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1. Online App for Tennessee Lawmakers Wins Award -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An online application for Tennessee lawmakers has won an award from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The group awarded the state Legislature the Legislative Staff Achievement Award for the new "Dashboard" for state senators and representatives.

2. Judicial Retention Travels Complex Path -

The 2014 election year is proving to be a long one for those interested in the judicial races on the ballot.

Voters in Shelby County decided the local judicial races and participated in the August statewide retention races for appellate court positions, including three on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

3. Haslam Keeps Door Open to Pre-K; Ramsey Skeptical -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – While Gov. Bill Haslam is keeping the door open to an expansion of the public pre-kindergarten program in Tennessee, any such move would remain a tough sell among some fellow Republicans in the Legislature.

4. New Chief Justice Echoes Haslam Mantra on Review -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – First, the state Supreme Court hired Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal adviser as Tennessee's next attorney general. Now the high court's new chief justice is also adopting the Republican governor's rhetoric.

5. Sen. Summerville Charged With Public Intoxication -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Outgoing state Sen. Jim Summerville, whose behavior has often drawn the ire of his Republican colleagues, has been charged with public intoxication.

6. Coverage Gap Leaves Rural Tennessee Hospitals on Life Support -

Four rural hospitals have closed and dozens are at risk of shuttering: That’s the fallout, some say, from Gov. Bill Haslam’s decision not to join the Affordable Care Act in 2013 and tap into millions in promised federal funds for Tennessee’s financially-strapped health care institutions.

7. Haslam, Legislative Speakers Call Education Summit -

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey are convening a summit in Nashville to discuss education changes in Tennessee.

8. Haslam, Legislative Speakers Call Education Summit -

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey are convening a summit in Nashville to discuss education changes in Tennessee.

9. The Q Party -

CRISIS AVERTED. It’s all a matter of perspective.

At the height of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, a friend’s father was in Corinth, Miss., on business. He was outside the courthouse having a cigarette and waiting for an appointment when he overheard a conversation between two old men on a bench.

10. Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper to Seek Another Term -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper announced Monday he will seek another eight-year term after three Democrats were retained on the Supreme Court.

11. Supreme Court Retention Clash Likely to Continue -

Both sides declared victory when the three Tennessee Supreme Court justices were retained by voters in the Thursday, Aug. 7, statewide judicial elections.

The votes to retain or replace Chief Justice Gary Wade and Justices Sharon Lee and Cornelia Clark ended with all three being retained for an eight-year term.

12. Cohen Prevails, Incumbents Dominate -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen held off Thursday, Aug. 7, the most serious electoral challenge he’s faced since winning the Congressional seat in 2006, in the form of attorney Ricky E. Wilkins.

13. Cohen, Luttrell, Weirich, Harris Take Early Vote -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has taken the early vote over challenger Ricky Wilkins in the hard fought Democratic Congressional primary on Thursday’s Shelby County election ballot.

14. Supreme Court Justices Rally in Court Square -

The three Tennessee Supreme Court justices on the Thursday, Aug. 4, ballot spent the day before the election campaigning in Memphis for retention.

Chief Justice Gary Wade and Justices Cornelia Clark and Sharon Lee are countering a well-financed campaign by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and others, urging voters to vote against retaining the three justices.

15. Tennessee Supreme Court Races See Spending Spike -

NASHVILLE (AP) – An influx of campaign spending on three Tennessee Supreme Court seats has transformed what is traditionally a sleepy affair into a hard-fought campaign that has raised questions about the role of partisan politics in the judiciary.

16. Ask a Lawyer -

JUDGED BY LAWYERS. Q: What do you when you have a lawyer buried up to the neck in sand?

A: Not enough sand.

Lawyers can’t catch a break.

Q: What the difference between a lawyer and a catfish?

17. Supreme Court Justices Make Campaign Push -

Among the candidates going door to door in Memphis this summer looking for votes was a Tennessee Supreme Court justice.

Sharon Lee, one of three justices seeking re-election in the yes-no retention races on the August ballot, campaigned Saturday, July 19, in Hickory Hill.

18. Early Vote Expands as Campaigns Enter New Phase -

There is a unique and persistent part of the political process that gnaws at candidates, separating them from the voters they court and sometimes stalk. You might call it the day of the ballot.

In the weeks leading up to the start of early voting, they get hit up constantly by those putting out endorsement ballots to be distributed during early voting and on election day, most often by paid poll workers. Candidates must pay to be on a ballot, which those organizing the ballots say is necessary to cover printing and distribution costs.

19. Justices Stump in Memphis as Early Voting Begins -

Early voting in Shelby County opened Friday, July 18, with that most political of omens – rain.

The three Tennessee Supreme Court justices on the ballot statewide were at the Burch, Porter & Johnson law firm a few blocks from the Shelby County Election Commission early voting site Downtown.

20. 3 Democratic Supreme Court Justices Launch TV Ad -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The three Supreme Court justices facing retention elections next month have launched a television ad to stress their dedication to the federal and state constitutions.

21. Tennessee Bar Poll Calls for Judge Retention -

A first-ever poll of Tennessee Bar Association members shows those the majority of those polled recommend the retention of three of the state’s Supreme Court justices on the Aug. 7 statewide ballot.

22. Tennessee Bar Poll Calls for Judge Retention -

A first-ever poll of Tennessee Bar Association members shows those the majority of those polled recommend the retention of three of the state’s Supreme Court justices on the Aug. 7 statewide ballot.

23. Judicial Campaigns Get Testy With Endorsements -

Some of the reticence about political combat that defines local nonpartisan judicial elections is beginning to wear thin with a little more than a month until the start of early voting for the Aug. 7 elections.

24. Group Supporting Incumbent Justices Raises $600,000 -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A group supporting the retention of three incumbent Tennessee Supreme Court justices says it has raised $600,000.

The campaign called Keep Tennessee Courts Fair is supporting Justices Connie Clark, Sharon Lee and Gary Wade, who face yes-no votes on the ballot in August.

25. Tennessee Bar Polls on Supreme Court Races -

The Tennessee Bar Association is conducting a first-ever poll of its members on the August retention races for three Tennessee Supreme Court positions.

The polling by secret ballot began Tuesday, May 27, and continues through June 9, with results to be released in mid-June.

26. Lawyers Fight Effort to Oust Justices -

Lawyers are fighting back against an effort by conservatives to oust three sitting justices on the state’s highest court.

Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville has been circulating a document that takes aim at Supreme Court Justices Cornelia Clark, Gary Wade and Sharon Lee. All three were appointed by former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, and all three are up for election on Aug. 7.

27. Lawyers Fight Effort to Oust Justices -

Lawyers are fighting back against an effort by conservatives to oust three sitting justices on the state's highest court.

Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville has been circulating a document that takes aim at Supreme Court Justices Cornelia Clark, Gary Wade and Sharon Lee. All three were appointed by former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, and all three are up for election on Aug. 7.

28. Tennessee Bar Polls Members on Supreme Court Races -

The Tennessee Bar Association is conducting a first-ever poll of its members on the August retention races for three Tennessee Supreme Court positions.

The polling by secret ballot began Tuesday, May 27, and continues through June 9, with results to be released in mid-June.

29. Some Expect Costly, Divisive Justice Campaign -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee could be facing the costliest state Supreme Court election in its history now that conservatives have targeted three sitting justices on the state's highest court.

30. Haslam Vows ‘Full Effort’ for Re-Election -

As Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam seeks re-election, he has some challengers in the statewide August Republican primary and he’ll face a Democratic opponent in the November general election.

But Haslam’s path to re-election in 2014 should be an easy one. He is heavily favored as the incumbent with no Democratic contender who is backed by the state Democratic Party establishment.

31. Senator Appears to Make Light of Holocaust Remark -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A Tennessee state senator who compared the federal health care law to the forced transportation of Jews to concentration camps during the Holocaust appeared to make light of the firestorm about his comments this week in a blog post on Tuesday.

32. August’s ‘Big Ballot’ Awaits County’s Voters -

With the unofficial results in the Shelby County primary elections in, get ready for the “big ballot.”

The candidates who won the Democratic and Republican primaries in Tuesday’s elections advance to the August ballot where they will join a much larger group of candidates and races that once every eight years produce the largest ballot of any election cycle in Shelby County politics.

33. 108th General Assembly Adjourns for Year -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State lawmakers concluded a session Thursday in which they approved measures to allow folks to buy wine in grocery stores, fight methamphetamine production and give high school graduates free tuition at community colleges.

34. 108th General Assembly Adjourns for the Year -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State lawmakers concluded a session Thursday in which they approved measures to allow folks to buy wine in grocery stores, fight methamphetamine production and give high school graduates free tuition at community colleges.

35. Ramsey: Pay Raises, Higher Ed Funding Face Cuts -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says worse-than-expected revenue collections could force Tennessee to cancel planned pay raises for state employees and reduce planned investments in higher education.

36. Haslam Signs Supermarket Wine Bill Into Law -

NASHVILLE (AP) – After years of legislative debate, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday signed a law to allow supermarket wine sales in Tennessee.

Haslam was joined by the measure's sponsors, as well as the Senate and House speakers, who helped the passage of the legislation by bringing different parties to the table to discuss it.

37. Bill to Block Nashville Amp Project Worries Haslam -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday raised concerns about efforts by fellow Republicans in the state Legislature to block a dedicated bus lane project through Nashville.

The governor told reporters after a speech to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce that although he has not formed an opinion about whether the project – called the Amp – is a good idea, he's worried about the possible precedent of legislative committees deciding over individual transportation projects in the state.

38. Senate Passes Medicaid Legislative Approval Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that requires Gov. Bill Haslam to secure legislative approval for any potential deal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee has passed the Senate even though the Republican governor has already said he would consult with lawmakers.

39. Supermarket Wine Sales Bill Headed to Governor -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislation that would let voters decide whether their cities or counties allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores has been sent to the governor, who is expected to sign the measure into law.

40. Tennessee House Passes Supermarket Wine Sales Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A years-long effort to allow wine to be sold outside of Tennessee liquor stores easily cleared what was expected to be its toughest hurdle on Thursday when the state House overwhelmingly approved the measure.

41. Senate Defeats Proposal to Elect Attorney General -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate on Wednesday defeated an effort to change the Tennessee constitution to require the popular election of the attorney general.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet received 15 votes in favor and 14 votes against. Proposals need at least 17 votes – a majority of the 33-member chamber – to pass.

42. Tennessee Senate Passes Supermarket Wine Bill 23-8 -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Local governments could hold votes on whether to allow wine sales in supermarkets and convenience stores, under a bill the state Senate passed on Thursday.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro was approved on a 23-8 vote after the companion bill was revived in the House this week. Five Republicans voted against the measure, along with three Democrats.

43. Supermarket Wine Bill Up for Key Votes This Week -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The full Senate is scheduled to vote this week on a proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets, while a House committee that derailed last year's version is set to consider reviving the measure.

44. Republicans, Governor Discuss Voucher Bill -

Republican state lawmakers have proposed a school voucher bill they hope will be acceptable to Gov. Bill Haslam, who has repeatedly said he favors a more limited version of the program that gives parents another option for educating their children.

45. Supermarket Wine Bill Up for Key Votes Next Week -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The full Senate is scheduled to vote next week on a proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets, while a House committee that derailed last year's version is set to consider reviving the measure.

46. Republicans, Governor Discuss Voucher Bill -

Republican state lawmakers have proposed a school voucher bill they hope will be acceptable to Gov. Bill Haslam, who has repeatedly said he favors a more limited version of the program that gives parents another option for educating their children.

47. Grocery Wine Bill Negotiations Near Breakthrough -

NASHVILLE (AP) – After years of bitter legislative fights over efforts to allow Tennessee grocery stores to sell wine, groups representing liquor stores and supermarkets are nearing an agreement that would give the measure its best ever chances of becoming law.

48. Haslam Announces Anti-Meth Proposal in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday proposed legislation that would require a prescription to obtain more than a 20-day supply of cold medicines used to make methamphetamine.

49. Haslam to Bring Back School Voucher Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday he will support a school voucher bill this legislative session that's similar to a limited measure he proposed last year, even though other GOP lawmakers say they'd like to see something a little broader.

50. Give Me My Money, the Sequel -

A BILLION IS, LIKE, A LOT. Sometimes numbers are so huge – so much larger than life, if you will – they are beyond our comprehension.

For instance, the tonsillectomy that went so horribly wrong recently and left one child brain dead can engage the national media and captivate the country for weeks – while we pay no attention at all to the millions upon millions allowed to remain at risk at the edge of life every day.

51. Haslam to Decide on School Vouchers This Week -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam won't announce his decision about whether to support school voucher legislation until state lawmakers return into session this week.

The Republican governor last year supported a voucher program limited to students from low-income families attending failing schools. Haslam had that measure withdrawn when Senate Republicans sought to expand to a larger number of children.

52. Hats in the Ring -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will be seeking a second term as governor, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will be running for re-election – both starting with the Aug. 7 statewide primaries that open for filing Friday, Jan. 3.

53. Haslam: Talks Continue on TennCare Expansion -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says his letter this week to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the terms of a possible Medicaid expansion in Tennessee means ongoing talks between his administration and Sebelius’ office will continue.

54. Haslam Writes Feds Letter on Medicaid Expansion -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is putting his goals for a special Tennessee deal for Medicaid expansion into writing.

The governor said speaking to the Nashville Rotary Club on Monday that the letter sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sums up efforts by his administration to negotiate a special arrangement for the state.

55. Possible TennCare Expansion Still Work in Progress -

The Tennessee lieutenant governor says it is a waste of time. The Memphis representative in U.S. Congress says it is overdue.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is still negotiating with the White House on a possible $1.4 billion expansion of Medicaid in Tennessee that could cover 140,000 uninsured Tennesseans under TennCare, the state’s version of Medicaid.

56. Senate Leader Calls Medicaid Talks Waste of Time -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he would be against an effort to expand Medicaid even if fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam successfully negotiated a special deal for Tennessee.

57. Inman Joins Next Day Access as Franchise Manager -

Greg Inman has joined accessibilities solutions provider Next Day Access as franchise manager for the Memphis office, where he will supervise sales, marketing, service management and hiring. Next Day Access offers wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, bathroom safety products and other accessibility products for people with disabilities or accessibility challenges.

58. Campaigns Begin In Abortion Referendum -

Anti-abortion rights activists are planning a high-dollar fundraiser next week to kick off their campaign for a constitutional amendment next fall that would give lawmakers more power to restrict access to abortions.

59. Cohen Pushes Medicaid Expansion in Wake of Shutdown -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, got a lift back to his district from Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., at the end of a long week in Washington in which Congress ended the government shutdown just as it was hours from intersecting with the debt ceiling.

60. Ramsey Predicts Approval of Supermarket Wine Bill -

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey predicted Wednesday that lawmakers will approve a bill next session to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores.

61. Supermarket Wine Bill Could be Revived in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee House chairman who cast a deciding vote against a bill seeking to allow supermarket wine sales in the state said Thursday that he's willing to reconsider the measure next session.

62. Ramsey Predicts Approval of Supermarket Wine Bill -

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey predicted Wednesday that lawmakers will approve a bill next session to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores.

63. Democrats Hit Speaker Ramsey Over Obama Tweet -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Democrats are criticizing Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey over a Twitter post that said President Barack Obama was trying to become an ally with al-Qaida in Syria.

64. Lieutenant Governor Says Gun Law May Need Change -

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, who backed a new law allowing handgun carry permit holders to keep weapons in their vehicles at work, says the law needs clarifying.

65. Tennessee GOP Supermajority Struggles to Find Footing -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam began the year by dismissing what he called misguided predictions that the new Republican supermajority in state government would devolve into infighting.

66. Attorney General: Gun Measure Doesn't Affect Employment Law -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee employer could fire a worker who violates company policy by storing firearms and ammunition in vehicles parked on employers' property despite a new state law, according to a state attorney general's opinion.

67. Tennessee GOP: Infighting Typical of Supermajority -

Republicans, positioned to make major changes to state law with the governorship and a supermajority in the General Assembly, ended the session with some high-profile measures derailed by infighting. Leaders say it was to be expected, and they had been warning of it since winning more than two-thirds of the legislative seats in November.

68. Tennessee GOP: Infighting Typical of Supermajority -

Republicans, positioned to make major changes to state law with the governorship and a supermajority in the General Assembly, ended the session with some high-profile measures derailed by infighting.

69. 108th General Assembly Adjourns for Year -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The 108th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on Friday, the first time in 45 years that lawmakers have finished as early as April in the first year of a session.

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey had set an adjournment goal of April 18, but he didn't seem upset finishing a day later.

70. Judicial Redistricting Passes in Senate -

A proposal to redraw Tennessee’s judicial districts for the first time since 1984 has passed the Senate.

The plan from Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville was approved 27-4 on Tuesday.

71. Judicial Redistricting Plan Dead This Session -

A proposal to redraw Tennessee’s judicial districts for the first time since 1984 has failed this session.

The House voted 66-28 on Friday to defeat the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol. The companion bill was approved 27-4 earlier this month.

72. Judicial Redistricting Passes in Senate -

A proposal to redraw Tennessee’s judicial districts for the first time since 1984 has passed the Senate.

The plan from Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville was approved 27-4 on Tuesday.

73. Senate Votes to Block Access to Gun Carry Records -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Before last year's elections, the Senate Republican Caucus obtained a copy of the entire database of handgun carry permit holders in Tennessee. On Wednesday, the GOP-controlled chamber voted to block public access to those records.

74. Most Top Issues Decided as Session Hits Final Lap -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The path may have been rocky at times for the new Republican supermajority in the General Assembly, but leaders are pleased that many of the most contentious issues have been decided as lawmakers enter the final few weeks of the session.

75. Bill Won’t Allow Student IDs for Voting -

The senator who sponsored a measure to let people show student IDs to cast ballots realized it didn’t have enough votes to pass, so he instead backed a bill that doesn’t allow them to be used.

76. Wine Bill to Get 2nd Chance in Senate Committee -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislation to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores isn't quite dead yet.

A tie vote in the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday morning initially indicated that bill had failed for the year. But a spokesman confirmed later in the day that Democratic Sen. Douglas Henry of Nashville, who abstained on that vote now wants to vote in favor of the measure after receiving assurances that it would no longer include a provision allowing Sunday liquor sales.

77. Democrats Want Out of Bill Changing Senate Nominations -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Democrats want to opt out of a bill that would give Tennessee lawmakers the power to select nominees to the U.S. Senate.

Under the bill scheduled for a vote in the state Senate on Monday, primary elections would be replaced with caucus votes in the General Assembly.

78. Lawmakers Seek Takeover of US Senate Nominations -

An average of about 686,000 people has voted in the last eight U.S. Senate primaries in Tennessee. Under a Republican proposal advancing in the state Legislature, that number would be driven down to 132.

79. Haslam Rejects Medicaid Expansion -

Tennessee will not accept an expansion of Medicaid funding under the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday, March 27, to a joint session of the state’s General Assembly.

But Haslam also told legislators he is pursuing a “third option” between acceptance and rejection of the funding that would use the federal funding to allow uninsured Tennesseans eligible for TennCare, the state’s version of Medicaid, to buy private health insurance.

80. Ramsey Named to Executive Committee of RLGA -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is joining the executive committee of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association.

81. Competing School Voucher Bill Withdrawn -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The sponsor of legislation that was competing with Gov. Bill Haslam's to create a school voucher program withdrew her bill on Wednesday after proponents of a broader program decided they want to focus on the governor's plan.

82. Governor Signs Guns in Parking Lots Bill -

Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill that would allow people with handgun carry permits to store firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked.

The signing comes despite questions about whether the legislation affects employment law in Tennessee.

83. Ramsey Wants Committee to Clear Supermarket Wine -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he wants to a supermarket wine bill to clear his chamber's committees even though the House version failed this week.

84. House Passes Bill to Close Handgun Carry Records -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The House has passed a bill that would seal most handgun carry permit records in Tennessee.

The chamber voted 84-10 on Monday in favor of the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. William Lamberth of Gallatin. The bill would block all public access unless a requester presents evidence that permit holders had been charged or convicted of a crime making them ineligible to carry firearms.

85. Judicial Redistricting Plan Leaves Shelby Same -

About a year after the Tennessee legislature set new district lines for itself and the state’s nine members of Congress, it is about to set the district lines for civil and criminal trial court judges at the state level.

86. Limited Approach Taken to Judicial Redistricting -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has unveiled his proposal for redrawing Tennessee's judicial districts for the first time since 1984.

87. 14 Proposals Submitted for Judicial Redistricting -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has received 14 proposals for how to redraw Tennessee's judicial districts.

88. Renewed Bid Would Dilute Tennessee Open Meetings Law -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A renewed push is under way to get Tennessee lawmakers to allow local official to hold more closed-door meetings.

Williamson County Commissioner Bob Barnwell, who also spearheaded a similar attempt last year, has written to local government colleagues around the state urging them to encourage state lawmakers to pass a bill to allow private meetings among officials as long as a quorum isn't present.

89. Senate Rejects Ban on Feds Enforcing Gun Laws -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A bill seeking to make it a crime to enforce federal firearms laws in Tennessee has failed in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet received a 4-4 vote on the panel Wednesday. Bills must earn a majority to advance.

90. Supermarket Wine Bill Advances by 1 Vote in Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores scored its first legislative victory on Tuesday after years of frustration.

The Senate State and Local Government Committee voted 5-4 to advance the bill that would allow cities and counties to hold referendums next year to decide whether to expand wine sales beyond the state's nearly 600 licensed liquor stores.

91. Ramsey Against NRA-Backed Sealing of Carry Permits -

A National Rifle Association-backed effort to block public access to handgun carry permits goes too far for Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, one of the top gun rights advocates in the Tennessee General Assembly.

92. Ramsey Steered to the Right by Harvey, Reagan -

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has one issue that has drawn little attention that he wants to pass through this session of the legislature: redrawing the state’s judicial districts.

93. Tennessee Judicial System Awaits Changes -

Tennessee’s judicial system is in the midst of a makeover. This week, Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey announced the launch of the state’s first judicial redistricting process in nearly 30 years. It follows the state’s recent legislative redistricting process that occurred a little more than a year ago and was led by the General Assembly’s Republican majority.

94. Ramsey: State Senate Delays Bill to Ban Medicaid Growth -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says fellow Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey has agreed to delay consideration of a bill seeking to ban the state from participating in Medicaid expansion under the federal health care overhaul.

95. Henry Focuses on Better State Credit Ratings -

State Sen. Douglas Henry, D-Nashville, the longest-serving member of the General Assembly that recently convened, looks ahead with a simple, focused determination.

96. Parking Lot Guns Bill Sponsor Says He Misspoke -

The main House sponsor of a bill seeking to guarantee handgun permit holders the right to store firearms in their vehicles says he misspoke when he suggested that he routinely breaks the law.

Republican Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby told WPLN-FM that while he’s never obtained a state-issued permit, he’s “carried a gun all (his) life.”

97. Haslam Addresses School Vouchers Issues -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the third year of significant education reform legislation in the Tennessee General Assembly will include vouchers but added that “ultimately our efforts in Tennessee are going to be around the vast majority of kids that are in public schools.”

98. Turner Calls for Investigation of Department of Children’s Services -

NASHVILLE (AP) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner is calling for a special meeting to investigate the Department of Children's Services' refusal to release records related to the abuse and death of children under its care.

99. Top Chairwoman Out in Senate Committee Shakeup -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey on Thursday replaced the chairwoman of the powerful judiciary committee with a key ally, while some opponents of a proposal to allow wine sales in grocery stores lauded committee assignments in the lower chamber.

100. Back to Work -

The Shelby County legislative delegation to Nashville returned to the capital Tuesday, Jan. 8, with three fewer members – one state senator and two state representatives – all Democrats – but with no new faces.