Politics
  • Thursday, June 25, 2020 08:01 AM
    TN Democrats: ‘Missed opportunity’ on race issues - WREG NewsChannel 3
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Tennessee legislative Democrats say there was a missed opportunity on race issues in the just-finished session. This comes as Republican Governor Bill Lee maintains there are ongoing conversations with black leaders about what he has called “racial reconciliation.”Beginning with George Floyd’s death in police custody, lawmakers across the country and in Tennessee have struggled for answers as protests large and small demand answers.“I think it was a missed opportunity for the legislature,” said Nashville African-American Representative Harold Love in a video conference Thursday morning.The Democrat spoke about what he hoped his fellow Democrats and the Republican ...
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 10:24 PM
    Letter: 650 Public Defenders Stand Behind Sajid Khan - San Jose Inside
    Dear Editor,We are 650 public defenders from across the country writing in solidarity with our colleague, Santa Clara Deputy Public Defender Sajid A. Khan, and in support of his message that prosecutors must be held accountable[1] for the ways they perpetuate an institution that systematically dehumanizes Black lives.As our nation confronts how police control and silence Black and Brown lives, we were recently reminded how prosecutors are complicit in these injustices.In early June, Sajid Khan wrote a blog post[2] describing how the menace of racism permeates district attorney’s offices. This was in the lead up to a nationwide, coordinated day ...
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 05:05 PM
    Governor: More House-Senate conversation needed before special session might be called - WKRN News 2
    Posted: Jun 23, 2020 / 04:05 PM CDT / Updated: Jun 23, 2020 / 05:07 PM CDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Governor Bill Lee said conversations need to resume between Tennessee’s House and Senate on a key bill before he would call a special legislative session.His comments came today as further addressed race in his weekly briefing.For much of this month, protesters asked to meet with Governor Lee on a variety of race-related topics have maintained a presence in the shadow of the capitol on Legislative Plaza, but he’s resisted talking directly to them.“What is most productive to me is ...
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 02:16 PM
    Brenda Gilmore Backs Keeda Haynes in Congressional Race - Nashville Scene
    Brenda GilmorePhoto: Stephen ElliottLongtime lawmaker Brenda Gilmore, a Democratic state senator from Nashville, is the first local elected official to endorse incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper’s primary challenger.Gilmore, who served in the state House and Metro Council before being elected to the Senate in 2018, on Tuesday endorsed Keeda Haynes, a former public defender challenging Cooper[1] in the Democratic primary.“With the country and our state reaching a turning point for change, it is time that we have a leader in Congress who reflects the hopes and aspirations of the young people calling for change,” Gilmore said in a release. “Keeda Haynes is ...
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 02:13 PM
    Brenda Gilmore Backs Keeda Haynes in Congressional Race
    Brenda GilmorePhoto: Stephen ElliottLongtime lawmaker Brenda Gilmore, a Democratic state senator from Nashville, is the first local elected official to endorse incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper’s primary challenger.Gilmore, who served in the state House and Metro Council before being elected to the Senate in 2018, on Tuesday endorsed Keeda Haynes, a former public defender challenging Cooper[1] in the Democratic primary.“With the country and our state reaching a turning point for change, it is time that we have a leader in Congress who reflects the hopes and aspirations of the young people calling for change,” Gilmore said in a release. “Keeda Haynes is ...
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 01:56 PM
    State senator backs Cooper primary challenge - Nashville Post
    Brenda GilmorePhoto: Stephen Elliott Longtime lawmaker Gilmore supporting Haynes in congressional race authors Stephen Elliott[1] Longtime lawmaker Brenda Gilmore, a Democratic state senator from Nashville, is the first local elected official to endorse incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper’s primary challenger. Gilmore, who served in the state House and Metro Council before being elected to the Senate in 2018, on Tuesday endorsed Keeda Haynes, a former public defender challenging Cooper[2] in the Democratic primary. “With the country and our state reaching a turning point for change, it is time that we have a leader in Congress who reflects the hopes and ...
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 01:38 PM
    Belmont University 'fully committed' to hosting presidential debate In October - The Daily News Journal
    Yihyun Jeong, Nashville Tennessean Published 12:38 p.m. CT June 23, 2020 | Updated 2:51 p.m. CT June 23, 2020As the University of Michigan withdraws from a presidential debate in October due to COVID-19, Belmont University remains "fully committed" to hosting the final debate this fall and Nashville city and health officials say they will move forward to accommodate the event. Belmont is set to host the third and final presidential debate on Oct. 22, less than two weeks before Election Day.“Belmont University is honored, excited and fully committed to serve as host site for the third and final Presidential Debate on October 22, 2020. In ...
  • Saturday, June 13, 2020 02:10 PM
    Duane Dominy: Say NO to a property tax increase in Nashville
    Former Councilman Dwane Dominy explains his opposition to the proposed tax increase.  He says we hav out of control spending. He says the timing of the vote on the budget is critical.  Metro does not have to pass a final budget until June 30th. However, there is a plan to push it through and have the vote on June 16th.  This, he says, lessens the time for collaboration necessary to develop an alternative budget proposal. If an alternative budget proposal does not get 21 votes, the mayor's budget becomes the budet by default. He says the public needs to call ...
  • Saturday, June 13, 2020 09:08 AM
    Activists Camp Outside the Capitol Building to Protest Police Brutality
    Photo: Stephen ElliottOn Friday night, protesters rallying against police brutality set up camp outside the Tennessee State Capitol in what they called the creation of an autonomous zone.As of Saturday morning, the protesters are still camped outside. One person who stayed through the night told the Scene that state troopers searched the tents around 4 a.m., but otherwise there was no conflict.Dozens showed up in support of the small group, who aimed to spend 24 hours camped outside the state Capitol building. The activists pledged to leave if Gov. Bill Lee would come out to speak with them on issues including ...
  • Friday, June 12, 2020 10:58 PM
    Nashville autonomous zone 'will not be tolerated,' Tennessee governor warns amid threat - TheBlaze
    Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) made it clear Friday that a planned "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" in Nashville would "not be tolerated," after a threat went viral promoting a takeover mimicking the CHAZ in Seattle.What are the details? The Tennessean[1] reported that "a graphic circulating online Thursday and Friday announced plans for a 'Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone' at Legislative Plaza, a public area located directly across the street from the Capitol, though it's unclear who is behind plans for the sit-in." The outlet noted, "the apparent effort comes as activists in Seattle established their own autonomous zone, taking over multiple ...