Former Governors Phil Bredesen and Bill Haslam Give Their Thoughts On Bipartisanship and Effective Leadership

Former Governors Phil Bredesen and Bill Haslam Give Their Thoughts On Bipartisanship and Effective Leadership

In an era of intense political polarization at the national level, Tennessee’s two most recent governors, Democrat Phil Bredesen and Republican Bill Haslam, offered their perspective on bipartisanship and effective leadership to an audience at Vanderbilt on Tuesday night. The event, which was moderated by Professor Alan Wiseman, was co-organized...

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Tennessee’s Road to Legalized Sports Gambling

Tennessee’s Road to Legalized Sports Gambling

Tennessee is one of the latest states to join the growing trend of passing legislation to legalize online sports gambling, with the Tennessee Sports Gaming Act (TSGA) coming into effect this past summer. Following the early 2018 Supreme Court ruling in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, the door was...

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Anti-LGBTQI+ Adoption Bill Passes Tennessee House

Anti-LGBTQI+ Adoption Bill Passes Tennessee House

Earlier this month, the Tennessee House of Representatives passed a Republican bill that would allow adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate against LGBTQI+ families. The bill, known as HB 836 (and SB 1304 in the Tennessee Senate) would allow agencies to prohibit same-sex couples from adopting children on the...

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Tennessee Legislature Considering Medical Marijuana Legalization

Tennessee Legislature Considering Medical Marijuana Legalization

A new bipartisan push for the legalization of medical marijuana has emerged within the Tennessee state legislature. Following the success of last year’s bill that legalized oil-based cannabis products, lawmakers are looking to bring the full medicinal benefits of the substance to the state’s residents.   This week, Senator Janice...

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Tennessee’s DUI Screw Up

Tennessee’s DUI Screw Up

By Jack Cramer and Bailey Bowden Over the last few weeks, Tennesseans have had a first-hand look at bureaucratic breakdown. Earlier this year, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a law intending to change how the state dealt with drunk drivers under the age of twenty-one. Soon after this law was...

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City Council Consolidation?

When the city of Nashville was merged with the rest of Davidson County in 1965, many small neighborhoods feared losing representation on the new Metro Council.  Racial minorities were also concerned that a new council would be too White.  For these reasons, a compromise was made that created Nashville’s Metro...

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Tennessee’s Golden Tickets for Education

Tennessee is gearing up for a potential showdown over school vouchers in the coming legislative session.  After a 2011 bill creating a school voucher program failed to move through the state legislature, Governor Haslam convened a panel of education experts from both public and private schools to evaluate school voucher...

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