Sen. Janice Bowling

A pickup truck emblazoned with the Jack Daniel's Distillery logo parked in front of the Cordell Hull Legislative Office Building Wednesday. Inside the building, officials with company gave one-fith bottles of Jack to legislators. (Photo: Sam Stockard)

Stockard on the Stump: Holt sidesteps moral dilemma with state job handling booze industry

BY: - March 5, 2021

Retired Capitol Hill reporter Tom Humphrey for years wrote a column called “Humphrey on the Hill.” In his stead, Sam Stockard is taking up the mantle with a new report called “Stockard on the Stump,” a collection of briefs, anecdotes and quotes from the latest week in the Tennessee General Assembly. As a state representative, […]

Delta-8 on display at The Perfect Plant in Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Reefer madness: Delta-8 produces similar effects to marijuana while still legal

BY: - March 4, 2021

While Tennessee sits on the sidelines of marijuana legalization, Tennesseans are choosing Delta-8, a psychoactive cannabis product nearly identical to marijuana. The two are isomers—chemical compounds with the same formula but different atomic arrangements—that offer similar mental effects with medicinal and recreational applications.  Since legalizing CBD oil in 2015, the Tennessee state legislature has failed […]

Tennessee House of Representatives (Photo: John Partipilo)

Voting rights advocates and Democratic leaders slam GOP efforts to remove judge

BY: - March 2, 2021

A Tennessee plaintiff in the 2020 lawsuit to expand absentee voting during the COVID-19 pandemic says legislation to remove Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle is part of an effort to quell voting rights. Meanwhile, House Democrats contend the move is an unconstitutional effort to remove a sitting judge because Republicans disagree with her rulings. They say […]

Voters turn out early and stand in line on the first day of early voting, Oct. 14, 2020 in Memphis, Tennessee. (© Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht)

Two bills would make a dent in Tennessee’s voter ID laws by letting students use their college IDs

BY: - March 2, 2021

Two bills before the Tennessee General Assembly would chip away, ever so slightly, at the state’s voter ID laws, making it easier for students to vote. Those bills wouldn’t get rid of the photo ID requirement, but they would allow voters to prove their eligibility with their student IDs. Democrats from Nashville and Memphis are […]

A large group of people wait in line to early vote at the Howard Building before Polls opened at 8:00am.(Photo: John Partipilo)

After record turnout in the 2020 election, state Sen. Janice Bowling wants to abolish early voting

BY: - February 18, 2021

After a presidential election which saw record turnout and widespread disinformation, followed by a violent insurrection, one Tennessee state senator is proposing an end to early voting. Republican state Sen. Janice Bowling, of Tullahoma, contends early voting creates opportunities for fraud—or, as she puts it, “mischief.” She introduced a bill last week that would abolish […]

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, […]

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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 […]