WTF’s Up with Tennessee Ballots (It’s Not the Acronym You’re Expecting)

Michael Edward Miller. WUTC, November 9, 2016.

Governor Bill Haslam created Insure Tennessee to help 280,000 low-income residents in the state get health insurance. But a small group of Republican lawmakers in the state Senate Health Committee killed the plan before it got off the ground, which inspired the creation of Women for Tennessee’s Future, an organization opposing Republicans by grooming female Democratic candidates to run for office.

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Beth Harwell rewrites history of Jeremy Durham debacle

tennessean-news-graphicBonnie Dow. The Tennessean. September 23, 2016.

Last week’s vote to expel Jeremy Durham from the Tennessee General Assembly was a welcome conclusion to the sordid saga that has occupied the state’s attention since January.

Yet House Speaker Beth Harwell’s self-congratulatory account in The Tennessean of her role in the Durham debacle overlooks key details worth remembering.

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Nashville’s Mayor Wants More Women To Run For Office

FiveThirtyEightCarl Bialik, FiveThirtyEight, July 28, 2016

Tonight, Hillary Clinton will be the first woman to accept the presidential nomination of a major political party. Last night, I spoke to Megan Barry, who last year became mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, about the obstacles that women face and have overcome in electoral politics, which also were explored by our colleague Christine Laskowski in a video this week.

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Mayor Barry Announces Creation of Council on Gender Equity

nashville-1.gov-logoNashville.gov. July 13, 2016. 

Mayor Barry announced the creation of a Council on Gender Equity today through an executive order. The Council will serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and Chief Diversity Officer, and will assess identified gender inequity issues and develop recommended solutions that would assist in ensuring that the Metropolitan Nashville Government is operating in a manner that reflects the needs of all people. Members will provide information, advice, research, program recommendation, and education, on issues of interest.

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