politics and Government


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  A bill has been forwarded to Gov. Bill Lee for his consideration this week that would change the way legal challenges to Tennessee law are decided.

Davidson County Chancery Court currently hears those cases. However, the leaders of Tennessee’s GOP dominated legislature view the Davidson County courts as liberal and frequently biased against the legislation they pass.

Republicans tried and failed to create a special court, located outside Davidson County, to hear all Constitutional challenges. They passed a compromise measure instead.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  TJ Osborne of the Country Music duo Brothers Osborne responded graciously this week to a snub by the Tennessee General Assembly.

NBC News reports East Tennessee Republican Rep. Jeremy Faison blocked a resolution in the Tennessee House meant to honor the artist. Osborne recently came out as gay.

Such resolutions are routine in the legislature and are usually approved unanimously. Faison told fellow lawmakers he had “concerns” about honoring Osborne. He insisted the resolution be sent to committee for review.

Metro Schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) — The state Department of Education may soon have the authority to strip funding from any Tennessee school that teaches what’s often referred to as Critical Race Theory (CRT).

The theory suggests that racist policies benefiting majority whites are built into America’s institutions, culture and economy.

State lawmakers ended their legislative session Wednesday by severely limiting what schools can teach on the topic.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have adjourned for the year after spending their final moments slashing how long the unemployed can receive benefits, and banning certain concepts on race and racism from being taught in schools.

The GOP-controlled General Assembly had been meeting since January, with members often bucking public health guidance to wear masks and social distance amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee Republican falsely declared Tuesday that an 18th century policy designating a slave as three-fifths of a person was adopted for “the purpose of ending slavery,” commenting amid a debate over whether educators should be restricted while teaching about systematic racism in America.