Top posts of 2018 (so far)

Taking a cue from our friends at the Nashville Post, we’ve decided to also take look back our most popular political blog posts through the first half of the year. Tops was a story about a state lawmaker mistaking fake news for the real thing, followed by the termination of radio talk show host Ralph Bristol, and Diane Black’s claimed “surge.”

The full Top 10 follows:

1. Lawmaker cites satirical website to nix hazing bills
April 3: A lawmaker misquoted an article on the satirical website The Onion in supporting efforts to deep-six a bill targeting hazing among college sororities and fraternities. “I’m reading right here on The Onion a report about Kentucky seniors who hazed freshman basketball players,” said Rep. Micah Van Huss (R-Jonesborough).

2. Nashville talk show host Ralph Bristol terminated
Jan. 27: Conservative Nashville radio talk show host Ralph Bristol says he has been fired by Cumulus Media “due to irreconcilable editorial differences.”

3. Black poll shows ‘surge,’ Boyd camp calls it ‘bogus’
May 10: An internal poll for U.S. Rep. Diane Black’s campaign shows the Gallatin Republican “surging ahead” of her primary rivals.

4. GOP gov’s poll shows tight race among top 3
Feb. 16: Rival gubernatorial campaigns scoffed this week when Republican Bill Lee declared “we can win” in a speech to supporters at his headquarters launch.

5. Mae Beavers suspends gubernatorial bid
Jan. 30: Former state Sen. Mae Beavers is dropping out of the governor’s race. The Mt. Juliet Republican announced her decision in a Facebook post.

6. Speakers quietly drop hand-held sign ban at Cordell Hull
Jan. 18: The Tennessee Legislature has quietly revised its “Facility Use Policies” to remove a ban on all signs within the Cordell Hull building.

7. Harwell breaks tie, advances medical marijuana bill
Feb. 27: Gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell has stepped in to advance medical marijuana legislation in legislature.

8. New PAC’s radio ad bashes ‘Dishonest Diane Black’
Jan. 17: A political action committee recently registered in Tennessee is running radio ads attacking “dishonest Diane Black” as a gubernatorial candidate, contending she “steered millions of dollars in no bid, state contracts to her husband’s company.”

9. Anti-Blackburn PAC announces itself

Feb. 26: A new political action committee called Smoky Mountain Values PAC has been launched to oppose Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s bid for the U.S. Senate.

10. Corker (maybe) thinking about reversing course on retirement

Feb. 11: Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has been talking to colleagues about the possibility of reconsidering his announced retirement.

One Response to Top posts of 2018 (so far)

  • Jason Wallflower says:

    Lol @ #3. Looks like the Boyd camp was actually right. Diane Black is collapsing statewide and Bill Lee(!) is surging into second.

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