Politics

8:53am

Tue March 18, 2014
Politics

Haslam Visiting Schools in Support of Common Core

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is visiting schools in each grand division of Tennessee on Tuesday to drum up support for Common Core education standards.

The Republican governor starts the day at Cedar Grove Elementary in Smyrna, followed by a visit to Indian Trail Intermediate in Johnson City. He wraps up the tour at Lexington Middle School in Henderson County.

The governor is trying to shore up support for the curriculum and testing standards that he has called crucial to improving education in the state.

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12:25pm

Sun March 16, 2014
Politics

Haslam Agenda Hits Hard Times in Tenn. Legislature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's agenda is falling on hard times with fellow Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly.

A House vote last week to delay school curriculum and assessment standards was the latest defiance of the governor's wishes.

The GOP supermajority in the General Assembly has also advanced a guns-in-parks bill the governor opposes, sidetracked Haslam's anti-meth bill and showed little urgency in taking up his signature proposal to offer free community college tuition to all high school graduates.

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5:12pm

Fri March 14, 2014
Politics

Court: Tenn. Must Recognize 3 Same-Sex Marriages

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge says that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state works its way through the court system.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger issued a preliminary injunction barring Tennessee from enforcing state laws that prohibit recognition of their marriages. Trauger noted in a written memorandum that her order only applies to the three couples.

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9:00am

Fri March 14, 2014
Politics

Resolution Expresses Regret for Trail of Tears

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A resolution that expresses regret for the Removal Act of 1830 and the Trail of Tears has been approved in the House.

The measure sponsored by House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklin was unanimously approved 90-0 on Thursday.

Several Democratic lawmakers commended the sponsors for the resolution that acknowledges sincere regret to the tribes involved in the U.S. government's forced removal of more than 15,000 Native Americans from ancestral homes in the Southeast to what is now Oklahoma in 1838 and 1839. Thousands died.

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8:59am

Fri March 14, 2014
Politics

Bill Shields School Religious Displays from Suits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation that would protect schools from lawsuits for allowing traditional winter celebrations and religious displays has been approved in the House.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden was overwhelmingly approved 83-4 on Thursday. The Senate version was unanimously approved 30-0 last month.

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