Oct 15 2018
12:51 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Coach Pruitt at today's presser: Against Alabama, I'm not sure how much we need to be working on our punt return unit. We probably need to be working more on our punt unit.

Oct 15 2018
05:40 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Sears files Chapter 11, America's worst CEO Eddie Lampert steps down but remains chairman, closing 142 more stores, arranges up to $600 million more in loans to keep remaining stores operating.

UPDATE: It appears the Sears at West Town is one of the stores being closed.


This week, the Supreme Court declined to overturn North Dakota's controversial voter ID law, which requires residents to show identification with a current street address. A P.O. box does not qualify.

Many Native American reservations, however, do not use physical street addresses. Native Americans are also overrepresented in the homeless population, according to the Urban Institute. As a result, Native residents often use P.O. boxes for their mailing addresses and may rely on tribal identification that doesn't list an address.

Many Native IDs Won't Be Accepted At North Dakota Polling Places

The Senate this term under McConnell has far surpassed the number of judicial confirmations of any Senate during the five past administrations: a total of 84 Trump appointees, including 29 to the circuit courts, 53 to district courts and two to the Supreme Court. Trump's nominees now fill a whopping 15 percent of the circuit court seats.

Behind the Senate deal to confirm scores of conservative judges

Oct 12 2018
07:55 am

After the second and final U.S. Senate debate, Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini released the following statement:

“Governor Bredesen tonight reminded us exactly why Tennesseans have always favored his pragmatic, results-driven brand of leadership. His independent and objective disposition is what made him an effective mayor and governor, and in today’s political climate, is a breath of fresh air for Tennessee voters.

“Phil Bredesen worked with Democrats and Republicans in Tennessee to balance our state budget for eight consecutive years, foster 200,000 new jobs, and improve healthcare across our state, and he’ll take the same approach to the United States Senate. The reality is that Blackburn’s tax scam is currently driving up the deficit, her opioid bill continues to make the opioid crisis worse, and her countless ethics violations are an embarrassment to the Tennessee values that we all share.

“Marsha Blackburn’s extremism is indicative of someone who relies on sowing fear and division, and if elected, would continue to push her partisanship even further in the Senate. Tennesseans deserve better, and Phil Bredesen is simply the right person for the job.”

Oct 12 2018
07:50 am

The notion that Trump is responsible for the stock market is strong, mostly because that claim has been hammered over and over—by Trump himself. Never mind that Trump has been president for fewer than two years of a nine-plus year bull market.
Now that the S&P has lost 7% in a little more than a week, Trump is no longer touting—or even doubting—the stock market. He’s passing the buck to the Fed. “The problem I have is with the Fed. The Fed is going wild,” Trump said on an interview with Fox News Thursday. “The Fed is going loco and there’s no reason for them to do it.” That followed comments at a Wednesday rally that the Fed was “crazy” and “making a mistake.”

What're you gonna do? The current president lies and it is apparently okay. It happens everyday and the current Congress controlled by the Republicans doesn't care.

Oct 12 2018
07:40 am

Premiums for benchmark silver plans on the federal individual market exchanges will drop [1.5%] in 2019, marking the first decrease since the Affordable Care Act was implemented, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced on Thursday.

According to this article, "Tennessee will see the sharpest premium decline, as average monthly premiums for silver plans fell more than 26% from more than $600 last year to $449. "

In August, Tennessee Dept. of Commerce and Insurance announced rate changes for Obamacare providers. BC BS TN proposed an average decrease of 14.8%, whereas Cigna proposed an average premium decrease of 12.9%.

Obamacare open enrollment this year for 2019 is from November 1 to December 15.

Note, The Trump administration plans to shut down the federal health insurance exchange for 12 hours during all but one Sunday in the upcoming open enrollment season. The shutdown will occur from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET on every Sunday except Dec. 10.

Oct 11 2018
07:44 am

Oct 10 2018
07:11 am

Recode Knoxville: Accessory units could double density

Nick Della Volpe takes a look at Recode provisions for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). He says they would be allowed in any residential zoning and that this could "double the density with the stroke of a pen."

That last part is an exaggeration, because not everybody will build an ADU on their lot. But he does raise some interesting points, and he has some comparisons to ADU regulations in other jurisdictions.

Oct 9 2018
04:25 pm

Tennessean: A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper assigned to provide security for both gubernatorial candidates was removed from his post last month after violating a nondisclosure agreement by revealing details of Democrat Karl Dean’s schedule to Republican Bill Lee’s campaign.

Apparently, Lee's campaign wanted a photo of Dean at a mosque for a "Muslim event." Turns out the event was a meet and greet at Yassin's Falafel House in Knoxville.

Oct 9 2018
10:40 am

NPR: Nikki Haley has resigned as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. It is not immediately clear what has prompted the move.

Oct 9 2018
06:58 am

Regardless of the outcome, there's a Democrat on every ticket in Knox County and Blount County except one (State Senate District 2 in Blount County). We have more qualified Democrats running than we've had in a long time. Thanks to the party officials and volunteers and candidates for stepping up.

Oct 9 2018
06:47 am

Today is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 6th elections. Registration forms must be postmarked today or hand delivered to your county election commission office. You can register online here. You can check your registration status here. Early voting starts Oct. 17th and continues through Nov. 1st.

Here's the Knox Co. sample ballot. Here's the Blount Co. sample ballot.

Oct. 30th is the last day to request an absentee ballot. Note that anyone age 60 or over can vote absentee, no other reason needed. Here's the Knox Co. absentee ballot request form. Here's the Blount Co. absentee ballot request form.

Find out more about local Democrats running for office:

Gloria Johnson is runnning for State House District 13. (Facebook, website, donate)
Justin Davis is running for State House District 14. (Facebook, website, donate)
Rick Staples is running unopposed for State House District 15. (Facebook, website, donate)
Kate Trudell is running for State House District 16. (Facebook, website, donate)
Greg Mackay is running for State House District 18. (Facebook, website, donate)
Edward Nelson is running for State House District 19. (Facebook, website, donate)
Coleen Martinez is running for State House District 89. (Facebook, website, donate)
Jay Clark is running for State House District 8. (Facebook, website, donate)
Susan Sneed is running for State House District 20. (Facebook, website, donate)
Stuart Starr is running for State Senate District 5. (Facebook, website, donate)
Jamie Ballinger is running for State Senate District 7. (Facebook, website, donate)
Renee Hoyos is running for U.S. House of Representatives District 2. (Facebook, website, donate)
Karl Dean is running for governor. (Facebook, website, donate)
Phil Bredesen is running for U.S. Senate. (Facebook, website, donate)
Oct 8 2018
09:42 pm

Tazewell, population 4,240, is a prime example of a southwest Virginia coalfield town converting to what Chris Cannon, executive director of the economic development group Friends of Southwest Virginia, calls the creative economy. “We focus on natural and cultural assets,” rather than coal, tobacco and lumber, he said. The area has a bluegrass music heritage trail, a crafts collective and outdoor activities like ATV riding, hiking, mountain biking and river running. “We as a region are trying to diversify,” said Mr. Cannon. “Everyone is trying to find their niche.”

A Virginia Coal Town Finds a New Natural Resource: Serpentine Roads for Motorcycling

Oct 8 2018
12:31 am

In announcing her support for Phil Bredesen on Instagram on Sunday, pop-country superstar Taylor Swift *slammed* Marsha Blackburn: "I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act..." Full post here: (link...)

Oct 8 2018
12:30 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Apple and NYT discover wireless charging: The technology, also known as magnetic induction, is a relatively new feature for powering iPhones and popular Android phones.

Our Motorola phones have had wireless charging for seven years. But if it's not on an iPhone I guess it doesn't exist.

Oct 6 2018
06:31 am

When asked why there aren't more female senators on the committee, the Iowa Republican [Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley] said: "Well, it's a lot of work. Don't forget, compared to a lot of committee meetings, we have an executive every Thursday. ... So it's a lot of work. Maybe they don't want to do it."

There are 4 Democratic women on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Was he really saying that Republican women don't want to work hard? :)

Shortly after making the statement, he backtracked his comments. "It's just a lot of work whether you're a man or a woman. It doesn't matter."

Out of the nearly 1,300 people who have served in the U.S. Senate since inception, 52 of them have been women. Of the 52 women who have served in the U.S. Senate, 34 of them were/are Democrats.

Women wearing pants, not the norm back in the day.

In early 1993, Carol Moseley-Braun, the first African-American woman to serve as a United States senator, wore a pantsuit to work. . But when she set foot on the Senate floor, "the gasps were audible." Unbeknownst to Moseley-Braun—who had donned pantsuits frequently during her time in the Illinois legislature—women were forbidden from wearing pants on the Senate floor.

Pat Nixon wore two pantsuits by American designers in a fashion spread, becoming the first sitting first lady to be photographed publicly wearing trousers.

I want to thank my Mother, my Sister, my Mother-in-law, my Sister-in-law and so many other women who led the way for women's rights during the mid-late 20th century. Women may have been granted the right to vote in 1920, but it has taken longer to get equal rights. Still working on it.

Oct 6 2018
01:38 am


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