Trump is a go as Tennessee attorney general refuses to render opinion on putting felon on ballot
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by Sam Stockard
23h ago
Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti said Friday his office cannot offer opinions on election eligibility after being asked for a ruling on whether convicted felon Donald Trump can appear on the Tennessee ballot. (Photo: John Partipilo) The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office is declining to give an opinion on a lawmaker’s request to determine whether former President Donald Trump can be placed on the state ballot this fall after being convicted of a felony. In a letter to Democratic Rep. Vincent Dixie of Nashville, who requested a formal legal opinion, Attorney General Jonathan Skrme ..read more
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Seeing green in Big Orange country as state pumps money into University of Tennessee stadiums
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by Sam Stockard
2d ago
Neyland Stadium at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. (Photo: John Partipilo) Money for Tennessee Vols football and baseball stadiums is flowing like the beer and whiskey at a Big Orange tailgate party. In the last decade alone, Tennessee’s State Building Commission approved $500 million worth of improvement projects for University of Tennessee athletics facilities, mainly Neyland and Lindsey Nelson stadiums, at the Knoxville campus, roughly 30% of $1.6 billion spent there overall, state records show. When No. 1-ranked Tennessee baseball advanced to the championship of the College World S ..read more
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Tennessee lieutenant governor supports removal of Shelby County district attorney
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by Sam Stockard
4d ago
Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy. (Photo: Karen Pulfer-Focht) Tennessee’s lieutenant governor is backing a Memphis state senator’s move to force the ouster of Shelby County’s prosecutor for “dereliction of duty” in connection with felons caught carrying weapons. Lt. Gov. Randy McNally issued a statement Monday saying he “wholeheartedly” supports efforts by Republican state Sen. Brent Taylor to dismiss District Attorney General Steve Mulroy from office for “failing to properly prosecute convicted felons in possession of a firearm.”  Taylor sent McNally a letter Monday notifyin ..read more
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Independent presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, Jr. submits Tennessee ballot petitions
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by J. Holly McCall
1w ago
Third party presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on stage at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. (Photo: John Partipilo) Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the independent presidential candidate and son of the late New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, has filed petition signatures in his attempt to qualify for Tennessee’s November ballot. According to a campaign announcement, Kennedy’s team submitted 1,025 signatures to the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office for verification. Candidates affiliated with one of the two major political parties, Democratic and Republican, must c ..read more
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Stockard on the Stump: Secretary of State guarantees Trump will be on Tennessee ballot
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by Sam Stockard
2w ago
This convicted felon is coming to a ballot near you in November: state Republicans lean on federal law to back former President Donald Trump. (Photo: John Partipilo) Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett isn’t waiting for a legal opinion from the attorney general on whether former President Donald Trump can be on the presidential ballot this year despite felony convictions in his New York “hush money” trial. In response to questions from the Tennessee Lookout this week, Secretary of State spokesman Doug Kufner said, “Former President Trump is eligible to run for President. Ultimately, Tenn ..read more
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Critics say Tennessee’s blended sentencing law needs changes after expedited passage
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by Sam Stockard
2w ago
A new law requires juveniles 16 and older to be held and tried as adults for first-degree and second-degree murder, even though state law prohibits juveniles from being incarcerated with adults.(Photo: John Partipilo) Davidson County Juvenile Court Judge Sheila Calloway supports the concept of blended sentencing but contends a new law affecting serious juvenile offenders is unworkable and possibly unconstitutional. “There are lots of holes in the statute that I think, on behalf of the judges, we’re working through and trying to figure out how we’re going to implement the statute they passed ..read more
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Report identifies single-family zoning as hurdle in making Tennessee’s housing market affordable
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by Adam Friedman
2w ago
Homes in East Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo) From Jefferson to Davidson to Shelby Counties, Tennessee has a housing affordability problem as the demand for new homes has outpaced supply, a new report from the state’s intergovernmental agency details. Since 2019, Tennessee’s median home price has risen by 44%, surpassing the national average of 34% as tracked by the U.S. Federal Reserve. The problem isn’t isolated to fast-growing counties and cities, the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) said in its report approved by commission members last week, but acr ..read more
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Blackburn pledges to block Senate business in wake of Trump conviction
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by Sam Stockard
2w ago
U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is pledging to block Senate business, mainly items dealing with White House initiatives. (Photo: John Partipilo) Blaming President Joe Biden for the 34-count conviction of former President Donald Trump, Sen. Marsha Blackburn is pledging to block Senate business, mainly items dealing with White House initiatives. Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, joined seven other senators in signing a letter accusing the Biden White House of making a “mockery of the rule of law” and altering the nation’s politics in “un-American ways” by orchestrating the judicial procee ..read more
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An angry Trump pledges to appeal ‘this scam’ conviction as Republicans vow resistance
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by Ashley Murray
2w ago
Former President Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president in 2024, speaks during a press conference at Trump Tower on May 31, 2024 in New York City. Trump was found guilty on all 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first of his criminal cases to go to trial. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images) WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump, now a convicted felon, vowed to launch an appeal based “on many things” he considered unfair during his New York trial, he said Friday in the lobby of Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan. Meanwhile Friday, legal and ..read more
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Tennessee Republican lawmakers outraged by Trump guilty verdict
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by J. Holly McCall
3w ago
U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn is up for reelection (Photo: John Partipilo) After a New York jury convicted former President Donald Trump on 34 felony counts on Thursday, Tennessee’s Republican lawmakers wasted no time responding. The historic verdict — the first time a former president has been convicted of a felony — drew outrage. U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn posted from her campaign account on X, formerly Twitter, a two word message: “WITCH HUNT.” In a statement posted on the platform — one of seven tweets within an hour — she elaborated, writing “If they can do this to a former President w ..read more
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