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POSTPOLITICS

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 08:20

The governor may perform weddings, but he doesn't do many (to date, it's been his children only). He says he's unlikely to perform a marriage for a gay couple.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 08:17

It's July 1, one of the days when new laws typically come into effect in Tennessee. Among them today are the new abortion regulations and a law requiring tigers to be microchipped.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 06:55

He has no public events on his calendar, but the governor won't be meeting with the president today.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 06:54

A chunk of state House Republicans got together yesterday to talk about just what they are going to do about same-sex marriage. Not much. David Fowler reminded them they passed a religious freedom law and, unless Tennessee wants to get in on a movement to amend the SCOTUS decision out of the constitution, there's little else to do.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 06:50

From the governor's office comes word of a shake-up at the top. Jim Henry, commissioner of the Department of Children's Services since 2013, will be Bill Haslam's chief of staff starting Aug. 1. He replaces Mark Cate, who last month stepped down from that post. A number of other staffers, including legislative expert Leslie Hafner, also are getting new roles.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 11:05

Jeremy Kane must have liked his performance and the response thereto in the earlier TV debates, but he's calling for another one.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 06:57

Eighty-eight of Tennessee's 95 counties are issuing licenses to same-sex couples, and the seven that are not are being held up by software problems (Smith County has just stopped issuing licenses altogether). Some county clerks are no longer performing weddings, but licenses are being issued.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 06:53

Hey. Remember Zach Wamp?

Following a Twitter announcement by presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio earlier on Monday morning, former Tennessee Congressman Zach Wamp confirmed that he will be the chairman of the Rubio campaign in Tennessee.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 06:50

The president will speak at Taylor Stratton Elementary in Madison Wednesday (as The Tennessean notes, FDR was the last president to visit Madison and he too visited Stratton Elementary, though at a different location). Obama will talk health care, of course:

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Monday, June 29, 2015 - 11:31