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POSTPOLITICS

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 20:50

With Ryan Haynes' resignation, House 14 is open. Republicans in the district head out to the primary today which isn't just tantamount to election (as it would normally be in the East Tennessee district) but basically is the election as Democrats haven't put anybody up.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 13:46

Guardsmen will be able to carry concealed wth a permit on state sites but not openly under a new policy.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 13:24

Presumably there are going to be five of these:

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 07:28

The Dean wraps up the round-ups of Ted Cruz's four-stop Tennessee tour.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 07:28

The Department of Correction has been operating under the emergency overcrowding guideline since at least 1995, the commissioner told lawmakers, seemingly contradicting a statement made to The Tennessean earlier (although, "No declaration is required" could be a slick way of saying "...because we've been under it for two decades").

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 07:28

Over at Pith, a look at cost per-vote. Linda Rebrovick spent $334 per vote to finish sixth. Megan Barry, meanwhile, only spent $45. And from The Tennessean, a fun interactive box-by-box breakdown of the race. 

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 06:42

The Department of Correction has been operating under the emergency overcrowding guideline since at least 1995, the commissioner told lawmakers, seemingly contradicting a statement made to The Tennessean earlier (although, "No declaration is required" could be a slick way of saying "...because we've been under it for two decades").

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Monday, August 10, 2015 - 14:24

Senate Transportation chair Jim Tracy says Govs. Bredesen and Sundquist "raided" the state's road fund and now it's time to pay it back. As The Dean notes, this seemingly fits in with Speaker Harwell's plan to use the surplus tax collections to bring the fund back up.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Monday, August 10, 2015 - 13:03

A federal judge has lifted his temporary injunction preventing the state from implementing the newly passed regulations on abortion providers, but he says he may revisit the order as soon as Thursday.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Monday, August 10, 2015 - 11:31

Open letter season has begun:

"On Thursday evening, I spoke with Bill Freeman briefly and thanked him for running an honorable campaign. I enjoyed the time I spent with Bill in the field over the summer. During our many debates and conversations, Bill helped the entire mayoral field re-focus on our city's top priority: Public education.