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UAW walks away from NLRB challenge

Via Blake Farmer at WPLN, the UAW has dropped its National Labor Relations Board challenge over the organizing vote at the Chattanooga plant, calling the process flawed.

Casteel calls the National Labor Relations Board review a “toothless tiger.” He points to one other time the UAW was able to get a new election that way. It took six years.

SEE ALSO: Coverage from the Times Free Press and ThinkProgress

Apr 21, 2014 8:18 AM

'Critic-in-chief'

For a man not given to all the trappings of political theater, Lamar Alexander has jumped on the NLRB with two feet, almost as if it's an election year and he's running in a right-to-work state with a strong anti-union streak.

Apr 21, 2014 6:26 AM

Open-carry was a shocker

The open-carry vote took the lieutenant governor aback:

“I was caught a little off guard,” said Ramsey. “I’m standing on the dais. What do I do?”

Well, he voted for the bill (SB2424), which would allow anyone who can legally own a firearm to carry it openly without a handgun permit. It passed 25-2 on April 8 with the only two no votes coming from Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Lowe Finney of Jackson and Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown.

“Let me assure you, there were many of our members who (were thinking), did that really just pass?,” said Ramsey. “That was one of the most interesting votes I’ve ever seen on the Senate floor: relatively little debate and I think that bill does deserve better debate.

“I feel like the carry-permit system we have now is a good one, that we have a bright line between the good guys and the bad guys, so to speak,” Ramsey said.

Apr 21, 2014 6:23 AM

Sincerest form of flattery and all that

Citing a think-tank type, Duane Gang of The Tennessean, writing for USA Today, reports other states will be keeping an eye on Tennessee's free community college program.

Apr 21, 2014 6:21 AM

DA Candidates On The Airwaves With Ads

Via Pith, Glenn Funk's massive fundraising advantage over Diane Lance and Rob McGuire has translated huge advantage in TV ads as well.

Apr 18, 2014 3:53 PM

That's when they let their hair hang down

Steven Hale on the secretish conference committee that came up with the Amp compromise.

Apr 18, 2014 12:01 PM

Haslam et al look to fight UAW subpoenas

The AG has filed a motion to quash the subpoenas issued to the governor and other top state officials in a NLRB hearing about the UAW election at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant.

Apr 18, 2014 8:30 AM

Speakers will shape textbook commission

A majority of the state textbook commission will be appointed by the speakers — three appointees from each — under a bill sent to the governor.

Apr 18, 2014 6:00 AM

Legislature signs off on Amp roadblock

Via Pith, a compromise has taken banning center lanes off of the table, but Mayor Karl Dean's signature bus rapid transit project will still need approval from the General Assembly if it has any form of dedicated lane.

As for the final legislation pertaining to The Amp, Turner said it's bad, but better than the original Senate language that would have effectively killed the project as it's currently proposed.

"I'm not comfortable with the deal, no, because I think we're stepping in — we've set a precedent here," he said. "And I think it's going to get very burdensome for the state to have to do this if we starting having to approve individual projects across the state like that. It's worked fine the way we do it. They say this is a new type of project, of course that's not what this is about, this is a political thing. This is the best thing for Metro Nashville, best thing we could've done. It's the compromise we ended up with."

Mike Schatzlein, president and CEO of Saint Thomas Health Services and chair of the Amp Coalition, had the following to say this afternoon:

“We are satisfied with the outcome in the General Assembly today. This bill clearly defines approval levels of local and state participation in the transit project process. We look forward to our continued involvement in planning for Middle Tennessee’s urgent and growing transit needs. The Amp Coalition will stay committed to educating the community and region about the benefits of The Amp as the first step in a Middle Tennessee transit strategy.”

Apr 17, 2014 2:09 PM

Was the flash mob bill a cover for corporate polluters?

Well, now, here's a sticky wicket.

A release from House Dems:

The Tennessee House has passed HB2029 by Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) on a vote of 58-37. While the sponsor said the bill and the resulting new classification of vandalism was geared towards stopping flash mobs, in fact, it places vandalism in the form of pollution in this new class, and makes it punishable only as a misdemeanor, no matter the monetary amount of property damage done as a result of pollution.

“Because the Republican leadership has focused on shutting down debate rather than writing good laws, we’ve just passed legislation that could have dramatically damaging consequences,” said Rep. Mike Stewart. “House Bill 2029 is a gift to all corporate polluters who want to cut corners, destroy our environment, and pollute Tennessee farm land in order to make a few extra bucks.”

In order to address the problem, Rep. Stewart introduced an amendment to HB1687 that would have fixed the problem created with the passage of the bill by deleting the language in Rep. Holt’s bill as it relates to pollution.

“By voting against my amendment, the House confirmed my suspicions that this was a Trojan horse bill designed to help corporate polluters,” said Rep. Stewart. “I hope the Governor will take a strong look at HB2029 and veto it for all the property owners who could be harmed by these actions.”

Apr 17, 2014 1:23 PM