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Abortion legislation update: ‘Heartbeat bill’ dies, monument to ‘unborn’ and defunding bills arise

The so-called “heartbeat bill,” perhaps the most controversial measure on abortions pending in the Legislature this year, fell by the wayside last week in a House subcommittee. But anti-abortion legislators came up with some new bills.

-Sen. Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) and Rep. Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) propose commissioning of a “Tennessee Monument to Unborn Children” that would be placed on state capitol grounds. (HB2381).

-Sen. Mike Bell (R-Athens) and Rep. Jimmy Matlock (R-Lenoir City) introduced HB2251 with the declared goal of defunding Planned Parenthood in Tennessee, though the filed bill does not do so directly.

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Burchett, Matlock neck-to-neck in 2nd Congressional District campaign financing

On the money front, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and state Rep. Jimmy Matlock are running roughly equal in seeking the 2nd Congressional District Republican nomination, according to disclosures filed this week with the Federal Election Commission.

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Hillary Clinton inspired Matlock’s run for House speaker?

Rep. Jimmy Matlock tells the News Sentinel that his wife, Dean, helped convince him to challenge Beth Harwell as House speaker. His spouse is described as a “strong Christian conservative” who was, in turn, inspired by Democratic Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy to tell her husband he “should do more” in the way of political activism.

“You guys have to stand up to the overreach of the federal government,” she told him.

…“The demeanor and mood in Nashville is way too distrusting and way too negative,” said Matlock. He blames poor communication among the members, a problem he believes he would be able to address.

“I just think it’s a chance to restart the direction of the caucus with a new mood and outlook,” he said.

Matlock says his wife also urged him to jump into the race early “if you really believe that you are transparent and open.”