Wed
Apr 16 2014
09:10 pm

Say it's temporary to get it passed then renew it indefinitely.

MSNBC ...

When the Senate comes back after its April recess, it’s slated to take up legislation that would extend $85 billion in tax breaks that would benefit everyone from NASCAR track owners and Hollywood studios to corporate multinationals. The bill includes more than 50 provisions known as “tax extenders”—tax breaks that were originally intended to be temporary, but which Congress has extended annually. It’s poised to go through the motions again and pass yet another extenders bill with strong bipartisan support, without offsetting any of the cost.

Senate clears path for corporate tax giveaways

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Wed
Apr 16 2014
03:58 pm

Anyone that has attended a music show at both the Biltmore Concert venue in Asheville and the Ryman Theatre in Nashville and can offer a comparison of the two as a place to see/hear a show?

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Elvis is back on the Princess stage April 19th (this Saturday) at 6PM.


See flier on the Princess Blog for details!

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Wed
Apr 16 2014
07:49 am

I've just received a very big honor, the national Sigma Delta Chi award for General Column Writing (small to medium size newspapers)

(link...)

In a couple months I'll be headed to the National Press Club for the awards ceremony. Wow.

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Tue
Apr 15 2014
05:24 pm

From MSNBC …

The Congressional Budget Office this week lowered both the short- and long-term costs of Obamacare by billions of dollars.

A new report released Monday estimated the Affordable Care Act’s net cost for 2014 at $36 billion, $5 billion less than the past figure for the year, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation and CBO. Additionally, officials anticipate an overall price tag of $1,383 billion between 2015 and 2024, $104 billion less than previous projections. Premiums through an exchange marketplace will likely be lower than first expected.

CBO lowers costs of Obamacare by billions

CBO Updated Estimates of Affordable Care Act April 2014

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Tue
Apr 15 2014
02:03 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

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Tue
Apr 15 2014
01:46 pm

Bruce Poston arrested on drug charges. TBI press release after the break...

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Knoxville attorney Gordon Ball is running for U.S. Senate in the August Democratic primary. The winner will face presumptive GOP nominee and incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander in the November general election.

Mr. Ball was kind enough to responded to a (rather lengthy) KnoxViews questionnaire covering a wide range of issues. The questions and his responses after the break.

(Note: We also invited the Terry Adams campaign to respond. They at first expressed interest in participating, but later declined.)

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The US is an oligarchy.

Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.

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Tue
Apr 15 2014
10:34 am
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

Walking by Hodges Library a couple of weeks ago, I noticed some progressive student activism on the promenade. Two students, representing Sex Week, were handing out condoms (made in Malaysia). Another was petitioning to have UT divest from the fossil fuel industry. That issue made news last week when Harvard students and faculty called for divestment.

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Tue
Apr 15 2014
09:50 am

The recent debate about allowing for-profit charter operations to set up shop in Tennessee has been a heated one, but the reality is that they're already here.

“There’s not much difference in profit and nonprofits,” says Gary Miron, an education professor at Western Michigan University and a member of the National Education Policy Center in Colorado who studies and monitors charter schools...

“It’s really a scam,” Miron says of the many different scenarios that can be used. “To really follow the money, you would have to really understand the facilities companies.”

Miron is particularly wary of the real estate deals like those currently being seen in Nashville and Memphis.

Note to local journalists: The NEPC at the University of Colorado is a wonderful resource to find quality research about education policy that is not funded by the usual suspects. It is particularly good at pushing back against the excrement that flows out of think tanks and state houses.

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Mon
Apr 14 2014
07:41 pm

This one was seen today in Fountain City. We had a 1965. Not a great car mechanically, but it was stylish ..

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Mon
Apr 14 2014
06:02 pm

House passes statewide charter school approval authority, bill on its way to the governor. Because the TNGOP is all about rejecting big government in favor of local control and all that.

Tom Humphrey reports...

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Call for Contemplation and Action for Monarchs and Other Imperiled Pollinators April 14th, on the 50th Anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Death

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To those of you who picked up seeds of Butterfly Weed which were given in celebration and honor of Rikki, please, don't forget to plant the seeds and tend those plants.

In an attempt to follow Rikki's advice last year I have become a bit zealous in raising milkweed. We all need to throw a few seeds of our own.

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Mon
Apr 14 2014
01:31 pm

Several weeks ago, I made a comment on Knoxviews that caused some consternation:

i remember jamie satterfield commenting (on wuot's dialogue - and i paraphrase) that if prisoners don't like jails, they shouldn't commit crimes.

I've obtained a recording of the 2008 Dialogue program, and here's what she said:

Having seen a lot of jails, they're not that horrible, and if you didn't commit crime you wouldn't be there.

My question and Ms. Satterfield's complete answer to it are shown below.

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Sun
Apr 13 2014
07:27 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL


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We went over to Lakemoor Hills this morning to drive the Dogwood Trail. The dogwoods and redbuds are pretty spectacular everywhere. They were probably at their peak this weekend. Some of the flowers and azaleas are a little behind, no doubt because of the cold winter. The extreme cold appears to have claimed some foliage, too.

We also stopped by for an open house at Speedwell Manor. Michele grew up in the neighborhood but had never been there. It was originally built in Tazwell around 1830. In 1950, they were building a highway that would have taken it. An engineer hired an Atlanta architectural firm to take it apart, brick by brick, plank by plank, number everything, and move it to Knoxville where it was all put back together on its current site in Lakemoor Hills. The project took three years to complete.

It sits on 20 bucolic acres in the middle of suburbia. A now retired U.T. biology (embryology) professor bought it in 1987 and still lives there. It was a museum for a while before that. He and his wife opened up their home for a Dogwood Arts open house. The craftsmanship and woodworking inside are amazing. They have some goats and turkeys and miniature horses as sort of a petting zoo for their grandkids.

We also went up to Bluff Point, where a couple of residents had open gardens. A path leads out to two overlooks on a bluff high above the Tennessee River. It's one of those million dollar views you hear about.

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Sun
Apr 13 2014
09:25 am

Today's News Sentinel has the first round of school board endorsements (subscription required). Today's endorsements are for the sixth and ninth districts.

It appears the News Sentinel is following the Chamber of Commerce party line. If you're not a supporter of the Haslam/Huffman/McIntyre "reform" (privatization) agenda you need not apply.

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