Tennessee amendment may bring greater checks and balances

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments


The only way now to get on the Tennessee Supreme Court is through the governor or, eight years later, the voters in a retention election.

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Memphis FedEx Forum lays out open records maze on NBA ticketing sales

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

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You arguably have a better chance playing for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies than you do figuring out who oversees the finances and ticketing sales for the taxpayer-financed FedEx Forum, where the team plays home games.

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TN Supreme Court justice may have violated ethics rule during retention campaign

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

BY THE BOOK: Some conservative Kansas lawmakers contend they have been unfairly targeted by the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, and have begun discussing options for reforming the committee, including the removal of its enforcement authority.

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — An activist who filed ethics complaints against three Tennessee Supreme Court justices who won retention elections this summer says Justice Gary Wade was careless abiding by judicial conduct rules, and Wade has now admitted it.
During the campaign, officials working for Justice Gary Wade put up a billboard in east Tennessee [...]

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Name that tax: City misses a beat on musicians’ housing project

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

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The Ryman Lofts, a public housing project designed to make up for a supposed shortage of artists and musicians in Nashville — of all places — isn’t tax-exempt, as city officials originally believed.

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Stifling free speech? California looks to ban Confederate flag

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Alabama, California, First Amendment, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, National, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia  /  No Comments

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California is looking to bar the “Stars and Bars.”

A bill sits on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk to ban California from displaying or selling the Confederate flag or objects with images of it. The state’s Legislature passed the bill nearly unanimously last week.

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IRS screwing up Obamacare tax collection, audit shows

By   /  August 26, 2014  /  National, News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Internal Revenue Service officials must enforce a new Obamacare tax designed to collect money from medical device manufacturers, but they’re losing money because they don’t know which companies even qualify for the tax, a new audit shows.
On top of that, the IRS wrongly penalized more than 200 of these companies [...]

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