Politics

12:21pm

Mon September 16, 2013
Politics

Sen. Corker Calls President's Handling of Syria "Muddled"

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker
Credit senate.gov

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.

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12:07pm

Thu September 12, 2013
Politics

Turner Asks for Haslam Correspondence With VW

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Democratic leader in the House says he has asked for correspondence between Gov. Bill Haslam and Volkswagen.

Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/15UqadY ) that he's "concerned" about Haslam "possibly interfering with (Volkswagen's) internal decisions."

Turner said he wants to see whether Haslam tried to stop unionization efforts at the Chattanooga VW assembly plant by offering additional incentives to the automaker.

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10:53am

Thu September 12, 2013
Politics

School Superintends Criticize Education Department

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — More than 60 Tennessee school superintendents have signed a petition calling on the governor re-evaluate the leadership at the Tennessee Department of Education.

The superintendents say Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman's office, as the letter words it, "has no interest in a dialogue" with the heads of school districts around the state.

The petition says superintendents' efforts to improve their schools are being thwarted by low teacher morale because of policy changes on the state level.

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11:29am

Wed August 28, 2013
Politics

Report: Tennesseans Pay Nation's Highest Sales Taxes

Credit taxfoundation.org

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.

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9:32am

Wed August 28, 2013
Politics

Business, Faith and Law Groups Hope to Influence Immigration Debate

Credit bbbimmigration.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The immigration reform group Bibles, Badges and Business held a roundtable discussion Wednesday morning at the First Amendment Center in Nashville.

The group is part of a nationwide effort by business, law enforcement and faith groups to influence the immigration debate in the nation’s capital.

Former attorney General Alberto Gonzales led Wednesday's discussion. Also attending are representatives of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, the Middle Tennessee Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, and the Tennessee Farm Bureau.

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