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New TNJ edition alert: Could losing 5th District be blessing in disguise for Dems?

Rep. Todd Warner (R-Chapel Hill) is sworn into the House in Nashville on Jan. 12, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The new print edition of the The Tenenssee Journal is out in the wild. Here’s what we delved into this week:

— Why losing the 5th District might not be the nightmare Dems think it’d be.

— A look back at the last Repubican elected to the 5th Distict seat nearly 150 years ago, and how he fell victim to redistricting.

— From the campaign trail: Vital wins over Dem accused of rape, former Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey’s once powerful PAC drained of campaign cash, audit of freshman Rep. Todd Warner’s campaign spending put off until next Registry meeting.

— Mandate two-step: Official opposition to Biden vaccine stance coupled with private relief among some businesses.

Also: The general fund bonanza endures, Katrina Robinson’s trial gets underway, the Chattanooga Times Free Press to go (mostly) digital, and state Dems “voluntarily’’ stay away from annual fundraiser.

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Programming note: The Journal is on break next week, so expect lighter-than-usual blog fare while we kick out feet up. The next print edition appears Oct. 1.

New TNJ edition alert: Lobbying spending rebounds after 2020 lockdown at state Capitol

In the absence of lobbyists banned from the state Capitol during the pandemic, lawmakers gather in the seats outside the House chamber in Nashville on March 16, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

In this week’s print edition of The Tennessee Journal:

— Cold, hard advocacy: Lobbying spending rebounded this session

— Cabinet changes: Wiseman’s portfolio never quite matched lofty double-barreled title.

— Political roundup: Another Democrat mulls bid for governor, state party fined $103K.

— Fraud or fair play? Updated indictment filed against state Sen. Robinson on eve of trial.

Also: Durham’s lawyer updates the status of the feds’ criminal investigation into former lawmaker, the reclassification of the snail darter ends decades of political jokes, and House Republicans to hold a fundraiser at an undisclosed location.

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The upcoming year promises to be the latest chapter of upheaval in state politics. And The Tennessee Journal will be there to cover it all, including:

√ Another open U.S. Senate seat.

√ Tennessee’s presidential primary on Super Tuesday.

√ New Gov. Bill Lee ramping up for his second legislative session.

√ A new House speaker tries to bring calm to the chamber after his predecessor barely lasted half a year.

√ The state prepares to roll out a controversial school voucher program after the governor’s signature legislation passed under controversial circumstances.

√ All 99 state House seats and half of the 33 state Senate seats are up for election.

√ Freshmen members of the Tennessee congressional delegation (three in the House and one in the Senate) work to make their mark in Washington.

√  Revenue collections continue to overflow the state’s coffers, but for how long?

And, as always, The Tennessee Journal will closely monitor the progress of key bills, legislative maneuvering, and the state budget.

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