U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper

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Odessa Kelly works on the porch of her East Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: The hottest ticket in town

BY: - July 23, 2021

Political tongues have been flapping all over Nashville since community organizer and activist Odessa Kelly announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the 5th Congressional District in early April.  Kelly is taking on incumbent Jim Cooper, who has served in the 5th District seat since his election in 2002 (and in the 4th Congressional […]

A group of people gathered outside Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk's house to protest his plea deal with former Nashville police officer Andrew Delke. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Analysis: How the Delke plea affects DA Glenn Funk’s political future

BY: - July 6, 2021

The starting point for any analysis about District Attorney Glenn Funk’s political future is the acknowledgment that Funk would not be district attorney in the first place had it not been for the support of Black voters. But a high profile plea deal could put that support in jeopardy a year out from the next […]

A face mask, bedazzled with the logo of the Girl Scouts. (Photo: Tracy Rokas)

In litigation with national organization, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee continues to thrive

BY: - June 28, 2021

Little girls selling Girl Scout cookies in plexiglass face shields is just one example of why Middle Tennessee Girl Scouts are in financially better circumstances than many of their sisters across the country.  Recently the Associated Press reported that Girl Scouts of the USA  has 15 million boxes of unsold cookies and faces financial difficulties. […]

Flanked by legislative leaders, Gov. Bill Lee signs - for the second time -a law permitting permitless gun carry. (Photo: Sam Stockard)

Governor goes “back to the future” with Memphis Megasite push

BY: - June 11, 2021

Gov. Bill Lee sent out a press release this week hailing a renewed effort to market the Memphis Regional Megasite in Haywood County and – at long last – build a wastewater line needed to attract a major manufacturer. It’s a tactical change of sorts because not too long ago, state officials were saying Tennessee […]

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Harwell considering congressional run if the lines are right

BY: - June 10, 2021

Former Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell has a hankering to enter public office again. In fact, after just four years away from the state House, she’s eyeing a congressional race if the 2022 redistricting plan puts her in a strong position. In an interview Thursday with the Tennessee Lookout, Harwell, a southwest Davidson County Republican, […]

Map of Tennessee's 5th congressional district. (Map: Cooper.house.gov.)

Democrats anticipate Republican efforts to redraw Cooper’s district out of existence

BY: - June 10, 2021

Republicans already hold seven of nine Tennessee congressional districts, but with redistricting approaching in 2022, Democrats fear the GOP-controlled Legislature will try to redraw U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper’s Nashville-based district and effectively push him out of Congress. Such a move could help Republicans gain another seat in Congress to chip away at Democrat control on […]

Congressman Cooper chief of staff Lisa Quigley to leave post

BY: - May 12, 2021

Lisa Quigley, the long time chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper and one of Nashville’s most influential political leaders, will leave her post this summer, the congressman’s office announced on Wednesday.

Gov. Bill Lee speaking before the Tennessee General Assembly in January. (Photo: John Partipilo)

‘Stress and uncertainty’ follow Gov. Lee’s decision to end federal unemployment benefits

BY: - May 12, 2021

Nearly 112,000 Tennesseans received unemployment payments during the week ending May 1, and 61,000 have applied for jobless benefits, according to the Department of Labor.

Conceptual rendering of the Oracle campus in Nashville courtesy of Mayor John Cooper's office.

Community activists push back on Oracle deal

BY: - April 27, 2021

Community organizers are asking Metro Nashville to postpone an agreement with the technology giant Oracle, saying there are too many questions about how the company’s relocation here will affect local residents already suffering from rising living costs.   Stand Up Nashville and The Equity Alliance held a rally Monday to protest what they see as a […]

A 2018 photo from a TIRRC demonstration. (Photo: Jon Dragonette/TIRRC Facebook)

TIRRC pushes Congress to create easier path to citizenship

BY: - April 21, 2021

Immigrants and new Americans made up a large portion of essential workers during the pandemic, and Tennessee immigrant advocates joined a nationwide effort urging Congress to create an easier path to citizenship. Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) held a rally Tuesday night to call on representatives and senators to promote the interests of […]

Odessa Kelly works on the porch of her East Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Odessa Kelly enters race for Congress after a decade of African-American candidates winning more countywide races

BY: - April 20, 2021

Before Odessa Kelly ever entered the race for Congress to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, Nashville politics had been in the midst of a transformation. Over the previous decade, more Black politicians won notable countywide elections for desirable posts that had long been occupied by mostly older, white men. Since 2012, 13 African-American candidates […]

Gov. Bill Lee speaking before the Tennessee General Assembly in January. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Governor knocks president’s infrastructure plan, corporate tax increase

BY: - April 7, 2021

Gov. Bill Lee isn’t prepared to turn away federal funding, but he blasted President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan Tuesday, saying the proposal to pay for it with a corporate tax increase will hurt jobs. During a speech to the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, the governor reiterated criticism of the president’s American Recovery Act that passed […]