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  • South Carolina Statehouse Celebration of Life
    South Carolina Statehouse transformed by hospice celebration of life
    Despite rain, wind and cold temperatures, the first annual Columbia "Life Blooms Eternally" celebration of life umbrella event took place at the South Carolina Statehouse in honor of National Hospice Month. The impact of hundreds of...
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    Legislature has authority to fight for reform of collegiate athletics
    Today's USA Today has an excellent article on how the cost of inter-collegiate athletics figures into college tuition, no matter whether the student or students paying the fees are interested in college sports or their school's athletic...
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    Straight Talk With Story
    Fabian Story, who is one of Tennessee's best political strategists, has me as a guest on his show Political Straight Talk. Some of the things we talk strait about include the issue of the Murphreesboro mosque and the importance of religious...
  • Mickey Eldridge and her lawyer Jimmy Smith stand with Cumberland County AOE Sharon York.
    Eldridge Affair raises questions about Tennessee voting law
    The controversy over a known Democrat crossing over to vote in the Republican primary in Cumberland County won't go away: The brouhaha over one person's right to vote in the primary they chose spewed over Tuesday morning when the spurned...
  • A Cumberland County voter was refused a Republican primary ballot because of past Democratic voting.
    The Crossville crossover controversy
    A voter who attempted to vote in the Republican Primary in Crossville has been denied the privilege of doing so because apparently, up to now her voting history indicates that she has voted as a Democrat: A Crossville woman has been denied the...
  • Congressman Zach Wamp (R-Chattanooga) loses it because Pilot sells lottery tickets-lottery is legal.
    Wamp goes loony over Haslam, Pilot selling lottery tickets; having poker machines in Nevada
    I have tried to remain as impartial as I could in the matter of the Tennessee Governor's race since I am a candidate in August for the Republican State Executive Committee in the 4th Senate District. Unlike some other candidates who are...
  • The lower level of the Tennessee Capitol
    Assembly Eternal
    The Tennessee House of Representatives and the Tennessee Senate are both in session at this hour and both expect that they will finally conclude the 106th General Assembly very late tonight. Knowing that it has taken so long to conclude the...
  • The Tennessee House of Representatives, 1938
    Lt. Governor Ramsey, House Speaker Williams come to oral agreement on Tennessee State budget
    The Lord works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform. Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey and Tennessee House Speaker Kent Williams have apparently come to a tentative agreement on the budget for the coming year: Key provisions of what both...
  • Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey
    Ramsey must be careful that budget battle does not drag on and on
    Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey seems to be holding fast on the issueof whether $16 million for a fish hatchery in Carter County will make it into the Tennessee State budget as the 106th General Assembly attempts to wind up its need for...
  • The Overmountain Man Statue at Sycamore Shoals, Tennessee
    From the rising to the setting of the sun we will remember them
    While the Tennessee General Assembly plans to be in session this week, and conceivably could be in Nashville for the next two weeks or longer, it is fitting to remember that while the State House of Representatives and State Senate quarrel over...
  • Tennessee House of Representatives, 1938
    Hold on to your wallets, it's budget week at Tennessee's Capitol
    This morning I depart for Nashville and the State Capitol for what has become an annual trip to bring you, the reader, in depth coverage of the proceedings of the General Assembly as they surround the Tennessee State budget for the coming year....
  • Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey
    The longshot is ready to make a run
    Tennessee lawmakers, including those running for higher office, are not allowed by law to raise campaign funds during session until either the session adjourns or a specified deadline date has passed. While Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and...
  • A voter utilizes an East Tennessee polling station.
    The angry voters speak first
    Yesterday's county primaries in East Tennessee told us a great deal about what this year's climate of voter discontent means locally, and the scale of some of the results was indeed shocking, especially in Knox County: Knox Co. Mayor (R)...
  • A voter exits a voting booth.
    Election calendar is good case for primary reform in Tennessee
    Today is local Primary Day for most Tennessee counties, and for much of East Tennessee that will mean contested Republican Primaries that will usually decide local elections for the year for many county mayoralties, Sheriffs, and constitutional...
  • Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) will have an alternative to the Governor's tax proposal.
    A tax increase in the midst of a depression is unconscionable
    Governor Phil Bredesen has decided that Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey isn't "concentrating" on the General Assembly, and he has reached this conclusion because Ramsey has the unmitigated gall to disagree with the Governor on a...