Entries by Mike Morrow

Speaking Their Language

Knox Central High School instructor named Tennessee Teacher of the Year. Byron Booker stands out not only for his classroom successes in helping students learn English, but because he helps evaluate other teachers and encourages them to embrace accountability.

House Should Play Role in Kelsey’s Judicial Confirmation Reform Proposal: Harwell

A proposed constitutional amendment by Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, would revamp Tennessee’s judicial selection process so that Supreme Court and appellate judges would be “appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.” Undoubtedly, the House would want in on the confirmation process, too, says the lower chamber’s presiding lawmaker.

Haslam Still Mum on GOP Presidential Favorite

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday he sees how presidential candidate Herman Cain’s “9-9-9” tax plan would be attractive to voters looking for simplicity, but Haslam is not identifying his favorite Republican candidate in the race yet. Cain has proposed a tax plan that would include a tax of 9 percent on income, 9 percent […]

Ramsey Raises Spectre of State Income Tax in Absence of Congressional Action on Amazon Issues

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey said last week that if a so-called “national solution” isn’t found for collecting sales taxes from online retailers it threatens to push Tennessee toward an income tax, which he strongly opposes. Amazon has avoided collecting sales taxes in Tennessee until a recent agreement was announced calling for collections beginning in 2014. […]