The reappointment of Justin J. Pearson to the Tennessee House of Representatives was confirmed by county commissioners in a vote yesterday. Pearson, a Republican, has held the position since 2018 and has been a vocal proponent of conservative policies in the state. In other news, a viral video of a Tennessee Democrat’s transformation from college to now has been making the rounds on social media. The video, which features the individual in a variety of different looks and hairstyles, has been likened to an SNL skit by many viewers.
Meanwhile, an opinion piece published on CNN argues that expelling a state lawmaker from the legislature has backfired on Tennessee Republicans. The piece, written by the expelled lawmaker, claims that the move has only galvanized support for progressive policies and inspired a new generation of activists. Finally, the expulsion of three Tennessee lawmakers has prompted a boycott from U.S. readers of the Tennessean newspaper. Many readers are outraged by what they see as an undemocratic power play and are calling for a boycott of the paper until the lawmakers are reinstated.