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TN Politics: Property Reappraisal, Germantown Schools, Transgender Sports Ban


In this week's political conversation with Memphis analyst Otis Sanford, we look at some state and local headlines. 

  • Shelby County Commissioner Edmund Ford, Jr. is now being investigated by a special prosecutor after a recent report found a breech of county ethics rules in grant funding. 
  • Many people in Shelby County found their home values to have skyrocketed in the past four years, raising questions about whether the property reappraisal process should happen every two years. 
  • While Democrats in the general assembly often unite behind popular progressive causes, there are ideological divisions over whether biological boys should be able to compete against girls in middle and high school sporting events in the name of transgender equality. Sanford says that though Democrats found the bill unwarranted, they also noted that voters are mostly opposed to letting biological males compete in women's sports, especially when scholarships are often attached to athletic achievement. 
Reporting from the gates of Graceland to the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Christopher's favorite haunt is the intersection of history and cultural change. He is 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.