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Tennessee Legislative Update , March 26, 2017

on March 26, 2017, 8:54 AM / in State News

Tennessee General Assembly information, click HERE. For information on State Senators, including phone numbers and email addresses, click HERE; for House members, click HERE. For information on legislation, click HERE. Don’t forget that you can now watch the Senate committee meetings and floor sessions online by going HERE; House committee meetings and floor sessions online HERE. Phone calls can go […]

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California considers criminalizing ‘deceptive’ political statements

on March 26, 2017, 7:40 AM / in Opinion, State News

This is just another step towards more censorship and loss of the right to freedom of speech. Bill would allow government to decide what is or isn’t ‘misleading’ There’s a reason the Golden State often is referred to as the “left coast” … But now comes a whole new level of government intervention. It’s a bill that purports to determine “what […]

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Broadband Accessibility Act might create monopoly, private provider warns

Broadband Accessibility Act might create monopoly, private provider warns

on March 25, 2017, 8:08 AM / in Opinion, State News

By Chris Butler  /   Tennessee Watchdog Bureau Chief’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series about the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act. Tennessee’s General Assembly is likely to change state law and allow electric co-ops to offer internet and cable TV, despite a warning from a private internet provider who says the move would kill competition in rural […]

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Haslam’s ‘Drive to 55’ Used to Give In-State Tuition to Illegal Immigrant Students

Haslam’s ‘Drive to 55’ Used to Give In-State Tuition to Illegal Immigrant Students

on March 25, 2017, 7:43 AM / in Opinion, State News

By Chris Alto  /  The Tennessee Star During this week’s sessions in a House Education Subcommittee and the Senate Education Committee, Governor Haslam’s education agenda “Drive to 55” was the reason given for needing to pass bills that make illegal immigrant students in Tennessee eligible for in-state college tuition. “Drive to 55″ refers to Haslam’s higher education reform umbrella that includes […]

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Voucher bill fails to move forward in Senate

on March 25, 2017, 6:29 AM / in State News

A voucher bill that would let parents spend taxpayer money on private schools has failed to get enough votes to move forward in the Tennessee Senate. While the bill could technically be brought back up, Wednesday’s vote in the Senate Education Committee may have doomed this year’s efforts to pass a statewide voucher program. Last year a similar bill passed […]

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From wrestling ring to political ring: WWE star eyes run for mayor in Tennessee’s Knox County

From wrestling ring to political ring: WWE star eyes run for mayor in Tennessee’s Knox County

on March 25, 2017, 6:23 AM / in State News

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Glenn Jacobs, better known as the towering WWE villain Kane, is stepping into the political ring with a bid for mayor in Tennessee. Jacobs has filed paperwork naming a campaign treasurer, the first step needed to raise or spend money in an effort to succeed term-limited Knox County mayor Tim Burchett in 2018. Tea party groups urged […]

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Chattanooga City Councilman Ken Smith has subtly, but publicly, announced he is taking a serious look at a mayoral run…

Chattanooga City Councilman Ken Smith has subtly, but publicly, announced he is taking a serious look at a mayoral run…

on March 25, 2017, 6:19 AM / in State News

Chattanooga City Councilman Ken Smith has subtly, but publicly, announced he is taking a serious look at a mayoral run in 2021. The message was there for anyone to read if they peeled back a blue “Ken Smith — City Council” sticker advertisement placed on the front page of the March 7 edition of the Times Free Press: “2021 — […]

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TDOT bills East Tennessee girl $3,000 for guardrail that killed her

TDOT bills East Tennessee girl $3,000 for guardrail that killed her

on March 25, 2017, 6:13 AM / in State News

By Travis Dorman , USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Update:This story has been updated with TDOT’s new estimate of Lindsay X-LITE guardrail terminals on state roads, and new information on the department’s plan to remove them.  A Loudon County man is advocating for changes after the Tennessee Department of Transportation billed his dead daughter nearly $3,000 to replace the guardrail that killed her in […]

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Flushing Down the Reasons Senators Opposed the ‘Bathroom Bill’

Flushing Down the Reasons Senators Opposed the ‘Bathroom Bill’

on March 24, 2017, 11:39 AM / in Opinion, State News

Yesterday, the so-called “bathroom bill” was not taken up, even for discussion purposes, because none of the nine members of the Senate Education Committee was willing to make a motion to hear the bill. Keep in mind that seven of the nine members voted for the bill last year. Do not be taken in by the reasons now being given […]

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Internet Commerce Threat Spreads Across The States

Internet Commerce Threat Spreads Across The States

on March 24, 2017, 11:36 AM / in News, Opinion, State News

State legislatures across the country are threatening Internet commerce, especially for small businesses, artisans and consumer sellers, through legislation that will impose tax burdens on even the most casual sellers and online marketplaces. Since the beginning of the year, over 40 bills have been introduced in more than 25 states on the issue. In fact, New York, Rhode Island, Minnesota, […]

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Around the State Legislature…. Senate Education Committee Approves Instate Tuition for the Children of Illegals and other matters

on March 24, 2017, 11:28 AM / in State News

Yesterday in the state Senate education committee 1–they approved a bill supporting instate tuition for the children of illegals SB1014 by Gardenhire – SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE: Recommended for passage with amendment/s, refer to Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee Ayes 7, Nays 2 PNV 0 3/22/2017 Passed Ayes…………………………………………7 Noes…………………………………………2 Senators voting aye were: Crowe, Dickerson, Gardenhire, Gresham, Haile, Tate, Tracy […]

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“It’s Irrational to Require 1,000 Hours of Training to Be Able to Braid Hair”

“It’s Irrational to Require 1,000 Hours of Training to Be Able to Braid Hair”

on March 23, 2017, 7:00 AM / in National News, State News

By Walter Olson Ilya Shapiro and David McDonald describe the background of the Eighth Circuit case of Niang v. Carroll, in which Cato has filed an amicus brief: …the Missouri Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners (an administrative board made up primarily of practicing barbers and cosmetologists, as well as the owners of in-state cosmetology/barbering schools) has declared that anyone […]

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California lawmakers want to block police from helping federal drug agents take action against marijuana license holders

California lawmakers want to block police from helping federal drug agents take action against marijuana license holders

on March 23, 2017, 6:10 AM / in National News, State News

By Patrick McGreevy  /  LA Times With federal authorities hinting at a possible crackdown on state-licensed marijuana dealers, a group of California lawmakers wants to block local police and sheriff’s departments from assisting such investigations and arrests unless compelled by a court order. A bill by six Democratic legislators has drawn strenuous objections from local law enforcement officials, who say it […]

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The Buck Doesn’t Stop Here

The Buck Doesn’t Stop Here

on March 23, 2017, 6:00 AM / in National News, State News

The mayor of a suburban Seattle town is suing the maker of the opioid pain medication OxyContin, claiming the pharmaceutical company knowingly allowed pills to be funneled into the black market, ultimately arriving on the city’s streets. City of Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson is suing Purdue Pharma in federal court for gross negligence and nuisance because, according to Stephanson, Purdue […]

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Yer truck can’t run on Coconut water…

Yer truck can’t run on Coconut water…

on March 22, 2017, 8:53 AM / in Opinion, State News

Written yesterday… March 21st. Rocky Top Politics At 1:30 today, the House Transportation Committee will meet in a key vote on Governor Haslam’s bill to raise taxes on gas and diesel fuel.  The political fallout from passing a gas tax increase while Tennessee feeds at the trough of a $ 2 Billion surplus looms particularly large for several legislators who […]

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Nanny State of the Week: Texas messes with winemaking

Nanny State of the Week: Texas messes with winemaking

on March 22, 2017, 8:48 AM / in Opinion, State News

By Kevin Glass   /  Watchdog.org Federal law says that winery labeling can use a “made in” label for any wines made with 75 percent home-grown grapes. The Texas legislature is considering an update to that rule: if the legislation passes, wines will have to use 100 percent home-grown Texas grapes to use a “made in Texas” label. The bill, sponsored […]

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Lawsuit Aims to Stop Removal of General Robert E. Lee Statue

Lawsuit Aims to Stop Removal of General Robert E. Lee Statue

on March 22, 2017, 8:44 AM / in National News, Opinion, State News

Written by  Steve Byas When the Charlottesville, Virginia City Council voted 3-2 last month to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee (shown) from downtown Lee Park, they said they expected litigation to challenge their action. That expectation has been met, with multiple parties joining in a civil action to stop the planned removal of the monument. Among […]

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Bill could pit Titans, Predators, Grizzlies, Vols against state over guns

on March 22, 2017, 6:56 AM / in State News

USA TODAY NETWORK A bill passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday would fly in the face of the gun policies of nearly every major sporting venue in Tennessee, potentially pitting the legislature against some of the state’s most popular sports teams. All major sporting venues across the state currently prohibit weapons inside those facilities, but the Senate committee […]

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What’s on the 3-21-17 Council Agenda: More protection for pets, a Drivng while Black report requirement, support for medical cannabis, $3.9M for the Fairgrounds, a debt limit for Metro, more authority for the auditor.

on March 22, 2017, 6:35 AM / in State News

By A Disgruntled Republican in Nashville The Metro Council will meet Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 6:30 PM in the Council chamber at the Metro Courthouse.  Council meetings are really boring and I watch them so you can be a well-informed citizen of our city and still not have to watch them. If, however, you are going to watch the council […]

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Earth has a pedophilia problem: Robert Lipscomb (Memphis) Owes a debt of gratitude to statue of limitations…

Earth has a pedophilia problem: Robert Lipscomb (Memphis) Owes a debt of gratitude to statue of limitations…

on March 22, 2017, 6:29 AM / in Local News, National News, Opinion, State News

From the MidSouth Sentinel (READ Them Every Day) Update: Former Memphis Housing Authority director will not face charges after sex misconduct allegations And as quiet as a mouse…Lipscomb escapes  justice …..thanks to the statute of limitations…. In each case, Lipscomb was accused of sexually assaulting young boys, with the youngest victim being 9 or 10 years old, the documents show. The incidents reportedly happened […]

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