politics and Government


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Tennessee’s 2020 Primary and General Elections are set for this Thursday, but many of the state’s voters have already cast their ballots.

Thursday’s voting includes state and federal primaries, along with state and county general elections.

The number of voters taking advantage of early and absentee voting statewide is twice what was seen in 2016, the last presidential election year.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Democratic head of a congressional coronavirus oversight panel has demanded that Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and three other Republican governors provide documents showing how their states are combating the pandemic.

Similar letters were sent to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt.

The request Wednesday by Rep. James Clyburn comes just days after White House coronavirus task force leader Dr. Deborah Birx traveled to Nashville to implore leaders to close bars and residents to wear masks.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear oral arguments over whether to keep absentee voting open to all eligible voters for the November election due to the coronavirus pandemic.


The hearing Thursday comes on the last day to request absentee ballots for the Aug. 6 primary election.


Last month, a state court judge ordered the absentee expansion during the pandemic, and the Supreme Court decided against blocking it for the primary.



WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mike Osborne)  --  Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen was among those grilling U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr in the nation’s capital Tuesday.

Under questioning by the West Tennessee Democrat, Barr testified that he knew President Donald Trump planned to walk out of the White House for a photo op later that day when the Attorney General ordered federal officers on June 1 to forcefully push demonstrators out of Lafayette Park.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Metro Davidson County officials say some 15,000 absentee ballots have not yet arrived back at election headquarters.

In a press statement released on Monday, Elections Administrator Jeff Roberts says about 30,000 August 6 primary ballots were mailed to Metro voters. However, only about half have since been returned.

Roberts is urging Nashvillians to get those ballots back quickly. They absolutely must be received in the county election office by no later than the close of polls on election day.