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Pandering to potential treason

One week ago, the FBI carried out what we have since learned was a quiet, well-planned and professionally-executed search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home.  The public likely would not even have known about the search had not Trump, an inveterate blabbermouth who finds it impossible to not call attention to himself, did what […] The post Pandering to potential treason appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
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Cothren challenges subpoena order by state Registry

The former chief of staff for ex-House Speaker Glen Casada is continuing to fight a subpoena to testify before the Registry of Election Finance about a political action committee he ran secretly to attack political adversaries. Cynthia Sherwood, the Nashville attorney for Cade Cothren, claims the court should not hold him in contempt for invoking […] The post Cothren challenges subpoena order by state Registry appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
NASHVILLE, TN
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TIRRC Votes harnesses “Black and brown political power”

Efforts to increase voter participation among immigrant communities led to increased turnout and elections of immigrant-rights candidates, said advocates. Following the August 4 primary election, the Tennessee Immigrant and Rights Coalition’s affiliate TIRRC Votes celebrated the election of several pro-immigrant candidates among school board races, district attorney races and other elected positions.  “Our TIRRC Votes […] The post TIRRC Votes harnesses “Black and brown political power” appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
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How to confront Tennessee’s teacher shortage

Research shows educator shortages disproportionately impact students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, students with disabilities, and students from rural communities. The U.S. Department of Education points out that areas like special education, bilingual education, science, technology, engineering, math, career and technical education and early childhood education positions are hard to fill. That’s hardly news […] The post How to confront Tennessee’s teacher shortage appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
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Analysis: Tennessee’s low turnout primaries

Tennessee has historically been a low voter turnout state and the Aug. 4  primary elections proved no different. Only 17% of registered voters cast a ballot in the state and federal primary elections and the county-level general elections. Even for Tennessee, such a low level of turnout for a midterm primary is unusual.  However, the […] The post Analysis: Tennessee’s low turnout primaries appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
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U.S. House Democrats send sweeping climate, health and tax legislation to Biden

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Friday cleared Democrats’ long-sought climate, health care and tax package, sending it to President Joe Biden for his signature.  The roughly $750 billion measure is much smaller than the $2 trillion reconciliation package the House originally sent to the Senate in November. The final product left out dozens of […] The post U.S. House Democrats send sweeping climate, health and tax legislation to Biden appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
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Tennessee Lookout fights for release of video in Grainger County slaughterhouse raid case

The Tennessee Lookout is fighting for the public’s right to see video footage of alleged brutality by a U.S. Department of Homeland Security agent during a Grainger County slaughterhouse raid. Nashville attorney Paul McAdoo with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on Wednesday filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Knoxville on […] The post Tennessee Lookout fights for release of video in Grainger County slaughterhouse raid case appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
GRAINGER COUNTY, TN

Stockard on the Stump: Voucher student numbers low with public schools already open

A week into the 2022-23 school year and few families in Metro Nashville and Shelby County school districts are seeking the vaunted private school vouchers the state is offering. Only 203 families have applied for vouchers, according to the Tennessee Department of Education, even though the law allows up to 5,000 students to receive the […] The post Stockard on the Stump: Voucher student numbers low with public schools already open appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
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Federal judge OKs class action status for immigrant slaughterhouse workers suing federal agents

A judge this week shot down a bid by the federal government to force each of the 104 Grainger County slaughterhouse workers rounded up in a legally suspect raid to file suit against agents accused of targeting them solely based on their race or ethnicity. U.S. District Judge Travis McDonough on Tuesday agreed to grant […] The post Federal judge OKs class action status for immigrant slaughterhouse workers suing federal agents appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
GRAINGER COUNTY, TN

Murfreesboro files suit against Middle Point Landfill, alleging new evidence of harmful runoff

Lawyers for the city of Murfreesboro have filed suit in federal court against the owners of Middle Point Landfill — the latest development in an ongoing dispute pitting one of Middle Tennessee’s fastest growing suburbs against the nation’s No. 2 provider of trash services, Republic Services. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in […] The post Murfreesboro files suit against Middle Point Landfill, alleging new evidence of harmful runoff appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
MURFREESBORO, TN

U.S. attorney general says DOJ asked for public release of search warrant for Trump estate

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the U.S. Department of Justice moved Thursday to release the search warrant a federal judge issued earlier this week that allowed federal agents to enter former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.   DOJ, Garland said, has ​​filed a motion in the Southern District of Florida […] The post U.S. attorney general says DOJ asked for public release of search warrant for Trump estate appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
PALM BEACH, FL

Falsely accused University of Tennessee professor: Biden should rescind U.S. Attorney nomination

A University of Tennessee professor falsely accused of being a spy is urging President Joe Biden to rescind the administration’s nomination for U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee of the man who sought to imprison him for a crime he did not commit. “This is ridiculous,” Dr. Anming Hu said of Biden’s nomination […] The post Falsely accused University of Tennessee professor: Biden should rescind U.S. Attorney nomination appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
KNOXVILLE, TN

Dr. Ryan Cole’s journey from Boise to Nashville to France. His new focus? Monkeypox.

State lawmakers in Tennessee were considering a bill to put “natural immunity” on equal footing with vaccinated immunity for COVID-19. Health care workers and anyone else required to have COVID-19 vaccination for work or school could be exempt from vaccines, as long as they’d already been infected with the coronavirus and recovered. That week in […] The post Dr. Ryan Cole’s journey from Boise to Nashville to France. His new focus? Monkeypox. appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
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Republicans in Congress line up behind Trump after he says FBI searched Mar-a-Lago

Republicans in Congress fumed Tuesday in reaction to former President Donald Trump’s Monday evening statement that the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, his home in Palm Beach, Florida. Democrats had little to say Tuesday about the apparent search, though some defended the execution of justice regardless of a person’s political power. The massive […] The post Republicans in Congress line up behind Trump after he says FBI searched Mar-a-Lago appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
PALM BEACH, FL

John Cole’s Tennessee: Pork project

A 2018 Grainger County slaughterhouse raid has resulted in several lawsuits against federal agencies for the alleged mistreatment — including physical abuse — of immigrant workers. Editorial cartoonist John Cole offers his take. The post John Cole’s Tennessee: Pork project appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
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Democrats caught up in voter data snafu

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dr. Jason Martin and the Tennessee Democratic Party are at odds over bad information his campaign received from the party and sent to voters in a mass text message just days before the Aug. 4 election. Martin, who narrowly defeated Memphis City Councilman JB Smiley to win the nomination, was caught off […] The post Democrats caught up in voter data snafu appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
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Davidson County Community Corrections keeps clients alive

Without Davidson County Community Corrections, Brandon “Lane” Gomez figures he’d be in prison or dead. The 37-year-old Nashville man was strung out on heroin and fentanyl for about a decade, arrested for felony theft to feed his habit 43 times and convicted 28 times when – fortunately, he says – a judge gave him the […] The post Davidson County Community Corrections keeps clients alive appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
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Records show U.S. Department of Justice nixed civil rights investigation in Grainger County case

The Department of Justice nixed a civil rights investigation of a federal agent purportedly captured on video placing his boot on the neck of a Latino worker at a Grainger County slaughterhouse — within days of receiving a referral on the incident and one week before the agent was interviewed about it, newly revealed records […] The post Records show U.S. Department of Justice nixed civil rights investigation in Grainger County case appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
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U.S. Senate passes major health, tax and climate bill in boost for Democrats

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate, along party lines, passed a sweeping energy, health care, climate and tax package Sunday afternoon, following an overnight marathon of votes that resulted in just a handful of notable changes to the legislation. The 755-page bill was passed after Vice President Kamala Harris broke a 50-50 tie in the evenly […] The post U.S. Senate passes major health, tax and climate bill in boost for Democrats appeared first on Tennessee Lookout.
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