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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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Animal rights group criticizes Vanderbilt’s use of sheep

Animal rights group criticizes Vanderbilt’s use of sheep

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

An animal rights organization plans to report Vanderbilt University to a federal agency for needlessly using live sheep to train doctors, but a spokesman for its medical center said the complaint is inaccurate. However, Vanderbilt did not deny using animals in the training. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine on Tuesday released a copy of a letter that it planned […]

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Tennessee Tea Party is Supporting Joe Carr

Tennessee Tea Party is Supporting Joe Carr

on November 18, 2014, 9:49 AM / in Announcements, News, State News

The following was recently released from the Obion and Madison County TEA Party: The Tennessee Republican Party is preparing to elect a Chairman. You, as an individual citizen cannot vote for the chairman, but you do have a voice. The State Executive Committee (SEC) elects the chairman. Each Senate district has two representatives to the SEC. There are 33 districts […]

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HALO’s Response

HALO’s Response

on November 18, 2014, 8:10 AM / in News, State News

By Neil Siders  On October 14, 2014 Everything Hendersonville published an article and audio recording of a Hendersonville developer, Randy Hoffman, saying that he had been part of a group that had written a “big ass check” to Foster Engineering for projects never intended as real projects, in order to gain Mayor Scott Foster’s cooperation on the group’s projects. Following […]

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Keeping Up With The Kommissioners Nov 17th Edition: Darth Basar and his imagined Manifest Destiny

on November 18, 2014, 8:04 AM / in News, Opinion, State News

Somebody tell Darth Basar the powers he imagines himself having aren’t real, despite what he’s been told…more on that in a minute… The ordinances addressing  the living wage and benefits regarding those who do business with the county not having to comply with the overly burdensome regulations when doing business with the county were passed on the 2nd reading. State […]

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Haslam questions new challenge by fellow Republicans to Common Core

Haslam questions new challenge by fellow Republicans to Common Core

on November 18, 2014, 7:24 AM / in News, State News

  by Andy Sher  / timesfreepress.com NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam is raising questions about plans by two state Senate Republicans to repeal Tennessee’s controversial Common Core education standards and create a new panel to make recommendations on their replacement. The bill from Haslam’s fellow Republicans, Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham and Government Operations Committee Chairman Mike Bell, comes […]

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The Tennessean choices favorites….. for education

The Tennessean choices favorites….. for education

on November 17, 2014, 10:56 AM / in News, State News

Jim McIntyre, Jamie Woodson cited as possible candidates to replace Kevin Huffman as education chief After three and a half years of division, fights and big changes that put Tennessee in the national spotlight for public education, a push has emerged for an education commissioner who is homegrown to replace the departing Kevin Huffman. Finding a Tennessean for the high-profile […]

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“Strong and Free” or “Sleazy and Fraudulent”?

“Strong and Free” or “Sleazy and Fraudulent”?

on November 17, 2014, 10:44 AM / in News, State News

Our good partners in East Tennessee know the smell of a rat and in this article and they don’t hold back on their opinion…. God bless them… Good going Rocky Top! The Tennessean and others have finally decided to report on the slimy goings on in the GOP’s recent election of State Executive Committee members. RTP reported on this back […]

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Registry Meeting to discuss Strong and Free TN:  Wednesday, 11/12 at 1:00 PM

Registry Meeting to discuss Strong and Free TN: Wednesday, 11/12 at 1:00 PM

on November 16, 2014, 9:19 AM / in News, State News

WARNING: There is a lot of information here so only continue reading if you have some time..  DISCLAIMER: Despite the continued obstacles and lack of concern or action by those in positions of authority, I will continue to push for “consequences” for the illegal and unethical actions of Strong and Free TN PAC…  So, consider yourselves warned, I will NOT […]

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Meet Ashley

Meet Ashley

on November 14, 2014, 8:12 AM / in News, State News

2 years old Tennessee acute lymphoblastic leukemia St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Ashley is a smiling and energetic little girl who enjoys life to the fullest. She loves to play with her sister and the rest of her family. Right around Ashley’s second birthday, her parents, Patricia and Fernando, started noticing changes in their daughter’s behavior. They took her to […]

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Upcoming Reports

on November 13, 2014, 9:10 AM / in News, Opinion, State News

It has been some time since I have had the opportunity to write as opposed to the time I take as editor at The Press. When I can take the time to write I feel overwhelmed because of the wealth of information that passes by. I sometimes compare it to a North Shore Oahu ocean wave building and building, moving closer and […]

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The Tennessee Firearms Association moves to favor Rep Joe Carr for Tennessee Executive Committee Chairman

The Tennessee Firearms Association moves to favor Rep Joe Carr for Tennessee Executive Committee Chairman

on November 13, 2014, 8:12 AM / in News, State News

We received this email this morning…. The editor and staff of The Jackson Press endorses Joe Carr Rep. Joe Carr has announced that he is seeking your help to become Chairman of the State Republican Party and to bring enumerated conservative principles back into primary focus for the Tennesseans.  Proper Leadership of the State Republican Party is critical for Republicans […]

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