Politics

  Bill Lee sworn in as Tennessee’s 50th governor

Businessman Bill Lee became Tennessee’s 50th governor Saturday.

  Low voter turnout expected for special election

Mid-South federal workers to rally Saturday in response to shutdown

Memphis Grizzlies giving away free tickets to furloughed workers for MLK Jr. Celebration Game

Food drive held for Mid-South federal employees

Rural Mississippians hopeful for faster internet after expansion bill passes

Government shutdown could impact school lunches

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Tennessee gov-elect’s inauguration to move indoors

Trump cancels Pelosi’s overseas trip after her request to postpone State of the Union address

Governor Bill Haslam discusses his accomplishments, regrets

Trump signs law giving back pay to federal workers

Tax preparers expect delays for refunds, suggest filing early

Attorney general nominee Barr seeks to assure senators he won’t be a Trump loyalist

  Memphis nonprofit dependent on federal funds struggling because of shutdown

Employees of federal agencies like the IRS aren't the only ones missing a paycheck – so are those who have individual contracts with the federal government.

Tennessee lawmaker files bill inspired by Cyntoia Brown

State Rep. London Lamar, D-Memphis, filed her first bill to change how minors are treated if they are victims of sex trafficking or prostitution.

Governor Hutchinson sworn in for second term, delivers State of the State Address

Governor Hutchinson delivers State of the State Address.

Governor Bill Haslam reflects on his 8 years in office, growth in Memphis

During his two terms as Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said he witnessed first hand the commitment and compassion of Memphians working together to solve problems here in the Mid-South.

  Trump’s AG nominee Barr backs Mueller probe, supports border ‘barrier’

Shutdown standoff: Dems rebuff Trump invite, thwarting effort to bypass Pelosi

Memphis Mayor Strickland will seek re-election

Furloughed workers seek unemployment

Tennessee issuing February food stamps early due to shutdown

Trump rejects suggested short-term government shutdown fix

  New bill aims to end fitness tax

Tennessee gyms are rallying together to oppose a relatively new tax that they say is unfair and unnecessary.

Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro joins 2020 campaign

Castro was San Antonio mayor for five years and was housing secretary during President Barack Obama’s second term.

Federal workers struggle to make ends meet during shutdown

A Mid-South man who works for the IRS says his family is struggling to make payments.

Sen. Gray Tollison sworn in as new Senate Pro Tempore

There’s a new number two guy in the Mississippi Senate.

Audit finds Democratic staffer stole $12K

State democratic leaders claim a former staffer for Memphis representative Karen Camper stole more money from the House Democratic Caucus than initially believed.

Bill pushes to legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee

Could Tennessee join the 33 other states that have legalized medical marijuana?

  Federal jailers aren’t being paid during shutdown, but inmates are

Across the country, federal employees are on day 20 of working without pay.

At border, Trump says ‘we can declare a national emergency’ over wall

The president visited a border patrol station for a roundtable on immigration and border security.

Routine food inspections halted by US government shutdown

Meat and poultry inspections are conducted by another agency, however right now, cheese, infant formula and produce aren't being inspected.

A closer look into the background of Shelby County’s first Director of Education

Doctor Cedrick Gray has been named Shelby County’s first Director of Education and is already on the job.

New council member Gerre Currie excited to begin work

Memphis City Council has an historic new make-up.

Trump walks out of meeting with Democrats, says GOP is unified in shutdown showdown

The president also called the meeting a “total waste of time" in a tweet afterward.

Gov.-elect Bill Lee announces blind trust

Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee is giving up control of his heating, cooling, plumbing and electric business that generates $225 million a year and placing his company holdings in a blind trust

Memphis City Council returns to work at first meeting of 2019, fills vacancies

New year, new council attitude, and it’s one of reconciliation and agreement.

Mid-South federal employees watch, wait for shutdown to end

More than 800,000 federal workers might not receive their paycheck this week due to the partial government shutdown.

Government shutdown could impact local brewery soon, owner says

A local brewery said if the shutdown continues, it would impact your beer.

Terry Burton resigns as Senate pro tempore, apologizes for recent DUI

Burton says he is working with professionals to deal with his personal issues.

Hernando legislator enters race for governor

The 35-year-old has been in the legislature since 2016 and owns a farm and agribusiness in Desoto County. He is an Ole Miss graduate with a wife and two children, and he believes his youth and short political resume are a good thing.

Medical marijuana, juvenile justice among TN’s top issues for year ahead

Tennessee's General Assembly convenes Wednesday with new leaders and the largest freshman class in decades.

City council has list of tasks ahead in first meeting of 2019

In its first meeting of 2019, the Memphis City Council will look to fill three vacant seats--one of which was a point of contention last month.

Memphis City Council looks to fill 3 vacancies at first meeting of 2019

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again, and that's exactly what Memphis City Council members will do when they meet Tuesday for the first time this year.

Trump to address nation, plans border visit as shutdown lurches into 3rd week

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to begin passing individual bills to reopen agencies in the coming days, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure people receive their tax refunds.

  No breakthrough in shutdown talks as Trump stands by demands

With talks stalled, House Democrats plan to start approving individual bills to reopen shuttered departments, starting with the Treasury to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds.

Shelby County mayor calls for Juvenile Justice and Education Center

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris is making the first major push in the new year to improve the Juvenile Justice program.

Government shutdown effects felt in the Mid-South

The White House and Congressional leaders met again Saturday to try to end the government shutdown.

Shelby County rebuffs immigration law

Stemming from the Shelby County Attorney’s opinion on a law concerning sanctuary city policies, Shelby County leaders are now fighting back.

TN senator says compromise could help end shutdown

Tennessee's newest U.S. Senator was sworn in Thursday while another called for compromise amidst the ongoing government shutdown.

MN Representative Ilhan Omar sports hijab to swearing-in ceremony

In light of the newly lifted head wear ban in Congress, Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar rocked a hijab to the swearing-in ceremony Thursday.

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves makes gubernatorial bid official

The speculation is over. Tate Reeves is officially entering the race for the Governor.

Congressman Cohen introduces bills on criminal justice, voter protection, medical marijuana

Congressman Steve Cohen, a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced bills on criminal justice, voter protection and medical marijuana Thursday.

State lawmakers request sports betting legislation

State lawmakers start the next legislative session Tuesday in Nashville, with sports betting as a main focus.

Petal mayor pulls out of race for governor after wife’s cancer diagnosis

Petal Mayor Hal Marx announced Thursday he is pulling out of the race for Mississippi governor to support his wife as she fights cancer.

Mississippi among states most affected by shutdown

ith the U.S. government closed for business for the 21st time since 1976, this time with a partial shutdown, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the States Most & Least Affected by the 2019 Government Shutdown to add some hard data to all the rhetoric.

Congressman Steve Cohen seeks re-election

Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen announced his committing to re-election in 2020 and 2022 Tuesday.

Shelby County Attorney: Sanctuary city policies do not apply to Shelby County

According to the Shelby County Attorney, new Tennessee laws regarding sanctuary city policies do not apply to Shelby County or the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Sen. Lamar Alexander encourages bipartisan cooperation to end government shutdown

As the partial government shutdown enters a twelfth day, Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is pushing all sides to resolve their issues.

New mayor of West Memphis vows to fight crime, blight

For the first time in 20 years, the city of West Memphis has a new mayor after Marco McClendon was sworn in Tuesday night.

New Year’s Day prayer breakfast brings city, county officials together

The breakfast is often a who’s who among city and county officials, put on by council chair emeritus Myron Lowery and his son, new Shelby County Commissioner Mickell Lowery.

Congressman Steve Cohen announces plans to seek re-election in 2020 and 2022

Speaking at a New Year’s Day prayer breakfast, Rep. Steve Cohen announced his upcoming bids for re-election.

Extended government shutdown could have impact on WIC, SNAP

The shutdown has some wondering how it will affect their benefits at home.

New Tennessee state laws to take effect beginning Jan. 1

As Tennesseans ring in the new year, several new laws will take effect starting January 1.

Memphis officials reflect on 2018 accomplishments, look ahead to 2019

Memphis and Shelby County elected officials took a look back at the city's accomplishments in 2018 at Mayor Jim Strickland’s annual prayer breakfast.

Special election set for District 32

In less than a month, voters in Shelby and Tipton County will head back to the polls in a special election to fill the two years left on former State Senator Mark Norris's term.

CBD groups booted off Facebook as FDA plans to regulate cannabinoids

The manager of Modern Hemp in Collierville claims Facebook is targeting legal groups and stores of the CBD and hemp industry by shutting down their pages.

Mayor Jim Strickland hints at running for office again

Mayor Jim Strickland hasn’t formally announced that he will run for re-election, though it’s all but assumed.

Alice Marie Johnson celebrates 1st Christmas as a free woman; talks prison reform

After two decades behind bars, Alice Marie Johnson was able to spend her first Christmas as a free woman Tuesday.

Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee releases inauguration schedule

Gov.-elect Bill Lee has released his schedule of events leading up to inauguration on Jan. 19

TN Senator slams government shutdown; calls it ‘unnecessary’

Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker called the government shutdown ‘unnecessary’ on CNN Sunday morning.

Government shutdown could impact Shelby County

A partial government shutdown is expected to take place, over a measure which includes President Trump's 5 billion dollar request for his border wall.

State Sen. Sara Kyle considering bid for Lamar Alexander’s Senate seat

Democratic State Sen. Sara Kyle says she is strongly considering a bid for Sen. Lamar Alexander's seat.

Espy received historic number of votes for Democratic candidate in November special election

Democrat Mike Espy received 46.4 percent of the vote Nov. 27 when he went head-to-head with Republican Cindy Hyde Smith.

GoFundMe for Pres. Trump’s wall raises almost $11 million in 4 days

Veteran believes that if every person who voted for Trump pledges $80, the wall can be built

"I truly believe this is a misunderstanding”: Mississippi State Senator arrested for DUI

Terry Burton was arrested Wednesday night in Oktibbeha County by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

More frequent outages after rate increase denial, MLGW warns

Memphis city council vetoed a proposal that would have raised MLGW rates.

Memphis City Council candidate weighing legal options

After two votes Tuesday night, the Memphis City Council seat for District 1 remains vacant. Now, the only candidate who was in the running is now looking into legal options.

Tennessee gov to decide on Senate bid after leaving office

Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he will decide whether to run for an open U.S. Senate seat sometime after leaving office next month

Memphis City Council postpones vote to fill vacant seats until Jan. 8

Memphis City Council has opted not to vote on replacements for the three vacant council seats until next year.

Memphis City Council set to meet 2 weeks after protest

The full Memphis City Council is expected to meet Tuesday, two weeks after four members walked out in protest of the appointment process for an open seat in District 1.