Entries by Alex Harris

TN Pols Make Play for Manning

Peyton Manning is looking for a new home where he can set up under center, and state politicians are making no secret of their desire for the former UT gridiron titan to choose Tennessee again. Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives “wholeheartedly” signaled a bipartisan hope that the legendary Rocky Top signal-caller “remember his […]

Photo Display Commissioned for Legislative Plaza

Some say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the new collage of photographs at Legislative Plaza is worth $3,157. Where vending machines once stood along the wall of the hallway connecting Legislative Plaza with the War Memorial Building, the wall is now covered by a spread of photographs from across the state of […]

No Netflix Bill Rewrite

The revision planned for last year’s controversial “Netflix bill” has been deemed unnecessary by the legislation’s sponsor, House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, who withdrew it from consideration Wednesday. McCormick said prosecuting lawful account sharing was not the intent of the bill. “For you to be breaking the law it required criminal intent — and…sharing inside the […]

Occupy Bill Occupies Legislators

Lawmakers in the House and Senate judiciary committees on Feb. 7 discussed and moved bills aimed at ending Occupy Nashville’s open-ended encampment on the state’s War Memorial Plaza. Supporters of the eviction effort say it is necessary to protect public property, health, safety and morals. Opponents argue the effort is a thinly veiled attempt to stifle free expression and speech.

Bill to Make Occupy Nashville Decamp Moves Along

Tents and other “living quarters” would not be allowed on public spaces, under a bill advancing at the Capitol aimed at the Occupy Nashville protest — whose members have been camped on War Memorial Plaza for four months. Members of that group say the bill would limit free speech and criminalize homelessness. On Wednesday it […]

Democrats Applaud Haslam Food Tax Cut — Wish It Were Bigger

The governor’s proposed reduction to the food tax is laudable, but Democratic lawmakers believe it doesn’t go far enough. During the Democratic response to Gov. Bill Haslam’s State of the State address, Sen. Lowe Finney, D-Jackson, said that they applaud Haslam’s proposed reduction from 5.5 percent to 5 percent over a few years, but said […]