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House, Senate approve Haslam’s gas tax proposal

House, Senate approve Haslam’s gas tax proposal

on April 20, 2017, 7:25 AM / in State News

By Joel Ebert, Kirk Bado and Jake Lowary   /    USA TODAY NETWORK The IMPROVE Act is Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature piece of legislation, designed to help fund a $10 billion backlog in road projects but to hang it all on him would not be incorrect. There were 60 in the House and 25 in the Senate that stopped […]

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Chaffetz says he won’t run for re-election in 2018

Chaffetz says he won’t run for re-election in 2018

on April 20, 2017, 7:16 AM / in National News, State News

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the powerful chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced Wednesday that he would not run for re-election in 2018. Chaffetz said he did not plan to run for any office that year, although some political analysts predict he will run for governor in 2020. Chaffetz spearheaded numerous investigations during the Obama administration, including […]

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Kansas Secretary of State Obtains First Conviction for Noncitizen Voting

Kansas Secretary of State Obtains First Conviction for Noncitizen Voting

on April 19, 2017, 8:11 AM / in National News, State News

On April 12, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach announced that he has obtained his first conviction of a non-U.S. citizen who illegally voted in a Kansas election. A press release posted by Kobach’s office on his departmental web page noted that he had secured a guilty plea on April 7 in the voter fraud case of Victor David Garcia […]

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Fresno police call triple murder a hate crime

Fresno police call triple murder a hate crime

on April 19, 2017, 7:44 AM / in National News, State News

Police arrested Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, for a shooting spree that left three men dead in Fresno, California, on Tuesday. The victims, all white men who are believed to have been randomly targeted, were shot in a span of two minutes. Witnesses said Muhammad, who is black, shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) when he was arrested. Muhammad also is […]

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Rep. Butt favors alternative to Haslam’s gas tax

Rep. Butt favors alternative to Haslam’s gas tax

on April 19, 2017, 7:35 AM / in State News

By JAMES BENNETT  Gov. Bill Haslam’s gas tax legislation faces a crucial vote in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday, but his proposal will not have the support of state Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia. Columbia’s other state representative, Republican Michael Curcio, said Haslam’s plan, which would raise gas and diesel taxes for the first time since 1989, offers a […]

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Democrats Fail To #FlipThe6th

on April 19, 2017, 6:47 AM / in National News, State News

by Caleb Howe  /  RedState The big Georgia 6th District race to replace Tom Price went down on Tuesday, and the Democrats and their many, many Hollywood allies failed to, as they tweeted over and over and over, #FlipThe6th. Democrat candidate and non-resident of the district Jon Ossoff did not pull off the big upset and “referendum on Trump” that […]

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Dem Jon Ossoff fails to avert runoff in Ga. special election

on April 19, 2017, 6:28 AM / in National News, State News

As predicted, Democrat Jon Ossoff is projected to advance to a runoff in Georgia’s special election after failing to clinch a majority of the vote on Tuesday in order to avoid another election in late June. Ossoff led the crowded 18-candidate field in Tuesday’s “jungle primary” to fill the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. But […]

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Senate kills bill to reduce penalty for carrying guns without permit

Senate kills bill to reduce penalty for carrying guns without permit

on April 19, 2017, 6:02 AM / in State News

In an unexpected procedural move, state Senators killed a measure on Tuesday that many thought would advance and relax penalties for carrying a gun without a permit in Tennessee. The Senate Judiciary Committee effectively killed the bill by not offering a second to a motion to discuss the bill, which preempts any discussion and subsequent vote. Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry […]

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Tennessee teen and Grandmother missing in Grand Canyon National Park : Prayers for the Family

Tennessee teen and Grandmother missing in Grand Canyon National Park : Prayers for the Family

on April 19, 2017, 6:00 AM / in National News, State News

By JACQUES BILLEAUD and SHEILA BURKE, Associated Press A woman and her stepgrandson were swept down a remote creek in Grand Canyon National Park, but the family is holding out hope that the 62-year-old wife of a popular outdoor footwear company founder has the skills to keep them both alive until they’re found, a family member said. Lou-Ann Merrell, wife […]

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House Speaker Beth Harwell to GOP Caucus on gas tax vote: ‘Try to keep personalities out of it’

House Speaker Beth Harwell to GOP Caucus on gas tax vote: ‘Try to keep personalities out of it’

on April 18, 2017, 6:50 AM / in State News

It is difficult to be kind when the GOP leadership is trying to hoodwink your representatives into believing that a tax increase is a good thing. By Andy Sper  /  Chattanooga Times Free Press NASHVILLE — With Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s gas tax bill scheduled to hit the House and Senate floors on Wednesday, GOP House Speaker Beth Harwell on […]

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Report: Driver T-Bones 468-Pound Black Bear in Mississippi Collision

Report: Driver T-Bones 468-Pound Black Bear in Mississippi Collision

on April 18, 2017, 6:00 AM / in State News

Body Shop Business Staff Writers Mississippi authorities say that a Louisiana black bear killed in a recent vehicle collision was the largest they’ve ever seen in the state. On April 5, a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban traveling on U.S. 61 near Natchez, Miss., struck a full-grown male bear weighing 468 pounds, the Natchez Democrat reported. The bear, which now is being […]

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The Political Press is Desperate for a Democrat Win in Georgia Today

The Political Press is Desperate for a Democrat Win in Georgia Today

on April 18, 2017, 6:00 AM / in National News, Opinion, State News

By Erick Erickson   /   The Resurgent All over the internet, liberal reporters are positively giddy at the thought that Jon Ossoff could win in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District today. But it is not going to happen, though you’d have a hard time believing it based on media coverage. Jon Ossoff has given the political press thigh sweats as they […]

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Ohio police search for suspect in murder livestreamed on Facebook

Ohio police search for suspect in murder livestreamed on Facebook

on April 17, 2017, 7:09 AM / in State News

Ohio police conducted a manhunt on Sunday for a suspect in a killing that was streamed live on Facebook. Law enforcement officers searched the Cleveland area for Steve Stephens, who allegedly walked up to Robert Goodwin Sr., 74, and fatally shot him. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson called on Stephens to surrender to police, and not “do any more harm to […]

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Dem Rep. Emanuel Cleaver Paid Former Staffer’s Firm $2.2 Million From Campaign Funds

Dem Rep. Emanuel Cleaver Paid Former Staffer’s Firm $2.2 Million From Campaign Funds

on April 17, 2017, 7:00 AM / in National News, State News

Identified as an adviser to Cleaver years after leaving his congressional office BY: Joe Schoffstall   /   Washington Free Beacon A former staffer to Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (Mo.), who later was identified as an adviser to the congressman, has been paid $2.2 million from Cleaver’s campaign funds. Phil Scaglia, a former staffer to Cleaver, pocketed millions of dollars from […]

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Democratic Civil War Quietly Being Fought in Virginia

Democratic Civil War Quietly Being Fought in Virginia

on April 17, 2017, 6:32 AM / in National News, State News

Top figures take sides in primary battle as party leaders claim national ‘unity’ BY: Brent Scher   /   Washington Free Beacon The Democratic National Committee is putting on a national “unity” tour, but the ideological battle lines in last year’s presidential primary have reappeared in Virginia’s race for governor. The central figure of the DNC’s unity tour is Bernie Sanders—the […]

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Tennessee Eagle Forum’s Legislative Update, April 15, 2017

Tennessee Eagle Forum’s Legislative Update, April 15, 2017

on April 17, 2017, 6:28 AM / in Opinion, State News

Tennessee General Assembly information, click HERE. For information on State Senators, including phone numbers and email addresses, click HERE; for House members, click HERE. For information on legislation, click HERE. Don’t forget that you can now watch the Senate committee meetings and floor sessions online by going HERE; House committee meetings and floor sessions online HERE. Phone calls can go […]

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Ole Miss Coach Newest Target of Atheist Group

on April 16, 2017, 5:51 AM / in State News

Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze is Freedom From Religion Foundation’s newest target. Apparently, they don’t like the faith-filled messages Freeze is posting on his official school Twitter account. In a letter to the University of Mississippi, FFRF argues that the coach “may not promote his personal religious beliefs while acting in his capacity as a University employee.” But First […]

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Chick-fil-A Embroiled in Campus ‘Safe Spaces’ Controversy

on April 16, 2017, 5:49 AM / in State News

The famous chicken sandwich chain nearly missed being included as an option at the campus food court at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Student senator-at-large Niko Martini asked the Student Government Association to pass a resolution urging the Catholic university to reconsider offering Chick-fil-A because some students felt the restaurant’s traditional view of marriage discriminated against the LGBT community and offered […]

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NC Bill Challenges Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

on April 16, 2017, 5:47 AM / in State News

While it’s unlikely to become law, some North Carolina legislators are ready to take on the U.S. Supreme Court when it comes to marriage. On the last day for filing, a handful of representatives filed House Bill 780, the Uphold Historical Marriage Act. It states that same-sex “marriages” are invalid in the Tar Heel State and asserts the U.S. Supreme […]

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TN Will Not Enforce Abortion Regulations

on April 16, 2017, 5:44 AM / in State News

Because the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional abortion regulations similar to those enacted by Tennessee’s Legislature, the state’s attorney general, Herbert Slatery, announced this week that the state would not enforce its laws. The one law, enacted in 2012, required doctors performing abortions in Tennessee to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital. The other law, enacted in […]

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