Senate, House to face off over pseudoephedrine

Norris hints the upper chamber is unwilling to budge
Mar 19, 2014 10:48 PM

Tracy gets FRC PAC endorsement

Another conservative heavyweight backs Jim Tracy:

"These are challenging times. Our economy has been decimated. The culture has been challenged beyond all reasonable limits. The strong, conservative men and women elected in 2010 and 2012 need reinforcements.

"State Sen. Jim Tracy's consistent record while in the Tennessee State Senate on the issues of the family is to be commended. The votes he has cast on the life issue reflect his concern for mother and child and his support for marriage as between one man and one woman is strongly supported by the majority of Americans.

"We are confident that he will be a strong advocate for limited government, for individual liberties and for family values."

Mar 19, 2014 4:14 PM

Guns in parks moved to back-burner

Days after Gov. Bill Haslam stressed to mayors it's "more critical than ever" they engage in the legislative process, the House Finance Subcommittee stashed the bill "behind the budget."

Mar 19, 2014 4:05 PM

Guns in parks detained ‘behind the budget’

Move generally means a bill will be shelved for the session
Mar 19, 2014 2:45 PM

Niceley predicts he has floor votes to delay PARCC, Common Core

Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains, says he thinks he has the votes to pass the House-approved two-year delay in the PARCC test and Common Core if he can get it to the Senate floor. His problem, he said, is the $10 million price tag will likely put it behind the budget "and I never hear from it again."

Mar 19, 2014 12:33 PM

Chris Christie to headline TNGOP Statesmen's Dinner

From the inbox:

The national spotlight will focus on Nashville once more at the end of May as a major Republican official makes a public visit to the South.

Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney today formally announced New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be the keynote speaker for the 2014 Statesmen’s Dinner. Christie also leads the Republican Governor’s Association - the most innovative and disciplined political committee in the nation tasked with electing Republicans to governorships across the country.

The Statesmen’s Dinner is an annual event that is the largest gathering of Republicans in Tennessee and is the major public fundraising event for the Tennessee GOP. Additionally, each year the Party selects a high-profile Tennessean to chair the festivities. The 2014 Statesmen's Dinner Chairman is U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn.

“This year Tennessee will prove, once more, it is a blueprint for Republican success for the rest of the nation,” stated Devaney. “We are thrilled to have Governor Christie here to highlight that message because he knows what it takes to win and lead. He’s proven the Republican Party can win in deep blue areas when we articulate thoughtful, conservative solutions to the problems voters are facing. In Tennessee, we’re in the midst of a Republican revolution at the county and judicial level and we look forward to hearing what lessons we can take from Governor Christie’s track record of success.

"To help us welcome Governor Christie and serve as our Statesmen's Dinner Chair is Congressman Marsha Blackburn. Her well-deserved reputation as a conservative problem solver and grassroots powerhouse make her a perfect match for this year's event."

Congressman Blackburn added, "I welcome any opportunity to showcase the success of our state and the innovative solutions our Party offers. Governor Christie is a reformer-in-chief who understands that we must win at the ballot box first so we can put our principles to work for the people. Outside of Election Day, this Statesmen's Dinner is going to be the premier Republican event in 2014."

The 2014 Statesmen’s Dinner will take place Friday, May 30, 2014. For advance tickets, contact TNGOP Finance Director Anna McDonald at 615-269-4260.

Mar 19, 2014 10:58 AM

Privatize it

The Metro Council gave the stamp of approval to the mayor's plan to privatize Bordeaux Long Term Care and Knowles Home Assisted Living facilities. The plan still has to get an OK from the legislature.

Mar 19, 2014 9:22 AM

State asks for hold-up on same-sex marriage ruling

The governor — via the AG — is asking that the preliminary injunction mandating the state recognize the marriage of three same-sex couples be stayed.

Mar 19, 2014 6:56 AM