Politics

10:34am

Wed February 26, 2014
Politics

Mid-State Legislator Raffles Gun to Raise Campaign Funds

State Rep. Joe Carr (R) Lascassas
Credit tn.gov

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state legislator is supporting his campaign for higher office by raffling off a handgun.

State Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas is challenging fellow Republican Lamar Alexander for his Senate seat in the August primary.

Carr recently began raising campaign funds by raffling a Baretta 92A1 semi-automatic handgun. According to WGNS Radio, 30,000 people have now entered the raffle.

Car says he chose the Baretta to celebrate the Second Amendment, and the fact that the Baretta company will soon open a manufacturing plant in Tennessee.  

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10:13am

Wed February 26, 2014
Politics

Petition Drive Supports Common Core in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Thousands of Tennesseans have signed a petition supporting the state's Common Core education standards amid efforts by some lawmakers to do away with them.

A statewide alliance of more than 400 business, community and education organizations in Tennessee released the petition yesterday with more than 9,000 signatures.

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce was one of the organizations participating. The Chamber’s Adam Lister signed the petition.

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12:34pm

Tue February 25, 2014
Politics

Gov. Haslam Punts Medicaid Expansion to the Feds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he has asked U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to make a counterproposal to Tennessee's efforts to carve out a special deal for Medicaid expansion.

Haslam told reporters Monday that he had met with Sebelius twice during a Washington visit and that she was aware of the state's requests to use the federal money to subsidize private insurance and promote healthier lifestyles through a series of incentives.

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12:14pm

Mon February 24, 2014
Politics

Chattanooga Gay Benefits Controversy Sparks Lawsuit

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Chattanooga city councilman has filed a lawsuit challenging the state's recall statute after he says citizens petitioned to remove him from office because he is gay.

Councilman Chris Anderson says the state law allows discrimination because petitioners aren't required to state a reason for recalling an official.

Residents petitioned to remove Anderson from office after he proposed allowing benefits for domestic partners of city employees.

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8:08am

Thu February 20, 2014
Politics

Effort to Tie Teacher Licensure to Test Scores Countered

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TNS/WMOT)  --  A bill that would prohibit basing the licensure of Tennessee teachers solely on student test scores is gaining momentum in the Tennessee General Assembly.

The legislation is sponsored by state Rep. Matthew Hill, who says test scores can be a useful tool.

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