Chas Sisk

Chas joined WPLN in 2015 after eight years with The Tennessean, including more than five years as the newspaper's statehouse reporter.Chas has also covered communities, politics and business in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. Chas grew up in South Carolina and attended Columbia University in New York, where he studied economics and journalism. Outside of work, he's a dedicated distance runner, having completed a dozen marathons

A new poll by Middle Tennessee State University suggests that Governor Phil Bredesen holds a fairly substantial lead over Congressman Marsha Blackburn in the early stages of the race for the U.S. Senate.

A plan to legalize medical cannabis in Tennessee is dead for the year after stalling out Tuesday in the state Senate.

Supporters of the measure had hoped to win over conservatives by stressing evidence that suggests using marijuana might cut opioid abuse. But the idea ran into a headwind of conservatives.

Tennessee lawmakers are again getting involved in the fight over transgender access to school facilities, even though President Donald Trump's administration has dropped its investigations into civil rights complaints from transgender students.

Later this week, Tennessee lawmakers will again take up the question of how old people need to be to get married. It's an issue that has perplexed legislators during this year's session.

Advocates for a measure banning underage marriage point to a particular case: In 2000, a Kentucky woman took her 14-year-old daughter across state lines to marry her off to a 37-year-old.

Melody Cashion rattles off the list of drugs she once needed just to function.

Lyrica, Gabapentin, methadone, oxycodone, valium.

There were more. But those were the every day ones.

Tennessee lawmakers have narrowly rejected an effort to move the tomb containing the remains of James K. Polk and his wife, Sarah, putting an end for now to a two-year debate over what to do with the memorial to the nation's 11th president.

Tennessee lawmakers are pointing fingers at one another over the failure of a resolution condemning white nationalists and neo-Nazis, after a House panel defeated the measure earlier this week.

Supporters of a measure that would overhaul how songwriters get paid are still working to get it off the ground. The Music Modernization Act was unveiled in Congress late last year, but no action has been taken yet.

There were high hopes among state lawmakers at the start of this year’s legislative session that they could get done early and without much controversy as many have elections looming this fall.

But as bills have moved forward, some emotional debates have brought an unwanted spotlight. This past week saw fights over a bill banning bump stocks, a resolution honoring a Memphis community activist and whether autopsy records should be kept open.

The Senate campaign for Phil Bredesen says it's been targeted in a sophisticated attempt to steal its funds.

In a letter sent Thursday to the FBI, an attorney for the former Tennessee governor says unknown parties tried to trick the campaign into wiring money to a foreign bank account by masquerading in email messages as the Bredesen campaign's media buyer.

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