Politics

10:39am

Wed December 11, 2013
Politics

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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6:01am

Mon December 2, 2013
Politics

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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7:38am

Fri November 22, 2013
Politics

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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9:36am

Wed November 20, 2013
Politics

Chattanooga Approves Domestic Benefits for Workers

 

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Officials in Chattanooga have given final approval to a measure that extends health benefits for city workers to same-sex partners.

WDEF-TV (http://bit.ly/1cGoKlj) reports the measure passed Tuesday in a 5-3 vote.

Councilman Chris Anderson, who had proposed the ordinance, called the decision a victory for the city.

Opponents say they are gathering signatures on a petition in an effort to force a referendum on the issue.

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7:17am

Wed November 20, 2013
Politics

Tenn. Senator Corker Hears President's Plea on Iran

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker
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WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee’s Bob Corker was among a group of Senators invited to the White House yesterday to hear a personal appeal from President Obama to hold off on additional sanctions on Iran.

Corker told reporters after the meeting that Obama asked lawmakers to pause for "a period of time." Corker didn’t specify how long the president asked lawmakers to wait.

Earlier this month, Corker appeared on the news program “Meet the Press” to express Republican fears that the Obama Administration’s approach to winding down the standoff gives Iran the advantage.

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