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Press release from State Senator Jim Kyle, D-Memphis; September 28, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Voter participation in Tennessee is critically low, and the barriers to voting are too high, Senate Democratic leader Jim Kyle said Friday. “What’s the difference between a farmer in Iowa and a farmer in Tennessee? A farmer in Iowa can vote for […]

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Sen. Mark Norris says he will comply with the Shelby County Commission’s requests for all correspondence dealing with the controversial Memphis-Shelby schools merger. But the Senate majority leader and chief architect of legislation dictating rules for combining the school systems thinks the demand is being made principally in the spirit of hassling him and other […]

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Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 26, 2012: MEMPHIS – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer today announced three transportation enhancement grants to the city of Memphis totaling nearly $1.5 million. The grants will provide $666,523 to fund Phase 4 of the Wolf […]

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Press release from Sen. Jim Kyle, D-Memphis; July 6, 2012:  MEMPHIS – State Senator Jim Kyle echoed the sentiments of Mayor AC Wharton, who spoke yesterday on the city attorney’s opinion that new photo Memphis Public Library cards meet the legal criteria for acceptable photo identification for the purposes of voting. “We need to do […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam says he expects the legislature to pass a ‘guns in parking lots’ law this session, but hopes to see its scope narrowed before it reaches his desk. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony from proponents of the measure Tuesday and will hear from opponents at their meeting March 6.

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One-third of Tennessee’s state’s lawmakers are planning a trip to Memphis this weekend to mingle with hundreds of legislators from other Southern states. The Southern Legislative Conference, which is closed to the public, is chaired this year by Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris, of Collierville. “It’s good for business, it’s good exposure, it’s great,” said […]

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Press Release from First Lady Crissy Haslam, June 22, 2011: Mrs. Haslam Supports Operation Smart Child in Memphis NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam visited with members of the faith-based community in Memphis today to help launch the “First Ladies for Healthy Babies” Initiative in support of the Operation Smart Child program. Operation Smart Child […]

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Days before the Mississippi River is expected to crest in Memphis, Gov. Bill Haslam’s office is releasing a “video journal” of him on the ground tromping through the rubble left from last week’s storms. “This is flooding of historic proportions. Everyone keeps talking about the flood of 1937 and being back to that level,” Haslam […]

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Republicans have picked up some education bills and dropped others like hot potatoes. Some of those lawmakers have splintered off and opposed prime education reform bills, thickening the political plot as the legislation inches closer to passage.

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New census numbers underscore a more diverse Tennessee, a struggling Memphis, and booming Williamson and Rutherford counties. Both counties’ growth exceeded 44 percent compared with the last decennial count; Williamson’s population at the 2010 census topped 183,000; Rutherford’s, 262,000, according to census data compiled by USA Today. Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess attributed the surge […]

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The Memphis City Schools turmoil presents a seize-the-opportunity moment for the state to step in and make dramatic improvements in the city’s troubled public education system,  Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey said Thursday during his weekly give-and-take with the Capitol press corps. Ramsey said the attempt to merge the city school district with Shelby County Schools […]

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Press Release from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development; Feb. 14, 2011: NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner Bill Hagerty of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development today joined with Brian Heery, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and Shelby County Mayor Mark […]

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