Mon January 13, 2014

CORRECTED: Tenn. Congressional Delegation Mostly Millionaires

U.S. Rep. Diane Black

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study says that for the first time most members of Congress are millionaires, and Tennessee’s delegation is no exception.

The non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics created the report based on required, yearly financial disclosures.

Rep. Diane Black and Senator Lamar Alexander are the wealthiest members of the Tennessee delegation.

Black may be worth as much as $69 million dollars, depending on the stock market, thanks in large measure to her husband’s business interests.

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Fri January 10, 2014

Gov. Haslam Mulls Second Try at School Voucher

Governor Bill Haslam
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he won't decide about whether to support school voucher legislation until next week.

The Republican governor last year supported a voucher program limited to students from low-income families attending failing schools. Haslam withdrew the measure when Senate Republicans sought to expand the bill to a larger number of children.

Haslam told reporters in Memphis Thursday that he still favors what he calls a "measured approach," to vouchers, which give parents public money to pay for private schools.

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Fri January 10, 2014

Panel Dismisses Complaint Against Senator Tracy

Senator Jim Tracy
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Registry of Election Finance has dismissed a complaint filed against state Sen. Jim Tracy over a pancake breakfast he held in 2012 for constituents.

The Tennessean reports the panel voted 4-0 on Wednesday after determining there was no evidence that Tracy misused campaign funds at the event.

The Shelbyville Republican announced 11 days after the event that he would run for the congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a Republican from South Pittsburg.

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Wed January 8, 2014

Corker, Alexander Vote Against Unemployment Extension

Tennessee Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander
Credit senate.gov

WASHINGTON (AP/TNS/WMOT) — Legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed cleared an initial Senate hurdle, without the assistance of Tennessee’s Senate delegation.

The vote Tuesday was 60-37 to limit debate on the legislation, with a half-dozen Republicans siding with the Democrats.

As drafted, the bill would restore between 14 and 47 weeks of benefits -averaging $256 weekly - to an estimated 1.3 million long-term jobless who lost benefits Dec. 28.

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Fri January 3, 2014

Nashville Catholic Diocese Pleased with Contraception Mandate Injunction

Credit dioceseofnashville.com/

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  (AP/WMOT) — The Catholic Diocese of Nashville, and religious organizations nationwide, appear to have won round- one in their efforts to block the contraception coverage mandate in President Barack Obama's health care law.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, which heard the Nashville Diocese lawsuit, voted 2-1 earlier this week to grant a preliminary injunction against government enforcement of the mandate pending a full appeal.

Rick Musacchio is a spokesman for the diocese.

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