Sanders to campaign in TN

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to bring his “Feel the Bern” tour of historically black colleges to Tennessee State University in Nashville.

The Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign announced that TSU would be on the eight-stop tour that starts in South Carolina on Thursday. No date has yet been released for the Tennessee stop.

The other stops on the Sanders tour include Alabama State University, Jackson State University, Florida A&MUniversity, Virginia State University, Howard University, the Atlanta University Center and Benedict College.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also made historically black colleges a focus of her recent Tennesseevisit. She held rallies in November at Fisk University in Nashville and LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis.

Note: Frank Cagle’s column this week is on the Democratic presidential primary in Tennessee, including “some things for Clinton supporters to be worried about.” Excerpt

Democrats in Tennessee have been trending more “progressive,” from wins on the state Democratic Executive Committee to electing a progressive as Nashville mayor. Neither Mayor Megan Berry nor Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero joined the lineup for Clinton’s leadership team, though admittedly they hold non-partisan offices and were up for election. Will progressives line up to vote for Sanders? Rural conservative Democrats have been voting Republican in recent years — note the Republican supermajority in the Legislature — and will likely be voting in the Republican primary.