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Voters deliver bloodbath to county commissioners after dramatic tax increase

Voters deliver bloodbath to county commissioners after dramatic tax increase

on August 19, 2014, 6:16 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — One might say Fentress County resident David Beaty suffered a wee bit of abuse at the hands of County Executive Frank Smith, merely for complaining about a dramatic increase in property taxes at commission meetings. There was that one meeting, of course, when Smith publicly called Beaty a “dumbass,” as videotaped evidence confirms. […]

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Metro Nashville Far Thinking Thoughts

Metro Nashville Far Thinking Thoughts

on August 19, 2014, 6:03 AM / in News, State News

By A Disgruntled Republican in Nashville  A right-leaning disgruntled Republican comments on the news of the day and any other thing he damn-well pleases. What is on the Davidson / Nashville Metro Council Agenda for Tuesday August 19? End of skinny duplexes, Honky Tonk Protection, Beer, honoring Ken Jakes, electing speaker Pro tem, and more.  The August 19th Metro Council […]

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SMOKING GUN: Governor linked to attacks on GOP legislators

SMOKING GUN: Governor linked to attacks on GOP legislators

on August 19, 2014, 5:58 AM / in News, Opinion, State News

By Rocky Top Politics Political analysis from a conservative perspective Haslam’s personal war on conservatives confirmed. Targeted (and non-targeted) GOP legislators are furious. It has been rumored for several weeks that the attacks on conservative legislators were directed by Gov. Haslam through his staff and consultants. There were numerous hints and substantial anecdotal evidence that chief of staff Mark Cate […]

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Ten worst States to live in…. a list we did make

Ten worst States to live in…. a list we did make

on August 19, 2014, 5:39 AM / in National News, News, State News

By Scott Cohn and Betsy Cline of CNBC Quality-of-life laggards There are many ideal places around the country to raise a family, get a job and have a great recreational lifestyle. Then there are the states mired in problems that don’t get high marks for quality of life in America’s top states for business. We look at several factors — […]

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TN Education Reforms Hailed in New U.S. Chamber Report

on August 16, 2014, 7:20 AM / in News, State News

by Alex Harris Changes in the state’s Department of Education since the Tennessee General Assembly voted to adopt the Common Core standards for education a few years ago are being highlighted in the summer issue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce quarterly magazine, Free Enterprise. According to the magazine, the USCoC recently completed a follow-up to their 2007 report, Leaders & Laggards: […]

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TVA saves ‘princess’ in distress, but payoff from coal ash spill not evident

TVA saves ‘princess’ in distress, but payoff from coal ash spill not evident

on August 16, 2014, 7:14 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — It’s been four years since the Tennessee Valley Authority, a government utility, gave $1.7 million to the Princess Theatre in Harriman as reparation for a devastating coal ash spill, which, interestingly, didn’t affect the theater. The now 75-year-old building in Harriman’s stagnant downtown was closed for many years. Theater officials reopened 2 1/2 years ago […]

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Alexander loses his home county. Plus 28 others.

Alexander loses his home county. Plus 28 others.

on August 16, 2014, 6:58 AM / in News, State News

By rockytop Alexander’s “victory” was more like a “near death” experience. Major Mainstream Media fail as they refuse to report the embarrassing results. Analysis of the recent GOP senate primary has revealed some remarkable facts — facts which have been ignored by by traditional media, either out of laziness or their latest attempt to prematurely write the obituary of the […]

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SEC Prognostications

SEC Prognostications

on August 16, 2014, 6:45 AM / in News, State News

By rockytop No, not that SEC. This is not about football, unless you are talking about political footballs. The Republican State Executive Committee will be meeting this weekend and RTP will go out on a limb to predict the #1 item on Chairman Chris Devaney’s agenda: Rigging the rules. Devaney, who is ending his second and presumably last term as […]

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Summerville wants out of GOP Caucus

Summerville wants out of GOP Caucus

on August 12, 2014, 10:59 AM / in News, State News

by Andrea Zelinski  / Post Politics Two days after voters overwhelmingly agreed to replace him in the state legislature, Sen. Jim Summerville is calling it quits as a Republican. In an email sent Saturday morning, the one-term state senator from Dickson told GOP Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron he will finish out his term as an independent. August 9, 2014 Senator […]

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Pledging Not To Bow To Conservatives, Tennessee Attorney General Asks For Another Term

Pledging Not To Bow To Conservatives, Tennessee Attorney General Asks For Another Term

on August 12, 2014, 10:53 AM / in News, State News

by Bobby Allyn / Nashville Public Radio The Tennessee Supreme Court has opened up applications for Attorney General, and the current AG, Bob Cooper, has announced that he’ll seek another term. This follows a conservative effort to remove three Democratic judges on the bench, a campaign largely motivated by a desire to appoint a Republican to the state’s top attorney slot. […]

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DesJarlais, Tracy turn to lawyers

DesJarlais, Tracy turn to lawyers

on August 12, 2014, 10:50 AM / in News, State News

Tom Humphrey / knoxblogs.com NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The campaign of scandal-battered U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais said it’s consulting with election attorneys in case the incumbent’s 35-vote lead over his opponent in the Republican primary is challenged. “We want to protect the integrity of the process and when it’s a close election like this, we don’t know what the other […]

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Silverman and the Stand PAC

Silverman and the Stand PAC

on August 11, 2014, 7:54 AM / in News, State News

By Neil Siders / EverythingHendersonville.com Education Reform, Common Core, Tax Increases, Conservatives, Liberals, Republicans, Democrats, and Rhinos, Tennessee voters are being pulled in so many directions it has become hard to tell which way is up. Candidates making what they feel are popular statements and promises they never intend to keep, while their supporters fire accusations like machine guns during […]

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Despite loss, anti-retention supporters in TN say message resonated with voters

Despite loss, anti-retention supporters in TN say message resonated with voters

on August 11, 2014, 7:45 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Voters decided Thursday to retain Tennessee Supreme Court justices Gary Wade, Connie Clark and Sharon Lee, Democrats in a mostly conservative state, but it appears the failed effort to unseat them had one key impact. The justices didn’t coast to the same high margins of victory as justices in prior retention elections have […]

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Haslam: Justices’ Win a Sign TN Wants Judiciary Free from ‘Pure Politics’

on August 11, 2014, 7:22 AM / in News, State News

Editor’s Note: Has Haslam read everyone’s mind…. is he physic? By TNReport On the day after Tennessee’s three Democratic state Supreme Court justices won retention, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said he thinks voters feel comfortable both with the way the state currently selects judges and “the work that the Supreme Court is doing.” “I think there was also a sense […]

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Two Tennessee companies illustrate different paths to legal drone use

Two Tennessee companies illustrate different paths to legal drone use

on August 11, 2014, 7:17 AM / in News, State News

By Steve Haruch  /  Nashville Scene Commercial use of drones is currently banned under FAA regulations. There are other ways to fly legally, though. Retired Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, founder and CEO of Farmspace Systems, a company based in Alamo, Tenn., that hopes to integrate unmanned aerial systems into precision agriculture, tells the Scene that Farmspace has partnered with MTSU […]

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Alexander Statement on Winning Republican Nomination for U.S. Senate

Alexander Statement on Winning Republican Nomination for U.S. Senate

on August 11, 2014, 7:11 AM / in News, State News

by Rod Williams / A Disgruntled Republican in Nashville Editor’s Note: The sly old fox wins again… and again he tells us he is conservative… not but any yardstick I know of…. ” Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval.” Thomas S. Monson Lamar Alexander today released the following statement after winning the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in the Tennessee […]

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Welcome to Tennessee Republican politics, Mr. Wrye. Now bend over.

Welcome to Tennessee Republican politics, Mr. Wrye. Now bend over.

on August 11, 2014, 7:00 AM / in News, State News

By RockyTopPolitics One of the bigger losers in the closely-watched Williamson County school board elections was the chief schmoozer for the Tennessee Education Association, Jim Wrye.  Wrye and the TEA-backed five candidates, and they all LOST.  TEA also  backed the School Board Chairman in Sumner County – he LOST in a shocker. The TEA also played heavily in open-seat Republican […]

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State Legislative Incumbents who lost their bids for re-election last night

on August 8, 2014, 8:13 AM / in News, State News

Sen. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) Sen. Jim Summerville (R-Dickson) Sen. Ophelia Ford (D-Memphis) Rep. Tony Shipley (R-Kingsport) Rep. Dennis “Coach” Roach (R-Rutledge) Rep. Gary Odom (D-Nashville) Rep. Vance Dennis (R- Savannah) Tennessee House Election results Tennessee Senate Election results.  

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Scott DesJarlais wins by 35 votes in a hotly contested race

Scott DesJarlais wins by 35 votes in a hotly contested race

on August 8, 2014, 7:50 AM / in News, State News

Conservative US Representative Scott DesJarlais fought off a host of Republican candidates to take the Republican primary in United States House of Representatives District 4 in Tennessee. “We’re glad that the voters chose to judge the congressman on his record in Washington, rather than the disgusting, disingenuous smear tactics propogated by Sen. Tracy’s campaign,” said Robert Jameson, a DesJarlais spokeman. […]

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Tennessee Judges remain unscathed

Tennessee Judges remain unscathed

on August 8, 2014, 6:35 AM / in News, State News

After a strong push by some, including Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, the Tennessee Supreme Court remains the same. Judicial Retention Supreme Court Cornelia A. (Connie) Clark – Retain 478,617 Cornelia A. (Connie) Clark – Replace 375,334 Sharon Gail Lee – Retain 489,566 Sharon Gail Lee – Replace 365,540 Gary R. Wade – Retain 484,796 Gary R. Wade – Replace […]

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