Political news

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating threats made against a state lawmaker after he announced plans to give away an AR-15 rifle.

The weapons are similar to the one used to murder 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday.

Republican state Rep. Andy Holt says his office was contacted repeatedly by an anonymous caller with a Memphis phone ID. The caller said he was armed and threatened to pay Holt’s office a visit.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s top Republicans are among those criticizing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for his remarks following Sunday’s terror attack in Florida.

Following the shooting deaths of 49 people at a gay bar in Orlando by self-styled ISIS supporter Omar Mateen, Trump again called for a halt to all Muslim immigration to the U.S.

State of Tennessee

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a move that will transform higher education in Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill that overhauls the governing boards of some of the state's universities.

The Tennesseans reports that Haslam signed the FOCUS Act, a law that creates new boards for Austin Peay in Clarksville, East Tennessee in Johnson City, Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tennessee State in Nashville and the University of Memphis. The University of Tennessee system is not affected.

Still more trouble for Franklin Rep. Jeremy Durham

Jun 9, 2016

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Embattled State Rep. Jeremy Durham has learned that he’s the target of another state investigation.

WSMV-TV says state election officials will look into allegations that Durham improperly moved money from his political campaign fund into his business account.

Election officials decided to open the investigation at the suggestion of State Attorney General Herbert Slattery. Slattery’s office is currently investigating allegations of sexual harassment made against the Franklin Republican by female legislative staff members.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state voice is one of the few raised in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s attacks on the Hispanic judge presiding over a lawsuit against the real-estate mogul.

Alberto Gonzalez was U.S. Attorney General during the Bush Administration. He now teaches law at Belmont University. Gonzalez wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post Sunday defending Trump’s right to express concerns about court bias. The ongoing lawsuit accuses Trump University, a defunct real-estate training venture, of defrauding students.