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New TNJ edition alert: Kelsey prison time math, House leadership votes, Funding Board goes low

Then-Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and former Rep. Jeremy Durham (R-Franklin) hold a press conference on Feb. 2, 2015. (Image Credit: Erik Schelzig)

The latest print edition of The Tennessee Journal is out early this week because of the holiday weekend. Here is what’s in it:

— Feds: Contrition key to Kelsey avoiding extra prison time following guilty plea, former lawmaker admits deeds were ‘no accident.’

— State House Republicans stick mostly to status quo, Dems select new caucus chair.

— Funding board goes with extra low revenue projections. Again.

— Gov. Bill Lee’s administration makes its pick on “choice” lanes, hike in EV fees.

Also: Bob Corker says he doesn’t miss it, Beth Harwell chases Belle Meade burglar, Bill Lee hires a Kentucky state senator to run Health Department, Jeremy Durham gets a trial date.

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New TNJ edition alert: McNally interview, Kelsey guilty plea, PAC spending roudup

Senate GOP leaders hold weekly press gaggle on Jan. 18, 2018. Senate Speaker Randy McNally is second from left. (Photo credit: Schelzig, Tennessee Journal.

The latest print edition of The Tennessee Journal is out early this week because of the holiday weekend. Here is what’s in it:

— TNJ Interview: Senate Speaker McNally talks legacy and charts course for future

— From the courts: Kelsey pleads guilty to 2 counts, state Supreme Court throws out mandatory life sentences for juveniles.

— Campaign finance update: PAC giving rose 5% compared with last election cycle.

Also: Eddie Mannis says he was “shut up” by House speaker, Jason Mumpower wonders why he has to wait at restaurants when so many people are moving to Tennessee, Andy Ogles gets fined by state for late mayoral disclosure, and a missing Joe Towns prophesy.

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New TNJ edition alert: Lee’s road plans, Senate GOP re-elects leadership team, Supreme Court opening breeds speculation about successor

Gov. Bill Lee, center, attends a budget hearing in Nashville on Nov. 9, 2022. He is joined by Finance Commissioner Jim Bryson, right, and COO Brandon Gibson. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The latest print edition of The Tennessee Journal is out. Here is what’s in it:

— Lee wants to make major road upgrades without new taxes, debt. Can it be done without tolls?

— Political update: Senate GOP re-elects leadership team of McNally, Johnson, Yager; Registry presses pause on auditing Gary Humble; and digital ads target state’s certificate-of-need rules.

— From the courts: Justice Sharon Lee’s retirement from Supreme Court unleashes speculation about who will apply to succeed her.

Also: Dolly Parton lands $100 million prize, Jonathan Skrmetti says level of federalist view often depends on who controls White House, watchdog files FEC complaint against Beth Harwell, and the Showboats are back in Memphis.

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New TNJ edition alert: Lee romps to win, Ogles flies under radar, Windle loses

Bill Lee takes the oath of office as Tennessee’s 50th governor on Nashville in 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The latest print edition of The Tennessee Journal is out. Here is what’s in it:

— Lee romps to 65% of vote to win election to second term as governor.

— Ogles’ under-the-radar strategy leads to easy 5th District victory.

— Legislative races: Dems and GOP fight to stalemate, independent Windle loses 17th bid for House.

— Slavery ban most popular as all four constitutional amendments OK’d.

Also: A new high-water mark for House Republicans, a mayoral election roundup, Eddie Mannis says Knox County GOP tried to “destroy” him, and Rep. Jason Zachary has had enough of Donald Trump.

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New TNJ edition alert: Lee floods the zone

Gov.-elect Bill Lee speaks to a Chamber of Commerce event in Memphis on Dec. 6, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The latest print edition of The Tennessee Journal is out. Here is what’s in it:

— Bill Lee floods the zone in re-election campaign over Democratic challenger Jason Martin

— A closer look at the seven most hotly contested state House races.

— It’s time for the second round of new interim campaign finance disclosures. Looks like some tweaks may be needed.

— Congressional race update: Dozens of voters were given the wrong ballots in Nashville, Andy Ogles gets fundraising help from GOP reps, Heidi Campbell shares sad family health news, Mark Green blasts voting problems.

Also: Kevin McCarthy’s joke about hitting Nancy Pelosi with a gavel doesn’t age well, Marsha Blackburn says Iowa visit doesn’t portend presidential bid, and the University of Tennessee reevaluates its peer institutions.

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New TNJ edition alert: Kelsey now flying solo, 3rd quarter fundraising totals, senators back Ogles

Brian Kelsey, center, awaits Gov. Bill Lee’s State of the State address in Nashville on Feb. 3, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

This week’s print edition of The Tennessee Journal is out. Here is what’s in it:

— And then there was one: Kelsey’s codefendant to plead guilty.

— Campaign finance roundup: Martin neck-in-neck with Lee in third quarter fundraising totals, but far behind in cash on hand.

— From the campaign trail: Blackburn and Hagerty headline fundraiser for Ogles with Cruz waiting in the wings; Lee channels the pope in his latest TV ad.

— Obituary: Larry Cole, former House clerk who wrote novel about a real statehouse romance.

Also: Internal polling points to wide support for “right to work” amendment, Tre Hargett strikes plea agreement in DUI case, John Rich hosts a fundraiser for a firebrand congresswoman in Nashville, and Cameron Sexton declares war on “political gibberish.”

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New TNJ edition alert: This is the (Lamar!) way

New signs posted on the Capitol horseshoe indicate it is not named after Lamar Alexander. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

This week’s print edition of The Tennessee Journal is out. Here is what’s in it.

— No cooling off required: Lawmakers quick to land government positions.

— United in indignation: GOP outraged over pediatric transgender clinic at Vanderbilt hospital.

— Vouchers go back to court, appeals panel hears from charter operators.

Also: Tim Burchett can’t understand Australian golfer or “country clubbers,” Glenn Jacobs’ former chief of staff pleads guilty, Bill Lee names a new head of the Governor’s office of faith-based initiatives, and the Capitol horseshoe gets a new name.

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New TNJ edition alert: Feds finally drop the hammer on Casada, Cothren

Cade Cothren, speaking on phone, attends a meeting with lawmakers and fellow staffers on the balcony outside the House chamber on April 29, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The latest print edition of The Tennessee Journal is out. Here is what’s in it:

— Feds charge former House speaker, aide with bribery, kickbacks.

— Casada, Cothren case assigned to judge who once prosecuted John Ford.

— Leaked poll for education group finds ‘slippage’ in support for charter schools.

— Dale Kelly, lawmaker, basketball ref, and longtime mayor, dies at 82.

Also: Memphis school superintendent takes buyout, TDOT gets a new chief engineer, Tennessean editor’s comments draw a social media backlash, and the ongoing license plate drama in Shelby County.

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New TNJ edition alert: Ask not for whom Mike Bell tolls…

Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville) attends a redistricting hearing on Oct. 18, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The latest print edition of The Tennessee Journal is out in the world. Here is what’s in it:

— Bell bypassing lame-duck status in effort to soothe TWRA turmoil.

— Campaign finance: New interim reports shed light on last-minute spending, Cothren fights subpoena.

— Restocking the Cabinet: Lee names Merrick legal counsel, Sellars communications director.

Also: Payday lending impresario loses Cleveland school board race to … a Democrat, the Highlander institute opposes a historical designation for its original Grundy County site, and Garth Brooks is footing the bill for a police station next to his new honky-tonk.

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New TNJ alert: New AG, Democratic infighting, and another rejection of loosening term limits

AG applicants pose for a photo outside the state Supreme Court chamber on Aug. 9, 2022. From left are Bill Young, Jonathan Skrmetti, Culver Schmid, Don Cochran, Mike Dunavant, and Jerome Cochran.

The latest print edition of The Tennessee Journal is out. Here is what’s in it:

— Supreme Court appoints Gov. Bill Lee’s top legal adviser Skrmetti as new AG.

— Skrmetti in public interview posited creating a new unit to handle lawsuits against the federal government, acknowledged “hunger” for more formal legal opinions.

— From the campaign trail: Democrats fight over text message flap, tiebreaker options in Cocke County, and Memphis voters don’t want their elected officials to serve more than two terms.

— Obituary: Larry Wallace, TBI director in wake of bingo gambling corruption probe.

Also: Lee joins GOP governors blasting climate bill that includes tax credits for electric vehicles (many of which will be built in Tennessee), constitutional amendment campaigns ramp up activity, and diverging fortunes for write-in campaigns.

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