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Rural mayor: Feds should leave government-owned Internet decision to states

Rural mayor: Feds should leave government-owned Internet decision to states

on December 18, 2014, 6:59 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — One mayor whose county stands to benefit from the federal government overruling a Tennessee law limiting the growth of government-owned Internet networks says the feds may be overreaching. Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis told Tennessee Watchdog this is a matter best left to state officials to resolve. Those words might pit Davis against […]

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MOST OF THE SAME FOLKS WHO PUSHED AN INCOME TAX ARE PUSHING OBAMACARE.

MOST OF THE SAME FOLKS WHO PUSHED AN INCOME TAX ARE PUSHING OBAMACARE.

on December 18, 2014, 6:52 AM / in Opinion, State News

By Steve Gill  /  Tennessee News Leader Expanding Obamacare in Tennessee is getting support from the usual suspects, who never have a problem spending Tennessee taxpayers’ hard earned money on their own pet projects. CLICK HERE. Yet none of these folks seem able to answer the very simple question of what happens in two years when the “free” federal money […]

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Haslam names Candice McQueen new ed commissioner

Haslam names Candice McQueen new ed commissioner

on December 18, 2014, 6:35 AM / in State News

Governor Bill Haslam on Wednesday named a top education official at Lipscomb University to be the next Education Department commissioner. Candice McQueen will replace Kevin Huffman, who was heavily criticized during an overhaul of the state’s education system. He announced last month that he was leaving for the private sector. McQueen, who has taught in elementary and middle school, was […]

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Nashville joins coalition to promote citizenship for immigrants

Nashville joins coalition to promote citizenship for immigrants

on December 17, 2014, 8:31 AM / in State News

Nashville has joined a coalition of cities that are working together to encourage and help immigrants become citizens. Mayor Karl Dean’s administration announced the city’s participation in Cities for Citizenship at the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Los Angeles on Monday. The national initiative seeks to increase citizenship among eligible U.S. permanent residents by sharing best practices and programs. Chattanooga […]

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State attorneys ask judge to dismiss Amendment 1 lawsuit

State attorneys ask judge to dismiss Amendment 1 lawsuit

on December 17, 2014, 8:28 AM / in State News

The Tennessee attorney general has asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the validity of the Nov. 4 vote in favor of Amendment 1, a measure giving state lawmakers more authority to enact abortion restrictions. Amendment 1 passed with 53 percent of the vote. Three days after Election Day, opponents of the measure filed a federal lawsuit challenging […]

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‘Strong and Free’ PAC closed, but still facing audit, hearing

‘Strong and Free’ PAC closed, but still facing audit, hearing

on December 17, 2014, 7:37 AM / in State News

A political action committee that stirred controversy by keeping its donors secret while involved in elections to the state Republican Party’s executive committee has voluntarily ceased operations, but still faces an audit to determine whether it violated state campaign finance laws. The Registry of Election Finance board voted unanimously last week to conduct an audit of both Strong and Free […]

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States Continue to Reconsider Common Core Standards

States Continue to Reconsider Common Core Standards

on December 11, 2014, 4:18 PM / in State News

As more details about Common Core have come to light, a growing number of teachers, parents, and policy experts are finding many problems with the standards. As a result, more than a dozen states have considered withdrawing from Common Core, while some have dropped their involvement with federally funded tests completely. In June, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) bypassed the […]

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Research: Lack of state support for West TN econ. devel.

Research: Lack of state support for West TN econ. devel.

on December 8, 2014, 9:24 AM / in Local News, State News

  Hat Trick to the Jackson Sun for embarrassing those in office. They showed intuitive thought in discovering what most in West Tennessee already knew… Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist and state Sen.-Elect Ed Jackson come from different political backgrounds and have different public service roles, but they are in agreement on this: The city of Jackson and Madison County have […]

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Nashville immigration evolution spurs Obama visit

Nashville immigration evolution spurs Obama visit

on December 8, 2014, 8:12 AM / in State News

Joey Garrison  /  The Tennessean Six years ago, Nashvillians appeared on the brink of passing a divisive measure to make English the only language used in official Metro government business. Instead voters – surprising many at the time – went to the polls and decisively rejected what had become known as the “English-only” referendum. Now, after avoiding a potential black-eye […]

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Dog fighting on the rise in Memphis

Dog fighting on the rise in Memphis

on December 3, 2014, 8:45 AM / in State News

When members of North Mississippi Great Dane Rescue stepped in and rescued a Great Dane named Claire, who was left for dead in the streets of southeast Memphis this past summer, she had suffered horrific laceration wounds and broken teeth. Trista Perkins, director of North Mississippi Great Dane Rescue, said that Claire wasn’t quite out of the woods yet. “She […]

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Humane Society heels, withdraws interest in operating new animal shelter

Humane Society heels, withdraws interest in operating new animal shelter

on December 3, 2014, 8:40 AM / in State News

After expressing interest in overseeing the operation of the new Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter, a local animal advocacy group announced it will defer that role to the city, county and existing shelter staff. On Tuesday evening during a meeting of the joint city/county Animal Control Board, Humane Society of Washington County vice president Jim Reel told members his organization […]

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Sider Says: Foster, it is time to come clean

Sider Says: Foster, it is time to come clean

on November 29, 2014, 7:07 AM / in News, State News

A logical look a Foster’s argument By Neil Siders  The Chief Rain Maker’s statements don’t make sense On November 18, 2014, WSMV News Channel 4 aired a report which included an interview with Hendersonville Mayor Scott Foster. In the interview with Channel 4’s Jennifer Johnson, Foster stated that he had on multiple occasions taken a consulting fee from developers for […]

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Medicaid expansion could be among issues facing 2015 TN General Assembly

Medicaid expansion could be among issues facing 2015 TN General Assembly

on November 29, 2014, 6:53 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Tennessee Republicans, after just having increased already existing majorities in the state’s General Assembly, will likely have to decide whether to expand Medicaid in the upcoming 2015 legislative session. That issue and many others are expected to dominate the 2015 gathering, scheduled to begin in January. State Senate Democratic Caucus spokesman Matt Anderson told […]

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The Tennessean Outsources News Reporting to Bill Gates

The Tennessean Outsources News Reporting to Bill Gates

on November 29, 2014, 6:48 AM / in News, State News

From Rocky Top Politics No, this is not your typical RTP over-the-top headline. It’s true. It has come to this: The Tennessean, reeling from declining profits, a flawed business model and major reductions in the number of reporters, editors and other staff, decided not to use reporters at all on its largest article about one of the biggest political issues […]

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More than 40,000 immigrants in TN may benefit from Obama action

More than 40,000 immigrants in TN may benefit from Obama action

on November 25, 2014, 8:13 AM / in News, State News

This report is from Chris Butler at Tennessee Watchdog.org: NASHVILLE — About 44,000 of Tennessee’s estimated 130,000 illegal immigrants may benefit from President Obama’s decision to provide them with temporary legal status and work permits. The costs to taxpayers are unknown, although Obama did say these illegal immigrants won’t receive such taxpayer-funded benefits as Medicaid, Social Security and welfare. State […]

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Tennessee Budget Talks…. they are on

Tennessee Budget Talks…. they are on

on November 25, 2014, 7:52 AM / in News, State News

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam launched the administration’s annual round of budget hearings Monday. In September Haslam told state agencies to prepare budgets reflecting a 7 percent decrease from the last year’s budget. Haslam, who in 2013 asked the departments to make a 5 percent cut, said the cuts aren’t necessarily inevitable. “I want to emphasize there’s not been a determination to make a 7 […]

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Sunday column: Dark money flows in TN from inside, outside the state

Sunday column: Dark money flows in TN from inside, outside the state

on November 24, 2014, 1:58 PM / in News, Opinion, State News

By Tom Humphrey  /  Humphrey on the Hill knoxblogs.com Dark money flowed into several Tennessee campaigns in the election season recently ended, some darker than others but all indicating — along with some other factors — a trend toward anonymity in politicking that apparently follows national inclinations. And maybe it works, so we can expect more in the future. In […]

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Mayor Admits to Taking Money from Developers

Mayor Admits to Taking Money from Developers

on November 21, 2014, 6:22 AM / in News, State News

The investigation to this point By Neil Siders   /  Everything Hendersonville.com On October 14, 2014 Everything Hendersonville published an article detailing a developer in Hendersonville claiming he paid Mayor Scott Foster’s engineering company money for projects never intended as real projects. On November 18, in a interview with  Channel 4 News’ Jennifer Johnson, Foster admits to receiving checks from several […]

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NAACP Requests Register and MNPS Spend More Time on North Nashville, Other Parts of City

on November 21, 2014, 6:08 AM / in News, State News

By Steve Cavendish  /  The Nashville Scene In a letter to Director of Schools Jesse Register and members of the school board, the NAACP’s Nashville chapter said that Register and the district are “inordinately focused on one area of Nashville at the expense of other parts of our community.” President John Arradondo and Erica Lanier, the chapter’s education committee chair, […]

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Greetings from Boca Raton and the RGA

Greetings from Boca Raton and the RGA

on November 21, 2014, 5:30 AM / in News, State News

If you are not a Haslam Fan, you will like this……. great job RTP One of the RTP crew was lucky enough to escape frozen Tennessee and join the Republican governors at their meeting in Florida this week.  Here is his/her on the scene report: The weather has been overcast, rainy and windy since we arrived on Monday, but at […]

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