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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

by / on April 16, 2014

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.

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Exactly What Kind Of Flash Mob Did Lawmakers Just Vote To Criminalize?

Exactly What Kind Of Flash Mob Did Lawmakers Just Vote To Criminalize?

by / on April 16, 2014

The bill was one of two bills the U.S. Chamber of Commerce lobbied for that passed the House on Wednesday.

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Mayor Dean speaking at a news conference last year. The Mayor referred to Metro's pre-kindergarten initiative as both "thoughtful" and "innovative". (photo credit: creative commons/Lee Roberts)

Mayor Dean Gives Tepid Response To Metro Schools Budget Increase

by / on April 16, 2014

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean wouldn’t give a “yes” or “no” to any of the initiatives in Metro Schools’ budget presentation Wednesday, which asked for $32.5 million more than last year.

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Effort To Reduce ‘Hall Tax’ On Investment Income Fades Away In Committee

Effort To Reduce ‘Hall Tax’ On Investment Income Fades Away In Committee

by / on April 16, 2014

Clarksville Senator Mark Green’s plan would’ve still collected the portion of the tax that goes to local governments.

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Nashville Artist’s Unusual Lincoln Portrait To Hang At Ford’s Theatre

Nashville Artist’s Unusual Lincoln Portrait To Hang At Ford’s Theatre

by / on April 15, 2014

Wayne Brezinka’s multi-media portrait is partly constructed of historical artifacts from the 1860s.

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Final Drafts Of Pivotal Legislation Could Be Written By Small, Select Groups Of Lawmakers

Final Drafts Of Pivotal Legislation Could Be Written By Small, Select Groups Of Lawmakers

by / on April 15, 2014

Methamphetamine, Nashville’s proposed bus line, and a new statewide test tied to the Common Core: All three have led to dueling proposals in the state House and Senate, and all three are being hashed out by select groups of six lawmakers, known as conference committees.

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx held a press conference on Charlotte Ave near a bridge that has required emergency repairs. Foxx was previously the Mayor of Charlotte and says he knows how important infrastructure is in a city the size of Nashville. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Problem Bridge Near Downtown Nashville Makes Case For Replenishing Highway Trust Fund

by / on April 15, 2014

The Obama Administration is using a patched-up bridge in Nashville to make it’s case for putting more money into the federal Highway Trust Fund.

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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

by / on April 15, 2014

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.

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Governor Haslam's original proposal for a school vouchers program would have capped the number of vouchers at 5,000 for the first year. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Gov. Bill Haslam’s Voucher Bill Pulled Again

by / on April 15, 2014

The bill’s failure comes in the face of heavy lobbying from national education reform groups like StudentsFirst and the American Federation for Children.

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House Democratic Leader Craigh Fitzhugh (center) and Caucus Chairman Mike Turner (right) say to gain ground they have to capitalize on rifts in the GOP supermajority. (Photo courtesy Sean Braisted)

Amid GOP Rifts Over Guns And Vouchers, Democrats Claim Small Victories

by / on April 15, 2014

Democrats are claiming victory for a series of legislative misfires over the last two days, pointing to the demise of a pair of controversial gun bills as well as a hard-fought school vouchers plan. But the bills’ failures may have as much to do with Republican infighting.

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If Haslam Won’t Give Teachers a Raise, Schools Want Nashville Mayor To Cover It

If Haslam Won’t Give Teachers a Raise, Schools Want Nashville Mayor To Cover It

by / on April 15, 2014

Metro Schools will ask Nashville Mayor Karl Dean to foot the bill on a pay raise for both teachers and support staff. Their request comes after Governor Bill Haslam cancelled his plan for a statewide increase in teacher salaries due to flagging tax revenues.

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House Shoots Down Senate Bill To Allow Open Carrying Of Guns Without A License

House Shoots Down Senate Bill To Allow Open Carrying Of Guns Without A License

by / on April 14, 2014

A bill to let Tennesseans carry guns in the open without a permit was voted down Monday night in committee. The House sponsor had been poised to try to circumvent the usual process of vetting bills, but now it seems that won’t be happening.

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Will A License Help Distinguish Hemp from Weed?

Will A License Help Distinguish Hemp from Weed?

by / on April 14, 2014

Under a proposal, growers will have to get certified seeds and a growing permit from the state’s Department of Agriculture.

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State Charter Authorizer Legislation Sent To Governor

State Charter Authorizer Legislation Sent To Governor

by / on April 14, 2014

Charter schools trying to open in Tennessee could soon get permission directly from the state school board, if their local school district refuses. Legislation letting the state function as a so-called “charter authorizer” is on its way to the governor.

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Coach Bobby Trotz meeting with fans in 2009. Credit: David Cintron via Flickr

The Nashville Predators Fire The Only Coach They’ve Ever Had

by / on April 14, 2014

Team management says Barry Trotz has been off his game for the last two years. After being hired in 1997, he spent 15 seasons in Nashville (the lock out year doesn’t count), which made him the NHL’s longest-serving coach with a single team – until now.

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Lawmaker Hopes To Force Decisive Vote On Openly Carrying Guns Without A Permit

Lawmaker Hopes To Force Decisive Vote On Openly Carrying Guns Without A Permit

by / on April 14, 2014

Lawmakers could be within just a few votes of letting Tennesseans carry a gun in the open without a permit. The proposal passed the state Senate last week, and its House sponsor is taking an unusual step to try and force immediate action.

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High Gravity Beer Just Needs House Approval To Be Sold In Tennessee Grocery Stores

High Gravity Beer Just Needs House Approval To Be Sold In Tennessee Grocery Stores

by / on April 14, 2014

When lawmakers agreed this spring to let grocery stores sell wine, many thought they were done for the year legislating which stores can sell what alcohol. Maybe not, though. A bill to also let grocery stores sell high gravity beer is close to passing.

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Tennessee's state budget includes cuts to higher education funding, payments to TennCare providers, and contribution's to the state's rainy day fund. Governor Haslam amended his proposed budget, following months of lower than expected tax collections.

Few Lawmakers Try To Change It, So Governor Haslam Gets The Budget He Wants

by / on April 14, 2014

It took lawmakers just 11 days to pass Governor Bill Haslam’s updated budget. It includes no pay raises for teachers or state employees, as the Governor originally promised. Although they considered changes, lawmakers passed the budget as-is.

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The red cities are those currently being considered for Google Fiber. Green cities either already have it or are in the process of getting it. Image: Google

Google Fiber Starts To Examine Nashville’s Utility Poles

by / on April 14, 2014

One of the things the city has to show is that Google will have access to existing utility poles.

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Lawmakers Have Two Words For Retiring Doug Henry: Gentleman, Statesman

Lawmakers Have Two Words For Retiring Doug Henry: Gentleman, Statesman

by / on April 11, 2014

Lawmakers wiped away tears Thursday as they honored retiring state Senator Doug Henry – the longest-serving legislator in Tennessee history.

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