Tennessee Democrat to oppose Nancy Pelosi as speaker
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper says he will once again oppose Nancy Pelosi as the next House speaker in light of the Democrats gearing up to take the chamber in January.
The Tennessee Democrat announced his decision on Thursday but did not say whom he would back instead. Cooper says now is the time to elect new leadership in a time when the "largest, most diverse groups of new Democratic members" were elected to Congress.
US rep: Taylor Swift endorsement ‘least expected’ life event
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper says receiving Taylor Swift's endorsement was like "manna from heaven," calling it "the least expected thing that's ever happened" to him and "one of the great honors" in his life.
Swift unexpectedly waded into politics in an Oct. 7 Instagram post. She endorsed the Nashville congressman and backed Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen for Senate.
Trump says he likes Swift’s music less post-endorsement
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he likes superstar Taylor Swift's music "about 25 percent less now" that she's endorsed two Democratic candidates in Tennessee.
Trump was asked about Swift's decision to wade into politics as he returned to Washington after a trip to Florida.
Swift announced Sunday she's voting for Democrat Phil Bredesen for Senate, breaking her long-standing refusal to discuss anything politics.
Fred Thompson federal courthouse to be complete by 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials have broken ground on a Tennessee federal courthouse named after the late Sen. Fred Thompson. The facility should be completed by 2021.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, Rep. Jim Cooper, federal judges and others headlined Friday's Nashville ceremony for the Fred D. Thompson Federal Building and United States Courthouse.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Tennessee's primary election (all times local):
Jody Ball has defeated Glen Dean in the Republican primary in Tennessee's 5th Congressional District in Middle Tennessee.
Ball is a businessman and former law enforcement instructor who lived in Texas before moving back home to Nashville. He outpaced Dean, a Kingston Springs information technology and logistics professional.
He will try to unseat Jim Cooper, the eight-term Democrat from Nashville.
WSU researchers look to fish for insight on human skull development
Fish research at Washington State University could help scientists better understand some developmental disorders that cause facial deformities.
US rep: Tennessee should use $29M on backup paper ballots
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper on Friday urged Tennessee's Republican-led legislature to use $29 million-plus in federal money to require backup paper ballots for elections, citing concerns from national security experts that paperless systems could be vulnerable to hacking from Russia and others.
Cooper, Dickerson join to boost Tennessee voter registration
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper and Tennessee state Sen. Steve Dickerson are hoping to raise voter registration rates with a new project involving businesses and other organizations.
A news release from Cooper said Tennessee has more than 838,000 adults who aren't registered to vote. The release said Cooper, a Democrat, and Dickerson, a Republican, worked together to increase Nashville high school registration rates by 85 percent in 2015.
Initiative would expand DNA gathering, restrict early parole
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker on Monday proposed a ballot measure that would bar certain convicted rapists and sex traffickers from being eligible for early release and expand the list of crimes for which a perpetrator's DNA is collected.
Assemblyman Jim Cooper of Elk Grove, a former Sacramento County Sheriff's captain, said he's taking the measure to California voters because Democratic leaders repeatedly stonewalled legislation to enact similar changes.
The Latest: Initiative would restrict early parole
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a ballot measure to change criminal justice laws (all times local):
A Democratic assemblyman is proposing a ballot initiative that would bar certain convicted rapists and sex traffickers from being eligible for early release.
Assemblyman Jim Cooper says he is taking his initiative to California voters because he has been stonewalled by fellow Democrats in the Legislature.
Tennessee native Hill hired as new Obama spokeswoman
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee native Katie Hill has been hired on as the new communications director for former President Barack Obama.
Cold War radiation testing in US widespread, author claims
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three members of Congress are demanding answers after a St. Louis scholar's new book revealed details of secret Cold War-era U.S. government testing in which countless unsuspecting people, including many children, pregnant women and minorities, were fed, sprayed or injected with radiation and other dangerous materials.
Sen. Warren slated to attend fundraiser in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is scheduled to come to Nashville for a campaign fundraiser.
The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2mNOEPQ ) that the Massachusetts Democrat is slated to attend a private fundraiser for her Senate re-election in the city on March 31. Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper's office says he plans to attend.
The event will take place at the home of Nashville developer Bert Mathews and his wife, Brooks.
Thomson, defense lead Wagner to 40-5 win over Robert Morris
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Alex Thomson threw two touchdown passes and the defense came up with three interceptions as Wagner ended a three-game losing streak with a 40-5 win over Robert Morris on Saturday.
Thomson and John Williams hooked up on a 68-yard score late in the first quarter to put the Seahawks (5-5, 3-2 Northeast) up 10-3.
Tennessee reaction to Donald Trump’s election as president
Here are some Tennessee elected officials' reactions to Donald Trump winning the presidential election:
"The real work now begins as we address the many challenges facing our great country, and I am looking forward to working with President Trump and the rest of the Congress to move our country forward." — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.
Incumbent Democrat Jim Cooper wins re-election in Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Incumbent Democrat Jim Cooper wins re-election in Tennessee's 5th Congressional District.
Hines scores twice lifting Duquesne over Wagner 28-20
NEW YORK (AP) — A.J. Hines had 22 carries for 136 yards and two touchdowns to lead Duquesne past Wagner 28-20 on Saturday.
Hines entered the game needing 41 yards to become the first Dukes freshman since 1993 to rush for 1,000 yards in a season at the FCS level.
Dillon Buechel threw for 171 yards and a touchdown and Blair Roberts averaged 27.5 yards a catch on four receptions with a touchdown for Duquesne (6-3, 3-1 Northeast Conference).
Injunction puts indicted Liberty County constable back in uniform
A Liberty County constable accused of being in cahoots with a phony Beaumont cop is back in uniform after a Travis County court granted an injunction that temporarily lifts his suspension while felony indictments are pending against him.
Cooper: Don’t rush to name courthouse after Fred Thompson
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — All but one of Tennessee's congressional delegation members want the new federal courthouse in Nashville to be named after the late actor-politician Fred Thompson, but the lone holdout says there's no need to rush.
Rep. Jim Cooper, a Nashville Democrat who lost to Thompson in the 1994 Senate race, is the only one of the 11 delegation members not to sign on to legislation to dedicate the building to the Lawrenceburg native who died last year at age 73.
Cooper: GOP’s underage DUI law could endanger road funding
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper is criticizing Tennessee Republicans for enacting a drunken driving bill that could lead the state to lose $60 million in highway funding.
Under the new law that took effect on July 1, allowable blood alcohol content for 18- to 20-year-olds was raised from 0.02 percent to 0.08 percent. But it also increased the penalties to the same level as those faced by adult drivers convicted of drunken driving.
Commentary: Training Bill Legislation Searching for Problem (East Bay Times)
As the Legislature closes in on the end of this two-year legislative cycle, we'd like to shed some light on a particularly onerous bill that, if passed, will cost $350 million annually to taxpayers without providing any discernible benefit to employees, only the unions that represent them.
Commentary: Bill Empowers Whistleblowers on Safety Issue (East Bay Times)
Going to work as a registered nurse at Alameda County's John George Psychiatric Hospital makes me proud -- I'm passionate about extending the human right of compassionate care to patients who are too often on the fringes of society. But sometimes stepping into the hospital also makes me afraid, because I know my safety isn't a high priority for hospital administrators.