Fri
May 15 2015
02:47 pm

What: 4th District Democrats Meeting
When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Bearden Library 100 Golfclub Rd Knoxville 37919

Our Guest Speaker is Gwen Schablik, Tennessee Equality Project, speaking about her recent Washington DC trip to the Supreme Court, where, on april 28th, oral arguments regarding the constitutionality of same sex marriage bans were heard.

for info: Chris Foell (foellmc@aol.com)

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Fri
May 15 2015
02:43 pm

What: Knoxville for Hillary Grassroots Kickoff Party
When: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 5:30pm
Where: Blue Coast Grill and Bar, 37 Market Square Knoxville 37902

Knoxville for Hillary is the official Knoxville and Knox. Co. grassroots organizing effort of Hillary for America.

See the following link for details: (link...)

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Fri
May 15 2015
02:35 pm

What: Harvey Milk Day Celebration
When: Friday, May 22, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: CWA Union Hall 1415 Elm St. Knoxville, 37921

Knoxville mayor Madeline Rogero issued a proclamation declaring May 22nd as Harvey Milk Day.

Please join the Knox Co. Young Dems, Knox. Co. Democratic Party, and the Tennessee Equality Project for a screening of the film "Milk" with discussion afterward.

See this link for details (link...)

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Thu
May 14 2015
09:54 pm

What: DTV Features Commissioner Amy Broyles
When: Friday, May 15, 2015 - 7:30pm
Where: CTV Cable Channels

Democratic TV for May 15 will feature Commissioner Amy Broyles discussing a number of issues including recent issues before the Knox County Commission, Howard House, and the New Foundation for Women. Amy has recently become the first executive director of the New Foundation for Women so tune in to learn more about this new foundation.

The hosts for this show will be Tony Brown and Joyce Brown and you can view the show live on the following cable channels

Comcast Channel 12
Charter Channel 6
Wow! Channel 6
ATT U-verse Channel 99

or you can watch it streaming live on your computer or iPad at the CTV web site

This is a call in show and the call in number will be on the screen during the show.

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Thu
May 14 2015
01:11 pm

This happened today:

(link...)

This is going to get way interesting and we'll hear some old, familiar names.

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Thu
May 14 2015
09:46 am

What: Books Sandwiched In welcomes Elizabeth Rowland
When: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street

erowland250_1.jpgJoin Elizabeth Rowland, Executive Director of TN-China Network, for a discussion of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos This month's Books Sandwiched In is made possible through a partnership with TN-China Network and by the generous support of the Friends of Knox County Public Library.

Modern day China is experiencing a great collision: the clash between the elevation of the individual and the Communist Party's struggle to retain control. The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos has seen the clash first hand during his decades on the ground covering this rising global power. In Age of Ambition, Osnos asks probing questions: Why does a government with more success lifting people from poverty than any civilization in history choose to put strict restraints on freedom of expression?

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Wed
May 13 2015
04:10 pm

Admittedly they're not very pretty but my kids love 'em. I made them with whole wheat flour, oatmeal, and sweet potato baby food. I rolled the dough out to a 1/4 inch thickness and cut it with a pizza cutter

Click on the photo for the original recipe.

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Wed
May 13 2015
03:33 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Which WGWG (white guy with guitar) will win American Idol?

Based on raw talent and potential it should be Clark, but it will be Nick because the teenypop MP3 marketing masters of the universe have spoken.

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Post Politics reports that Tennesseans surveyed in the latest Vanderbilt Poll favor accepting federal funding for Medicaid expansion by a by a two to one margin. An even larger majority felt there should have been a vote in the legislature.

The Repupblican controlled Tennessee legislature is clearly out of touch with Tennessee citizens.

UPDATE: Ramsey trashes VU poll on Insure Tennessee

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In case you missed it, Knox Co. Schools announced the results of their balanced calendar survey.

The News Sentinel reports that Supt. McIntyre said in an email to the school board that "The data show the perspectives of various stakeholder groups who took the survey, and overall ... reflect that respondents in favor of a balanced calendar outweighed those opposed by a margin of close to 2 to 1."

Some school board members and parents are skeptical of the results.

Mike Donila reported last month that the survey was "rigged" because people could take it multiple times and that anyone, even people outside Knox Co., could take it.

Steve Hunley writes in the Focus that school board members expressed concern that taxpayers were not included as one of the stakeholder groups in the survey. He also says the Focus had received "calls and emails from teachers and parents who said they would not participate in the survey because of fear of retaliation for their answers."

More:

Knox Co. Schools Balanced Calendar info...

McIntyre's survey results Power Point presentation, converted to PDF...

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Wed
May 13 2015
12:26 am

from ABC News ...

In its monthly budget report, the Treasury Department said Tuesday that the April surplus totaled $156.7 billion, up from a surplus of $106.9 billion a year earlier. It was the largest surplus since April 2008.

Government receipts totaled $471.8 billion, the largest monthly total on record.

US Records Biggest Budget Surplus in 7 Years

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from NBC News …

...scientists found that 25 percent of the cars they measured produced 95 percent of the total particulates and 93 percent of the carbon monoxide.

...it also found that emissions spread farther than previously known. Those living or working as much as 900 feet downwind from a highway can be exposed to twice the pollution of those further away.

A Quarter of Cars on Road Produce Most of the Pollution

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Tue
May 12 2015
03:02 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

I got a notice from Yahoo that payment for my southknoxbubba.com domain registration was past due. The credit card had expired. So I updated the credit card and paid it, because I didn't want to lose the domain (for old times' sake).

I was paying $35 per year at Yahoo, but saw they were offering it for $10 per year. I contacted them about that, and they said it was an introductory offer for new domains and I don't qualify.

So then I thought I would transfer it to Godaddy for $13/year. I went to initiate the transfer, and Godaddy said I needed to unlock it first. So I went to Yahoo's domain manager and couldn't see any way to unlock it, and the help topic links were broken. So I emailed them to ask how to unlock it. Hilarity ensued...

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Tue
May 12 2015
02:52 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

Bill Haslam

An heir to truck stop chain Pilot Flying J, Haslam has seen his net worth more than double since August 2014 – from $980 million to an estimated $2 billion – thanks to cheaper gas. He’s now the richest elected official in America.

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Tue
May 12 2015
11:29 am
By: Mike Knapp  shortURL

This morning at the presser
Elizabeth Warren - "too bad joe stiglitz, Nobel laureate, can't read the TPP trade deal."

Dr. Joe Stiglitz - "The most important choice you make is your parents. After that, it's game over."

Bill DeBlasio - "Inequality is not an act of God, it's the result of policy and political choices."

Today the Roosevelt Institute released a policy paper in an effort to change the conversation about how the economy works "expos[ing] the link between the rapidly rising fortunes of America’s wealthiest citizens and increasing economic insecurity for everyone else. The conclusion is clear: piecemeal policy change will not do. To improve economic performance and create shared prosperity, we must rewrite the rules of our economy."

Speakers included Senator Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz and others.

Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity

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Is there a lot of freight traffic on Alcoa Highway? I don't recall noticing a lot of freight traffic there.

From Wate.com ...

According to state estimates, the Alcoa Highway project, though currently unfunded, will relieve congestion on one of the Knoxville area’s biggest commuter and freight corridors.

U.S. Transportation Secretary visits Knoxville officials to discuss Alcoa Highway project

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Mon
May 11 2015
02:04 pm

That seems like quite an investment by Massachusetts. What sort of funding does Tennessee provide for biking and walking projects?

from CNN ...

Massachusetts (PDF) jumped six spots from No. 10 in 2014 to No. 4 in 2015, thanks in part to a transportation bond bill that set aside more than $400 million over the next five years for biking and walking projects, the League said.

20. Tennessee

The best states for bicycling

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