Joel Ebert, The Tennessean

Joel Ebert

The Tennessean

Nashville, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Joel:

Tennessee campaign finance officials urge revamp of website, more auditors to scrutinize lawmaker spending

The Registry of Election Finance unanimously approved a plan to initiate talks with the Secretary of State's office about updating its website, which provides the public and the media a view into the activities of political candidates. → Read More

House Speaker Cameron Sexton rips Nashville Mayor David Briley's sanctuary cities order

Last week, Nashville Mayor David Briley issued an executive order urging the repeal of an anti-sanctuary cities state law. → Read More

Progressive veterans group backs Democrat James Mackler's Tennessee US Senate bid

VoteVets, which was formed by Iraq War veterans in 2006, announced the endorsement Monday, calling Mackler an exceptional American. → Read More

Despite dismissals, Tennessee's refugee resettlement lawsuit against the federal government continues

Lawyers hired by Tennessee filed a petition to ask the full 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to consider a lawsuit that members of the appellate court dismissed in July. → Read More

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty launches U.S. Senate bid

In an exclusive interview with The Tennessean, Hagerty announced his campaign Monday, while releasing a video in which he calls himself an experienced conservative family man. → Read More

Rep. Andrew Farmer changes billboards over concerns he used his elected office to promote private business

Rep. Andrew Farmer, R-Sevierville, has several billboards in East Tennessee for his law firm, which provides criminal defense and personal injury services. → Read More

Rep. Rick Tillis, facing scrutiny for role in anonymous Twitter account, resigns House leadership post

Tillis had been facing the ire of some of his Republican colleagues for his role in an anonymous Twitter account that criticized lawmakers, staffers → Read More

Former Gov. Bill Haslam, historian Jon Meacham to teach Vanderbilt University course on leadership

The university announced the move Wednesday, making Haslam a "distinguished visiting professor." → Read More

Grand Divisions Episode 66: Discussing 'free-range legislators' and medical marijuana with Rep. Jeremy Faison

As Faison looks to help the House enter a new era, he's touting his defense of "rugged individualism" and embracing what he calls an ideology of "free-range legislators". → Read More

5-year-old boy drowns in South Nashville on Saturday night

A 5-year-old boy drowned in South Nashville at a family gathering on Saturday → Read More

Conservative commentator Steve Gill to be released from jail after agreement reached

Judge James Martin signed a release order Thursday, minutes after Gill and his current wife came to a divorce agreement. → Read More

Grand Divisions Episode 65: Recapping the Tennessee's 60th extraordinary session

The Tennessee legislature's 60th special session has come and gone and although it was brief, there was news aplenty. → Read More

Gov. Bill Lee to travel on state plane to Shelby County, speak at political fundraiser

Gov. Bill Lee, who is scheduled to speak Friday at a Shelby County Republican Party fundraiser, is set to use a state plane to travel to West Tennessee. → Read More

House Speaker Cameron Sexton officially sworn in, succeeding ousted Speaker Glen Casada

During a special legislative session, Rep. Cameron Sexton officially became House speaker. He replaces Rep. Glen Casada. → Read More

Rep. Jeremy Faison, a Casada detractor, is the next chair of the House Republican Caucus

Tennessee House Republicans elected Rep. Jeremy Faison as their new caucus chair. Faison has been one of former Speaker Glen Casada's most vocal detractors. → Read More

Your insider's guide to everything happening during the Tennessee legislature's special session

A new House speaker. An attempt to expel a member. A Democrat trying to force a vote against neo-Nazis. Meanwhile, the Senate will lunch. → Read More

Conservative commentator Steve Gill in jail for not paying $170K in child support

His bond to leave jail is the $170,000 child support amount, according to Williamson County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sharon Puckett. → Read More

Gov. Bill Lee touts transparency but faces criticism, bumps along the way

The Lee administration has faced criticism on a lack of transparency in some areas, including weakening a bill that would have increased disclosure of economic incentives. → Read More

Watchdog declines to guide lawmakers on using campaign money during upcoming trip to China

State officials declined to offer guidance, which means any lawmakers who attend the trip will be given carte blanche on how they use their campaign money. → Read More

State officials launch probe of former House Speaker Glen Casada's campaign finances

Former House Speaker Glen Casada will face a probe of his campaign finances, the first time he has faced such an inquiry. → Read More