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The president enlists the aid
of governors in the health-care battle. But where's Phil? ... This "policy innovation scholar"
(lobbyist for the insurance industry) says Obama should follow our governor's example:
In a time of exploding federal budgets, Congress should listen to Governor Bredesen. Start small ... and affordable. Don't saddle the country with a federal version of TennCare.
Rep. Bill Dunn denies
his vote killing Ron Ramsey's campaign finance bill was a political favor to Bill Haslam. Haslam's family gave $15,000 to Dunn's PAC, Git R Dunn, three years ago. "The first thing I didn't like was that it was being brought up in the last hours of the session," Dunn says. "And then the second thing was ... there were still some major loopholes." The bill would have let legislators running for governor raise campaign cash during sessions. Ramsey: "It hurts me if I have to shut down fundraising again between the second Tuesday of January next year and May 15. That'll be a handicap."
The governor signs
legislation weakening protections of the state's waters. Roadbuilders and developers rejoice! ... And here are three more bills
the governor signed. ... Sen. Faulk calls for a major overhaul
of Tennessee's alcohol laws. ... Congressman Duncan
slams funds for "useless" air marshals. ... Rutherford County election official
comes to his senses. ... Tennessee pundits
review the '09 session. Drew Johnson cuddles up to his many friends in the media:
The media's treatment of the legislative session in general was often irresponsible, one-sided, and flimsy.