A four-term member of the state House has been unseated by political newcomer Courtney Rogers who enjoyed the backing of the National Rifle Association. Incumbent Debra Maggart lost the seat after an outside campaign to defeat her.
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Listen Now: The National Rifle Association has just a few named enemies this campaign season. The first is obvious – President Obama. Another is much lower profile but perhaps more precedent setting – a Republican state lawmaker from Hendersonville.
State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says the Tennessee Firearms Association’s involvement in GOP primaries may hurt future chances for a compromise on the so-called “guns in parking lots” bill.
Governor Bill Haslam is slowly revealing which state lawmakers will get his help with their reelection campaigns. Rep. Debra Maggart will be one of the first.
The state House of Representatives today set up a possible fight with the Senate over how much power to strip away from the Tennessee Education Association.
Members of the Tennessee Education Association in red tee-shirts watched warily last night, as their right to negotiate with school boards survived one more vote. The state House of Representatives delayed considering a kinder, gentler bill regarding collective bargaining. Instead, House members found another way to fight over the teachers’ union.
The speaker of the Tennessee House broke a tie (today/yesterday) to help move a bill that would change the collective bargaining rights of the state teachers’ union.
The effort to take away collective bargaining from the Tennessee Education Association continued its roller coaster ride at the state legislature yesterday. The measure coasted back to a previous stop.
A bill that would have taken away collective bargaining from the Tennessee Education Association was rewritten in a legislative committee yesterday. It’s a compromise that was engineered by the Speaker of the Tennessee House.
Tennessee’s teachers could be in for some big changes under bills sponsored by Republicans. The party may be banking on their new majorities, but State Capitol correspondent Joe White tells WPLN’s Jacqueline Fellows Tennessee’s Republican Governor, Bill Haslam, is putting the brakes on at least one proposal.
An effort to ban collective bargaining for teachers in Tennessee isn’t getting the outright support of the new Republican governor. Bill Haslam says to think that the state’s problems are all the fault of teachers is “dead wrong.”
Tennessee legislators have been fighting since February over a proposed reprimand of the federal government’s health reform act. The Senate and the state House are now poised to hash out a final version of what’s called the Health Freedom Act.
A controversial bill to create a registry for violent juvenile sex offenders was approved by the Judiciary Committee in the Tennessee House of Representatives yesterday. The measure now targets juvenile offenders considered “high risk.”
A controversial bill to create a public list of teenagers who commit violent sex offenses is moving through the Tennessee state legislature.
For every one thousand children born in Tennessee, about nine die before their first birthday. A study committee of state lawmakers wants more time to search for answers.
Voters in Tennessee are closer than ever to weighing in on abortion restrictions.