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Summerville plans another affirmative action ban push after SCOTUS ruling

Jim Summerville says after the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding a Michigan law prohibiting race-based admission standards, he'll make another push to enact similar laws here.

Apr 23, 2014 12:51 PM

National progressive group endorses Mancini

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Mary Mancini, candidate for State Senate in District 21, announced that she has been endorsed by Progressive Majority, a national organization dedicated to identifying and electing strong progressive candidates at the state and local level.

"Mary Mancini is the clear progressive choice in Senate District 21 and Progressive Majority is excited to stand with her as she works to make the people of Tennessee the legislature’s number-one priority," said Gloria Totten, president of Progressive Majority. "Mary’s strong support of progressive values, ideas and policies makes it a pleasure to support her candidacy."

"I am looking forward to working with Progressive Majority during the campaign and as a state senator," said Mancini. "As Democrats and progressives, we know that it’s only when we work together that we can make a real change in the priorities at the state capitol."

Apr 23, 2014 12:05 PM

Paying for the privilege

The governor is speaking at a conference at War Memorial on "faith, culture and public life," but if the media want to cover it, the media will have to pay...$775.

Apr 23, 2014 9:13 AM

Dems say they did OK

Legislative Democrats said they did alright this session, given the circumstances, but they do wish Medicaid expansion had gone through.

Apr 23, 2014 7:13 AM

Ramsey brags on short legislative session

"When we aren't in session, you don't have to worry about us passing intrusive new laws or reaching into your back pocket," Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says in his end-of-session recap video out today. The clip, here.

Apr 22, 2014 3:25 PM

Nashville asked to bid on 2016 Democratic National Convention

Nashville is one of 15 cities being asked to bid to host the next DNC.

Apr 22, 2014 12:59 PM

Clinton's coming to town

President Bill Clinton, fulfilling a promise he made, will speak to LEAD Academy's first graduating class and, while he's here, attend a fundraiser for his foundation.

Apr 22, 2014 12:36 PM

PACs go big

The TREF's annual report is out and PACs spent a record, non-election year amount in 2013:

There were 615 PACs registered at the end of 2013 and they donated $3,929,503, the report says.

“The number of registered PACs has increased almost 45 percent in the last 10 years,” the report says, with contributions on the upswing as well.

In 2011, the last non-election year, PAC donations totaled $2,933,527, so the figure last year represents almost a $1 million increase, about one-third higher than in 2011. In 2012, the last election year, Tennessee PAC donations made a record $8,185,652.

Apr 22, 2014 9:24 AM

Governor says UAW's retreat may restart talks with VW

With the UAW folding its tents, the governor said he's willing to sit down with VW again and talk turkey.

Apr 22, 2014 6:31 AM

Could State Supremes be facing a 'No' campaign?

Victor Ashe suggests that the three state Supreme Court justices up for retention may find themselves in a proxy war they didn't ask for:

However, Tennessee’s unique constitutional provision to have the Supreme Court choose the state attorney general places the justices in the middle of a political firestorm. It is ironic that this process, which was designed to remove the attorney general selection from politics, has forced these three justices into a political fight statewide for their survival on the court.

Some legislative Republicans are unhappy with current AG Bob Cooper’s refusal to sue over the constitutionality of Obamacare as requested by the General Assembly. The Supreme Court on Sept. 1 will choose Cooper or a new attorney general for an eight-year term. Many Republicans do not like having a Democrat as AG when all other state offices are Republican-held.

The current selection process has resulted in no woman, no Republican and no African-American ever being Tennessee’s attorney general. The court has not adopted an open process (or any process) to choose the AG. It is unknown what procedure the court will adopt in 2014.

It is fair to ask candidates for the court through retention to answer questions as to how they will choose the new attorney general and whether the process will be transparent. This is separate from deciding a case, which they cannot answer.

Apr 22, 2014 6:29 AM