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GOP Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee Signs Bill That Will Punish Some Protesters With Loss Of Their Right To Vote

The Associated Press reports: Tennessee protesters will face harsher penalties, including losing the right to vote, for breaking certain laws during demonstrations under a new law enacted by Gov. Bill Lee. The Republican quietly signed off on the bill Thursday. Lee has previously conceded there were portions of the bill he “would have done differently” but ultimately agreed to sign …

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TN Gov In Talks With GOP For Nashville Convention

The Nashville Business Journal reports: Republicans are looking for a place to hold a party, and Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says Nashville is open for business. Lee’s office is in “early” talks with the GOP about moving the 2020 Republican National Convention from Charlotte to Nashville, Lee said Tuesday. RNC officials are expected to visit Music City on Thursday. “Nashville …

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GOP Southern Governors Form Reopening Coalition

Politico reports: Republican governors across the Southeast are teaming up to reopen the region’s economy, even as they lack the testing to know how rapidly the coronavirus is spreading. One health expert called the political decision a “perfect storm” for the virus to reassert itself. The newly formed coalition includes Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi, a part …

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Tennessee Gov Won’t Extend Lockdown Past April 30th

The Tennessean reports: Gov. Bill Lee announced Monday that his stay-at-home order will not be extended past April 30, and that some businesses around the state will begin reopening next week. “For the good of our state, social distancing must continue, but our economic shutdown cannot,” Lee said at his Monday afternoon briefing. A governor-appointed, 30-member economic recovery group is …

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GOP Tennessee Gov Issues Statewide Lockdown Order

The Tennessean reports: Days after issuing an executive order urging Tennesseans to stay at home amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Bill Lee will now mandate the action. The governor’s office said in a news release he would be signing an executive order on Thursday. The order will be effective immediately, said Gillum Ferguson, the governor’s spokesman. It will last …

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Tennessee Governor Signs Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill

The Tennessean reports: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a controversial measure Friday that would let religious adoption agencies deny service to same-sex couples. The move comes after several groups, including the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, urged Lee not to sign the legislation. The law allows adoption agencies to refuse to participate in a child placement if …

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee To Sign Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill

The Tennessean reports: The Tennessee state Senate started the 2020 legislative session passing its first bill of the year: a controversial measure that protects religious adoption agencies if they choose to discriminate against same-sex couples. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Paul Rose, R-Covington, declares that no licensed adoption agency would be required to participate in a child placement if doing …

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Tennessee Governor: God Will Stop School Shootings And The Opioid Epidemic If Enough People Pray For It

Knoxville’s ABC News affiliate reports: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says if residents pray to God to favor the state, God will answer those prayers. Lee said he prays that Tennessee does not experience a school shooting, that the state’s opioid epidemic will diminish and that Tennessee’s educational outcomes improve. If thousands of people offer similar prayers, he believes God will …

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GOP Tennessee Gov Honors Early KKK Grand Wizard

The Tennessean reports: Gov. Bill Lee has proclaimed Saturday as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in Tennessee, a day of observation to honor the former Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader whose bust is on display in the state Capitol. Per state law, the Tennessee governor is tasked with issuing proclamations for six separate days of special observation, three …

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Tennessee Sued Over New Voter Suppression Law

The Washington Post reports: To Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R), the bill he signed Thursday that threatens voter registration groups with criminal charges and fines over incomplete forms and missed deadlines is simply about creating “elections with integrity.” Voting rights advocates, however, argue the law’s true purpose is keeping new voters, particularly African Americans and other minorities who have signed …

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Tennessee GOP Gov Apologizes For Confederate Photo

The Tennessean reports: Days after Gov. Bill Lee’s staff members said they were unaware of any photos of the Tennessee governor wearing a Confederate uniform, his office confirmed he is pictured doing so in a 1980 Auburn University yearbook. Lee attended the public university in Alabama from 1977 to 1981 and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order, a …

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TENNESSEE: Diane “Porn Causes School Shootings” Black Loses GOP Gov Primary, House Seat Now Open

CNBC reports: Rep. Diane Black lost the hotly contested Tennessee GOP gubernatorial primary on Thursday, making her the fifth House Republican this election cycle to lose a primary for statewide office. It’s a potentially ominous sign for Republicans as the party fights to hold its majority in Congress this fall. Black, who had been considered the favorite in the race …

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