Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Morning Roundup: Going Birther in Tennessee and Putting the Screws to Charity Hospitals

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Ron Ramsey won't do it, but one of his GOP rivals in the governor's race, Bill Gibbons, is willing to acknowledge President Obama legitimately holds his office. "Republicans should focus on questioning President Obama's policies on health care and the economy rather than his place of birth," says spokeswoman Bonny Kinney. "Reliable nonpartisan organizations have shown corroborating reports of the president's birthplace -- Hawaii. We consider the matter settled." And Rep. Joe Towns throws stones at the Senate speaker:
"To me that's absolutely asinine for that to be coming from a leader of our state. It's playing into the bitterness and ignorance that still persists because this man won an election fair and square."
TennCare cuts would cost Nashville General Hospital $10 million and hospitals statewide $526 million. "That's going to crater some hospitals," association president Craig Becker says. ... In Memphis, officials at the Med dispute Bredesen's criticism. ... The governor promises a desperate woman won't fall through the cracks. Legislators worry about Bredesen's revenue plan. ... Ramsey and Mumpower balk at the cable TV tax. ... "I don't think that ends up passing the General Assembly," Ramsey says. ... The University of Tennessee is ready for budget cuts. ... Haslam spends more in the past six months than McWherter raises in the entire year. ... Nashville creates new plan for downtown growth. ... Tennessee nursing homes rank 5th worst in the country. ... Sequoyah Nuclear Plant to make bomb-grade material.


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