Joel Ebert, The Tennessean

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The Tennessean

Nashville, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Joel:

Expelled former Rep. Jeremy Durham still under federal criminal investigation, his lawyer says

Former Rep. Jeremy Durham's lawyer acknowledged the ongoing probe during a recent court hearing appealing a $465,000 fine. → Read More

No rules bar Casada from spending political action committee funds on alimony

The embattled Williamson County Republican has nearly $562,000 in campaign money at his disposal. → Read More

Grand Divisions Episode 59: Tennessee's US Senate race heats up and a look at Nashville's mayoral election

On this episode, we break down all the latest developments with the U.S. Senate race, including President Donald Trump's early endorsement of Bill Hagerty and former Gov. Bill Haslam's decision to not run. → Read More

President Donald Trump says Bill Hagerty to run for US Senate in Tennessee

Bill Hagerty, the US ambassador to Japan, will run for the US Senate in 2020. → Read More

Judge further delays start of Tennessee law that bans sex offenders from living with their own children

On Wednesday, Judge William Campbell Jr. issued an order extending the temporary restraining order that halted the new law, which was set for enactment on July 1. → Read More

Jamie Woodson, former state lawmaker, mulling run for US Senate

Jamie Woodson, who served in the state House and Senate before stepping down in 2011, confirmed to The Tennessean Thursday that she is interested in running for higher office. → Read More

US Rep. Mark Green says he won't run for US Senate in 2020

Green confirmed his decision on Thursday to remain in the U.S. House and not seek the GOP nomination for Senate. → Read More

With Bill Haslam opting against 2020 US Senate run, other potential candidates weigh decisions

With former Gov. Bill Haslam taking his name out of consideration to be Tennessee's next U.S. Senator, attention quickly turns to what other Republicans are considering a bid. → Read More

Former Gov. Bill Haslam won't run for US Senate, saying it is not his calling

The former governor's decision immediately bolsters the chances of a contested Republican primary. → Read More

With a war chest in excess of $500,000, here's how House Speaker Glen Casada's has spent his money recently

Casada spent thousands of dollars in campaign money to buy food and drinks, to pay for a political consultant who he hired as a state employee and to cover expenses on two trips that he used the state plane for, according to his latest disclosures. → Read More

Grand Divisions Episode 58: A look at a landmark Supreme Court case with Tennessee ties and gerrymandering

On this episode, we revisit Baker v. Carr, the landmark 1962 case that led to a "reapportionment revolution" while ensuring minorities had equal representation in state legislatures across the country. → Read More

Lee appoints voucher proponent Mark Gill to Tennessee Board of Regents

Mark Gill made headlines after treating five lawmakers to a stay at his Alabama seaside condo and a deep-sea fishing trip. → Read More

The path to the Supreme Court's big gerrymandering decision led justices through Tennessee

Like Tennessee's landmark case, the latest Supreme Court decision could have lasting impacts on people's rights in the political process. → Read More

Grand Divisions Episode 57: The governor calls a special session and a budget discussion with Sen. Bo Watson

Ahead of the special session, House Republicans will also hold a caucus meeting to decide their nominee to be Casada's successor. → Read More

Nashville police: Tip about a body in a trunk ended up in drug arrest

Nashville police arrested two men and charged them with possessing meth and heroin after an anonymous caller reported seeing a body loaded in a trunk. → Read More

Man struck, killed by cars on I-24 after intentionally jumping from moving vehicle: Nashville police

Nashville police said a 21-year-old man jumped out of a moving vehicle on Interstate 24 Sunday and died when he was struck by passing cars. → Read More

Nashville police seek man in shooting death of 20-year-old man at Hermitage hotel

Nashville police were looking for a man in the shooting death of Anthony Goodall, 20, at the Super 8 motel in Hermitage early Sunday morning. → Read More

Republican Reps. Ryan Williams, Cameron Sexton launch bids to be next House speaker

The race to succeed Glen Casada as speaker of the House of Representatives got a little more crowded this week, after two more Republican candidates launched their own bids. → Read More

Lawsuit filed over Tennessee law banning sex offenders from living with their own children

The measure makes it a felony for anyone convicted of a sex offense against a child younger than 12 years old to reside, spend the night or be alone with the person’s own child. → Read More

Grand Divisions Episode 56: Gov. Bill Lee to call the legislature back for a special session

After more than a month of indecision, Gov. Bill Lee has announced he would call the legislature back for a special session to have the House select a new leader to replace embattled Speaker Glen Casada. → Read More