Tim Kelly elected Chattanooga Mayor after receiving 60% of the votes in Tuesday’s Run-Off Election against Kim White. Kelly will be sworn into office April 19th. White took to Twitter to congratulate Kelly on his victory. https://twitter.com/kimwhiteforcha/status/1382131483792572417?s=21 Two City Council seats were also decided in the Run-Off Election with Jenny Hill elected to restore sent
State Political News
- Federal judge blocks Gov. Bill Lee's mask opt-out order in Williamson County, Franklin Special school districtsA judge blocked Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's mask opt-out order in Williamson County after two Williamson County families argued it violates the ADA
- Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia Clark has died at 71. She served on the state's high court for 16 years.The Tennessee Supreme Court announced Justice Cornelia Clark's death Friday morning at the age of 71. Clark served on the court for 16 years.
- Tennessee judicial community mourns death of state Supreme Court Justice Connie ClarkThe Tennessee Supreme Court announced Justice Cornelia Clark's death Friday morning at the age of 71. Clark served on the court for 16 years.
- Vanderbilt children's hospital chief: COVID-19 is spurring mental health crises in kidsVanderbilt children's hospital Dr. Meg Rush said COVID-19 is driving both a physical and mental health crisis for children.
- Federal lawsuit in Nashville over Lee's mask order awaiting outcome of Williamson, Franklin board meetingsA federal judge delayed ruling on a lawsuit over Tennessee mask mandates in Williamson County ahead of school board meetings Monday evening.
- Tennessee lawmakers consider prohibiting anonymous reports on child abuse, neglectAn effort to bar anonymous child abuse reports in Tennessee has supporters who say false reports upend lives; others argue changes could hurt kids.
- Tennessee's $121M bond requirement for prison health contract is 'prohibitive,' bidder saysThe Tennessee Department of Corrections requires contractors to obtain a $120.8 million bond to bid, a practice one health company says discourages competition.
- Gov. Bill Lee joins 25 GOP governors to request meeting with Biden to discuss surge in border crossingsThe Republican leaders, who hope to meet with Biden within 15 days, are calling for federal actions to control crossings along the southern border.
National Political News
- House Budget Committee votes to pass the $3.5 trillion reconciliation billThe House Budget Committee has voted to pass the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill out of committee and send it to the House floor.
- House panel slated to advance massive bill Saturday as liberals and moderates continue negotiatingHouse Democrats scheduled a rare Saturday meeting to advance their proposed $3.5 trillion package, setting up a key procedural vote while they struggle to pass President Joe Biden's economic agenda.
- The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022After a rough month for President Joe Biden, Republicans think they have more than historical precedent on their side to retake the Senate in 2022.
- They're 80+. They're in charge. They're not going away.Voters generally reward age and experience, at least when it comes to incumbents.
- County officials in Texas say they are in the dark following 'audit' announcementA day after a press release obliquely announced that a "full forensic audit" was already underway in a handful of Texas counties, officials in many of those counties told CNN they're still in the dark about the audit plans.
- How voter suppression laws hurt White peopleCritics often describe the wave of voter restriction laws sweeping the nation as a new version of Jim Crow, the 19th century minstrel figure whose stage name became the symbol of a brutal era of Black oppression.
- Two hosts of 'The View' test positive for Covid ahead of interview with Harris"The View" host Sunny Hostin and guest host Ana Navarro have both tested positive for breakthrough cases of Covid-19 ahead of an interview with Vice President Kamala Harris.
- Biden decides it would be inappropriate to assert executive privilege in January 6 investigationPresident Joe Biden has determined he will not assert executive privilege to shield Trump-era records from being seen by a congressional committee investigating the January 6 insurrection attempt, the White House said on Friday.