Thu December 19, 2013

Campaign Complaint Filed Against Senator Tracy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Registry of Election Finance will consider a complaint filed against state Sen. Jim Tracy over a pancake breakfast he held last year for constituents.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1bSGTgU) reports the issue will be taken up in January.

Shelbyville resident James R. Moore said in the complaint that he believes Tracy may have violated campaign finance reporting procedures by having the event shortly before launching a bid for Congress.

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Tue December 17, 2013

Turner to Remain State Democratic Caucus Chairman

State Rep. Mike Turner
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State Rep. Mike Turner has decided to remain House Democratic Caucus chairman.

Turner, who has served in the role for five years, said last month that he planned to step down in January because of philosophical differences with the state's Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron.

But caucus spokesman Sean Braisted says Turner decided to stay in the position after talking with many of his House colleagues and receiving their support.

Braisted says Turner will stay on through the end of his term in 2014.

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Wed December 11, 2013

Sen. Alexander Expresses GOP Anger Over Filibuster Rules Change

Senator Alexander on the Senate floor.
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WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Democrats are ready to propel another one of President Barack Obama's court picks through the Senate, now that outnumbered Republicans have less power to block nominees.


The Senate plans Wednesday to consider Obama's choice of Cornelia Pillard to join the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Her nomination was freed for a vote after Democrats forced a change last month in filibusters, making it harder for the Senate minority Republicans to use procedural delays to sink most nominees.

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Mon December 2, 2013

Tenn. Rural Hospitals Face Uncertain Future

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's rural hospitals are laying off workers and reducing services as they try to cope with the funding changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act and the political battles that surround expanding TennCare.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1ams5Ds) the federal health law reduces reimbursements to Tennessee hospitals by $5.6 billion over the next 10 years. That money was supposed to be replaced through expanding TennCare, the state Medicaid program.

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Fri November 22, 2013

Tennessee's Alexander Responds to Senate Filibuster Changes

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander on the floor of the Senate.
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WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Democrats are already enjoying the first fruits of yesterday’s milestone Senate vote making it harder for the Republican minority to block President Barack Obama's nominations.

They swiftly ended a GOP filibuster against one of his top judicial choices and prepared to do the same for two others.

But Republicans, including Tennessee’s Senator Lamar Alexander, are warning that over the longer term, they might regret changing the rules. Alexander used this weekend’s UT -  Vanderbilt game to make his point.

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