Phil Bredesen

Gov. Bill Haslam’s office denied a public records request to review his official calendar, a decision that in Tennessee can only be challenged via the courts. An open government advocate said the public has an interest in seeing Haslam’s schedule.

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Statement from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; June 28, 2012:  Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey made the following statement after the Supreme Court upheld The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 decision: “It is intensely disappointing that this court failed to recognize what constitutionalists and conservatives know deep in their hearts: A federal government which […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam said that if he felt a bill was “bad for Tennessee,” he would veto it. But in Tennessee the Legislature can override a veto with a simple majority vote.

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Honored as a powerful politician and committed leader whose words were his bond, the Covington Democrat announced Thursday he will not seek re-election this fall. Naifeh’s legislative career spans almost four decades and includes an 18-year tenure as speaker.

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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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Most Democrats are concerned with the transparency component of the Haslam-backed measure. But House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner says a handful are more concerned with whether the business incentive system even needs changing.

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The governor said Monday the new teacher evaluation system will require some getting used to but emphasized that the evaluations were “at the heart” of the state’s successful Race to the Top application. Haslam said he’s as yet unprepared to take a position on a bill to make way for vouchers in the state’s largest school systems.

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Former Gov. Phil Bredesen said a report critical of the tax variances awarded by former Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr was motivated by politics. Bredesen made the comments following a discussion Tuesday with students at the University of the South in Sewanee.

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Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday the best reaction to a comptroller’s report widely seen as critical of former Department of Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr is to establish clearly defined procedures for tax variances granted by the commissioner. “I just got a copy and read it over the weekend,” Haslam said of the report (pdf). “For […]

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Opponents of the law said it would hamper tourism by making Tennessee restaurants unsafe. But two years after the law first passed, the state’s numbers show tourism to Tennessee is up — and nobody has been convicted of drinking alcohol in a bar while otherwise legally possessing a firearm.

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Political leaders characterized a new tax deal the state has struck with Amazon as an improvement on an earlier deal rather than a reversal of position. The Bredesen administration had given Amazon a pass on collecting sales taxes. A new Haslam plan requires collection starting in 2014 and expands Amazon’s presence here.

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Asked Saturday at the Democratic Party’s Jackson Day Dinner whether the state’s tax-treatment arrangement with the online retail giant were ever put to paper, Tennessee’s former economic and community development director gave a long pause. “I don’t actually remember,” he said.

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