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House Democrats Ask For Audit Of Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s No-Bid COVID Deals

September 29, 2020

Sept. 29, 2020 – NewsChannel5 (WTVF) – By: Phil Williams A dozen Democratic House members are asking state auditors to review Gov. Bill Lee’s COVID-19 spending following questions raised by NewsChannel 5 Investigates. That letter, sent to state Comptroller Justin Wilson, specifically cites NewsChannel 5’s exclusive investigation exposing how the state went on an $80 million,…

House Democrats Call For Audit of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s ‘No-Bid’ Coronavirus Spending

September 29, 2020

Sept. 29, 2020 – Tennessean – By: Natalie Allison Tennessee House Democrats are now joining the political fight over coronavirus relief spending, following recent attacks on Nashville by Gov. Bill Lee and House Republican legislative leadership. After Lee earlier this month denied Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s request for an $82 million portion of the state’s federal coronavirus relief funds —…

Some Tennessee Lawmakers Became Full-Time Unemployment Problem Solvers During Pandemic

August 19, 2020

Aug. 19, 2020 – Knoxville News Sentinel by Vincent Gabriel State Rep. John Ray Clemmons has been taking calls, emails and social media messages since the start of the pandemic from desperate Tennesseans struggling with the unemployment system.  “I haven’t slept in five months because I remember every one of them,” the Nashville Democrat said. …

I-440 Fully Reopens After Largest Project In TDOT History

July 2, 2020

July 2, 2020 – News4 Nashville (WSMV) – By: Lindsey Nance Today, the Tennessee Department of Transportation officially completes the largest road project in the state’s history. After about a year and nine months of steady road work and closures Nashville commuters can finally enjoy the new and improved Interstate 440. All lanes of I-440…

Lawmaker Spends Hours Helping Your Unemployment Claim Get Processed

May 25, 2020

May 25, 2020 – NewsChannel5 (WTVF) by Levi Ismail Rep. John Ray Clemmons has become a household name across Tennessee unemployment forums, as he continues to bring attention to hundreds who once considered themselves forgotten. What Clemmons has done is practically turn the many emails and calls into another job. Clemmons spends eight to nine…

Democrats, Department of Labor Disagree on Unemployment Process

May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020 – Tennessee Lookout – By: Dulce Torres Guzman Conflicting pictures of Tennessee’s processing of unemployment claims were laid out Wednesday morning by Democratic state representatives on one side and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development on the other.  In a phone call with lawmakers on Wednesday morning, Labor and Workforce…

Lawmaker: COVID-19 Crisis Proves Need For New Health Plan

March 18, 2020

Mar. 18, 2020 – NewsChannel5 – By: Phil Williams A prominent Democratic lawmaker says Gov. Bill Lee and his team are ignoring a critical tool for dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. He warns that, because Lee isn’t talking about some sort of expansion of Medicaid services, Tennessee taxpayers could get stuck with a bill they’ve…

Speaker Won’t Adjourn House Temporarily At Lawmaker’s Request

March 11, 2020

Mar. 11, 2020 – Daily Memphian – By: Sam Stockard House Speaker Cameron Sexton is rejecting a Nashville lawmaker’s request to adjourn the House temporarily until the coronavirus scare clears up. Sexton, a Crossville Republican, said his office is monitoring the “evolving coronavirus situation” and maintaining contact with Gov. Bill Lee, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally…

Tenn. Lawmaker Attempts To Stop ‘Lunch Debt Shaming’

February 5, 2020

Feb. 5, 2020 – Channel 6 News (WBRC) – By: Kelli Cook One thing that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle agree on is that no child should go hungry at school, but they disagree about how the debt should be paid. “Meal debts are not the fault of the child and we should…

State Lawmaker Introduces Bill Requiring Body Cameras for MNPD

January 22, 2020

Jan. 22, 2020 – News2 (WKRN) – By: Brent Remadna Nashville residents have heard the same thing year after year. “Wanting to put body cameras on our officers is a top priority,” said former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry in 2017. “They will be in the field this fall,” said former Nashville mayor David Briley in…

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