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 to restart nearly all vaccine outreach paused amid GOP pressure, says health commissionerTennessee will start promoting adolescent vaccines again after pausing outreach this month, sparking a media firestorm.
- The bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest is out of the Tennessee Capitol. Here's how it happenedCrews removed the bust from the Capitol Friday morning.
- Nathan Bedford Forrest bust will now come down after receiving final vote of approvalThe State Building Commission on Thursday gave approval for the relocation of the Forrest bust to the Tennessee State Museum.
- Replay: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee holds news conference amid vaccine outreach, Forrest bust debatesTennessee Gov. Bill Lee is holding a morning news conference at the state Capitol.
- As COVID-19 bounces back, Gov. Lee backs halting vaccine outreach for teens, maintains shots are 'personal choice'The governor on Thursday supported the health department's decision to suspend vaccine outreach to teens, arguing parents should be the ones to decide.
- Struggling Tennessee families now getting more TANF assistance, but hurdles remainThe first change taking effect in the overhaul of Tennessee's TANF program is increasing cash payments to families.
- Tennessee is offering state employees buyouts as part of $20 million 'efficiency' programTennessee offered buyout packages to select state employees this week, as part of a $20 million 'efficiency' program, after McKinsey study.
- Confederate Nathan Bedford Forrest bust expected to be moved from Tennessee Capitol this weekThe bust has long been a source of contention at the Tennessee statehouse.
National Political News
- Boosters, masks and mandates: Biden's team sorts through options for containing Covid surge among unvaccinated AmericansThe Biden administration is debating a series of steps to further contain the Covid-19 pandemic, which, after 18 months, is again surging in parts of the country where vaccination rates are low.
- What the For the People Act would mean for veterans with disabilitiesDeployed to Iraq in 2003, US Marine Corps field radio operator Joanna Sweatt took cover in tight-spaced bunkers for hours at a time -- a tour of service laden with the stresses of being in a war zone that led to a blood clotting disease.
- NSA review finds no evidence supporting Tucker Carlson's claims NSA was spying on him, sources sayA National Security Agency review of its intercepts did not find any evidence that Fox News host Tucker Carlson's communications were intercepted by the NSA, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN.
- Bumble match turns in January 6 suspect who allegedly whipped policeYet another US Capitol suspect was caught this week, all thanks to his Bumble match.
- Justice Department says it will not investigate Covid-19 nursing home deaths in several statesThe Department of Justice will not open a civil investigation into the Covid-19 response in state nursing homes in New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan, after the department was seeking to determine whether policies issued during the pandemic requiring Covid-19 patients to be admitted into the facilities may have contributed to deaths.
- Analysis: Trump supporters are a big reason why Canada and the UK are beating the US on vaccinationsPoll of the week: A new Angus Reid poll from Canada finds that 86% of Canadians 18 and older have gotten or want a Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible. The same poll shows that just 8% of Canadian adults do not want a Covid-19 vaccination.
- What happens if the Supreme Court throws out Roe v. Wade?In some alternate universe, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg retired during the Obama presidency and Democrats were able to push through a successor to the conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
- As Covid cases rise, some conservatives make surprising course correction on vaccine ahead of 2022 midtermsAlabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey's blunt message that unvaccinated people are letting the nation down capped a week where some Republicans finally seemed ready to abandon their dangerous coddling of Covid-19 vaccine skeptics and push Americans to get the shot.