Politics

  Tennessee House speaker scandals spur ‘no confidence’ vote

Tennessee House Republicans have cast a vote of no confidence in House Speaker Glen Casada, who remains ensnared by a spate of scandals

  House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Mississippi Governor’s race ramps up

Alabama Senate approves near-total abortion ban

  Memphis mayor uses executive order to implement Memphis 3.0

Former US President Jimmy Carter has surgery for broken hip

  City of Memphis, Germantown to hold budget meetings Monday

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  Gov. Bill Lee: House Speaker Glen Casada’s future is in the hands of representatives

  Governor Bill Lee claims he was unaware of voucher investigation

  Senate leader won’t call for TN House speaker’s resignation

ACLU sues Tennessee over criminalizing voter signup problems

  Assessor says county leaving millions on the table in tax dollars by not properly funding office

  Bolivar City councilman indicted, accused of overcharging county for HVAC units

  Shelby County Commissioners encourage censure of Criminal Court Judge Jim Lammey in light of social media posts

Wednesday, Shelby County Commissioners took a first vote on a resolution encouraging the censure of Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Jim Lammey by the state of Tennessee’s Board of Judicial Conduct.

HHS Secretary discusses vaccines/measles debate

This comes as the Centers for Disease Control says there are more recorded cases of measles so far in 2019 [764] than in any other year since 1994.

Tennessee speaker faces calls to resign from leadership post

A handful of Republican lawmakers are joining calls for House Speaker Glen Casada to resign from his top legislative leadership position

  Tennessee speaker of house calls lewd texts ‘locker room talk’

The chief of staff to Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada resigned Monday night amid reports he sent text messages to solicit interns and lobbyists for sex.

Tennessee secretary of state says new voter registration bill protects the voting process

Victims of violence can register to conceal their information from public records

  Governor Bill Lee likely to sign school voucher bill soon

  Memphis representative involved in altercation with state trooper on chamber floor

  Congressman Cohen dubs Attorney General ‘Chicken Barr,’ mocks him with bucket of chicken

Democrat announces campaign to challenge Cotton in 2020

  Online sports betting to become law in Tennessee this summer

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is not a fan of gambling, but his spokesperson says he will let this bill allowing online sport betting to become law without his signature.

Tennessee lawmakers OK license suspension bill

Tennessee lawmakers have signed off on legislation that would prevent the state from revoking or suspending driver's licenses over unpaid court costs

  Lawmakers appointed to discuss voucher proposals

Three lawmakers from West Tennessee will play a part in trying to hash out competing voucher proposals in Nashville.

Tennessee gov to mull ban on handheld phones while driving

Gov. Bill Lee will decide whether Tennessee will ban the use of handheld electronic devices, including cellphones, while driving

Lawyers: Mississippi making abortion ‘virtually unavailable’

State attorneys wrote last week that Mississippi has an interest in preserving fetal life “from the moment of conception.”

  Senator Lamar Alexander discusses lowering health care costs

Democrats and Republicans struggle to find middle ground as the sides push opposing plans to fix health insurance.

  Proposed bill would fine $10K per robocall

Congressman David Kustoff (R-TN) is looking to fight against robocalls.

  TN lawmaker wants prisons, jails to jam cell phone signals

Congressman David Kustoff (R-TN) is sponsoring a bill that would jam cell phone signals at jails at prisons.

  TN Senate pass controversial school voucher bill

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s controversial voucher proposal passed the state Senate Thursday morning 20-13.

  Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris set to present first budget

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris is set to present his first budget as county mayor to commissioners next week.

  School voucher bill passes in Tennessee House by 2 votes

It was a dramatic morning on the Tennessee House floor as lawmakers voted on Governor Bill Lee’s education savings account proposal. The bill narrowly passed by two votes.

Tennessee House OKs bill to keep daylight saving year-long

The Tennessee House has advanced a proposal that would keep the state on daylight saving time year-round

  Mid-South politicians weigh in on results of Mueller’s report

It was the report the nation had been waiting for – Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Thursday, most of that report was released by Attorney General William Barr.

Although the Mueller report is out, ‘it isn’t over’ Van Susteren says

Gray Television's Greta Van Susteren says that Congress could call for their own investigations, but hopes that it's not for political gain.

  Trump tried to choke Russia probe, oust Mueller, report says; president claims it shows no collusion or obstruction

Those efforts "were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests," Mueller wrote.

Charter school bill advances in Tennessee House

The Tennessee House has advanced a proposal that would create a new state charter school commission to manage charter school appeals if operators are denied by a local school board

  Mayor Strickland proposes pay raise for all city employees in 2020 budget plan

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland presented his budget for fiscal year 2020 to the Memphis City Council at Tuesday’s meeting.

  MLGW selects group to study power sources besides TVA

MLGW leaders have started the process to study getting the utility's power from a source other than the Tennessee Valley Authority.

  Tennessee lawmakers pushing for disaster funding

As parts of Tennessee continue to struggle with flooding, lawmakers in Washington say they are still pushing for assistance.

Governor Bryant signs teacher pay raise bill

This will give teacher’s in Mississippi a raise of $1,500.

Trump sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in US

The idea to ship immigrants to Democratic strongholds was considered twice in recent months, but the White House and Department of Homeland Security said the plan had been rejected. But Trump said Friday he was still considering the idea.

  First campaign disclosures filed in Memphis mayor’s race, Strickland holds financial lead

The first financial disclosure forms for 2019 in the Memphis mayoral race have now been filed. The forms detail campaign activity from January until March of this year.

  Lakeland mayor says “financial anomalies” discovered, critics call it a political ploy

Lakeland Mayor Mike Cunningham is claiming the city's books are bad, and he's speaking with authorities because of it.

  Tennessee’s medical marijuana bill dropped

Medical marijuana bill dropped in Tennessee.

  TN governor’s education savings account proposal presses on

TN Governor Bill Lee's education savings account proposal cleared another hurdle Wednesday, but with some tweaks.

Arkansas lawmakers send governor ‘sanctuary cities’ ban

Arkansas lawmakers have sent Gov. Asa Hutchinson legislation cutting off funding to “sanctuary cities” that don’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities over his objections that the measure could open the door to racial profiling.

Tate Reeves officially kicks off gubernatorial campaign

He held a rally at Climate Masters, his family’s business, in Pearl.

  Memphis Police Association President defends endorsing mayor candidate Willie Herenton

The President of the Memphis Police Association took to social media to defend its endorsement of former mayor Willie Herenton, who's running again in this fall's municipal election.

  Herenton kicks off campaign in Memphis mayor’s race, secures police association endorsement

Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton wants his old job back. Saturday, the man who led the Bluff City for 17 years formally kicked off his campaign to become Memphis mayor in the municipal election this fall.

  Survey released ahead of People’s Convention in municipal election

The coordinators of a new People's Convention ahead of the municipal election have released a survey to gauge community positions on a variety of issues.

Helena West-Helena mayor disbands city court

Helena West-Helena Mayor Kevin Smith disbanded the city court on Friday, according to the city attorney.

Arkansas lawmakers weigh monument protection bill

Arkansas lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it illegal to remove or alter any military or historical monument on public property, including Confederate monuments, unless a state commission agrees to the changes

  MS Gubernatorial candidates debate on MSU campus

Republican candidates for Mississippi's next governor squared off Tuesday night.

  Compensation study reveals MPD, MFD pay disparities compared to peer cities

New numbers from a city compensation study show some of the most senior members of MPD and MFD are underpaid compared to their peers in other cities.

2nd woman recounts unwanted touching by Joe Biden

The allegations by multiple women could leave Biden appearing out of touch with his party as the Democratic presidential primary begins.

  Superintendents speak out against Governor Bill Lee’s voucher proposal

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was in Tennessee on Monday, as Governor Bill Lee continues to push a controversial voucher plan that could put public money in the hands of private schools.

US Education Secretary DeVos to visit Nashville

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is coming to Tennessee to visit a public charter middle school

Mississippi House and Senate pass $1,500 teacher pay raise

The measure will be rolled into regular paychecks and continue in future years.

Watered-down Tennessee ‘bathroom bill’ heads to floor votes

A watered-down Tennessee bill spelling out that the state's public indecency law applies to bathrooms and changing rooms for single-sex, multi-person use is heading toward floor votes

  Special Olympics Mississippi could see effects from proposed cuts

This week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed a $17.6 million dollar cut to Special Olympics. Members of Congress were not too pleased with the proposal.

  Congressman Cohen re-introduces bill to crack down on repeat DUI offenders

Congressman Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, says there is a loophole in drunken-driving laws that allows repeat offenders to be charged and tried as first-time offenders because of inconsistent reporting.

  Warrant issued for mayor accused of slapping nephew after crash

A Mid-South mayor is facing her own legal troubles after a city-owned truck crashed into her nephew’s deck. What happened next is now at the center of a police investigation.

People’s Convention aims to make a mark on 2019 Memphis municipal election

Grassroots activists in Memphis are talking about a plan to convene a “People’s Convention” to make a mark on the October 2019 municipal election.

  Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

The Democratic-controlled chamber fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail, because a two-thirds majority was needed.

  Mueller report could impact 2020 election

The preliminary results of the Mueller investigation could no doubt have impacts years down the road.

Though Mueller’s report has been completed, debate continues

Mueller's findings absolve Trump on the question of colluding with Russia but don't entirely remove the legal threats the president and his associates are facing.

  Mueller report: Barr says Mueller finds no evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy

Attorney General William Barr has given Congress the eagerly anticipated summary of the “principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year Russia investigation.

Parody account soars in popularity following lawsuit

Congressman Devin Nunes makes a parody account he cites in a lawsuit against Twitter more popular than himself.

  Memphis Rep. Steve Cohen encourages abolishing Electoral College

This week saw yet another push from Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen and some Democratic Presidential candidates to abolish the Electoral College.

Police create fake wall to stop pro-Trump graffiti artist

Police build a wall in ironic trap for graffiti artist leaving pro-Trump messages on subway walls.

  ‘Natural hair’ bill advances in committees, removes license requirement to braid natural hair

A bill that would remove the license requirement to braid natural hair is has moved forward to the next committee.

Mississippi gov called ‘despicable’ for ignoring black rep

Rep. Karen Bass of California told reporters Friday that Republican Gov. Phil Bryant was petty to ignore Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson.

  Senate rejects Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

The Republican-run Senate rejected President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday.

  Beto O’Rourke enters 2020 race attempting bipartisan appeal

Weeks of teasing an announcement are behind him, but O'Rourke now must prove whether the energy he brought to the Texas campaign will resonate on a much larger stage.

  Memphis Democratic lawmaker supports controversial heartbeat bill

A Memphis lawmaker is getting heat for supporting a controversial abortion bill in the Tennessee General Assembly.

Arkansas lawmakers send governor 18-week abortion ban

Arkansas lawmakers have sent the governor legislation banning most abortions 18 weeks into a woman's pregnancy, a prohibition that could be the strictest in the country

Paul Rose wins District 32 special election

The results are rolling in – Paul Rose is the new Tennessee state senator elect for District 32.

Pelosi: Impeaching Trump ‘just not worth it’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is setting a high bar for impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he is “just not worth it” even as some on her left flank clamor to start proceedings.