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Opinion

Cooperation needed with the police

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Help the police? Those who serve as police officers have one of the most thankless and dangerous jobs I can imagine. I guess that is why I hold them in such high esteem. Imagine that tonight you have to walk up alongside dark cars with tinted windows next to speeding traffic not knowing who you […]

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Kids have no idea about surviving without GPS, cable, Internet

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This past Friday, it hit me. We are living in a technological age that only a generation ago we couldn’t have imagined. I was sitting in my car, watching the PGA Champ-ionship live, in high definition, on my cell phone. Perfect picture. Impeccable sound quality. The more I watched, and the more I thought about […]

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Ted Cruz rallies supporters at Agricenter

The Memphis area doesn’t often attract Presidential candidates, with the exception of an occasional high-dollar fundraiser, held in private. The conventional wisdom says our votes aren’t that important. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas bucked that trend last week, adding a grassroots rally in Memphis to his bus tour of seven Southern states. But of course, […]

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Sen. Norris: Military security ramped up, youth well-being report assessed

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Sen. Mark Norris issued the following updates in his Aug. 7 newsletter. Tenn. increases security at key state facilities Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, on Aug. 7 announced that the Military Department has taken steps to increase the security of its personnel and facilities to include allowing Tennessee Army amd Air National Guard […]

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Sen. Corker: Bipartisan concern remains over Obama’s Iran deal

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In the Weekly Republican Address on Aug. 8, Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, previewed the upcoming Senate debate on the president’s Iran deal. When the Senate reconvenes in September, it will consider a resolution to disapprove of the president’s Iran nuclear deal. “The real decision for lawmakers isn’t this deal […]

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Pell Grants, Planned Parenthood funding slammed, highway bill praised

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) commented Friday on the administration’s plan to make some state and federal prisoners eligible for Pell Grants. “This may be a worthwhile idea for some prisoners, but the administration absolutely does not have the authority to do this without approval from Congress, because the Higher […]

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Sen. Corker: Highway bill is ‘very worst of Washington’

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WASHINGTON.D.C. — U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on July 30 after voting against the Senate highway bill. In his view, the legislation uses 10 years of budget gimmicks and questionable policy changes to pay for only three years of spending. “The Highway Trust Fund is one of the largest budgeting failures […]

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Discussion continues on replacing ‘No Child Left Behind’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Key education leaders in the House and Senate met on July 30 to discuss proceeding with a conference committee to resolve differences in the House- and Senate-passed bills to replace No Child Left Behind. They included House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions […]

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Sen. Norris: State’s ranking on child well-being ‘unacceptable’

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NASHVILLE — Following the release of a report ranking Tennessee 36th in overall child well-being last week, Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) called on his legislative colleagues and the Haslam Administration to focus more effectively on the needs of the state’s youth. The Annie E. Casey Foundation last week issued a report ranking states […]

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Senators introduce Employee Rights Act

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Washington, D.C. — Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate as well as a member and former chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced the Employee Rights Act in the United States Senate on Monday, alongside the sponsor of the House companion bill, Rep. Tom […]

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