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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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Mixed Response to Obama’s ‘Free’ Community College Plan

Mixed Response to Obama’s ‘Free’ Community College Plan

on January 12, 2015, 6:20 AM / in State News

President Barack Obama unveiled a proposal to provide two years of community college tuition-free to “responsible students” Friday at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville. The plan, called “America’s College Promise,” is inspired in part by Gov. Bill Haslam’s “Tennessee Promise” and Rahm Emanuel’s “Chicago Star Scholarship.” “A college degree is the surest ticket to the middle class,” Obama said. […]

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What Will the Jew-Hater’s Mother Teach New Immigrant Parents?

What Will the Jew-Hater’s Mother Teach New Immigrant Parents?

on January 12, 2015, 6:13 AM / in Opinion, State News

Drost Kokoye is an Islamist agitator with groups like the far left TIRRC (TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition), the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC), and the American Center for Outreach (ACO). She is one of Nashville’s most vocal Jew-haters, (here, here and here), and was central to organizing and leading pro-Hamas rallies this past summer. Her mother Bayan Kokoye, […]

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Lakeland to view Land purchase

Lakeland to view Land purchase

on January 12, 2015, 5:51 AM / in State News

Written by Carolyn Bahm, Express editor. Ninety-four acres of Lakeland real estate are now on the table as the ideal site for Lakeland Prep, the proposed $50 million school serving grades 6-12. Consultants recommended the $1 million purchase at the school board’s Monday night work session.. The land, owned by the Jones Gilliland Group LLC, is on the west side […]

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HASLAM SETS SPECIAL SESSION FOR EXPANDING OBAMACARE

HASLAM SETS SPECIAL SESSION FOR EXPANDING OBAMACARE

on January 10, 2015, 7:45 AM / in State News

Posted by Steve Gill Counting on all the Dems and some Republicans, the Governor is moving ahead with his Obamacare plan. CLICK HERE. HERE are the details as released by the Haslam Admin. The Haslam plan assumes that employers will continue to offer health insurance to employees, but most are dropping that coverage because it is less expensive to pay […]

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The most dangerous states in America

The most dangerous states in America

on January 7, 2015, 10:24 AM / in National News, State News

Tennessee, should we be proud that we made another list? At least we are not number 1 By Alexander Kent and Thomas C. Frohlich The number of violent crimes dropped across the United States by 4.4% in 2013 compared to the year before, according to estimates released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In the last decade, the number […]

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Tennessee lawmakers don’t seem ready to address government theft in 2015

Tennessee lawmakers don’t seem ready to address government theft in 2015

on January 2, 2015, 6:46 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — The new year is here and, thus far, of all the priorities Tennessee legislators have laid out for the 2015 General Assembly, none involve clamping down on government employees who steal from taxpayers. Perhaps it’s time lawmakers got serious about addressing government theft. Auditors with the state Comptrollers Office were no less busy in […]

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Homeowners not obligated to back down in Tennessee

Homeowners not obligated to back down in Tennessee

on January 2, 2015, 5:56 AM / in State News

By LINDA A. MOORE  /  The Commercial Appeal Homeowners who shot and killed three intruders in two separate incidents last week will not face criminal charges. Those residents won’t be charged for what was, essentially, standing their ground, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Monday. Her office has looked at both cases. The language in Tennessee’s self-defense law […]

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Build without Debt…. Lakeland, TN views its new school options

Build without Debt…. Lakeland, TN views its new school options

on January 2, 2015, 5:37 AM / in State News

Bond issue opponents want to wait on building and adding to the city’s debt. These four points are the most comment arguments: Arlington schools can handle the Lakeland students while providing a good education, Lakeland Prep isn’t immediately needed to attract residents to the city, The city can’t afford to build Lakeland Prep without multiple additional tax increases, and High […]

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Broadband findings you may have missed

Broadband findings you may have missed

on December 31, 2014, 10:14 AM / in National News, State News

2014 was a big year in Internet governance. The debate surrounding network neutrality heated up and voices from all over the political spectrum made themselves heard. With those developments in mind, the Center for Public Integrity began investigating the political power of companies in the information technology industry in late 2013. Here are some of the most interesting findings that […]

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Passage of pro-life” Amendment 1” voted top Tennessee story for 2014

Passage of pro-life” Amendment 1” voted top Tennessee story for 2014

on December 30, 2014, 8:54 AM / in State News

By Dave Andrusko For the final post of the day, a short but important story. Quoting the Associated Press The passage of Amendment 1 was the state’s [Tennessee’s] top news story of 2014 as voted on by reporters and editors of The Associated Press, AP member newspapers and broadcast subscribers. NRL News Today and NRL News wrote many, many stories […]

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Top 20 Stories from The Jackson Press 2014

Top 20 Stories from The Jackson Press 2014

on December 30, 2014, 8:20 AM / in Local News, National News, State News

  Typically editor’s and writer’s will pick what they believe to be the best written or most interesting pieces written during the year. So basically the top stories are those that their staff chooses and not the readers themselves. In the internet world, things are a little different; we actually know what stories you wanted to read. The staff and […]

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Ketron interviewed on illness, issues and his future

Ketron interviewed on illness, issues and his future

on December 29, 2014, 8:23 AM / in State News

NOTE:  The funeral for Sen. Ketron’s mother was on Saturday.  He will start chemotherapy soon.  You will want to add him, his wife Theresa, and daughter Kelsey to your prayer list. The Daily News Journal has a question-and-answer transcript of an interview with Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron, who recently announced he will undergo treatment for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. On […]

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Website for the Tennessee General Assembly

Website for the Tennessee General Assembly

on December 29, 2014, 8:16 AM / in State News

The NEW Tennessee General Assembly website was debuted recently.  The original website had won awards for being ‘user friendly’.  I can attest to that!  If you ever tried to do research on other state legislative websites, you will understand completely.  Check it out HERE. If you are unable to attend committee meetings and/or floor sessions, you can watch them in […]

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Praying for Roy

Praying for Roy

on December 29, 2014, 7:56 AM / in State News

No matter what you might think of someone’s political point of view, you really pray for the best for all of us. Roy Herron, Tennessee’s Democratic Party chairman, is recovering from a heart attack. Mrs. Roy Herron, Nancy, released an email on Sunday stating that her husband is recuperating from a heart attack he had earlier in December. She said he […]

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2014’s five trendsetters for waste, fraud and abuse in Tennessee government

2014’s five trendsetters for waste, fraud and abuse in Tennessee government

on December 29, 2014, 7:44 AM / in Opinion, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — In the spirit of being a true watchdog, you really must keep a sharp eye on certain Tennessee government officials in 2015. Throughout 2014, we reported countless stories of waste, fraud and abuse throughout Tennessee. The complete list is endless, but here are the worst offenders: Oak Ridge Police Chief James Akagi […]

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Bar association wants the muddy the waters and keep divorce filings secret for up to 10 days

Bar association wants the muddy the waters and keep divorce filings secret for up to 10 days

on December 29, 2014, 7:28 AM / in State News

The Tennessee Bar Association will push legislation making divorce filings secret for up to ten days, according to The Tennessean. At issue: When someone files for divorce, the case becomes a public record. That sometimes happens before the responding husband or wife has been notified and served with a protective order, TBA (Tennessee Bar Association) Executive Director Allan Ramsaur said. […]

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