Sonny Landham carved out a tough-guy reputation in a series of big-screen roles, from roughing up Sylvester Stallone to getting tossed out a window by Carl Weathers. He pulls no punches in his newest role: Libertarian challenger to a man known for political toughness, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
In its annual boardroom guide to state litigation climates, the American Justice Partnership Foundation listed Tennessee as the state with the lowest risks of lawsuits against business. The foundation, a group that advocates litigation reform to limit liability risks and costs for businesses, said Tennessee had a relatively low rate of litigation against corporate interests last year. State courts were judged to be more favorable for business than in many other states, according to the foundation, which uses court filings and judicial decisions to compile its list. “We’re moving in the right direction,” said state Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, who pushed a measure through the Tennessee Legislature this year to limit medical malpractice filings.
The Bush administration on Thursday will lift some trade sanctions against North Korea and move to take it off the U.S. terrorism blacklist -- a remarkable turnaround in policy toward the communist regime, which President George W. Bush once branded as part of an "axis of evil."
On behalf of the TIRRC Board of Directors, I am pleased to inform you that Stephen Fotopulos will be the new Executive Director of TIRRC effective June 30, 2008. After an extensive national search, the Board realized that the best candidate for the Executive Director position was actually within our own midst! Stephen joined TIRRC in 2004, most recently serving as TIRRC's Policy Director.
Overbey referred to Sen. Finney’s comment that his vote didn’t matter because the BEP 2 passed the senate with such an overwhelming majority. Said Overbey, “I know this isn’t a debate, but if anyone thinks their vote doesn’t matter, they should just stay home and mail it in,” he said. “Your job is to go to Nashville, and, even in losing cases, stand up and fight for the people we represent, especially when it comes to education and schools.” In terms of a no-tax pledge, Overbey said he never signed it. “I think I’m beholden to the voters to exercise my judgment and not be beholden to anyone other than the voters and not an organization based out of state,” he said.
We also met a delightful young lady as we left the courthouse. We thought she might be a reporter covering our visit, but she told us she was a summer intern from the Republican Party who’d been sent out to Lebanon to hear what we had to say.
She and I talked a little about education, and she told me that her family had left Tennessee and moved to New Jersey in hopes of finding better public schools.
You know, it hurts to hear that. We can do better by our public school families in Tennessee – and for the life of me, I don’t understand why the former education secretary and university president who represents us in the U.S. Senate has not taken steps during his six years in Washington to make schools better.
U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon voted for legislation this week to prevent a tax hike on America’s middle class families. The Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008, H.R. 6275, will protect more than 25 million Americans across the nation from paying the alternative minimum tax. The bill passed the House of Representatives and now goes to the Senate for consideration. “The alternative minimum tax was designed to ensure that extremely wealthy individuals do not avoid paying income tax,” said Gordon. “But the formula has not been adjusted for inflation, so many hardworking members of the middle class, like teachers and firefighters, could be taxed unfairly without a fix. Today’s AMT relief will prevent almost 40,000 people in my district alone from getting hit by the tax next year.”
First of all why does "Mike" Padgett refuse to use his real first name??? What is he trying to hide?? I have always used my first name. I'm not going to hide anything.