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In The States
Tennessee Bans Ranked-Choice Voting in State, Local Elections
2022-03-02 22:51:12
by Dan McCue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The state of Tennessee has banned the use of ranked-choice voting, a method of holding elections that Republicans in the state legislature argued is confusing to most and leads to a lack of confidence in elections. Gov.... Read More

In The States
Appeal Claims Tennessee Elections Director Wrongly Violating Ex-Felon’s Voting Rights
2022-02-24 17:16:35
by Dan McCue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s elections director is wrongly violating an ex-felon’s voting rights, preventing him from registering despite having served his sentence and being granted clemency in another state, a newly filed appeal claims. Ernest Falls was convicted of involuntary... Read More

GOP Positions to Grab Left-Leaning Nashville in US House Map

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Black college students once marched downtown from the north Nashville neighborhood where Aaron Marble preaches, sitting at Whites-only lunch counters to fight for civil rights. Soon, his historically Black community will fold into a mostly rural,... Read More

Book About Holocaust Banned in Tennessee School District

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee school district has voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel about the Holocaust due to “inappropriate language" and an illustration of a nude woman, according to minutes from a board meeting. The... Read More

Supreme Court Sides With Tennessee in Dispute Over Aquifer Water Rights
2021-11-24 21:17:53
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that Tennessee and Mississippi must limit their use of water from an underground aquifer to give each other a chance at it. The ruling takes on added significance as global warming... Read More

In The States
Biden Responds to Increased Demand for Monoclonal Antibody Treatments
2021-09-29 15:41:01
by Alexa Hornbeck

Many states are turning to monoclonal antibody treatments to curb the rise in hospitalizations and emergency room visits as COVID-19 cases rise. The demand on orders for the drugs has increased twenty-fold since mid-July, according to a spokesperson from the... Read More

Ford to Add 10,800 Jobs Making Electric Vehicles, Batteries

GLENDALE, Ky. (AP) — Ford and a partner company say they plan to build three major electric-vehicle battery factories and an auto assembly plant by 2025 — a dramatic investment in the future of EV technology that will create an... Read More

In The States
Tennessee Won't Incentivize COVID Shots But Pays to Vax Cows

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has sent nearly half a million dollars to farmers who have vaccinated their cattle against respiratory diseases and other maladies over the past two years. But Republican Gov. Bill Lee, who grew up on his... Read More

U.S. Senate
Lamar Alexander Bids Farewell After 18 Years in the Senate

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lamar Alexander's farewell speech to the chamber in which he's served for 18 years — and was a staffer decades earlier — was a reminder to colleagues of why the retiring Tennessee Republican was such a popular and effective public figure. Alexander's... Read More

House Watch
TN-01: Diana Harshbarger (R)
2020-11-02 05:33:11
by TWN Staff

About Harshbarger: ​Diana Harshbarger was born in Kingsport, Tenn., and grew up in the small neighboring town of Bloomingdale. Her parents taught her that with hard work and an unrelenting spirit, anything is possible. Though they did not have the... Read More

Senate Watch
TN Senate: Bill Hagerty (R)
2020-10-28 12:42:20
by TWN Staff

About Hagerty: Born in Gallatin, Tenn., Bill Hagerty’s mother was a schoolteacher and his father worked road construction. As a boy, Hagerty helped tend to the pigs and cattle, before growing up to work in construction like his father. Hagerty’s... Read More

Civil Rights
Heeding Mom, Tennessee Lawmaker Helped Women Gain the Vote

One hundred years ago this month, women in the United States were guaranteed the right to vote with ratification of the 19th Amendment — secured by a 24-year-old Tennessee legislator's decisive vote, cast at the bidding of his mother. Harry... Read More

Political News
GOP State Lawmakers Make Bid to Keep Trump, RNC in North Carolina
2020-06-09 14:10:35
by Dan McCue

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina plan to vote Tuesday on a measure that would allow President Donald Trump to speak in front of a capacity crowd at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte without the restrictions officials have imposed on... Read More

State News
Judge Orders Tennessee to Provide All Voters Absentee Ballots Amid Pandemic
2020-06-05 19:08:49
by Dan McCue

The state of Tennessee must provide all 4.1 million of its registered voters with the option of casting ballots by mail during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a state court judge ruled on Thursday. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle held... Read More

State News
National Governors Association Working With 5 States on Improving Business Regulations
2019-11-26 22:41:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The National Governors Association announced Tuesday it is working with five states – Colorado, Alaska, Delaware, Rhode Island and Tennessee – to help them improve their business regulatory processes to promote economic development. This work is being completed... Read More

Supreme Court
Tennessee Liquor Law That Barred Outsiders From Market Struck Down
2019-06-26 19:51:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Tennessee law Wednesday that requires an individual to live in the state for at least two years to be eligible for a license to sell liquor. At issue in the case... Read More

Tennessee Slapped With Lawsuit Hours After Adoption of New Voting Law
2019-05-03 20:29:21
by Dan McCue

The Tennessee Chapter of the NAACP sued state elections officials Thursday, just hours after Governor Bill Lee signed a law making the Volunteer State the first in the union to fine voter registration groups for turning in too many incomplete... Read More

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