Politics

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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10:10am

Wed April 30, 2014
Politics

Murf Mayor Tommy Bragg's Final Day in Office

Mayor Tommy Bragg
Credit City of Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Wednesday is the final day in office for three-term Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg.

Bragg chose not to run for a fourth term. Voters elected City Councilman Shane McFarland to succeed Bragg earlier this month.

When asked about successes during his 12 year tenure, Bragg noted that a close and productive working relationship with the City Council was a highlight of his term in office.

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6:50pm

Mon April 28, 2014
Politics

Legislative Session Review: Senator Jim Tracy

State Senator Jim Tracy
Credit tn.gov

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 speak to State Senator Jim Tracy, representing the mid-state’s 14th district.

Senator Tracy says he’s proudest of bills passed this session that help returning American war veterans get back on their feet, including a bill that makes getting and education easier.

When asked about business the legislative session left undone he cites transportation funding and tax reform.

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6:43pm

Mon April 28, 2014
Politics

Haslam Signs Drug Babies Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law legislation that would punish pregnant women who abuse narcotics.

Haslam said Tuesday after signing the bill he knows about the concerns opponents have to the measure and will use updates with the courts and health professionals to monitor its impact.

Health organizations and women's rights advocates called on Haslam to veto the bill. The measure would allow women to be charged with assault if they abuse narcotics while pregnant and give birth to a child who is dependent on drugs or harmed as a result.

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