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Hoyer: ‘Almost every Democrat’ will support procedural move to revive Ex-Im

Hoyer: ‘Almost every Democrat’ will support procedural move to revive Ex-Im

on October 7, 2015, 9:28 AM / in International News, State News

Mike Lillis for The Hill Democrats will provide near-unanimous support in the effort to force a vote on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has refused to vote on renewing the bank, leading its Republican supporters to take a rare stab at sidestepping their own party leaders to force the bill […]

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Braiding without a license: A crime in Texas

Braiding without a license: A crime in Texas

on October 7, 2015, 7:22 AM / in National News, State News

It was probably the first time the Heritage Foundation, one of the leading conservative think tanks in Washington, had ever hosted a presentation on the legal issues surrounding “ancestral hair braiding.” Isis Brantley, an African-American entrepreneur, told a small, but rapt audience Tuesday about her two-decade legal battle to operate a braiding business and school in Texas. Brantley’s problem was […]

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Nanny State of the Week: Tag too dangerous for children

Nanny State of the Week: Tag too dangerous for children

on October 6, 2015, 9:25 AM / in National News, State News

By Eric Boehm  /  Watchdog A school district in Washington state has banned tag, the popular game, because it’s too violent for today’s children. School district officials told a local television station that students are told to keep their hands to themselves during recess.   “The rationale behind this is to ensure the physical and emotional safety of all students,” […]

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California signs right-to-die law

California signs right-to-die law

on October 6, 2015, 9:21 AM / in State News

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed an assisted-suicide bill into law on Monday, making his state the fifth in the nation to let doctors prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally patients asking to die. The other states to pass similar measures are Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Vermont. The Catholic Church strongly opposed the legislation, and Brown had studied to […]

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Death toll rises from South Carolina floods

Death toll rises from South Carolina floods

on October 6, 2015, 9:14 AM / in National News, State News

Flood waters continued to rise in parts of South Carolina on Monday after three days of historic rainfall. The statewide death toll attributed to the once-in-a-millennium rains rose to at least 11 — seven from drowning and four in traffic accidents. Two died in North Carolina. About 550 roads and bridges were closed on Monday, and at least 18 dams […]

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Tennessee County May Ask God To Spare Them And Smite Someone Else

Tennessee County May Ask God To Spare Them And Smite Someone Else

on October 5, 2015, 9:52 AM / in State News

Editor’s Note: This article comes from the Huffington Post’s Gay Voice section which in itself a damnation of the article. But if you look through the hijinks of the Huffington Post article you may notice a sincere attempt to request the mercy of God during their proceedings…. and look who opposes God’s mercy… none other than PFLAG Maryville and the Tennessee […]

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Circular Firing Squad at Gucci Gulch.

Circular Firing Squad at Gucci Gulch.

on October 5, 2015, 9:28 AM / in State News

By RTP Staff   /  RockyTop.com After what we thought would be our last posting on Grant Starrett, the crew at Rocky Top made each other a pinky swear that we would leave the Fourth District Congressional race to the candidates themselves. Who were we kidding. It’s hard not to keep catching when Grant and his campaign boys keep pitching, especially […]

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After school shooting, Tenn. Lt. Gov. urges Christians to acquire guns for protection

After school shooting, Tenn. Lt. Gov. urges Christians to acquire guns for protection

on October 5, 2015, 6:18 AM / in State News

By Daniel Chaitin  /  Washington Examiner In the wake of the mass shooting in Oregon last week, the lieutenant governor of Tennessee is calling on Christians in his state to obtain a handgun permit and be “prepared” for future incidents. On Thursday, the shooter reportedly asked students at an Oregon community college to stand up if they were Christians. When […]

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Mississippi PSC commissioner accused of accepting illegal contributions

Mississippi PSC commissioner accused of accepting illegal contributions

on October 4, 2015, 9:15 AM / in State News

A filing by Thomas Blanton’s attorney on Thursday alleges Mississippi Public Service Central District commissioner Lynn Posey illegally received campaign funds from contractors on Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project power plant. Blanton, who’s running for the Southern District PSC seat as a Democrat, wants the retiring Republican to recuse himself from further proceedings concerning the Kemper integrated coal gasification power plant because of a […]

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What’s that splat on the road?

What’s that splat on the road?

on October 4, 2015, 9:12 AM / in Opinion, State News

By RTP Staff   /  Rocky Top The conservative newspaper, The Washington Examiner, jumps all over the Farmer from Frog Jump: “Fincher represents what’s worst about the Republican Party.” Cong Stephen Fincher, one of the “Tea Party” candidates who was elected in 2010, has long prided himself on his humble roots.  But rumors have swirled that the Congressman from the 8th […]

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Look Who is Friends with the Republican Party of Tennessee / Interesting post from TN Family Action Council

Look Who is Friends with the Republican Party of Tennessee / Interesting post from TN Family Action Council

on October 4, 2015, 9:05 AM / in Opinion, State News

Special Thanks to Kathy Posted on: 10-1-2015 by: David Fowler You will never guess which organization now wants to be friends with the Republican Party in Tennessee and help them promote the “values and traditions” that make our communities and schools great. The idea is really rather laughable, but its efforts are serious, which makes the state Party’s response so puzzling. The organization […]

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Tennessee School Districts Say Revealing Islam Lessons May Cost ‘Millions,’ Take Too Darn Long

Tennessee School Districts Say Revealing Islam Lessons May Cost ‘Millions,’ Take Too Darn Long

on October 4, 2015, 8:58 AM / in State News

Special thanks to Jackie and Sue Tennessee School Districts Say Revealing Islam Lessons May Cost ‘Millions,’ Take Too Darn Long Contributing Editor: ERIC OWENS-The Daily Caller  /   Education Editor Dozens and dozens of taxpayer-funded Tennessee school districts are refusing to comply with an open records request from a conservative legal nonprofit seeking materials and documents relevant to the way public […]

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A Review of Madison County by Madison County Commission Chairman Gary Deaton

A Review of Madison County by Madison County Commission Chairman Gary Deaton

on October 4, 2015, 7:04 AM / in Local News, State News

Madison County Commission Chairman Gary Deaton released this morning the following message to the voters of Madison County. I have underlined one of our concerns… sounds a little too much like lock stepping to us. We are sad to see County Commissioner Ann Harrell and Jerry Bastin leaving, they have both served the county well, their districts should be proud. […]

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What Are They Hiding?

What Are They Hiding?

on September 30, 2015, 8:54 AM / in State News

By RTP Staff  /  Rocky Top Critics say TN school Islam curriculum amounts to indoctrination. Chuck Cagle: Lobbyist/former TSBA attoney/current TOSS lawyer instructs school administrators: “Don’t tell them what you are doing.” Common Core Cash Cow Chuck Cagle is trying to block parents and others from revealing how and what they teach Tennessee school children about Islam. You remember Chuck. […]

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New Collierville bans noisy dogs, limits animal intake

New Collierville bans noisy dogs, limits animal intake

on September 30, 2015, 8:41 AM / in State News

Noisy dog? That’s now prohibited in Collierville. The mayor and board of alderman unanimously passed an ordinance that includes prohibiting noisy dogs. The ordinance defines a noisy dog as a dog that continually howls, barks, whines or “other utterances” that “disturbs the peace and quiet of a neighborhood.” The consequence: A fine or summons ticket. >> CLICK HERE to read […]

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Court rejects state’s attempt to keep monument at Capitol

Court rejects state’s attempt to keep monument at Capitol

on September 30, 2015, 7:51 AM / in National News, State News

The state Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by the state to keep a Ten Commandments monument next to the Oklahoma Capitol. The court ordered it removed, and Monday denied a request from the state to reconsider that order. The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a last ditch attempt by the state to keep a Ten Commandments monument next to […]

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Analysis: Bill Haslam’s not-so-good summer

Analysis: Bill Haslam’s not-so-good summer

on September 28, 2015, 7:53 AM / in State News

By Richard Locker of The Commercial Appeal NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam had a bad summer from a news, public relations and political perspective, and the tough times are carrying over to fall. He had barely left on a 15-city tour to lay the groundwork for the first gasoline tax increase since 1989 to pay for highway and transportation projects […]

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Campaign aide to Mayor Wharton gets PR contract from MPD body-camera vendor

Campaign aide to Mayor Wharton gets PR contract from MPD body-camera vendor

on September 28, 2015, 7:48 AM / in State News

Taser International, the company contracted to provide body cameras to the Memphis Police Department in a $4.5 million deal, has hired the public relations and marketing firm of a top campaign aide to Mayor A C Wharton, a move that has sparked criticism from two of Wharton’s rivals in the mayoral race. The $880,147 contract, first reported by WHBQ Fox […]

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An Illegal Tennessee PAC, again…..

An Illegal Tennessee PAC, again…..

on September 28, 2015, 7:42 AM / in State News

H/T to Kathy Perhaps the state of Tennessee should run Public Service Announcements explaining  what a Political Action Committee (PAC) is and that all PACs must register either with the state or local election commissions. Unregistered PACs are illegal, and many end up paying fines and legal fees. That fact did not stop a new, unregistered PAC from sending mailers […]

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L.A. council proposes spending $100 million on homelessness crisis

L.A. council proposes spending $100 million on homelessness crisis

on September 23, 2015, 8:46 AM / in State News

Do you wish to do more to increase the crisis… then follow this lead! Los Angeles’ elected leaders on Tuesday announced plans to declare a “state of emergency” regarding the city’s growing homelessness problem. The proposal calls for spending $100 million on housing and other services for the homeless. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s administration also proposed this week to use nearly […]

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