Politics

11:18am

Fri February 14, 2014
Politics

MTSU Poll: "Big Predictor is Religiosity"

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The latest MTSU Poll continues to show the strong influence Evangelical Christians exert on a wide range of controversial social issues in Tennessee.

The latest poll by the Middle Tennessee State Survey Group was conducted in late January and involved 600 randomly selected Tennesseans. The poll has an error margin of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.

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11:15am

Fri February 14, 2014
Politics

Tenn. Pharmacist Sues Over Firing, Contraceptive Sale at Issue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee pharmacist who says he was fired for refusing to sell the morning-after pill has filed a lawsuit against his former employer.

The Tennessean reports Philip Hall said he was fired from Walgreens in August because he wouldn't sell the contraceptive due to his religious beliefs. Hall says in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Nashville that he finds the drug "sinful and repugnant to his sincerely held religious beliefs."

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11:25am

Wed February 12, 2014
Politics

VW Employees Begin Controversial Unionization Vote

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DETROIT (AP/WMOT) — The 1500 workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga begin voting today on whether or not to choose the United Auto Workers Union to represent them.

If the UAW does gain access to the plant, the German facility will be the first foreign care builder in the American south to have union representation.

Controversy has swirled around this week’s vote for months, with the entire leadership of Tennessee’s Republican leadership, from the governor on down, strongly urging plant workers to reject union representation.

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5:31pm

Mon February 10, 2014
Politics

MTSU Poll: Haslam Job Approval Takes Dive

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The latest Middle Tennessee State University poll shows Gov. Bill Haslam's job approval has dropped since last spring.

The poll released Monday shows the Republican governor slid from 61 percent, the last poll rating, to 47 percent.

Poll director Ken Blake says the decrease occurred primarily among the state's Democrats and political independents.

Approval among Democrats fell from 52 percent to 42 percent, while independents dropped from 69 percent to 41 percent.

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5:29pm

Mon February 10, 2014
Politics

Tenn. Lawmakers: VW Incentives Threatened by UAW

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Tennessee are threatening that the state could turn off the spigot of incentives for Volkswagen if workers at the German automaker's plant decide this week to approve union representation.

State Senate Speaker Pro Tem Bo Watson in a news conference in Chattanooga on Monday called the United Auto Workers campaign at the plant "un-American." He said a vote in favor of the union would lead the wide GOP majorities in the state Legislature to take a dim view of future incentives aimed at expanding production.

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