives are up for reelection in Tennessee and half of the General Assembly’s state senators. The overview of the upcoming state senate races features information on the amount of money each candidate raised in […]

University prior to start of second presidential debate on Oct. 22, 2020/ (Photo: Tennessee Lookout)

Commentary: Election Forum “No Shows” Reveal Character

BY: - October 26, 2020

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum—specifically recent online League of Women Voters forums in Knox County.  The funny thing was that the Republican candidates didn’t show up while the Democratic candidates did —with one exception within each party. The League and its partner organizations planned a trio of Zoom forums with […]

Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 22 - A group of anti-Trump protesters sets up shop on a prominent corner, complete with balloons. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)

Pictures at an exhibition

BY: - October 23, 2020

Attendance at Thursday’s presidential debate was strictly limited out of deference to the risks posed by COVID-19, but hundreds of revelers and protesters lined the streets of Nashville to air their political opinions. President Donald Trump arrived in Nashville around 3 p.m. and went first to a $250,000 per person fundraiser at the downtown J.W. […]