Politics

Adam Tamburin
21 hours ago - News

Reform to harsh school zone law brings hope to heartsick families

Illustration of a school zone sign with opening jail doors over it.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Hundreds of defendants imprisoned under Tennessee's harsh drug-free school zone law are now eligible for a second chance at justice.

  • A new reform signed into law last month allows them to ask for resentencing. Cases are already working through the court system.
Nate Rau
May 20, 2022 - Sports

Report: Stadium lease would cost city $1.8B

Nissan Stadium
Photo: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

It would cost Metro $1.8 billion through 2039 to fulfill its obligations to the Tennessee Titans under the current lease agreement at Nissan Stadium, according to a report the team presented to the Sports Authority on Thursday.

Why it matters: The obligation of the current lease deal is a crucial comparison because the Titans and Mayor John Cooper are negotiating a deal to build a new enclosed stadium next to Nissan.

Adam Tamburin
May 19, 2022 - Politics

Lee's school voucher program gets TN Supreme Court win

Photo illustration of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee with lines radiating from him.
Photo illustration: Allie Carl/Axios. Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Gov. Bill Lee's school voucher program was in line with the state constitution.

  • The 3-2 decision overturns rulings from lower courts that blocked the program.

Judge strikes bathroom law

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

A federal judge struck down a Tennessee law Tuesday that would have required businesses to post a public notice for allowing transgender people to use restrooms aligned with their gender identity.

Why it matters: Tennessee has emerged as a leader in anti-trans legislation. LGBT+ advocates say the legislation, which passed into law last year, is offensive and transphobic.

Nate Rau
May 17, 2022 - Politics

Metro budget hearings begin this week

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Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Welcome to Metro budget season!

Driving the news: Metro Council begins reviewing the city's $2.96 billion operating budget with hearings on Wednesday.

  • The top officials from each city department will appear before the budget and finance committee to discuss their spending plans.
Nate Rau
May 16, 2022 - Sports

Budget shows new Titans stadium estimated to cost $2B

Photo illustration of Nashville Mayor John Cooper  with lines radiating from him.
Photo illustration: Allie Carl/Axios. Photo: Leah Puttkammer/Getty Images

The new Titans stadium project came into sharper focus last week.

  • Mayor John Cooper submitted his annual capital improvement budget showing the plan will cost $2 billion and wrote a Tennessean Op-Ed outlining the generic parameters of a deal.
Nate Rau
May 11, 2022 - Politics

Andy Ogles announces early fundraising numbers

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Photo: Mike Christen/The Daily Herald/USA Today Network

Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles raised $453,000 in the first 30 days of his bid for Congress, his campaign announced Tuesday.

  • Ogles was a late entry into the race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in the newly drawn District 5.
Nate Rau
May 9, 2022 - Politics

David Briley's big comeback

David Briley in a suit with a orange tie
David Briley. Photo: courtesy of the David Briley campaign

Less than three years after David Briley became the first incumbent mayor in Metro Nashville history to lose reelection, he found redemption at the polls.

  • Briley won the Democratic primary for Division I Circuit Court judge and doesn't have a Republican opponent on the August ballot, so he is headed for the bench.
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