Tag: tennessee

New Tennessee Law Severely Sharpens Punishments for Some Protesters, Potentially Endangering Their Voting Rights

August 24, 2020
Tennessee ProtestsProtesters are seen marching upon the Tennessee State Capitol building on June 4, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Credit – Jason Kempin/Getty ImagesA new Tennessee law, signed by the governor this week, makes it a felony for protesters to camp out overnight on state property. If convicted, they could lose their voting rights and face

Tennessee passes a law that can permanently remove voting rights from peaceful protesters

August 22, 2020
As the Associated Press reports, the bill does a number of things including:  Institutes a mandatory 45 day sentence for “rioting” Increases fines for blocking highways requires that protesters pay for any damage to state property makes assaulting a “first responder” a Class C felony with a 90 day mandatory sentence Most of these changes seem

Tennessee Republicans, Once Moderate and Genteel, Turn Toxic in the Trump Era

August 5, 2020
In the 2016 presidential election, Mr. Hagerty first served as a delegate for Jeb Bush, then moved his support to Marco Rubio; only after Mr. Trump sealed the nomination did he come on board with the future president, serving as Tennessee finance chairman of the Trump Victory Committee. Mr. Trump later appointed Mr. Hagerty ambassador
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