Democrats introduce Tenneseee Net Neutrality bill

Democrats introduce their Net Neutrality bill at a press conference in Nashville on Jan. 23, 2018. From right are Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris, Rep. John Ray Clemmons, and Rep. Dwayne Thompson. (Photo credit: Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Democrats introduce their Net Neutrality bill at a press conference in Nashville on Jan. 23, 2018. From right are Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris, Rep. John Ray Clemmons, and Rep. Dwayne Thompson. (Photo credit: Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Press release from legislative Democrats on HB1755:

NASHVILLE, TN – In the wake of the FCC’s recent vote to repeal net neutrality regulations, State Representative John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville) and State Senator Lee Harris (D-Memphis) have introduced the “Tennessee Net Neutrality and Internet Consumer Protection Act” to enact and enforce net neutrality rules at the state level.

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Alexander throws stick at Democrat, damages glass elephant

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee threw a “walking stick” toward Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia during bipartisan discussions on ending the government shutdown, according to Politico, and instead hit a glass elephant that was “nearly shattered.”

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TNECD hires representatives in France and Spain for total of 11 foreign recruiters

Press release from Department of Economic and Community Development

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community (TNECD) has announced the addition of two international representatives for Spain and France that will focus on attracting new foreign direct investment (FDI) to Tennessee.

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Reeves raising and spending more than Carr in Senate District 14 special election

The Republican primary in the special election to succeed Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville is on Thursday. Campaign finance reports show Murfreesboro businessman has raised nearly four times as much from outside sources as former state Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas.

Reeves reported $170,413 in contributions, plus $150,000 in loans to his campaign. He spent $268,550 and had $51,863 remaining for the final days of the race. Carr reported raised $43,400 and loaned his campaign $100,000. He spent $107,956 and had $47,124 remaining.

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State House GOP has a ‘rebranding’ and new logo

Press release from House Republican Caucus

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(NASHVILLE) — House Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) today announced a statewide rebranding initiative — including a new logo and video — which recaps the successes Tennessee has experienced in recent years, thanks to the efforts of House Republicans.

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Haslam outlines opioid legislation with $25M for addict treatment and recovery

Gov. Bill Haslam unveils his plan for combatting opioid abuse in Tennessee during an event at the state Capitol in Nashville on Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo credit: Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Haslam unveils his plan for combatting opioid abuse in Tennessee during an event at the state Capitol in Nashville on Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo credit: Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Press release from the governor’s office

NASHVILLE – Joined by leadership from the House and Senate and Chief Justice Jeff Bivins, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday announced an aggressive and comprehensive plan to end the opioid epidemic in Tennessee by focusing on three major components: prevention, treatment and law enforcement. Continue reading

TN politicians comment on government shutdown

Comments from some members of Tennessee’s congressional delegation on the partial government shutdown.

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‘Bump stocks’ ban, stalled in Congress, draws GOP opposition in TN

With legislation to ban “bump stocks” stalled in Congress, the Washington Post reports several state legislatures have had bills filed restricting the devices used in an October Las Vegas shooting that left 58 dead and hundreds injured and some – including California, Massachusetts and New Jersey – have enacted them.

In Tennessee, two Democratic legislators – Sen. Lee Harris of Memphis and Rep. Dwayne Thompson of Cordova – have introduced a ban bill (HB1461). But they haven’t scheduled a committee vote and the Johnson City Press reports Northeast Tennessee Republican legislators and the Tennessee Firearms Association are strongly opposed.

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Roe still remains undecided about reelection run

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe says he still hasn’t decided whether to seek reelection to another term in Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District and that pending medical tests will have an impact on his decision along with his work load and a desire to get some things done to help veterans, reports the Kingsport Times News.

When asked by the Times News during a Friday conference call with reporters whether he would run for re-election, Roe responded:

“I have not … from a health standpoint … I’ve had a CT (computer tomography) scan, which was normal. I’m very pleased about that. … In another three to four weeks, I’ll have a blood test to see whether that’s normal and OK. Those things will impact the decision you make. So far, I’ve gotten great results. Physically I’m feeling better. … There are some things I have for the VA (Veterans Administration) that are critical that I’ve got to get done. … All of these are weighing on my decision and it’s going to be coming rather quickly. … I have a national platform now. … a chairmanship has added a lot of extra work.”

Note: In a post dated Jan. 3, Roe was quoted as saying he would decide “in the next week to 10 days.”

Thousands attend Women’s March events in Tennessee; most in Nashville & Knoxville

Women’s March events in Tennessee, held in conjunction with similar rallies around the nation, drew thousands of participants, according to media reports. It appears the best-attended events were in Nashville on Saturday and Knoxville on Sunday.

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