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  • In Rebuke of Tennessee Governor, Koch Group Shows Its Power

    02/07/2015 5:30:58 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 30 replies
    NBC ^ | February 6, 2015 | Perry Bacon Jr. Lead reporter covering Obama's campaign and Affordable Care Act
    In Rebuke of Tennessee Governor, Koch Group Shows Its Power "In December, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, got the deal he wanted from the Obama administration: Tennessee would accept more than $1 billion in federal funding to expand Medicaid, as allowed for in the Affordable Care Act, but Obama aides would allow Haslam to essentially write staunchly conservative ideas into the program's rules for the state. He dubbed the reformed Medicaid program "Insure Tennessee." But the state's chapter of Americans for Prosperity, the national conservative group whose foundation is chaired by controversial billionaire David Koch, argued Haslam was just...
  • GOP's Medicaid Expansion Plans Encounter Growing Skepticism

    12/30/2014 11:40:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | December 29, 2014 | Joe Himelfarb
    While states debate expanding their Medicaid programs under Obamacare, they're wrestling with a looming 2017 deadline — when their taxpayers begin paying for the cost of the expansion. Beginning in 2014, states that agree to expand Medicaid to persons with incomes of up to 138 percent of the poverty line will have the federal government pay 100 percent of the cost. But beginning in 2017, the federal share will fall to 95 percent, and it drops to 90 percent in 2020. This has officials — many of them in Republican-dominated states across the country — worried that they will not...
  • Another Red State Moves To Expand Medicaid

    12/16/2014 8:04:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 15, 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam became the latest red-state governor to approve a twist on Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion Monday.Haslam is supporting a private-option version of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, which was pioneered by Arkansas in 2014. The proposal will have to be approved by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Republican-controlled legislature; if it goes through, Tennessee will be just the 28th state to move forward with the expansion of the welfare program through Obamacare.“We made the decision in Tennessee nearly two years ago not to expand traditional Medicaid,” Haslam said Monday. “This is an alternative approach that...
  • TN GOP Governor Announces Plan to Expand Obamacare

    12/15/2014 11:31:42 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 8 replies
    Ben Swann ^ | Dec 15, 2014 | Barry Donegan
    On Monday, Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam outlined his plan to expand Obamacare. According to The Tennessean, he has branded the plan Insure Tennessee and dressed it in states’ rights rhetoric, claiming that the plan, which he says qualifies for federal funding under the Affordable Care Act, is an alternative to expanding Medicaid. WATE-TV 6 quoted a press release by Haslam in which he said, “This plan leverages federal dollars to provide health care coverage to more Tennesseans, to give people a choice in their coverage, and to address the cost of health care, better health outcomes and personal responsibility.”...
  • Dems hold onto hope in Arkansas [“Everyone realizes this is our last stand here."]

    11/02/2014 2:27:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 1, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Democrats may be making their last stand in Arkansas. At the beginning of the cycle, Democrats touted a dream ticket that could help rally the party back to relevance after a series of stinging losses in the state. They cheered Sen. Mark Pryor’s (D) centrist profile and strong family name. In the governor’s race, they hoped former Rep. Mike Ross’s long string of successes in conservative southwest Arkansas would boost him. But months later, Pryor has trailed freshman Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) for much of the summer in the Razorback State and former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) has had a...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • UAW suddenly retreats from fight at Tennessee VW plant

    04/21/2014 2:52:06 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 21, 2014 | Amanda Becker and Bernie Woodall
    (Reuters) - The United Auto Workers, surprising even its supporters, on Monday abruptly withdrew its legal challenge to a union organizing vote that it lost at a Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee in February. Just an hour before the start of a National Labor Relations Board hearing on the challenge, the union dropped its case, casting a cloud over its long and still unsuccessful push to organize foreign-owned auto plants in the U.S. South.VW workers due to testify in the NLRB hearing were already at the courthouse in downtown Chattanooga when they heard the news, which left lawyers in...
  • Surprise: UAW folds in VW dispute

    04/21/2014 7:56:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 4/21/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Thus marks the end of the United Auto Workers’ foray into unionizing Southern auto manufacturing. Despite cooperative management at Volkswagen, the UAW failed to convince workers in its Chattanooga facility to unionize. The union alleged interference and demanded a hearing at the National Labor Relations Board to force a revote, but unexpectedly withdrew just before the hearing was scheduled to start:
  • UAW withdraws appeal of Volkswagen union vote

    04/21/2014 6:07:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 9:03 AM EDT | Erik Schelzig
    The United Auto Workers announced Monday it is withdrawing an appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Tennessee. In a statement released one hour before the scheduled start of a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chattanooga, Tenn., UAW President Bob King said the union decided to put the “tainted election in the rearview mirror” because the challenge could have taken months or even years to come to a conclusion. …
  • UAW withdraws Volkswagen election objections

    04/21/2014 3:24:58 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    United Automobile Workers (UAW) ^ | 4/21/14 | United Automobile Workers (UAW)
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The UAW announced today it is withdrawing objections filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regarding February's vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, effectively terminating the NLRB review process. UAW President Bob King said the decision was made in the best interests of Volkswagen employees, the automaker, and economic development in Chattanooga. King said the UAW based its decision on the belief that the NLRB’s historically dysfunctional and complex process potentially could drag on for months or even years. Additionally, the UAW cited refusals by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker to...
  • U.S. House Democrats investigating Haslam's role in Volkswagen plant vote

    04/16/2014 3:10:56 PM PDT · by don-o · 7 replies
    Kingsport (TN) Times News ^ | April 16, 2014 | G. Chambers Williams III
    Democrats in the U.S. House on Wednesday opened an "inquiry" into whether Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's administration might have violated federal labor law by attempting to tie state incentives for expansion of the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant to the outcome of an election over representation by the United Auto Workers union. The probe is yet another chapter in the ongoing debate over whether Republican officials, including Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, may have interfered in the February election in which workers voted 712-626 to reject the UAW, which was attem
  • Sen. Lamar Alexander Says 'No National School Board' After Promoting Common Core with Jeb Bush

    03/24/2014 5:33:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/22/14 | Susan Berry
    Just one day after U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) appeared with Common Core champions former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) at an education roundtable event, Alexander sent out an email to voters with a headline that read, “No National School Board,” and a message that left out the words “Common Core.” Alexander, who is fighting to hold onto his Senate seat, appears to be urging voters to notice that he is against the formation of a “National School Board” and will vote against it when the measure is raised. The problem is, there is...
  • Beretta USA Chooses Tennessee for New Factory

    01/30/2014 7:51:18 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1/29/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On January 29th, Beretta USA officials joined with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) to announce the firearm manufacturer will be opening its new plant in Gallatin, TN. Beretta had been looking for a location for its new facility after deciding to leave Maryland over the draconian gun laws that state implemented in spring 2013.
  • UAW confirms talks with VW about Tennessee plant

    09/06/2013 7:01:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 6, 2013 9:47 AM EDT
    The United Auto Workers union confirmed Friday that it’s in talks with Volkswagen about representing workers a factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. The union said its representatives met with VW officials last week in Wolfsburg, Germany, to discuss a German-style “works council” at the plant as well as full UAW representation. A works council would give workers a say in plant operations. … The prospect of UAW representation in Chattanooga concerns Southern Republicans, who fear a UAW foothold in the region will allow it to recruit workers at other auto plants. … Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker,...
  • Tennessee’s Troubling Islamist Network

    12/13/2012 12:07:56 PM PST · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | David James
    The “red-green alliance” in Tennessee between the liberal-left and Islamists is alive and well but made even more novel with the participation of Republican Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. Never one to shy away from Obama’s agenda for the U.S., Governor Haslam’s push to elevate the political status of Muslims in his state must leave Tennesseans wondering if their Republican governor is actually a Democrat. Governor Haslam’s promotion of the Islamist agenda in his state progressed from having his Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security work behind the scenes to support and partner with the American Muslim Advisory Council to having...
  • Hughes pushes conservative credentials in race against GOP foe Overbey

    07/26/2012 9:29:04 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 1 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | July 25, 2012 | Greg Johnson
    State Sen. Doug Overbey, a Maryville lawyer, has pocketed a passel of endorsements in the 2nd District Republican primary. Newspapers, the National Federation of Independent Business and the Tennessee Education Association endorsed Overbey, along with Republican heavyweights Gov. Bill Haslam and, a bit surprisingly, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, a tea party favorite. Given his opponent, Overbey needs all the help he can get. Scott Hughes, chief financial officer for a Knoxville church and former pro-life executive, is challenging Overbey at every turn, in every way. Though Overbey maintains an enormous financial advantage, Hughes has loquaciously roughed up Overbey in debates.
  • Gov. Haslam's administration fires top TDEC officials

    02/04/2012 8:04:48 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration has fired two top officials at the Department of Environment and Conservation, while a third has announced his retirement. The department said in a statement Friday that the changes are "designed to streamline our structure and build management efficiencies." Changes are to include the creation of a single water resources division encompassing the department's pollution control, water supply and groundwater management programs, according to the statement. The fired officials are Mike Apple, head of the department's solid waste management division, and Paul E. Davis, who was in charge of water pollution control. Meanwhile,...
  • Wamp Calls Haslam TV Buy Sign of 'Desperation'

    02/08/2010 8:07:11 PM PST · by Crichton · 2 replies · 219+ views
    Memphis Daily News (Associated Press) ^ | 2/8/2010 | ERIK SCHELZIG (AP)
    U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp said Friday that fellow Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam's decision to launch television advertisements next week is a sign of the Knoxville mayor's failure to connect with voters.