Politics

5:38am

Thu May 29, 2014
Politics

Haslam Defends Decision to Delay Assessment Scores

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says state education officials were simply being cautious when they initially decided to delay the release of students' assessment scores.

The Department of Education had informed school superintendents that the delay in TCAP scores was needed because of a change in assessments. The scores are used in the calculation of final grades for students primarily in grades 3 through 8.

However, the department decided to release scores last Friday after experts signed off on the validity and accuracy of the results.

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10:34am

Wed May 28, 2014
Politics

Ads Opposing Tenn. Abortion Amendment Criticized

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Newspaper ads opposing a proposed constitutional amendment to give state lawmakers more power over abortions in Tennessee are drawing criticism for their depiction of a man in a turban trampling on a woman.

The ads placed in newspapers around the state by a group called Tennesseans for Preservation of Personal Privacy urge votes against the ballot measure, calling it the "Tennessee Taliban Amendment."

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9:43am

Wed May 28, 2014
Politics

Tennessee Bar Association Members to Rate Justices

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Bar Association is asking its members to rate three Supreme Court justices who are subject to a retention election this year.

The poll asks members of the bar whether they recommend Chief Justice Gary Wade, Justice Cornelia Clark and Justice Sharon Lee for retention.

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6:23am

Tue May 20, 2014
Politics

Tenn. Democrats Net $500,000 from Annual Fundraiser

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Democrats say the $500,000 netted from its Jackson Day fundraiser set a new record for the beleaguered party.

The event headlined by Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was held at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on Saturday.

The party says its expenses to host the event are expected to come to about $25,000, meaning that 95 percent of the money raised can go toward elections.

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10:42am

Mon May 19, 2014
Politics

Legislative Review: Tennessee Hospital Assoc.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  WMOT is again this year asking news makers from across the political spectrum to comment on the just concluded 108th Tennessee General Assembly.

Today we hear from Craig Becker, President of the Tennessee Hospital Association. Becker says the year’s biggest legislative disappointment was the state’s failure to accept the federal expansion of Medicaid.

Becker says failing to accept the federal money is costing Tennessee billions of dollars a year, dollars that could have been spent on care for the state’s poorest residents.

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