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DAs back the justices

Supreme Court "tough on crime," say people paid to prosecute crime.

Jul 15, 2014 12:31 PM

Ingraham to stump for Carr

Laura Ingraham not only backs Joe Carr, she's going on the stump for him.

Jul 15, 2014 12:30 PM

Register's change on charters

Steve Cavendish on Jesse Register's change on charters.

Jul 15, 2014 12:29 PM

Fleischmann and Wamp agree on a lot of stuff, but not enough

Chuck Fleischmann is engaging Weston Wamp in debates, and the two are having lots of fights about the nature of Washington and the utility of gridlock and whether partisanship is harmful and so forth.

Jul 15, 2014 7:07 AM

Is Carr on the come-up?

Joe Carr's folks want to make sure the state's media read this story from Breitbart that touts a poll showing Joe Carr closing the gap on Lamar Alexander. The poll — it should be noted in the first paragraph and not the seventh — was sponsored by Tea Party Nation.

 

Jul 15, 2014 7:04 AM

Haslam administration tells feds they're wrong (and to blame) for state's ACA missteps

TennCare's director says the state isn't as non-compliant on ACA as CMS claims. And if it is, it's partially the feds' fault:

"We must respectfully disagree," Gordon wrote in his letter to Mann.

In addition to his alternately defiant and defensive tone, Gordon submitted the updated plan but sought permission to work with federal officials in resolving several issues.

Earlier, Gordon outlined what he called "five misstatements or mischaracterizations" in Mann's letter.

For example, he noted that Tennessee does indeed have counselors at Department of Human Services offices in all 95 counties to help would-be enrollees steer through paperwork and get enrolled on the federal government's Healthcare.gov website.

As he did in an interview with reporters on Saturday, Gordon blamed federal officials for Tennessee's main problem -- its failure to get a new $35 million computer system designed to process TennCare applications according to new federal rules.

Because of the delay, Tennessee has sent nearly all TennCare applicants to Healthcare.gov.

Federal officials had said Tennessee "repeatedly expressed reluctance" to enact fixes required by the law and demanded officials submit the plan for corrective action by Monday.

But Gordon told reporters over the weekend that the department would rather be late in getting its computer system to go live than to have a system that doesn't work, as other states have done.

And he noted the federal government's own troubled rollout of its Healthcare.gov website and what he complained were evolving standards for the state's website.

Jul 15, 2014 6:54 AM

Ingraham picks Carr

The radio host says she's for Carr:

Nationally syndicated conservative talk radio show host Laura Ingraham today announced that she was "all in for Joe Carr" in his campaign to defeat Tennessee incumbent Senator Lamar Alexander.

“Lamar Alexander, the August primary is coming up, Joe Carr is his challenger.  I’m all in for Joe Carr," Ingraham said on her show today.  "I think he’s, look, he’s no nonsense, a citizen legislator he’ll be and he’ll be someone who will actually listen to the people, politicians at some point do have to listen to the concerns of the people, not just the concerns of one or two, big, fat, interest groups like either LaRaza or the Chamber of Commerce, the people still count, don’t they Lamar?"

"Laura Ingraham was one of the very first national voices who felt that our campaign against Lamar Alexander's brazen support of amnesty was credible and viable," said TN State Rep. and U.S. Senate candidate Joe Carr.  "After seeing the significant impact Laura had on the Dave Brat-Eric Cantor race, we believe this can be a game-changing moment in this campaign."

Just last week, the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, led by Jenny Beth Martin, announced their support of Carr saying, “While Joe Carr has been a genuine leader - not just a reliable vote - in the fight against illegal immigration, Lamar Alexander voted with Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid and John McCain for the Gang of Eight amnesty bill.  Joe wants to preserve American sovereignty; Lamar Alexander’s policies are producing a human wave of criminality and disease on the Rio Grande.”

Unfortunately, Pith notes, the Tea Party group endorsed him for House, not Senate. DOH!

Jul 14, 2014 2:07 PM

Pilot strikes deal with feds

Pilot Flying J avoids prosecution related to its alleged diesel rebate fraud scheme, but does not avoid paying $92 million. The deal comes after the company also agreed to pay $85 million to a number of trucking companies.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Tennessee, the agreement “expressly states that it provides no protection from prosecution to any individual, and moreover, imposes a continuing obligation on Pilot to provide complete cooperation with the ongoing federal investigation of current and former Pilot employees relating to fraudulent conduct involving the sale of diesel fuel.”

Here's a letter from the DOJ detailing the agreement.

Jul 14, 2014 12:37 PM

900 have barbecue with Johnson and Jindal

Around 900 people attended Jack Johnson's big barbecue fundraiser. Bobby Jindal was the keynote.

Jul 14, 2014 8:42 AM