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Mayor of Nashville talks leading a blue city inside a red state

Activists march near the Tennessee State Capital building in Nashville, Tennessee, May 14,2022 as part of a nation wide protest for reproductive rights after a leak from the Supreme Court that suggest Roe v Wade will be overturned. (Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images)
Activists march near the Tennessee State Capital building in Nashville, Tennessee, May 14,2022 as part of a nation wide protest for reproductive rights after a leak from the Supreme Court that suggest Roe v Wade will be overturned. (Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images)

America’s political divide is showing up in the struggle between some Democratic-led cities in Republican-led states.

State governments have preemptively blocked progressive city governments from regulating things like guns, tobacco, and minimum wage.

Freddie O’Connell, the mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, talks about how this power struggle is affecting his city

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