Loss of Senator Estes Kefauver 50 Years Ago Still Felt Today

The column by D. Bruce Shine pasted below ran today in the Kingsport Times-News today. The late Senator Estes Kefauver believed in “Courage, Justice and Loving Kindness,” a message that will be on display at Thursday’s Tennessee For All Town Hall. To some, 50 years ago is forever, for other it is just another time to remember. […]

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Caught on Tape: “Let’s make sure that thing’s not on…”

It’s true, as Jeff Woods wrote in Pith in the Wind (the political blog of theNashville Scene), that there may be worse gaffes “caught on tape” than the one Rep. Jimmy Eldridge made this week. But for a worker who is facing deep cuts to their paycheck while they are recovering from being injured on the job, his gaffe […]

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VIDEO: Chairman Caught on Tape Vowing to Ram Workers’ Comp Bill Through Committee

The Nashville Scene’s Pith in the Wind blog has the video and the story: For embarrassing open-mic gaffes, it’s not exactly up there with Ronald Reagan joking about bombing Russia. But it’ll do until something worse comes along for state Rep. Jimmy Eldridge, the Republican chairman of the House Consumer and Human Resources Committee. Eldridge […]

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TN Citizen Action Urges Legislators to Keep Workers’ Comp System Fair and Impartial

In response to the presentation Workers’ Compensation Division Administrator, Abbie Hudgins, made to the House Consumer and Human Resources Committee on Tuesday, February 19, Tennessee Citizen Action Executive Director, Mary Mancini, released the following statement: “Yesterday, Ms. Hudgins claimed that the Governor wants changes to the Workers’ Compensation system in Tennessee in order to create […]

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Not Fair, Not Helpful, Not Reform, Not Relief – Legislative Update, Friday, February 1, 2013

TENNESSEE CITIZEN ACTION LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2013 THEY’RE BAAAAAAAAACK…The Tennessee State Legislature started back in earnest this week, kicked off by Governor Bill Haslam’s State of the State address on Monday night. And while we’re all smacking our foreheads and working hard to fight back against the antics of certain state senator from Knoxville (Will someone please tell him […]

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NEWSLETTER: The Election was so Yesterday. Today is The Action.

  TENNESSEE CITIZEN ACTION NEWSLETTER Monday, December 10, 2012 The Election was so Yesterday, Today is The Action The AFL-CIO Brings the Deets Beware of “Fix the Debt” Who Pays? Take Action Today But Wait! There’s More Action TN General Assembly Infiltrated by Cyborgs Connect with Citizen Action Donate to Citizen Action   THE ELECTION […]

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WSJ: How to Stop Hospitals from Killing Us

AKA WHY A STRONG CIVIL JUSTICE SYSTEM MATTERS The Wall Street Journal made us sit up and take notice with this headline: “How to Stop Hospitals From Killing Us.” “Medical errors kill enough people to fill four jumbo jets a week. A surgeon with five simple ways to make health care safer.Medical errors kill enough people […]

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ALEC UPDATE: “United States of ALEC” Premieres this Sunday, 9/30

From PBS: Bill Moyers will present “The United States of ALEC” documentary this Sunday, September 30 at 6 p.m. on his PBS show, Bill Moyers Journal.  The documentary was made in conjunction with Common Cause.  (check your PBS station for viewing times) ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is a national consortium of state politicians and […]

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They Call it “Sine Die” (2012 Legislative Session Wrap Up)

OH HAI! HOW’VE YOU BEEN?! We’ve been thinking about you for over a month now – time has gone by so fast and so much has happened. Not least of which has been the sine die* adjournment of the 107th Tennessee General Assembly and its 2012 legislative session (the next time they convene it will be […]

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The Legend of Legislative Bigfoot

THE LEGEND OF LEGISLATIVE BIGFOOT:Does a Government That Works for Us Really Exist? Short answer: No, not right now it doesn’t. For those of you keeping score at home, below is a summary of the legislative priorities of the Republican majority in the state legislature. In a nutshell, they are crafting and passing public policy […]

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