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TENNESSEAN: House Republicans blast JPEC

TENNESSEAN: House Republicans blast JPEC

on July 12, 2014, 7:10 AM / in News, State News

The majority leader criticized the JPEC, which is responsible for recommending whether incumbent judges can stand for an unopposed retention election, for essentially being a rubber stamp. “The JPEC literally determines which judges we citizens have the opportunity to vote for by weeding out the bad judges and keeping the good judges,” McCormick says. “The only problem is that the […]

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KNOX NEWS: Both sides now advertising in Supreme Court retention election

KNOX NEWS: Both sides now advertising in Supreme Court retention election

on July 12, 2014, 7:03 AM / in News, State News

The direct mail advertising attack ad targeting the justices, sponsored by Tennessee Forum, does not mention crime and focuses on the court members’ political affiliations, linking the judges to President Obama. On one side is a picture of a judicial gavel and the headline, “Drop the hammer on our liberal Supreme Court.” On the flip side, the mailer has a […]

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Tea Party Patriots Fund Endorses Joe Carr in Tennessee Primary

Tea Party Patriots Fund Endorses Joe Carr in Tennessee Primary

on July 11, 2014, 8:04 AM / in National News, News, State News

The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund announced today that they have endorsed Joe Carr, the Republican challenger to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) by Charlie Spiering  / Breitbart “Joe Carr embodies the values of personal freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free future,” TPPCF Chairman Jenny Beth Martin said in a statement. “In contrast to his incumbent opponent, Joe is willing to […]

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“probably” Word That Excuses Commissioner Justin Ford But Not You

“probably” Word That Excuses Commissioner Justin Ford But Not You

on July 11, 2014, 6:49 AM / in News, State News

An investigation into where County Commissioner Justin Ford lives has found that he “probably” lives at 638 Tulane Cove in Whitehaven, which is inside the district he represents, according to the county attorney. Ford, who could not be reached for comment, has leased the apartment since 2010 when he was elected to the District 3, Position 3 seat and has […]

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Lamar Alexander is SO SORRY

on July 11, 2014, 6:40 AM / in News, State News

Published on July 9th, 2014, this ad conveys the feelings of some Tennesseans.

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UAW coming to Chattanooga VW, despite getting thumbs down from workers

UAW coming to Chattanooga VW, despite getting thumbs down from workers

on July 11, 2014, 6:32 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — A majority of Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga told the United Auto Workers union earlier this year it’s not wanted there, but union officials aren’t getting the message. UAW officials announced Monday the formation of UAW Local 42, which they say will represent Chattanooga VW employees using what they call a “works council” approach. […]

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Haslam Optimistic New HHS Head Will Work With TN on Medicaid Expansion

Haslam Optimistic New HHS Head Will Work With TN on Medicaid Expansion

on July 11, 2014, 6:31 AM / in News, State News

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said he expects discussions about Medicaid expansion in the Volunteer State will come up this week at the National Governors Association meeting in Nashville. Sylvia Burwell, the new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary, is expected to attend the NGA meeting, Haslam told reporters following a grant announcement in Dunlap Tuesday. She was appointed to the […]

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Conferees Considering Changes to AWA , Dog Ownership Restrictions –Voice Your Opposition Today

Conferees Considering Changes to AWA , Dog Ownership Restrictions –Voice Your Opposition Today

on July 9, 2014, 7:57 AM / in Announcements, News, State News

Key North Carolina House and Senate members are meeting this week to work out a budget compromise. The final budget—which could include harmful changes to the Animal Welfare Act and a proposal to require owners of multiple dogs to be licensed as commercial dog dealers – could be released and approved within the next few days. Supporters are continuing to […]

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New Tennessee law allows gun owners to keep loaded firearms in vehicle

New Tennessee law allows gun owners to keep loaded firearms in vehicle

on July 9, 2014, 7:14 AM / in News, State News

NEW TENNESSEE GUN LAW

On July 1, a new law went into effect creating a new exception in the state’s prohibition against carrying a loaded handgun, rifle or shotgun in a vehicle. Until now, only state-issued handgun-carry permit holders could lawfully keep loaded firearms in their vehicles.

The new law says nonpermit holders now can, provided:

• They are not prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm by federal law or purchasing a firearm under state law.

• They are in lawful possession of the motor vehicle.

Motor vehicles owned or leased by a governmental or private employer for the use of employees aren’t covered if the employer has adopted a written policy prohibiting firearms or ammunition not required for employment within their motor vehicles.

Source: Legislative analysis, Tennessee General Assembly

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Horton Fired

Horton Fired

on July 9, 2014, 6:17 AM / in News, State News

By Neil Siders / Everything Hendersonville Wednesday, July 2, according to sources, the City of Hendersonville terminated Public Works Director, Jerry Horton. Horton, a long time employee of the City, has been the subject of several investigations by the press and government organizations over the last year. The investigation began and was originally focused on Horton’s hiring of an unqualified […]

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Another Exciting Episode of Keeping Up With The Commissioners!

Another Exciting Episode of Keeping Up With The Commissioners!

on July 9, 2014, 6:12 AM / in News, State News

If you missed it, that’s OK, there’s always next time. For those that called and emailed the commissioners, thank you! It definitely made a difference. On the property tax rate and doing away with the unequal tax rate that all non-Memphis residents of Shelby County were paying(0.04 cents higher than everyone else). WE WON! Thanks to a non-partisan group of Commissioners voting […]

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TN bloggers seem to do more work on Heitman case than local media

TN bloggers seem to do more work on Heitman case than local media

on July 9, 2014, 6:09 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Oak Ridge resident Andrew Howe did something he believes no journalist in Tennessee has done — he visited the scene of Alex Heitman’s death. Howe has talked to various city officials about the case, including Oak Ridge’s police chief and city manager — that’s pretty good detective work for someone who, by trade, […]

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New voter law draws opposition in North Carolina

New voter law draws opposition in North Carolina

on July 8, 2014, 8:08 AM / in National News, News, State News

Editor’s Note: North Carolina has been the liberal battle field for years. By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) – Critics of North Carolina’s new voter law argued on Monday for blocking key provisions such as fewer early voting days and the end of same-day registration before November’s midterm elections to avoid disenfranchising African-American voters. Attorneys for the state countered that […]

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McDaniel weighs challenge in Mississippi U.S. Senate primary

McDaniel weighs challenge in Mississippi U.S. Senate primary

on July 8, 2014, 8:03 AM / in National News, News, State News

By Emily Le Coz JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) – Chris McDaniel, a Tea Party-backed Mississippi U.S. Senate candidate, is preparing a possible legal challenge to his defeat in last month’s Republican primary after supporters spent Monday sorting through voting records in dozens of counties, campaign officials said. The conservative state senator has blamed his loss to U.S. Senator Thad Cochran on […]

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Issa, 32 Lawmakers Demand Obama Deport Illegals Now!!!

Issa, 32 Lawmakers Demand Obama Deport Illegals Now!!!

on July 8, 2014, 8:00 AM / in National News, News, State News

ONLY TN Congressmen Marsha Blackburn and John Duncan have signed this letter.   PLEASE contact the rest of the Tennessee Delegation and ask them why they have NOT signed the letter: Black, Diane, Tennessee, 6th   Email Cohen, Steve, Tennessee, 9th  Email Cooper, Jim, Tennessee, 5th  Email DesJarlais, Scott, Tennessee, 4th   Email Fincher, Stephen, Tennessee, 8th   Email Fleischmann, Chuck, Tennessee, 3rd   Email […]

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Law enforcement officials warned on what the passage of S. 744 would mean.

Law enforcement officials warned on what the passage of S. 744 would mean.

on July 8, 2014, 7:30 AM / in National News, News, State News

“The federal government, by warehousing illegal immigrant youths and sending them to military bases, has been forced to deal with the border crisis in recent weeks and months that was in part created by that bill. “On May 29, 2013, less than a month before the Senate would pass its amnesty bill, officials from the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement […]

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STOP the Surge

STOP the Surge

on July 8, 2014, 7:26 AM / in National News, News, State News

Sen. Bob Corker is the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that has jurisdiction over the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Illegal minors crossing the border are treated as conditional refugees pending a deportation hearing where they may or may not show up. Sen. Lamar Alexander is on the Senate Appropriations Sub-committee that approved $1.94 billion to help Obama […]

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Looney takes on education commissioner, policy

on July 7, 2014, 7:40 AM / in News, State News

Here is a guy that we like… not just because he is an ex Marine…. this guy knows when he is right and he knows that following a different path, especially one that will ultimately lead to the detriment of others. The article appears in Nashville’s Tennessean Mike Looney is superintendent of Williamson County Schools, the highest- ranked district in Tennessee.(Photo: […]

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Residency Requirements For Me But Not For Thee

Residency Requirements For Me But Not For Thee

on July 7, 2014, 7:23 AM / in News, State News

http://bit.ly/1qBi6pJ County opens investigation into Commissioner Justin Ford’s residency http://bit.ly/1qBipAE Henri Brooks investigated for possible residency violation Apparently, rules are for the little people. As most people in Shelby County know, there has been an on going scandal in regards to residency requirements for Shelby County Commissioners. Henri Brooks cannot verify that she lives in her district and now another commissioner has […]

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Trial lawyers ‘Better Call Saul’ for help retaining Supreme Court justices

Trial lawyers ‘Better Call Saul’ for help retaining Supreme Court justices

on July 7, 2014, 7:18 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog “If you’re committed enough, you can make any story work. I once told a woman I was Kevin Costner, and it worked because I believed it.” — Saul Goodman NASHVILLE — Apologies for the broad generalizations or for reinforcing stereotypes — but trial lawyers don’t give advice unless they get something in return. As reported, […]

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