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 lawmakers want to take over AG's power to file federal suits. Here's how it would work.The bill raised concerns from legal experts and the attorney general's office, who argue it may violate separation of powers and lead to inefficiency.
- Republican leaders say they will address Tennessee State University's underfunding problem — but not right awayGOP leaders on Thursday acknowledged TSU has long been underfunded. However, they say, fixing the problem may take years.
- Music industry leaders ask Tennessee lawmakers to stop 'disastrous' anti-LGBTQ legislation"The proposed legislation would be disastrous to Tennessee's social and economic health," said a letter signed by Nashville record labels.
- Bill targeting homeless camping on public property dies in Tennessee Senate committeeThe bill sought to make soliciting or camping on or under a state or interstate highway a criminal offense.
- Reappraisal will push property tax rate down, Mayor John Cooper touts 'record low' levelMayor John Cooper in a media tour Friday morning confusingly teased a "record low level" for Nashville's future property tax rate.
- Tennessee veterans commissioner named after investigation, resignation of previous leaderMaj. Gen. Tommy H. Baker also serves in the Tennessee National Guard.
- Tennessee elected leaders got used to virtual meetings during the pandemic. Some want to keep the option.Legislation that would allow elected officials to avoid in-person meetings, convene remotely, is opposed by Tennessee's leading open government group.
- State 'holding its breath' on Oracle deal, finalizing incentives package for 8,500 jobsState officials say there's no deal until Nashville council approves the infrastructure financing component with Oracle.
National Political News
- Former Vice President Walter 'Fritz' Mondale dead at 93Walter "Fritz" Mondale, who served as vice president under then-President Jimmy Carter before waging his own unsuccessful White House bid in 1984, has died, according to family spokesperson Kathy Tunheim. He was 93.
- Carter mourns Mondale's death: 'The best vice president in our country's history'Former President Jimmy Carter paid tribute to his former vice president, Walter Mondale, who died Monday, crediting his late "invaluable partner" with creating the vice presidency in its current form.
- State Department to list 80% of countries as 'Do Not Travel' as it updates advisory system to align with CDCThe State Department announced Monday that it would begin to update its travel advisories to more closely align with those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a change that "will result in a significant increase in the number of countries at Level 4: Do Not Travel, to approximately 80% of countries worldwide."
- Judge in Derek Chauvin trial says Rep. Maxine Waters' comments may be grounds for appealThe judge overseeing former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin's trial in the death of George Floyd said Monday that Rep. Maxine Waters' comments could be grounds for appealing a verdict in the trial.
- Waters calls for protesters to 'get more confrontational' if no guilty verdict is reached in Derek Chauvin trialRep. Maxine Waters on Saturday night called for protesters to "stay on the street" and "get more confrontational" if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is acquitted in the killing of George Floyd.
- Army approves DC request for National Guard ahead of verdict in Derek Chauvin trialThe Army is preparing to approve a request for DC National Guard forces to deploy as soon as Monday night if there is unrest in the wake of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, according to a US defense official.
- Anti-riot laws vs. police reform as the US waits for Chauvin verdictIt is not the job of jurors in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin to issue a verdict on American policing or racial justice, but their coming decision in the trial of the White cop who knelt on a Black man's neck for nine minutes has many in the country primed for […]
- Florida governor signs controversial 'pro-law enforcement' law cracking down on riotsFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed into law a controversial bill that aims to crack down on riots and property damage in the face of fierce opposition from Democrats in the state, who argue it will have a chilling effect on peaceful protests.