Independent presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, Jr. makes brief, late stop in Nashville
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by J. Holly McCall
3d ago
Third party presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on stage at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. (Photo: John Partipilo) Citing a family emergency in Florida, third party presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. arrived four hours late for a Nashville campaign fundraising event on Wednesday. Kennedy’s “A Night of Comedy” featured comedians including former Saturday Night Live cast members Rob Schneider and Jim Breuer and Russell Brand. Nicole Shanahan, a veteran of the tech industry and Kennedy’s running mate, took the stage just before 11 p.m., followed by ..read more
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New list rates the most bipartisan members of Congress—and the least
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by Jennifer Shutt
5d ago
A newly released analysis from the Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University ranks members of Congress on bipartisanship. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom) WASHINGTON — Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick were the most bipartisan members of Congress last year, according to a newly released analysis from the Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. The least bipartisan House lawmaker was Ohio Republican Jim Jordan, while Alabama’s Katie Britt, a Republican freshm ..read more
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‘Mom’ legislators see their numbers, influence grow but barriers to elected office remain
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by States Newsroom
5d ago
Nevada Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, who was first elected in 2016 and was pregnant during the 2023 legislative session, has said it’s important to find balance and set boundaries as a legislative mom. (Trevor Bexon / Nevada Current) For the second time while serving in the Nevada Legislature, Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro gave birth last year. And again, she publicly pledged to continue full participation in her duties. As the nation’s groundbreaker when it comes to working moms in a state capital, Nevada made history in 2019 as the only female-majority legis ..read more
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Though noncitizens can vote in few local elections, GOP goes big to make it illegal
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by Matt Vasilogambros, Stateline
1w ago
(Photo: John Partipilo) Preventing people who are not United States citizens from casting a ballot has reemerged as a focal point in the ongoing Republican drive to safeguard “election integrity,” even though noncitizens are rarely involved in voter fraud. Ahead of November’s presidential election, congressional and state Republican lawmakers are aiming to keep noncitizens away from the polls. They’re using state constitutional amendments and new laws that require citizenship verification to vote. Noncitizens can vote in a handful of local elections in several states, but already are not allo ..read more
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Tennessee Comptroller’s property reappraisal bill derailed by tax cap argument
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by Sam Stockard
1w ago
Tennessee Comptroller Jason Mumpower, left, with Sen. Frank Niceley, proposed a measure to expedite the property reappraisal process. (Photo: John Partipilo) A bill designed to expedite property reappraisals and keep counties from hemorrhaging revenue appears to have been caught in a battle over a measure to tamp down large property tax increases. The Comptroller-requested reappraisal measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Page Walley of Savannah passed the Senate unanimously but got stuck in the House at the end of the 113th General Assembly. The House sponsor, outgoing Republican Rep. Dale Ca ..read more
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General Assembly makes Tennessee’s eviction laws tougher on tenants
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by Jacob Steimer, MLK50: Justice Through Journalism”
2w ago
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee enters the House chambers and greets Lt. Gov. Randy McNally for Lee's sixth State of the State address. (Photo: John Partipilo) This story was originally published by MLK50: Justice Through Journalism. Subscribe to their newsletter here. Tenants generally don’t stand much of a chance in eviction court in Shelby County. They’re rarely represented by a lawyer, and most of the General Sessions Civil judges overseeing cases don’t take the time to explain what’s going on. One of the few rights tenants ..read more
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Tennessee’s school voucher debate turns to competitive Republican state House and Senate primaries
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by Adam Friedman
2w ago
That's a no for me. Audience members make the feelings clear about Gov. Bill Lee's school voucher plan. (Photo: John Partipilo) Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct a political action committee affiliation.   More than 25 Tennesseee state House and Senate Republicans seats have more than one challenger in the primary this year, while about half-a-dozen of those have no incumbent running.  These seats, which include several pro- and anti-school voucher Republicans, are the next frontier in the debate over whether state lawmakers should adopt a universal plan to pro ..read more
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End-of-session burnout enables East Bank bill passage
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by Sam Stockard
2w ago
A delayed measure to create an oversight authority for Nashville's East Bank development scraped through at the end of legislative session. (Photo: John Partipilo) Delays in an East Bank Authority bill that pushed it until the end of the legislative session allowed the measure to pass without debate, averting potential rancor that could have derailed it. House Republicans sponsored late amendments that might have sent the chamber into disarray over the bill as the Legislature prepared to adjourn sine die. One by Rep. Gino Bulso of Brentwood would have ended Metro Nashville’s eminent domain au ..read more
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Tough-on-crime bill imposing adult sentences on juveniles heads to Gov. Bill Lee’s desk
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by Anita Wadhwani
3w ago
A bill headed to the governor's desk will sentence teens as young as 14 who commit serious crimes in Tennessee to up to five years in adult prison. (Photo: Morry Gash/The Associated Press) Teens as young as 14 years old who commit serious crimes in Tennessee will face up to five years of adult incarceration or probation once their juvenile sentence ends under a bill now awaiting Gov. Bill Lee’s likely signature. The measure also requires juvenile court judges to automatically transfer 16- and 17- year olds facing first and second degree murder, or attempted murder, to adult court.  The s ..read more
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Stockard on the Stump: Gov stumbles to end of Tennessee session
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by Sam Stockard
3w ago
Gov. Bill Lee is pictured here with Republican legislative leaders but continues to strike out on big legislative initiatives. (Photo: John Partipilo) Gov. Bill Lee entered the fray as a “political outsider” six years ago. Based on his performance toward the end of the 113th General Assembly, he’s still standing on the other side of the fence — almost invisible. The Legislature ignored his pleas to pass a private-school voucher bill for every student in the state, and Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga balked at his opposition to the United Auto Workers vote by opting to unionize by 3-to-1. Th ..read more
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