Tennesseans support expanding Medicaid (to the tune of 63 percent). On the other hand, the abortion constitutional amendment — up for a statewide vote next year — has only 29 percent support. More from the AP and WTVF.
Is there bidrigging at the fair?
Fairgrounds advocates began sounding the alarm last month about what they saw as a rigged game. They alleged that the state's request for proposals from groups looking to operate the fair for the next five years was designed in such a way that only the TSFA — which has run the fair for the past three years — would have a chance of securing the contract. With a deadline for proposals set for Dec. 13, members of the often vocal Save Our Fairgrounds group said the quick turnaround during the holiday season all but ruled out competing proposals.
From Steven Hale at Pith, Democratic Senate hopeful Terry Adams is huzzahing a poll that shows a surprisingly vulnerable Lamar Alexander:
Conducted by Public Policy Polling — a left-leaning operation that has drawn criticism for its methodology — the poll showed Alexander at 46 percent in the GOP primary, with Carr trailing closely at 40 percent (margin of error: +/- 5 percent).
The poll's general election figures seemed particularly curious. Amongst "uninformed" general election voters, the polls shows Alexander at 45 percent with Adams at 32 percent. But "after voters learn about Adams experiences as a veteran, and small business owner, middle class background, and statewide roots" Adams leads the incumbent by 4 points, coming in at 41 percent to Alexander's 37 percent.
But the Vandy poll, on the other hand, has Alexander with a hefty lead.
Acting on a challenge from the governor to make Tennessee the No. 1 state in the South for agriculture and forestry, the state Ag Department has a 27-step strategic plan.
More as it develops, but a statement from Lamar Alexander:
“I was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel’s office that law enforcement agents are conducting a search of the personal residence of Ryan Loskarn, the chief of staff of my Washington, D.C., office regarding allegations involving child pornography. I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned. Based on this information, I immediately placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. The office is fully cooperating with the investigation.”
According to a Politico report, Loskarn was removed from his home in handcuffs and a source says his work computer was also seized.