Monday, May 4, 2009

Morning Roundup: Lawmakers Promoting Secrecy in Government and Other Big Surprises

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2009 at 5:32 AM

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Lawmakers are sponsoring more than a dozen bills to shut off public information or meetings ... Teabagger Ben Cunningham criticizes two Bredesen commissioners for flying at taxpayer expense to Florida to speak at the Tennessee Economic Development Council's spring conference. "It's just ridiculous on so many levels," he says. ... Rock mining legislation falls short, critics say. ... The Commercial Appeal favors keeping the Tennessee Plan:
Nothing against West Virginia or Mississippi or any of the other states that still elect Supreme Court justices in contested elections. But for Tennessee to emulate them would be a step back.

State revenue projections are grim, but there's hope for next year. ... Sen. Jim Tracy nixes gas tax bill. ... Lean budgets in Nashville and Knoxville. ... Conservative lawmakers meeting in Memphis with the American Legislative Exchange Council. ... A judge rules Wilson County schools can't ban God from student posters. Union University professor Sean Evans questions whether Roy Herron's ready to run for governor:

"Is he ready to ramp his campaign to the level it would have to be? He will be competing against higher-quality candidates, with professionals advising him who know what they're doing. He's not had to run a race like that in quite a while."

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