Editorial Results (free)
1. Task Force’s New Health Plan Promising
- Thursday, July 07, 2016
A 3-Star Healthy Task Force appointed to propose a method for catching Tennesseans in a health care coverage gap is taking a politically safe road to reach the same goal as Insure Tennessee.
Yet the route, a TennCare expansion with “triggers” and “circuit breakers,” holds so much uncertainty it’s hard to figure out if the panel will find its destination.
2. Outsourcing Savings Estimates Strain ‘Credulity’
- Thursday, May 19, 2016
Terry Cowles flashes a photo of ceiling lamp fixtures on the screen and tells state legislators a vendor’s state Capitol team used its electrical training to remove, repair and reinstall fixtures, saving taxpayers $15,500.
3. Insure Tennessee: In Like A Lion, Out With A Committee
- Thursday, April 21, 2016
What started with a roar is ending with a whimper.
On the first day of the 2016 legislative session, dozens of Insure Tennessee supporters rallied, shouted and sang songs outside the House chamber.
4. Tennessee Bill Would Allow Counselors to Deny Services
- Thursday, April 07, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that would allow mental health counselors to turn patients away based on the counselors' religious beliefs and personal principles has passed in the House in Tennessee, the latest state to introduce measures that opponents say legalize discrimination against gays, bisexuals and transgender people.
5. Bill to Allow Guns Bans in Ticketed Venues Fails in House
- Friday, March 25, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill seeking to allow Tennessee cities to ban guns from being carried at ticketed events has failed in a House subcommittee.
The Republican-controlled Civil Justice Subcommittee voted 3-2 along party lines on Wednesday to kill the measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. John Ray Clemmons and supported by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.
6. House Kills Bill Requiring Rear-Facing Car Seats Up to Age 2
- Thursday, March 24, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state House Transportation Committee on Tuesday voted to kill a bill seeking to raise the mandatory age for toddlers to ride in rear-facing car seats from 1 to 2.
7. ‘Fearless’ Stewart Embraces Battles With Supermajority
- Saturday, March 12, 2016
Democratic state Rep. Mike Stewart lives on the front lines of the Tennessee General Assembly. As chairman of the House Democratic Caucus with 26 members, Stewart could employ a bunker mentality, but instead has chosen to take the fight to the other side of the aisle.
8. Proposed Update to Car Seat Rules Pulled Back for Debate
- Friday, March 11, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An effort to update Tennessee's car seat rules that had been headed for Gov. Bill Haslam's signature has been pulled back for renewed debate in the House over questions about whether it would increase the age that children would be required to ride in booster seats.
9. Tennessee Lawmakers OK Longer Car Seat Requirements
- Wednesday, March 09, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Toddlers would have to ride in rear-facing car seats for an additional year under a bill passed by both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly.
Democratic Rep. John Ray Clemmons of Nashville said the measure brings the state's car seat laws up to date with the recommendations of physicians and auto manufacturers.
10. Rare Wins for Democrats on Guns, Outsourcing
- Thursday, February 25, 2016
Legislative Democrats got a chance to beat their chests a little bit after a proposal to allow guns in the state Capitol and Legislative Plaza failed, and they hope to do the same with outsourcing.
11. Haslam’s Outsourcing Plan To Get Outside Review
- Saturday, February 20, 2016
Gov. Bill Haslam's administration announced Wednesday, Feb. 17, that it has agreed with higher education leaders to have an outside group review the Republican's privatization plan for building maintenance at Tennessee's public colleges and universities.
12. Haslam, Colleges Agree to Outside Review of Outsourcing Plan
- Thursday, February 18, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's administration announced Wednesday that it has agreed with higher education leaders to have an outside group review the Republican's privatization plan for building maintenance at Tennessee's public colleges and universities.
13. Minority Leader Harris Confident Even on Wrong Side of Supermajority
- Thursday, February 04, 2016
Lee Harris says he ran for state Senate because he felt Memphis could do better on Capitol Hill, defeating Ophelia Ford in 2014.
14. Impatient Clemmons Anxious for Minority Voice to Be Heard
- Saturday, January 23, 2016
Democratic state Rep. John Ray Clemmons is only halfway through his first two-year term representing District 55 in Nashville. But he’s not willing to wait years to speak out or push for change.
15. Memphis Legislators Sound Off On State-Run School District
- Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Armed with a Vanderbilt University study showing Shelby County schools that were taken over by the state’s Achievement School District are showing little to no improvement, Memphis legislators are nearly ready to kill the experiment.
16. Refugees, Regents, Privatization On Tap for New Session
- Friday, January 01, 2016
State Sen. Ken Yager isn’t quite ready for the state of Tennessee to reclaim the Refugee Resettlement Program from Catholic Charities.
17. Legislature Not Playing Santa With Insure Tennessee
- Thursday, December 24, 2015
It’s going to take a Christmas miracle for Insure Tennessee to make it into anyone’s stocking this year.
As the 2016 session of the General Assembly approaches in early January, Republicans are showing no support for the plan Gov. Bill Haslam offered for a special session in early 2015.
18. Tennessee to Spend Millions on New DUI Campaign
- Thursday, December 17, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After nixing an anti-DUI ad campaign that garnered criticism, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is paying millions on another attempt to educate the public about highway safety.
19. If Fear Is Goal, Terrorists Have Won in Tennessee
- Thursday, November 26, 2015
The terrorists who struck Paris three weeks ago succeeded in more than killing and wounding hundreds of people. Their attack is pitting Americans against each other in how to respond, and Tennessee politicians are no exception.
20. Bipartisan Brakes for Governor Haslam’s Privatization Push
- Thursday, October 29, 2015
Plans to put Tennessee’s real estate and government operations in the hands of private business are much further along than Gov. Bill Haslam would like people to think.
A master of downplaying big issues, Haslam says he’s simply looking for ways to make government run more efficiently and save money.
21. Is State’s Role to Provide a Service or Turn a Profit?
- Thursday, September 03, 2015
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam appears to be on the brink of privatizing state government. But he won’t be able to do it without a battle, especially from university unions and Democratic lawmakers.
22. Tennessee Dems Introduce Bill to Allow Gun Ban at Sports, Music Venues
- Wednesday, September 02, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Democrats are introducing legislation to allow all firearms to be banned at major sports and music venues.
Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris of Memphis and state Rep. John Ray Clemmons of Nashville say their bill would create an exemption to the new state law that bans local governments from prohibiting people with handgun carry permits to be armed in parks.
23. Tennessee’s ‘Fighting 26’ Democrats Work to Stay Relevant
- Thursday, July 16, 2015
Sometimes Tennessee Democrats must feel like a tree that falls in the forest: Does anyone hear them?
When Democratic legislative leaders called for a special session this summer on Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam’s market-based plan to use federal dollars to catch 280,000 working people in a health care coverage gap, they found themselves alone.
24. Will Tennessee Republicans Ever Be Truly Happy?
- Thursday, April 30, 2015
Why aren’t Tennessee Republicans happier?
With the GOP so dominate in the Tennessee General Assembly and losses so rare – on the Hill or in elections – the party’s lawmakers should be jubilant with this year’s session. But it’s never enough.
25. Restrictions for Tennessee's 7 Abortion Clinics Head to Governor
- Wednesday, April 22, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislation that would place licensing restrictions on all seven of Tennessee's abortion clinics was overwhelmingly approved by state lawmakers Tuesday and sent to the governor, who's expected to sign them into law.
26. Anti-Abortion Legislation Finds Little Resistance
- Thursday, April 02, 2015
Buoyed by passage of Amendment 1 last fall, legislation restricting abortions is starting to roll – with relative ease – through the General Assembly.
Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, and Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, began the push recently with measures backed by Gov. Bill Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and the Republican ranks. Their bills couldn’t even draw enough resistance to require a roll-call vote.
27. Black Keys Manager Denies Pressuring Adversary
- Friday, March 15, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – As Tennessee lawmakers consider a proposal to crack down on ticket scalping, a Nashville lawyer who opposes the bill alleges that a manager of The Black Keys tried to persuade him to change his position in exchange for tickets to a performance by the band.