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TN Politics: Races Heat Up

Christopher Blank

As the media digs deeper into the finances of U.S. Senate candidates Phil Bredesen and Marsha Blackburn, political advertising is starting to highlight the the monied aspects of these candidates. Political analyst Otis Sanford tells us that Tennessee voters are fairly comfortable with wealthy people representing them in office, whether its as a governor or as a senator.

We also check in on the status of three members of the Memphis City Council who refused to resign so that voters can choose their replacements. Sanford calls this "an occupation" and a "slap in the face to voters." 

Reporting from the gates of Graceland to the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Christopher has covered Memphis news, arts, culture and politics for more than 20 years in print and on the radio. He is currently WKNO's News Director and Senior Producer at the University of Memphis' Institute for Public Service Reporting. Join his conversations about the Memphis arts scene on the WKNO Culture Desk Facebook page.