Author: Joe Lance

SCOTUS decision to take up gerrymandering case draws applause, but wait

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case (Gill v. Whitford) challenging the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering should be a hopeful signal to everyone—well, except hardline, win-at-all-cost partisans. Unfortunately but predictably, I’m finding some short-sighted takes on this news.

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Cui bono?

Tennessee Senator Mae Beavers

After Sen. Mae Beavers announced that she is running for governor, Mark Rogers mused about who might be urging her candidacy in order to stymie Sen. Mark Green’s bid. Here is a list of signatories pleading for Green’s re-entry into

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Gov. Haslam visits Woodmore Elementary, meets with school officials

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Does your member of Congress listen when you tweet at them?

This has been making the rounds, but in case you haven’t seen it elsewhere, I’ll share this Twitter thread by a former congressional staffer, on the subject of contacting your U.S. Representative or U.S. Senator. There’s some good advice in

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Election Day 2016 Links with Commentary

It’s tempting to start with the election for president, but that’s a rabbit hole to be saved for later in the post—or maybe for its own post. So here are some musings about local, state, and federal elections. Ballot initiatives

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