gerald mccormick

State troopers set up no-refusal checkpoints over the Labor Day weekend under a law passed earlier this year that makes it much harder for drivers suspected of being under the influence to refuse alcohol tests.

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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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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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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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But some GOP-leaning outsiders say the automatic impulse to protect incumbents is rarely the answer — and more often likely part of the problem in government and politics.

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The $31.5 billion spending package is about $400 million less than last year’s. It includes a 2.5 percent pay raise for state employees and accounts for cutting the tax on food to 5.5 percent from 5.25 percent, with expectations of dropping it further during Gov. Bill Haslam’s tenure. The plan also phases out the tax on inheriting estates over four years.

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GOP lawmakers set aside their disagreements and struck accord on a list of spending projects to cut and keep. The deal they achieved put the competing versions of the budget in line with one another and on track for final passage in both chambers Monday.

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House lawmakers are bracing for a fight on whether to pick up the pace on taking up bills legislators bringing to the floor. During a House recess for the two parties to meet with their members Thursday, Majority Leader Gerald McCormick held court at the podium of the House floor, telling his members Democrats will […]

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But the constitutional amendment has a long way to go before being put to the voters. Under the bill, judges to the state’s appellate courts would be nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.

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A subcommittee in the House passed a bill to repeal the state’s law requiring voters to show a photo ID, but House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick expressed doubt the effort would go forward.

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Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s not liking the take-no-prisoners pressure tactics the Tennessee Firearms Association is exerting. Gov. Haslam says “balance” is needed coming up with a compromise suitable both to business interests and Second Amendment advocates.

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