Beth Harwell

The governor says the state should have a thorough discussion about school vouchers, publicly-funded scholarships that can be used to attend private schools. A state panel appointed by Haslam to make recommendations on a voucher program is grappling over questions of eligibility and timing.

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Gov. Bill Haslam met with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell in Ramsey’s legislative office Thursday morning to discuss the pros and cons of embracing key pillars of the health care law.

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Press Release from the Department of Education; September 18th, 2012: NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Education today informed Metro Nashville Public Schools that the state is withholding approximately $3.4 million of non-classroom, administrative funding from the school system, as a consequence of the district’s refusal to follow state law. The money represents the non-classroom […]

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House Speaker Beth Harwell says she feels little pressure to settle a heated debate over the so-called guns-in-lots bill by next year. The legislation died this spring after lawmakers could not agree on whether to allow gun owners to stow firearms in their vehicle at their place of work. “We either can come to the […]

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The Franklin Republican is mulling a run for his old House Republican Caucus chairman’s seat at a time when party conservatives and gun rights advocates say they’re less than satisfied with the current regime.

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As entertained as Democrats were watching Republican challengers pick off GOP incumbents in the primary election this month, the minority party says they’re concerned a wave of “extreme” right-leaning legislators would bad for legislative business. But House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner wouldn’t go as far as to say whether that holds true if Speaker […]

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House Speaker Beth Harwell says she’s “really torn” over whether the state should embrace Obamacare enough to build virtual marketplaces for people and businesses to purchase health care coverage. A wave of governors from Southern states have indicated they’ll take a pass and let the federal government manage the Obamacare-mandated exchanges themselves, an idea the […]

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Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pick up the tab for lame-duck lawmakers taking out-of-state trips, says House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick. But he won’t ask outgoing legislators who traveled to Chicago this week for the National Conference of State Legislatures’ annual summit to pay the bill themselves, he told reporters Thursday. The lawmakers are either retiring […]

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Courting Conflicts

by Editorial Staff on August 2, 2012

The governor has chosen the members of a special court to determine a lawsuit in which he himself is named as a defendant. The case on appeal is John Jay Hooker’s challenge to the “Tennessee Plan” for selecting judges.

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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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Press Release from the Tennessee Firearms Association; July 9, 2012:  A search of public records shows that the National Rifle Association is willing to put its money where its mouth is when it announced that it was endorsing Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers and that it specifically was targeting incumbent Debra Maggart in the 2012 August […]

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The House Speaker and other top officials say they’re not sure what their next move is to resist the health care overhaul if President Obama dashes their hopes of a repeal by winning re-election. Statehouse Democrats avoided media altogether following release of the opinion Thursday.

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