Gavel Down/TN (Jan 9-13, 2016)

The 110th Tennessee General Assembly gaveled in… and out. The Tennessee legislative session convened on January 10th at noon, selected leadership, and convened until January 30. Several controversial bills have already been introduced.  Here's what caught our eye in and around the Tennessee Legislature this week. #TNLeg Update Rep. Beth Harwell [R-Nashville] was officially re-elected […]

Gavel Down/TN (Dec. 5-9, 2016)

Here's what caught our eye in and around the Tennessee Legislature this week. #ICYMI Tennessee  President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate new Williamson County resident, Andrew Puzder, as his Labor Secretary. Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants (Hardee’s and Carl Jr’s). Tell TN senators what you think about the nomination. Trump Education Secretary nominee, […]

Gavel Down/TN (Nov 29–Dec. 2, 2016)

It was a busy week but our minds and hearts were in Gatlinburg.  This week Tennesseans came together to pray, donate, and volunteer to help neighbors impacted by the East Tennessee fires – and to be awed by the courage and tireless dedication of responders.    #ICYMI Tennessee   "Tennessine" joins the periodic table of elements (#117) […]

Gavel Down/TN (Nov 14–Nov. 18, 2016)

Here's what caught our eye in Tennessee this week: Leadership for the 2017 General Assembly House Speaker Beth Harwell was re-elected to her leadership position in a 40-30 vote by the Republican caucus. Rep. Glen Casada was elected House majority leader by a 42-29 vote. Senate Republicans voted unanimously to nominate Oak Ridge senator Randy McNally to be the […]

Gavel Down/TN (Nov 7–Nov. 11, 2016)

Election results in Tennessee Hey Tennessee, we almost know what the General Assembly will look like next year. Still waiting on provisional ballots in Knox County to know the final count in the House. It was a clean sweep for Republicans in the Senate. Check out full results. Check out photos from Veteran's Day celebrations through the years from The […]

Gavel Down/TN (Oct. 23–28, 2016)

Happy Friday, Tennessee! It’s the final election stretch!! Here’s a roundup of all the stories that caught our eye this week. We’re starting to see signs of what might get a vote in Congress in the Lame Duck session. Look for federal updates on the POPVOX blog. And did you see coverage of POPVOX/TN in Nooga this week? For […]

Gavel Down/TN (10/17-21, 2016)

Happy Friday! It was the first full week of the POPVOX/TN pilot and the first week of early voting in Tennessee. POPVOX/TN Update We started our launch week with the week at the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy at UTK. (Check out former Senator Baker’s “Baker’s Dozen” rules for herding cats and running the U.S. Senate.) […]

Gavel Down/TN (10/9–10/14, 2016)

The big news this week is that POPVOX/TN is live! Since POPVOX started back in 2010 to connect people with their lawmakers in Congress, we have received hundreds of requests for state versions. We got the message. This week, we are kicking off with POPVOX Tennessee! The POPVOX Tennessee pilot features five issues that may come up in the next General Assembly […]

Gavel Down/TN (10/1–10/7, 2016)

Here’s a quick roundup of the policy news in TN this week: The Tennessee Supreme Court is considering whether the state’s lethal injection protocol constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. TennCare change to “value-based” payment system saved $11.1 million in first year. Amazing breakdancing Lebanon police officer is at it again. (OK, that’s not really policy but it’s really cool). Of 102 […]