Tennessee House 'defined by partisan vitriol, pique, scandal, racism and Olympic-level pettiness for years': beat reporter
The decision by Republican lawmakers to expel two Black Democratic House members this week should come as no surprise according to a reporter who has worked the government beat in the state for years. According to Politico correspondent Natalie Allison, the expulsion of Reps. Justin Jones and Justin J. Pearson for joining protesters demanding action on gun violence, was the inevitable result of years of growing rightwing extremist control of the chamber. As Allison wrote, "For those who have closely watched the chamber in recent years, the events were of little surprise. The place has been def...
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