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Revamped unemployment bill takes Senate step

BY: - April 22, 2021

Legislation that could reduce Tennessee’s unemployment time frame but increase payments $50 a week started moving Wednesday in the state Senate, despite complaints it would put families in dire straits. Sen. Jon Lundberg, who took over the bill from Sen. Art Swann, passed an amended SB1042 through the Republican-dominated Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on […]

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Commentary: Cockfighting is uncivilized and barbaric. Tennessee shouldn’t tolerate it.

BY: - February 26, 2021

The origin of cockfighting dates back thousands of years, but it was during Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage to the Philippines in 1521 that modern cockfighting was first documented by his chronicler, Antonio Pigafetta, in the kingdom of Taytay. It’s a grisly and still-rampant blood sport, unnervingly present in the Volunteer State. Most states banned cockfighting in […]

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Constitutional amendment would give legislature a hand in attorney general selection

BY: - February 24, 2021

A move for “transparency” and legislative control is butting heads with the concept of separation of powers in an effort to change the way Tennessee selects its top law enforcement officer. With a key vote Tuesday, state Sen. Ken Yager, chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus, is gaining momentum for passage of a constitutional amendment […]

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State Senate races: Quarter three fundraising review

BY: - October 27, 2020

The presidential race and U.S. Senate races are the campaigns that traditionally earn the most analysis and coverage, but all state representatives are up for reelection in Tennessee and half of the General Assembly’s state senators. The overview of the upcoming state senate races features information on the amount of money each candidate raised in […]