Tennessee GOP

Tennessee GOP Hints Special Session Rules That Silence Minority May Become Permanent
Tennessee GOP Use First Few Days Of Special Session To Pass Rules That Silence The Minority
How Tennessee’s Justice System Allows Dangerous People To Keep Guns — With Deadly Outcomes
Time and again, the conservative Tennessee Legislature has not only refused to pass tougher gun laws but loosened restrictions, making it easier for people to buy and carry guns.
Expelled Tennessee Three-er Justin Jones Will Introduce Gun Control Bill In Special Session
Tennessee Dems Expelled After Gun Protest Win Back Seats In Special Election
Where Things Stand: The One Tennessee Three-er The GOP Failed To Expel Weighs Blackburn Challenge
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The retired school teacher who ultimately survived an expulsion vote brought by her Republican colleagues in the Tennessee state House earlier this year — part of an effort that did ultimately expel two of her younger, Black colleagues — is reportedly planning to challenge Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) for her seat next year.

No Democrat has won a statewide race since 2006, when then-Gov. Phil Bredesen secured his reelection. But a face-off between Blackburn — who has a history of staunch opposition to tightening gun control — and state Rep. Gloria Johnson, (D) whose expulsion vote was predicated on her support for children and parents protesting lax gun laws in the state legislature, could test the energizing power of gun reform in a state recently racked by a deadly school shooting.

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Listen To This: Laboratories in Democracy?

A new episode of The Josh Marshall Podcast is live! This week, Josh and Kate do a deep dive into the rightward march of many state legislatures.

You can listen to the new episode of The Josh Marshall Podcast here.

US Has A Long History Of State Lawmakers Silencing Elected Black Officials
These events have been shown to be a form of “white backlash” working to keep Black officeholders out of power and their constituents powerless without representation.
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