Haslam Defends UT Chancellor Amid Latest Diversity Office Controversy

Governor says office overstepped bounds, but he still sees ‘role for them’

TNDP Chairwoman: GOP ‘Wasting Time’ with Criticism of UT Diversity Office

Press release from the Democratic Party of Tennessee, Dec. 7, 2015: Tennessee Democratic Party Chair to Tennessee Republican Lawmakers on Their Misplaced Priorities – Holiday Parties over Tennesseans Who Are Hurting? Nashville, Tenn. (December 7, 2015) – Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini released the following statement addressing Republicans and their misplace priorities: “People in […]

Candidates Would Have to Disclose Credit Scores Under New Legislative Proposal

Press release from the Republican Caucus of the Tennessee House of Representatives, Dec. 7, 2015: Representative Sexton, Senator Bailey File “The Voter Accountability and Transparency Act” Of 2015 (NASHVILLE) — State Representative Cameron Sexton (R–Crossville) and State Senator Paul Bailey (R–Sparta) filed first of its kind legislation this week to require all local and state […]

Vanderbilt Poll Gauges Opinions on Immigration in Wake of Paris Attacks

Press release from Vanderbilt University, Dec. 4, 2015: Interest in immigration issues increased in Tennessee following the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, especially for members of the Tea Party. The Paris attacks appear to have made immigration a much more important issue for Tea Party members. “The Paris attacks appear to have made immigration […]

GOP State Senators Demand Resignation of UT Knoxville Chancellor Cheek

Press release from the Republican Caucus of the Tennessee State Senate, Dec. 3, 2015: NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) and Senate Government Operations Committee Chairman Mike Bell (R-Riceville) today called for the resignation of University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK) Chancellor Jimmy Cheek. The lawmakers made the call after learning […]

Ban Drivers from All Cell-Phone Usage Unless ‘Hands-Free,’ says East TN State Rep

Press release from Tennessee State Representative John Holsclaw, R-Elizabethton: Holsclaw to Sponsor Legislation to Clarify and Enhance Public Safety Measures Aimed at Curbing Distracted Driving (NASHVILLE) — Tennessee already has laws on the books banning texting while driving, but the legislature will soon consider banning talking on a cell phone while driving, unless it is […]

Ethics Rules Loosened on Judicial Elections

PRESS RELEASE from Tennessee’s Administrative Office of the Courts, Dec. 2, 2015: The Tennessee Supreme Court has amended the provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct regarding judges and judicial candidates’ election campaign conduct. The recent changes stem from suggestions made by a joint committee of the Tennessee Judicial Conference and the Tennessee Trial Judges […]

Senate Majority Leader Calls Hasalm’s FOCUS Act a ‘Pathway to Prosperity’

Press release from Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, Dec. 1, 2015: NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) commended Governor Haslam for taking next steps to ensure that colleges and universities are organized, supported and empowered in their efforts to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential to 55 […]

Next Step in ‘Drive to 55’ is Higher Ed Reorganization: Haslam

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Dec. 1, 2015: Changing landscape in higher education prompts new discussion around alignment, focus NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the next step in the Drive to 55: ensuring that colleges and universities are organized, supported and empowered in efforts to increase the […]

ACLU-TN Launches Civil Asset Forfeiture Campaign in Advance of Holiday Travel

Press release from the Tennessee Chapter of the American for Civil Liberties Union, December 1, 2015: NASHVILLE — In anticipation of upcoming holiday travel across Tennessee, the ACLU of Tennessee today launched an initiative to collect information from people who have had their assets seized by law enforcement agencies while traveling across the state. “Each […]