Craig Fitzhugh

Craig Fitzhugh strikes a calm tone when talking about the prospects for the Democrats in the November election, even as new district lines drawn by the GOP point to a more diminished role for the minority party. “We’re trying to claw back in with some positive people,” the House minority leader said. “We’ll just let […]

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Updated Aug. 24, 2012 with comments and committee resignation letter from Sen. Jim Summerville. State Sen. Jim Summerville doesn’t “give a rat’s ass what the black caucus thinks.” At least that’s what he told Memphis state Rep. Barbara Cooper via email Wednesday in response to her report from the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators […]

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Statement from House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner, D-Old Hickory, and Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley; Aug. 23, 2012:  ”We are deeply concerned by the rhetoric coming from former Chairman Jim Summerville. His words show a complete lack of respect and decorum for not only Representative Barbara Cooper, but the entire Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus. There is […]

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Even outgoing legislators are permitted to let taxpayers foot the bill for out-of-state legislative trips, complete with a per diem, travel and lodging expenses.

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Incumbent Tennessee Democrats evaded the kind of thrashing administered by legislative primary voters to their Republican counterparts. But they didn’t come away entirely unbloodied either. Five incumbent Democrats were voted out of office Thursday. Among them were four who lost against fellow lawmakers who they were pitted against as a part of redistricting, and one […]

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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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Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says he’s standing by GOP leadership’s call to bank the $554 million in extra taxes the state collected from Tennesseans, despite calls from Democrats to give it back to voters or spend it. Democrats, in the minority on Capitol Hill, argue the state should give the money back to taxpayers by […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus;July 12, 2012:  NASHVILLE – House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) issued the following statement on behalf of the House Democratic Caucus regarding the June revenue collections, which showed an over-collection of $116,563,000 for the month and $554,650,100 for the first eleven months of the fiscal year: “Back […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam says he sees a tension between the rising costs of attaining a higher degree and the skilled workforce employers are seeking. He gathered with state education and business leaders this week to discuss possible reforms.

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Statement from State Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley; July 10, 2012 NASHVILLE – House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) issued the following statement regarding Governor Haslam’s July 10th Post-Secondary Education Review Kick-off to be held at the Executive Residence with business leaders and other stakeholders: “While I commend Governor Bill Haslam on beginning a review of […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus; May 29, 2012: NASHVILLE — State Senator Andy Berke and State Representative Craig Fitzhugh participated in the signing of their Tennessee Works Act of 2012 with Governor Bill Haslam at War Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday. “When we work together at the Capitol, we can help put Tennessee […]

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Tennessee lawmakers this year narrowed the scope of a law that criminalizes bullying over the Internet, responding to national criticism that the law potentially violates free speech rights. The new proposal, HB2556, was sent to the governor for approval May 2. It adds to the legal definition of harassment the sending of an image through […]

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