The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

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Tennessee Gubernatorial Headlines 2012 Archives

Health board opens file on DesJarlais (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 11/30/12)
Alexander flexes muscles ahead of 2014 (Politico, 11/30/12)
AUDIO: The choice – A school fight over middle class families (WPLN, 11/30/12)
For triumphant TNGOP, the less said on DesJarlais, the better (WPLN, 11/30/12)
DesJarlais steadfast despite latest complaint (Nashville Public Radio, 11/29/12)
Task force frames sticky debate over school vouchers (WPLN, 11/29/12)
Task force lays out options for school voucher plans (Nashville City Paper, 11/29/12)
Tennessee could be hit hard by fiscal cliff cuts (Times Free Press, 11/29/12)
2012 Report Card on Tenn. schools: What it says, what it doesn’t and what to do next (, 11/27/12)
Judd Matheny defeated in bid for Tenn. House post (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 11/27/12)
Haslam challenges freshmen lawmakers to seek the ‘right answer’ (Nashville City Paper, 11/27/12)
Kevin Brooks eyes 2014 GOP primary bid against Scott DesJarlais (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 11/27/12)
EDITORIAL: A rein on monolithic power (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 11/26/12)
Rep. Scott DesJarlais plans to run again in 2014 (, 11/26/12)
Capitol Hill leaders could open more secret meetings (Nashville City Paper, 11/25/12)
Tennessee GOP: Divided vision (The Commercial Appeal, 11/25/12)
GOP leaders divided on Scott DesJarlais’ future (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 11/25/12)
Tenn. schools teeter on fiscal cliff (The Tennessean, 11/23/12)
Weston Wamp has eye on DesJarlais district (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 11/23/12)
EDITORIAL: Gov. Bill Haslam’s insurance job (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 11/21/12)
White House causing delay in insurance exchange decision, Haslam says (The Tennessean, 11/20/12)
Gov. Haslam comments on Rep. Scott DesJarlais (, 11/20/12)
GOP strategist: TNGOP a ‘shining light’ to nation (TN Report, 11/19/12)
VIDEO: Gov. Bill Haslam aims frustrations at Obama administration (WKRN, 11/19/12)
Before Republicans begin session with supermajority, they’ll pick leaders behind closed doors (Nashville City Paper, 11/18/12)
Top TN Republicans silent on DesJarlais abortion testimony (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 11/18/12)
Under deadline extenstion, Gov. Bill Haslam defers decision on insurance exchange (, 11/16/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam expects decision Friday on insurance exchange (, 11/14/12)
Tenn’s school voucher panel unsure of key issues (Times Free Press, 11/14/12)
State lawmakers discuss possible school voucher program (WSMV, 11/13/12)
School vouchers task force unspecific on cost, scope (Nashville Public Radio, 11/13/12)
Obamacare will cost Tennessee more than 41 billion in first 5.5 years (The Commercial Appeal, 11/13/12)
TN Dem Party upwardly mobile, says outbound state party chair (TN Report, 11/9/12)
Tennessee Democrats debate their spirit after election defeats (In Session, 11/7/12)
Early voting turnout in Tennessee on track for new record (, 11/5/12)
Ethics complaint filed against DesJarlais (WBIR, 10/15/12)
Haslam’s school voucher panel debates when to launch (AP, 9/27/12)
Nashville judge declines to overturn Tennessee voter-photo ID law (The Commercial Appeal, 9/26/12)
Haslam, TN Senators showcase South as driving force in automotive industry (The Chattanoogan.c0m, 9/26/12)
Gov. Haslam appoints three new Special Supreme Court members (Business Clarksville, 9/26/12)
Special Supreme discloses Haslam donations (Humphrey on the Hill, 9/26/12)
Democrats call for hearing on primary (The Tennessean, 9/26/12)
Judge rejects challenge to Voter ID law (The Tennessean, 9/26/12)
School-voucher possibilities taking shape in task force (Nashville Public Radio, 9/26/12)
Fight over justices charges up judicial selection lawsuit (Tennessee Report, 9/25/12)
Sexist joke’s backlash spreads beyond Chattanooga (Knoxville News Sentinel, 9/25/12)
House Democrats back MNPS board in Great Hearts dispute (Nashville Public radio, 9/25/12)
Weak dollar could help draw Japanese businesses: Haslam (Nashville Public Radio, 9/24/12)
Political notebook: Haslam names three new special Supreme Court judges (Knoxville News Sentinel, 9/23/12)
Political notebook: Just one Haslam billionaire (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 9/22/12)
Gov. Haslam reviews 31 child deaths (The Tennessean, 9/22/12)
Bill Haslam a billionaire? His brother is (says Forbes) (Humphrey on the Hill, 9/22/12)
Haslam addresses tourism conference (The, 9/21/12)
Haslam open-ended on prospects of meeting with Metro (Nashville Public Radio, 9/20/12)
Tennessee gets college saving program (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 9/19/12)
Haslam awards $18.1M in highway safety grants (The, 9/19/12)
Haslam says fining Nashville schools only choice (AP, 9/19/12)
Dean calls Great Hearts penalty ‘serious’ but appropriate (Nashville Public Radio, 9/19/12)
State of Tenn. introduces new low cost college savings program (The, 9/18/12)
Haslam, other state officials announce new college savings plan for Tenn. families (AP, 9/18/12)
State’s rebooted college-savings plan unveiled (Nashville Public Radio, 9/18/12)
Nashville schools to lose $3.4M over rejection of Great Hears charter school (The Tennessean, 9/18/12)
Koch funds helped TN GOP (The Tennessean, 9/17/12)
Video: Haslam returns from Japan (WBIR, 9/17/12)
Haslam fills Registry of Election Finance vacancy (Knoxville News Sentinel, 9/13/12)
Journey to Japan: Mitsubishi updates Haslam, Memphis team on plant progress (Memphis Business Journal, 9/12/12)
Economic Dev. Commissioner Bill Hagerty taking leave of absence to work on Romney readiness team (, 9/11/12)
TN economic chief Bill Hagerty takes leave to aid Romney (The Tennessean, 9/11/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam travels to Japan this week (, 9/10/12)
TN ECD Commissioner takes leave of absence (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 9/10/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam to name court replacements quickly (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 9/8/12)
State audit zeroing in on $200M TNInvestco fund (Nashville Business Journal, 9/7/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam makes first official trip to Japan next week (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 9/7/12)
Tenn. Dems say they’re united, energized (Knoxville News Sentinel, 9/6/12)
State Rep. Matheny abandons challenge to Beth Harwell (The Tennessean, 9/6/12)
Opinion: Tennessee tops when it comes to how it spends (Jackson Sun, 9/6/12)
Opinion: Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman has proved too impulsive (The Tennessean, 9/6/12)
TN Democratic leaders look for next big stars after setbacks (The Tennessean, 9/5/12)
Haslam keeps planner under wraps (Watchdog, 9/5/12)
South remains cool to unions (The Tennessean, 9/3/12)
Haslam-picked judges recuse themselves from selection challenge (Knoxville News Sentinel, 9/3/12)
Tenn. Democrats keep away from the president (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 9/2/12)
3 justices recuse themselves from special Supreme Court (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 9/1/12)
Haslam, other politicians, among online tax scofflaws (The Tennessean, 9/1/12)
Commentary: Higher education falling behind workplace needs (Jackson Sun, 8/31/12)
Sen. Andy Berke criticizes ‘dismal’ scores of for-profit virtual school (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 8/31/12)
Haslam: Republican governors quicker to turn economy around (Nashville Business Journal, 8/30/12)
GOP convention notebook: GOP aims for TN legislative ‘walkout proof’ majority (The Tennessean, 8/30/12)
Sen. Lamar Alexander warns TN TOP to keep open door (The Tennessean, 8/30/12)
Experience ‘outstanding’  for Tennesseans at Republican convention (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 8/29/12)
Tea party shakes convention but not Tenn. delegation (The Tennessean, 8/29/12)
Tenn. Gov. Haslam talks Ed Policy, Election 2012 (Education Week, 8/29/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam wraps up education listening tour (AP, 8/29/12)
Opinion: The deliberate destruction of education in Tennessee (News With Views, 8/29/12)
Anti-Muslim website says Bill Haslam promotes the interests of radical Islamists (, 8/28/12)
Haslam concludes series of workforce readiness meetings (The Chattanoogan, 8/28/12)
Haslam says voters have really clear choice in presidential race (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 8/28/12)
Gov. Haslam held business, education discussion at UTC (The Chattanoogan, 8/28/12)
Tenn. Democrats target GOP state legislators on Medicare (Knoxville News Sentinel, 8/24/12)
Governor: Cut some higher ed programs to fund new ones (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 8/24/12)
Haslam talks education in Cookesville (Herald-Citizen, 8/22/12)
Missouri abortion flap enters Tenn congressional race (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 8/22/12)
Haslam names seven to higher ed boards (The Tennessean, 8/22/12)
Read! TN First Lady promote Imagination Library (Times-Gazette, 8/22/12)
Haslam names BlueCross Blueshield CEO to UT board (Knoxville News Sentinel, 8/21/12)
E. Tenn reps went on Israel trip, kept clothes on, unlike Kansas congressman (Knoxville News Sentinel, 8/21/12)
No, Bill Haslam and the TN GOP did not grow Tenn. government (Blue Collar Muse, 8/20/12)
Haslam Administration pushes back against anti-Islam critics (WPLN, 8/20/12)
A little off message, no? (Nashville Post, 8/20/12)
Was that Haslam telling the truth about ObamaCare? (Nashville Scene, 8/20/12)
Gov. Haslam aide says TN isn’t pushing Islamic code (The Tennessean, 8/20/12)
Editorial: Ramadan in Murfreesboro (New York Times, 8/19/12)
Haslam aide: Tenn. not promoting Islamic code (AP, 8/19/12)
Deputy governor to state GOP: No, Tenn. is not adopting Sharia Law (Nashville Scene, 8/18/12)
Mayors taking MEM concerns to Nashville (Memphis Daily News, 8/17/12)
Editorial: Start to untangle judicial selection process (The Tennessean, 8/17/12)
Memphis leaders taking airport concerns to Haslam (Memphis Business Journal, 8/17/12)
Haslam backs off threats to withhold state money from MNPS (WPLN, 8/16/12)
Haslam: Feds ‘get it right’ with enhancement grants (WPLN, 8/16/12)
GOP eyes new push for closed primaries, party registration in Tenn. (Knoxville News Sentinel, 8/16/12)
Haslam: Higher ed deserves guard against cuts (Nashville Business Journal, 8/15/12)
Video: Rep. Judd Matheny could challenge Beth Harwell for House Speaker (WKRN, 8/15/12)
Tennessee House speakership in play (, 8/15/12)
Court asked to void nomination of Democratic US Senate candidate (Knoxville News Sentinel, 8/15/12)
Commentary: Haslam urged to embrace health-care reform (The Tennessean, 8/15/12)
Haslam: Questions remain on school vouchers (WPLN, 8/14/12)
Haslam defends Harwell in tussle for House gavel (Nashville Business Journal, 8/14/12)
Uneasy is the hand that holds the gavel (Nashville Scene, 8/14/12)
Haslam praises Harwell amid hints of Matheny challenge (WPLN, 8/14/12)
State Rep. Judd Matheny mulls bid for House speaker (Jackson Sun, 8/14/12)
Tennessee lawmakers worry about independent expenditures (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 8/13/12)
Commentary: Choices abound for state to use extra millions (The Tennessean, 8/13/12)
Governors plan 2014 gathering in Nashville (WPLN, 8/13/12)
Crissy Haslam: Parents set stage for children’s success in school (The Tennessean, 8/13/12)
State finance chief warns against spending tax surplus (Knoxville News Sentinel, 8/12/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam joins other governors in creating automotive caucus (, 8/11/12)
GOP lawmaker says NRA won’t dictate to Legislature (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 8/10/12)
After a struggle, a mosque opens in Tennessee (New York Times, 8/10/12)
TN tax collections rise 5% (Nashville Business Journal, 8/9/12)
Audio: Anti-Sharia activists influencing Tenn. GOP (WPLN, 8/9/12)
Haslam unsure about parking lot guns bill’s return (The Tennessean, 8/8/12)
Tenn. GOP must agree to recount in Gardenhire-Vital race (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 8/5/12)
GOP tries to move past divisive legislative primaries; Dems see disarray (Knoxville News Sentinel, 8/5/12)
Third of challenged Republicans lost in Tennessee (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 8/5/12)
TN GOP skips unity rally after divisive primary (AP, 8/4/12)
TN Democrats dump own Senate candidate (The Tennessean, 8/4/12)
Clayton defends victory and affiliation (NewsChannel5, 8/4/12)
Tenn. Democrats ‘disavow’ their US Senate nominee (The Commercial Appeal, 8/3/12)
Tenn. GOP caucus chairwoman defeated (The Commercial Appeal, 8/2/12)
Haslam administration collecting input on state’s needs for health care (Kingsport Times News, 8/1/12)
Haslam wants schools to prep state workforce (The Commercial Appeal, 8/1/12)
Bond issue saves state nearly $28 million (WATE, 8/1/12)
TRA executive director, board members named (Knoxville news Sentinel, 8/1/12)
Haslam appoints members to Regulatory Authority (NewsChannel5, 8/1/12)
JULY 2012
Tennesseans give input on Affordable Care Act provisions (WBIR, 7/31/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam holds education summit with local business, college leaders (Knoxville News Sentinel, 7/31/12)
Haslam, legislative leaders name TRA officials (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 7/31/12)
Voucher-supporting PACs  drop $250K into state campaigns (Knoxville News Sentinel, 7/31/12)
Independent groups pump cash into primaries (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 7/30/12)
Video: Haslam backs Maggart in TN House race (NewsChannel5, 7/30/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam names blue-chip panel to hear judicial selection appeal (The Tennessean, 7/28/12)
Governor Haslam appoints special Supreme Court (The Chattanoogan, 7/28/12)
Haslam appoints special panel to hear judge lawsuit (WBIR, 7/28/12)
Early voting up statewide, not in Knox (Knoxville News Sentinel, 7/27/12)
Haslam awards transportation grants (Memphis Daily News, 7/27/12)
Haslam: Internet sales taxes would help state (Gannett, 7/25/12)
Tennessee pushes Congress on online sales taxes (Business First, 7/25/12)
Haslam backs online sales tax collections (Knoxville News Sentinel, 7/25/12)
Haslam represents governors in urging online sales tax bill (The Tennessean, 7/25/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam testifies before Congress in support of online sales tax reform (, 7/24/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam urges sales-tax collection from online retailers (Chattanooga Times Free  Press, 7/24/12)
Haslam testifies before Congress on behalf of Internet tax bill (In Session, 7/24/12)
Haslam goes to Congress for online taxing authority (Nashville Public Radio, 6/24/12)
Haslam tells Congress that online sales tax not a new tax (The Commercial Appeal, 7/24/12)
Tennessee GOP’s big tent sees some fraying (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 7/23/12)
Attack on Haslam divides Williamson County Republicans (The Tennessean, 7/22/12)
Commentary: Teacher evaluations are nothing compared to lawmakers’ tests (Knoxville News Sentinel, 7/22/12)
Video: Full interview with Bill Haslam, part 3 (WCYB, 7/20/12)
Video: Full interview with Bill Haslam, part 2 (WCYB, 7/20/12)
Video: Full interview with Bill Haslam, part 1 (WCYB, 7/20/12)
Tenn. GOP groups attack GOP gov (Politico, 7/18/12)
Opinion: Haslam right to hire Muslim (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 7/18/12)
TN Gov. Bill Haslam hires Muslim, Tea Party bigots go insane (The Left Call, 7/18/12)
Tenn. tea partiers to top GOP gov: Stop employing Muslims, gays, Democrats! (TPM, 7/18/12)
TN GOP chapters lash out at governor over hire of Muslim woman, gay staff (, 7/18/12)
Commentary: The Republican hate-mongers (The, 7/18/12)
Hamilton County GOP not likely to join in condemnation of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 7/18/12)
Opinion: Hate-filled GOP bullies its own (WBIR, 7/18/12)
Tenn. Republicans condemn their governor for having gay and Muslim employees (Think Progress, 7/18/12)
Governor too soft, GOP radicals say (Paris Post-Intelligencer, 7/17/12)
Two GOP groups attack Haslam on conservative values (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 7/17/12)
Several TN county GOPs call for sanctions on Gov. Haslam (The Tennessean, 7/17/12)
County GOP chapters call for sanctions against Gov. Haslam (Nashville Business Journal, 7/17/12)
Haslam to Romney: If you got it, flaunt it (Pith in the Wind, 7/16/12)
Commentary: Anti-Obama tide means all TN political news now is national (Knoxville News-Sentinel, 7/15/12)
NRA finds some TN GOP lawmakers resistant to gun laws (AP, 7/13/12)
Haslam announces local enhancement grants (Jackson Sun, 7/12/12)
Haslam summit examines ways to change TN’s higher education system (The Tennessean, 7/11/12)
NRA spending $75K to unseat House GOP chair (Knoxville News Sentinel, 7/10/12)
State Rep. John Ragan rapped for alleged anti-gay stance (Knoxville News-Sentinel, 7/5/12)
Governor’s Tennessee Regulatory Authority powerless for now (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 7/5/12)
Tuition hike comes as funding restrictions could ease (Memphis Daily News, 7/3/12)
Haslam’s higher ed top-to-bottom review begins at top (Knoxville News Sentinel, 7/3/12)
Tennessee hospitals pushing for Medicaid expansion (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 7/2/12)
TN House incumbent happy ‘to carry Haslam’s water’ faces challenger (Knoxville News Sentinel, 7/2/12)
Governor launches Tenn. higher ed review next week (The Commercial Appeal, 7/2/12)
JUNE 2012
Tennessee lawmakers push ‘health care compact’ (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 6/30/12)
Political notebook: Haslam orders merger of accounting functions (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 6/30/12)
Haslam defends political commentary in health care law statement (AP, 6/30/12)
TN GOP can’t wait to opt out of Obamacare (Nashville Scene, 6/29/12)
Health care ruling frees state on TennCare spending mandate (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 6/29/12)
Governor says Tenn. on track if health care upheld (CBS MoneyWatch, 6/28/12)
Health law upheld, Tennessee lawmakers respond (, 6/28/12)
Gov. Haslam’s reaction to Supreme Court ruling: Vote for Mitt Romney (The Tennessean, 6/28/12)
State reports TCAP gains for second straight year (, 6/27/12)
Haslam announces Tenn. students continue to improve (The, 6/26/12)
Editorial: Haslam’s focus on higher ed should pay off for state (Knoxville News Sentinel, 6/26/12)
Sex education bill garners title ‘no holding-hands bill’ (The Tennessean, 6/25/12)
Critics of TN ‘no holding-hands bill’ say it won’t reduce state’s high teen pregnancy rate (AP, 6/24/12)
Commentary: Evaluating Haslam’s job performance on matters of openness (Knoxville News Sentinel, 6/24/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam eyes reform for higher ed (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 6/22/12)
Gov. Haslam eyes Tennessee college affordability (Memphis Business Journal, 6/22/12)
Haslam says higher-ed reform is next big agenda item (Knoxville News Sentinel, 6/22/12)
Haslam against Dems’ call for special session (CBS MoneyWatch, 6/22/12)
Video: TN Democrats want special session to stop college tuition hike (WREG, 6/21/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam opposes special session on higher education (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 6/21/12)
Haslam uninterested in seeing legislators again this year (Nashville Scene, 6/21/12)
TN Democrats urge Gov. Bill Haslam to call summer session on taxes, tuition (WBIR, 6/21/12)
Democrats ask for special session on tuition, taxes (The Tennessean, 6/20/12)
Dems request special session to freeze tuition (Missouri News Horizon, 6/20/12)
Haslam extends foster care to 21 to help teens transition to adulthood (Knoxville News Sentinel, 6/20/12)
TN voter histories dispute heads to arbitrator (The Tennessean, 6/19/12)
Editorial: One-party ‘hearing’ is all about politics (Paris Post-Intelligencer, 6/19/12)
GOP lawmakers lament feds’ regs (Missouri News Horizon, 6/19/12)
Tenn. Republican officials blast US rules over jobs (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 6/19/12)
Gov. Haslam to host conference on re-imagining workforce development in South (The Chattanoogan, 6/18/12)
Workforce development focus of Southern Growth Conference (Missouri News Horizon, 6/18/12)
Federal judge hears missing voting records case (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 6/17/12)
Some TN voting records vanish (The Tennessean, 6/16/12)
Couple at Haslam bill signing recently fined (AP, 6/15/12)
Haslam bill-signing photo includes two from company that had been fined (The Tennessean, 6/15/12)
Gov. Haslam stands behind Tennessee economic official (NewsChannel5, 6/14/12)
Anti-Muslim group attacks Tennessee economic official (NewsChannel5, 6/14/12)
No waiting on perfection for teacher evaluations: Haslam (Nashville Public Radio, 6/14/12)
Senate Democratic leader calls for food tax cut, tuition freeze (In Session, 6/13/12)
Haslam issues executive order on state drug court programs (The Chattanoogan, 6/13/12)
Management of TN drug courts moving to new department (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 6/13/12)
Anti-Muslim activists take aim at Haslam hire (The Tennessean, 6/13/12)
Anti-Muslim TN group wants lawyer hired by governor fired (AP, 6/13/12)
SCORE leaves options open on teacher evaluations (The Tennessean, 6/12/12)
What Haslam should remember when examining higher education in TN (Examiner, 6/12/12)
Haslam touts TN’s no-income-tax status before national TV audience (Missouri News Horizon, 6/12/12)
Bill Haslam promotes the Tennessee Economic Miracle (In Session, 6/12/12)
State should ‘address challenges’ on teacher reviews: SCORE (Nashville Public Radio, 6/11/12)
Haslam won’t endorse in 3rd District race (AP, 6/11/12)
Mike Huckabee to headline state GOP dinner (In Session, 6/11/12)
TN educators submit feedback on evaluation system (The Tennessean, 6/11/12)
Tennessee lawmakers bend rules to help each other (The Commercial Appeal, 6/10/12)
Commentary: Haslam treks across state for ceremonial bill signings (Knoxville News Sentinel, 6/10/12)
Haslam: Pre-K funding, vouchers are not part of any package deal (The Tennessean, 6/9/12)
Political notebook: Anti-abortion, business groups mostly backing incumbents (Knoxville News-Sentinel, 6/9/12)
Gov. Haslam looking to both pre-K funding, vouchers (Knoxville News Sentinel, 6/8/12)
Senate Dems praise Haslam for not coupling pre-K programs, school vouchers (Missouri News Horizon, 6/8/12)
TN Democrats push Tennessee First contracting bill (The Tennessean, 6/8/12)
Haslam signs trio of anti-crime bills (Memphis Daily News, 6/8/12)
TN felons seek to have voting rights restored as election nears (The Tennessean, 6/8/12)
Haslam signs ‘public safety’ legislation (Missouri News Horizon, 6/7/12)
Inheritance tax phase-out signed by Haslam (Missouri News Horizon, 6/7/12)
Haslam touts tougher bills on crime in ceremonial signing (The Commercial Appeal, 6/7/12)
Ramsey expects approval of limited school voucher bill in TN next year (The Commercial Appeal, 6/7/12)
Haslam signs legislation phasing out inheritance tax (The Chattanoogan, 6/6/12)
Haslam: Slow govt services an extra burden on taxpayers (Missouri News Horizon, 6/6/12)
Haslam signs public safety legislation in Shelby County (The Chattanoogan, 6/6/12)
Maggart to get re-election help from governor (Nashville Public Radio, 6/5/12)
Editorial: Haslam reforms will improve government (Elizabethton Star, 6/5/12)
Tea party influence in TN may be limited (The Tennessean, 6/5/12)
Bill Haslam to stump for Debra Maggart (In Session, 6/5/12)
Video: Gov. Bill Haslam signs bill cutting grocery tax (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 6/5/12)
Gov. Haslam says TN working on traffic info apps, driver’s licensing updates (The Commercial Appeal, 6/5/12)
Video: Governor Haslam signs grocery tax reduction bill (WRCBtv, 6/4/12)
Haslam touts food-tax reduction (Nashville Public Radio, 6/4/12)
Tennessee Democrats aren’t alone in their woes (Nashville Scene, 6/4/12)
Shelby County voter rolls shrinking amid purges (The Tennessean, 6/4/12)
Tenn. lawmakers’ fundraisers not for the poor (The Tennessean, 6/4/12)
Tennessee Republican lawmakers face challengers from within (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 6/3/12)
Commentary: Poll indicates Democrats tend to suppress own vote (Knoxville News Sentinel, 6/3/12)

MAY 2012
Haslam backs Overbey; ‘Tea Party PAC’ backs challenger (Knoxville News Sentinel, 5/31/12)
Haslam: Winning red districts means running to right (Nashville Public Radio, 5/30/12)
Haslam: Review of teacher evaluations ‘not just a charade’ (Nashville Public Radio, 5/29/12)
A question and answer session with Gov. Bill Haslam (Herald-Citizen, 5/30/12)
Haslam to campaign in some Republican primaries (Knoxville News Sentinel, 5/28/12)
TN governor signs bill to require drug tests in some welfare applications (WYMT, 5/25/12)
Haslam signs law dealing with ‘Fourth branch’ of governor (Memphis Daily News, 5/25/12)
Haslam signs bill reshaping boards and commissions (Elizabethton Star, 5/25/12)
Verdict in, says TN Firearms Assoc: GOP ‘Gone completely big business’ (Missouri News Horizon, 5/24/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam signs bill to help unemployed (The Commercial Appeal, 5/24/12)
Haslam signs welfare drug testing bill (Nashville Public Radio, 5/24/12)
Haslam signs bill to implement suspicion-based drug-testing for welfare applicants (Nashville Scene, 5/24/12)
Haslam signs bills reshaping boards and commissions, TRA (The Chattanoogan, 5/23/12)
Will Gov. Haslam ever rise above party politics and deliver us from the kooks? (Metro Pulse, 5/23/12)
Haslam defends his moves to make records confidential (The Tennessean, 5/22/12)
Haslam weighs expansion of pre-K program (The Tennessean, 5/19/12)
Tenn. governor signs second bill on municipal school districts (The Commercial Appeal, 5/15/12)
TN state government jobs feel pinch (The Tennessean, 5/11/12)
Haslam signs legislation bringing TN out from federal No Child Left Behind law (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 5/10/12)
Video: ‘Grading’ the new TN teacher evaluation system (WVIR-TV, 5/10/12)
Haslam signs law to replace NCLB standards under waiver (Nashville Public Radio, 5/10/12)
Haslam signs law waiving ‘No Child Left Behind’ (Missouri News Horizon, 5/10/12)
Haslam signs off on unemployment benefits overhaul (Nashville Public Radio, 5/10/12)
Haslam signs bill allowing local referendums on municipal schools in Shelby suburbs (The Commercial Appeal, 5/9/12)
Gov. Haslam signs bills toughening standards for receiving unemployment benefits (The Tennessean, 5/9/12)
ACLU-TN calls for Haslam veto of drug-testing for welfare applicants (Nashville Scene, 5/8/12)
Gov. Haslam expected to sign welfare drug test bill (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 5/8/12)
Civil service reform comes to Tennessee (Governing, 5/8/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam likely to benefit from gift-tax repeal (The Tennessean, 5/7/12)
Critics bemoan contentious social legislation (Elizabethton Star, 5/7/12)
Commentary: Legislative session ends on quiet note (Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, 5/7/12)
Haslam’s 2nd Capitol session no slam dunk (The Tennessean, 5/7/12)
Commentary: Gov. Bill Haslam’s first veto deftly dodges override possibility (Knoxville News Sentinel, 5/6/12)
Editorial: Mixed results in the legislature (The Commercial Appeal, 5/6/12)
Commentary: Students’ values were focus of bills (Knoxville News Sentinel, 5/6/12)
The Battle of Vanderbilt: Is TN’s Republican governor turning his back on religious liberty? (Patheos, 5/6/12)
Transparency in Tennessee: Assessing the 107th General Assembly (Missouri News Horizon, 5/5/12)
Critics bemoan contentious social legislation (NECN, 5/4/12)
Haslam won’t sign foreign charter school limits (AP, 5/4/12)
Haslam defends ‘all comers’ veto (Missouri News Horizon, 5/4/12)
Governor rejects bill backing Christian students (CBN, 5/4/12)
Tenn. legislature ends session of ‘sea change’ (The Tennessean, 5/3/12)
TN lawmakers end session dominated by guns, sex (AP, 5/3/12)
Haslam examining abstinence education bill (Nashville Public Radio, 5/3/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam uses first veto on Vanderbilt’s ‘all-comers’ bill (The Tennessean, 5/3/12)
Haslam, the Presbyterian elder, knows his Calvin in vetoing Vandy bill (The, 5/3/12)
Opinion: Governor sends strong message with veto against meddling bill (The Tennessean, 5/3/12)
Haslam’s first veto strikes down challenge to Vanderbilt’s discrimination policy (Missouri News Horizon, 5/3/12)
Haslam’s highlights show productive 2012 (A Mountain View, 5/3/12)
Haslam vetoes anti-’all comers’ bill, allows passage without signature of charter hiring bill (Nashville Scene, 5/2/12)
Video: Welfare drug test bill heads to Haslam’s desk (WCRB-TV, 5/2/12)
Sine Die: Surveying some of the political wreckage of the 2012 legislative session (Nashville Scene, 5/2/12)
Over, done with (Missouri News Horizon, 5/2/12)
Haslam uses first veto on bill targeting Vanderbilt anti-bias policy (Nashville Public Radio, 5/2/12)
Haslam lets charter school measure become law (Nashville Public Radio, 5/2/12)
Haslam statement on Vanderbilt bill veto (Missouri News Horizon, 5/2/12)
Fowler urges religious conservatives to oppose Haslam’s planned veto on Vanderbilt bill (AP, 5/2/12)
Commentary: Haslam’s domestic violence law is good start but not enough (The Tennessean, 5/2/12)
Vanderbilt U controversy: Haslam vetoes college discrimination bill (AP, 5/2/12)
Legislature wraps up active year (The Tennessean, 5/2/12)
Haslam to veto Vanderbilt bill (The Tennessean, 5/2/12)
Haslam faces veto choices on sex education, Vanderbilt policies (The Tennessean, 5/2/12)
Legislative notebook: Gift tax repealed, TRA restructured, PAC bill dies (Knoxville News Sentinel, 5/2/12)
Tennessee Regulatory Authority overhaul passes TN House (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 5/1/12)
$31B Tenn. budget heads to Gov. Bill Haslam (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 5/1/12)
Video: Tennessee ‘Don’t say gay’ bill to get axed (Huffington Post, 5/1/12)
Haslam uncertain whether to veto bill singling out Vanderbilt policy (Nashville Public Radio, 5/1/12)
Just say no: No science, no sex, no gay people (New York Times, 5/1/12)
Haslam: Not a ‘given’ he’ll sign Norris bill but doubt veto (Memphis Flyer, 5/1/12)
Bill requiring drug tests for welfare benefits heads to Haslam (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 5/1/12)
TN lawmakers approve welfare drug testing on last day (The Tennessean, 5/1/12)
APRIL 2012
Municipal schools referendum bill approved by Senate, heads to Haslam (The Commercial Appeal, 4/30/12)
Tennessee lottery scholarship bill withdrawn (The Commercial Appeal, 4/30/12)
Opinion: God and man in Tennessee (New York Times, 4/27/12)
‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill advances in TN House (The Tennessean, 4/18/12)
TN House approves food, estate tax cuts (The Tennessean, 4/13/12)
Tennessee Republicans throw a wrench (Washington Post, 4/12/12)
TN House votes to cut grocery tax (Nashville Public Radio, 4/12/12)
Civil service bill passes TN House (The Tennessean, 4/12/12)
TN House votes to phase out inheritance tax, reduce sales tax (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 4/12/12)
‘Monkey Bill’ becomes law, imperils science in Tenn. (Huffington Post, 4/12/12)
Creationism bill becomes TN law (Politico, 4/11/12)
Commentary: Legislature chooses stupid bills over little kids (The Tennessean, 4/11/12)
Haslam allows evolution bill to become law (Memphis Business Journal, 4/11/12)
TNDP: Haslam displays ‘do-nothing style’ on ‘Monkey Bill’ (Missouri News Horizon, 4/11/12)
Tenn. back to the future with new anti-evolution law (Washington Post, 4/11/12)
Tennessee ‘Monkey Bill’ Becomes (unsigned) law (Wall Street Journal, 4/11/12)
Art Laffer: Don’t die in Tennessee (Politico, 4/11/12)
Law allows creationism to be taught in TN public schools (Washington Post, 4/11/12)
Gov. Haslam allows evolution bill to become TN law (The Tennessean, 4/11/12)
GOP leader not upset by Haslam move on evolution bill (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 4/10/12)
Gov: Bill to protect teachers who let students criticize evolution to become law in TN (Washington Post, 4/10/12)
Commentary: Evolution bill detracts from educational mission (The Tennessean, 4/8/12)
Editorial: Veto science bill (The Commercial Appeal, 4/6/12)
Bill Haslam urged to veto controversial ‘monkey bill’ (Huffington Post, 4/6/12)
Activists cry fould as RN science education bill hits governor’s desk (MSNBC, 4/5/12)
Commentary: Scopes trial rerun for state? (Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, 4/4/12)
Saggy pants bill headed to TN Gov. Bill Haslam (AP, 4/2/12)
MARCH 2012
Abstinence-centered bill advancing in Tennessee Senate (AP, 3/30, 3/29/12)
TN Senate may shield faith-based clubs from colleges’ bias rules (The Tennessean, 3/29/12)
Free advice for Gov. Haslam: Do your job and read these bills (Nashville Scene, 3/28/12)
TN lawmakers OK controversial bill on teaching evolution (Education Week, 3/28/12)
TEAM Act nears vote amid TN workers’ protest (The Tennessean, 3/28/12)
Tennessee travels back to 1925 (The American Prospect, 3/28/12)
State House passes pieces of Gov. Haslam’s economic agenda (The Chattanoogan, 3/28/12)
Scientists lobby for governor to veto Tennessee evolution bill (The Commercial Appeal, 3/28/12)
TEAM Act advances as state workers dig in (Nashville Public Radio, 3/27/12)
Evolution bill goes to TN Gov. Bill Haslam (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 3/27/12)
Bill promoting ‘critical thinking’ in science classrooms passes TN Legislature (Missouri News Horizon, 3/27/12)
Effort to repeal voter ID law fails in TN Senate (The Tennessean, 3/27/12)
Evolution bill awaits Haslam’s signature (Memphis Business Journal, 3/27/12)
Evolution bill goes to TN Gov Bill Haslam (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 3/27/12)
Civil service bill nears votes (Daily News Journal, 3/27/12)
House completes action on ‘Question Evolution’ bill (Nashville Public Radio, 3/26/12)
Haslam’s civil service reforms face big day (In Session, 3/26/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam signs bill that requires Amazon to charge sales tax by 2014 (, 3/26/12)
Anti-science legislation offers prospect of a new Scopes trial (The Tennessean, 3/25/12)
Gov. Haslam says keep evaluations of teachers secret (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 3/23/12)
TN abortion bill sponsor withdraws ID provisions (The Tennessean, 3/22/12)
Sponsor of guns in parking lots bill to amend it (Daily News Journal, 3/21/12)
Is Tennessee on the verge of another monkey trial? (The Intersection, 3/21/12)
Gov. Haslam faces questions about evolution bill during grant announcement (The Tennessean, 3/19/12)
Naifeh says he will retire after end of current session (Memphis Flyer, 3/8/12)
Revised TN lottery scholarship bill advances (AP, 3/8/12)
Tennessee GOP backs off bill to reduce HOPE scholarships (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 3/7/12)
Tenn’s Hope Scholarship limits remain in doubt (The Commercial Appeal, 3/7/12)
Haslam seeks compromise over guns in parking lots (The Tennessean, 3/7/12)
State gift-tax cut weighed against other requests (Missouri News Horizon, 3/7/12)
Haslam defends cash grants, privacy for businesses (Knoxville News Sentinel, 3/6/12)
Haslam: Cash incentives could save state money (Nashville Public Radio, 3/6/12)
TN Gov. Haslam criticizes gun-right’s group calling top GOP leaders ‘axis of evil’ (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 3/6/12)
Haslam says ‘business is good’ at chamber-sponsored event (Nashville Post, 3/6/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam wants to know ‘why’ proposed lottery-scholarship changes favor home-schoolers (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 3/6/12)
TN lawmakers debate easing HOPE scholarship requirements only on home-schoolers (The Tennessean, 3/6/12)
Haslam hopes for common ground in debate over gun bill (The Tennessean, 3/6/12)
Haslam talks economy, economic development controversy (Nashville Business Journal, 3/6/12)
Ramsey holding out hope for tax cut on stock income; Supports plan to eliminate gift-tax (Missouri News Horizon, 3/6/12)
TN Democrats urge Gov. Haslam to intervene on lottery scholarship reductions (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 3/6/12)
Democrats bemoan bill to halve scholarships in TN (Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, 3/5/12)
Another round of ‘Hall Tax’ reductions unlikely this year, says House Speaker Harwell (Missouri News Horizon, 3/5/12)
Commentary: Haslam pushes back on more business tax breaks (Knoxville News Sentinel, 3/5/12)
Tennessee viewed as a southern bellwether (Wall Street Journal, 3/4/12)
Governor Bill Haslam’s legislative agenda hits snags (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 3/4/12)
Gov. Haslam links his jobs plan with state’s improved economic picture (Politifact, 3/4/12)
GOP hopefuls make closing pitch in TN before primary (The Tennessean, 3/3/12)
Commentary: GOP enjoying pre-primary ‘whirlwind’ (Knoxville News Sentinel, 3/3/12)
Haslam, Hagerty stump for Romney in Memphis (Memphis Flyer, 3/2/12)
Romney finds double dose of TN support (Commercial Appeal, 3/2/12)
Opinion: Comptroller gives boost to reform (Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, 3/2/12)
Haslam: Romney gaining ground on Santorum in TN (Times News, 3/2/12)
Gay rights activists urge Tennessee to halt passage of ‘don’t say gay’ bill (The Guardian, 2/27/12)
Tennessee watches as Georgia makes painful HOPE scholarship cuts (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 2/5/12)
Tenn. and Georgia resist health care reform (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 2/5/12)
Pain pill epidemic takes its toll on Tennessee (The Tennessean, 1/29/12)
TN GOP backs off immigration measures (The Tennessean, 1/29/12)
TN Democrats seek celebrity to challenge Corker (The Tennessean, 1/29/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam proposes amendment to solidify judicial selection process (, 1/27/12)
Editorial: Time to secure appointment of Supreme Court justices (Jackson Sun, 1/26/12)
Editorial: Judicial selection plan worthy of public support (Knoxville News Sentinel, 1/26/12)
Gov. Haslam wants TN constitutional amendment on merit selection of judges (The Tennessean, 1/26/12)
Lt. Gov promises ‘campaign’ to sell constitutional amendment (Nashville Public Radio, 1/26/12)
Haslam: Change constitution, keep system for picking judges (Nashville Public Radio, 1/25/12)
Haslam, Harwell, Ramsey unite behind judicial selection plan (Knoxville News Sentinel, 1/25/12)
Judicial selection critics wave caution flag on constitutional amendment (Nashville Public Racio, 1/25/12)
State’s Big Three get behind Yes/No elections of judges (Nashville Scene, 1/25/12)
Gov. Haslam, lawmakers want to stick with current method of choosing judges (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 1/25/12)
Video: Tenn. Republicans want to require voter approval when choosing judges (, 1/25/12)
Estate tax hits rich Tennesseans (The Commercial Appeal, 1/25/12)
Crazy or important? Bills to look out for in the 2012 TN Legislature (Metro Pulse, 1/25/12)
Bill to strip courts’ power to block laws dropped (Memphis Daily News, 1/25/12)
Gov. Haslam, two speakers want state constitutional amendment on judges (The Commercial Appeal, 1/25/12)
Haslam paints legislative picture for region (Herald-Citizen, 1/25/12)
Superintendents against bills, Haslam proposal for larger classrooms (The Tennessean, 1/25/12)
Tenn. businesses press for end of estate tax (The Tennessean, 1/24/12)
Haslam, Ramsey: Raising gas tax is wrong answer for highway funding (Kingsport Times News, 1/24/12)
In Cookeville, Gov. Haslam talks jobs, education, and efficient government (Cookeville Times, 1/24/12)
Haslam pitches legislative agenda to Chamber audience (Knoxville News Sentinel, 1/23/12)
Educators unhappy with class size changes (WCYB, 1/23/12)
Teachers divided over Haslam’s plan for larger classes (The Tennessean, 1/23/12)
Editorial: Haslam plan to rework teacher pay troubling (Daily News Journal, 1/21/12)
Haslam stumps for lower grocery, estate taxes (The Leaf Chronicle, 1/18/12)
Commentary: Speaker Beth Harwell says sunshine law is safe (The Tennessean, 1/18/12)
Editorial: Tax cut proposals lack boldness but merit package (Knoxville News Sentinel, 1/18/12)
Video: Gov. Haslam details 2012 legislative agenda (, 1/18/12)
In Clarksville, Haslam says he wants lower grocery sales tax (Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, 1/18/12)
Haslam: State committed to charter schools (Memphis Daily News, 1/18/12)
Video: Ramsey – drug test welfare recipients, business owners (WMCT, 1/17/12)
Haslam outlines 2012 legislative agenda (Kingsport Times News, 1/17/12)
Drug tests for Tennessee business executives? (Nashville Business Journal, 1/17/12)
TN charter schools see federal start-up money dry up (The Tennessean, 1/17/12)
House speaker opposes changes to Tenn. open meetings law (Daily News Journal, 1/17/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam wants to boost TN grants for business (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 1/14/12)
Haslam: Memphis-Shelby County schools merger on track (The Commercial Appeal, 1/13/12)
US Chamber study highlights Tenn. as business-friendly (, 1/12/12)
Haslam endorses Mitt Romney for president (, 1/12/12)
Gov. Haslam touts transparency of his econ development grant plan (The Tennessean, 1/12/12)
Gov. Haslam says separate governing board for UMemphis ‘makes sense’ (The Commercial Appeal, 1/12/12)
Haslam reveals 2012 legislative agenda (, 1/11/12)
Haslam for Mitt (TIME, 1/11/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam endorses Mitt Romney for president (Knoxville News Sentinel, 1/11/12)
Opinion: Focus needed for legislative session (Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, 1/11/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam wants to lower food, inheritance taxes (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 1/11/12)
Video: 2012 General Assembly: A citizen’s guide (The Tennessean, 1/10/12)
Commentary: Politics won’t stop progress on TN health exchange (The Tennessean, 1/10/12)
Last-minute campaign contributions pour into Tennessee legislators (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 1/10/12)
Haslam proposes overhaul to civil service rules, tax cut on food, estates (Nashville Public Radio, 1/10/12)
Haslam plans to ‘Move Tennessee Forward’ (WCYB, 1/10/12)
Editorial: Fiscal concerns will dominate legislature (Jackson Sun, 1/10/12)
First up for Tenn. lawmakers ‘Divisive’ redistricting (Kingsport Times News, 1/10/12)
Editorial: Drug testing of benefit recipients unlikely to help (Elizabethton Star, 1/9/12)
Haslam preps for early legislative moves, ECD changes (Nashville Business Journal, 1/9/12)
TN redistricting plan would cut GOP seat (The Tennessean, 1/8/12)
Redistricting plan ignites campaign hopes of many (The Tennessean, 1/8/12)
TN lawmakers gear up for fast session, re-election (The Tennessean, 1/8/12)
GOP’s redistricting map leaves Nashville intact (The Tennessean, 1/7/12)
Proposed congressional maps change Tennessee’s 3rd, 4th districts (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 1/6/12)
Tenn. Tea Party hangs it up (The Tennessean, 1/6/12)
Republicans not ready to reveal TN congressional redistricting maps (The Tennessean, 1/6/12)
TN Democrats may challenge Republicans’ new district maps (The Tennessean, 1/6/12)
Video: Will tougher sentences in Haslam safety plan cause jail overcrowding issues? (WATE, 1/6/12)
Gov. Haslam’s broad plan to lower crime focuses on prevention (The Tennessean, 1/6/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam proposes tougher sentences on crime (The Tennessean, 1/5/12)
New TN redistricting maps would give GOP advantage (The Tennessean, 1/5/12)
New rules bar political donations from Tenn. judges (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 1/5/12)
Republican remap targets House Democrats (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 1/5/12)
TN Dems edge closer to legal challenge over new district maps (The Tennessean, 1/5/12)
Haslam reflects on first year (The Tennessean, 1/5/12)
Editorial: Higher education building plan necessary (Knoxville News Sentinel, 1/4/12)
Christian activist questions scope of anti-bullying law (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 1/4/12)
TN Senate releases new district maps unexpectedly (The Tennessean, 1/4/12)
Haslam sees Romney as clear frontrunner after Iowa (Nashville Public Radio, 1/4/12)
State teacher evaluations to face tough exams (Times-Gazette, 1/3/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam moves slowly on rules (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 1/2/12)
Haslam wants chance to study workers’ comp (Knoxville News Sentinel, 1/2/12)
Turf battle between legislature, judiciary lies on horizon in TN (The Tennessean, 1/2/12)

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