Monthly Archives: January 2018

Mae Beavers bows out of debate following death of her mother

Press release from  Mae Beavers campaign

Candidate for Governor, Mae Beavers, issues a statement on the SCORE Gubernatorial Forum and the passing of her Mom, Evelyn Louise Spruill.

“It is with much regret that I will not be able to be at the SCORE Gubernatorial debate tonight. SCORE is focused on educational issues and you will not find a candidate more passionate about the education of all our children. My mother passed away this weekend and her funeral was today, and though I was looking forward to this debate, it is not possible to be with you tonight.

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Fundraising effort seeks to finance UT Knoxville LGBT center without state money

An effort called “Vol Means All” is underway to fully fund operations at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s LGBT student center without government support, according to Out and About in Nashville. The first official fundraiser will be Feb. 1 in Nashville with UT-Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport on hand.

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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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