Post Tagged with: "Bill Haslam"

A Volunteer State staff member helps Madison Cone, middle, complete the Tennessee Promise application, along with the community college's application for admission. Her mom came with her. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Tennessee Promise’s Biggest Accomplishment: Adding ‘Free’ To College Conversation

October 31, 2014 at 4:53 am

The governor’s Tennessee Promise program guarantees that students can go to community college for free. And calling it free is more than a monetary statement: It’s also wildly effective marketing.

In September, Governor Bill Haslam held an education summit where he signaled the state would review Common Core. Credit: TN Photo Services

Haslam’s Common Core Review Is A Path Toward ‘Tennessee Standards’

October 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm

More than 40 teachers, professors and administrators will spend the next year combing through Common Core education standards and suggesting changes. Governor Bill Haslam also announced Wednesday the state is posting the standards to a website in the coming weeks so parents can read them and offer their suggestions.

Gov. Bill Haslam met with groups of educators in West, Middle and East Tennessee to talk about the benefits of Common Core as the state standards are under attack in the legislature. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Haslam Plans Mass Vetting Of Common Core, Commits To ‘Higher Standards’

October 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Governor Bill Haslam denies that his support for Common Core is softening. The questions arise because he’s spent more time defending “higher standards” than specifically Common Core in recent months.

Governor Bill Haslam was a panelist at a New York Times conference on 21st Century Community College. Credit: NYT via YouTube

Haslam: Free Community College Has 4-Year Universities Trying Harder

September 12, 2014 at 5:22 am

The prospect of free community college in Tennessee has increased competition with universities, who have ramped up recruiting preemptively. Governor Bill Haslam relayed several candid conversations with college presidents at an event in New York this week.

Haslam told reporters Tuesday morning he spoke to the state's transportation commissioner to "make certain anything we do doesn't... either in a legal way or in a precedent way cause us issues with how the department of transportation has traditionally run projects." (Photo via Gov. Bill Haslam's flickr)

National Governors Association Helped Create Common Core, But That Won’t Be On Nashville Agenda

July 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Even though Common Core isn’t an official topic this week, some say it’ll be unavoidable.

Governor Bill Haslam swears in Kevin Huffman as education commissioner in April 2011. Credit: TN Photo Services via Flickr

Haslam Keeps Backing ‘Controversial’ Ed Chief While Pledging To Hear Out Critics

June 23, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam won’t be firing his education commissioner, despite the chorus of conservative legislators asking him to in a letter last week. But his endorsement of Kevin Huffman has lost some spark after a year of high-profile complaints.

Chris Christie Stumps In Tennessee And Pushes Back On Tea Party Critics

Chris Christie Stumps In Tennessee And Pushes Back On Tea Party Critics

May 30, 2014 at 9:16 pm

After swinging by Puckett’s, a barbecue joint in downtown Nashville, Christie said getting Tea Party activists to endorse his platform can happen without strenuous effort.

Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, will be visiting Nashville in what seems like pre-presidential campaign stops.

Haslam Welcomes Chris Christie But Stops Short of Endorsing NJ Governor For President

May 29, 2014 at 4:12 pm

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be making several appearances in Tennessee Friday, and the visits in Nashville and Memphis seem to be part of some potential pre-presidential race campaigning.

Haslam Vetoes Flash Mob Bill Because It Also Lowers Penalties On Polluters

Haslam Vetoes Flash Mob Bill Because It Also Lowers Penalties On Polluters

May 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has vetoed a bill targeting people who organize flash mobs that result in vandalism. But his reasoning has nothing to do with flash mobs.

Gov. Bill Haslam addresses hundreds of education writers gathered at Vanderbilt University this week. Credit: TN Photo Services

After Lobbying Against It, Haslam Signs Bill Delaying Common Core Test

May 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Governor Bill Haslam has signed a into law a bill that will delay testing associated with Common Core. His signature comes after lobbying hard against the legislation.

Volkswagen has said it wants to have a 7-passenger SUV on the market by 2016. The company has not finalized the design but has released concepts like this, the Cross Blue. Credit: VW

As VW Weighs Whether To Build SUVs In Tennessee, Governor Hasn’t Resumed Meetings

May 9, 2014 at 4:28 am

A decision on where Volkswagen will build a new SUV could come as early as Monday, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

In February, Gov. Bill Haslam addressed the Tennessee Supreme Court in the old chambers within the state capitol. Credit: TN Photo Services via Flickr

Haslam Washes Hands Of Effort To Unseat Democrats From Tennessee High Court

May 7, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is giving the state’s sitting supreme court his vote of confidence. The affirmation comes as the state’s lieutenant governor launches a campaign to unseat the justices appointed by Democrats.

Former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson, who is also an attorney (besides playing one on Law and Order), is part of the bi-partisan campaign to continue a merit-based system of selecting judges, even though the state constitution says Tennesseans should elect them directly. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Judicial Selection May Be The One Thing These Tennessee Politicos Agree On

April 29, 2014 at 2:56 pm

A campaign to solidify the way Tennessee chooses its 29 appeals court judges has brought together strange bedfellows – from Alberto Gonzales, President George W. Bush’s attorney general to the top Democrat in the state House, Craig Fitzhugh.

UPDATED: Haslam Signs Law Punishing Drug-Addicted Moms

UPDATED: Haslam Signs Law Punishing Drug-Addicted Moms

April 29, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Governor Bill Haslam chose not to pick up his veto pen and instead has signed into law a bill that would punish pregnant women who refuse to stop using illegal drugs. The measure is meant to drive down the number of newborns who have to endure withdrawal symptoms.

Haslam Waiting Until Last Minute To Sign Bill That Could Send Drug-Addicted Moms To Jail

Haslam Waiting Until Last Minute To Sign Bill That Could Send Drug-Addicted Moms To Jail

April 28, 2014 at 8:33 pm

A spokesperson says to expect a statement Tuesday, which is the deadline for signing or vetoing the legislation.

Currently, Volkswagen Chattanooga only builds the Passat. But VW would like to build a new SUV there. The other option is at a plant in Mexico. Credit: VW

Even UAW Supporters Puzzled Over Why The Union Pulled Its Challenge To Volkswagen Vote

April 21, 2014 at 3:59 pm

The United Auto Workers surprised even its biggest backers in Tennessee Monday morning when it suddenly withdrew its objections to a failed union vote at Volkswagen.

UAW supporters prop up signs of support in their car windows while parked at work. The VW plant in Chattanooga makes the Passat. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Tennessee AG Moves To Get Officials Out Of Testifying At VW Hearings

April 17, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Tennessee’s top lawyer says there’s no reason the governor, legislators and several staff members need to show up in Chattanooga next week. Attorney General Bob Cooper has moved to block subpoenas issued as part of a hearing into the failed union vote at Volkswagen.

Gov. Bill Haslam speaks at VW in May of 2011. He has now been subpoenaed along with 19 others to testify during NLRB hearings in April. Credit: TN Photo Services

Congress Has Questions About Haslam’s VW Incentives

April 16, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Congressional Democrats are now looking into whether Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam may have broken federal labor laws. Recently-leaked documents show he offered Volkswagen money based on the outcome of a union vote.

Americans for Prosperity Tennessee collected the signatures of 92 lawmakers of the 132 members in the General Assembly. Credit: AFPTN via Facebook

Haslam Says Cutting Hall Tax Still Not Top Priority

April 15, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Despite being targeted with a critical radio ad from Americans for Prosperity, Governor Bill Haslam says cutting the Hall income tax is not priority number one.

Gov. Bill Haslam speaks at VW in May of 2011. He has now been subpoenaed along with 19 others to testify during NLRB hearings in April. Credit: TN Photo Services

Haslam And Corker Subpoenaed To Testify On VW Union Vote

April 9, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Attorneys for the United Auto Workers are trying to make U.S. Senator Bob Corker and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam testify later this month. The National Labor Relations Board is investigating whether there was a coordinated effort to prevent unionization at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.