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GOP presidential hopefuls trek to Tennessee

GOP presidential hopefuls trek to Tennessee

on March 8, 2015, 10:40 AM / in State News

By Michael Collins  /  Knoxville News Sentinel WASHINGTON — It’s still a bit early, nearly a year before Tennessee voters will make their pick, but a parade of possible Republican candidates for president has already started marching through the state. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will be in Memphis on March 20 for a fundraiser for the Tennessee Republican Party. A week […]

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Tennessee solid waste director took $227,000, heads to Disney World, audit says

Tennessee solid waste director took $227,000, heads to Disney World, audit says

on March 6, 2015, 7:07 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Ronald Brady is charged with taking more than $227,000 from Hamblen County taxpayers, yet probably no reporter was around to ask: What will you do now? Brady might have said, “I’m going to Disney World”? Brady, who lives in Morristown, resigned as the county’s director of solid waste last month. Brady allegedly took $227,972 from taxpayers and used […]

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Three Tennessee lawmakers want state to fight Obama’s net neutrality

Three Tennessee lawmakers want state to fight Obama’s net neutrality

on March 6, 2015, 6:30 AM / in National News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Three Tennessee legislators want state Attorney General Herb Slatery to take legal action against the Federal Communications Commission after a majority of commissioners removed a state law regulating government-owned Internet networks. FCC officials made this decision on the same day they voted in favor of net neutrality. As reported, Tennessee law says networks, known as […]

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Nashville dog-chaining ban survives challenge

Nashville dog-chaining ban survives challenge

on March 4, 2015, 8:57 AM / in State News

By Joey Garrison  /  The Tennessean In addition to banning chains to restrict the movement of dogs, the bill approved Tuesday outlaws outdoor tethers considered “unreasonably heavy in proportion to the weight of the animal.” The new law, which specifies acceptable tethers, also bans the fastening of dogs to stationary devices outside in freezing temperatures, extreme heat, thunderstorms and tornadoes. […]

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Bots take dominion over Internet, help Tennessee ticket scalpers

Bots take dominion over Internet, help Tennessee ticket scalpers

on March 3, 2015, 10:18 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Bots are insidious creatures, modern-day gremlins who have infested the Internet. The bots are accused of buying tickets off websites such as Ticketmaster.com, and they’re buying them faster than even the most quick-witted people with the fastest Internet speeds.   According to Wired magazine, the Internet has more bots online than actual people. But Tennessee legislators may do something about them during […]

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Good News: Govt. Insurance ends suffering and death!

Good News: Govt. Insurance ends suffering and death!

on March 2, 2015, 7:44 AM / in National News, State News

Folks, When government has the power to mandate what you eat, drink, what kind of health care you may make use of, what kind of poisons SHALL be injected into your body and the bodies of your babies, what kind of self defence tools you may or may not have access to, where you can live, where you can work, […]

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Hot in Tennessee Legislature: March 1st Report

Hot in Tennessee Legislature: March 1st Report

on March 1, 2015, 5:26 PM / in 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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Voucher bills in Tennessee

Voucher bills in Tennessee

on March 1, 2015, 2:25 PM / in Opinion, State News

There are two education voucher bills making their way through the Tennessee Legislature. They appear to be identical: HB0210 by Brooks H, SB0122 by Kelsey:  School Vouchers – As introduced, enacts the “Tennessee Choice and Opportunity Scholarship Act.” HB1049 by Dunn SB0999 by Gardenhire: School Vouchers – As introduced, enacts the “Tennessee Choice & Opportunity Scholarship Act.” This writer is […]

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February Message from John Harris Tennessee Firearms Association

February Message from John Harris Tennessee Firearms Association

on February 25, 2015, 4:26 PM / in State News

The Tennessee Legislature resumed work in January. The elections last year proved that our 2nd Amendment rights in Tennessee are not safe. Legislators with records of working against our rights, like Rep. Charles Sargent, were protected by the “Establishment” and huge financial expense. Now, however, it is critical that we prepare for yet another legislative session where our rights are […]

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Out With the Old In With the New Tennessee Lobbyist for Islamists

Out With the Old In With the New Tennessee Lobbyist for Islamists

on February 23, 2015, 10:08 AM / in State News

By tn Council 4 political justice Important information that should be passed to your state legislators. Former American Center for Outreach (ACO) director Remziya Suleyman was the lobbyist in our state legislature for Tennessee Islamists. She and her Civic Engagement Coordinator, Drost Kokoye believed they were “run[ning] Tennessee.” They never did and certainly aren’t anymore! What they did do though […]

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US and TN Terrorist Camps have launched Jihad, prepare for future attacks

US and TN Terrorist Camps have launched Jihad, prepare for future attacks

on February 23, 2015, 8:41 AM / in National News, State News

Special Thanks to Maria…. US and TN Terrorist Camps have launched Jihad, prepare for future attacks They are in your neighborhood. They walk the streets with you. They shop, dine and eat with you. They have launched Jihad for years, bombed, murdered and defrauded many Americans inside the USA and it has gone largely unnoticed by it’s inhabitants. Known terrorists […]

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Are Health Agencies of Tennessee ready to play blackmail politics

Are Health Agencies of Tennessee ready to play blackmail politics

on February 23, 2015, 7:15 AM / in State News

Agencies scrap over releasing lawmaker health plan info From the Tennessean, we have this report: Although a handful of lawmakers officially killed Gov. Bill Haslam’s controversial health care plan earlier this month, the battles related to Insure Tennessee aren’t over. Right now two state agencies are fighting over whether they must release details about the public health insurance benefits that […]

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Memphis gets millions to (yet again) end homelessness

Memphis gets millions to (yet again) end homelessness

on February 23, 2015, 7:05 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog The feds will give millions of taxpayer dollars to Memphis to end homelessness — again. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, boasts about how instrumental he was in getting that money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — again. And certain Memphis media outlets are parroting the official government line this money will do […]

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Harry Brooks: Apparatchik.

Harry Brooks: Apparatchik.

on February 23, 2015, 7:00 AM / in Opinion, State News

By Rocky Top Politics Apparently, the negative publicity and the voter animosity towards Common Core is completely lost on Education (Admin) Chairman Harry Brooks. How else to explain the in-your-face slap at Core opponents by inviting the “architect of Common Core,” Marc Tucker, to his committee to deliver an unchallenged lecture on the virtues of Common Core. Oh, but wait. […]

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Former Democratic Chairman Contacted Hit Man to Murder Little Girls He Molested

Former Democratic Chairman Contacted Hit Man to Murder Little Girls He Molested

on February 23, 2015, 6:57 AM / in State News

From the MidSouth Sentinel and Via Gateway Pundit Democratic chairman Michael Gardner is accused of assaulting a family member who was under 13 at the time of the assault, officials said. He also reportedly molested two little girls at his daughter’s sleepover. (WUSA) Michael Gardner reportedly tried to hire a hit man to murder the two little girls he molested. […]

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GOP governors in Maryland, Tennessee offer voluntary employee buyouts to reduce government

GOP governors in Maryland, Tennessee offer voluntary employee buyouts to reduce government

on February 22, 2015, 8:35 AM / in State News

Republican governors in two states — Maryland and Tennessee — are offering voluntary employee-buyout programs as a way to reduce government beyond furloughs and cutting programs. In Maryland, newly elected Gov. Larry Hogan is offering state employees in agencies in the executive branch a lump sum payment of $15,000, according to a letter dated Wednesday. They also would receive an […]

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Legislative Update February 22, 2015

Legislative Update February 22, 2015

on February 22, 2015, 8:03 AM / in Local News, 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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Tennessee leans on federal money

Tennessee leans on federal money

on February 20, 2015, 9:17 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Tennessee officials can boast all day about states rights and all they’re doing to keep the federal government at bay. Ironically, according to a new report, Tennessee ranks third on a list of states most dependent on federal dollars, behind only Mississippi and Louisiana. The author of the study, Joe Luppino-Esposito of State […]

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Around the Block with Frank; February 19th 2015 Edition

Around the Block with Frank; February 19th 2015 Edition

on February 19, 2015, 9:25 AM / in Local News, National News, State News

A new advocacy group with deep pockets and close ties to Gov. Bill Haslam is spending big bucks defending his stance on maintaining Tennessee’s K-12 education standards, Federal Communications Commission television station filings show. Since Dec. 29, Tennesseans for Student Success, a nonprofit group headed by Haslam’s 2014 campaign manager, Jeremy Harrell, has spent $137,000 broadcasting a 30-second spot in […]

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Haslam Plan to Scrap ‘Longevity’ Pay Regarded Skeptically by Lawmakers

Haslam Plan to Scrap ‘Longevity’ Pay Regarded Skeptically by Lawmakers

on February 19, 2015, 7:43 AM / in State News

Gov. Bill Haslam’s budget for the coming fiscal year includes further changes in the way state employees are paid, but he’s already facing bipartisan opposition to the plan from members of the Legislature. In his state-of-the-state address Feb. 9, Haslam proposed directing a little more than $47 million toward state employee pay raises and market adjustments. “That amounts to a […]

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