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Re: “'Expect a Lawsuit' on HB600, Attorney Says

The 1.4% comments are disturbing. First, the number may not be accurate -it may be much too low. Could be 2-5%. (Earlier claims of 10% seem to be mostly discounted, but under-reporting is very likely.) Next, the large majority of big businesses support equal treatment of all employees and have anti-discrimination policies similar to metro's. So they'll stay home too. It adds up.

The Republicans have managed to cast an anti-business law as pro-business. They also claim to be for small government and local control while passing laws to restrict same. (Recall the guns in parks bill last year? The GOP loved the idea of the local option then. But not this year. Could it be that there are actually homophobic legislators in the TN General Assembly?)

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Posted by Stillblue on 05/24/2011 at 8:50 AM

Re: “The messy truth behind Amazon's Tennessee tax tradeoff

Lost in the article is how Amazon sets up its businesses. The fulfillment centers (what everyone else calls "warehouses") are actually separate business entities from Amazon itself. Amazon claims the warehouses do not actually "sell" anything (they just ship and receive), so they do not constitute a "nexus." Pretty subtle, but it is a good legal protection.
Obviously what is needed is some national rule. We are dealing with billions in interstate commerce -clearly an issue for the Feds, not the myriad states. We need a coherent national policy for all retailers, web and otherwise. However, considering Washington is broken (and broke) and can't pass a resolution noting the sky is blue without partisan debate, I don't see it coming. So at this point, we have to ask ourselves -is an Amazon warehouse job worth $25,000 to the citizens of TN and Hamilton County? I say no, but others clearly disagree.

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Posted by Stillblue on 05/20/2011 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Lawmakers Refuse Even to Think About Medical Marijuana

Bunch of wimps. They don't want to be seen as "soft on drugs" by allowing a study. Of coures, the study will show what most already know: It has medical benefits not available via other means; 14 other states are doing it with no known ill effects; it would rasise some much-needed revenue; etc... As usual, TN will be the last on that bandwagon. Know if we could somehow show that smoking pot reduces abortions or inclines one to get a handgun carry permit, now then we'd see some action!

Posted by Stillblue on 04/21/2010 at 10:46 AM

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