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Congressional candidate Persley: 'This is my time'
Congressional candidate Persley: 'This is my time'

Fourth Congressional District Republican candidate Erran Persley says he has a "passion for politics as a positive vehicle for change."

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Candidates in congressional race release conflicting poll results
Candidates in congressional race release conflicting poll results

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais is releasing polling numbers showing he has a commanding lead over Republican Grant Starrett, while the challenger has his own poll showing it's too close to call.

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Poll say DesJarlais leads Tracy in 4th Congressional District race
Poll say DesJarlais leads Tracy in 4th Congressional District race

A poll conducted by a group favoring Congressman Scott DesJarlais’ re-election shows he is leading state Sen. Jim Tracy by 2-to-1 in advance of the Aug. 7 Republican primary, according to a press release.

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Congressional candidate Lane says he has ‘moral courage to make any hard choices’
Congressional candidate Lane says he has ‘moral courage to make any hard choices’

Fourth Congressional District candidate Steve Lane is on a mission to save his children and grandchildren from the ever-rising burden of national debt. He takes the same outlook on the nation’s future as he did on overcoming a felony conviction more than a decade ago when he was accused of defrauding a home construction company in Crossville.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Nancy Reagan once described Alzheimer's disease as "a truly long, long goodbye." Her words remained with me as I watched my mother, Patsy J. Nichols, struggle with Alzheimer's from her diagnosis in 1999 until her death in 2013.

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DesJarlais throws jabs at District 4 opponent Tracy
DesJarlais throws jabs at District 4 opponent Tracy

 

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais accused his Republican primary opponent, state Sen. Jim Tracy, of trying to buy the 4th District congressional seat to “further his own political career” and even compared him to President Barack Obama.

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Tracy campaign reaches $1M mark in contributions

Officials from the campaign of Tennessee Sen. Jim Tracy raised more than $150,000 during the fourth quarter of 2013, bringing the total amount of contributions to more than $1 million since he announced his intention to run for Congress.

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Obama to visit Nashville
Obama to visit Nashville

President to speak at Antioch high school

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General worried helicopter units might fly away

Choppers could be cut from Army's inventory

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Carr sees surge in campaign contributions
Carr sees surge in campaign contributions

During the fourth quarter of 2013, state Rep. Joe Carr raised more than $250,000 in campaign contributions for his primary challenge against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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Extension of unemployment benefits clears Senate hurdle

A glimmer of hope appeared Tuesday for those still unemployed, as legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits cleared a key hurdle in the U.S. Senate.

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Extended unemployment benefits to end

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is alerting more than 18,000 Tennesseans currently receiving federally extended unemployment insurance that those payments will soon end.

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Midstate consumer outlook worsens
Midstate consumer outlook worsens

With the holiday season in full swing, midstate consumers have a gloomier economic outlook compared with their views earlier this fall, according to a recent study.

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EPA seeks public input on fuel standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public feedback on a proposal to reduce the amount of ethanol that is required in gasoline.

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Abortion debate heats up

As the calendar nears the New Year, new battles are being waged over abortion both locally and nationally.

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Advocates renew push for Tenn. Wilderness Act
Advocates renew push for Tenn. Wilderness Act

With Congress back in session, a renewed push is on for passage of a new Tennessee Wilderness Act. Wednesday marked the 29th anniversary of the original.

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November brings cuts to SNAP
November brings cuts to SNAP

The month of November has arrived in Tennessee, and along with it, an automatic reduction in funding for many families in the state that struggle to put food on the table.

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Military groups to call for end to shutdown

A coalition of veterans and uniformed services organizations that represent more than 5.5 million members will converge this week in Washington, D.C., to demand an end to the government shutdown.

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Middle Tenn. viewers voice concern about shutdown
Middle Tenn. viewers voice concern about shutdown

How concerned are Middle Tennessee residents regarding the current federal government shutdown that has closed Rutherford County’s Stones River National Battlefield Cemetery and other programs throughout America?

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Conservative groups endorse Carr for US Senate
Conservative groups endorse Carr for US Senate

Republican state Rep. Joe Carr gained the support Monday of two conservative-backed groups for the U.S. Senate.

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Home energy help available for eligible residents

The Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency is accepting applications for the federally backed Weatherization Assistance Program, officials announced Tuesday.

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Carr revs up Senate campaign
Carr revs up Senate campaign

GOP lawmaker prepares for primary battle

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Gonzales: Congress should get involved in Syria-strike decision

Alberto Gonzales on Wednesday criticized Congress for not taking a more active role in the discussion over whether the United States should attack Syria.

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Ron Paul: Just legalize freedom
Ron Paul: Just legalize freedom

Retired Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul spoke at a conference in Nashville Friday.

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Carr changes course, announces Senate bid
Carr changes course, announces Senate bid

GOP lawmaker to challenge Alexander

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Tea Party candidate challenges Alexander
Tea Party candidate challenges Alexander

Lenard prepares for GOP primary battle

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Survey: Government should help rural US more
Survey: Government should help rural US more

As the U.S. House prepares for another try at passing a farm bill, a new survey has found that a majority of those in rural America want to see a greater focus on small-business development and economic initiatives.

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LOGUE: Recovery possible if Congress concurs
LOGUE: Recovery possible if Congress concurs

If the researchers at Georgetown University are correct, Tennessee is in for some long overdue positive economic news.

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Fix the federal budget
The trajectory of our federal budget is not just fiscally irresponsible; it is morally bankrupt.
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Common Core promotes mediocrity
GUEST EDITORIAL: Common Core promotes mediocrity
Unfortunately, ongoing actions by President Barack Obama are threatening to take over what we teach our kids through the Common Core program.
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WOODY: Witnesses take winding road to straight answers
WOODY: Witnesses take winding road to straight answers
I thought about the swear-to-tell-the-truth process the other day while watching assorted government employees being grilled on C-SPAN by congressional committees.
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Worried Democrats should join repeal efforts
Some Democrats are extremely nervous that once Americans get a taste of Obamacare, voters will hold them accountable - and rightly so. But by postponing the law, they hope to avoid its political fallout.
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LOGUE: Sanford stages amazing comeback
LOGUE: Sanford stages amazing comeback
Mark Sanford traded hiking on the Appalachian Trail for hanging out on the campaign trail. It worked.
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US Treasury to sell more GM shares
The U.S. Department of the Treasury is moving forward with its plan to sell approximately 241.7 million of the remaining shares of General Motors Co. common stock with the initiation of a second trading plan.
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Smyrna control tower escapes federal cuts
Smyrna control tower escapes federal cuts
The Smyrna Airport’s historically important control tower has escaped the scalpel of cutbacks currently being ordered by federal officials in Washington, D.C.
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MTSU Poll: Neither party should compromise
MTSU Poll: Neither party should compromise
Neither Democrats nor Republicans in the state think their party should give ground.
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MT Poll: Tennesseans don't like Obama
MT Poll: Tennesseans don't like Obama
Majority disapproval for the job that Barack Obama is doing as president is holding steady in Tennessee, according to the latest poll conducted by Middle Tennessee State University.
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Senate condemns North Korea nuclear test
The Senate unanimously voted in a favor of a resolution Tuesday condemning North Korea's recent nuclear test that violated numerous international agreements.
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Federal spending fight has local consequences
Federal spending fight has local consequences
Air Force expects mass furloughs
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Obama shows White House has no plan
GUEST EDITORIAL: Obama shows White House has no plan
I had hoped President Barack Obama would put forth sound, bipartisan solutions to tackle the serious obstacles facing this nation. Unfortunately, all that we have heard is more of the same.
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Report: Financials for Medicare improving
Projections for the cost of the Medicare program have fallen by a half trillion dollars since the last estimate three years ago.
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DesJarlais: Obama ignores reality in address
Following his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama drew little praise from U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who described the speech as an attempt to defy reality.
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Longtime fundraiser joins Carr exploratory committee
A longtime fundraiser has been chosen to lead fundraising efforts for an exploratory committee recently formed for state Rep. Joe Carr.
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Gun control debate highlights political divide
Gun control debate highlights political divide
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais witnessed first hand Friday how the gun control debate has thrust different constitutional interpretations at the forefront of political discourse.
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Haslam proposes increased funding for jails
Haslam proposes increased funding for jails
Governor calls for expanding public safety
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Corker named ranking member of Foreign Relations Committee
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has been selected to serve as the lead Republican, known as the ranking member, of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the 113th Congress.
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Ketron joins fight against gun control
Senator rallies in opposition to proposals
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Carr fires back at Washington
Legislator takes stand against gun control
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Gun advocates praise Obama's gun plan
The package of legislation for Congress includes a ban on high-capacity magazines and the reinstatement of a ban on some assault-style weapons.
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Carr pushes back against Obama proposals
Carr pushes back against Obama proposals
Lawmaker targets new gun control plans
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Corker offers plan for entitlement reforms
Corker offers plan for entitlement reforms
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is urging Congress to begin making reforms to entitlement programs, including Social Security, in an effort to reduce long-term deficits.
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Tracy launches bid for Congress
Tracy launches bid for Congress
State Sen. Jim Tracy has announced his candidacy for the 4th Congressional District seat, currently held by fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.
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New farm bill remains in limbo
New farm bill remains in limbo
Barring a last-minute miracle, it appears Congress will not pass a new Farm Bill before the end of the year.
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Vanderbilt study examines impact of Obamacare
The decision by several states not to expand Medicaid health insurance for the poor may create unintended cuts for hospitals that provide uncompensated care.
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Seniors try to keep footing at edge of fiscal cliff
Nearly one million seniors in Tennessee could see cuts to their Social Security benefits.
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Corker introduces debt ceiling legislation
Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker introduced legislation Wednesday to raise the debt ceiling by roughly $1 trillion in exchange for reforms to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
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FirstBank repays capital to US Treasury
FirstBank has repaid the U.S. Department of the Treasury the $50 million it received as part of the Capital Purchase Program, FirstBank President Chris Holmes announced.
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Residents protest Israeli air strikes
Residents protest Israeli air strikes
Murfreesboro activists rally in opposition
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Stewart concedes to DesJarlais
Stewart concedes to DesJarlais
Democratic state Sen. Eric Stewart has conceded to U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the 4th Congressional District race.
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DesJarlais leads in Rutherford County
DesJarlais leads in Rutherford County
Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais is leading state Sen. Eric Stewart in Rutherford County for the 4th Congressional District race.
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Times Free Press: Judge releases DesJarlais divorce transcript will be released today
Times Free Press: Judge releases DesJarlais divorce transcript will be released today
A Hamilton County judge is still reviewing previously unavailable court transcripts involving U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and his former wife to determine whether they will be released later today.
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Veterans rally for Stewart in Murfreesboro
Veterans rally for Stewart in Murfreesboro
Democratic candidate garners local support
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State senators target Obamacare
State senators target Obamacare
Two Tennessee senators announced Monday they will introduce legislation to prevent expansion of the Tennessee Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Working families are real job creators
GUEST EDITORIAL: Working families are real job creators
The phrase “job creators” has become a political buzzword that is often times used to denounce any form of regulation and used to support theories that big corporations should continue to receive large tax breaks and exemptions.
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DesJarlais, Stewart fight for county voters
DesJarlais, Stewart fight for county voters
Candidates discuss hot-topic issues
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MTSU Poll: Romney leads Obama in Tenn.
Republican Mitt Romney leads Democrat Barack Obama in the race for president in Tennessee, bolstered at least partly by the support Romney has gained among Tennessee’s white evangelical voters since last spring’s primary.
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McGovern's legacy is beating immorality
McGovern's legacy is beating immorality
Just as U.S. Sen. George McGovern’s 1972 loss to Richard Nixon marked the start of a new era in dirty politics, his death marked the end of high-school civics naivete.
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DesJarlais: Attacks meant to distract voters
DesJarlais: Attacks meant to distract voters
Congressman pushes back against allegations
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Senators call for answers in meningitis outbreak
Senators call for answers in meningitis outbreak
Tennessee lawmakers are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to provide Congress with more information about compounding pharmacy laws.
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Rutherford County receives grant for emergencies
Rutherford County has been chosen to receive $108,059 to supplement emergency aid services under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
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Huffington Post: DesJarlais pressured mistress to get abortion
Huffington Post: DesJarlais pressured mistress to get abortion
Congressman accused of pressuring woman
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Experts: Uncertainty preventing stronger economic recovery
Although the economy is beginning to heal, uncertainty over fiscal policy and future tax rates is hindering a stronger recovery, according to several experts who spoke recently at an annual conference.
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Report: Income tax data differ from rhetoric
When it comes to taxes and who is or isn't paying them, one group aims to separate the facts from fiction.
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Corker concerned about US approach to Syria
Corker concerned about US approach to Syria
Following a meeting Saturday with groups near the border of Syria, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said he is concerned about whether American involvement could bring unintended consequences.
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Democratic challenger launches district tour
State Sen. Eric Stewart kicked off a tour Wednesday of the 4th Congressional District as part of his bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the November election.
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DesJarlais: Office not involved in swimming scandal
DesJarlais: Office not involved in swimming scandal
Congressman confirms participating in Israeli trip
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DesJarlais defends decision to reject debate request
DesJarlais defends decision to reject debate request
Congressman wants specifics before any meeting
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Ryan picked as vice presidential nominee
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced Saturday morning that he has chosen U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate.
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Democratic opponent challenges DesJarlais to debates
Less than a week after winning the Democratic Party primary, state Sen. Eric Stewart is pushing for his Republican opponent to participate in three debates, according to a letter sent Tuesday to the freshman congressman.
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MEDIA MATTERS: Plugging leaks can cause real harm
Ever since the First Continental Congress, the government has been dealing with leaks of classified information.
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GOP renews call for health care law repeal
GOP renews call for health care law repeal
Republican members of Congress reacted with renewed determination in repealing the health care law Thursday in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling.
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Regulations blamed for stagnant economy
Regulations blamed for stagnant economy
Congressional hearing targets federal agencies
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Charges of ethics violations ‘substantially true’
Charges of ethics violations ‘substantially true’
Judge finds merit in Zelenik’s attack ads against Black
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Corker introduces bill to foster global investment
Corker introduces bill to foster global investment
Republican Sen. Bob Corker introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday intended to increase foreign investment by examining whether certain regulations need to be eliminated.
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Where are Tennessee kids on the campaign trail?
Advocates for children in Tennessee say the youngest Americans are being ignored so far in the presidential campaigns, and they're hoping that changes before November.
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Tennessee to receive $18 million in grants for community health centers
Grants from the Affordable Care Act will help build and expand health centers, create jobs, and expand access to an additional 860,000 patients nationwide
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Ketron joins state Senate leaders to oppose Obamacare
Ketron joins state Senate leaders to oppose Obamacare
The individual mandate, which is the centerpiece of the new law, is the requirement that almost all people in the United States buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS for failing to do so.
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Is 'genetically modified' the future of our food?
The rise of genetically modified foods has put agriculture at a crossroads in Tennessee and around the nation, and some believe it is also putting food safety at risk.
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Ketron will not run for 4th District seat
Ketron will not run for 4th District seat
State Sen. Bill Ketron announced Monday he will not run for the U.S. House 4th District seat, citing family reasons and a weighty to-do list in the General Assembly.
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Black disapproves of Obama appointments
Black disapproves of Obama appointments
U.S. Rep. Diane Black has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives disapproving of appointments made by President Barack Obama in recent weeks.
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Rutherford County could call 4th District home
Rutherford County could call 4th District home
Rutherford County residents could be reassigned to the 4th Congressional District under the proposed redistricting plan being considered by state legislators in the Tennessee General Assembly.
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House passes payroll tax cut extension
House passes payroll tax cut extension
The U.S. House voted in favor Tuesday of extending the 4.2 percent payroll tax cuts as part of a larger measure that authorizes the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
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Possible roadblock ahead for rural Tennessee
U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper on Tuesday signed a bipartisan letter asking the White House to support a six-year transportation bill.
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Obama urges businesses to hire veterans
Obama urges businesses to hire veterans
President Barack Obama is urging companies to take advantage of a new law giving various tax credits to businesses that hire long-term unemployed and disabled veterans as soon as possible.
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BLACK: Balanced budget amendment failure is missed opportunity
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Federal cuts could reach local level
Federal cuts could reach local level
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden attend a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Nov. 9, 2011.
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New HARP can help underwater mortgages refinance
Homeowners who are upside-down in their mortgages may now have a chance to refinance under a newly announced program.
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Senate approves veterans tax credit
Senate approves veterans tax credit
The U.S. Senate voted in favor Thursday of a bill giving tax credits to businesses that hire long-term unemployed and disabled military veterans.
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Net neutrality and Occupy Wall Street making a connection
The U.S. Senate may vote this week on overturning FCC rules aimed at guaranteeing an open Internet.
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Black's push for Medicaid bill passes House
Black's push for Medicaid bill passes House
Democrats grumble over President Barack Obama's support
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MTSU Poll shows Tennessee solidly red
MTSU Poll shows Tennessee solidly red
Tennesseans may think Barack Obama is the worst U.S. President ever, the newly released MT Poll suggests.
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Corker: debt compromise step in right direction
Corker: debt compromise step in right direction
The greatest threat to the country's economic stability has been the lack of courage to solve the fiscal crisis, but the debt ceiling compromise was a step in the right direction, said U.S. Sen. Bob Corker during a luncheon Wednesday.
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GOP standing behind Black’s vote
The Republican Party is standing behind U.S. Rep. Diane Black’s decision to vote in support of the debt ceiling compromise, despite the onslaught of criticism from some members of the Tea Party.
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Black hopeful about debt debate
Friday, U.S. Representative Diane Black (R-TN), released the following statement on the Budget Control Act of 2011.
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Planned Parenthood responds to proposed funding cuts
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Tough decisions on Capitol Hill
Tough decisions on Capitol Hill
City tries to save community program
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Black named to the Oversight and Human Resources subcommittees
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Gordon votes no on health care bill
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Lou Ann Zelenik announces for Congress
Lou Ann Zelenik today announced she has filed the necessary documents with the Federal Election Commission to formally enter the race for Congress in Tennessee’s Sixth District.
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Public forum offers jeers, cheers but little real impact
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House passes Clean Energy, Security Act
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County general election, primary vote signup ends
Today is the deadline to register to vote in the Aug. 7 county general election and state primary election.
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Gordon still fastest in Congress
As congressional leaders look for answers to some of the nation’s pressing energy concerns, they may want to consider harnessing some of U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon’s energy.
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MTSU programs get $1.8M in federal funding
U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander have secured $1.8 million in federal funding to help Middle Tennessee State University enhance its science, aviation and health programs, and establish a transportation hub at the campus.
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Oaklands, Murfree Springs wetlands boosted
Federal funding to help restoration of wetlands at Oaklands Mansion and Murfree Springs.
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Committee clears Gordon’s health IT bill
In an effort to create a national system of secure, interoperable electronic health care records, the House Science and Technology Committee passed U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon’s health information technology legislation.
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MTSU receives federal grant in honor of astronaut
Funds will provides scholarships that honor the late astronaut Dr. Ronald E. McNair, who died in the 1986 Challenger explosion, U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon, an MTSU alumnus who chairs the House Science and Technology Committee, announced..
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Gordon, Alexander: America competes
Gordon, Alexander: America competes
MTSU played host Thursday to two national lawmakers who explained how new legislation will help educate future educators and students in math and science.
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House OKs funds for new battlefield entrances
The U.S. House of Representatives approved $1 million to assist Stones River National Battlefield with creating new park entrances and making upgrades to its driving tour, announced U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon Wednesday.
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House votes to enable MTSU to address health issues
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved funding that will allow Middle Tennessee State University to address two pressing national health care needs by boosting nursing education and developing new programs to reduce childhood obesity, announced U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon.
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New funds would help link greenways
U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon pushed a bill through the House of Representatives Tuesday to provide $500,000 in funding for greenway trail improvements that would eventually serve as connectors for Nashville and Rutherford County’s greenway systems complement greenway extensions underway across Rutherford County.
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New passport rule partially suspended
The decision by the U.S. State and Homeland Security departments to permit some international summer travel without a passport will relieve strains on Middle Tennessee travelers, according to U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon.
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No funding appropriated for Youth Sports Program
For the second consecutive, the National Youth Sports Program, a monthlong summer camp for at-risk youth, will not be held at Middle Tennessee State University.
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Gordon listens to concerns Of Rutherford residents
During a recent two day call-in event, Rutherford County residents told U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon they were concerned about the nation's dependence on foreign energy and frustrated by the nation's broken borders.
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Rutherford Head Start receives $1.4M federal grant
A $1.4 million U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant will help fund the Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency's Head Start program, which will benefit the agency in Rutherford County, U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon announced today.
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