Chas Sisk

Enterprise Reporter

Chas joined WPLN in 2015 after eight years with The Tennessean, including more than five years as the newspaper's statehouse reporter. Chas has also covered communities, politics and business in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. Chas grew up in South Carolina and attended Columbia University in New York, where he studied economics and journalism. Outside of work, he's a dedicated distance runner, having completed a dozen marathons.

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Douglas Henry was still early in his Senate career when the subject of legalizing marijuana came up.

The Nashville Democrat, who died late Sunday night at age 90, had no experience with cannabis. So he decided to rectify that the only way he knew how.

He bought a joint.

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No one in the history of Tennessee served in its state legislature longer than Douglas Henry. The Democratic lawmaker represented West Nashville for nearly half a century. But that was just one of the ways Henry, who died Sunday night at age 90, showed his love for his native state.

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A proposal to ban abortions after the detection of a heartbeat has been on the agenda of Tennessee lawmakers.

It’s a divisive issue. But the main opponent might not be who you expect — Tennessee Right to Life.

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In one of several signs of trouble for the idea, Tennessee's attorney general says a proposed ban on abortions once a heartbeat can be detected is "constitutionally suspect." The proposal was debated this week in the state legislature.

From the Office of the Attorney General, sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey:

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The Tennessee State Museum is sharing images of what its new home will look like on the inside once completed.

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam could play a key role in determining what Republicans in Washington do next on health care.

Haslam is part of a team of eight governors tapped to advise the Trump administration and Congress on how they'd replace the Affordable Care Act. The group was assembled by Republican Governors Association chairman Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

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A South Korean official says a new plant near Clarksville will be the first major investment from that country since President Trump took office.

Hyung-hwan Joo, the minister of trade for South Korea, joined Governor Bill Haslam to announce Tuesday that a $250-million facility LG Electronics will build to make washing machines will be one of the world's most advanced. The plant will employ 600 people.

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Democrats in the Tennessee legislature are touting a list of policies that they say will benefit Tennessee's middle class.

Their "People's Bill of Rights" consists of five core principles that they say justify actions like raising the state's minimum wage, lessening sentences for marijuana possession and opposing school vouchers.

"This is going back to the basics," says House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley. "There's not anything that you have not heard, and we have not been speaking about for years."

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For the past several weeks, Republicans have been dealing with rambunctious crowds in town halls and in legislative corridors. It’s happening across the nation and in Tennessee.

They’ve sparked a debate: Are these authentic, grassroots protests of President Donald Trump, the Republicans in Congress and those controlling the Tennessee State Capitol? Or are they “Astro-turf” activists who’ve been paid to turn out?

Political reporter Chas Sisk and Jason Moon Wilkins discuss the debate.

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Governor Bill Haslam has been outsourcing some functions of state government almost since he took office. For many Tennesseans who don’t work in state government, it’s been out of sight. But the effects of privatization are becoming more and more apparent.