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Tennessee Medicaid Expansion On Hold, Governor Says | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

John Celock

Governors Group To Consider State Economic Growth | John Celock | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

A group of governors, state economic development officials and business leaders will convene in Nashville Monday for the second of four forums designe...

Tennessee Officials Agree To Stop Arresting Occupy Nashville Protesters

AP/The Huffington Post | By TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 12.31.2011 | Business

By TRAVIS LOLLER, The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee officials agreed Monday to stop enforcing a new curfew used to dislodge O...

Joy Resmovits

New Charter School Laws In Maine, North Carolina, Tennessee | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.16.2011 | Education

The charter school movement appears to be making gains as new laws expanding charter access have worked their way through several state legislatures o...

Amanda Terkel

Tennessee Anti-Gay Bill Would Roll Back Civil Rights Protections | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: Haslam signed the bill into law Monday evening. WASHINGTON -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) must decide by June 1 whether to sign legislat...

Lone-Star State 'Reform' a Texas-Sized Distortion

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home
Wendell Potter

When Republicans talk about how health care should be reformed, they typically mention malpractice reform, citing Texas as a role model. But a closer look at Texas raises doubts its claimed benefits.

The Bullying Style in American Politics

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Prolonged and systematic attacks on any group in an effort to take away their rights, voice, and respect in society are a hallmark of the bullying style in American politics.

Cancer, Basil Marceaux and Tennessee's "Goober"natorial Spectacle

Molly Secours | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Molly Secours

The comic relief that was provided by Marceux these past few weeks distracted from the fact that there were few substantive differences between any of the candidates.