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Is the Tennessee Republican Party Ready to lose the next Five Elections?

on April 10, 2014, 8:24 AM / in News, State News

In politics, power, money, and image is everything. The dominate party’s candidates knows this and convolutes the law and their own bylaws and maybe even their moral objection to accomplish continual ownership of those positions. This is done in a variety of ways, normally out of sight of the general public. In the Republican party, the moderate to liberal members control Tennessee […]

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IMPORTANT News in Tennessee

IMPORTANT News in Tennessee

on April 9, 2014, 7:41 AM / in Announcements, News, State News

Yesterday morning Senator Mae Beavers’ bill (SB2424) to allow open carry in Tennessee without the need for a handgun carry permit just passed the state Senate in an unexpected vote of 25-2!!! The House bill by Rep. Micah Van Huss (HB2409), if passed in the House, would allow anyone in Tennessee who is legal to possess a gun to be able […]

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RSS Audit: TN city recorder took nearly $100,000 of taxpayer money

RSS Audit: TN city recorder took nearly $100,000 of taxpayer money

on April 8, 2014, 9:52 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — The former city recorder for Collinwood allegedly stole nearly $100,000 from taxpayers in only a one-year span and used that money on herself, according to an audit released Monday by state Comptroller Justin Wilson. Former employee Melissa Broome allegedly took $94,426 by withholding cash collected for utility payments, swimming pool fees and […]

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Who is Running for Office in Tennessee?

Who is Running for Office in Tennessee?

on April 7, 2014, 7:21 AM / in News, State News

Now you Know….. here. 26 incumbent state legislators face primary challenges – 20 Republicans, 6 Democrats THE END OF AN ERA: Senator Doug Henry presented what is probably his last piece of legislation on the Senate Floor Thursday where he received a standing ovation from his colleagues.  He passed his first bill in 1955! Sen. Henry, who is not running […]

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White Pine, TN considering repeal of 26-year-old pit bull ban

White Pine, TN considering repeal of 26-year-old pit bull ban

on April 5, 2014, 7:57 AM / in News, State News

Previous Report Bless the Bullys The small town of White Pine, TN is considering repealing their long-standing pit bull ordinance which was enacted in 1988. An individual recently moved to White Pine with a dog that meets the physical characteristics of a “pit bull” as defined by the ordinance,  unaware of the 26-year-old law, and was cited by police. That […]

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RSS Universities not keeping good track of student loans, audit says – See more at: http://tennessee.watchdog.org/2014/04/01/universities-not-keeping-good-track-of-student-loans-audit-says/#sthash.G7813h5O.dpuf

RSS Universities not keeping good track of student loans, audit says – See more at: http://tennessee.watchdog.org/2014/04/01/universities-not-keeping-good-track-of-student-loans-audit-says/#sthash.G7813h5O.dpuf

on April 2, 2014, 5:56 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog KNOXVILLE — If you’re a University of Tennessee at Knoxville student on financial aid, it’s possible you could quit going to class outright or even graduate and you would still qualify for that money. An audit that Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson released last week said it will happen if school officials aren’t watching you carefully. […]

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Official State Pet…. Wait a Minute

Official State Pet…. Wait a Minute

on March 28, 2014, 8:37 AM / in News, State News

I brought up this bill a few weeks ago. It’s ready to go to the House floor for a vote unless something happens to derail it. It’s already passed the Senate. If you live in the Knoxville area, I suggest you focus your attention on calling Rep. Dunn’s office and telling him you oppose the bill. He’s the sponsor and […]

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Tennessee Ranks 5th Nationally in the Number of Out-of-State Abortions

Tennessee Ranks 5th Nationally in the Number of Out-of-State Abortions

on March 28, 2014, 7:33 AM / in Announcements, News, State News

Because of a radical 4 to 1 ruling by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2000, Tennessee now boasts a broader right to abortion than that recognized by Roe v. Wade or the U.S. Constitution. Basic commonsense protections passed by the Tennessee General Assembly to protect the health and safety of women and girls considering abortion were struck down as violating […]

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A few things to know in Tennessee / Thanks to the Chattanooga Free Press….

on March 28, 2014, 7:06 AM / in News, State News

From Harrison Keely… Harrison Keely is a web producer for the Times Free Press. He manages social media for the paper and anchors the daily Times Free Press newscast. He joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press as a reporter in 2010. Harrison previously served as managing editor of the Smoky Mountain Sentinel in western North Carolina and as a business […]

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Sen. Alexander urges excise tax repeal, says 2.3% tax could hurt medical device makers

Sen. Alexander urges excise tax repeal, says 2.3% tax could hurt medical device makers

on March 28, 2014, 6:53 AM / in News, State News

Celebrate when they do something right….. gripe when they don’t Constitutional voting record Tennessee representatives: Sen. Bob Corker – 66% Sen. Lamar Alexander – 54% Dist.1: David Roe – 74% Dist.2: John Duncan – 81% Dist.3: Charles Fleischmann – 69% Dist.4: Scott DesJarlais – 78% Dist.5: Jim Cooper – 23% Dist.6: Diane Black – 66% Dist.7: Marsha Blackburn – 63% […]

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Audit: Supervisor ran for-profit business out of county-owned building

Audit: Supervisor ran for-profit business out of county-owned building

on March 28, 2014, 6:18 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — A Montgomery County official operated a for-profit business out of a county-owned building for nearly three months without paying $3,300 in rent, says a new audit report from state Comptroller Justin Wilson. The audit doesn’t list the employee by name, identifying him as an ambulance service department supervisor. That supervisor has since […]

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The downward spiral from Natural Marriage

The downward spiral from Natural Marriage

on March 27, 2014, 8:52 AM / in News, State News

Oct 2013 – Same-sex couples challenging TN laws in federal lawsuit Posted: Oct 21, 2013 9:11 AM CDT Updated: Nov 04, 2013 9:12 AM CST NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Several same-sex couples have filed a federal lawsuit challenging Tennessee’s laws that deny recognition to legally married same-sex couples. The state does not recognize legally married same-sex couples, so couples married […]

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Business owners lose money when government-owned Internet goes dark

Business owners lose money when government-owned Internet goes dark

on March 27, 2014, 6:13 AM / in Local News, News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Some Clarksville business owners lost a lot of money Sunday when their government-owned Internet went down, and they took their outrage to Facebook. Things got so heated that Clarksville Department of Electricity Lightband officials warned their own Internet customers to stop posting abusive language on its official Facebook page. The business owners, […]

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Notes on Common Core

Notes on Common Core

on March 26, 2014, 7:59 AM / in Local News, News, State News

By Kathy Bryson In July 2009, work groups and feedback groups composed of representatives from higher education, K–12 education, and the research community began work on standards in mathematics and ELA. Also at this time, a draft of the College and Career Ready Standards were released. On March 10, 2010, the first public draft of Common Core State Standards was […]

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Fayette County, Tennessee resolution on Common Core

Fayette County, Tennessee resolution on Common Core

on March 26, 2014, 7:57 AM / in Local News, News, State News

By Kathy Bryson The Fayette County Commission passed unanimously the attached resolution requesting the Tennessee legislature to pass the bills to repeal Common Core. Fayette County joins Madison and Bradley Counties to voice their collective voices to our state representatives in rejecting Common Core and requesting their support to repeal it. While the repeal bill has died in committee there […]

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Part Two: The Chuck Cagle Common Core Cash Cow Conga Line

Part Two: The Chuck Cagle Common Core Cash Cow Conga Line

on March 24, 2014, 5:58 AM / in News, State News

Printin’ Textbooks is like printin’ cash. By rockytop / Rocky Top Politics Why is Chuck Cagle so darned interested in helping Common Core become the latest unproven expensive teaching fad? Because if Common Core goes through in its current form, it will require every student in Tennessee to have a brand new textbook that complies with the new Common Core curriculum. […]

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PARCC & Common Core:  Taxpayer Rip-Off, a Cash Cow for Chuck Cagle, an Incredibly Bad Idea or All of the Above?

PARCC & Common Core: Taxpayer Rip-Off, a Cash Cow for Chuck Cagle, an Incredibly Bad Idea or All of the Above?

on March 22, 2014, 11:01 AM / in News, State News

By rockytop / Rocky Top Politics WE REPORT.  YOU DECIDE. In this series, RTP decodes SCORE and the Common Core money-grubbing scam (we will also take a shot at figuring out where Jimmy Hoffa is buried).  RTP has been working on this for weeks and figured the timing could not be more appropriate, consider what happened last week in the Houses […]

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Good news, bad news – Tennessee State House and Senate

Good news, bad news – Tennessee State House and Senate

on March 21, 2014, 7:57 AM / in News, State News

The good news is that the House Ag subcommittee agreed with the Senate Ag committee yesterday and voted to kill the Tennessee Commercial Breeder Act. It will expire on June 30, 2014. More good news: the subcommittee also voted against the very ill-conceived tethering bill that could have affected people using grooming nooses or people using short tethers for training […]

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States Continue to Look Into Medicaid Expansion

States Continue to Look Into Medicaid Expansion

on March 21, 2014, 7:11 AM / in National News, News, State News

As states continue to consider whether they will expand Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), some are turning to Arkansas’ “private option” plan as guidance. The plan was promoted as a market-oriented approach, but free-market advocates have pointed out this expansion will cause many of the same problems as traditional Medicaid expansion, including massive and irreversible […]

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The Voucher…  SB 0196

The Voucher… SB 0196

on March 21, 2014, 6:42 AM / in Local News, News, State News

By Kathy Bryson A voucher bill for education could emerge from the Tennessee senate education committee next week. This year’s voucher bills have been promoted by at least two lobbyist groups: School Choice Now and Students First. These groups say vouchers would “empower parents with choice.” They also tell us that the  “money follows the child,” and vouchers are “opportunity […]

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