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

Last week’s shooting at a high school in Florida has reignited the debate over the nation’s gun policies.

That includes Tennessee, where in a terrible coincidence, a panel of state lawmakers happened to be holding their first hearing on new gun bills while the tragedy in Florida was unfolding.

The issue of Confederate monument removal has come back to the state legislature this year in the shape of several bills filed, mainly, by East Tennessee Republicans.

Governor Bill Haslam has started trying to sell lawmakers on the last budget of his tenure. And while that may have been overshadowed by Nashville drama developing a few blocks from the capitol, the numbers the budget contains can say something about this session’s legislative priorities.

Congress has been deeply divided along party lines. But Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander believes it can come together — on legislation dealing with health insurance, immigration and music copyright.

The Republican lawmaker has been working with Democrats on all three issues. He spoke with Nashville Public Radio's Chas Sisk about those efforts.

Democrats in the Tennessee legislature moved swiftly last week to make health care the first debate of the 2018 session.

Pages