U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper

Senator Katrina Robinson, D-Memphis, working during the Ford special session. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Stockard on the Stump: Convicted state senator could be ousted

BY: - January 14, 2022

State Sen. Katrina Robinson could face removal from the state Senate based on a decision by the chamber’s Ethics Committee. Lt. Gov. Randy McNally said this week the panel is reviewing Robinson’s legal situation.  “I think what they’re looking at is the plea agreement where she did admit to committing felonies and whether it would […]

On Wednesday, the legislative redistricting committee unveiled new congressional maps. (Photo: John Partipilo)

House redistricting panel splits Davidson congressional map three ways

BY: - January 12, 2022

Snickers and gasps filled a House meeting room Wednesday when Republicans revealed a congressional redistricting map that splits Davidson County three ways. Most onlookers knew what was coming, but they were still shocked when they saw it. Democratic state Rep. Antonio Parkinson of Memphis summed it up best: “When this map was unveiled you could […]

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper waits to speak to the Tennessee General Assembly's Ad Hoc Committee on Redistricting in October. (Photo: John Partipilo)

House, Senate agree on redistricting plan to split Davidson

BY: - January 11, 2022

Republican-drawn House and Senate redistricting maps match on a plan to split Davidson County into three congressional seats, the chambers’ top leaders said Tuesday. Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and House Speaker Cameron Sexton both said their proposals mesh in a move to break up the 5th Congressional District, which has been represented by Democratic U.S. […]

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper waits to speak to the Tennessee General Assembly's Ad Hoc Committee on Redistricting in October. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Commentary: The Power Poll – A peek at 2022 (and beyond)

BY: - December 27, 2021

The Nashville economy will continue its thundering roar into 2022 and advance upon its explosive growth in prior years, according to the December Nashville Power Poll. Members were also asked whether it would be a good or bad thing if Facebook were to open up a massive headquarters here, as is being rumored. A majority […]

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ.)(Photo by Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images)

U.S. House censures Arizona’s Paul Gosar, boots him from committees

BY: and - November 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted 223-207 Wednesday to censure Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar and strip him of his committee assignments, following his social media post of a manipulated cartoon that depicted him attacking Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joe Biden. Tennsseee 5th District Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper and District 9 Democratic Rep. […]

A map of Tennessee's congressional districts as drawn by legislative Democrats. (Map courtesy of Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus)

Democrats’ congressional district map draws ice-water reaction

BY: - November 17, 2021

Tennessee Democrats are submitting a congressional redistricting map that keeps Davidson County whole and puts communities of interest together, but at least one state senator is pouring cold water on the plan. The proposal is likely to draw heat, not just because Republicans control the House and Senate, but because it draws a new 4th […]

U.S. Capitol. Photo by Russ Rohde/Getty Images

Editor’s column: Grading congressional newsletters

BY: - November 17, 2021

I spend a lot of time thinking and talking and writing about the Tennessee General Assembly because too few news outlets in our state have the resources or capacity to do the same, and I figure, larger outlets than this one do have the means to check on our federal delegation.  But a few months […]

President Joe Biden signed his $1.2 billion infrastructure bill into law at the White House on Monday. (Photo provided by U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper.)

Biden signs $1.2T infrastructure bill: ‘America is moving again’

BY: , and - November 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday signed into law his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill during a ceremony at the White House packed with some 800 supporters, heralding what he said was a “truly consequential” spending bill that will improve Americans’ day-to-day lives. But Democrats also emphasized that there is more to come—a $1.85 trillion […]

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

Kelly picks up endorsements from national progressive groups

BY: - November 10, 2021

Odessa Kelly, Democratic candidate for the 5th Congressional District, has picked up two endorsements from national progressive organizations, her campaign announced on Tuesday.  Indivisible, which was founded after former President Donald Trump’s 2016 election and Working Families Party (WFP,) endorsed Kelly. WFP, founded in New York City in 1998, is a progressive grassroots political party […]

Tree trunks in the Bridgestone Firestone Centennial Wilderness Area in Sparta marked for clearcutting, despite local opposition. Photo: John Partipilo

Congressional sportsmen’s group endorses clearcutting plan

BY: - October 21, 2021

A controversial plan by state wildlife officials to raze portions of a popular recreational area in White County got a surprising stamp of approval from the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to support the hunting and fishing policy objectives advanced by federal and state lawmakers The endorsement came as a surprise because […]

Quanita Thomas, fondly known as “Q” (center) hands out a food basket to Carlos Williams who lives in the North Nashville neighborhood. Thomas is also an associate pastor at the Historic First Community Church in North Nashville. (Photo by John Partipilo

Federal Child Tax Credit program boosts thousands in Tennessee

BY: - September 30, 2021

While Jessica Crumbley was able to keep her job as assistant manager at Dollar General in Loudon throughout the pandemic, her wages barely kept her disabled husband and three children afloat. Any financial hiccup could be enough to destabilize her family, and in July, Crumbley quarantined from COVID-19 without knowing if her job would pay […]

Poppy Thorne, age two and a half, hugs Jana Bahloul. Jana's father, Osama Bahloul, is imam at the Islamic Center of Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville Muslims mark 9-11 anniversary by aiding new refugees to U.S.

BY: - September 11, 2021

Sept. 11 holds special significance for all Americans, including the Muslim community.  Among the crowded sidewalks of 12th Avenue South, the Islamic Center of Nashville stands seemingly in contemplation of how life drastically changed the 2001 day radical terrorists flew two commercial planes onto the World Trade Center, killing nearly 3,000 people.  Behind the mosque, […]