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Opinion

Norris: Governor’s budget invests in education without tax hike

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Editor’s note: Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) is the one who carries the governor’s budget through the legislative process. Governor Bill Haslam delivered his proposal to fund state government for the 2016-2017 fiscal year in his annual State of the State Address last week, unveiling a balanced $34.8 billion proposal that makes the largest […]

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Legislative updates for Feb. 11, 2016

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Online voter registration inches closer NASHVILLE — Legislation providing for the establishment of an online voter registration system for Tennesseans was unanimously approved by members of the Senate State and Local Government Committee last week. Under Senate Bill 1626 / House Bill 1742, sponsored by Senate State and Local Government Committee Chairman Ken Yager (R-Kingston), voters with […]

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Legislative updates for Jan. 28, 2016

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Tuition Stability Act would curb college costs NASHVILLE — Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) has filed the Tennessee Tuition Stability Act to control the exponential growth in tuition at Tennessee’s state colleges and universities. Senate Bill 2306, filed on Jan. 21, limits tuition growth to increases in the consumer price index (CPI) and […]

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Legislative updates for Jan. 21, 2016

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Corker comments on Iran’s release of Americans U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last weekend issued the following statement in response to the release of Americans that were held in custody in Iran and the implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement. “While I am delighted that our citizens who […]

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Odds for Republican nomination

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Phone scams plague senior citizens as vulnerable victims

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Most of us consider phone scams a mere annoyance, but it cost one Tennessee gentleman his will to live. The incessant phone calls congratulated the aging grandfather on his luck in winning millions of dollars, if he would just pay $1,500 in taxes. Dementia sometimes clouded his memory. His generation kept their word. The man […]

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Lakeland resident calls for ‘Mayor Alderman’ type of charter

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In the Jan. 11, 2016, Commercial Appeal was an article titled “In the Loop” by Clay Bailey. Let’s be fair and reasonable and allow Lakeland voters to choose. I have a fair and reasonable solution for the Mayor and Commissioners to consider. If the Mayor and Commissioners want to have elections in November instead of […]

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2016 resolved: Breathing, appreciation, happiness

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What to do, what to do. It’s the age-old dilemma. A brand new year is upon us and with it all the hopes and dreams that any new start brings. THIS is the year I do this. THIS is the year I do that. But is it? Very few of us wake up on January […]

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Obama poised to use executive action to curb gun violence

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Monday, the White House released the following fact sheet previewing President Obama’s plans to address gun violence. Although he hadn’t released details by press time, he was expected Tuesday to use executive action to achieve change, particularly by clarifying who is required to conduct mandatory background checks. White House fact sheet Gun violence has taken […]

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5 legal resolutions to make for 2016

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For the upcoming new year, here are five legal resolutions that can help you and your family. 1. Shoot a video. Make a videotape of all of your household goods, just by walking through the house and opening closets and attics. If you suffer loss due to tornado, fire, theft or earthquake (optional coverage) you […]

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