Mon
Jul 21 2014
10:08 am

Early voting for the August 7th county general and state primary elections are underway. Here's a recap of actively campaigning Democrats on the ballot:

State Democratic Primary:

Governor: John McKamey (KnoxViews questionnaire)
U.S. Senate: Terry Adams
U.S. Senate: Gordon Ball (KnoxViews questionnaire)
U.S. House 2nd District: Bob Scott
Tennessee Senate 7th District: Cheri Siler (KnoxViews questionnaire)
Tennessee House 13th District: Gloria Johnson
Tennessee House 15th District: Joe Armstrong

Knox County General Election:

Circuit Court Judge, Division Two: Harold Wimberly, Jr.
Circuit Court Judge, Division Four: Daniel Kidd
Chancellor, Division Two: Daryl R. Fansler
Criminal Court Judge, Division Three: Leland Price
County Clerk: Mike Padgett
Trustee: Jim Berrier (KnoxViews questionnaire)
General Sessions Judge, Division Three: George Underwood

State Democratic Party Executive Committee:

Senate District 5 Committeeman: Richard Dawson
Senate District 5 Committeewoman: Dixie Damm
Senate District 5 Committeewoman: Beth Hickman
Senate District 6 Committeeman: Cameron Brooks
Senate District 6 Committeeman: Michael Leon Daugherty
Senate District 6 Committeewoman: Sylvia Woods
Senate District 7 Committeeman: Mark Harmon
Senate District 7 Committeeman: Bill Owen
Senate District 7 Committeewoman: Kim Webber

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Mon
Jul 21 2014
08:43 am

US states with higher minimum wages gain more jobs

The 13 U.S. states that raised their minimum wages at the beginning of this year are adding jobs at a faster pace than those that did not, providing some counter-intuitive fuel to the debate over what impact a higher minimum has on hiring trends.

As the article notes, "the figures are encouraging, though they acknowledge they don't establish a cause and effect."

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Sun
Jul 20 2014
11:10 am
By: redmondkr  shortURL

I've been trying to decide my favorite Garner role but I gave it up.

We are poorer for his passing.

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Sun
Jul 20 2014
10:30 am

Via SPEAK - Want to be more informed about which educational requirements are mandated by the state and which ones are under local control?
What: Public meeting to discuss education policy
Where: Central High School
When: Tuesday July 22nd at 6:30pm
Who: Deputy Education Commissioner Kathleen Airhart, State Representatives Gloria Johnson and Harry Brooks

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Well Funded Conservative Group’s Secret Game Plan for Williamson County Schools

This decent dig with 15 footnotes and primary doc references was made by "williamson secrets" at medium on an effort to remove the current superintendent of education in Williamson county, Dr. Mike Looney. Williamson county might ring a bell as folks may recall that KCS lost Donna Wright to WCS in 2012 where she was an assistant superintendent. She is currently director of schools in Wilson county.

Writing Tuesday in eery tones, Davis also instructs the group that the “ugly stuff should be done privately and kept out of the press”. Davis is also considering how to involve Breitbart, the infamous conservative action group that was involved in the scandals of Anthony Weiner, Shirley Sherrod, the ACORN group, and the Friends of Hamas.

The core of the activist group includes Rep. Glen Casada, the 6 candidates for the School Board including Susan Curlee and Beth Burgos, Debbie Deaver, Tiffany and Chris Borgelt (an executive for a local company that outsources jobs offshore), as well as Jean Barwick executive director for the Williamson County Republican Party.

Interesting happenings in middle Tennessee with respect to education. This coming Tuesday in Nashville the Charles Koch Institute will hold an education forum "Education Opportunities: A Path Forward for Students in Tennessee".

Panelists are Jonathan Butcher, education director of the Goldwater Institute; Stephanie Linn, state programs and government relations director of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice; Justin Owen, president and CEO of the Beacon Center of Tennessee; and Steve Perry, principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School, a Connecticut-based charter school.

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The Federal Election Commission filing deadline for second quarter campaign finance reports was July 15th. I've been waiting for the Tennessee U.S. Senate candidate reports to show up on the FEC website, and waiting and waiting.

I looked at their FAQs and learned that Senate candidates are not required to file electronically. They can file paper reports, which the FEC must manually enter into their database. I did not know this.

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According to their map Knoxville, Tn will become like Pharr, Tx

From Yahoo...

A new report spells out precisely what rising temperatures will feel like by century's end in 1,001 U.S. cities—if nothing is done to curb greenhouse gas emissions

This Map Shows Just How Hot Your City Will Become Thanks to Climate Change

Interactive map

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Fri
Jul 18 2014
10:56 am

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What's missing in this picture? Answer in comments...

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Fri
Jul 18 2014
10:29 am

The last midterm with a controversial, term-limited president and a popular governor running for a presumptive second term occurred in 2006.

There was a heated battle for U.S. Senate shaping up in the primaries, some competitive state legislative primaries, and a controversial county general election with a bunch of candidates running despite being term limited (who were later kicked out after re-election).

With all that going on, turnout in Knox County was only 19.89% compared to 29.01% statewide.

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Fri
Jul 18 2014
08:43 am

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I saw this small sunflower garden from a distance. I was pleasantly surprised when I got closer to see such a beautiful garden in the City of Alcoa. They had corn growing as well in a garden about the same size.

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Fri
Jul 18 2014
08:38 am

Early voting starts today for the county general and state primary elections. Locations and schedule here. Knox County sample ballot here.

State issued photo ID required. Check your voter registration status and state and federal districts here. Look up your county districts here. Early voters can vote at any early voting location.

In addition to the general election for county government and school board offices, primary voters will select candidates for Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee House of Representatives and odd numbered Tennessee Senate districts. There are also retention votes for Tennessee appellate court judges. Voters will also select their party's executive committee members for their state senate district.

SEE ALSO: Knoxville News Sentinel Voter Guide (subscription required)

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From USGS and NBC News …

The 16 states at highest risk are Alaska, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

New Insight on the Nation’s Earthquake Hazards

Earthquake Risks Higher Than Once Believed For Many Cities: USGS

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Thu
Jul 17 2014
03:37 pm

Was watching MSNBC coverage of the downed Malaysian airliner in the Ukraine just now when this happened. You won't believe it.

Not to make light of a tragic situation, but seriously, MSNBC? Seriously? Presumably a producer has already been fired.

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Thu
Jul 17 2014
01:52 pm

What: Public Meeting on COK Historic Preservation Fund
When: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 5:30pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center

Got some ideas on how the COK should use its new $500K historic preservation fund? This meeting is for you.

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Thu
Jul 17 2014
08:01 am

Please join us this Sunday for an Evening Blues Cruise.

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society has their fourth of the year Blues Cruises this Sunday evening, July 20th on the Star of Knoxville Riverboat. Join us for three hours of great music with local blues band Voodoo Bone.
(link...)

Tickets are $13 in advance and $18 day of show. Boarding at 4:30PM, cruise from 5 to 8 pm. Hope to see you there. Call the Riverboat Company Mon-Fri from 10-4 and some Sat.(hrs vary)at 865-525-7827 | 800-509-2628 for tickets
Check out the SMBS website for more info.
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Thu
Jul 17 2014
06:32 am

It's 57 degrees here. Just barely shorts weather and there is a need for a sweater or jacket. According to this, it could be a record low for this date in this area. The previous record low was 61 in 1965.

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Wed
Jul 16 2014
11:13 am

The Nashville Scene reports on some clever accounting by Joe Carr's campaign:

A company owned by right-wing millionaire Andy Miller received a $200,000 loan from Joe Carr's Senate campaign. The company, Life Watch Pharmacy, in turn paid the campaign $9,564.54 in interest on the loan.

Since Miller has already reached the maximum for how much he can give personally, the question is whether this amounts to and end-run around campaign finance limits. Loans from campaigns to corporations are "rare," an election law specialist told the Scene.

Can I make a loan to Life Watch Pharmacy and get in on some of that 4.78% interest action?

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Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.

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