The Tennessee Bar Association is all but endorsing three Supreme Court justices sitting for retention elections this year. The group released a poll Friday showing 90 percent of respondents favor keeping the court as it is.
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Tennessee’s lawyers regularly conduct straw polls to see which candidate attorneys support – but never for the state Supreme Court, until now.
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.
There’s movement in the Tennessee legislature on proposals giving in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants and even to undocumented aliens themselves.
The time for growing hemp in Tennessee has come, according to leaders of the state legislature who have recently opened their minds to the agricultural potential. The cousin to cannabis has been legalized for industrial use in nine other states.
Parents wearing yellow scarves filled an auditorium near the Tennessee capitol Tuesday to advocate for school vouchers. Many traveled from Memphis to ask for help paying private school tuition.
Tennessee legislators are rushing to fix what’s seen as a problem with the so-called “guns in trunks” law passed last year. But the original sponsor of the law is trying to fend off any changes.
Conservatives who support an anti-abortion amendment to Tennessee’s constitution have launched a yearlong campaign ahead of next year’s vote. They want to get a message out that the measure does not outlaw abortions.
Nearly half of the Democrats in the Tennessee Senate are retiring in the next year – which isn’t saying much. There are only seven left. And with no mercy rule in politics, Republicans say they plan on running up their numbers.
Common Core will be the most “complicated” and “important” debate in the upcoming session of the Tennessee legislature. That’s according to Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, who predicts the General Assembly will want to make some tweaks.
There was a tit for tat as the state legislature finished business for the year. As a result priorities of speakers in both chambers went down to defeat.
The Tennessee General Assembly has delayed consideration of ending primary elections for U.S. Senate. Several lawmakers say voters need time to weigh-in on possibly losing their power to pick party nominees.
A new audit says the state overpaid more than $73 million in unemployment benefits.
Lawmakers in Tennessee are watching Florida closely after the state’s conservative Republican governor went along with a major piece of the Affordable Care Act. Governor Bill Haslam is still on the fence about expanding the state’s Medicaid program – known as TennCare.
There is confusion among the sponsors of so-called ‘Guns-in-Trunks’ legislation. They disagree on whether employers could fire a worker for keeping a gun in their car at the company parking lot, even though it could soon be legal.
Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says it’s time to redraw the boundary lines separating the domains of District Attorneys. At a press conference Monday, he’ll ask for buy-in from prosecutors and those on the bench.
Virtual education appears to be the future, even for the youngest students. School districts are offering classes online. Cyber schools – many of them run by the same for-profit company – are popping up all over the country. But student test scores have fallen short.
This week Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey wants to push through legislation from the last session that would give gun owners a way to legally store firearms in their vehicles. Last year, the issue was so divisive among Republicans, a top-ranking lawmaker was unseated in a primary election out of retribution.
One of the fiercest debates at the state capitol last year has been revived. Bills allowing gun owners to legally keep firearms in their car while at work have been filed and set to be fast-tracked.
Members of the state House spent much of their first week in session wrangling over a new cap on how many laws can be proposed. The Senate has a bill-cutting plan of its own for next year.