Politics

6:01am

Fri February 28, 2014
Politics

No Sign of Expansion at Plant Where UAW Dealt Loss

Senator Bob Corker
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Friday marks the end of the two-week period within which U.S. Sen. Bob Corker promised Volkswagen would announce another line at its factory in Tennessee if workers rejected representation by the United Auto Workers union.

So far there's little sign of any pending announcement.

Workers at the Chattanooga plant ended up voting 712-626 against the UAW, in an election the union claims was tainted by threats and intimidation from Republicans like Corker, Gov. Bill Haslam and state lawmakers.

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12:36pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Politics

Another Top Tennessee Democrat Bows Out

State Rep. Mike Turner
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner says he won’t seek re-election.

Turner is telling members of the House of Representatives that he’ll retire at the end of the year after serving District 51 for 14 years. The district covers the areas of Old Hickory, Madison, east Nashville, downtown Nashville and Germantown.

Turner has served as caucus chairman since 2009.

Turner’s announcement follows word last month that Democratic State Rep. Charles Curtiss is also stepping down after serving in the House for 19 years.

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12:33pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Politics

Some Tennessee Vets Express Concerns About Proposed Military Cuts

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WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Proposed cuts to the Pentagon's budget have some Tennessee military veterans concerned.

Earlier this week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed shrinking the Army, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings. It’s part of a broad reshaping of priorities following more than a decade of war.

Colonel Kent Crossley (retired), a member of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Military Officers of America, says he  served through the deep cuts that the military suffered at the end of the conflict in Vietnam.

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10:34am

Wed February 26, 2014
Politics

Mid-State Legislator Raffles Gun to Raise Campaign Funds

State Rep. Joe Carr (R) Lascassas
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state legislator is supporting his campaign for higher office by raffling off a handgun.

State Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas is challenging fellow Republican Lamar Alexander for his Senate seat in the August primary.

Carr recently began raising campaign funds by raffling a Baretta 92A1 semi-automatic handgun. According to WGNS Radio, 30,000 people have now entered the raffle.

Car says he chose the Baretta to celebrate the Second Amendment, and the fact that the Baretta company will soon open a manufacturing plant in Tennessee.  

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10:13am

Wed February 26, 2014
Politics

Petition Drive Supports Common Core in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Thousands of Tennesseans have signed a petition supporting the state's Common Core education standards amid efforts by some lawmakers to do away with them.

A statewide alliance of more than 400 business, community and education organizations in Tennessee released the petition yesterday with more than 9,000 signatures.

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce was one of the organizations participating. The Chamber’s Adam Lister signed the petition.

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