The entire Tennessee Congressional delegation today called for action to ensure that Tennessee students and parents have access to loans to help pay for college in the coming year. Every single member of the TN Congressional District joined a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke asking them to take action to help restore stability in the federal student loan marketplace and ensure continued access to student loans.
Apr 18, 2008 9:29 AM
GoldnI shares her thoughts on the situation:
I'm not going to pretend to understand anything the Republicans do, but why not file your own bill on the subject? Or if not, why not attach this to a bill that is remotely related to the subject? Why a sewage bill, for Heaven's sake? Well, it's nice to see at least one state representative, Brenda Gilmore, taking care of the more important but less headline-grabbing issues.SEE ALSO: Associated Press John Rodgers Stacey Campfield
Apr 18, 2008 8:15 AM
Rep. Lincoln Davis has a challenge on his hands for his 4th District Congressional Seat:
A Republican challenger raised almost five times more than Democratic Rep. Lincoln Davis of Tennessee during the first three months of this year. Monty Lankford, who runs a medical equipment company in Franklin, received more than $224,500 from the beginning of January through the end of March. Davis, who is seeking a fourth term in November, raised $53,850 during the same period. Lankford also reported more cash on hand at the end of March than Davis — $201,117 to $199,307. John Rowley, a consultant to Davis’ re-election campaign, downplayed Lankford’s fund-raising advantage. Rowley and other Davis supporters insist Lankford lives in the neighboring district represented by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
“Even if he raised $5 million, he’s not going to win in a district he doesn’t live in,” said Rowley in a phone interview from Nashville.
Apr 18, 2008 8:08 AM
Governor Phil Bredesen responds to the assertion, made by Rep. Rob Briley and others, that meetings of Judicial Selection committee be open to the public:
“I know it might be uncomfortable for a judge from now and then to have some incident in their past talked over, but, ya know, gosh, that’s the way of things in public life,” Bredesen said earlier this month. “Anybody who runs for public office, anybody who’s in an election has that kind of scrutiny.”Then again some folks say that the retention elections that judges go through don't really amount to "running for office." SEE ALSO: Stacey Campfield
Apr 18, 2008 7:50 AM
WSMV State House reporter Cara Kumari has started a blog. In one of her first posting she discusses a Capitol Hill Thursday tradition:
On Thursdays, both chambers usually have a morning session. Afterwards, both Lt. Governor Ramsey and House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh hold news conferences to update the media on the progress each chamber is making through the year. Speaker Naifeh often invites the majority leader, committee chairs and any other House Democrats who wants to mention something to the media. With both news conferences, it’s also a good time to ask about anything else you are working on.
Apr 18, 2008 7:20 AM