Post Tagged with: "Mike Turner"

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell expects lawmakers will revisit the prospect of requiring a prescription to get certain cold medicines that can be used to make methamphetamine.  She also expressed optimism for allowing wine to be sold in groceries, instead of strictly liquor stores. (Credit Daniel Potter)

House Sinks For-Profit Charter Schools Bill, After Rare Plea From Speaker Harwell

by / on April 3, 2014

A House committee, spurred on by Speaker Beth Harwell’s urging, sunk a bill that would’ve let for-profit corporations oversee charter schools in Tennessee.

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Bill Will Undo Food Requirement at Bars

Bill Will Undo Food Requirement at Bars

by / on April 3, 2014

Bars in Tennessee might soon be able to be just bars. A bill with wide support would remove a requirement that bars sell some amount of food.

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Tennessee Now Has The Country’s Largest Share Of Minimum Wage Workers

Tennessee Now Has The Country’s Largest Share Of Minimum Wage Workers

by / on March 24, 2014

New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics make Tennessee the top spot for making $7.25 an hour.

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Mike Turner (center) is flanked by fellow Democrats Joe Towns (left) and Craig Fitzhugh while telling reporters Thursday he won't run for reelection after 14 years in the state House of Representatives. (Photo: WPLN/Daniel Potter)

Nashville’s Top House Democrat Calls It Quits

by / on February 27, 2014

Nashville Democrat Mike Turner announced this morning he will retire from the state House after serving 14 years in office.

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Dwindling Tenn. Democrats To Keep Pushing For Medicaid Expansion

Dwindling Tenn. Democrats To Keep Pushing For Medicaid Expansion

by / on January 7, 2014

The minority party is sticking with the same legislative priority after failing to make headway last year.

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Democrats Call Statewide Charter Authorizer ‘Death Panel for Public Schools’

by / on March 5, 2013

The idea for a new state-level panel that could authorize charter schools to operate anywhere in Tennessee is moving ahead, while facing bi-partisan resistance. The House Education Committee gave its blessing Tuesday, though two Republicans voted against it.

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Democrats Make 11th Hour Push to Amend Guns-in-Trunks

Democrats Make 11th Hour Push to Amend Guns-in-Trunks

by / on February 27, 2013

A proposal allowing handgun carry permit holders to store firearms in their cars nearly anywhere they are parked is headed for a final vote Thursday morning. Democrats are making a last ditch effort to water down the bill.

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Democrats Say State Charter Authorizer Will ‘Stick It’ to Cities

Democrats Say State Charter Authorizer Will ‘Stick It’ to Cities

by / on February 14, 2013

Nashville Democrats say they were blindsided this week by a proposal to give the state ultimate authority in allowing charter schools to open. The legislation was rewritten to only include Nashville and Memphis.

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Democrats Keep Top Leaders in Place

Democrats Keep Top Leaders in Place

by / on December 12, 2012

Democrats in the Tennessee House will stick with the status quo when it comes to their leaders.

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Shaw Wants More Cooperative Spirit from Democrats

by / on December 11, 2012

Democrats in the state house are electing their leaders Wednesday. And for some, the party’s diminished role is cause for change.

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House Democrats Back MNPS Board in Great Hearts Dispute

by / on September 25, 2012

Democrats in the state House want a meeting with the Education Commissioner to ask that he rethink penalizing Metro Schools by $3.4 million. If the state follows through with the fine, they say the penalty should be “challenged, possibly in court.”

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House Makes It Easier to Cut Unemployment Benefits

by / on April 19, 2012

A laid-off worker could lose his unemployment benefit by refusing to take a job paying less than his previous paycheck, under a bill passed by the state House on Thursday.

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Houses Passes TEAM Act with Democratic Support, Though Some Have Reservations

by / on April 11, 2012

The TEAM act would relax restrictions on the pay, hiring, and firing of state workers.

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Capitol Hill Conversation – Support for Amended Civil Service Bill Could Cross Party Lines

Capitol Hill Conversation – Support for Amended Civil Service Bill Could Cross Party Lines

by / on April 9, 2012

An amended bill that overhauls civil service rules for state workers now has the support of the state employees association. It’s up for final votes this week, though it hasn’t exactly sailed through the state House.

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House Hammers UN Sustainability Program as ‘Evil,’ ‘Insidious’

by / on March 15, 2012

The State House voted 72 to 23 to label a worldwide environmental sustainability program promoted by the United Nations as ‘evil.’

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Anti-Income Tax Amendment Half Way to Being on Ballot

by / on January 19, 2012

Seven months after Republicans first brought it up for a vote– the state House finally approved a proposal to put anti-income tax language in the Tennessee constitution. Republicans wanted to pass the resolution at their last meeting in May – but not enough lawmakers stuck around after passing a budget.

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Democrats Announce Strategy to Combat Voter ID Law

by / on October 31, 2011

Tennessee Democrats say the state’s new voter ID law disenfranchises minorities and the elderly. It  requires a photo ID to cast a ballot. Now they’ve unveiled a strategy to fight the law.

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Dean Discourages Multiple Congressional Districts, Turner Says Bring It On

by / on August 29, 2011

As the General Assembly redraws political lines, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is asking that the city remain primarily under one congressional district. Dean sent a letter to the Speaker of the House last month.

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Collective Bargaining Vote Delayed, Another Union Bill Marches Forward

by / on May 16, 2011

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.

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Multiple Union Bills on Legislative Menu Tonight

by / on May 16, 2011

A bill to strip bargaining rights from the state’s teacher union is on the state House of Representatives agenda Monday night, but it’s not the only bill on the agenda that worries public union members.

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