Tennessee governor’s office mum on cell phone tracking bill

By   /  May 6, 2014  /  Government Regulation, News, State Government, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  Comments Off

By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
Despite wide support in both the House and Senate of the Tennessee General Assembly, Gov. Bill Haslam’s office isn’t letting on whether Haslam will sign a bill requiring law enforcement officials to obtain a warrant before tracking the location of a cell phone.

A bill recently passed by the Assembly, SB 2o87, bans law enforcement [...]

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TN ban on warrantless cell phone tracking awaits governor’s signature

By   /  May 2, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Government Regulation, State Government, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog, WatchBlog  /  Comments Off

By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
Tennessee law enforcement may soon need a warrant before tracking the whereabouts of a suspect’s cell phone.
The Tennessee General Assembly recently passed a bill that bans “a governmental entity or law enforcement agency from obtaining the location information of an electronic device without a search warrant except under certain circumstances.”
As of [...]

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Academics, culture help mom choose private school

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Memphis, Memphis/Shelby County Government, News, School Choice, State Government, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  Comments Off

By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org
Marilyn Johnson couldn’t afford to put her son, Marshall, in a private school. She also said she couldn’t afford not to.
“I had researched the inner-city school system, and I knew they wouldn’t be a fit for my son,” Johnson said. “That’s when MOST came in.”
Johnson, who lives in Shelby County, [...]

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Watchdog reporter appears on Nashville FOX news affiliate to discuss state contract

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  Nashville, State Government, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog, Video, WatchBlog  /  Comments Off

By Watchdog.org
NASHVILLE — Tennessee Watchdog reporter Chris Butler appeared on FOX 17 News of Nashville on Wednesday to discuss how $60 million of taxpayer money, meant for tourism promotion, is going across state lines.
In a release, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development officials announced late last month they have selected VML, a global marketing agency, for [...]

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Vouchers proposed for kids in Tennessee’s worst schools

By   /  March 17, 2014  /  News, School Choice, State Government, Tennessee, Tennessee General Assembly, Tennessee Watchdog  /  Comments Off

By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org
More than a thousand Tennessee parents trekked to Nashville in January to rally in favor of school choice.
Lawmakers there are listening.
The state is likely to pass a school voucher law, which would allow students in Tennessee’s worst schools access to private schools, according to those watching the Legislature. Vouchers would [...]

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Obamacare navigator in Connecticut a convicted felon

By   /  January 21, 2014  /  Around the Web  /  No Comments

By Jillian Kay Melchior | National Review Online
National Review Online has confirmed at least one instance where a convicted felon is working as an Obamacare navigator.
Late last year, Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress it was “possible” convicted felons could be working as navigators, prompting concerns about privacy and identity theft. (When navigators [...]

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