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Press release from the Charles Williamson Campaign for State House District 50; October 3, 2012:   Nashville, TN — Charles Williamson, Republican candidate for Tennessee State Representative, has announced a bean supper, complete with entertainment, to be held on Monday, Oct. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at his Goodlettsville ranch. “I’m inviting the whole district out to […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam says he has “no problem” naming a sidewalk at the bottom of Capitol Hill after his predecessor’s wife despite red-lighting the move as costly last month. “It’ll happen. It’ll happen,” Haslam laughed when asked by reporters about the proposal Tuesday. “We’ll get that paid for, with state money.” The Republican governor’s staff […]

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Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons says state troopers will ‘correctly and professionally’ enforce a new law that bans tents in state-owned spaces where camping is not permitted. The measure was passed to clear Legislative Plaza of tents put up by Occupy Nashville protesters.

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Statement from Senate Democratic Caucus of Tennessee; Jan. 30,2012: Tonight, Gov. Bill Haslam will deliver his State of the State address. Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus are hoping that the governor will spend this time discussing how we can help more than 270,000 Tennesseans find work and how we can ensure that every child […]

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Statement from House Republicans; Jan. 30, 2012: Following the Governor’s Second State of the State Address to Joint Convention, Leaders Pledge Action on Governor’s Legislative Proposals NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Governor Bill Haslam tonight delivered his second State of the State Address outlining a conservative vision to continue transforming Tennessee government into a customer-friendly entity. A […]

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Statement from Senator Bill Ketron; Jan. 23, 2012: Senator Ketron will not be candidate for4th Congressional District (MURFREESBORO, TN), January 23, 2012 – “After careful consideration, I have decided not to enter the Congressional race for the new 4th District in Tennessee. I have grown up believing that elected office is still one of the […]

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Press Release from Tennessee Firearms Association Legislative Action Committee; Jan. 19, 2012: Medical Database Being Developed of Households with Guns? Government laws increasingly require health care providers to computerize and standard patient records. It is foreseeable that over reaching laws like Obamacare, and other government health care programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Tenncare, and even […]

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Press Release from National Federation of Independent Businesses; Jan. 17, 2012: Tennessee 2012 Proactive Legislative Agenda Unemployment Reform – Small business overwhelmingly supports substantive reforms to our state’s administrative review process for unemployment claims. Specifically, NFIB members support a stronger misconduct definition that addresses chronic absenteeism and theft, as well as a defined work search requirement […]

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After spending months drawing new legislative lines behind closed doors, GOP leaders from both chambers have revealed new maps that pit sitting Democrats against each other or Republicans in the 2012 election.

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Tennessee lawmakers are about to take up an issue that’ll impact elections for the next decade — where to draw legislative district lines. State House Republicans, who plan to release their proposed new district maps to the public Tuesday, say they drew the lines in hopes of gaining the most GOP seats — and not […]

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The 2012 Legislative session starts in about a month and Gov. Bill Haslam said he’s nearing completion of next year’s estimated $30 billion state spending plan. The budget, which he will hand off to the Legislature early next year, is expected to include around $400 million in cuts to compensate for increasing costs in major […]

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Ready, Set, Redraw!

by Andrea Zelinski on June 17, 2011

House Speaker Beth Harwell indicates she wants the GOP-dominated General Assembly to avoid “political gerrymandering” in the redrawing of the Tennessee’s legislative and congressional districts. However, the final shape the lines take will ultimately have to suit her party’s preferences, says the Nashville Republican. A Republican-led House ad hoc committee met briefly on Thursday to […]

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