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Haslam making 6 more stops this week on Insure Tenn. tour

Haslam making 6 more stops this week on Insure Tenn. tour

on January 26, 2015, 7:52 AM / in State News

Gov. Bill Haslam (R-TN) is on tour again making six more stops around the state to promote his Insure Tennessee plan to extend health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income people and rob taxpayers to provide for it. The Gov had decided to kicked off his tour last week at hospitals in Jackson and Memphis where the admins had already promoted […]

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Closing Republican Primaries In Tennessee

Closing Republican Primaries In Tennessee

on January 24, 2015, 10:01 AM / in State News

The Tennessee Republican Executive Committee will meet on February 7 to discuss a resolution on closing Republican primaries in Tennessee. The open-primary system of some states, including Tennessee, has been discussed nationwide since the infamous outbreak of “crossover voting” in Mississippi during the Chris McDaniel-Thad Cochran contest last year. Many say that Republicans should elect Republican candidates and Democrats should […]

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Fitzhugh: Dems Wanting More Info on Haslam’s ‘Insure TN’

Fitzhugh: Dems Wanting More Info on Haslam’s ‘Insure TN’

on January 24, 2015, 7:20 AM / in State News

Democrats in the Tennessee House of Representatives don’t like the way debate is unfolding over the General Assembly’s proposed authorization of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Medicaid expansion plan. Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley, the leader of the lower-chamber minority party, told reporters that as of Friday afternoon only about 10 of the House’s 26 Democrats are on board with the governor’s plan […]

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Damn! We’re in a tight spot.

Damn! We’re in a tight spot.

on January 24, 2015, 7:17 AM / in State News

Great Article By Rocky Top “An Idiot’s Guide to Insure TN” For Speaker Beth Harwell, Insure TN has become a very difficult issue — one that could seriously affect her expected race for governor in 2018 as well as her effectiveness as Speaker. Since Gov. Haslam rolled out his Insure TN “plan” to  expand Obamacare, it has become painfully obvious […]

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Foe of Haslam’s Insure Tennessee uses Corker bill to attack Medicaid expansion plan

Foe of Haslam’s Insure Tennessee uses Corker bill to attack Medicaid expansion plan

on January 24, 2015, 7:02 AM / in State News

  By Andy Sher   /  Chattanooga Times Free Press NASHVILLE — A legislative foe of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s Medicaid expansion plan is questioning its reliance on a voluntary hospital assessment that would fund the state’s future share, citing efforts two years ago by U.S. Sen. Bob Corker to eliminate the widespread practice. State Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, was quoted […]

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Don’t “Fix” (Expand) Obamacare

Don’t “Fix” (Expand) Obamacare

on January 22, 2015, 10:11 AM / in National News, Opinion, State News

Republicans must ignore bad advice. Liberal media, government officials, Hospital Chiefs, Chambers of Commerce, Democrats, and ACA proponents say Republicans must soon “fix” (expand) Obamacare. At issue is the King vs. Burwell lawsuit against the IRS issuing premium subsidies to those who enroll in Obamacare through the federal exchange, Healthcare.gov. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) only allows subsidies through state-based […]

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Sides launch ad battles for, against Insure Tennessee

Sides launch ad battles for, against Insure Tennessee

on January 21, 2015, 7:58 AM / in State News

  by Andy Sher  /  Chattanooga Time Free Press NASHVILLE — Even as Gov. Bill Haslam ventures into West Tennessee today to promote his Insure Tennessee proposal, a high-stakes public battle is underway between independent groups on both sides of his plan to extend health coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans. Hoping to win the hearts and minds of fellow Republicans […]

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TN Responses to Obama’s 7th State of the Union Address

TN Responses to Obama’s 7th State of the Union Address

on January 21, 2015, 7:29 AM / in State News

President Barack Obama highlighted improvements in the nation’s economic outlook — such as a lower unemployment rate, improved college graduation rate, improved wages, greater energy independence and a high rate of Americans having health insurance — in his seventh State of the Union address Tuesday night. Obama spoke of the need for bipartisanship and to work together. However, he also […]

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Mayor fails to disclose major conflict of interest with roadwork project

Mayor fails to disclose major conflict of interest with roadwork project

on January 21, 2015, 7:23 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — In choosing one of three competing bidders for a roadwork project, the Williston City Council picked the one that charged four times as much as the other two, according to a new audit. State Comptroller Justin Wilson’s audit said council members chose contractor Ricky McQueen, who charged an even $42,000 for the work. […]

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Islamist Bullying in Tennessee

Islamist Bullying in Tennessee

on January 20, 2015, 6:34 AM / in Opinion, State News

tn Council 4 political justice Tennessee has a law against bullying in schools because we believe that bullying is bad. So every school district in Tennessee has policies committed to eradicating bullies. But we tolerate Islamist bullying. These bullies use name-calling like “bigot” or “Islamophobe” whenever anyone raises questions about matters like Muslim Brotherhood networks, Muslim Brotherhood plan, or questions […]

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Bill would ban chaining dogs outside in Nashville

Bill would ban chaining dogs outside in Nashville

on January 20, 2015, 5:30 AM / in State News

  By Joey Garrison   / The Tennessean Chaining dogs outside would be prohibited in Nashville under a Metro Council proposal that also would ban tethering dogs outdoors during extreme cold and heat. These are among a dozen regulations carved out in new pet-tethering legislation sponsored by Councilwoman Karen Bennett. Her bill, which goes before the council on a first of […]

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Don’t be hypocrite about animal welfare

Don’t be hypocrite about animal welfare

on January 18, 2015, 8:34 AM / in Opinion, State News

Debate continues about rights of animals Compiled by Larry Woody A recent feature about fur trapping in Tennessee stirred responses both negative and positive, reflective of a growing nation-wide debate. As society becomes more urbanized and people lose touch with the natural order of things, there is an increasing anti-hunting sentiment. About all that most folks know about wildlife – […]

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Mississippi tops states in federal aid; Louisiana second; Tennessee third

Mississippi tops states in federal aid; Louisiana second; Tennessee third

on January 14, 2015, 9:27 AM / in State News

No wonder we are holding with the hands of the Fed’s. The voters continue to tell those in office not to grow government and they ignore you as if it were nothing….. By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog Mississippi relies on federal help more than any other state. The Magnolia State received 45.3 percent of its budget from the federal […]

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GOP governor giving in to pressure to expand Obamacare in Tennessee

GOP governor giving in to pressure to expand Obamacare in Tennessee

on January 14, 2015, 7:10 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, only two months after a landslide re-election, appears willing to give in to pressure to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. Haslam is calling for a special legislative session, starting Feb. 2, to address the issue. Forbes and the Washington Times have already offered scorching criticism of Haslam’s plan, known […]

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Strong and Free Tennessee’s Hearing Today, Strong Allegations of Fraud

Strong and Free Tennessee’s Hearing Today, Strong Allegations of Fraud

on January 14, 2015, 6:59 AM / in State News

The Registry of Election Finance will finally hear the complaints filed by Ruth Fennell and Mark Winslow against Strong and Free TN PAC  this morning at 10:30 AM in Suite 104 of Parkway Towers, located at 404 James Robertson Parkway. The agenda of today’s meeting. They have filed their Online Campaign Finance Reports.  Here is the link: https://apps.tn.gov/tncamp-app/public/replist.htm?id=5276&owner=STRONG%20&%20FREE%20TENNESSEE According to financials, The SAFT PAC RECEIVED […]

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Keeping Up With The Commissioners Jan 12th Edition: Terry “Insure Tn” Roland puts lipstick on a (Medicare) Pig

Keeping Up With The Commissioners Jan 12th Edition: Terry “Insure Tn” Roland puts lipstick on a (Medicare) Pig

on January 13, 2015, 7:11 AM / in Opinion, State News

Grant to reduce breastfeeding disparities? Check Grant to provide direct services to victims of elder abuse? Check I spoke on this issue regarding new positions created by this grant. I read online the accompanying documents which detailed the fact that there would be 6 new part-time employees and 1 full-time employee. And my question was what happens when the grant […]

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The leadership: What to watch as the General Assembly convenes

The leadership: What to watch as the General Assembly convenes

on January 12, 2015, 9:12 AM / in State News

By Dave Boucher  /  The Tennessean As the 109th General Assembly convenes, much of the spotlight will be on the governor and the Republican and Democratic leadership. Gov. Bill Haslam The governor is coming off one of the more commanding re-election margins in state history and riding a 70 percent approval rating. He’ll need that public support if he’s going […]

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Tennessee Democrats elect leaders; Anderson loses bid for vice chairman

Tennessee Democrats elect leaders; Anderson loses bid for vice chairman

on January 12, 2015, 7:25 AM / in State News

by Andy Sher / Chattanooga Times Free Press NASHVILLE — Embattled Tennessee Democrats on Saturday chose Nashville activist Mary Mancini as the new leader of a party seeking to remake itself into a relevant political force in state politics. Mancini received 61 votes for party chairman from executive committee members. Lenda Sherrell of Monteagle got nine votes. Sherrell was the […]

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Many topics up for debate in the 109th Tennessee General Assembly set to convene Tuesday

Many topics up for debate in the 109th Tennessee General Assembly set to convene Tuesday

on January 12, 2015, 7:04 AM / in State News

BY TAMMY CHILDRESS | BRISTOL HERALD COURIER BRISTOL, Tenn. — Insure Tennessee is expected to be one of the main topics of debate during the 109th Tennessee General Assembly, which starts Tuesday in Nashville. Insure Tennessee is Gov. Bill Haslam’s answer to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and would provide insurance to 200,000 uninsured Tennesseans. Lt. Gov. Ron […]

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IKEA wants millions in corporate welfare for Memphis store

IKEA wants millions in corporate welfare for Memphis store

on January 12, 2015, 6:24 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog MEMPHIS — An unelected board of 11 people in Memphis will soon decide whether to grant $9.5 million in tax incentives to the IKEA corporation. Company officials want to open their first store in Tennessee and are asking city and county officials for that much in corporate welfare through its first 11 years of operation. […]

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