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Tennessee
10:13 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Haslam Urged to Veto Evolution Bill

Opponents of a Tennessee proposal protecting teachers who allow students to criticize evolution and other scientific theories like global warming are urging Governor Bill Haslam to veto the measure.  Several opponents of the legislation delivered a petition containing more than 3,000 signatures to Haslam spokesman David Smith outside the governor's office Thursday.  Smith told those who brought the petition he would make sure the governor got it.  Haslam says he’ll sign the proposal, which he says encourages critical thinking by protecting teachers from discipline if they help students crit

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Tennessee
10:11 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Remote Meeting Attendance Bill Headed to Governor

A proposal that would allow school board members in Tennessee to participate in meetings remotely is headed to Governor Bill Haslam for his consideration.  The measure was sent to Governor Haslam Thursday after the Senate agreed to minor changes made by the House.  The legislation would allow school board members to participate in a meeting electronically up to twice a year if they were out of the country for work, on military service or attending to a family emergency.  Sponsors say the bill is necessary because some school boards already allow remote attendance and proxy voting without an

Tennessee Redistricting
10:10 am
Fri April 6, 2012

TN Lawmakers Looking to Regain Legislative Seats

Following this year’s redistricting process in Tennessee, at least four former state lawmakers are trying to regain their seats in the legislature, while eight Democratic incumbents will be vying for four seats.  Former Democratic Representatives Mark Maddox and Jim Hackworth will run for the seats they lost to Republicans in 2010. Also looking to return are Republican Susan Lynn who gave up her House seat for an unsuccessful Senate bid, and Mike Williams, who lost his Senate re-election bid in 2008.

Morning Cram
8:35 am
Mon April 2, 2012

the morning cram [the more things change, the more they stay the same edition]

Library of Congress

Three score and 12 years ago, America was in a very different place — economically and culturally. The National Archives has released detailed data from the 1940 census, giving us an idea of how much — or how little — things have really changed.

NPR reports the public will have the chance to pick through more than 3.8 million digital images of census schedules, maps and other data from 72 years ago.

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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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Tennessee
7:45 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Saggy Pants Bill to be Heard by House, Senate

A measure that would prohibit Tennessee students from dressing indecently in school is scheduled to be heard on the floor of the House and Senate this evening.  The bill seeks to prohibit students from exposing "underwear or body parts in an indecent manner that disrupts the learning environment."  A stricter version of the proposal failed to pass the Legislature three years ago.

Government
4:20 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Proposed State Budget Threatens Tennessee Family Resource Centers

Tennessee's state budget could cut all funding to The Paris Special School District Family Enrichment Center. Director Donna Vaughn says half of its funding comes from the state and if the budget passes, the center would likely have to close this summer.

“We do not have the excess funds in our budget to absorb it at this time. So we really don’t want to look down that road, but it doesn’t look good for us if that happens.”

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Morning Cram
8:39 am
Mon March 26, 2012

the morning cram [are we there yet? edition]

NPR reports the Supreme Court  begins the first of three days of oral arguments on President Obama's health care law today. The court has boiled the arguments down to four key questions. First up: Does the court even have to hear this case right now?

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Pants Law Gains Support
7:39 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Saggy Pants Proposal Advancing in Legislature

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Three years ago, Rep. Joe Towns failed to make Tennessee the first state to fine teenagers for wearing saggy britches. Now the Memphis Democrat has a more comprehensive measure to prohibit "risque dressing" in schools - and its chances of passage are looking good.  The proposal is headed for a House floor vote and is moving steadily in the Senate.

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Government
8:58 am
Wed March 21, 2012

TN Bill ending ID requirement for early voting fails

A proposal to allow people to cast early votes in Tennessee without a photo ID has failed in the state House.  The measure sponsored by Democratic House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh sets up a system for photographing voters at the polling place instead of requiring them to provide government-issued photo identification.  The measure failed Tuesday in the House State and Local Government Committee by one vote.  A separate measure seeking to do away with the state's new photo ID law altogether was delayed for a week.

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