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Tennessee
7:59 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Haslam Measure on Selecting Judges Awaiting Action

When the top three Republicans in the Tennessee statehouse coalesced behind a plan to cement the state's current selection process for Supreme Court justices into the state constitution, there seemed to be a smooth path ahead for getting the measure before voters in 2014.  Two months later, their proposal has made little progress as some Republican lawmakers have embraced a rival proposal, while others want to allow contested elections to take place.  A proposal is advancing in the Legislature to impose a federal-style system of having the governor make nominations to the high court's bench

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Healthcare Reform
12:26 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Supreme Court Begins Hearing Case Challenging Healthcare Reform

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear three days of arguments challenging the constitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare law Monday.

Justices will hear several different legal arguments against the Affordable Care Act, but their first question will be whether it is too soon for the high court to review the law.

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Morning Cram
8:51 am
Mon February 27, 2012

the morning cram [the same thing we do every night edition]

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New research shows nerve damage can be repaired in days, not months.

NPR reports scientists have found a way to reattach severed ends of nerve cells in rats. This could mean new methods to help the more than 50,000 people a year in the U.S. who suffer nerve injuries could be available soon.

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Public Financing for Supreme Court Race
8:20 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Public Financing Proposed for Supreme Court Races

Fearing wealthy donors might unduly influence Supreme Court races, a Kentucky lawmaker is pushing a longshot proposal that would create a public financing system for would-be justices on the state's highest court.  State Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, says the legislation is needed in the wake of a 2010 U.S.

Government
2:30 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Initial Arguments Made in Redistricting Appeal

Kentucky lawmakers who successfully sued to keep new district maps from taking effect have filed new motions with the state Supreme Court.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled two weeks ago that the maps of new House and Senate districts were unconstitutional because they weren't in line with population variance numbers previously set by the Supreme Court. The Legislative Research Commission promptly appealed the case.

The LRC argues that the five percent variance per district rule is invalid because it isn't based on constitutional law.

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