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 legislature kicks off special session on COVID-19 restrictionsHouse and Senate leadership seek to dilute the power of school boards, district attorneys, businesses and the governor over COVID-19 restrictions.
- Sen. Brian Kelsey steps down as Senate Education Committee chair after federal indictmentOn Monday, federal prosecutors announced a grand jury indictment of state Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown.
- Tennessee prisons blow through overtime budget less than halfway through fiscal yearTennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker told lawmakers the department already has spent 109% of its overtime budget.
- Tennessee lawmaker takes aim at District Attorney Glenn Funk over state law enforcementRep. Tim Rudd has filed a bill that would allow a court-appointed attorney to replace any district attorney general unwilling to enforce state law.
- What we know about the Franklin vote hand count after tabulator software issuesThe Williamson County Election Commission will recount votes by hand after software issues may have led to incorrectly calculated vote totals.
- Lawmakers want to restrict schools, businesses and health officers during COVID-19 legislative sessionThe bills would altogether dillute the power of private businesses, schools and local health departments.
- Tennessee schools could lose authority over mask mandates, contact tracing under proposed legislationTwo new bills would strip schools' authority to require masks, conduct contact tracing and deny anyone access on suspicion of COVID-19 exposure.
- Tennessee launches appeal to Williamson County school mask mandate rulingU.S. District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw continued to block the governor's executive order in Williamson County, saying it violates federal law.
National Political News
- January 6 committee postpones request for some records from Trump White HouseThe House select committee investigating January 6 has postponed its request for dozens of pages of records from the Trump White House even though the documents were determined by the current White House counsel to be relevant to its probe.
- Paid leave falls out of Democratic package in urgent scramble to secure Manchin's supportDemocrats are expected to scrap paid family leave from their cornerstone economic and climate package, discarding one of the central planks of President Joe Biden's proposal as they scramble to strike a deal with holdout senators, according to multiple people familiar with the talks.
- Top US general says China hypersonic test is 'very concerning'The top US general said China's test of a hypersonic weapon over the summer was "very concerning" and that "it has all of our attention."
- McConnell endorses Herschel Walker's Senate bid in sign of growing GOP establishment supportSenate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is backing former football star Herschel Walker's Senate bid in Georgia, a sign that the Republican establishment is aligning behind Walker after initially holding concerns about the GOP candidate's viability.
- Intelligence leaders defend efforts to promote diversity in face of Republican attacksThe Biden administration's most senior intelligence officials defended their push to boost diversity in the ranks of the intelligence community in a congressional hearing on Wednesday, amid attacks from Republicans that such efforts are a distraction from core national security priorities.
- Horse patrol investigation slow moving despite DHS promise to conclude in 'days'An internal investigation into US Border Patrol agents on horseback who confronted migrants in Texas, remains ongoing, a month after Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas committed to concluding the probe within "days."
- Some House depositions of people who helped plan rallies preceding Capitol attack are postponedThe House select committee investigating January 6 has granted short postponements of the scheduled depositions of individuals who helped plan the rallies and events leading up to the attack on the Capitol, a committee aide told CNN.
- US Capitol rioter with Proud Boys ties to plead guilty, lawyer saysA January 6 riot defendant with ties to the Proud Boys, who was recently profiled by CNN for promoting false-flag conspiracies about the insurrection, will plead guilty to a misdemeanor for illegally protesting in the Capitol building, his lawyer confirmed on Tuesday.