U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper

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 […]

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KEENESBURG, CO - April 5, 2020: One of the 39 tigers rescued in 2017 from Joe Exotic's G.W. Exotic Animal Park yawns while relaxing at the Wild Animal Sanctuary on April 5, 2020 in Keenesburg, Colorado. Exotic, star of the wildly successful Netflix docu-series Tiger King, is currently in prison for a murder-for-hire plot and surrendered some of his animals to the Wild Animal Sanctuary. The Sanctuary cares for some 550 animals on two expansive reserves in Colorado. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

Commentary: U.S. Senators need to sign on to Big Cat safety act

BY: - April 5, 2021

When historians discuss King Louis XIV, perhaps the best-known ruler in the history of France, they typically associate him with phrases such as “Louis the Great,” the “Sun King,” the age of absolutism, or with his reign of 72 years in the 17th and 18th centuries – the longest of any European monarch in history. […]

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Agent in Charge Doug Korneski, Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake and U.S. Attorney for the Middle district of Tennessee Don Cochran gave updates on Friday's RV bombing on Second Avenue in Downtown Nashville. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)

Nashville Power Poll: The chattering class assesses Mayor John Cooper, former Mayor Barry and redistricting

BY: - March 19, 2021

Nashville Power Poll members are giving Mayor John Cooper some mediocre grades. Depending on how you look at it, he comes out with a B- or C+. Passable. But nothing to write home about. Meanwhile, former Mayor Megan Barry, who as we all know left office in a cloud of chaos three years ago, is […]

Freddie O'Connell, Metro Councilmember for Nashville's District 18, walks down Lower Broadway. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville Councilman Freddie O’Connell talks navigating the tornado, pandemic, 2nd Ave. bombing and police brutality protests

BY: - March 11, 2021

(Editor’s note: The interview has been edited for length.) Over the last year, Metro Councilman Freddie O’Connell’s district was devastated by a tornado, blown apart by the Second Avenue bombing, center stage for a series of protests over police brutality and racism and ground zero for the debate over the impact of public health orders […]

Tennessee House of Representatives. (Photo: Tennessee General Assembly)

Tennessee Republicans belittle Congress’ voter rights resolution

BY: - March 5, 2021

Tennessee Republican leaders are belittling Congress’ move this week to change voting laws, mainly by bringing more people into the election process and changing the method for redrawing district lines. On a party-line 220-210 vote, the U.S. House on Wednesday passed wide-ranging voting and ethics legislation. The measure faces a higher hurdle in the Senate, […]

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 03: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks as other House Democrats listen during a news conference on the For the People Act at the east front of the U.S. Capitol March 3, 2021 in Washington, DC. The House is scheduled to vote on the act today. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Sweeping voting rights package passes U.S. House

BY: - March 4, 2021

The House passed sweeping voting rights, redistricting, campaign finance and ethics reform, late Wednesday night along party lines in a 220 to 210 vote, but the historic package will face an uphill battle in the Senate as no Republicans currently support the bill. Even though Democrats control Congress and the White House, their slim majority […]

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Commentary: Cockfighting is uncivilized and barbaric. Tennessee shouldn’t tolerate it.

BY: - February 26, 2021

The origin of cockfighting dates back thousands of years, but it was during Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage to the Philippines in 1521 that modern cockfighting was first documented by his chronicler, Antonio Pigafetta, in the kingdom of Taytay. It’s a grisly and still-rampant blood sport, unnervingly present in the Volunteer State. Most states banned cockfighting in […]

A rendering of the Fred D. Thompson Federal Courthouse in Nashville, slated to be complete in Summer 2021. (Rendering: GSA.gov)

Analysis: Names to watch for Nashville U.S. Attorney appointment

BY: - February 24, 2021

The resignation of U.S. Attorney Donald Cochran jumpstarts a compelling behind-the-scenes process leading to President Joe Biden appointing a replacement from a deep pool of Democratic-leaning lawyers in Nashville. It’s been seven years since a Democratic president appointed a U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. In 2014, President Barack Obama appointed career prosecutor […]

U.S. President Donald Trump stands in the colonnade as he is introduced to speak to March for Life participants and pro-life leaders in the Rose Garden at the White House on January 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Cooper: House to seek removal of President Trump

BY: - January 12, 2021

Congressman Jim Cooper predicted Monday the U.S. House will seek to remove President Donald Trump this week for inciting insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, either by invoking the 25th Amendment or impeaching the commander in chief as he leaves office. Cooper, a Nashville Democrat, was set to return to Washington, D.C., Monday where he said […]