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POSTPOLITICS

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015 - 13:20

So far, things are on par with 2007 and maybe even a little behind. Pith crunches the numbers.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015 - 07:45

Bob Corker says the federal highways bill is gimmicky. Lamar Alexander acknowledged it's not a long-term solution but that it's what has to be done. The former voted "no." The latter voted "yes." The bill passed.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015 - 07:26

 

A total of 322 correctional officers have quit since a new overtime policy was implemented last year. Lawmakers from both sides agree: that ain't good.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015 - 07:24

Bill Freeman has spent more than $4.5 million, which Joey Garrison says is believed to be the most ever by a mayoral candidate.

The wealthy real estate executive also loaned his campaign another $995,000 this month, meaning he has now given his campaign $3.65 million since he entered the race in January.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 13:31

Scope the Scene's comprehensive voter guide. Good stuff.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 13:23

A release:

The United States has the highest per capita incarceration rates in the world, and it is harming our society. Across the United States, there is increasing bipartisan support for being smart on crime in order to have a justice system that is fair and cost efficient. This includes decreasing the rate of incarceration by offering additional alternatives to prison, lowering sentences for non-violent offenses, and increasing opportunities for treatment and rehabilitation in order to decrease recidivism.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 10:10

Jim Cooper's favorite target:

 

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 09:27

Two big ones (ex-Metro Councilwoman Betty Nixon and former sheriff Gayle Ray):

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 06:49

Escapes, stabbings and sundry other problems have put the state's prisons under scrutiny again:

"What happened in Van Buren County last Friday & in Lake County today are just the beginning of the problems we're going to see if we don't do something about the staffing situation at our prisons. People's lives are in danger," Fitzhugh said in a statement Wednesday.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 06:45

Things could have gone better for Sharon Gentry at the NAACP meeting called to discuss the MNPS supe search: