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New edition alert: Lawmakers adjourn for the year and we hand out our annual TNJ awards

Lawmakers attend Gov. Bill Lee’s State of the State address in Nashville on Jan. 31, 2022. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

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

— With the legislature safely adjourned, we hand out awards for the year’s best legislation, lobbying effort, and administration liaison. Also, an assortment participation medals for less laudable actions during the session.

— Party purity? Trump-backed candidate kicked off GOP ballot, but pot-smoking party switcher stays.

— Twenty-two Republican hopefuls failed to meet party standards but 13 are restored to the ballot, including a challenger to Rep. Scott Cepicky and three of four GOP candidates to succeed retiring Rep. Michael Curcio.

Also: Weston Wamp says he’s not behind attacks on rivals, Knoxville hires a new police chief, lawmakers deal final insult to Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle, and the latest intrigue surrounding Bruce and Rebecca Griffey.

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Early TNJ edition alert: An interview with the new Chattanooga mayor and a deep dive into the GOP’s state House redistricting plan

Rep. John Mark Windle (D-Livingston), left, walks to look at a proposed House redistricting map on Dec. 17, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

It’s the year’s last print edition of The Tennessee Journal! Don’t all rejoice at once! Here’s what we delved into this week:

— New Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly sits down for an interview with TNJ to discuss his unlikely path to elected office and his plans for the state’s fourth biggest city. Kelly talks early childhood education, the challenges facing midsized cities, and his efforts to bridge racial gaps.

— Redistricting update: A look at how the Republican plan for redrawing state House districts might affect incumbents on both sides of the aisle.

Also: Richard Briggs wonders if politics might soon inform hemorrhoid treatment decisions, Katrina Robinson gets pretrial diversion in her second federal fraud case, and our annual look at what Tennessee politicos should get for Christmas (spoiler alert: nothing good).

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Happy holidays!

New TNJ edition alert: Supreme Court finalists in their own words, Little Debbie lawsuit

The Tennessee Supreme Court building is seen in Nashville on Dec.8, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

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

— We spent two days at judicial selection hearings so you didn’t have to. Here’s what the finalists for the Supreme Court had to say about legislative intent, their judicial role models, and the significance of the Federalist Society.

— Little Debbie snack maker files lawsuit to block new Pharmacy Benefit Manager law championed by House Speaker Cameron Sexton.

— Of the state’s 15 largest counties, all but two are moving to partisan school board nomination contests.

— Indicted senators update: Kelsey seeks delay for federal campaign finance trial, prosecutors seek to seize Robinson property following conviction.

Also: The state’s revenue collection surge continues, racial tension on the MTSU board, and a difference in perception about automotive incentives in the Beacon Center’s Pork Report.

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New TNJ edition alert: State GOP executive committee update, finalists emerge from SCOTENN sweepstakes, Dole’s legacy in Tennessee

The state Capitol on March 16, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The latest print edition of The Tennessee Journal is out. Here’s what we delve into this week:

— GOP executive committee mulls judicial candidate fees, pride coalition, presidential convention.

— Three finalists emerge for state Supreme Court vacancy after one leading candidate drops out to take top legal job in Lee administration.

— Political roundup: Bridgestone looks to turn the tables on the clawback provision, Memphis politicos leave for Nashville and don’t come back, and Slatery gets awarded.

— Obituary: Bob Dole outmaneuvered two of Tennessee’s most prominent Republicans on the national political stage.

Also: Kelvin Jones mounts an Alabama defense under questioning about buried cash, Knoxville kicks of 40th anniversary celebrations for 1982 World’s Fair, and Jon Huntsman likens Bob Corker to Led Zeppelin.

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New TNJ edition alert: Lee lands megasite funding

The state Senate holds a redistricting hearing on Oct. 18, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

This week’s print edition of The Tennessee Journal is out in the world. Here are the highlights:

— Lee secures $884M incentive package for Ford’s megasite project.

— Like it or not (and business groups don’t), another special session approaches.

— From the campaign trail: Congressional fundraising, Democrat drops gubernatorial bid, Robinson gets an opponent, and Weston Wamp jumps into the Hamilton County mayor’s race.

— Slatery to lawmakers: I’m not political, you’re political.

Also: Kiffin take the high road, Japan-America Society criticized for honoring Hagerty, and Vaughan likens deficiencies in megasite deal to eating carrot cake without pecans in the icing.

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