Politics

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.

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.

Senators Mike Bell and Dolores Gresham are questioning the materials the College Board is providing teachers.

Two Tennessee Senators Pick A Bone With Advanced Placement History Guidelines

August 28, 2014 at 6:08 pm

The topics in history left out of guidelines for Advanced Placement U.S. History have left two Republican senators questioning teachers should cover in Tennessee classrooms.

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais waits for election results to come in at a gathering in South Pittsburg, Tenn. DesJarlais ran a tight race against challenger Jim Tracy. Credit: Jakob Lewis for WPLN

Tracy Declares Victory, But DesJarlais Ekes Out The Unofficial Win

August 8, 2014 at 4:32 am

Though the results are yet to be official, and most likely to be challenged, incumbent Congressman Scott DesJalais beat State Senator Jim Tracy by 35 votes.

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.