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SEATTLE’S ‘SODA TAX’ NEARLY DOUBLES PRICES AT COSTCO

SEATTLE’S ‘SODA TAX’ NEARLY DOUBLES PRICES AT COSTCO

on January 12, 2018, 7:02 AM / in State News

Customers are feeling the pinch of Seattle’s new Sweetened Beverage Tax. At Costco, a $15.99 case of Gatorade now costs an additional $10.34 due to the tax. A sign alerts Costco customers to the price change and also lets them know that they can go to the company’s Tukwila or Shoreline stores to buy the product without the added charge. The […]

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Ex-S. Carolina detective facing misconduct trial found dead

on January 11, 2018, 8:22 AM / in State News

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. –  A former detective in South Carolina awaiting trial on misconduct and sex charges has been found dead in his home. Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard told news outlets that 55-year-old Allen Large was found dead from natural causes at his home in Murrells Inlet on Wednesday night. Willard did not elaborate. The former Horry County […]

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Missouri governor, accused of blackmail threat, admits to extramarital affair

Missouri governor, accused of blackmail threat, admits to extramarital affair

on January 11, 2018, 7:55 AM / in National News, State News

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) confirmed on Wednesday that he had an extramarital affair, saying it was a “deeply personal mistake.” The admission came after a months-long investigation by a local TV station, News 4. In a recording obtained by the station from the woman’s ex-husband, she detailed her alleged encounters with Greitens in his home, and said after one […]

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Blue-state Republicans push tax law changes

on January 11, 2018, 7:21 AM / in National News, State News

Some blue-state Republicans are pushing for tax changes to help their constituents as Democrats seek to target the suburbs in the midterm elections. Nearly all of the GOP lawmakers who voted against the sweeping tax-cut bill in December did so because of a cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction that would be particularly damaging in high-tax areas […]

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Banning “Conversion Therapy” For Kids:  Talking Points v. Reality

Banning “Conversion Therapy” For Kids: Talking Points v. Reality

on January 11, 2018, 7:06 AM / in Opinion, State News

Should people be able to choose the kind of therapy they want, or should legislators do that for them? That is the question inherent in SB 5722 that claims to restrict “conversion therapy”.  According to the bill, the therapy that would be prohibited therapy that would “change behaviors or gender expressions,” or “eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions toward individuals of […]

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New York State Assemblywoman Pamela Harris Indicted on 11 Counts of Fraud and Tampering

on January 11, 2018, 6:37 AM / in National News, State News

The Political Insider It’s more than apparent that Democrats can’t be trusted with the taxpayer dollars they were elected to watch over and protect for the American people. It seems each week, one major Democrat has found his or her name on court dockets because of a major crime, usually one including theft or fraud. In this case, New York State Assemblywoman […]

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Deadly rains in Southern California send rivers of mud into homes, trigger fire, flooding

Deadly rains in Southern California send rivers of mud into homes, trigger fire, flooding

on January 10, 2018, 7:56 AM / in National News, State News

NBC News MONTECITO, Calif. — Chaos swept across California’s Santa Barbara County on Tuesday after a powerful overnight storm hammered the region with heavy rains, leading to the deaths of at least 13 people — and a dramatic rescue of a girl pinned by debris, authorities said. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown called it “a very somber day,” and […]

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6th Circuit Upholds Vote for Amendment 1!

6th Circuit Upholds Vote for Amendment 1!

on January 10, 2018, 7:51 AM / in National News, State News

By David Fowler   |   FACT Today, by a 3-0 opinion, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the vote in 2014 by the people of Tennessee to amend their state Constitution to strip out a “right to abortion” that our Tennessee Supreme Court found in our state Constitution back in 2000! To our knowledge, it is the first-ever vote in […]

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Trump Signs Rural Broadband Executive Orders at FB Convention

Trump Signs Rural Broadband Executive Orders at FB Convention

on January 10, 2018, 6:46 AM / in National News, State News

Bad News for small business… good news for AT&T and other muni’s. By John Herath   |   AG Web President Donald Trump played through the greatest hits of his first year in office before a receptive audience at the 99th Annual American Farm Bureau Federation Convention in Nashville: tax reform including the estate tax, regulatory reform including the Waters of the U.S. rule. […]

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Arpaio announces Arizona Senate bid

Arpaio announces Arizona Senate bid

on January 10, 2018, 5:55 AM / in National News, State News

BY BEN KAMISAR   |    The Hill Controversial former Arizona county Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced Tuesday that he will run for Senate, a decision that casts further uncertainty into the state’s GOP Senate primary. Arpaio gained popularity among immigration hardliners during his time as Maricopa County sheriff, representing the Phoenix area, proudly calling himself “America’s toughest sheriff” and touting a strict approach to […]

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Trump tax law poised to create windfall for states

on January 10, 2018, 5:39 AM / in National News, State News

When President Trump signed a massive tax overhaul late last month, congressional Republicans celebrated a job accomplished. But the work is just starting for state legislators, who are likely to see hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue. The Hill Under the new law, budget analysts say taxpayers who receive a break on their federal forms are actually likely to spend […]

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What to do about Mass Transit and traffic congestion

on January 9, 2018, 6:34 AM / in Opinion, State News

by Rod Williams  |   A Disgrunted Republican All of the candidates for mayor have issued statements or published position papers addressing the issue of mass transit and traffic congestion.  Polls of what Nashvillians care about list mass transit and traffic among the top issues. The long hard-fought battle to stop the AMP caused people to focus on the issue of mass […]

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Former Chattanooga City Councilman Duke Franklin Says Wife Shot Him After Allegations Of Past Infidelity

Former Chattanooga City Councilman Duke Franklin Says Wife Shot Him After Allegations Of Past Infidelity

on January 9, 2018, 6:17 AM / in State News

Former City Councilman John “Duke” Franklin Jr. told police that his wife shot him after an argument over his alleged “past infidelities.” Mr. Franklin, in 2008, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice.  Under a the agreement made in November of 2009, a money laundering charge was dropped. Jennifer Franklin has been charged with domestic assault. Duke Franklin was interviewed by […]

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Hamilton County Planning Commission Recommends Approval For Bed And Breakfast Near The Lake Despite ‘Tons Of Opposition”

on January 9, 2018, 6:07 AM / in State News

The Planning Commission on Monday recommending approval for a special use permit for a nine-bedroom bed and breakfast near the lake despite “tons of opposition.” Jennifer Petty said she plans to build a 7,000-square-foot B&B on 19.1 acres on Hixson Marina Road. She also has plans for a wedding venue on an adjacent 23 acres. It will have 9,000 square […]

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Dem hopefuls flock to Iowa

Dem hopefuls flock to Iowa

on January 8, 2018, 8:27 AM / in National News, State News

Democrats with White House aspirations are flocking to Iowa. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Rep. Seth Moulton (Mass.) are among the Democrats who visited the Hawkeye state last year. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley dropped in four times, while former Missouri Secretary of State Jason […]

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City Of Horn Lake Offers Pet Insurance To Employees

City Of Horn Lake Offers Pet Insurance To Employees

on January 8, 2018, 6:41 AM / in State News

You have got to be kidding us. This in from our friend south of the border. Desoto News The city of Horn Lake is the first in the county to offer pet insurance for their employees. The Board of Alderman recently approved allowing payroll deductions for the program. “This is something that will benefit all of our employees that have […]

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Many lawmakers are leaving Tennessee General Assembly

Many lawmakers are leaving Tennessee General Assembly

on January 8, 2018, 6:34 AM / in State News

by Andy Sher   |     Chattanooga Times Free Press NASHVILLE — Big changes are in store for the 132-member Tennessee General Assembly next year with at least 21 current lawmakers having already announced plans to retire or having already departed, and more are expected to decide later. Their reasons range from seeking higher offices to federal appointments, disenchantment or more pressing […]

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Shelby County Commission Moves Toward More Fixes in Minority Business Rules

Shelby County Commission Moves Toward More Fixes in Minority Business Rules

on January 8, 2018, 6:09 AM / in State News

By Bill Dries  |   Memphis Daily News Shelby County commissioners meet Monday, Jan. 8, for the first time in 2018 and have a fairly simple agenda along with some longer-range issues to discuss. Among the more immediate items on Monday’s agenda is a $1.5 million contract for mobile data terminals, tablets and vehicle wireless routers that Tate Computer Systems Inc. of […]

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Beacon Releases 2017 Pork Report

Beacon Releases 2017 Pork Report

on January 7, 2018, 7:49 AM / in State News

In the 12th annual Tennessee Pork Report, the Beacon Center revealed that state and local government officials wasted more than $400 million of taxpayer money this past year. The Pork Report highlights a combination of government mismanagement, incompetence, and outright fraud. The Beacon Center allowed Tennesseans to choose the infamous “Pork of the Year” award, and it really came down to the wire. After nearly 400 votes were […]

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Owner of dog shot, killed by off-duty officer speaks out

Owner of dog shot, killed by off-duty officer speaks out

on January 7, 2018, 7:44 AM / in State News

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC)  The owner of the dog that was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer at Shelby Farms dog park is speaking out. Brigette Buelteman-Jahn is devastated by the loss of her Great Dane, Atilla, a dog who was a companion to her other Great Dane, a dog she bred because of his calm and friendly demeanor. What seemed […]

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