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House retreats from approval of resolution honoring Confederate statue critic

On the “blink-and-you’ve-missed-it” motion of House Majority Leader Glen Casada, the state House has recalled from the Senate a resolution honoring Tami Sawyer, a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement and in the successful efforts to remove Confederate statues from Memphis city parks, reports Cari Wade Gervin. The initial House passage with a GOP supermajority is characterized as “this year’s installment of “Hey, maybe you should read what you are voting for.”

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Blackburn blessed by 56 of 74 Republican state representatives

Press release from Marsha Blackburn campaign

BRENTWOOD, TN – Today, 56 state Representatives announced their support of Marsha Blackburn for U.S. Senate. They join Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally, a majority of Republican state Senators, and a growing list of Tennesseans in endorsing Blackburn for Senate.
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Nobody goes there? House panel OKs Polk move

Gov. Bill Haslam attends a ceremony at the James K. Polk tomb in Nashville on Nov. 2, 2012. (Image credit: Gov. Bill Haslam’s office)

Supporters of moving the body of President James K. Polk body say he never wanted to be buried on the grounds of the state Capitol, a site about 500 feet from where his will called for him to be interred. So they want to move him about 50 miles south to Columbia, a city where he lived as a young man.

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Reaction to Nashville Mayor Barry’s resignation

Reaction to Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s resignation has begun to hit Twitter, including from Republican Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, who called it a “sad day for all of us.”

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Sexton postpones presser on unborn monument

Rep. Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) signals a vote on the House floor in Nashville on March 5, 2018. (Erik Schelzig/Tennessee Journal)

Rep. Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station), the sponsor of the vetoed bill to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee, has postponed a Tuesday press conference on the creation of monument to the unborn on the grounds of the state Capitol. The official reason for the cancellation is “unforeseen circumstances.” Though one suspects that the fact that most of Nashville’s TV and print journalists are preoccupied with that little matter of the mayor’s resignation might have had something to do with it.

The event billed as the introduction of  an initiative to “recognize the men, women, and children affected by the tragedy of abortion and miscarriage” has been rescheduled for March 13.

 

Haslam: No executive order to restore net neutrality in TN (but there’s a bill)

Gov. Bill Haslam is spurning request from Democratic state legislators that he join some other governor in issuing an executive order to preserve “net neutrality,” reports the Nashville Post. Rep. John Ray Clemmons of Nashville and Sen. Lee Harris of Memphis wrote him a letter last week with the request, which could have restored regulations repealed by the Federal Communications Commission.

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Legislator seeks state review after one school bus driver falls asleep, another charged with DUI

One Washington County school bus driver fell asleep at the wheel on Tuesday, leading to a mishap that sent several children to a hospital with minor injuries. On Wednesday, another Washington County school bus driver was arrested for DUI. On Friday, the county school superintendent, Kimber Halliburton, announced she had fired the system’s transportation director.

Now, state Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) has asked the state Department of Education to review the school system’s safety procedures, reports WJHL TV.

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East TN legislator joins in honoring Confederate flag

A state legislator spoke Saturday at a gathering in front of the Sullivan County courthouse to honor the history and heritage of the Confederate flag, reports the Bristol Herald Courier. The event was organized by the Sons of Confederate Veterans as part of the organization’s national Confederate Flag Day and comes with controversy afoot elsewhere over Confederate recognition.

 “You can’t help but have a sense of pride in home and preservation of our history and our story because that’s who we are,” said state Rep. Timothy Hill, R-Blountville, speaking about Blountville’s Civil War history. “When you let go of that, when you start allowing monuments to be defaced and erased, you forget your roots.”

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Tennessee Journal flashback: Omnipotent lawmakers

From the May 25, 1981, edition of The Tennessee Journal. The more things change…

Rep. Jimmy Eldridge will run for Jackson mayor instead of reelection in House District 73

After nearly 16 years representing state House District 73, Republican state Rep. Jimmy Eldridge announced Friday he will not seek reelection and instead will seek election as mayor of Jackson in 2019, reports the Jackson Sun.

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