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Speaker scandal revives scrutiny of Tennessee lawmakers

May. 18, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As calls for the Tennessee House speaker's resignation intensify amid a scandal involving racist and sexually explicit texts, the GOP-dominant statehouse once again finds itself grappling with a culture that some say is harmful to women and people of color. The turmoil — just...

Top GOP aide in Tennessee resigns amid allegations

May. 6, 2019 10:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican Tennessee House speaker's chief of staff resigned Monday amid allegations that he sent sexually explicit and racist text messages, and after admitting he used cocaine inside a legislative office building when he held a previous job. Cade Cothren stepped down late...

Tennessee medical marijuana bill dropped for the year

Apr. 10, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A push to legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee has been dropped from consideration this year. Republican Sen. Steve Dickerson of Nashville told a committee Wednesday that he will delay his bill until 2020. The legislation would have allowed sprays, pills, ointments and other...

Accused Tennessee lawmaker resigns as education chairman

Mar. 28, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct has stepped down as chairman of an education subcommittee after facing months of protests from victim advocates calling for his resignation. Republican Rep. David Byrd will no longer oversee the House Education Administration...