Politics | Nashville Public Radio

Politics

Political news

Meribah Knight / WPLN

Update 9:30 p.m.

Beth Harwell, Diane Black and Bill Lee have all conceded the race for governor to Bill Lee. Harwell and Black spoke to their campaign parties around 9 p.m. Central, and a spokesman for Lee says Boyd has called to admit defeat.

Craig Fitzhugh
Stephen Jerkins/WPLN (File photo)

After the school shootings in Benton, Ky., and Parkland, Fla., this year, Tennessee legislators debated how to tighten up the state's gun laws. They wound up setting aside more money for school security, without passing any significant gun legislation. 

But some voters still say they'd like to see more action, so we asked the candidates for governor:

"What do you see as the key to preventing mass shootings?"

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

This story has been corrected to reflect final early voting totals, which show a larger overall voter turnout than initially reported.

The final tally is in for Tennessee early voting — and turnout jumped by 11 percent compared to four years ago.

Within those numbers, Williamson County is seeing an interesting partisan change. While Republican ballots still dominate, Wiliamson’s Democratic turnout was up by thousands of voters.

Emily Siner / WPLN

When the Nashville Metro Transit Authority announced this month it was changing the name of its service to "WeGo," that was just the first step in the rebranding process. Now, the public bus system is trying to improve a different part of its image — even though it could end up hurting how much money it makes in the short term.

Randy Boyd for Governor (submitted)

Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd has been one of Governor Bill Haslam's most trusted advisers. Now, Boyd wants to follow in Haslam’s footsteps all the way to the state Capitol.

Chas Sisk / WPLN (File photo)

Republican businessman Bill Lee wasn't known to many Tennesseans before this year's race for governor. He'd been a major fundraiser for the GOP. But he'd never run for public office of any kind.

Lee touts that as a virtue.

In the latest in a series of interviews with the six leading candidates for governor, Lee sat down with WPLN's Chas Sisk.

Courtesy of Karl Dean for Governor

Gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean is trying to present himself as a moderate. Not too business-centric for his base in the Democratic primaries, not too liberal to offend the Republican voters he'd need if he gets the nomination.

WPLN's Emily Siner spoke with the former mayor of Nashville about this delicate dance that would likely have to continue if he were elected governor.

Courtesy of Diane Black for Governor

The Republican gubernatorial candidate with the most name recognition is Congressman Diane Black, polls have shown. And if elected, she would be the first woman to hold the position of governor.

But that isn't what she talks about to voters. Instead, she touts close ties to President Trump and fierce opposition to illegal immigration.

WPLN's Emily Siner spoke with Black about what messages she's decided to emphasize in her campaign. And Emily talked through the conversation with her colleague Jason Moon Wilkins.

Dillon Dodson / WPLN

President Donald Trump is not on the ballot, but his influence looms over Tennessee's elections going on now. Some of the first voters over the weekend made their decisions based on the president.

Stephen Jerkins / WPLN (File photo)

Republican Beth Harwell has the most political experience of anyone running for Tennessee governor this year but she’s trailing in the polls and far behind in fundraising. We asked Harwell about how she plans to separate herself from the field of well-financed rivals in the GOP primary.

She spoke about her legislative experience with WPLN's Emily Siner, who talks about the conversation with her colleague Jason Moon Wilkins in this episode of The Tri-Star State.

Pages