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The complications of Common Core

The J-Sun has a nice piece on what everybody wants (and doesn't) out of Common Core.

Apr 14, 2014 6:55 AM

Unforced error in the Carr campaign

Via Pith, Joe Carr's campaign spokeswoman made an implicit criticism of Carr for his vote on the state budget.

Apr 11, 2014 1:49 PM

House sponsor of open carry wants full vote

Rep. Micah Van Huss plans to invoke Rule 53 on open-carry.

Apr 11, 2014 12:57 PM

President Blackburn?

Rep. Marsha Blackburn's floating her name:

Blackburn is scheduled to be one of the speakers at a New Hampshire Republican rally this weekend but was not previously known to be mulling a White House bid.

“If there’s a door to kick down, she’s willing to kick it down,” the aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said. “These are the kinds of events you go to -- test the waters, and see what the reaction is.” 

The only sitting member of the House of Representatives to be elected president was James Garfield.

Apr 11, 2014 12:31 PM

The splits in the GOP's House supermajority

From the Mothership, an analysis by Andrea Zelinski and Steven Hale on splits in the GOP supermajority:

House Republicans appeared torn in a series of caucus meetings, frustrated they could no longer go home to their districts taking credit for teacher pay increases, but instead taking a hit for the governor who who offered the raise took it away.

Three anxieties emerged: whether Hill's proposal was fiscally wise; how foregoing pay raises and bonuses would play back home in an election year; and what a schism in the caucus might lead to on the House floor.

Apr 11, 2014 10:41 AM

Governor gets the budget he asks for

Both chambers gave the OK to the $32.4B spending plan proposed by the governor.

Apr 11, 2014 6:25 AM

Hill on raises for teachers, employees: ‘I didn’t have the votes today’

A budget amendment that would have charted a plan to give teachers and state employees raises stirred up Republicans and Democrats alike on Thursday but lacked the votes to pass, said Rep. Matthew Hill.

“Knowing that I was going to lose, if I ever want to have a chance of doing it again, I don’t want to tick everybody off. I want to be able to take a stand for doing the right thing,” he said.

Hill gave an impassioned speech on the floor calling on lawmakers to fulfill the governor’s pledge earlier in the year to offer raises and a bonus to teachers and state employees. He then took the proposal to do that off notice.

The move came after three Republican Caucus meetings in the last 24 hours. House members found themselves on the receiving end of a full court press by the state’s constitutional officers warning them the amendment could jeopardize Tennessee’s financial stability and bond rating. House leadership also said that the move is a bad idea.

Hill, an East Tennessee Republican and spokesman for the changes assembled by a team of fellow members of the GOP, said he will try again next year to make room for employee pay bumps.

Democrats, too, tried to edit raises into the budget to no avail. The House then passed the $32 billion budget and the Senate plans to take the spending plan up this afternoon.

Apr 10, 2014 2:33 PM

McDaniel predicts open-carry will get disappeared; fears 'every gang-banger in Memphis' would go armed

Rep. Steve McDaniel doesn't think House Finance will let unpermitted open-carry see the light of day:

McDaniel said he doubted that the bill would ever reach the floor for a House vote as the legislature steams toward a conclusion early next week. “It’ll never get out of House Finance," predicted McDaniel, who said emphatically that he was personally disinclined to vote for the measure.

“Hell, no!” said McDaniel, who said that, if the measure passed, “Every gang-banger in Memphis will end up packing. Can you imagine?”

Apr 10, 2014 1:40 PM

Dems ask to have Clayton removed from the ballot

The TNDP has determined, once again, Mark Clayton is not a bona fide Democrat, despite him having been the party's most recent nominee for Senate. The party has asked the election commission ax him from the primary ballot for governor.

Apr 10, 2014 1:13 PM

'In God We Trust' goes to study, Campfield irked

The Senate agreed to a House version of bill, asking the State Building Commission to study the painting of "In God We Trust" in the tunnel leading to the Capitol. Senate sponsor Stacey Campfield was miffed:

Campfield was visibly upset by the chamber's action, and complained off the microphone that one GOP colleague was "messing" with his bill.

Apr 10, 2014 1:11 PM