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Tennessee Politics

State Senator Assumes A Vasectomy Is Harder To Get Than An Abortion

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

During a debate Tuesday night, Tennessee state Sen. Todd Gardenhire (R) told state legislators that it's harder for men to get vasectomies than for wo...

Ryan Grim

Senator Denies 280,000 People Health Care, Calls Advocate 'Asshole' For Asking Him To Give Up Same | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

On Tuesday night, a Tennessee Senate committee voted to deny some 280,000 state residents access to health care, rejecting a plan to expand Medicaid t...

State Bills Would Tackle Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits

AP | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, a number of states are proposing legislation t...

Buzzword: Pre-K

Helen Blank | Posted 12.25.2013 | Parents
Helen Blank

As students settle back into their routines, voters across the country prepare to head to the polls. This year, there's a common theme popping up across the country that's of vital importance: the value of expanding Pre-K.

Preston Maddock

Democratic Lawmaker Uses Shocking Language To Discuss Voting Rights | Preston Maddock | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) rattled off a list of epithets, including the N-word, at an event in his home state last week, The Tennessean reports, in or...

John Celock

GOP Welfare Proposal Could Have 'Devastating Effects' On Families | John Celock | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics

A Republican lawmaker in Missouri wants to tie welfare benefits to school attendance with a bill that would require 90 percent attendance for children...

GOP Lawmaker Pulls Pre-1913 Bill, Delays Vote After Criticism

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

A vote on Tennessee legislation to require U.S. Senate candidates to be nominated by the state legislature was delayed Monday by the bill's own Republ...

GOP Lawmakers Advance Bil Partially Ending Century Old Law

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

A Tennessee state Senate committee voted Tuesday to advance legislation that would partially end the direct election of U.S. senators in the state. ...

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...

Idaho Lawmaker Pushes Bill Requiring Students To Read 'Atlas Shrugged'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

A Republican state senator in Idaho has introduced legislation that would require all high school students in the state to read an Ayn Rand novel that...

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...

GOP Lawmaker Proposes 'Tyranny' Protection On Guns

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics

A Republican lawmaker in Tennessee has proposed legislation to ban the enforcement of any new federal gun bans, becoming the third state legislator in...

States Look To Arm Who?

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

State lawmakers across the country are in the process of introducing legislation to allow the arming of teachers, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elemen...

GOP Lawmaker Proposes Ending Key Program

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

A Republican state senator in Tennessee is planning to introduce legislation to end the state's affirmative action program. State Sen. Jim Summervi...

GOP Lawmaker's Insensitive Email

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics

A Republican state senator in Tennessee has been stripped of a key subcommittee chairmanship after sending an offensive email about the legislative Bl...

John Celock

GOP Lawmaker Promulgates Obama 'Staged Assassination' Rumor | John Celock | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican member of the Tennessee state legislature emailed constituents Tuesday morning with a rumor circulating in conservative cir...

Tea Partier Out For Revenge In 2012's Craziest Race

Mother Jones | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics

When the caliphate comes to Middle Tennessee, Lou Ann Zelenik will be ready. During her first run for Congress in 2010, Zelenik, a Republican count...

State Delays Controversial Anti-Gay Bill

The Huffington Post | Anna Staver | Posted 02.29.2012 | Politics

Although GOP state leadership has asked him to back off the issue, the Republican sponsor of Tennessee's so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill will continue ...

Sam Stein

Frist Addresses Tennessee's Birther Problem | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist attempted to skirt a question on Thursday as to why nearly half the Republicans in his home state of Tennesse...