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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...

John Celock

Governors Group To Consider State Economic Growth

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.