A study confirms it : Tennessee’s democracy comes in last

A study confirms it: Tennessee’s democracy really is as bad as the expulsions made you think

Research assessed democracy in every state. Tennessee came in last place.

After his expulsion Thursday from the Tennessee House in response to a peaceful protest for gun control, state Rep. Justin Jones — one of two Black Democratic legislators expelled by the Republican-controlled statehouse — said that “what the nation is seeing is that we don’t have a democracy in Tennessee.”

Chillingly, data offers some support for Jones’s contention. According to one scholar’s research on democracy in the US, Tennessee is indeed the least democratic state in the entire country.