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We have a modest proposal

We have a modest proposal

on March 14, 2017, 9:38 AM / in Opinion, State News

By Rocky Top Politics…..  We were greeted yesterday morning with this 1,000+ word essay from the Tennessean’s “Community Engagement” editor (not to be confused with a “community organizer): Ever helpful, Rocky Top has an alternate suggestion for President Trump on the occasion of his visit to Nashville: Trump should use Nashville rally to explain to Plazas where he can stick […]

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First in the Nation — Tennessee Files Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of the Federal Refugee

First in the Nation — Tennessee Files Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of the Federal Refugee

on March 14, 2017, 9:24 AM / in National News, State News

By the Thomas Moore Law Center ANN ARBOR, MI – The Thomas More Law Center, a national nonprofit public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, MI, today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee General Assembly, and two State legislators, challenging the constitutionality of the federal refugee resettlement program as a violation of […]

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Former Lt. Gov. Ramsey speaks at local GOP meeting

on March 14, 2017, 9:08 AM / in Opinion, State News

Former Lt. Governor Speaks about School Choice So What is School Choice? What the hell does he really mean? HERE IS OUR DEFINITION School choice allows public education funds to follow students to the schools or services that best fit their needs—whether that’s to a public school, private school, charter school, home school or any other learning environment parents choose […]

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Gas Tax Opposition Letter Released

on March 14, 2017, 8:57 AM / in State News

Conservative organizations across the state of Tennessee have released a joint letter in opposition to the Governor’s plan to raise taxes on fuel consumption. Their letter states that they (collectively) “do not believe that ANY tax increase or new taxes are needed while Tennessee has been the beneficiary of BILLIONS of dollars in new recurring revenue and surpluses in recent […]

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Lawyers counter documentary’s Ferguson claims

Lawyers counter documentary’s Ferguson claims

on March 14, 2017, 8:32 AM / in National News, State News

Prosecutors and a lawyer for a Ferguson, Missouri, convenience store on Monday disputed claims in a documentary released over the weekend that security footage proved that Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, did not rob the store shortly before he was shot by a white police officer in 2014. Jason Pollock, who made the film Stranger Fruit, said the video […]

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L.A. Pride Parade to be replaced with protest march this year

L.A. Pride Parade to be replaced with protest march this year

on March 14, 2017, 7:56 AM / in State News

Why are you Not Surprised! BY HAILEY BRANSON-POTTS  /  Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES – The iconic LA Pride Parade – a decades-old celebration of the LGBT community – will be replaced this year with a , according to the event’s organizers. In lieu of the colorful floats that typically roll down Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, this year’s June […]

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The ADA takes Berkeley courses offline

on March 14, 2017, 7:39 AM / in State News

Andrew Ferguson on the ADA-inflicted loss of one university’s public treasury of online course materials: “UC Berkeley, needless to say, is deeply involved in the disability rights movement and has gone to great lengths to keep it satisfied.” None of which did it any good facing off against activist groups and the U.S. Justice Department, so now thousands of free […]

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Won’t Have Perfect 10’s Silly Lawsuits Setting Precedent Anymore: Judge Appoints Receiver For Perfect 10’s Assets

on March 14, 2017, 7:21 AM / in National News, State News

From the well,-there-goes-that-one dept Welp, it looks like the quite long history of Perfect 10 filing frivolous copyright lawsuits and losing (while setting useful precedent) has finally come to a close. A court has now put Perfect 10’s assets into receivership to be sold off. We’ve written a ton about Perfect 10 over the years. As we’ve noted, while the […]

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Seattle law strips landlords of choice of tenants

on March 14, 2017, 7:15 AM / in State News

By Walter Olson Appalling: a new law in Seattle aims to strip property owners of all choice among tenant applicants, requiring them to take the first comer who meets their preannounced guidelines. Does it violate the Constitution? The Pacific Legal Foundation intends to find out on behalf of Chong and MariLyn Yim. [Daniel Beekman, Seattle Times] When the law was […]

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VIDEO: State workers travel to retreat at taxpayer expense, celebrate Mardi Gras

VIDEO: State workers travel to retreat at taxpayer expense, celebrate Mardi Gras

on March 13, 2017, 7:16 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler /  Tennessee Watchdog Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation officials from all over the state gathered for a two-day retreat at rural Montgomery Bell State Park this week. There, they celebrated Mardi Gras. To see more, watch the following YouTube video.

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SICKNESS OR SIN?

SICKNESS OR SIN?

on March 13, 2017, 6:19 AM / in Opinion, State News

Now we love this lady in most instants, but this we disagree with because no matter how they county, state, or state establishes, manages, or operates it will eventually be abused, over crowded, poorly funded and generally unsuccessful if you look at percentages. Progressives and liberals will say we are closed minded and that if only 1% were successfully “healed […]

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Angered By Electoral Losses, Nashville Progressives Are Getting Organized Online

Angered By Electoral Losses, Nashville Progressives Are Getting Organized Online

on March 13, 2017, 6:04 AM / in Opinion, State News

By Wendy Wilson  /  The Tennessee Star Progressive opponents of President Trump are organizing online and using social media to stage protests and get their message out. While they tout their efforts as peaceful and civil, some have contributed to noisy and volatile confrontations at town halls and government meeting places. What’s happening across the country is also happening here in […]

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Legislative Update, March 11, 2017

Legislative Update, March 11, 2017

on March 12, 2017, 9:49 AM / in Opinion, 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 goingHERE; House committee meetings and floor sessions online HERE. Phone calls can go to […]

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Governors, state AGs ask EPA head Pruitt to scale back federal overreach

Governors, state AGs ask EPA head Pruitt to scale back federal overreach

on March 12, 2017, 9:12 AM / in National News, State News

By Johnny Kampis  /  Watchdog.org Twenty attorneys general and governors are asking new Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to rein in what they perceive as federal overreach by the agency under the Obama administration. In a letter sent Tuesday, the state officials, all Republicans, said the “extensive regulation” by the EPA in the past decade “is directly at odds […]

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Ryman has a history of pleading for government handouts

Ryman has a history of pleading for government handouts

on March 12, 2017, 8:31 AM / in Opinion, State News

By Chris Butler  /   Tennessee Watchdog Bureau Chief’s Note: This is the third in a three-part series about tax incentives Ryman Entertainment may get to build a waterpark in Nashville. Ryman Hospitality officials want $14 million in tax incentives to build a waterpark in Nashville, and it’s not the first time they’ve reached out for corporate welfare. As reported, Nashville […]

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Are Tennessee Officials Content to Ignore the Law?

Are Tennessee Officials Content to Ignore the Law?

on March 12, 2017, 7:44 AM / in Opinion, State News

by David Fowler  /  Family Action Council of Tennessee It is becoming increasingly apparent to me that we have a number of state officials (non-legislators) and local elected officials who either don’t know the law or are content with ignoring it. An opinion from Attorney General Slatery proves my point. I was recently preparing for oral arguments in a lawsuit […]

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Illinois State Senator Pushes Bill Allowing Government To Confiscate Guns Without Due Process

Illinois State Senator Pushes Bill Allowing Government To Confiscate Guns Without Due Process

on March 12, 2017, 7:14 AM / in Opinion, State News

Via Daniel Lang of SHTFPlan.com, There are people in our government who are determined to chip away at our Second Amendment rights, and they are an insidious bunch. Rarely do they make blatant gun grabbing attempts. Typically they push for policies that quietly set back gun rights. They like laws that merely set precedents without alarming the public, and they’ve […]

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Randy Boyd Annouces his Candiacy for Governor of Tennessee

Randy Boyd Annouces his Candiacy for Governor of Tennessee

on March 12, 2017, 7:03 AM / in State News

  Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd is scheduled to visit all four corners of Tennessee next week as part of his campaign launch. The businessman and former state economic development commissioner starts the swing in his hometown of Knoxville on Tuesday morning, with further stops scheduled for Nashville and Union City. The Knoxville stop is scheduled from 8 – 9 […]

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When it comes to CON’s, Money is not an object in government.

When it comes to CON’s, Money is not an object in government.

on March 11, 2017, 6:00 AM / in History, Local News, National News, State News

There has been this growing fascination again with publicly funded broadband networks, and for God’s sake, I don’t understand why. If history has taught us anything, it is that private-sector investment, like most anything else, is to be preferred strongly in building telecommunications networks. Of course, I have been discussing this issue for what seems to be an eternity and there is […]

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Kill Senator Lundberg’s commercial breeder bill, SB 0283

on March 9, 2017, 8:27 AM / in Announcements, State News

Senator Lundberg’s commercial breeder bill, SB 0283, has been placed on the calendar for the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee for next Tuesday, 3/14/17. This is the same bill that Rep. Lynn was trying to advance in the House committee as HB 0120. Please contact the Senate committee and ask them to vote NO on this bill. HSUS and other […]

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