Republicans demand deeper state budget cuts
. Democrat Mike Turner: "As long as we don't take (from) the rich, they don't care." ...
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Education Secretary Arne Duncan
chides state lawmakers for failing to expand charter schools: "What I hear coming through loud and clear in Tennessee is children's parents desperately seeking those options and it's being denied. And it doesn't make sense to me." ... Speaker Kent Williams urges Republicans to stick together
to resurrect the bill. ... Animal lovers come
to the rescue of Black Beauty and kill the horse slaughterhouse proposals. ... The state Senate passes an anti-union resolution
. ... and Roy Herron pushes
the wrong button. Whoops! ... Ethics Commission sunset
looms. ... State tax collections
fall in May for the 10th straight month. ... Bredesen signs
the wine shipment bill into law. ... Governors warn
energy plan could stifle growth. ... If Republicans control the legislature after 2010, Chip Forrester warns
: "Lincoln Davis is gone. John Tanner is gone." Fighting words from Forrester:
"They've said we're against guns, against God and for gays. Those days are over. I'm not going to let right-wing zealots deliver the message."
Editorial calls here
for the legislature to pass the governor's Clean Energy Future Act
Gov. Phil Bredesen's Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act is legislation that should have wide bipartisan agreement and a strong cheering section for the state to lead by example with more efficient energy use in its buildings and vehicles.