Now that Republicans have a so-called “mega-majority” in Tennessee’s legislature, some are more worried about infighting than about interference from Democrats.
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Tennessee Republicans have now clinched what some are calling a “mega-majority” in the state legislature. They flipped six seats from blue to red in the state Senate, and at least that many in the state House.
The biggest gathering of Democrats in Nashville last night was at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel – a celebration for Rep. Jim Cooper’s all-but certain re-election. Democrats primarily had to look to national politics to find something to cheer about.
A GOP supermajority in the state house may not be all its cracked up to be. Republican Governor Bill Haslam sees two sides in controlling so much of the General Assembly.
The Tennessee Supreme Court says a Memphis library card will count as voter ID for this election. In an order released Thursday, the high court also said it would hear oral arguments in the politically charged case.
Tennessee election officials are turning to the state Supreme Court to back up their interpretation of new voter ID requirements. An appeals court said Thursday the law is constitutional, but that people can also vote using IDs issued by cities.
A legal challenge against the state’s new voter ID requirement has gotten part of what it asked for. An appeals court did not overturn the law as unconstitutional. But it did say a Memphis library card with a photo is acceptable to vote in Tennessee.
A legal challenge to Tennessee’s voter-ID requirement went before a state appeals court yesterday. Early voting just got underway in the first presidential election since the law passed.
The agency behind Nashville’s public art projects hope its fanciful bike racks and statues will soon be marked on Google Maps. Next month, the Metro Arts Commission will ask city leaders for approval to participate in the nationwide effort to include works of art on the online app.
“Vote Orange” is a new election slogan coming from the University of Tennessee. But according to a recent candidate survey, it’s hard to tell whose interests align with UT’s top officials. Only a third of General Assembly candidates bothered to answer the survey.
The Tennessee Republican Party is focusing its campaign energy on Nashville this election cycle. But following recent Democratic retirements in Davidson County, neither side is playing up his party.
Nashville physician Steve Dickerson narrowly won a three-way race in the Republican primary to replace state Senator Joe Haynes, one of several Democrats who are retiring. He’ll face attorney Phillip North who won the Democratic primary.
Susan Lynn of Mt. Juliet is headed back to the General Assembly. She beat single-term incumbent Linda Elam by a two-to-one margin in the Republican primary.
A four-term member of the state House has been unseated by political newcomer Courtney Rogers who enjoyed the backing of the National Rifle Association. Incumbent Debra Maggart lost the seat after an outside campaign to defeat her.
Voters go to the polls today for state primary elections and some local races. New identification requirements and changes to the shape of voting districts bring the potential for confusion or mistakes. State and federal officials say they’re prepared to deal with any problems.
Governor Bill Haslam plans to spend part of the summer campaigning for Republicans in the General Assembly. The governor says he’ll help his “friends” during the primary season as well as the general election.
State Senator Bill Ketron says he won’t run for Congress this fall. Many had expected him to challenge freshman Scott DesJarlais in the Republican primary.