Eric Watson

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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Press release from the Department of General Services; March 2, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of General Services Commissioner Steve Cates today announced that notices are being posted statewide to inform the public about a new law that prohibits camping on state-owned property, except for areas specifically designated by the appropriate department or agency, such […]

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Tents would be banned on certain state property under a bill that easily passed the state House Thursday. Democrats say the measure infringes on free speech.

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Tents and other “living quarters” would not be allowed on public spaces, under a bill advancing at the Capitol aimed at the Occupy Nashville protest – whose members have been camped on War Memorial Plaza for four months. Members of that group say the bill would limit free speech and criminalize homelessness. On Wednesday it […]

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Press Release from Occupy Nashville, Jan. 31, 2012: Open Letter from Occupy Nashville: Which Side Are You On? Dear Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee General Assembly, and Tennessee Highway Patrol, As you know, HB 2638/SB 2508 not only stands to criminalize Occupy Nashville, but it has far-reaching ramifications that would further criminalize all of Tennessee’s economically […]

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Disorder in the Court

by Editorial Staff on December 13, 2011

A prominent Knoxville criminal court judge’s drug-fueled ethical meltdown and subsequent professional downfall could send political and policy aftershocks beyond East Tennessee.

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Press Release from the Republican caucus of the Tennessee Huse of Representatives, Nov. 3, 2011: (November 3, 2011, NASHVILLE) – The Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives Beth Harwell (R—Nashville) recently appointed Representative Eric Watson (R—Cleveland) to be a member of the Tennessee Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee. The purpose of the Council is to […]

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The GOP lawmaker from Oak Ridge, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, called Haslam’s efforts to establish a long-term relationship with Amazon on sales tax collections a ‘win-win’ for the state. McNally supports forcing the online retailer to collect taxes from Tennesseans.

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Press Release from the Tennessee Firearms Association; June 6, 2011: Tennessee Firearms Association, Inc. Legislative Action Committee 2011 TFALAC Legislative Summary Summarized below are the bills which were enacted in 2011 from those that we tracked. None of them address any meaningful changes in the law that are significant to those who promote the 2nd Amendment, […]

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Press Release from the House Republican Caucus, May 18, 2011: House Judiciary Chairman Eric Watson Releases Statement Regarding Amazon (NASHVILLE, May 18, 2011) – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Eric Watson (R—Cleveland) released the following statement after the House Finance Subcommittee voted to take legislation off the calendar that would have forced a top company to pay state sales […]

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Press Release from the House GOP Caucus, May 9, 2011: Bradley County Conservative Comes Out Strongly in Defense of Amazon and Jobs for Tennesseans, State Must Not Go Back on Promises Made (May 9, 2011, NASHVILLE) – With the recent news that a few legislators are considering a bill that would force the company Amazon […]

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A trio of East Tennessee lawmakers sat down recently with their local newspaper, the Cleveland Daily Banner, and laid out a few issues they expect the Tennessee Legislature to take up next year. Among the policy matters on the minds of Riceville Republican Sen. Mike Bell and Cleveland GOP Reps. Eric Watson and Kevin Brooks […]

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