Politics

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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10:35am

Thu May 15, 2014
Politics

Legislative Session Review: Tenn Firearms Association

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 John Harris, President of the Tennessee Firearms Association. Harris says his members were expecting to see several new gun rights measures written into law this session, but most never made it out of various legislative committees.

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10:46am

Mon May 12, 2014
Politics

Legislative Session Review: Tennessee ACLU

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

Today we hear from Hedy Weinberg, Director of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Weinberg says the session highlights a legislature that she sees as increasingly “partisan and polarized.”

She says her organization was especially disappointed in a bill, since signed by Governor Haslam, which criminalizes the act of giving birth to a drug addicted baby.

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11:09am

Thu May 1, 2014
Politics

Haslam, Bredesen Kick off Constitutional Campaign

Former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) —Gov. Bill Haslam has kicked off a campaign in support of an amendment to the Tennessee constitution that would change the way State Supreme Court justices and appeals judges are appointed and retained.

Haslam was joined at a kickoff event Wednesday in the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the State Capital by a number of dignitaries, including his Democratic predecessor, Phil Bredesen.

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