Tag Archives: Tennessee

TN GOP Rep Wants To Burn “Offensive” Library Books

The Tennessean reports: A last-minute amendment to give a politically appointed textbook commission final approval over books in Tennessee school libraries sparked a Capitol protest and heated debate in the General Assembly on Wednesday. On Wednesday morning, Rep. Jerry Sexton, R-Bean Station, withdrew the controversial amendment requiring the commission to issue its own list of approved materials, but submitted a …

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TN Drops Voter Fraud Charges Against Pamela Moses

The Guardian reports: A Memphis prosecutor has dropped all criminal charges against Pamela Moses, the Memphis woman who was sentenced to six years in prison for trying to register to vote. Moses was convicted last year and sentenced in January. She was granted a new trial in February after the Guardian published a document showing that had not been given …

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TN House Votes To Allow 18-Year-Olds To Carry Guns

Nashville’s NBC News affiliate reports: A bill that would lower the age to carry a handgun in Tennessee from 21 to 18 passed the House on Thursday. Bill sponsor Rep. Chris Todd, R-Madison County [photo], said that House Bill 1735 is about protecting the constitutional rights of 18-year-olds who can vote and enlist in the military. The bill passed by …

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TN GOP Boots Three Trumpers From US House Ballot

The Tennessean reports: Morgan Ortagus, Baxter Lee and Robby Starbuck were voted off the primary ballot by the party’s executive committee, Tennessee Republican Chairman Scott Golden confirmed Tuesday Republican officials last week confirmed official challenges had been filed against the three, which triggered a technical removal from the ballot per party bylaws. Ortagus, a former State Department spokesperson who nabbed …

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Tennessee Anti-Gay Marriage Bill Dead For Session

The Tennessean reports: A Tennessee General Assembly bill to create a legal marriage pathway available only to straight couples will not advance this year following public outcry over the initial version of the legislation. After a tough line of questions from Republican colleagues last week, sponsor Rep. Tom Leatherwood on Wednesday said he wanted to send the bill to summer …

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GOP TN Rep Offers Hitler As Inspiration To Homeless

Nashville’s Fox News affiliate reports: A Tennessee lawmaker who voted in favor of a bill to cut down on homeless camps spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday, referencing Adolph Hitler as an example of how there is still hope for the homeless. State Senator Frank S. Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains-D8) took to the floor on Wednesday to voice his support for …

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Lawsuit: Tennessee Ex-Cop “Forcibly Baptized” Woman After Pulling Her Over To Search For Drugs [VIDEO]

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports: A U.S. District Court judge gave the go-ahead to a lawsuit against a former Hamilton County deputy accused of baptizing a woman against her will after a 2019 traffic stop. In addition to ruling that the suit against Daniel Wilkey, 28, may proceed, Tennessee Eastern District Court Judge Travis R. McDonough ruled that several …

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TN Senate Approves No-Prescription Ivermectin Sales

Nashville’s ABC News affiliate reports: A local lawmaker has co-sponsored a bill that would allow ivermectin to be sold over the counter in Tennessee without a prescription. On Wednesday, the bill co-sponsored by Sen. Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) was passed by the state Senate. Senate Bill 2188 was introduced by Sen. Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) on Jan. 31. Crowe became …

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TN Bill Creates Separate Class For Straight Marriages

Nashville’s Fox News affiliate reports: A Tennessee bill to be heard in the state senate Thursday would create a marriage class specifically for marriage between a man and a woman. SB562/HB233 creates a “Record of Marital Contract at Common Law” to be filed by county clerks and establishes common law marriage in the state as “between one man and one …

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TN Residency Bill Would Block Trump’s US House Pick

The Tennessean reports: A bill to place residency requirements on Tennessee congressional candidates cleared its final hurdle in the General Assembly on Monday as both chambers agreed to allow the requirements to take effect immediately upon signing. The House and Senate had previously passed competing versions of the bill, which implicitly targeted the candidacy of Morgan Ortagus, a former State …

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TN Republicans Subpoenaed In FBI Corruption Probe

Nashville’s CBS News affiliate reports: Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton has been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury as part of an ongoing FBI investigation into Capitol Hill corruption. Legislative sources said they believe that as many as 10-12 other House Republicans were also served Tuesday with grand jury subpoenas. This dramatic development follows the recent guilty plea …

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Camel Kills Two Men, Attacks Police Outside TN Farm

Via press release from the local police: On Thursday, March 10, 2022, at approximately 4:44PM, the Obion County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a loose camel near Shirley Farms on South Bluff Road in Obion, Tennessee attacking people. Deputies arrived on scene to find two unconscious victims on the ground at Shirley Farms and a camel still on the …

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TN House Advances Its Own Version Of “Don’t Say Gay”

The Associated Press reports: House Republicans in Tennessee advanced legislation on Tuesday that would ban public schools from using textbooks or materials that “promote, normalize, support or address LGBT issues or lifestyles.” Critics argue the bill is similar to a measure that Florida’s Republican-dominated legislature passed just hours earlier, which would forbid instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in …

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TN Bill Would Designate Some Gun Owners As Police

ABC News reports: Legislation introduced in the Tennessee state legislature this month is raising alarms from the state’s police union and gun control advocates who say it could turn the streets into the “old West.” Two bills in the state assembly and state senate, HB 254 and SB 2523, would amend Tennessee law and designate “a person who has been …

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Fox Host Turned Trump Official To Run For US House

The Hill reports: Former State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus is jumping into the race for Tennessee’s 5th congressional district after winning a preemptive endorsement from former President Donald Trump. That endorsement was front and center in a video announcing Ortagus’s campaign on Monday that highlighted her ties to Trump. “Morgan worked with President Trump to not just make America great …

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“God Made Me Do It” Mass Shooter Found Guilty

USA Today reports: A jury on Friday night found Travis Reinking guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of four people at a Tennessee Waffle House in 2018, thwarting an attempted insanity defense and marking a dramatic conclusion to one of the city’s most high-profile criminal trials. The jury deliberated for nearly five hours. Reinking, 33, faced multiple murder charges …

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QAnon Hat Seller Sues Stetson For Cutting Her Off

Nashville Scene reports: HatWRKS, the Nashville headwear distributor previously famous mostly for various MAGA-adjacent messaging on the side of its Eighth Avenue store, found itself in a bit of a pickle last year. Its owner, Gigi Gaskins, posted a picture of a woman wearing a yellow Star of David, similar to the ones the Nazis made Jewish people wear, with …

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TN Bill Would Reprimand AP For Reporting On Racism

Salon reports: A Tennessee state legislator introduced a joint resolution to “reprimand” the Associated Press (AP) for publishing an article highlighting racism within the military’s ranks, saying the outlet “engaged in the lowest form of yellow journalism.” The bill was proposed by Republican state Rep. Bud Hulsey, who objected to an AP story that ran back in May, entitled “Deep-rooted …

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2018 Waffle House Mass Shooter: God Made Me Do It

The Associated Press reports: Attorneys for a man who killed four people in a shooting at a Nashville Waffle House said Monday that Travis Reinking believed the restaurant patrons and employees were government agents whom he had been commanded by God to kill. Reinking, 32, was naked save for a green jacket when he opened fire inside the restaurant on …

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Holocaust Book Tops Amazon After Ban By School Board

The Insider reports: “Maus,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust, surged to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list over the weekend after a Tennessee school board removed it from its eighth-grade curriculum. As of Monday morning, “The Complete Maus,” which includes all volumes of the graphic novel, was number one on Amazon. Individual editions for volumes one and …

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