politics and Government

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk has declined to enforce an abortion law passed this year by the Tennessee legislature.

The new law requires abortion providers to inform women that chemical abortions may be reversible half way through the two-drug process.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The Davidson County Election Commission decides today whether to include competing tax policy charter amendments on the December ballot.

The commission meets at 2:30 p.m. and will be taking public comment.

The proposed charter amendment that would repeal the recently approved 32 percent Metro tax increase will be considered first. The amendment would and limit the city council’s ability to raise taxes in the future.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville has already used up its annual budget for the burial of indigent residents thanks to coronavirus.

WTVF-TV quotes Metro Indigent Burial and Cremation Services Manager Carol Wilson saying she’s concerned bodies may begin backing up in the city morgue.


(AP/Michael Kunzelman)  --  Walmart, Amazon and other corporate giants donated money to the reelection campaign of a Tennessee state lawmaker who had used social media to amplify and promote the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance records and the candidate’s posts.

The corporate support for a QAnon-promoting politician is another example of how the conspiracy theory has penetrated mainstream politics, spreading beyond its origins on internet message boards popular with right-wing extremists.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee is criticizing Nashville's use of coronavirus relief funds as the city seeks additional financial help in its response to the pandemic.


Lee chided Nashville Mayor John Cooper on Thursday for not prioritizing small businesses and urged the city to focus remaining dollars on economic relief for businesses.