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Tennessean politics reporter Joel Ebert and state politics reporter Natalie Allison host this Tennessee politics and policy podcast. Hear from candidates, constituents and other reporters as they dive in and analyze issues voters need to know.

Grand Divisions: A Politics Podcast USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee

    • Política

Tennessean politics reporter Joel Ebert and state politics reporter Natalie Allison host this Tennessee politics and policy podcast. Hear from candidates, constituents and other reporters as they dive in and analyze issues voters need to know.

    Sen. Jeff Yarbro outlines Democrats' priorities and offers new critiques of Gov. Bill Lee

    Sen. Jeff Yarbro outlines Democrats' priorities and offers new critiques of Gov. Bill Lee

    This week, Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, talks about his party's priorities for the year. Yarbro also lays blame for inaction by the governor on a multitude of issues facing the state, ranging from problems with the state's corrections system and turnover at the education department.

    Later on the episode, Adam Tamburin breaks down a recently released audit of the Department of Correction by the state comptroller.

    • 34 min
    Discussing refugee resettlement, vouchers, House rules with Speaker Cameron Sexton

    Discussing refugee resettlement, vouchers, House rules with Speaker Cameron Sexton

    On this episode, you'll hear from House Speaker Cameron Sexton, who will be presiding over his first full session. 

    Sexton fields a host of questions on topics including refugee resettlement, school vouchers and health care. 

    Sexton also explains his recent decision to change the House's sexual harassment training once again.

    • 32 min
    The top Tennessee politics stories of 2019 and at how they might continue this year

    The top Tennessee politics stories of 2019 and at how they might continue this year

    With the Tennessee General Assembly set to convene next week, this week's episode examines the biggest political stories of 2019 and how they might continue to play out this year. 

    As we did when former Gov. Bill Haslam recently appeared on Grand Divisions, The Tennessean's politics editor Duane Gang turns the tables on your podcast hosts to recap the year. 

    • 25 min
    Year in Review Part II: A conversation with Erik Schelzig and Stephen Elliott

    Year in Review Part II: A conversation with Erik Schelzig and Stephen Elliott

    On this episode, we talk with Erik Schelzig of the Tennessee Journal and Stephen Elliott of the Nashville Scene/Post while discussing the inner workings of the Lee administration. 

    We reflect on the highlights and lowlights of the year while analyzing the administration's interactions with the media. We also look ahead at issues that might come up in 2020, including during the upcoming legislative session.

    This episode was recorded in early December.

    • 24 min
    Year in Review Part I: A conversation with Tennessean reporters

    Year in Review Part I: A conversation with Tennessean reporters

    We take a look back at the most important stories of the years by talking to the reporters that covered them.

    You'll hear from education reporter Jason Gonzales, religion reporter Holly Meyer, health care reporter Brett Kelman, justice reporter Adam Tamburin and data reporter Mike Reicher about stories and issues they covered this year related to state government. 

    This episode was recorded in early December, so keep that in mind for any time references.

    • 45 min
    Former Gov. Bill Haslam puts on his reporter hat

    Former Gov. Bill Haslam puts on his reporter hat

    A longtime Grand Divisions listener and fan of fireside-type chats, former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam offered to guest host an episode while turning the tables on us. 

    Instead of fielding questions, Haslam asks Natalie and I about our personal history and the current state of the media landscape. He presses us how we do our jobs and set aside our personal biases.  

    During an at-times challenging interview, Haslam also stresses the importance of local news coverage to maintain an informed electorate. 

    • 30 min

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