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Marsha Blackburn thinks twice
about speaking at the tea party convention. ... Wamp campaigns
in Carter County--"home of my Republican speaker of the House." ... Bredesen signs
the education reform bills into law. ... He concedes he's planning state worker layoffs
but won't say how many. ... The state's Edison computer system
strikes again. ... Rep. Stacey Campfield launches
a new crusade to end taxpayer-funded bottled water for state employees:
"This is not going to balance the state budget -- by getting rid of bottled water. But I think it shows that we're at least trying to some things, and if you're careful with the pennies, you'll be careful with the dollars."
Fearing loss of state sovereignty
, an East Tennessee lawmaker files legislation to stop the Mexico-to-Canada highway. ... Mumpower bills
target speed cameras and drug treatment centers. ... What's Mike Turner got against fake urine?
... The anticipated Metro schools budget shortfall
grows to $38 million. ... Metro settling the school bus assault case
for $1.2 million. ... Lamar Alexander goes on
CBS this morning to respond to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, who said "the Republican Party is now responsible for helping to govern this country" after Democrats lost their super-majority in the Senate.
"For 25 consecutive days the Democrats met," Alexander said. "They wrote their health care bill in secret. We didn't have anything to contribute to it. They brought it up in a snowstorm. Voted at 1:00 A.M. And said we have to pass it before Christmas. ... We were completely cut out of the health care debate."