Tristar The Tri-Star State: Tennessee Democrats Hopeful Gov. Lee Will Support Some Medicaid Expansion By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán • Feb 18, 2019 Stephen Jerkins/WPLN Listen Listening... / The Tri-Star State — A Tennessee Politics Podcast — Week of Feb. 17, 2019 Contrary to Democrats, Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly have resisted for years the idea of expanding the state's Medicaid program, also known as TennCare. They repeatedly blocked Gov. Bill Haslam's efforts to expand coverage. The Tri-Star State: Medical Marijuana Takes Center Stage In Tennessee General Assembly By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán • Feb 11, 2019 Listen Listening... / The Tri-Star State — A Tennessee Politics Podcast — Week of Feb. 10, 2019 Marijuana is, once again, taking center stage in the Tennessee legislature. Republicans have filed bills this year that would allow for medical marijuana. And Democrats have introduced measures that could decriminalize it all together.