Rep. John Litz won't seek reelection. ... Police crack down on cockfighting in Tennessee. ... Reports say Tennessee could create 40,000 jobs from a $150 billion investment in the clean energy economy. ... Fund runs dry for court-appointed defenders. ... Nissan will build electric cars in Smyrna. ... Twitter roundup:
"You don't pound on your friends," Ramsey tells the speaker. "I think about it, I'll think we're getting along and I get close ... and then you say some crazy thing about me."
* Andy Berke: "Heading to Nashville today with hope that Session is almost done and enough clothes to last to the weekend"
* Ron Ramsey: "Kicking off fundraising swing through East Tennessee"
* Kim McMillan: "It's really important to have a legislative record when running for Governor."
* Zach Wamp: "10th ammdt has been run over long enough. States should not be pawns of fed govt. Tennessee priorities unique. State sovereignty important!"
The spin from Jason Mumpower: "We can be proud of the priorities we set" ... and JIm Kyle: "Cloaked in a veil of fiscal conservatism, GOP members of the legislature took a look at the challenging economic time and said, 'We quit.' " ... The Tennessean finds the legislative session "mostly regrettable":
This session, which convened tumultuously in January with a shocking House speaker election that blunted the Republicans' majority clout, will not be remembered for agreeing on a tough state budget or expanding charter schools. Instead, it was the assembly that robbed Tennesseans of their sense of safety in public places.