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Winners and Losers in Obamacare Special Session

Winners and Losers in Obamacare Special Session

on February 5, 2015, 6:27 AM / in Opinion, State News

By RockyTop The Winners Well that didn’t take long.  After months of “negotiating” and trying to persuade the legislature to expand the Obamacare/Medicaid program, the legislature slammed the door and told the Governor and the federal government not just No , but Hell, No. RTP offers a handy easy-to-use guide as to who were the winners in this drama and […]

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All talk, no action (yet)!

All talk, no action (yet)!

on February 4, 2015, 9:20 AM / in State News

I arrived about 7:00am yesterday morning to a Plaza that was already starting to ‘buzz’. By 8:30 the halls were filled with OPPONENTS of Insure TN. The House Insurance and Banking Committee met at 9:30am and concluded their hearing about 12:30.  The House Health Committee met at 1:30 and was still in session when I left near five. In the […]

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Rep. Holt: Why Insure Tennessee Is Bad For Tennesseans

Rep. Holt: Why Insure Tennessee Is Bad For Tennesseans

on February 3, 2015, 10:20 AM / in Opinion, State News

By Tennessee State Rep. Andy Holt NASHVILLE, February 3, 2015– The Tennessee General Assembly will be meeting this week to decide whether or not to expand Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion apparatus under the name of “Insure Tennessee”. I would like to commend Governor Haslam for seeking a solution to a very difficult problem. While some valid arguments for expanding Medicaid exist, […]

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Haslam: Insure Tennessee is not Obamacare

Haslam: Insure Tennessee is not Obamacare

on February 3, 2015, 7:04 AM / in State News

So what do you think government control and mandated health care is? NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam appealed to state lawmakers Monday night to approve his Insure Tennessee plan, saying that it’s “not Obamacare,” that Tennessee taxpayers are paying for it already and that it can help nearly 300,000 uninsured state residents get access to health coverage for at least […]

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HASLAM TEAM SAYS WE WILL SAVE MORE IF MORE SIGN UP!?!?!

HASLAM TEAM SAYS WE WILL SAVE MORE IF MORE SIGN UP!?!?!

on February 3, 2015, 6:44 AM / in State News

Steve Gill commented “The number of people who will sign up for Obamacare expansion in Tennessee has gone up from 200,000 to 280,000 and some expect the number to exceed 400,000. But the Haslam team says we will save even more money if more people sign up for “free” healthcare. Riiiiiiight. Because that’s how it has worked with Obamacare nationally…and […]

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Informed Sources weigh in on mayor’s State of the City

on February 2, 2015, 7:21 AM / in State News

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Mayor A C Wharton gave his annual address this week and declared the city “strong.” Did he make the case? His chief opponent so far was quick to disagree. Plus, in an era of tight budgets, the mayor proposed adding another layer of government. The Informed Sources share their thoughts. WREG out of Memphis (no longer […]

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Will you come to the Plaza on Tuesday??

Will you come to the Plaza on Tuesday??

on January 29, 2015, 7:58 AM / in Announcements, State News

When General Assembly reconvenes next week, it will be for a SPECIAL session to address Insure Tennessee. When that happens, things will be moving very fast.  NOW is the time to start making your voice heard.  You can find the contact information for your State Senator HERE; you can find the contact information for your State Representative HERE. You can […]

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Found this on Craigslist.  I did flag it but as…

Found this on Craigslist. I did flag it but as…

on January 28, 2015, 9:55 AM / in State News

This was on Craigslist for Chattanooga. Asking people to report dogs chained outside.   Do You Know Any Dogs Left Outside in Below Freezing Weather? Be on the lookout for Chained, Penned, Abandoned, and Neglected Dogs. Know of a Chained, Penned, or Otherwise Mistreated Dog? A dog left outside in below freezing weather? Not only are dogs living chained in […]

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Oak Ridge police officers leaving in droves over vindictive chief, complaint says

Oak Ridge police officers leaving in droves over vindictive chief, complaint says

on January 28, 2015, 9:51 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — An Oak Ridge police officer must have felt awkward when he tried pulling over a blue Ford Explorer traveling 88 mph and learned the driver was his own police chief. According to a complaint that now former officer Christopher Bayless filed this month with the city, Police Chief James Akagi, at an unspecified date, […]

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Open Government in Tennessee Court Ruling, The Electronic Age

Open Government in Tennessee Court Ruling, The Electronic Age

on January 27, 2015, 6:18 AM / in State News

Earlier this month in Sumner County, Judge Dee Gay ruled against a motion for a summary judgment against Ken Jakes’ lawsuit asserting that state law requires the Sumner County School Board (SCBOE) to accept email and telephone requests for review and inspection of public records. The case was followed by Neil Siders and his report in regards to this case is […]

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Haslam making 6 more stops this week on Insure Tenn. tour

Haslam making 6 more stops this week on Insure Tenn. tour

on January 26, 2015, 7:52 AM / in State News

Gov. Bill Haslam (R-TN) is on tour again making six more stops around the state to promote his Insure Tennessee plan to extend health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income people and rob taxpayers to provide for it. The Gov had decided to kicked off his tour last week at hospitals in Jackson and Memphis where the admins had already promoted […]

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Closing Republican Primaries In Tennessee

Closing Republican Primaries In Tennessee

on January 24, 2015, 10:01 AM / in State News

The Tennessee Republican Executive Committee will meet on February 7 to discuss a resolution on closing Republican primaries in Tennessee. The open-primary system of some states, including Tennessee, has been discussed nationwide since the infamous outbreak of “crossover voting” in Mississippi during the Chris McDaniel-Thad Cochran contest last year. Many say that Republicans should elect Republican candidates and Democrats should […]

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Fitzhugh: Dems Wanting More Info on Haslam’s ‘Insure TN’

Fitzhugh: Dems Wanting More Info on Haslam’s ‘Insure TN’

on January 24, 2015, 7:20 AM / in State News

Democrats in the Tennessee House of Representatives don’t like the way debate is unfolding over the General Assembly’s proposed authorization of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Medicaid expansion plan. Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley, the leader of the lower-chamber minority party, told reporters that as of Friday afternoon only about 10 of the House’s 26 Democrats are on board with the governor’s plan […]

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Damn! We’re in a tight spot.

Damn! We’re in a tight spot.

on January 24, 2015, 7:17 AM / in State News

Great Article By Rocky Top “An Idiot’s Guide to Insure TN” For Speaker Beth Harwell, Insure TN has become a very difficult issue — one that could seriously affect her expected race for governor in 2018 as well as her effectiveness as Speaker. Since Gov. Haslam rolled out his Insure TN “plan” to  expand Obamacare, it has become painfully obvious […]

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Foe of Haslam’s Insure Tennessee uses Corker bill to attack Medicaid expansion plan

Foe of Haslam’s Insure Tennessee uses Corker bill to attack Medicaid expansion plan

on January 24, 2015, 7:02 AM / in State News

  By Andy Sher   /  Chattanooga Times Free Press NASHVILLE — A legislative foe of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s Medicaid expansion plan is questioning its reliance on a voluntary hospital assessment that would fund the state’s future share, citing efforts two years ago by U.S. Sen. Bob Corker to eliminate the widespread practice. State Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, was quoted […]

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Don’t “Fix” (Expand) Obamacare

Don’t “Fix” (Expand) Obamacare

on January 22, 2015, 10:11 AM / in National News, Opinion, State News

Republicans must ignore bad advice. Liberal media, government officials, Hospital Chiefs, Chambers of Commerce, Democrats, and ACA proponents say Republicans must soon “fix” (expand) Obamacare. At issue is the King vs. Burwell lawsuit against the IRS issuing premium subsidies to those who enroll in Obamacare through the federal exchange, Healthcare.gov. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) only allows subsidies through state-based […]

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Sides launch ad battles for, against Insure Tennessee

Sides launch ad battles for, against Insure Tennessee

on January 21, 2015, 7:58 AM / in State News

  by Andy Sher  /  Chattanooga Time Free Press NASHVILLE — Even as Gov. Bill Haslam ventures into West Tennessee today to promote his Insure Tennessee proposal, a high-stakes public battle is underway between independent groups on both sides of his plan to extend health coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans. Hoping to win the hearts and minds of fellow Republicans […]

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TN Responses to Obama’s 7th State of the Union Address

TN Responses to Obama’s 7th State of the Union Address

on January 21, 2015, 7:29 AM / in State News

President Barack Obama highlighted improvements in the nation’s economic outlook — such as a lower unemployment rate, improved college graduation rate, improved wages, greater energy independence and a high rate of Americans having health insurance — in his seventh State of the Union address Tuesday night. Obama spoke of the need for bipartisanship and to work together. However, he also […]

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Mayor fails to disclose major conflict of interest with roadwork project

Mayor fails to disclose major conflict of interest with roadwork project

on January 21, 2015, 7:23 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — In choosing one of three competing bidders for a roadwork project, the Williston City Council picked the one that charged four times as much as the other two, according to a new audit. State Comptroller Justin Wilson’s audit said council members chose contractor Ricky McQueen, who charged an even $42,000 for the work. […]

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Islamist Bullying in Tennessee

Islamist Bullying in Tennessee

on January 20, 2015, 6:34 AM / in Opinion, State News

tn Council 4 political justice Tennessee has a law against bullying in schools because we believe that bullying is bad. So every school district in Tennessee has policies committed to eradicating bullies. But we tolerate Islamist bullying. These bullies use name-calling like “bigot” or “Islamophobe” whenever anyone raises questions about matters like Muslim Brotherhood networks, Muslim Brotherhood plan, or questions […]

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