Politics

Voters wait in line to cast a ballot early in La Vergne. While there was a surge on the final day of early voting, totals are still well behind 2010 and even further behind 2006. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Late Surge In Tennessee’s Early Voting, But Totals Are Still Down

October 31, 2014 at 6:32 am

More than 13,000 people voted in Davidson County on the final day of early voting — even though only a few hundred a day were showing up during the first few days.

Early voting runs through Oct. 30. Election Day is Nov. 4. Credit: Bobby Allyn / WPLN

Poll Shows Many Tennesseans Undecided On Abortion Amendment

October 29, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Ads dominating the airwaves for and against Tennessee’s abortion amendment still may find a receptive audience. A sizeable share of voters haven’t made up their minds.

Cesar Bautista and about a dozen others are embarking on a get-out-the-vote effort targeting Nashvillians born in other countries. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Undocumented Immigrants In Tennessee Push For Voter Turnout Among Immigrants With Citizenship

October 27, 2014 at 5:05 am

Cesar Bautista, 26, is one of about a dozen canvassers who are planning to knock on the doors of some 4,000 voters before the Nov. 4 election.

Early voting runs through Oct. 30. Election Day is Nov. 4. Credit: Bobby Allyn / WPLN

Tennessee Voter Turnout Light So Far, Particularly In Nashville

October 21, 2014 at 6:45 am

By comparison, more people are voting every day in Knox County than over five days in Davidson County.

A constitutional Amendment can only pass if it has 50-percent-plus-one of the total number of the voted tallied in the governor's race. Credit: Vox Efx via Flickr

Will The Amendments Pass? Depends On How Many Vote For Governor

October 20, 2014 at 5:00 am

Advocates of defeating any of the four constitutional amendments on the November ballot are pushing Tennesseans to also cast a vote for governor – any candidate will do. The motivation springs from a state law linking the fate of the amendments to the total votes for governor.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) is running for a third term, pictured here at a recent announcement regarding expansion of Volkswagen's Tennessee plant. While he has campaigned in the state, he's almost entirely ignored his competition. Credit: TN Photo Services

Alexander Slams EPA For ‘Regulating Mud Puddles’ While Defending His Own Votes For Coal Regulation

October 20, 2014 at 4:47 am

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander worked the words “regulating mud puddles” into nearly every answer at a candidate forum hosted by the Farm Bureau. He’s referring to new rules under the Clean Water Act governing navigable waterways. Mud puddles have become one of his most-used jabs at the White House during his reelection campaign.

Gordon Ball is positioning himself as a moderate Democrat, in part to win over right-leaning voters. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Both Lamar Alexander and Gordon Ball Try To Woo Tea Party Voters

October 17, 2014 at 4:00 am

Since Alexander’s primary challenger Joe Carr took 41 percent of the Republican vote, Alexander knows that converting his supporters will be important in the election.

Voters in Putnam County were inspired by Amendment 1.

In Putnam County, Amendment 1 Is Bringing Voters To The Polls

October 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Several voters in Putnam County said closely-held religion views brought them to the polls.

Congressman Jim Cooper said he's not a "camera hog," but he felt the GAO report on Tennessee's voter ID law should get more attention. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Tennessee Democrats Latch Onto Report That Voter ID Laws Suppress Turnout

October 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Republicans may be discrediting the non-partisan Government Accountability Office findings, but Democrats are holding press conferences to say, essentially, “We told you so.”

Former Governor Phil Bredesen stands with Governor Bill Haslam in an ad in support of passing Amendment 2. Credit: Yes on 2

Governors Haslam And Bredesen Join Forces In TV Ad For Constitutional Amendment

October 10, 2014 at 4:48 am

Right now, the governor has most of the power (through appointment) and Vote Yes on 2 advocates want to keep it that way.

The five declared mayoral candidates are expected to discuss walkability issues at an event on Wednesday. Credit: nashville.gov

Mayoral Candidates To Be Asked How They’d Make Nashville More Walkable

October 7, 2014 at 5:12 am

Just around 6 percent of the city’s annual budget goes to funding sidewalks. But half of that money is used for repairs, not installing new ones.

U.S. Senate hopeful Gordon Ball at an Americans for Prosperity rally in Nashville. Credit: TK

Lamar Alexander Again Defending Stance On Common Core, This Time From A Democrat

October 6, 2014 at 5:31 am

One way Gordon Ball is attempting to broaden his statewide appeal is adopting at least a few positions shared by Tea Partier Joe Carr.

An attendee of the Stop Amp meeting held at the Blakemore United Methodist Church on Tuesday. About 75 people showed up to voice concern with the project. Credit: Bobby Allyn

Nashville Mayoral Candidates Question Whether They Will Carry On The Amp

October 3, 2014 at 5:17 am

There are many moving parts that will ultimately decide if Nashville’s first in earnest mass transit project will come to fruition, but whether the city’s next political leader will see the project through is key.

Gov. Bill Haslam met with groups of educators in West, Middle and East Tennessee to talk about the benefits of Common Core as the state standards are under attack in the legislature. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Haslam Plans Mass Vetting Of Common Core, Commits To ‘Higher Standards’

October 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Governor Bill Haslam denies that his support for Common Core is softening. The questions arise because he’s spent more time defending “higher standards” than specifically Common Core in recent months.

Herbert Slatery was named Attorney General by the Tennessee Supreme Court September 15, after public interviews. Slatery was previously an attorney in Knoxville before working for the Haslam Administration. Credit: TN Photo Services

Tennessee’s New Attorney General Sworn In With A Surprisingly Emotional Ceremony

October 1, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Tennessee has its first Republican Attorney General in nearly 150 years.

Gordon Ball's campaign website lifted nearly 30 passages from other elected officials. Credit: Gordon Ball

Senate Hopeful Gordan Ball On Website Plagiarism: So What?

September 30, 2014 at 5:14 am

A BuzzFeed report revealed that Ball borrowed passages whole-cloth from websites of other elected officials.

New Poll On Abortion Amendment Comes With Conflicting Interpretations

New Poll On Abortion Amendment Comes With Conflicting Interpretations

September 30, 2014 at 4:28 am

Exactly half of Tennessee voters support the constitutional amendment concerning abortion regulations, according to a new poll commissioned by a conservative Christian policy group Family Research Council. It’s a shift from a Vanderbilt University poll earlier this year.

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee. Credit: Office of Sen. Bob Corker via Facebook

Corker Votes To Arm Syrian Rebels Despite Calling Administration’s Plan ‘Unserious’

September 19, 2014 at 7:29 am

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker ultimately supported the Obama Administration’s short-term plan to arm Syrian rebels, even after berating Secretary of State John Kerry during a committee hearing this week.

Jim Cooper says supplying Syrian rebels will not be productive in combating the Islamic State. Credit: Jim Cooper Facebook.

Jim Cooper Breaks With Party Ranks On Syria Vote

September 18, 2014 at 5:39 am

Jim Cooper surprised Democrats after he chose not to back President Barack Obama’s proposal for dealing with the Islamic State.

After a Farmers Insurance luncheon Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Bill Haslam told WPLN there will be lots of topics discussed at his education summit Thursday. He gave no specifics. Credit: Emily R. West.

Unclear If Common Core Will Be Discussed At Gov. Haslam’s Education Summit, But Protests Still Planned

September 17, 2014 at 3:55 pm

The governor’s office would not provide any specific details of topics or potential speakers on the agenda for Gov. Bill Haslam’s education summit this week.