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Opinion

TN debuts 31 new or revised laws for 2017

With the new year, Tennessee residents are now subject to more than two dozen new or revised laws that help to fight crime, reduce the number of uninsured drivers, arm qualified people, reduce maternal deaths, make dialing 911 easier on complicated phone systems, track law enforcement-related deaths, brew and buy Tennessee high-gravity beer, and accomplish […]

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Why is Congress becoming more polarized, paralyzed?

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Many people have heard the term “gerrymandering,” but do you know where the name originated and why the practice is a bad one? A congressional district is the best way to demonstrate the point. Back in the days when our republic was youthful and naïve, congressional districts often centered on obvious clusters of voters, such […]

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Watchdog group critiques TN’s proposed open records policy

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A proposed policy and guidelines about open public records are under fire from the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government. TCOG has published comments on the guidelines and forms pertaining to the Office of Open Records Counsel’s proposed “Best Practices & Guidelines and Model Public Records.” TCOG has expressed deep concerns about language that could lead […]

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End Modern Slavery Initiative awaits president’s signature

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The National Defense Authorization Act of 2017, which includes legislation authorizing the End Modern Slavery Initiative, currently awaits the president’s signature. U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spearheaded the bipartisan initiative, along with his colleague Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). The initiative will help establish a powerful effort in concert […]

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Sen. Norris urges supporting Hunters for the Hungry

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Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville) is urging residents in West Tennessee to join him in supporting the Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program. He understands the important role Hunters for the Hungry plays for the Mid-South Food Bank and hunger-relief organizations across the region. Now he has formally accepted TWF’s Legislative Challenge, held each year […]

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Letters to the Editor for Oct. 13, 2016

Support legislation to limit out-of-pocket medication costs Letters to the Editor Have an opinion? Write a letter to the editor at The Bartlett Express. We want to know what you think about city activities, your pet peeves or wishes, notes of thanks, or your comments on broader state, national, or global topics. All views, respectfully […]

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Kaepernick: Standing up against racism and ableism is needed

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Colin Kaepernick, 49ers quarterback, refused to stand up for the national anthem, saying “I’m not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” He has focused particularly on the epidemic of young black men who have been killed by police. But there […]

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40 civil rights groups urge census to stop miscounting prisoners

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WASHINGTON—The Census Bureau has come under fire from a coalition of 40 civil rights, faith, and low-income groups for its proposal to continue miscounting prisoners as residents of their prisons, instead of their homes, leading to a “distortion of democracy” and a “discriminatory census result.” In a letter sent to the Census Bureau, the broad […]

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Legislative & court updates for Sept. 1, 2016

Judge challenges Nashville on delays in providing reports NASHVILLE—In what may be the first legal challenge to government delays on public records requests in Tennessee under a 2008 law, a judge has ruled that Metro Nashville violated the “prompt” provision in the statute by holding up traffic accident reports. Senior Judge Robert E. Lee Davies […]

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Pro-abortion-rights group gears up for battle in Tenn.

After years of setbacks in battles with conservative state legislatures, one women’s health group is going back on the offensive. NARAL, one of the country’s most prominent reproductive-rights groups, has launched Tennessee Total Access, the first of a potential series of programs aimed at organizing pockets of pro-choice support in deeply conservative states. The group […]

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