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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 alert: Guilty plea in Kelsey case, Durham appeals, pro-Harwell PAC gets Harwell funding

Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown), right, and then-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. Here is what’s in it:

— Restaurateur pleads guilty in Kelsey case, Durham appeals Registry fines

— Andy Ogles’ lackluster fundraising endures through third quarter while Heidi Campbell rakes it in.

— Independent expenditures PAC founded to help Beth Harwell got major funding from … Harwell.

— Nashville mayor proposes final piece of funding plan for stadium.

Also: Weston Wamp and Hamilton Count Commission at odds over firing attorney, the Volunteers crowdsource the money to replace goalposts after historic win, Mark Green get’s $600 worth of hair and makeup work, and Andy Ogles tries to place this Bill Frist guy.

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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: Not dancing with who brung ya, House GOP nominee bucks GOP leaders, and delays in lawmakers’ trials

Gov. Bill Lee speaks to reporters following on Dec. 13, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

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

— Education advocacy group breaks with former governor it was founded to help.

— Trouble in paradise: House GOP nominees not down with governor, speaker, majority leader, caucus chair . . .

— Party organs? Not-so-new trend of politics mixing with journalism.

— From the courts: Casada and Cothren join Kelsey in getting yearlong delay for trials.

Also: Getting the kids out of their parents’ basements, what it would take for Mark Green to drop his support for Donald Trump, suspended NBA owner’s company has given heavily to Tennessee candidates, and Bill and Phil’s excellent podcast.

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New TNJ edition alert: The Registry’s revenge, criminal justice developments, and tie breakers

The Registry of Election Finance meets in Nashville on Sept. 8, 2022. From left are members Tom Morton, Tom Lawless, and Hank Fincher. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

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

— Registry to audit candidate who nearly beat Senate GOP leader; hardball tactics contrast with earlier efforts to brush Tillis complaints under rug.

— Criminal justice: Backers say Memphis murder case justifies ‘truth in sentencing’ law.

— Tied up in knots: Sumner, Cocke commissions take contrasting steps to break election deadlock.

Also: A Democrat is elected chair of the Republican Knox County Commission, a big Tennessee beer distributor is gobbled up by a huge national firm, the state treasurer backs away from cryptocurrency, and a happy hour curfew.

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New TNJ edition alert: The end or the beginning on FBI probe?

Then-House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Franklin), right, meets with colleagues on the Senate floor on May 1, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

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

— Are indictments the conclusion of FBI probe or opening gambit?

— Casada poised to lose legislative pension if he strikes plea deal.

— From the campaign trail: FEC flags filings for errors – but nothing yet on Andy Ogles, a temporary replacement for Mike Bell, and a soft landing for Amy Weirich.

— Obituary: Former longtime state research chief dies at 89.

Also: Bartlett puts ordinance seeking to limit campaign signs on hold, Shelby County clerk takes issue with being called AWOL for Jamaica trip, Asian-American groups oppose Biden’s nominee for federal prosecutor in the Eastern District, and Susan Lynn is sorry about all those things she said about Mae Beavers.

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