Politics

10:32am

Wed October 16, 2013
Politics

Mid-State Student Soldiers Angry About Federal Shutdown

Credit blueraidervets.com/about-bravo.html

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- A Tennessee Army National Guardsman enrolled at a mid-state university says the budget impasse in Washington has a lot of his fellow student soldiers wondering whether it’s time to drop out of school.

Malcolm Stallard is a member of the Bravo student soldier support group on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. Stallard says there’s a lot of anger in the on-campus military community over the federal budget and debt ceiling crisis.

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10:03am

Mon October 14, 2013
Politics

Dean Says Same Sex Benefits the "Right Thing" for Nashville

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean
Credit nashville.gov/Mayors-Office/Mayors-Biography.aspx

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean says offering benefits to the same sex partners of Metro employees is the right thing to do and is a matter of tolerance.

Dean told The Tennessean (http://bit.ly/GNILwn ) he supports the idea as long as it makes financial sense for the city.

A panel is being formed to study the cost of such a policy change.

Dean, a Democrat, says he's not "driven by a political agenda."

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1:01pm

Wed October 9, 2013
Politics

Tennesseans Arrested in Washington During Immigration Rally

Credit workersdignity.org

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennesseans were among 211 demonstrators arrested yesterday in Washington.

The protesters were arrested after blocking a main street near the Capitol during a massive immigration reform rally.

Three mid-state residents were among those arrested. Brenda Perez, Tristan Call and Jack Willey were held by Capital Police overnight and released early this morning.

Brenda Perez says they joined thousands of immigration activists from across the country hoping to get immigration reform back on track.

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12:57pm

Tue October 8, 2013
Politics

Ruling Issued in Case Over Tenn. Health Adviser Rules

Credit healthcare.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A federal judge has blocked the State of Tennessee from enforcing emergency rules for people who advise others about the new health insurance exchange.

The Tennessean reports U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell issued a temporary restraining Monday. In his ruling, Campbell said the rules defining who can help are too broad.

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1:01pm

Mon October 7, 2013
Politics

Health Exchange Navigators Spark Second Tenn. Lawsuit

Credit healthcare.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A second lawsuit has been filed against the State of Tennessee after it imposed strict, new certification requirements for people who advise others about how to sign up for health insurance using the new health care exchange.

Nashville Public Library employee Exie Harrington and Metro social worker Trumeko Foxx were joined in the federal lawsuit by their union. They say the new state rules interfere with free speech rights.

 

 

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