Transparency & Open Records

Gov. Bill Haslam vowed he and his staff would re-evaluate whether they should keep the governor’s meeting schedule secret, but he says he hasn’t gotten that far yet. “We really hadn’t had that discussion again, and we will, in terms of looking at that,” Haslam told reporters Friday before a ribbon cutting at Saks distribution […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam’s office denied a public records request to review his official calendar, a decision that in Tennessee can only be challenged via the courts. An open government advocate said the public has an interest in seeing Haslam’s schedule.

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Newsletter from the Beacon Center of Tennessee; August 30, 2012:  Happy Capital Day? Have you ever wondered why we have a special holiday to celebrate labor but not the capital creation that makes labor possible? From the Foundation for Economic Education’s Lawrence Reed: “[T]his year on Labor Day weekend, I’ll also be thinking about the […]

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Press release from Tennessee Citizen Action; August 9, 2012:  VOTING PROBLEMS ON ELECTION DAY? The past few weeks saw a plethora of election problems and mistakes at the polls in Tennessee. As we venture further into election season, Citizen Action urges all to be proactive in their voter mobilization and education. Everyone should know that […]

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Sen. Mark Norris says he will comply with the Shelby County Commission’s requests for all correspondence dealing with the controversial Memphis-Shelby schools merger. But the Senate majority leader and chief architect of legislation dictating rules for combining the school systems thinks the demand is being made principally in the spirit of hassling him and other […]

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Newsletter from the Beacon Center of Tennessee; July 31, 2012:  Elvis, liquor, and your tax dollars What do these three things have in common? For one, Tennessee’s welfare program. Our intrepid investigative reporter, Chris Butler, recently dug through nearly 140,000 transactions by Memphis welfare recipients using their cash benefits in the form of Electronic Benefit […]

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State Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, says he will review the law that allowed the state Department of Revenue to go after $500 in sales and use taxes on a homemade boat.

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Press release from the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus; July 12, 2012:  (NASHVILLE), July 12, 2012 — Senate Education Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) released a response today giving Senate Higher Education Subcommittee Chairman Jim Summerville (R-Dickson) authorization to probe allegations at TSU regarding grade alterations. Summerville sent Gresham a formal letter of request yesterday asking for […]

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Press release from Comptroller of the Treasury Justin Wilson; July 11, 2012:  A lack of proper safeguards led to missing money and drugs seized by two anti-crime task forces run by law enforcement officers in Wilson County, an investigation involving the Comptroller’s Division of Local Government Audit has revealed. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) […]

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Debts owed because of her husband’s business led Courtney Rogers and her husband to file for bankruptcy in 2005. Rogers is trying to unseat GOP Caucus Leader Debra Maggart in the August primary.

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State officials will add a provision to deals with companies to recoup taxpayer money if the companies fail to meet stated job creation goals, a spokesman for the Department of Economic and Community Development said.

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Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 5, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of 165 Tennesseans to 62 state boards and commissions. Earlier this year, the legislature passed Haslam’s recommended reforms to many of the state’s boards and commissions, and most of those changes take effect […]

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