Jim Summerville

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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Press release from the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus; August 22, 2012:  (NASHVILLE, TN), August 22, 2012 — “While the Committee’s report clears officials at TSU of academic fraud, it points out many areas of great concern regarding administrative oversight, poor decisions and unclear promises made to our students,” said Senator Jim Summerville (R-Dickson), Chairman of […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus; July 12, 2012:  (NASHVILLE), July 12, 2012 — Senate Education Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) released a response today giving Senate Higher Education Subcommittee Chairman Jim Summerville (R-Dickson) authorization to probe allegations at TSU regarding grade alterations. Summerville sent Gresham a formal letter of request yesterday asking for […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus; July 11, 2012: (NASHVILLE), July 11, 2012 — Senate Higher Education Subcommittee Chairman Jim Summerville (R-Dickson) said today he has sent a letter of request to Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) asking for permission to hold hearings regarding the controversy over allegations of grade alterations […]

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A bill to change the way the state’s attorney general is selected failed to garner enough support in the Senate this week.

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Teachers are free to join in with student-led prayer or other religious activities, under a bill that has passed both chambers of the Legislature. A bill sponsor said the measure is probably redundant but affirms teacher’s First Amendment right to express their religion.

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Press Release from the Republican Caucus of the Tennessee Senate, May 12, 2011: State Senate passes Civil Justice Reform and other Major Bills as General Assembly works toward adjournment (NASHVILLE, TN), May 12, 2011 – The Tennessee General Assembly worked in marathon floor and committee sessions this week towards the conclusion of the 2011 legislative […]

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Republicans offended, say rhetoric has “crossed the line.” House Minority Leader Mike Turner and Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester say the shoes fit.

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Legislators say they’re not exactly sure what the new governor has in store to fulfill his promise to make Tennessee No. 1 in Southeastern U.S. job creation. But they’re hoping whatever it is, it works — because their own job security could depend on it.

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