Commentary

U.S. Rep.-elect Andy Ogles (Photo: John Partipilo)

Stockard on the Stump: Ogles draws warnings from Federal Election Commission

BY: - December 9, 2022

The Federal Election Commission is threatening U.S. Rep.-elect Andy Ogles with an audit or other enforcement if he fails to fix discrepancies in his campaign finance report. The agency sent Ogles’ treasurer, Thomas Datwyler, letters Dec. 6 listing a litany of problems within the campaign’s report. Those include incorrect totals and information that deflates his […]

Gov. Bill Lee. (Photo: John Partipilo)

In Gov. Bill Lee’s Tennessee, ‘choice’ means you have no choice

BY: - December 8, 2022

The word “choice” is doing a lot of work these days in Gov. Bill Lee’s government. “Choice,” as defined by the Oxford English dictionary, can be used as a noun or an adverb. The former refers to “the act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two possibilities,” while the latter refers to […]

John Cole's Tennessee: Drag shows and transgender kids draw Sen. Jack Johnson's attention. Kids in state custody? Not so much.

John Cole’s Tennessee

BY: - December 7, 2022

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No more empty seats at our holiday tables

BY: - December 5, 2022

Where I live, the seasons change fast. We’ve barely put away our jack-o’-lanterns in Kansas City when a cold wind blows in from the prairie, bringing down leaves — and soon after that, ice storms and snow. But no matter how cold it gets, we always look forward to seeing family and friends over the […]

A photo from the Tennessee Department of Children's Services Facebook page shows a happy family dancing in front of a Christmas tree--hardly the scene for many children in the custody of DCS.

Tennessee DCS situation represents abject failure of government, lawmakers

BY: - November 30, 2022

When Tennessee Lookout reporter Anita Wadhwani first reported in August 2021 that children in custody of the state were left sleeping on the floors of state office buildings, some surrounded by mounds of clothing and dirty diapers, readers were outraged.  One might think that Gov. Bill Lee, who frequently touts his bona fides as a […]

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Tennessee politics has become a one-sided boxing match that exhausts all participants

BY: - November 29, 2022

Three years ago — three months into my 40’s — I had my midlife crisis. A friend of mine had mentioned a boxing gym that he really liked, so I decided to try it out. I went to the heavy bag classes and even learned a few combinations. Some jabs, hooks and kicks to a […]

A man worthy of a second chance

BY: - November 28, 2022

When I learned about the Tennessee Supreme Court decision in the Tyshon Booker case, I felt a range of emotion– joy, hope, optimism and anxiety. I’ve spent the past 26 years of my life beneath the heavy burden of a 51 year plus prison sentence. This Supreme Court decision could have a huge influence on […]

Congress knows how to slash child poverty. It just needs to do it.

BY: - November 25, 2022

If you could prevent millions of children from falling back into poverty, would you? Most of us, I imagine, would answer “yes” without hesitation. But not Congress. For nearly a year, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have dithered as the policy directly responsible for a dramatic decline in poverty last year lapsed. It’s time for Congress […]

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The great Thanksgiving divide

BY: - November 24, 2022

Of all holidays, Thanksgiving is arguably the least emotionally fraught. There are no gifts to be purchased and wrapped, no Kay Jewelry commercials to make us feel like losers if we’ve neither bought nor received diamond jewelry for the occasion and no holiday parties about which we need to fret over what to wear. But […]