Commentary

Outgoing Democratic House Caucus Chair Vincent Dixie says House Speaker Cameron Sexton interfered in his recent defeat.(Photo: John Partipilo)

Stockard on the Stump: Former Democratic Caucus chair claims House Speaker pushed him out

BY: - December 16, 2022

Two weeks after narrowly losing a bid for re-election as House Democratic Caucus chairman, Rep. Vincent Dixie says House Speaker Cameron Sexton leaned on colleagues to stop his re-election. As a result, Dixie, a Nashville Democrat, holds no leadership position. He was defeated by Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, in the 24-member caucus race by […]

Backed by his children, U.S. Rep. Mark Green thanks the crowd at Nashville's Millennium Maxwell House for electing him to a third term in Congress. (Photo: Nick Fantasia)

Rep. Mark Green, the West Point officer who opposed certifying the results of a U.S. election

BY: - December 15, 2022

The walls of the Old Cadet Chapel at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point are adorned with plaques honoring America’s Revolutionary War generals, with George Washington’s featured most prominently. One plaque hangs apart from the rest and differs by only having the words, “Major General. Born 1740.” The nameless plaque denotes the wartime service […]

Nissan Stadium in Nashville, home of the Tennessee Titans. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Not ready for takeoff

BY: - December 13, 2022

Eight weeks have blown by since Mayor John Cooper and the Tennessee Titans delivered unto Nashville a so-called term sheet (lawyer speak for “stuff we provisionally agree on”) with procedural and financial particulars for a proposed new East Bank stadium. Writing here at the time I called it a bad deal built on specious logic […]

(Photo illustration by John Partipilo)

The angry grandmother’s “Twelve Banned Books of Christmas”

BY: - December 12, 2022

All y’all know I love to read, I always have and one of the joys of owning a bookstore was recommending books to customers of all ages. Once someone discovers the pleasure of escaping mentally with a great book, that wanting to read never goes away.  This grandmother is stunned to learn that some of […]

U.S. Rep.Andy Ogles voted for Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan rather than frontrunner Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California for House Speaker. (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 […]