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Feds to Tennessee: Banning mask mandates infringes upon school districts’ federal requirements

Feds to Tennessee: Banning mask mandates infringes upon school districts’ federal requirements

on September 18, 2021, 7:56 AM / in State News

Editor’s Note, First Thought: If You Take The Money, Do You Have to Follow the Rules? Meghan Mangrum, Laura Testino, Brett Kelman | Nashville Tennessean This following article appeared in the Columbia Daily Herald  Tennessee’s current mask policy for students may infringe upon districts’ federal obligations to provide safe in-person learning plans, the country’s top education official said in a letter to […]

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State House candidate facing rape allegation denies claims

on September 18, 2021, 7:16 AM / in State News

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A candidate for a Tennessee House seat is facing rape allegations on the heels of the special election in his race, prompting his resignation from a local Democratic Party position and a denial in which he called the relationship “consensual yet inappropriate.” On the day of the special election held Tuesday, DeAngelo Jelks posted an apology to […]

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Florida’s Pension Fund Adopted Anti-Gun Guidelines Under Rick Scott’s Watch

Florida’s Pension Fund Adopted Anti-Gun Guidelines Under Rick Scott’s Watch

on September 18, 2021, 6:45 AM / in State News

by Lee Williams | AMMOLAND Ashbel C. “Ash” Williams Jr., has the financial well-being of Florida’s public employees in his hands. Williams serves as executive director and chief investment officer of the Florida State Board of Administration in Tallahassee, which oversees more than $250 billion in assets, including the nearly $2 billion Florida Retirement System – the state’s public employee pension […]

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Virginia Town Aims to Ban Guns on Town Property

on September 17, 2021, 8:32 AM / in State News

The state of Virginia opened up the floodgates when it decided that localities can enforce gun control measures stricter than what the state legislature decides. One town in Virginia, Herndon, is now taking this to its logical conclusion and is considering banning guns from all city property. Herndon is looking to ban guns from being used, transported, or even held […]

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New York Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate For Healthcare Workers

on September 17, 2021, 7:05 AM / in State News

by HARRY WILMERDING | Daily Caller A New York federal judge temporarily blocked the state’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers after medical employees sued the state Monday. U.S. District Judge David Hurd issued an order that temporarily blocks the New York State Department of Health from enforcing a regulation mandating a COVID-19 vaccine after 17 employees claimed the mandate, which excluded religious […]

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McNally: Special session won’t make Biden order any more unconstitutional

McNally: Special session won’t make Biden order any more unconstitutional

on September 16, 2021, 9:00 AM / in State News

By Erik Schelzig | TNJ Senate Speaker Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) appears unmoved by calls from fellow Republicans to hold a special session on COVID-19 mandates. Here’s a statement from McNally spokesman Adam Kleinheider: Lt. Governor McNally’s position has not changed. He does not see an urgent need for a special session. President Biden’s unconstitutional executive order does not change that. The General […]

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Spring Hill awarded $325,000 state grant for park improvements

Spring Hill awarded $325,000 state grant for park improvements

on September 16, 2021, 7:40 AM / in State News

By Jay Powell | The Daily Herald The City of Spring Hill began the week by becoming the recipient of a competitive $325,000 state grant to provide funding for improvements at two of the city’s parks. The grant, which was announced June 9, was one of several given to multiple Tennessee communities as part of the Tennessee Department of Environment and […]

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Texas Hospital Faces Closure Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: CEO

Texas Hospital Faces Closure Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: CEO

on September 16, 2021, 6:56 AM / in State News

BY JACK PHILLIPS |  EPOCH TIMES The chief executive of a hospital in Texas warned that his facility faces closure after President Joe Biden’s announcement last week that most healthcare workers get the COVID-19 vaccine. If the mandate goes through, Brownfield Regional Medical Center CEO Jerry Jasper said that “20 percent of my, probably 20 to 25 percent of my staff will have to go away […]

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In Boardman, SCOTUS Can Safeguard the First Amendment — and Put Unions in Their Place 

In Boardman, SCOTUS Can Safeguard the First Amendment — and Put Unions in Their Place 

on September 16, 2021, 6:37 AM / in State News

I have stood against  these public unions for decades.  I have advocated for all that time to return to the days where government employees were under the old CIVIL SERVICE label.  That was before the union heads made their living off the work of the members – union dues. In Boardman, SCOTUS Can Safeguard the First Amendment — and Put Unions […]

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Democratic nominee for open state House seat accused of rape (UPDATED)

Democratic nominee for open state House seat accused of rape (UPDATED)

on September 15, 2021, 9:16 AM / in State News

By Erik Schelzig | TNJ DeAngelo Jelks, the Democratic nominee to fill an open state House seat in Hamilton County, has been accused of rape during his campaign, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. Jelks, 40, resigned as vice chair of the Hamilton County Democratic Party after a rape report was filed with the Chattanooga Police Department on Sunday. Jelks declined to comment when […]

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Prospective gubernatorial candidate Carnita Atwater aims to transform Tennessee

Prospective gubernatorial candidate Carnita Atwater aims to transform Tennessee

on September 15, 2021, 9:11 AM / in State News

By Mike Christen | The Daily Herald Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Dr. Carnita Atwater recently visited Columbia  to share her vision of changing the politics and culture of Tennessee. Atwater, a native of Mississippi and a longtime resident of West Tennessee, spoke to members of the Maury County Democratic Party under a pavilion at Maury County Park, asking the local party members for […]

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State launches $180M public-private pilot program for welfare services

State launches $180M public-private pilot program for welfare services

on September 15, 2021, 7:04 AM / in State News

By Erik Schelzig | TNJ The state Human Services Department is accepting applications for its Tennessee Opportunity Pilot Initiative that will invest $180 million in public-private partnerships developing programs to move vulnerable Tennesseans toward self-sufficiency. The program is part of the TANF Opportunity Act passed this year. Here is the Human Services release: NASHVILLE – With the launch of the Tennessee Opportunity […]

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Gabby Petito: Utah cops responded to ‘incident’ involving missing LI native, boyfriend last month

Gabby Petito: Utah cops responded to ‘incident’ involving missing LI native, boyfriend last month

on September 15, 2021, 6:56 AM / in State News

By Jesse O’Neill |  The New York Post Police in Utah responded to an “incident” involving missing Long Island native Gabby Petito and boyfriend Brian Laundrie about two weeks before she was last seen — but no arrests were made and no criminal charges were filed as a result. Moab Chief of Police Bret Edge said an unidentified person called in “an incident” […]

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Delays in Hawaiian 2A Legal Cases Show Intent is to Deny Justice

Delays in Hawaiian 2A Legal Cases Show Intent is to Deny Justice

on September 15, 2021, 6:45 AM / in State News

by David Codrea Two Second Amendment-related actions filed Monday seeking to protect rights in Hawaii are being deliberately delayed through procedural moves to preclude resolving them. The cases involved are Andrew Roberts v. Al Cummings, et al, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Yukutake v. Connors, In the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. […]

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Hospital administrators CAUGHT ON CAMERA scheming to fabricate covid numbers and SCARE the public

on September 14, 2021, 9:20 AM / in State News

Listening to Mike Adams (The Health Ranger) talk about the mandates and the possibility of a push by the Democrats to get folks so angry they take to the streets – providing the **government** the reason to call for Martial Law.   Situation Update, Sep 13th, 2021 – Hospital administrators CAUGHT ON CAMERA scheming to fabricate covid numbers and SCARE […]

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Washington troopers and public employees file lawsuit to overturn Gov. Inslee’s vaccine mandate

Washington troopers and public employees file lawsuit to overturn Gov. Inslee’s vaccine mandate

on September 14, 2021, 9:08 AM / in State News

by Austin Jenkins | KUOW More than 90 state troopers, correctional officers, ferry workers, city firefighters and other public sector employees in Washington state have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to overturn Gov. Jay Inslee’s requirement that they get vaccinated against Covid-19, or lose their jobs. The lawsuit, filed Friday in Walla Walla County Superior Court by the Seattle law […]

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The Memo: California recall exposes the limit of Trump’s GOP

on September 14, 2021, 9:03 AM / in State News

BY NIALL STANAGE | THE HILL Barring a major surprise, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will bat back a recall effort on Tuesday.  Two recent polls have shown around 60 percent of California voters favor keeping Newsom in office. It’s a noticeable shift in a race that appeared much closer at the height of summer.  Newsom is spending lavishly on ads to juice […]

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Jury seated in Democratic Sen. Robinson’s fraud trial

Jury seated in Democratic Sen. Robinson’s fraud trial

on September 14, 2021, 8:56 AM / in State News

By Erik Schelzig | TNJ A jury has been seated in the federal fraud trial of state Sen. Katrina Robinson. The Memphis Democrat is charged with spending more than $600,000 in federal grant money meant for her nursing school on personal expenses. Opening statements are expected to take place on Tuesday. The trial could last more than three weeks. Students at Robinson’s […]

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Local leaders discuss pandemic response, city’s future at Poli-Talk panel

Local leaders discuss pandemic response, city’s future at Poli-Talk panel

on September 14, 2021, 8:15 AM / in State News

Ricky Birchfield |  The All State Austin Peay’s President’s Emerging Leader Program hosted a Poli-Talk panel on Wednesday, Sept. 8. The panel featured Clarksville politicians and university officials who answered questions about the community and promoted civic engagement. Questions directed at the panel covered the effects of COVID-19 on the city, consequences of Clarksville’s growth, and the need for students […]

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Chattanooga, Tennessee Mayor Kelly appoints Mary Beth Ikard and Karitsa Mosley Jones to fill key vacancies in City Hall

Chattanooga, Tennessee Mayor Kelly appoints Mary Beth Ikard and Karitsa Mosley Jones to fill key vacancies in City Hall

on September 14, 2021, 8:10 AM / in State News

Chattanooga News Chronicle Chattanooga, Tenn. — Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly announces the appointment of Mary Beth Ikard — a veteran policy and public-relations practitioner for local, regional, and state government — as the city’s Director of Communications, effective today. Kelly also announces the appointment of Karitsa Mosley Jones, a member of the Hamilton County School Board, fellow at the city’s Office […]

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