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TN Politics: For Anti-Maskers, It's Not About Safety

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As COVID cases reach record levels in Shelby County, Republican politicians in Nashville have been fighting for the right of unvaccinated children here to go maskless in classrooms. Political analyst Otis Sanford says it has little to do with what's best for children.

The tension between Shelby County's independent health department and state GOP leaders, Sanford says, reflects the Republican party's continued efforts to exert more control over largely Democratic communities.

Sanford says the fight over health mandates could wind up in courts.