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
- Tennessee reimbursed 'phony feeding sites' for nonexistent meals for children, comptroller findsThe comptroller conducted an audit of the program last year.
- Lt. Gov. McNally on student mask mandates: 'I trust locally elected school boards'The House and Senate speakers have different positions on the issue.
- Lawsuit: TennCare patients with severe disabilities have less access to home care than others with similar needsA new lawsuit alleges TennCare pays different wages for the same home care services whether patients are enrolled in a program for help with severe disabilities.
- Masks and critical race theory: Kevin McCarthy slams Democrats at Tennessee Statesmen's DinnerKevin McCarthy talks Democrats and masks at 44th annual Statesmen's Dinner, which brought in an estimated $625,000 for Tennessee Republican Party.
- After 8-month COVID-19 battle, GOP Rep. David Byrd urges vaccines, says they 'should not divide us'Rep. David Byrd, R-Waynesboro, has had a tumultuous few years in the Tennessee General Assembly.
- Unemployed Tennesseans sue Gov. Bill Lee in hopes of reinstating federal support fundsOut-of-work Tennesseans are suing Gov. Bill Lee over his decision to pull out of federal unemployment benefits programs earlier this year.
- Tennessee lawmakers and staff are attending this conservative group's annual meeting. Find out why.American Legislative Exchange Council, one of the best known national groups for pushing "model legislation," to welcome dozens of Tennessee participants.
- Tennessee Senate GOP urges public to take COVID-19 vaccine, which 'should not be political'Tennessee's COVID-19 vaccination rates have stalled and the delta variant is causing coronavirus cases to surge statewide and throughout the region.
National Political News
- Republicans vying to replace Newsom in California recall attack his handling of Covid-19 in debateFour of the Republican candidates vying to replace California Gov. Gavin Newsom in the September 14 recall election met on the debate stage Wednesday night, railing against Covid-19 mask mandates and accusing the Democrat of failing the state's business owners and school children by forcing closures during the worst of the pandemic.
- Lawyers for landlords ask federal court to block new eviction moratoriumLawyers for a group of landlords and real estate companies asked a federal judge in Washington late Wednesday to put on hold the Biden administration's new eviction moratorium that prohibits landlords from evicting certain tenants who fail to pay rent amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Arkansas GOP governor says he regrets ban on mask mandates as Covid-19 cases surgeArkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday he regrets approving a statewide ban on face mask mandates earlier this year and has called the state Legislature into a special session in an effort to amend the law.
- US intervenes to protect state secrets in Saudi Crown Prince's vendetta against former spyThe Justice Department has made the extremely rare move of intervening in a court case against a former top Saudi intelligence official who has been targeted by Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince, in order to protect classified intelligence secrets.
- Biden changes his tune by getting confrontational with GOP governors over Covid spikeWhen Republican governors began prematurely lifting coronavirus restrictions in their states earlier this spring, President Joe Biden and his team largely kept their heads down, ramping up vaccine distribution while steering clear of rhetorical battles with political adversaries.
- Biden administration proposes $750 million sale to Taiwan in a move likely to anger BeijingThe Biden administration has informed Congress of a proposed $750 million weapons sale to Taiwan in a move likely to further inflame tensions with Beijing.
- Freshman Rep. Cori Bush in national spotlight for her activism to fight evictionFreshman Democratic Rep. Cori Bush has captured national attention for her high-profile activism after she slept on the steps of the US Capitol for several days to protest a lapse in the federal eviction moratorium amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- Boston Mayor compared vaccine policy to slavery-era freedom papers and birtherismAfter New York City announced people will need proof of Covid-19 vaccination to enter some indoor facilities, acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey likened the rule to the slavery-era freedom papers.