MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- State Rep. Joe Carr has picked up the endorsement of Tennessee’s Tea Parties for his bid to unseat Senator Lamar Alexander.
The Tennessean says a coalition of in-state tea party groups held a convention in Nashville this past weekend. Early rounds of voting indicate Carr’s support among tea party enthusiasts is not unanimous, but he eventually won with about 70 percent of those casting a vote endorsing his candidacy.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group seeking to deny incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander another term in office is pushing to oust the head of Tennessee's Republican Party.
The tea party group Beat Lamar demanded last week that Chairman Chris Devaney resign. Beat Lamar says Devaney violated party bylaws by signing a fundraising letter that appeared to assume Alexander would be the GOP nominee in the 2014 general election
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The State Senate Education Committee is holding hearings this week to discuss a new set of controversial benchmarks for math and reading.
So far, 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core Standards. They're designed to raise the bar for American students with advanced problem solving, writing, and critical thinking skills.
Jamie Woodson, president of the influential State Collaborative on Reforming Education, says Tennessee’s children need to be challenged to reach higher.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he was disappointed to hear of a petition signed by nearly half of the states' school superintendents that raised serious concerns about Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.
The Republican governor in a letter to superintendents released yesterday stood by Huffman and the initiatives he has championed, saying that the commissioner has brought a "new perspective and dynamic energy to education reform in Tennessee."
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Tennessee Senator Bob Corker was all over the national network news shows over weekend, expressing his disappointment with the way President Obama is handling the nation’s response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Corker is the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and supported the President’s initial call for military action against the Assad regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons in the Middle Eastern nation’s two year old civil war.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A new report says Tennesseans pay the nation’s highest sales taxes.
The Washington DC based Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan fiscal policy research group, says Tennessee’s combined sales tax burden stands at 9.4 percent. That figure does not include the state’s 5 percent tax on groceries.