Dale Ford

Press Release from the National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee Chapter; July 6, 2012:  NFIB Endorses Candidates in 5 Senate, 20 House Primaries NASHVILLE, July 6, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee’s leading small business association, today said it has endorsed candidates in 25 state legislative primary races. The endorsements were made […]

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Lawmakers have not reached consensus on whether or how to overhaul the state Nursing Board. A measure that would change the way the board members are selected was sent back to a House committee for emergency reconstructive surgery.

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Local prosecutor’s inquiry into the legislative affairs and political tactics of two east Tennessee state representatives revealed nothing to warrant formal charges.

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Press Release from the Office of Davidson County District Attorney, Jan. 9, 2012: Davidson County District Attorney General Torry Johnson today announced he has completed a review of the investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation into the actions of two state lawmakers and employees of the Tennessee Department of Health. Johnson says the report shows that while […]

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Rep. Tony Shipley, a subcommittee chairman, recently grilled members of the state nursing board about how they handle nurse suspensions — like those over which the two legislators are being investigated for using improper influence to reverse.

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It wasn’t clear if Rep. Kent Williams was spilling the beans on something he knew or whether he was speculating, but he introduced himself at an East Tennessee business roundtable this week by saying he would pick up Unicoi County as part of his district next year. That would be, of course, if Williams wins […]

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House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh is hesitant to say anything about the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s probe of lawmakers who said they used legislation to encourage the state Board of Nursing to reexamine a decision. “I think the reason for legislation is…to better the lives of citizens in Tennessee. If the particular reason a bill […]

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Speaker Beth Harwell said she has never used legislation to pressure a department or committee to do what she wants, and that anyone who has would be in the wrong. The Nashville Republican was responding to questions Wednesday about what she knew about Reps. Tony Shipley and Dale Ford’s involvement in getting the state Nursing […]

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But the chamber’s most powerful lawmaker, Speaker Beth Harwell, ultimately anticipates an outright repeal of laws requiring local school boards to negotiate contracts exclusively with a single union or employee organization.

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