Politics

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
Credit senate.gov

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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12:15pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Politics

Hospital Group to Press Governor on Medicaid Expansion

Credit tha.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  According to an in-state trade group Tennessee hospitals have started laying off employees and reducing services as a result of the political struggle over the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as Obamacare.

Tennessee Hospital Association President Craig Becker says that under the new health care law some federal funds that once flowed to hospitals were cut off. The law’s authors intended for those lost dollars to be replaced by an expansion of Medicaid.

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10:43am

Mon November 11, 2013
Politics

Tenn. Open Government Advocates Alarmed by "Deliberative Process" Ruling

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Transparency advocates are warning about the ramifications of a recent Tennessee appeals court ruling that "high government officials" can keep documents secret if they deem them part of their decision-making process.

 

The appeals court decision upheld a lower court's ruling that then-Gov. Phil Bredesen was justified in denying records on the basis that they were part of his "deliberative process" about how to deal with TennCare protesters encamped in the Capitol in 2005.

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10:25am

Mon November 11, 2013
Politics

Tenn. Sen. Bob Corker Voices GOP Fears Over Iran Talks

Tenn. Senator (R) Bob Corker appeared on Meet the Press Sunday.
Credit nbcnews.com/video/meet-the-press

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP/WMOT) — Secretary of State John Kerry says that the major powers were unified on an Iran nuclear deal during weekend talks in Geneva but the Iranians were unable to accept it.

Earlier reports said France refused to accept the deal.

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, the ranking minority member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appeared on the weekend news program Meet the Press to talk about the Iran negotiations.

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