The Tennessee Journal
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The weekly insiders' newsletter on Tennessee government, politics, and business — since 1975
The Tennessee Journal tracks key Tennessee political developments at the federal, state, and local levels.
Do you need to know what the Tennessee General Assembly is up to? Chances are it affects your business or profession. The Tennessee Journal is your source for behind-the-scenes information and analysis, including:
- Where specific legislation originates and why.
- Its chances of passing.
- Who wins and loses if it does.
The Tennessee Journal delves into complicated issues such as workers' compensation and business taxes that mainstream news publications often ignore.
No one handicaps state elections like The Tennessee Journal, which offers comprehensive reports in weekly editions and district-by-district breakdowns in supplemental charts.
Each Friday, Journal subscribers receive critical intelligence and analysis in sharply written, unbiased accounts sprinkled with humor. The Journal is delivered by email in a PDF format and can also be downloaded from our website. A print version is mailed the same day at no extra charge.
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The Tennessee Journal - Editors
Before joining the Tennessee Journal, Erik Schelzig had worked for The Associated Press since 2003. He covered sports, courts, and business in Florida and West Virginia before becoming the AP’s Capitol reporter in Tennessee in 2005. He has been listed by The Washington Post as one of the top statehouse reporters in the country. He holds a master’s degree in political science from George Washington University.
Tom Humphrey, retired Nashville bureau chief for The Knoxville News-Sentinel, is a contributing editor for The Tennessee Journal. Humphrey, who continues to edit a popular political blog and write a weekly column for the News-Sentinel, has covered the legislature since 1980, originally for United Press International. He is a graduate of the Nashville School of Law.
Brad Forrister, a former editor of The Tennessee Journal, has been involved in the publication in multiple capacities for more than three decades. He is vice president/legal for BLR, of which M. Lee Smith Publishers, publisher of The Tennessee Journal, is a division.
Jackson Baker, contributing editor for The Tennessee Journal, has covered the Tennessee political scene for decades. He is a senior editor of the Memphis Flyer.
The Tennessee Journal - Subscribers
Current Tennessee Journal subscribers include:
- State Farm Insurance
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- Vanderbilt University
- University of TN
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- Eastman Chemical Co
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- And hundreds more!