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TN Politics: Gov. Bill Lee's Record Shows Steady Improvement for 2019


Last January, one wealthy Tennessee businessman replaced another wealthy Tennessee businessman as governor of the state. If former Gov. Bill Haslam was slightly to the left of the GOP-led General Assembly, new Gov. Bill Lee is somewhere to the right.

Political analyst Otis Sanford gives Gov. Lee a grade of "C+" for his first year in office, with positive marks for his attention to economic growth in West Tennessee and Shelby County. But Sanford said his messaging over Confederate statues and a problematic school voucher bill shows that Lee still has room for improvement. 

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.