Mike Morrow

The governor has asked all state agencies to submit a contingency plan for 5 percent reductions, and the state’s higher education schools complied with an outline that would trim spending by $55.1. But their real desire is to see a $28.7 million bump, an increase of 2.7 percent.

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Governors attending a regional summit in Nashville said they deal with job creation on a daily basis and are frustrated with a federal government that is not as focused on that task.

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The Mississippi governor said companies had told him that the climate for “lawsuit abuse” in different states was a factor in their decisions on relocation and plant closures. “It was killing us on getting companies to come to our state,” Barbour said at a National Governors Association regional summit in Nashville Monday.

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Hours before the Haslam administration announced it would ask District Attorney Torry Johnson to dismiss charges against the Occupy Nashville protesters at War Memorial Plaza, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey expressed a get-tough stand. “I think they ought to be removed,” Ramsey said. “I do. “I’ll bet you that if I took a Boy Scout troop […]

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Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell immediately burst out laughing Thursday when asked point blank, “Do you want to run for Congress against Jim Cooper?” “I don’t know how this got started,” said Harwell. “I think there is a survey that was sent out. I have not seen the results of that. But that’s […]

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Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has a very good memory of what it’s like on the campaign trail. It’s easy to goof, the way Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Ramsey’s preference in the Republican presidential primary, did Wednesday night. Perry got caught up in what is being called a “gaffe,” a “brain freeze” and “the worst stumble […]

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House Speaker Beth Harwell said lawmakers should act with care on any school voucher bill. She said the new teacher evaluation process coupled with a voucher system would send ‘a mixed message’ to teachers. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey wants to see “at least a pilot project for school choice.”

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More than 200 people, largely educators, participated by Internet and more than 180 others by telephone. The state’s education commissioner talked about the state’s request for a waiver from No Child Left Behind, and reiterated his call for the state to address racial disparities in student education achievement.

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The governor said Monday the new teacher evaluation system will require some getting used to but emphasized that the evaluations were “at the heart” of the state’s successful Race to the Top application. Haslam said he’s as yet unprepared to take a position on a bill to make way for vouchers in the state’s largest school systems.

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Outside the Hermitage Hotel, about a dozen demonstrators chanted, “People over profits,” and “We are the 99 percent.” Inside, a campaign spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn confirmed that Rice was speaking at a fundraiser for the congresswoman, but no media were allowed.

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Gov. Bill Haslam told a gathering Monday honoring veterans that the reason he was chosen to visit Iraq and Afghanistan this summer was because Tennessee has one of the strongest contingents of military service personnel in the country. Haslam spoke at an event on the plaza of the Tennessee Tower in a ceremony that honored […]

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State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman says a new request for a waiver on the No Child Left Behind law will be hundreds of pages long, as opposed to the original app’s slim seven-and-a-half pages. But Huffman is still sounding an optimistic tone on the state’s chances of approval.

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