Are You Kidding? Anti-Tax Lobbyists Need to Be in a Blue State Where People Need Them, Not in Tennessee
Published 4/9/2014 at 11:10 a.m. 1 comment
Tennessee is Exhibit A on what’s wrong with the special-interest lobbies at work today.
The Last Plantation: If You Exploit Athletes' Names and Numbers for Revenue, Shouldn't They Get Royalties?
Published 4/2/2014 at 10:28 a.m. 0 comments
So if you are a star football player like Johnny Manziel, who has the nickname Johnny Football, Texas A&M gets a nice chunk of change for selling a jersey with your number on it. Does Johnny Football get a cut ...
Party Purity: While GOP Works to Win Elections, Democrats are Fighting Over Control of Their Party
Published 3/26/2014 at 10:22 a.m. 1 comment
They are currently engaged in a grudge match for control of the state party.
Provacateurs: Students, Senators All Got What They Wanted—Notoriety and Media Coverage
Published 3/19/2014 at 10:56 a.m. 0 comments
The moves were predictable, the outcome predetermined, and it provided entertainment for some and an opportunity to be outraged by people who enjoy being outraged.
Constitutional Bypass: Tennessee Joins Effort to Impose Spending Limits on National Congress
Published 3/12/2014 at 12:18 p.m. 1 comment
It only takes 34 states to get it done. Such an amendment passed by a convention and ratified by two-thirds of the states would become law and the president and the Congress have no say in the matter.
Who Won? Liquor Stores in the Short Run, Groceries in Long Run, Consumers Never.
Published 3/5/2014 at 10:57 a.m. 1 comment
The real losers with this bill are the consumers who will not benefit from loss leaders, sales, and the ability of grocery chains to buy in bulk and sell at a cheaper price. A 20 percent markup is required. Six ...
Two Superfluous Bills: Let's Stop Democrats From Electing Republican Supermajorities?
Published 2/26/2014 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
Like every session, there are wrong-headed and unnecessary bills down at the Legislature. This week, let’s just look at two.
Legislative Supremacy: GOP Supermajority Can Appoint AG, Veto Judges, Take Power From Governor
Published 2/19/2014 at 10:55 a.m. 1 comment
They can really do whatever they damn well please and I think it pleases them to do quite a bit.
April Logjam? Bill Limits Good Idea, but Speedy Session and Complicated Bills Could Be Dangerous
Published 2/12/2014 at 10:58 a.m. 0 comments
It hasn’t completely reined in the Senate, of course, since there are 92 bills over there without a House sponsor and no prospect of passing, reports Capitol Hill Dean Tom Humphrey.
What About Consumers? You Can't Blame Liquor Lobbyists for Writing a Favorable Bill, but Legislators Need to Proof It
Published 2/5/2014 at 10:24 a.m. 0 comments
The writers of the bill bent over backward to protect the existing liquor stores. You can’t blame the liquor lobbyists for fighting a rear-guard action to get the best deal they can for their clients.
Can it Happen Here? Ball Sees a Path to Victory for Democrats in the U.S. Senate Race
Published 1/29/2014 at 9:55 a.m. 0 comments
The first hurdle in Gordon Ball’s race for the U.S. Senate is to convince his supporters that he is in it to stay. As recently as last summer, Ball was gearing up to run and his heart doctor said no ...
Common Core's Not Here Yet, So How Come Our Scores Are Improving?
Published 1/23/2014 at 10:03 a.m. 0 comments
Anyone who suggests that Common Core is responsible is either misinformed or lying.
A Creative Solution: Democrats Have a Candidate Available with Experience and Name ID
Published 1/15/2014 at 10:30 a.m. 3 comments
He might be considered unlikely to win against a well-funded opponent, but he is someone the people could vote for who don’t want to support Haslam’s coronation.
Make 'em Vote: Haslam Should Make Legislators Get on the Record on Medicaid Expansion
Published 1/8/2014 at 10:50 a.m. 4 comments
It has become apparent that the governor is continuing his usual practice of avoiding confrontation. But there are times when you are in a position of leadership and people, well, expect you to lead.
Another Malfunction Junction: We Are Losing Tax Revenue and Business By the Inability to Exit at Millertown Pike
Published 1/2/2014 at 10:54 a.m. 0 comments
That punchline to an old joke is a very appropriate description of the intersection of Millertown Pike and I-640. What’s at that intersection? One of Knoxville’s largest malls.