Measure to authorize child care as a candidate campaign expense fails in House subcommittee A measure to make it easier for Tennesseans with young children to run for public office died Wednesday, March 13 in a House subcommittee. House Bill 0007, sponsored by Rep. Jason Powell, D-Nashville, District 53, would have authorized a candidate to…

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The Tennessee House of Representatives approved a ban on abortion after a heart beat can be detected — roughly six weeks of pregnancy. The legislation still must be heard by the full Tennessee Senate. The legislation, HB0077, sponsored by Rep. James “Micah” Van Huss, R-Gray, District 6, is one of Republican’s most aggressive attempts to restrict…

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Republican lawmakers shot down an effort to allow every Tennessee voter to vote by mail. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, District 55, would have expanded Tennessee’s absentee voter rules, which currently limit voting by mail to 14 separate and somewhat random qualifications. The Republican-controlled subcommittee would not even allow the bill…

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