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Zach Wamp texts
Rep. Gerald McCormick: "Why don't we do something about the millionaire's clause." ... Ron Ramsey also favors McCormick's bill to remove limits on contributions to gubernatorial candidates. But McCormick concedes:
"It's an uphill climb, there's no doubt, because it's such a radical departure from where we've been. But I think it's gaining a little bit of traction."
The state unemployment rate
hits 9.9 percent, the highest in 25 years. ... House OKs underage drinking
bill and delays $50 surcharge
for state workers who smoke. ... Families USA slams
Bredesen's CoverTN program for "bare bones" and "Swiss cheese" coverage. But the program's director retorts:
"The governor's objective in starting CoverTN was not to provide the Mercedes or the Cadillac of all programs. It was to provide an affordable option for Tennesseans who had never had access or been able to afford" typical policies.
The Senate votes on the side of developers road builders to weaken protections
for Tennessee's streams. ... Legislation OKs
limited shipment to Tennessee from out-of-state wineries. ... Former Gov. Dunn endorses Chris Devaney
for state GOP chair.