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Democrats: Freeze Tuition Now

Top Tennessee Democrats, including Sen. Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, and Lowe Finney, D-Jackson, are urging Gov. Bill Haslam to call a special legislative session so lawmakers can allocate more money to the state’s higher ed institutions to avoid tuition hikes this fall. They say they hope Republicans take their request seriously instead of waiting until next [...]

Huffman: Multiple Measures More Important Than Weighting

Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman says the “best, most fair way” to evaluate teachers is to look at both test scores and classroom observations, “regardless of what the weighting is,” he said. He made the comment when talking to reporters in Nashville June 20, 2012, a week after education advocates recommended the state reconsider [...]

Haslam Says It’s Worth His Time to Campaign for Maggart

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is a busy man, but he says it’s worth his time to campaign for House GOP Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart who has become the target of a primary challenge backed by gun rights enthusiasts. He made this comments after talking at a Financial Literacy conference on Capitol Hill June 14, 2012. [...]

TN Republicans Fork Out Pork (TNReport.com)

Free-market think-tank executive director Justin Owen and Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey answer questions about the state’s budget decisions and whether GOP lawmakers should be held accountable for approving millions of dollars worth of pork projects at a time when the Republican-led Legislature also approved tax cuts. For more, go to www.tnreport.com

GOP Leaders: WI Recall Election Bodes Well For TN Lawmakers

Tennessee’s top Republican lawmakers — including Gov. Bill Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey — say the failed recall election in Wisconsin is a good sign for lawmakers here who will face voters in April for the first time since overhauling hiring practices for teachers and state workers. The lawmakers made [...]

Haslam: People Need to Learn Not to Be Afraid of Numbers

While Tennessee needs to work on increasing financial literacy among its youth, the challenge is school systems already have a full plate between the state asking teachers to focus more on teaching students to take better care of their health and boost math scores, he said outside the War Memorial Building in Nashville June 14, [...]

House GOP Leaders Want Elam, Not Lynn (TNReport.com)

Tennessee House Republicans, including GOP Leader Gerald McCormick and Chairwoman Debra Maggart say it’s their job to get incumbents re-elected, and that includes the race in Mt. Juliet between state Rep. Linda Elam and former state Rep. Susan Lynn. “While Susan Lynn is one of my very best friends I’ve ever had, I know that [...]

Ramsey: Willing to Expand PreK, ‘Universal’ Program Out of the Question

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says he’s open to expanding the state-funded pre-K program for at-risk children, but maintains that he is unwilling to go along with a universal program in Tennessee. The state’s program has received mixed reviews as a state-commissioned study indicates the advances made by students level off by third grade, although [...]

Ramsey: “My Cup of Tea is Campaigning” (TNReport.com)

This year’s election season looks good for Republicans, says Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey who says both changing demographics and GOP-drawn redistricting lines should ensure solid Republican wins this year. But some incumbents are in jeopard, he said, including House GOP Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart and Sen. Doug Overby. He made his comments to reporters June [...]

Haslam: Gov’t Inefficiency is a ‘Tax’ (TNReport.com)

Any time government services are slow, the public pays an additional tax, Gov. Bill Haslam told the Tennessee Digital Government Summit in Nashville June 5, 2012, when explaining the intersection between technology and government services. Sometimes slow services is due to poor technology or employees not pulling their weight, he said. “When we don’t give [...]

Community Leaders Warn of Voter Suppression (TNReport.com)

State lawmakers last year approved a law requiring voters show a state-issued photo identification at the polls in order to vote. Facing the August primary election and the November 2012 general election, largely Democratic community leaders are trying to rally their constituencies to battle what they say is attempts at voter suppression. The community leaders, [...]

McCormick: Increased Interest in GOP Primaries No Referendum on Leadership

Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, offers his take on this year’s Republican primary election and the increased interest from people identifying with the Tea Party. Among them is John Harris, a lobbyist for the Tennessee Firearm Association who has pledged to help elect members who will shake up who is elected to GOP [...]

Haslam Not Thrown Off by Bump in Discouraged Workers

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he’s comfortable with the state’s dropping unemployment rate and the state’s increased collections in tax revenues show the economy is turning around. However, the state saw a boost in discouraged workers who have stopped looking for jobs. Haslam make the comments at Lipscomb University in Nashville May 29, 2012. For [...]

Haslam: Middle Ground Can Be Found on Guns-in-Lots Issue (TNReport.com)

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he expects to see another push next year to allow employes to store firearms in their locked vehicles parks on work property, but adds that he thinks there is a middle ground to be found between business interests — who argue for property rights — and gun rights activists who [...]

Haslam: Vanderbilt ‘Wrong’ on ‘All Comers’ Policy (TNReport.com)

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he still plans to veto legislation that would force Vanderbilt University to abandon its anti-discrimination policy towards student clubs because he doesn’t want to tell a private institution what to do. But he adds that he finds Vanderbilt’s policy “wrong,” and has told the university so. The governor made the [...]

Deberry: State Pays for Teen Pregnancies (TNReport.com)

Tennessee state Rep. John Deberry, D-Memphis, gives an impassioned speech on the House floor in favor of the so-called “gateway sexual activity” bill that emphasizes abstinence education and punishes instructors who encourage any kind of sexual activity. He says law are meant to dictate behavior and he says that’s called for in a state with [...]

Haslam Stands By ‘All Comers’ Veto, Unsure Future of ‘Gateway Sexual Activity Bill’

After a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Science Building at Middle Tennessee University in Murfreesboro May 3, 2012, Gov. Bill Haslam tells reporters he’s gotten some grief over his call to veto a bill targeting Vanderbilt University’s discrimination policy and adds that he’s still deciding whether he’ll endorse, veto or not sign a bill that [...]

Beavers: ‘All Comers’ Policy Should Be All or Nothing

State Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, explains why universities should either fully adopt discrimination ordinances that go as far as discrimination based on gender or should recognize that religious groups should be able to restrict membership to only those who share their beliefs. “Our intent is to make sure that religious organizations, student religious organizations [...]

Berke: Banning ‘All Comers’ Policy for Vanderbilt An Overreach

Tennessee state Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga, says he was initially on board with a bill in reaction to Vanderbilt University’s use of its discrimination policy but he takes issue with the newest version of the legislation which gives school clubs an excuse to discriminate. The comments were made on the Senate floor April 30, 2012. [...]

Naifeh, House Finance Committee Push Against Senate Pork Projects

Tennessee Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh, D-Covington, proposes pulling a handful of the Senate’s local spending projects out of the proposed state budget in a House Finance Committee meeting, saying it’s not fair that the upper chamber can bring money back home to their districts and the House members can’t. In urging rank and file Republicans [...]

Ron Paul: Romney Needs My Support If He Wants to Beat Obama

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Harwell, Turner Explain Philosophy on Tax Cuts

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, says she likes the idea of cutting taxes but warns that cutting it too much would be risky since the state depends on that and sales taxes to fuel its state budget. However, House Democratic Caucus Leader Mike Turner, D-Old Hickory, says if the state is going to cut [...]

McCormick: Dems Will Fight Speed Up of Bills

At a GOP Caucus meeting held on the House floor, Tennessee Majority Leader Gerald McCormick tells members that Democrats will fight his “flow motion” which will suspend the rules that build in a buffer of time before a bill is considered. He made the comments April 12, 2012 during a recess on the House floor. [...]

Ramsaur: Judges Are Indeed Elected

Tennessee Bar Association’s Executive Director Allan Ramsaur says the discussion about changing how the state selects its high-ranking judges are important because people want to hold their judges accountable. But he rejects the notion that judges aren’t currently elected just because they face yes/no retention elections instead of popular elections like lawmakers do. He made [...]

Casada: Tough To Trust State If It Can’t Follow Constitution (TNReport.com)

Tennessee state Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, takes issue with the state’s current practice of selecting judges, which he says violates the state’s guiding document. “The constitution governs how we do business and do public policy in the state,” said Casada, R-Franklin. “And so, to be out of compliance is wrong. If you can’t comply with [...]

Watson Defends ‘Evolution Bill’

Tennessee Sen. Bo Watson, the upper chamber’s Speaker Pro Tempore, defends legislation that protects teachers who engage students in questions about controversial science issues, such as evolution or global warming. He made his comments on Capitol Hill April 10, 2012, the same day Gov. Bill Halsam announced he would let the bill become law with [...]

Norris: Senate Trying To Shave Down Lawmaker Budget Requests

Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris says the Senate will whittle down $500 million worth of budget requests down to $5 million within the next week. He made the comments from his Capitol Hill office Tuesday, April 10, 2012. For more, go to www.tnreport.com.

Harrell: Running Against Incumbent an Uphill Battle

Tennessee School Board Association lobbyist Lee Harrell talks about his decision to run in the Republican primary against Rep. Josh Evans, who has occupied the seat representing Robertson County for four years. He made the comments on Capitol Hill April 10, 2012. For more, go to www.tnreport.com.

Harwell Hears Guns in Parking Lots Dead

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell says her counterpart in the Senate, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, has told her the measure to allow gun owners to keep their firearms locked in their vehicles parked in employer parking lots is dead. In the event the measure does make it to the House floor, she said it would [...]

Ron Paul: I Want to Live in a Free Country

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