Politics

Watch: Charter School Founder Jeremy Kane Announces Mayoral Run

Watch: Charter School Founder Jeremy Kane Announces Mayoral Run

July 24, 2014 at 3:56 pm

The former charter school CEO joins Metro councilwoman Megan Barry, attorney Charles Bone and former school board chairman David Fox, though others are also expected to enter the race for Nashville mayor.

Statewide Plan To Target Prescription Drug Abuse Focuses On Treatment

Statewide Plan To Target Prescription Drug Abuse Focuses On Treatment

June 3, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Among the recommendations is to provide specialized treatment for mothers with addictions to painkillers. This comes months after the governor signed a bill that criminalizes pregnant women who harm their fetus by illegally using drugs without getting treatment.

Frank Jones presents Play IT Safe, a prototype of a website that would monitor park safety based on real-time conditions. His project was one of about a dozen presented Sunday at Music City Center. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

‘Civic Hacking’: When Government Agencies And Geeks Get Along

June 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm

At Hack For Change Nashville, developers created apps based on government data. Most of the dozen or so projects were still in the prototype stage by the end of the weekend, but some of the ideas that came out of it might be developed into a final product that could benefit the city government and the community.

Tennessee Governor To Navigate Divisive Issue Of Prescription Drug Abuse

Tennessee Governor To Navigate Divisive Issue Of Prescription Drug Abuse

June 2, 2014 at 5:30 am

Earlier this year, the state legislature discussed repealing a law that some say gives physicians too much leeway to prescribe potentially dangerous pain relievers. Doctors were divided over whether this was a good idea.

Pastor Sara Tate says that the new law is a step backward, but she is happy that it's spurring a larger conversation. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Backlash Against Tennessee’s Electric Chair Law Fuels Death Penalty Opponents

May 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm

A few dozen United Methodist clergy held a prayer vigil near the Capitol Tuesday. They were protesting Governor Haslam’s signing of law legalizing the electric chair as a backup to lethal injection.

Poll Says Tennessee Voters Oppose Giving Lawmakers More Power Over Abortion

Poll Says Tennessee Voters Oppose Giving Lawmakers More Power Over Abortion

May 21, 2014 at 4:36 pm

But that doesn’t necessarily mean voters will strike down a similar amendment on the ballot in November.

At Tenn. Democratic Fundraiser, Alison Lundergan Grimes Calls For Higher Minimum Wage

At Tenn. Democratic Fundraiser, Alison Lundergan Grimes Calls For Higher Minimum Wage

May 18, 2014 at 11:41 am

Alison Lundergan Grimes is running against Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, and she spoke to Tennessee Democrats during the party’s annual fundraiser, Jackson Day. Some polls show she has a chance of upsetting the five-term Republican.

The Next Phase For Wine In Grocery Stores: Petitioning For Local Referendums

The Next Phase For Wine In Grocery Stores: Petitioning For Local Referendums

May 5, 2014 at 5:14 pm

The coalition of grocery stores who want to sell wine in Tennessee will spearhead a petition drive to get the matter on local ballots this fall. It’s the latest effort from Red, White And Food, which pushed for the bill that passed the state legislature this spring.

Community Colleges Have Room For An Influx Of Students, But Will Tennessee’s Budget?

Community Colleges Have Room For An Influx Of Students, But Will Tennessee’s Budget?

May 5, 2014 at 4:55 am

The man in charge of Tennessee’s community colleges and tech schools says there’s plenty of room for an expected influx of students—around 5,600 over the next few years, according to one estimate.

African American Voters Turn Out For Nashville’s Judicial Elections

African American Voters Turn Out For Nashville’s Judicial Elections

May 1, 2014 at 6:13 pm

The campaigners in front of Bordeaux Library on Thursday afternoon were vocal and animated, holding signs and shouting candidates’ names to voters walking toward the library. As of Thursday morning, more people had voted here this week than any other early voting location.

The Amp’s Team of Rivals Meets To Discuss Future Of Nashville Bus Project

The Amp’s Team of Rivals Meets To Discuss Future Of Nashville Bus Project

April 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Dean gave brief remarks about the project needing the input of divergent voices to help find middle ground before he took off for another event.

House Speaker Beth Harwell, who's no fan of the current design for the Amp near her West End district, is skeptical of its chances of getting state funding on top of Metro and federal dollars. (Photo: Daniel Potter/WPLN)

The Amp Isn’t Dead, But It Will Have To Come Back To The Legislature

April 17, 2014 at 5:46 pm

State lawmakers are effectively reserving the right to veto Nashville’s proposed bus rapid transit proposal, known as the Amp. The bill now on its way to the governor ensures one way or another, the legislature will revisit the issue.

Gov. Bill Haslam (center) preferred lower limits on pseudoephedrine sales, but said "we're grateful that a bill got passed, and now we'll put that into practice and we hope it makes a real difference." (Photo: Daniel Potter/WPLN)

Lawmakers Settle On Meth Bill At Twice The Governor’s Proposed Limits

April 17, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Tennesseans will face a new limit on how much cold and allergy medicine they can buy containing pseudoephedrine, which is used to cook meth.

Both Sides Say They’re Happy, But Amp Foes Gain Upper Hand

Both Sides Say They’re Happy, But Amp Foes Gain Upper Hand

April 17, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Banning the project outright didn’t happen. So supporters dodged a bullet.

State lawmakers have been torn over how involved to get, with some pushing to scuttle the $175M bus proposal altogether. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean had floated the idea last year of asking for some $35M from the state, on top of Metro and federal dollars. (Photo: Taber Andrew Brain/flickr)

Potential Amp Compromise—With Governor’s Input—Wouldn’t Block Bus Proposal… Yet

April 16, 2014 at 10:15 pm

With the state legislature just short of finishing a bill targeting Nashville’s high profile-bus proposal, known as the Amp, and session poised to end Thursday, a potential compromise has emerged from talks with lawmakers and the governor’s office.

Effort To Reduce ‘Hall Tax’ On Investment Income Fades Away In Committee

Effort To Reduce ‘Hall Tax’ On Investment Income Fades Away In Committee

April 16, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Clarksville Senator Mark Green’s plan would’ve still collected the portion of the tax that goes to local governments.

Final Drafts Of Pivotal Legislation Could Be Written By Small, Select Groups Of Lawmakers

Final Drafts Of Pivotal Legislation Could Be Written By Small, Select Groups Of Lawmakers

April 15, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Methamphetamine, Nashville’s proposed bus line, and a new statewide test tied to the Common Core: All three have led to dueling proposals in the state House and Senate, and all three are being hashed out by select groups of six lawmakers, known as conference committees.

Governor Haslam's original proposal for a school vouchers program would have capped the number of vouchers at 5,000 for the first year. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Gov. Bill Haslam’s Voucher Bill Pulled Again

April 15, 2014 at 1:44 pm

The bill’s failure comes in the face of heavy lobbying from national education reform groups like StudentsFirst and the American Federation for Children.

House Democratic Leader Craigh Fitzhugh (center) and Caucus Chairman Mike Turner (right) say to gain ground they have to capitalize on rifts in the GOP supermajority. (Photo courtesy Sean Braisted)

Amid GOP Rifts Over Guns And Vouchers, Democrats Claim Small Victories

April 15, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Democrats are claiming victory for a series of legislative misfires over the last two days, pointing to the demise of a pair of controversial gun bills as well as a hard-fought school vouchers plan. But the bills’ failures may have as much to do with Republican infighting.

House Shoots Down Senate Bill To Allow Open Carrying Of Guns Without A License

House Shoots Down Senate Bill To Allow Open Carrying Of Guns Without A License

April 14, 2014 at 9:46 pm

A bill to let Tennesseans carry guns in the open without a permit was voted down Monday night in committee. The House sponsor had been poised to try to circumvent the usual process of vetting bills, but now it seems that won’t be happening.