Politics

12:52pm

Wed March 13, 2013
Politics

Governor's Education Initiatives Move Forward in the Legislature

Governor Bill Haslam
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's latest proposals for education reform are advancing in the Tennessee General Assembly.

The governor’s school voucher proposal was approved 9-4 in the House Education Committee Tuesday. The bill would limit the program to 5,000 students in failing schools beginning this fall, grow to 20,000 students by 2016.

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12:46pm

Wed March 13, 2013
Politics

Tenn. Senator Corker to Attend Meeting with the President

Senator Bob Corker
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee Senator Bob Corker was among GOP lawmakers scheduled to meet with President Obama on Capitol Hill Wednesday to discuss the current budget impasse.

The president told reporters Wednesday morning a deal may not be possible because Republicans continue to insist that no new revenues can be raised unless entitlement programs are significantly overhauled.

Obama, who has been stepping up efforts to talk to both Republicans and Democrats this week, told ABC News that current difference between the two parties may be too wide.

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12:12pm

Mon March 11, 2013
Politics

Bill Would Allow DUI Offenders to Drive on Restricted Licenses

Rep. William Lamberth, R-Cottontown
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A bill that would put some DUI offenders back behind the wheel will get its first hearing in the Tennessee House of Representatives Tuesday.

House bill 353 is supported by the Tennessee chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The bill would allow some DUI offenders to drive on a restricted license, but only after a breathalyzer-interlock device has been installed on the offender’s car.

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12:11pm

Thu March 7, 2013
Politics

Gov. Haslam Enjoys Bi-Partisan Job Approval Ratings

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new poll out Thursday says Republican Governor Bill Haslam continues to enjoy broad job approval ratings, even among Tennessee’s Democrats.

Pollsters at Middle Tennessee State University released numbers that show 61 percent of those surveyed approve of the way Haslam is conducting the state’s business, while only 15 percent disapprove.

The governor also scored well among Tennessee Democrats, with 51 percent saying that they approve of the job he’s doing.

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12:33pm

Wed March 6, 2013
Politics

Tennesseans Divided Racially Over Obama Presidency

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The majority of Tennesseans disapprove of the way Barak Obama is handling his presidency, putting the state out of step with the rest of the nation.

Pollsters at Middle Tennessee State released results Wednesday that show 51 percent of residents surveyed are not happy with the president’s performance, while 33 percent approve.

The latest results from the Pew Research Center show that nationwide, 51 percent of Americans approve of the president’s handling of the presidency.

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