U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper

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Tennessee environmental groups, Cooper, release climate change report

BY: - December 21, 2020

A report released by U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in collaboration with Tennessee climate-advocacy groups details the long-terms effects unchecked global warming will have on Tennesseans.  On Nov. 4, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, a unified effort from participating nations that focuses on mitigating the effects of greenhouse gas […]

30-year-old Allie Schmidt plays with her son Ashton, 11 month in her home. Schmidt was diagnosed with ALS when she was 25. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee families impacted by ALS become advocates for Congressional action

BY: - December 16, 2020

As Allie Schmidt awaits for the government to approve new treatments that could help her battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), she’s left to pursue her own remedies. For Schmidt, that means spending $300 per month from her modest disability insurance stipend to pay for vitamin bundles “in the hopes that these vitamins slow my […]

Protesters in front of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexanders offices on West End in 2017. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Biden election gives hope for DACA, immigrant rights organizations

BY: - December 14, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden’s election win renewed hope for recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA,) but advocates with immigrant-rights organizations say there will still be many challenges in the next few months.  During President Donald Trump’s tenure, DACA applications were closed as the administration sought to roll back the program. Although limited in its […]

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper campaigning at Cathedral of Praise in North Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Cooper passes Nashville flood prevention bill

BY: - December 14, 2020

In 2010, Tennessee experienced a devastating flood, and Friday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Cooper to prevent future flooding in Nashville.  “A decade ago, all of Nashville – East, West, South, and North Nashville – suffered a devastating flood, costing more than two dozen lives and billions of […]

Early voter Lanna Williams, wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt, waits in line to vote with others at the Howard School in Nashville. Apparel with slogans not identified with a particular candidate or political party are permitted while voting. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Voter suppression tactics keep Tennessee at bottom of states for voting

BY: - November 3, 2020

Tennessee hasn’t experienced widespread voter intimidation but voter suppression tactics are rampant, said a Nashville voting rights advocate and congressional staffer. Lisa Quigley, chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, said there have been no reports of voter intimidation during early voting in Tennessee, but suppressive state voting laws play a key role […]

Jawharrah Bahar, who works as the director of outreach for Free Hearts, said it took five years to get her voting rights restored. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville clerk Howard Gentry’s office helps hundreds restore voting rights

BY: - October 28, 2020

Against the backdrop of Tennessee ranking among the worst states in the country for restoring the voting rights of felons, Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry’s office has quietly been working behind the scenes to cut the red tape and simplify the complicated bureaucratic process. Instead of making a person navigate the necessary approval […]

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The Blue Dog vs. the underdog: facing an activist challenger, Cooper makes appeal to “gettable” conservatives

BY: - July 23, 2020

Jim Cooper has regularly faced Republican opponents in November in the decades he’s been in Congress. He’s beaten them every time (except for an unsuccessful 1994 Senate run), he said, by appealing to moderate conservatives who would otherwise vote red. That’s how Democrats flipped the House of Representatives in 2018, he told The Lookout last […]

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Tennessee Republicans push for in-person education as COVID cases surge

BY: - July 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander — a leading voice in federal education policy in the U.S. Senate — continues to support reopening the nation’s schools even as COVID-19 cases surge in Tennessee and across the nation. But he also supports more aid to help schools reopen safely — a goal at odds with the […]

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) confers with an aide during a House Oversight And Reform Committee hearing concerning government preparedness and response to the coronavirus, in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill March 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. Since December 2019, coronavirus (COVID-19) has infected more than 109,000 people and killed more than 3,800 people in 105 countries. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Column: Fact-Checking Tennessee Congressmen

BY: - July 15, 2020

As the election heats up, we should remember three good fact-checking sites: factcheck.org, politifact.com, and snopes.com. Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.  Pulitzer-Prize-winning Politifact started in 2007 with a Florida newspaper and now is operated by the Poynter Institute.  Snopes began in 1994 by investigating urban legends, hoaxes, and folklore; […]

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What to know about requesting an absentee ballot for upcoming elections

BY: - July 2, 2020

Tennessee became one of the last states to expand mail-in voting earlier this month when Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled that voters under 60 can request an absentee ballot because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lyle’s ruling has been appealed by the state of Tennessee, but the Supreme Court said earlier this month it […]

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As pandemic recovery trudges on, questions of transparency emerge

BY: - June 30, 2020

Members of Congress are pressing the Department of Treasury and the Small Business Administration to disclose statistics for how many small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses received paycheck protection loans as part of the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act set aside $659 billion in low interest loans for small businesses that […]

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House Democrats tout infrastructure benefits, but Republicans wary

BY: - June 29, 2020

There are countless ways that a $1.5 trillion federal infrastructure package drafted by U.S. House Democrats would affect Tennessee if it ever becomes law, but U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper said there’s one big change residents in his Nashville-area district would see quickly: fewer freight trains causing big traffic jams on major roads. Right now, idle […]