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Chas Sisk

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Chas joined WPLN in 2015 and became an editor in 2018. Previously, he covered state politics for Nashville Public Radio and The Tennessean, and he’s also reported on communities, politics and business for a variety of publications in Massachusetts, New York and Washington, D.C. Chas grew up in South Carolina and attended Columbia University, where he studied economics and journalism.

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The big story coming out of the primaries was the surprising victory of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee. The Williamson County businessman seemed to surge late but the seeds of his win may have been sewn in some of the race’s earliest days.

Throughout the campaign, Lee portrayed himself as the upbeat outsider and let his opponents duke it out with attack ads.

Nashville Public Radio's Jason Moon Wilkins and Chas Sisk talk about that strategy — and why it seemed to work.

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Williamson County businessman Bill Lee was the surprise winner of the Republican primary for governor Thursday night.

The Christian conservative and owner of the Lee Co. beat out former Economic Development Commissioner Randy Boyd, Congressman Diane Black and House Speaker Beth Harwell.

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Former Governor Phil Bredesen and Congressman Marsha Blackburn easily captured their parties' nominations for Senate today, as expected.

In early voting returns, Bredesen led the field for the Democratic nomination at 94 percent. Blackburn was up on a sole Republican challenger with 84 percent of the vote.

And even before the polls closed, they already started positioning themselves for the general election. It could be one of the most-watched races in the nation.

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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?"

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This post has been updated to include additonal information about the Nashville Police Department's Juvenile Crime Task Force.

Amid the investigation into last week's shooting in North Nashville, a picture has begun to emerge of the man who died and the police officer who killed him.

The exact circumstances behind the death of 25-year-old Dan Hambrick on Thursday evening are still unclear. But investigators say it was another 25-year-old, Officer Andrew Delke, who fired the fatal shot.

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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.

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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.

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A federal judge in Nashville has ordered the state to reinstate driver's licenses for more than 146,000 Tennesseans who lost them because they couldn't pay their court fees.


Voting in Tennessee’s statewide primaries starts in less than two weeks, and that means the race is impossible to avoid without turning off the television. 

The ads may be short, but they’re where candidates spend most of their money and give insight into campaign strategy.

In the latest edition of The Tri-Star State, Nashville Public Radio's Blake Farmer and Chas Sisk talk about that ad blitz.

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Hundreds of protesters came out on Saturday to demonstrate against the Trump administration's immigration policies — despite 90-degree temperatures.