Mike Turner

Press Release from the Tennessee Republican Party; Oct. 1, 2012:  NASHVILLE, TN – Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney demanded an apology from House Democrat Caucus Chairman Mike Turner for echoing an identical claim he made two years ago, saying racism is the reason for Tennessee voters’ opposition to President Obama. Turner’s comments came at […]

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Democrats on Capitol Hill Tuesday accused Republicans of abandoning their mantra of local government control in their handling of a proposed charter school for Nashville. Fired up over the Haslam administration’s fining Metro schools because its school board rejected the charter school application, Democrats said GOP leaders had adopted for the “big government” mindset they purport […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam is warming to the idea of establishing a process whereby state education officials bypass local school districts when considering approval of new charter schools. The governor has for months indicated little interest in the idea, which is a departure from the current system wherein local elected officials determine whether to allow a […]

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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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As entertained as Democrats were watching Republican challengers pick off GOP incumbents in the primary election this month, the minority party says they’re concerned a wave of “extreme” right-leaning legislators would bad for legislative business. But House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner wouldn’t go as far as to say whether that holds true if Speaker […]

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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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Gov. Bill Haslam says he sees a tension between the rising costs of attaining a higher degree and the skilled workforce employers are seeking. He gathered with state education and business leaders this week to discuss possible reforms.

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House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner predicts education to be a source of much debate next legislative session and for his party to face another year of uphill fights.

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Republicans on Capitol Hill take pride in saying they want to reduce spending, but they ended up handing taxpayers the bill for $23 million in projects GOP lawmakers themselves identified as pork.

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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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The National Rifle Association’s point man in Tennessee favors putting the state’s Republican leadership on the spot for all to see regarding controversial gun-rights expansion measures in the General Assembly. “This is an issue that has been pending for four years,” NRA lobbyist Darren LaSorte said of legislation designed to ensure employees can keep a […]

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