It’s time to start all over again. After a couple of months recess the Tennessee General Assembly will reconvene this week. But WPLN’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán says lawmakers have been busy in the “offseason” and have already filed about 100 bills.
Criminal justice reform, school vouchers and refugee resettlement. Those are some of the issues Republican Governor Bill Lee has pushed for during his first 11 months in office. Lee recently sat down with WPLN’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán to talk about his first year. Here’s their conversation.
In 2019 Tennesseans saw a lot of “news” from the state Capitol. A new governor, two new speakers of the House of Representatives, and the state’s first ever school voucher law.
If there’s one thing we at Nashville Public Radio love more than a recipe that uses Thanksgiving leftovers in an unexpected way, it’s making that delightful recipe while listening to podcasts.
On a recent chilly afternoon last week at Nashville’s Centennial Park, Sean Michel was walking his dog with a friend. This was also the first day of impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump. Michel didn’t hesitate to share his thoughts on impeachment.
The impact of the latest nationwide strike by union workers against General Motors is beginning to be quantified. According to multiple reports, the automaker has lost about $1 billion since the strike started three weeks ago.
Listen / The new speaker of the Tennessee House is making the case that he is different from his predecessor. In an interview with WPLN, Crossville Republican Cameron Sexton said he wants to create an environment where members welcome different opinions.
Listen / Followers of Tennessee state politics have a new name to focus on: Cameron Sexton. The Crossville Republican is set to replace Glen Casada as House Speaker after a vote by the House GOP caucus last week.
Listen / The open U.S. Senate race in Tennessee just got interesting. Former Gov. Bill Haslam decided he will not run, opening the door for other Republicans who may have been holding back. And the next day, President Donald Trump tweeted that the U.S. ambassador to Japan, Tennessee’s Bill Hagerty, is getting into the race.
Listen / A Tennessee initiative to boost literacy rates is in jeopardy. The Read To Be Ready program launched in 2016 and had an ambitious goal of increasing literacy among third graders. But its popular summer camp program has officially run out of funds.