Commentary

Andy Ogles, center, with his wife, Monica, and political advisor Steve Gill, react to news Ogles won the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional District. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Stockard on the Stump: Ogles rides super PAC ads in 5th District win

BY: - August 5, 2022

Despite reports of tardy tax payments, a late federal campaign filing and potential illegal coordination with a super PAC, Maury County Mayor Ogles rolled to victory Thursday in the newly-drawn 5th Congressional District Republican primary. Buoyed by dark money groups that hammered former House Speaker Beth Harwell and retired Brig. Gen. Kurt Winstead, Ogles collected […]

U.S. House debate on a contraception access bill Thursday fell along party lines, with Democrats arguing it’s necessary to ensure Americans won’t lose another constitutional right at the hands of conservative Supreme Court justices. (Photo: Getty Images)

Birth control is the next right Republicans plan to eliminate

BY: - August 2, 2022

Many Americans hoped that Roe v. Wade’s reversal and the subsequent criminalization of medical abortion in over half the nation would satisfy the “pro-fetus” extremists driving today’s Republican Party.  Sadly, that is not to be.  In Republican-dominated states, lawmakers are already searching for ways to prevent  women from obtaining out-of-state abortions.  The Thomas More Society, […]

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

Nearing Election Day, the thrill is gone

BY: - August 1, 2022

Election Day used to feel like Christmas Day to me.  As far back as I can remember, the day was an exciting one. My parents voted religiously, my dad in the brief window between arriving home from work and the 7 p.m. poll closures.  Mom, who didn’t work in my early childhood years, had no […]

A group of women stand outside the Tennessee Capitol with signs protesting lax guns laws. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Teachers on the front-line

BY: - August 1, 2022

In 1987 I began my teaching career. The classroom that I taught in then is now a vestige of the past and we are continuously redefining what the modern school or classroom should look like. Student discipline is a complicated and often uneven process in our schools, with board policies and state laws often failing […]

Educators protesting before Thursday's public comment session on a new state education funding plan at Nashville's Ellington Agricultural Center. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Stockard on the Stump: Lawmakers predict new funding formula will change voucher costs – maybe

BY: - July 29, 2022

The new K-12 funding formula approved by the Legislature could change the cost of Tennessee’s voucher program, initially set at $25 million three years ago, as well as funding for charter schools. But lawmakers’ understanding of the relationship between the funding plan and the voucher program varies widely. Senate Education Committee Chairman Jon Lundberg acknowledges […]

U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty speaking in Nashville on June 17 at the Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road t0 Majority" event which featured former President Donald Trump as the keynote speaker. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Blackburn and Hagerty owe Tennesseans answers about their place on Giuliani’s call list

BY: - July 26, 2022

Televised hearings of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol have produced some shocking moments.  Testimony Thursday revealed that members of then-Vice President Mike Pence’s security detail made personal calls to family members at the height of the attack to tell them goodbye, so worried were they for their […]

5th District congressional candidate Beth Harwell, photographed at the U.S.-Mexicso border wall built under former President Donald Trump. (Photo: Beth Harwell for U.S. Congress)

Beth Harwell touts Trump’s influence in comeback attempt

BY: - July 25, 2022

We knew back in the cooler times of early 2022 that the state legislature’s crusade to kill Davidson County’s blue congressional district by splitting it into three red districts would torpedo meaningful representation in Washington for much of Nashville. Two of the seats that have now gobbled up big chunks of Davidson—the 6th and 7th […]

The Tennessee State Capitol, where legislators created the state's restrictive abortion laws. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Neither Tennessee, nor 10-year-olds, are equipped for childhood pregnancies

BY: - July 21, 2022

A case that made headlines across the U.S. recently has stuck with me.  By now, most people in America have heard about the 10-year-old Ohio rape victim who had to travel across state lines to receive necessary healthcare in Indiana, the closest state where a legal abortion was available.  This case has affected me deeply. […]

John Cole’s Tennessee: “And now, for my latest statement. . . “

BY: - July 18, 2022

The ‘silly season’ in politics has arrived, when candidates pull out all the stops before the primary election to woo voters and direct attention away from their opponents. In the case of Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles, who is also running for Congress in the 5th Congressional District, that meant posting a video of himself […]

Gov. Bill Lee during a Wednesday media avaliablilty in Nashville. (Photo: Sam Stockard)

Stockard on the Stump: State jumps on vouchers after court lifts injunction

BY: - July 15, 2022

Gov. Bill Lee finally got to say something besides “I love teachers” this week when a three-judge panel vacated an injunction against the governor’s Education Savings Account program. No pesky reporters asking questions such as, “Are you going to disavow the idiotic statements of Hillsdale President Larry Arnn?” The college president who wants to start […]

Gov. Bill Lee talks with students at Haywood High School on Sept. 28 2021. (Photo: Official photo of Gov. Bill Lee)

Career educator: Tennessee Gov. Lee fooled me into thinking he cares about public education

BY: - July 14, 2022

In September, I accepted a position as the Chief Communications Officer for Haywood County Schools in Brownsville, Tenn.  For anyone unfamiliar, Brownsville is the home of singer Tina Turner, the Hatchie River, and is about 30 miles east of Memphis.  Since last fall, though, its identity has been found as the new home of Ford’s […]