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Chastising the General Assembly’s cherry-picking of the kinds of photo IDs voters can use at the polls, a district judge ruled against an attempt to add library cards to the list in time for Thursday’s primaries. U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger called provisions of the state’s new voter ID law “ambiguous” Tuesday and called […]

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They Play, You Pay

by Andrea Zelinski on August 1, 2012

The decision of who wins, loses and participates in primaries is ultimately left to the parties, not state and county election offices. That fact’s been exemplified recently in both the Rhea County GOP squabble and a federal court judge upholding the state Democratic Party’s handling of former Clarksville Sen. Rosalind Kurita’s case from 2008.

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Press release from the Tennessee Courts System; July 24, 2012:  The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission recently developed an important training video that will help attorneys and legal agencies that work with people with disabilities. The video, Providing Legal Services to Persons with Disabilities, was created to raise awareness and reduce the barriers […]

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Press Release from Gov. Bill Haslam; July 27, 2012: Unique Panel Made Up of Highly Qualified, Diverse appointees NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed a special Supreme Court to hear a case from which all five Tennessee Supreme Court justices have recused themselves. The special appointees are a group of highly qualified and […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security; July 26, 2012:  NASHVILLE—The District Attorney for the 13th Judicial District has informed the Department of Safety and Homeland Security that former state trooper Wade Williams pleaded guilty today to five criminal counts stemming from a sexual assault investigation. Williams pleaded guilty to two […]

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Tennessee drivers forced to submit to blood tests will not be added to a national DNA database used by law enforcement, state officials said. The state this year enacted a no-refusal law under which judges can issue warrants at the time of a traffic stop to force drivers to take sobriety tests.

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Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee rallied a crowd of more than 1,000 people gathered at a GOP fundraiser in Nashville Saturday with his call to defeat President Obama in the fall. Speakers hit on a theme of unifying the country under a banner of limited government.

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State officials say some 21,000 voters have picked up new photo IDs from the state’s DMV centers in the last year, leading up to elections that begin as early as this month. Next month’s primary election is one of the first major tests of a law legislators crafted last year to require anyone casting a […]

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Press release from the Office of Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; July 18, 2012:   NASHVILLE – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey today announced the appointment of former State Representative Chris Clem to the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission. “Chris has spent a career both in and out of the legislature highly engaged in judicial issues. I can […]

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Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 13, 2012: 17th Judicial District includes Lincoln, Bedford, Marshall and Moore counties NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Robert Carter as the District Attorney General to the 17th Judicial District, which includes Lincoln, Bedford, Marshall and Moore counties. Carter will replace current […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Courts System; July 3, 2012: Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Supreme Court has reversed a lower court’s decision and reinstated a Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility (TBPR) hearing panel’s ruling suspending a Knoxville attorney due to misconduct. While working at the Knoxville law firm of Kennerly, Montgomery & Finley, William […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Courts System; June 27, 2012:   Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Supreme Court has modified its rules to provide Limited English Proficient (LEP) Tennesseans with more meaningful access to court hearings. The new rules go into effect on July 1, when an additional $2 million in funding will be available to […]

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