john deberry

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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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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The thrust of sex education classes taught in Tennessee schools will stay the same under a controversial bill awaiting the governor’s signature, according to the Department of Education. The so-called “gateway sexual activity” bill seeks to punish teachers and third-party groups that promote “sexual contact encouraging an individual to engage in a non-abstinent behavior” and […]

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The governor’s teacher tenure overhaul nears final passage. But tempers are rising as other more controversial bills that seek to roll back union influence make their way through the legislative process.

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Tennessee Education Association says it is willing to bargain on tenure reform. Republicans prefer to pass governor’s reforms as-is.

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Superkids Waiting

by Mark Todd Engler on February 21, 2011

A lot of lawmakers at the Tennessee Capitol think unions are responsible for a lot that’s wrong with public education. And they’ve got a movie to prove it.

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Odom Still Optimistic

by Andrea Zelinski on December 14, 2010

Rep. Gary Odom says he doesn’t expect members of the House Democratic Caucus to hold him responsible for the party’s devastating losses in the midterm elections. “I think the caucus members know what I did at the election. They know what happened,” said Odom, who is seeking re-election Wednesday to another term as his party’s […]

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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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Contenders for the Democratic Leader in the House of Representatives are beginning to make their candidacies known. Among the candidates for House minority leader are Rep. John DeBerry, Jr., of Memphis, who chairs the Children and Family Affairs Committee; Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, of Ripley, who chairs the House Finance Ways and Means Committee, and acts […]

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Press Release from House Democratic Leader Gary Odom; Nov. 12, 2010: House Democratic Leader Gary Odom (D-Nashville) on Home Going Services for Representative Ulysses Jones Jr.: “A celebration of the life of State Representative Ulysses Jones will be held on Monday, November 14 in Memphis. Representative John DeBerry has released the following schedule for the […]

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