New TNJ alert: Smith’s guilty plea rocks Capitol, voucher expansion fails, and part 2 of the pharmacy fight

Rep. Robin Smith (R-Hixson) speaks to reporters in Nashville on Jan. 12, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

This week’s Tennessee Journal is out. Here’s what’s in it:

— Ex-state GOP chair Robin Smith pleads guilty to kickback plot, resigns from legislature.

— Court documents contain thinly veiled references to participation by former House Speaker Glen Casada and his onetime chief of staff, Cade Cothren.

— Prosecution team in Smith plea is same as is handling case against state Sen. Brian Kelsey.

— Legislative roundup: Voucher expansion fails, independent pharmacies could gain major boost in dispensing fees from PBMs, and your discount on buying wine by the case could be going away.

Also: Glen Casada feels a cold wind, Democrats’ redistricting lawsuit won’t get the hurry-up, Tres Wittum not bound lower chamber requirement to step down if he runs for Congress, and not all of Joe Carr’s handpicked poll respondents were on board with … Joe Carr.

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