Friday, March 27, 2015

Crockett for 3-27-15

Crockett for 3-27-15

Ramsey says he won’t interfere with second life of Insure Tennessee

Tennessee House Agrees To Hand Teachers Slight Relief From Testing Pressure

Minimum wage, equal pay bills fail in House subcommittee

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Legislature Continues Assault on Property Rights with Guns In Parking Lots Update...more from Crockett

State Lawmakers Are The True Takers in Nashville

Tennessee lawmakers pass guns-in-parking-lots update

Pro-voucher groups dropped quarter million dollars on lawmakers in Ed committee

Resolution seeking revival of Insure TN wins first vote

Monday, March 23, 2015

TN Legislature Continues to Erode Personal Rights

Is it time for 'death with dignity' in Tennessee?

Tennessee House to debate abortion ultrasound bill this week

Tennessee ranks fourth-worst state for voter turnout

House subs shutting down this week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Morning Energy Report

This is well worth the read. Here are some things of note that I picked up:

 A pair of competing bills aimed at renewing the Export-Import Bank were introduced in the Senate yesterday. One bill, led by Sens. Mark Kirk and Heidi Heitkamp, as well as another six senators evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, would extend the Ex-Im's charter for four years and lower its lending cap from $140 billion to $135 billion. The legislation would also raise the percentage of the agency's operations that must go toward supporting small businesses from 20 to 25 percent. Meanwhile, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and three fellow Democrats, introduced their own version that would renew the Bank for seven years, and raise its lending cap by $20 billion, to $160 billion.

The other important difference: Besides funding, the biggest difference between the two bills relates to existing restrictions on coal financing. Shaheen's bill does not include language that would permanently override restrictions on the financing of coal-fired power plants abroad. On the other hand, the Kirk-Heitkamp bill removes coal restrictions completely by prohibiting discrimination against any energy sources. The Kirk-Heitkamp bill: The Shaheen, Democrat bill: (h/t Pro Trade's Victoria Guida)
A Republican goes green?

 The New York Audubon is awarding GOP Rep. Chris Gibson its highest award tomorrow, the William B. Hoyt Environmental Excellence Award, for his dedication to protecting the state's environment. His advocacy for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Forest Legacy Program, the Long Island Sound and Great Lakes restoration got the group's attention. Coincidentally, Gibson was also the sole Republican to vote against two GOP EPA bills this week.

Politico Energy Report

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Crockett Buzz for 3-19-15: Nonsense in Nashville

Robert Houk:Enough of the nonsense in Nashville

Tenn. GOPer slams Volkswagen: Creating 200,000 jobs is ‘intentionally’ a ‘magnet for unionized labor’

TN House speaker calls for 'pre-meeting' transparency

Republican lawmakers to pitch medical marijuana plan

Naifeh says Democrats were more open than Republicans when they controlled House

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

CPI Buzz: Secret Legislative Meetings called "Complete Betrayal of Open Government

This and more from Crockett:

Secret meetings at TN Capitol called 'complete betrayal of open government'