Politics

2:14pm

Wed January 15, 2014
Politics

Tenn. Business Coalition Supports Common Core

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A statewide business coalition is showing its support for Tennessee's Common Core education standards.

The group, called Businesses for Tennessee Prosperity, held a press conference at Legislative Plaza near the state Capitol on Wednesday afternoon to announce the effort.

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10:45am

Wed January 15, 2014
Politics

Disability Advocates Ask Tenn. Senators to Reconsider U.N. Treaty

Tenn. Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (TNS/WMOT)  --  In 2012, Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker both voted against ratification of a  United Nations treaty on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Organizations from across the state that work with the disabled are now urging the senators to reconsider.

Corker and Alexander have both expressed concerns that the treaty might take precedence over American law. Alexander is quoted as saying,

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9:02am

Tue January 14, 2014
Politics

36K in Tenn. Enroll Through Insurance Marketplace

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — More than 36,000 Tennesseans have signed up for coverage under the new health insurance exchange established under President Barack Obama's law.

According to nationwide statistics released yesterday, more than 2 million people had enrolled through the end of the year.

Three out of every four people eligible for the exchange also qualified for financial subsidies.

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12:27pm

Mon January 13, 2014
Politics

State Employees Union Head Announces Retirement

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Robert O'Connell, the executive director of the 13,000 member Tennessee State Employees Association, has announced he plans to retire in May.

O'Connell led the TSEA during four turbulent years. During his tenure, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and a GOP super-majority in the legislature made extensive changes to state civil service rules. The changes make it easier for executive branch employees to be hired and fired, and allow pay to be raised or lowered based on performance.

O’Connell says he was deeply worried by the implications.

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10:03am

Mon January 13, 2014
Politics

Lawmakers Reconvene for 108th Tenn. General Assembly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State lawmakers have reconvened the 108th Tennessee General Assembly in a legislative session that is expected to feature debates over creating a school voucher program and whether to allow supermarkets to sell wine.

House and Senate speakers gaveled in around noon on Tuesday for a session they are hoping to wrap up as quickly as possible so lawmakers can focus on their re-election bids. All 99 House seats are up for re-election this year, along with 17 of 33 seats in the Senate.

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