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New York panel recommends hiking fast-food worker wages to $15 an hour

New York panel recommends hiking fast-food worker wages to $15 an hour

on July 23, 2015, 7:20 AM / in State News

New York’s Fast Food Wage Board (acting like idiots) recommended Wednesday that the minimum wage at fast-food chains in New York City be raised to $15 an hour by December 2018, with hikes in the rest of the state by mid-2021. State officials are expected to put the recommendations into effect. New York fast-food workers, some now making the current state […]

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Charleston church shooting suspect indicted on hate crime charges

Charleston church shooting suspect indicted on hate crime charges

on July 23, 2015, 7:13 AM / in State News

A federal grand jury has indicted Dylan Roof, 21, on hate-crime charges for allegedly killing nine people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17. Roof, who is white, already faces the possibility of the death penalty on state murder charges. The new, federal charges include using a weapon in a racially motivated hate crime, and committing murder […]

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Five Found Dead in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Two Teen Relatives Detained

Five Found Dead in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Two Teen Relatives Detained

on July 23, 2015, 7:07 AM / in State News

by Alexander Smith, David Wyllie and Shamar Walters  /  NBC News Two teens were taken into custody after five relatives were found stabbed to death at the Oklahoma home where they all lived, police told NBC News early Thursday. The suspects, aged 18 and 16, allegedly ran out the back door when officers arrived at the scene in the Tulsa […]

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Flag of Faith: Residents rally after removal of Christian symbol

Flag of Faith: Residents rally after removal of Christian symbol

on July 21, 2015, 6:49 AM / in State News

GLENCOE — Voices raised high in song, flags waving at the sound of car horns, smiling faces embracing everyone around. These were the people of Glencoe at Saturday’s “United We Stand” rally outside Glencoe City Hall. The rally was held in response to a letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation to the city of Glencoe, which addressed its flying […]

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Chattanooga Shooter Abdulazeez Had Depression, Says Family in ‘Shock’

on July 19, 2015, 6:40 AM / in National News, State News

NBC News The family of a man who allegedly fatally shot four Marines and a Navy sailor in an attack on military facilities in Chattanooga this week on Saturday expressed their condolences to the victims and said their son suffered from depression. “There are no words to describe our shock, horror, and grief. The person who committed this horrible crime […]

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Tennessee drunk-driving campaign offends women, critics say

Tennessee drunk-driving campaign offends women, critics say

on July 14, 2015, 8:44 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Tennessee’s new taxpayer-subsidized campaign to preach the dangers of drunk driving is, according to one city bartender, “rude and offensive.” The TN Governor’s Highway Safety Office, affiliated with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, features the campaign on its official Booze It and Lose It website. The bartender, Tiffany Canon, and others say the campaign […]

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The Confederate Flag and the Memphis City Council

The Confederate Flag and the Memphis City Council

on July 11, 2015, 8:56 AM / in Announcements, National News, State News

The following letter was sent to the Memphis City Council in an effort to stop the lunacy. You, of all people, should know better than to get caught up in the lunacy surrounding the Confederate Flag. Anyone, who has studied history – real history, not revisionist or politically correct history – knows that the Civil War was not about slavery. […]

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The title of my speech today: “What NOT to do.”

The title of my speech today: “What NOT to do.”

on July 11, 2015, 8:25 AM / in Opinion, State News

By rockytop Looking positively California chic in his blue blazer and open-neck checkered shirt, short-term Haslam chief of staff Mark Cate held forth on a panel discussion at the RGA senior staff retreat in Dana Point, California earlier today and yesterday. Sitting under cream-colored umbrellas while overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the St. Regis Hotel, Cate must have enthralled his […]

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Former gubernatorial candidate asks Tennessee to allow assisted suicide

Former gubernatorial candidate asks Tennessee to allow assisted suicide

on July 11, 2015, 8:16 AM / in State News

From FoxNews NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  A former Democratic gubernatorial candidate who is terminally ill is asking a state court in Tennessee to declare he has a right to end his life when he wants and on his own terms. A lawyer for longtime civil rights activist and former Democratic candidate for governor John Jay Hooker argued Friday that the state has […]

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Civil asset forfeiture in Tennessee allowed officer to take $6,000, audit says

Civil asset forfeiture in Tennessee allowed officer to take $6,000, audit says

on July 10, 2015, 9:27 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — In Morristown, Tennessee, police seized cars and demanded cash, which a police sergeant allegedly kept for himself — $6,000 in all, a state Comptroller’s report says. Why Morristown officers seized the cars in the first place is unclear. Tennessee Department of Safety ordered now former police Sgt. Michael Hurt to return those vehicles to […]

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Haslam Day Care Makes Key Hire

Haslam Day Care Makes Key Hire

on July 10, 2015, 9:24 AM / in Opinion, State News

By rockytop The original lobbyist for a state income tax has been recruited to bring adult supervision to the governor’s office and manage the governor’s agenda.  What could possibly go wrong? Jim Henry has been named the new nanny, er, chief-of-staff for the nursery that is known as the governor’s office. It’s not that the Haslam office is populated entirely […]

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Memphis city council votes to dig up remains of Confederate Civil War general, wife

Memphis city council votes to dig up remains of Confederate Civil War general, wife

on July 10, 2015, 8:52 AM / in Local News, State News

By Howard Portnoy  /  Liberty Unyielding Statue, shmatue. The latest effort to expunge the odious memory of a man who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War doesn’t just end with his sculpted likeness. The city of Memphis wants the earthly remains of General Nathan Bedford Forrest exhumed and moved out of Dodge. His wife’s, too. CBS affiliate WREG reports: On Tuesday […]

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Judges in Tennessee Prepare to Take Up Abortion, Doctor-Assisted Suicide Cases

Judges in Tennessee Prepare to Take Up Abortion, Doctor-Assisted Suicide Cases

on July 9, 2015, 8:14 AM / in State News

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT TENNESSEE RIGHT TO LIFE:   This week, state and federal court judges in Nashville will take up cases with grave implications for the protection of human life in Tennessee. On Thursday morning, Chief District Judge Kevin Sharp will hear arguments by owner-operators of abortion facilities claiming “irreparable harm” by enforcement of several pro-life statutes including informed […]

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HR 5 passes, unfortunately

HR 5 passes, unfortunately

on July 9, 2015, 7:36 AM / in National News, State News

Editor’s Notes: It is sad to see Tennessee Republicans support federal intrusion into state education decisions. But with HR 5, that is exactly what happened. Special Thanks to Kath. On July 8, H.R. 5 passed the US House 218-213 with the help of TN Republican Congressmen Black, Blackburn, Duncan, Fincher, Fleishmann and Roe. Voting NO were Democrats Cohen, Cooper and […]

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South Carolina House votes to remove Confederate flag

South Carolina House votes to remove Confederate flag

on July 9, 2015, 7:08 AM / in National News, State News

Or Why I will Not be Moving to SC After more than 13 hours of debate, the South Carolina House voted 94-20 early Thursday morning to remove the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds. The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Nikki Haley (R), where she is expected to sign it quickly. “It is a new day in South Carolina, […]

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Kookoo for Cruz & Cocoa Puffs

Kookoo for Cruz & Cocoa Puffs

on July 9, 2015, 7:00 AM / in National News, Opinion, State News

By rockytop One of the negative raps on Sen. Ted Cruz is that he is a little “crazy” – a little too hot-headed, etc. RTP does not agree. The crew here loves Ted Cruz, if for no other reason his astonishing command of the U.S. Constitution. That, and he made Diane Feinstein cry. But his campaign staff did the good […]

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Guv Make Confederacy Proclamation

Guv Make Confederacy Proclamation

on July 9, 2015, 6:13 AM / in Opinion, State News

Hats off to rockytop for reminding me to shovel around in the old tool box. As for the guv, for a man so dedicated to justice and the national socialist way, Haslam has messed up again. On June 3rd of this year, he signed the proclamation honoring Confederate Decoration Day, which honors Confederate soldiers are remembered for their great loyalty […]

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The Klown Kar that is the Haslam Administration

The Klown Kar that is the Haslam Administration

on July 9, 2015, 5:50 AM / in Opinion, State News

By rockytop Just a couple of days ago, RTP noted a day of reckoning for Gov. Bill Haslam.   July 13th is “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day” and we wondered if Haslam would sign the required state proclamation honoring the very person whose statue the governor recently said he wanted to remove from the state capitol. Well as it turns out, […]

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July 13th — Bill Haslam’s Day of Reckoning

July 13th — Bill Haslam’s Day of Reckoning

on July 8, 2015, 6:03 AM / in State News

Will He or Won’t He? By rockytop  /  Rocky Top Politics Gov. Bill Haslam’s call to remove the bust of Forrest from the state capitol comes less than a year after he proclaimed “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day” in the Great State of Tennessee. And coming up next Monday is the day that is designated by law for such an occasion. […]

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Who the heck is Grant Starrett?

Who the heck is Grant Starrett?

on July 7, 2015, 4:24 PM / in National News, State News

One of RTP’s most reliable tipsters has provided this little political gem. Some 27-year-old guy named Grant Starrett is running for Congress in the 4th district against Scott DesJarlais. Fair enough. It wouldn’t be much of a surprise that Des Jarlais would have a credible opponent for the fourth time in as many elections (and Lord knows he’s asked for […]

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