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
- Nashville's budget called 'stable' and poised for growth. What to know about the spending plan.Nashville's finances are so steady that $267 million in federal COVID-19 pandemic recovery funds can be set aside for more services and growth.
- Tennessee lawmakers: To-go booze will stick around for two more yearsSupportive lawmakers say the bill would help small businesses in the restaurant industry that's hurting due to the pandemic.
- Tennessee legislature to pass religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination as vaccine rollout plummetsThe bill has drawn bipartisan concerns that the measure could lead to heightened COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.
- Sixth Circuit hears Tennessee 'reason ban' abortion suit weeks after ruling in Ohio caseArguments continue over allowing Gov. Lee's strict abortion bans to go into effect in the short term while courts determine their validity.
- Nashville Mayor John Cooper outlines major investment in education, affordable housing and transportationMayor John Cooper delivered his second State of Metro address Thursday, announcing he will fund pay increases for Nashville teachers and employees.
- What's in the Tennessee budget? Legislators pass a $42 billion spending planLawmakers are set to pass the state of Tennessee's spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.
- Tennessee Republicans revive bill offering immunity for running over protesters blocking streetsThe legislation is the result of last-minute talks about the budget.
- Where Trump got more votes, fewer get vaccinatedIn four Southern states with the slowest COVID-19 vaccine rollout — Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee — Trump support closely aligns with the lowest vaccination rates.
National Political News
- What it's been like fact-checking Joe Biden through 100 daysThings have been quieter around here in presidential-fact-check land.
- Senate Republicans insist bipartisan infrastructure deal is possible while slamming size and scope of White House proposalSeveral Senate Republicans insisted on Sunday that they were open to a bipartisan deal on a narrow infrastructure plan, despite slamming the size and scope of President Joe Biden's massive infrastructure proposal.
- Republicans Susan Wright, Jake Ellzey advance to runoff in Texas' 6th District special electionRepublican Susan Wright will advance to a runoff in the special election for Texas' 6th Congressional District, CNN projects.
- Cindy McCain on Afghanistan withdrawal: 'The whole effort will be for nothing unless we do it correctly'Cindy McCain said Sunday that if her late husband, Arizona Sen. John McCain, were alive, he would be watching the US' approach to withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and warned that America's longest war will have been "for nothing" if it's not done correctly.
- Analysis: How Biden is as liberal as he said he'd bePoll of the week: A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that 48% of Americans say President Joe Biden's views on most issues are just about right, while 40% say his views are too liberal and 7% say too conservative.
- White House officials say 'no deal' reached yet with Iran to lift economic sanctionsWhite House officials on Sunday denied Iranian state media reports that the US has reached an agreement with Iran to lift economic sanctions against the country, saying that there is still much to be negotiated over the coming weeks.
- Analysis: GOP leaders who defy Trump feel the heat from his baseMonths after voters ousted Donald Trump from the White House, the fractures within the GOP are in sharp relief as the party wrestles with its post-Trump identity and prominent Republicans who stood up to him after the January 6 insurrection are feeling heat from his base with primaries brewing ahead of next year's midterms.
- Collins says she was 'appalled' Utah Republicans booed Romney and GOP not led by 'just one person'Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday that she was "appalled" to see fellow Republican Sen. Mitt Romney was booed by members of his state party for his votes to convict Donald Trump during the former President's impeachment trials, arguing that "just one person" does not lead the GOP.