Politics

10:26am

Thu December 18, 2014
Politics

Haslam's new education commissioner has strong Common Core background

Gov. Bill Haslam and Tenn. Education Commissioner Candice McQueen
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gov. Bill Haslam has named a top mid-state academic with extensive Common Core experience to be the next Tennessee education commissioner.

The governor has chosen Lipscomb University's Candice McQueen. She’ll replace Kevin Huffman, who announced last month that he's leaving for the private sector.

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9:32am

Thu December 18, 2014
Politics

Tennessee's Corker "closely examining" Obama's move on Cuba

U.S. Senator Bob Corker

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  A number of Republicans and a few Democrats are reacting angrily to President Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba, but a prominent Tennessee Republican is taking a more measure tone.

Likely Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio reacted furiously to the president’s initiative, saying in part that the move “is a victory for oppressive governments the world over.”

But Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, who is likely to head the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the next Congress, was more reserved in his reaction.

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10:35am

Wed December 17, 2014
Politics

Stage being set for battle over Medicaid expansion in Tenn.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 80 business, health care and civic groups have formed the Coalition for a Healthy Tennessee to support Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to expand Medicaid.

Haslam's "Insure Tennessee" plan would draw down federal money under President Barack Obama's health care law to provide health care to an estimated 200,000 Tennesseans..

AARP Tennessee is one of the coalition members. Shelley Courington is the group’s Advocacy Director.

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10:15am

Wed December 17, 2014
Politics

State lawmakers hear testimony on EPA regulations

Tenn. Senator Mark Norris and State Rep. Johnnie Turner
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A state senator has filed legislation that seeks to restrain federal regulation in Tennessee.

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville discussed the resolution yesterday during a special joint committee meeting on the effect of Environmental Protection Agency regulations on the state.

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10:29am

Tue December 16, 2014
Politics

Tenn. hospitals to underwrite Gov. Haslam’s Medicaid expansion

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  A few new details are emerging today concerning the Medicaid expansion deal Gov. Haslam says he’s struck with the Obama Administration.

In announcing the deal yesterday, Haslam stressed that his plan ensures Tennesseans will not face higher taxes to pay for the expanded health coverage.

State Rep. and GOP Caucus Chairman Glenn Casada tells WMOT that the plan calls for Tennessee’s hospitals to pay the difference between what the expanded coverage costs and what the federal government will pay for.

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