Tue June 18, 2013

Tenn. to Review Proof of Citizenship Ruling

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee election officials plan to review a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says states can't demand proof of citizenship from people registering to vote in federal elections unless they get federal or court approval to do so.The justices' 7-2 ruling on Monday complicates efforts in Arizona and other states to bar voting by people who are in the country illegally.

Tennessee passed a law about two years ago that allows state election officials to purge noncitizen residents from election rolls.

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Mon June 17, 2013

Tenn. GOP supermajority struggles to find footing

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 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam began the year by dismissing what he called a "caricature" of Republicans struggling to manage their supermajority in state government.But by the end of the legislative session, infighting among the GOP led several key legislative proposals to go off the rails.

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Fri June 14, 2013

A Last Chance Budget for Memphis?

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State Comptroller Justin Wilson is telling Memphis officials that their next budget may be the last clear chance the city has to determine its own future.

Wilson tells the Commercial Appeal that he’s getting full cooperation from the city administration and what he called "good, fair, hard questions" from the council. He says he believes council members will make good choices themselves to balance the budget.

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Tue June 11, 2013

Judge Derails State Worker Layoffs

Credit tseaonline.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 200 state employees will get to keep their jobs a little longer thanks to a temporary restraining order issued Monday by a Davidson County judge.

The order comes in response to a lawsuit filed against the state by the Tennessee State Employees Association.

TSEA Executive Director Robert O’Connell says he doesn’t dispute the state’s right to furlough workers, but insists the Haslam Administration must provide the career counseling, job testing and placement services required by law.

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Mon June 10, 2013

State Panel to Explore New Common Core Standards

Senator Dolores R. Gresham, R-Somerville, District 26 — Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, McNairy, and Henderson Counties
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The chairwoman of the state Senate Education Committee says the panel will hold meetings during the summer or fall to discuss a new set of uniform benchmarks for math and reading.The common core state standards are being adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.

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