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TN Politics: The Ones that Failed in 2022

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State of Tennessee

As the national political climate drives Tennessee's Republican supermajority further to the right, a succession of new state laws reflect the party's interest in cultural battles over guns, race and sexuality.

Yet in a review of the year's legislative output, some bills that might seem otherwise in line with Republican priorities didn't make it to the governor's desk.

And on certain issues such as marijuana, Tennessee Republicans are even behind their peers in surrounding states.

Political analyst Otis Sanford looks at some of the possible reasons for those outcomes.

A clarification on a brief reference to Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn in this conversation:

While Sen. Blackburn has not yet specifically called for a ban on contraceptives, she sparked controversy by questioning the validity of an older Supreme Court ruling ensuring marital privacy. She suggested that the ruling that prevents states from banning birth control is "constitutionally unsound."

Some conservative Republicans have noted that once the Supreme Court overturns a woman's Constitutional right to abortion, it may also return to states the legality of various birth control methods.

Gov. Tate Reeves recently did not rule out the possibility of legislating birth control in a recent interview with CNN.

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.