Monthly Archives: February 2018

Ramsey backs Blackburn in U.S. Senate campaign

Former Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, who has been actively backing Diane Black in the Tennessee gubernatorial campaign, has now endorsed Marsha Blackburn in the U.S. Senate campaign.

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TN attorney general joins new Republican-led lawsuit seeking to end Obamacare

Republican attorneys general in 20 states, including Tennessee, have filed a new lawsuit asking the courts to overturn the Affordable Care Act, reports WPLN. The lawsuit filed in Texas on Monday contends that without the individual mandate, Obamacare is unconstitutional.

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Memphis mayor disputes CNN pundit’s ‘blistering critique’ of city and its leadership

After CNN pundit Angela Rye unleashed a blistering critique of Memphis and its leadership during a taxpayer-funded speech Saturday, Memphis’ Mayor Jim Strickland took the unusual step Monday of issuing a rebuttal to “defend our city,” reports the Commercial Appeal.

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Slatery among critics of federal move to block state oversight of student loan collectors

The Trump administration is taking steps to shield student loan collection companies from state regulators, over the objections of consumer advocates and even some Republican attorneys general, reports Politico. Tennessee AG Herbert Slatery is one of them.

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Blackburn sticks to ‘consistent’ message

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn speaks to MSNBC on Feb. 24, 2018.

MSNBC ran a takeout on the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee over the weekend, with reporter Vaughn Hillyard pulling Rep. Marsha Blackburn aside to ask her about a potential Republican primary match-up with incumbent Sen. Bob Corker should he decide to get in. Here is a transcript of the, er, consistent answers that Blackburn gave.

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New TN courtroom security standards include ‘panic button,’ bullet proofing

News release from Administrative Office of the Courts

Nashville, Tenn. ­– The Tennessee Judicial Conference and the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference have adopted new minimum courtroom security standards to promote the security and safety of the members of the judiciary, court personnel, and the public. The standards were last updated in the 1990s.

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Anti-Blackburn PAC announces itself

A new political action committee called Smoky Mountain Values PAC has been launched to oppose Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s bid for the U.S. Senate.

“We’ve been shocked to see today’s Tennessee Republican Party shred that proud tradition by inching closer and closer to nominating someone as extreme as Marsha Blackburn as their candidate for the U.S. Senate,” the group’s co-founder Kyle Tharp said in a release.

Other than saying that some of the organizers no longer live on Tennessee, there’s little hint of who’s behind the PAC.

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GOP joshing: When Bob Corker, Marsha Blackburn and Diane Black broke heaven’s rules…

Excerpt from Jackson Baker’s report on “some interesting deviations in party harmony” at the Shelby County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day event Saturday:

A couple of them came from the event’s keynote speaker, U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, who told an odd joke that was probably meant affectionately but came off, no doubt inadvertently, as seeming to be at the expense of U.S. Rep. Diane Black, who had introduced him and whom Scott had acknowledged to be a friend.

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Haslam talks with governor accused in extramaritial affair, offers no advice on resignation

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, facing an indictment tied to an extramarital affair, cancelled a planned appearance at a weekend National Governors Association meeting in Washington and fellow Republican governors who attended shied away from saying whether he should resign or fight the charges, according to Politico.  With Nashville embroiled in controversy over Mayor Megan Barry’s extramarital affir, Gov. Bill Haslam, who chairs the Republican Governors Association, said he has talked with Greitens but isn’t offering advice.

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Haslam backs ban on bump stocks, raising age for gun buys

Gov. Bill Haslam declared his support for banning “bump stock” gun modifications and for raising the legal age for purchase of semi-automatic firearms in a Washington, D.C., speech from 18 to 21, reports WBIR TV. President Trump has supported both notions.

“It’s just crazy to me that you can’t buy a beer at 19, but you can buy an AR-15,” Haslam said during a speech at the breakfast event at the Pew Charitable Trusts Friday.

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