Tennessee Free Speech Bill Not Primarily Goldwater Based
On today’s homepage, Frederick Hess and Grant Addison have a piece arguing that while state-level legislation is necessary to confront the campus free-speech crisis, such bills are insufficient remedies by themselves and can even be abused by administrators if …
When Social Programs Hurt Kids
Tennessee’s foray into public preschool is not going well. The technical evaluation published last year by Vanderbilt University researchers Mark Lipsey and Dale Farran showed a familiar result: Preschool attenders outperformed the control group at the beginning of kindergarten, …
Can Tennessee Seventh Graders Be Required to Declare That There Is No God but Allah?
This morning, Breitbart led its news coverage with a story from — of all places — my home county. The Maury County, Tennessee, school district has kicked up a firestorm with a Five Pillars of Islam project that included asking …
You Know You Live in a Conservative State When . . .
Over in Williamson County, Tennessee — just north of my home — prosecutors actually filed a motion asking the court to order a defense attorney to stop calling them “the government” in open court. Yes, that’s right — in my …
GOP AG Chair ‘Guardedly Optimistic’ about Nov.
Alan Wilson, chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association told me in a phone interview he is feeling “very good” about GOP incumbent attorneys general holding onto their jobs this November.
Of the 25 seats Republicans currently hold nationwide, 17 are up …
The 2014 Governors’ Races That Aren’t Really Races
From the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt:
The 2014 Governors’ Races That Have No Actual Races
Yesterday I mentioned that Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval heads into 2014’s general election with no major competitors on the Democratic side. There are two …
Dramatic Shifts in Early Voting in Tennessee, North Carolina
Charles, a Campaign Spot reader in Tennessee, took a look at the totals after the first day of early voting in his state:
All Obama Counties in Tennessee
All McCain Counties in Tennessee (except Henry which has not …
The Great Big Super Tuesday Turnout Roundup
A quick spin around the states voting today:
Town clerks in a couple of Attleboro area communities reported a relatively good turnout to the polls this morning in which Massachusetts is one of 10 states voting to determine the …
Tennessee Veterinary Board Threatens Jail Time for Giving Unlicensed Horse Massages
A decade ago, Martha Stowe founded True Equine, an equine-services company, a few miles south of Nashville, Tenn., in Williamson County. After earning a certificate in equine myofascial release, a massage technique that releases tension and pain in a horse’…
In August, there was a kerfuffle in Tennessee. The director of the Pride Center at UT–Knoxville said that everyone should really learn new pronouns: “ze/zir/zirs,” “xe/xem/xyr,” and other such exotica. This was a way to make …
A Tennessee Judge Improperly Trolls the Supreme Court
Late last week, a Tennessee trial court judge refused to grant a divorce to an opposite sex couple because of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling in Obergefell. When I first saw the news item on social media, I thought …
Adding a Layer of Accountability to Judicial Appointments in Tennessee
“You want two things in judges,” Justin Owen, president of the Beacon Center of Tennessee, a told me in a recent interview. “You want them to be independent and you want them to be accountable.”
This is the goal of …
Bob Cooper Replaced as Tennessee Attorney General
Rejecting incumbent Democrat Robert Cooper, the Tennessee supreme court has selected Herbert Slatery III, the first Republican in state history to serve as the state’s next attorney general, the Tennessean reports.
Slatery, 62, served as Gov. Bill Haslam’s chief legal counsel …
A Clear, Direct Campaign Slogan: ‘This Is All About the Raccoon.’
Who says Tennessee Republicans don’t have a wide variety of options?
A Tennessee man who lost his pet raccoon after a video of him showering with his other raccoon went viral on YouTube is running for governor in order to …
Making Progress in Tennessee
Tennessee is closer than ever to adopting a method of judicial selection that every Tennessean could be proud of.
Yesterday afternoon, the Tennessee Senate approved by voice vote an amendment (SJR 710) that would bring Tennessee’s judicial-selection method more in …
TN Dem Says Pelosi Should Step Down
Like most Democrats this year, Tennessee congressional candidate Brett Carter would like to distance himself as much as possible from the party leadership. But Carter is taking that sentiment to a whole new level, saying it is “incumbent” on House …