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Frackademia: University of Tennessee Set to Lease Forest for Fracking, Enriching Governor's Family

Steve Horn | Posted 08.12.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

"Frackademia" is usually thought of as "studies" conducted by university-based "frackademic" researchers and funded by Big Oil. But UT-Knoxville has taken the game to a whole new level, leasing off land it owns so that it can study "best practices" for fracking in the Volunteer State.

Jeffrey Young

Tennessee Medicaid Expansion On Hold, Governor Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.27.2013 | Business

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) outlined a plan for Medicaid expansion and reform today, but will not advance a plan in his budget without federal appr...

Tea Party Lawmaker Pushes College Religious Discrimination Law

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

A proposed law in Tennessee would allow student organizations at public colleges to forbid people from joining based solely on their religious beliefs...

Scott Walker Addresses Immigration

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Friday that the federal government must address those looking to legally immigrate the United State...

Republican Seeks Return To 19th Century

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

A Republican state senator in Tennessee is seeking a partial repeal of the direct election of U.S. senators in the state, but not before a fellow Repu...

Jeffrey Young

Idaho's GOP Governor Makes Key Obamacare Move

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 12.11.2012 | Business

Idaho will be the fifth Republican-led state to participate in a key element of President Barack Obama's health care reform law, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Ott...

Jeffrey Young

Tennessee's GOP Governor Is Latest To Reject Obamacare Health Insurance Exchange

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 12.10.2012 | Business

Tennessee won't help the federal government establish a vital component of President Barack Obama's health care reform law, Gov. Bill Haslam (R) said ...

Residents In More Than 40 States File Secession Petitions, GOP Govs Say No

Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics

A handful of Republican governors are taking a stand after residents in more than 40 states filed secession petitions with the White House website's "...

Jeffrey Young

Another Republican-Led State Rebuffs Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.13.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Ohio won't go along with a key component of President Barack Obama's health care reform law and plans to let federal authorities run the...

GOP Governor Takes Stand On Secession Petition

Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) says that he doesn't believe secession is "a valid option for Tennessee." The Tennessean reports that the Republican...

Education PACs Backing Charters, Vouchers, Show Muscle In Tennessee Races

Commercial Appeal | Jane Roberts | Posted 01.08.2013 | Education

Two groups promoting charter schools and vouchers poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into state and local political races this year and wrote som...

Tennessee To Withhold Millions From Nashville Schools For Rejecting Charter School

Posted 09.20.2012 | Education

The Tennessee Department of Education is withholding $3.4 million of non-classroom, administrative funding from Metro Nashville Public Schools due to ...

Sex Ed Law Under Scrutiny

AP | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Spurred by a classroom demonstration involving a sex toy, Tennessee recently enacted a pro-abstinence sex education law that is am...

Tennessee's Teacher Evaluation System Is Reviewed

Posted 06.12.2012 | Education

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) on Thursday released a report regarding Tennessee’s teacher evaluation system. The report com...

Walker Using Old Strategy Following Recall Win

AP | SCOTT BAUER | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. — Nothing brings people together in Wisconsin like the promise of beer and brats. At least that's what Gov. Scott Walker hopes....

GOP Gov Acts On Controversial Bill That Targets 'Gateway Sexual Activity'

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

(Updates with details) * Targets "gateway sexual activities" like touching genitals * Critics fear limitations will hamp...

Tennessee Bill Asks Parents To Grade Themselves On Report Cards

AP | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Posted 05.10.2012 | Education

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Educators exasperated by the need for greater parent involvement have persuaded Tennessee lawmakers to sign off on a novel bit of ...

Tennessee Guv Vetoes Bill Targeting College Religious Groups

AP | Posted 07.02.2012 | College

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam plans to veto a measure that tried to force Vanderbilt University to exempt student religious grou...

New 'Monkey Law' Imperils Science In Tennessee

Cara Santa Maria | Posted 07.23.2012 | Science
Cara Santa Maria

We live in the 21st century, the century of biotechnology. Without an appropriate understanding of evolution, students will be at a disadvantage in the workforce. And without an understanding of anthropogenic climate change, how can we expect Tennessee children to grow up to become members of an informed electorate?

PHOTOS: Monkeys Question Tennessee Anti-Evolution Law

Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics

(Disclaimer: We're aware that the animals below aren't all actually "monkeys." Most of them are great apes, but they're very inquisitive nonetheless.)...

Controversial Tennessee 'Monkey Bill' Becomes Law

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

A Tennessee bill meant to protect teachers who allow students to question and criticize "controversial" subjects such as evolution and climate change ...

GOP Governor Urged To Veto Controversial 'Monkey Bill'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

Gov. Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.) is facing a new round of pressure this week to veto controversial legislation that critics argue would open the floodgates ...

Critics Accuse Gov Of Rolling Clock Back To 1925 With 'Monkey Bill'

AP | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee, where the nation's first big legal battle over evolution was fought nearly 90 years ago, is close to enacting a law tha...

GOP Governor May Sign 'Monkey Bill'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) will "probably" sign a bill meant to protect teachers who allow students to question and criticize "controversial" scie...

Education Proves Common Ground Among Obama, GOP Governors

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 05.08.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — A funny thing is happening between President Barack Obama and many Republican governors when it comes to improving America's school...