Fri
Mar 28 2014
11:16 am

The current Supreme Court debate is based on a fairly tragic misunderstanding of reality.  It is widely held that employers use their money to pay employees to do their jobs.  As a shallow assessment, a snapshot of an instant in time, this works just fine.  At the deeper level it is completely nonsensical and promotes horribly fallacious thinking.

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Fri
Mar 28 2014
09:47 am

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited Nashville yesterday to urge Tennessee residents to sign up for health insurance. She also encouraged the state to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid, saying that the state was losing $6.2 million per day in funding.

Our running calculator was based on an earlier estimate of $2.5 million per day. It has been updated, and the total is now over half a billion dollars.

(By way of RoaneViews.)

Also related, the House Democratic Caucus yesterday marked the one year anniversary of Gov. Haslam announcing his vaporware "Tennessee Plan," noting that no plan has been forthcoming. See their statement after the break...

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The Senate today approved legislation barring automatic teller machines (ATMs) in or near businesses that provide bail bonds, tattoos and body piercing from dispensing cash to people with welfare benefit cards.

(link...)

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Thu
Mar 27 2014
04:51 pm

From CNN …

More than 6 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as a crush of people raced to get health insurance before the March 31 deadline.

President Obama announced the milestone Thursday in a call with enrollment counselors and outreach volunteers, who are undertaking an intense marketing drive in the final days of open enrollment. There were more than 1.5 million visits to HealthCare.gov and more than 430,000 calls to the call centers on Wednesday.

Obamacare tops 6 million signups

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U.S. Senate candidate Gordon ball said in a statement today that Sen. Lamar Alexander's remarks regarding the NLRB's decision to allow Northwest University football players to organize are "just one more example of how Alexander was out-of-touch with such an important issue and with what's happening in the real world."

Full statement after the jump.

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Thu
Mar 27 2014
01:37 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

In my opinion, it's the blueberry muffin at the food coop. This one was right out of the oven.

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Thu
Mar 27 2014
12:04 pm

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We were cleaning out a closet (we are such pack rats!) and found some old stuff we used when we first started our business. From these humble beginnings, a mighty empire grew.

Kit contains:

  • Compaq Contura 3/25c laptop computer, 25MHz 80386, 4MB RAM, 80MB hard drive, Windows 3.1 For Workgroups.
  • Sharp OZ-8000 Electronic Wizard, 64K, with optional dictionary and thesaurus card. (Yes, the original Jerry Seinfeld tip calculator!)
  • Nokia/AT&T Digital Plus cellphone with extended battery.
  • TI LCD Programmer calculator.
  • HP 10B Business calculator.
  • MS-DOS 6.2 upgrade (cost: $9.95 from Software Etc. according to the sticker).
  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1 (8 diskettes).
  • Microsoft Basic for IBM PC and compatibles (8 diskettes).
  • Microsoft Visual Basic for Windows Professional Edition 3.0 (9 diskettes).
  • Microsoft Quick C for Windows (4 diskettes).
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Thu
Mar 27 2014
10:29 am

VW Chattanooga president Frank Fischer is leaving and returning to Germany to head up a plant there. He will be replaced by Christian Koch, who is currently at Volkswagen Sachsen in Germany.

More: Nooga.com, Chattanoogan.com

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Thu
Mar 27 2014
09:23 am

The Senate Education Committee approved SB0196, which enacts the "Tennessee Choice & Opportunity Scholarship Act" (vouchers). Tom Humphrey has more...

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Thu
Mar 27 2014
08:33 am

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is flexing its muscle on payday loans. The director was in Nashville on Tuesday to release a report of CFPB's findings, announce a crackdown on illegal loans and discuss steps to bring the industry under tighter regulation.

According to the Washington Post, Nashville was chosen because it has been "the locus of intense payday lending activity recently."

CFPB Director Richard Cordray said that based on the findings of their study "one could readily conclude that the business model of the payday industry depends on people becoming stuck in these loans for the long term, since almost half their business comes from people who are basically paying high-cost rent on the amount of their original loan."

According to the CFPB report, "Fees at storefront payday lenders generally range from $10 to $20 per $100, though loans with higher fees are possible. Variations often reflect differences in state laws setting maximum allowable fees. A fee of $15 per $100 is quite common for a storefront payday loan, and would yield an APR of 391% on a typical 14-day loan."

MORE:

CFPB Director Richard Cordray Remarks at the Payday Field Hearing
CFPB White Paper: Payday Loans and Deposit Advance Products

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From CNN ...

The National Labor Relations Board in Chicago has ruled that football players at Northwestern University are employees and can unionize, the board said Wednesday.

Labor board: Northwestern University football players can unionize

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Wed
Mar 26 2014
07:38 pm

You may have heard that HHS has offered a "grace period" for those enrolling in the ACA. At this time, it will likely be for those that have created an account on (link...), but I hear that it could also include those that have a good reason why they have not enrolled yet.

Nevertheless, here are the enrollment locations for this weekend.

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Wed
Mar 26 2014
06:46 pm

Upper Carolina is looking for a new state slogan With all the BS coming out of this legislative session we need a laugh. Perhaps it is time we had a new slogan too. Suggestions?

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Wed
Mar 26 2014
05:48 pm

From Huffington Post …

What may come as some surprise is where these two warring tribes tend to live. The states with elected officials most likely to espouse anti-taker sentiments -- i.e., Republican-dominated states -- are the most dependent on federal spending, while returning the least to Washington in the way of tax dollars.

GOP States Are The Most Dependent On Government

States Most & Least Dependent on the Federal Government

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Don Daugherty is withdrawing from the race for Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee District 7. He is endorsing Bill Owen. Statement after the break...

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Wed
Mar 26 2014
03:36 pm

Blaming the poor for poverty is a convenient redirect, focusing middle class anger and frustration in the wrong direction while the extremely wealthy pick their pockets.

This is an apt commentary, but you know, be careful, because it's on Al Jazeera America.

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Wed
Mar 26 2014
01:59 pm

From MSNBC …

… Arkansas is now pioneering some of the nation’s most creative, ambitious efforts to transform health care. Its groundbreaking approach to Medicaid expansion made national headlines this month, when it survived a close reauthorization vote in the legislature. But the Medicaid experiment is just part of Arkansas’ broader effort to reinvent health care. The other challenge—more audacious, more complicated and just as critical—is to build a payment system that rewards doctors and hospitals for the value, rather than the volume, of services they provide.

One state’s health care revolution

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Wed
Mar 26 2014
01:36 pm

At its website, the Knoxville-Knox County League of Women Voters announces details on its upcoming school board candidate forums (March 27 and April 1) and now shares responses from all school board candidates to its questionnaire, here.

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Wed
Mar 26 2014
11:36 am

Gov. Haslam tells Tennessee Chamber that businesses aren't doing enough to lobby state legislators, and that they could be "three times more effective in terms of their impact on Capitol Hill than they are right now."

I'm all for a business-friendly economic climate that promotes jobs and opportunity and a level playing field for small businesses. But if corporate special interests had any more influence over state government than they do now our state would look like one big outsourced Walmart super center with low pay, no benefits and no protections for working people, sick people, old people or poor people.

Haslam to biz leaders: Engage the legislature

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Bobby Waggoner, who is running against incumbent J.J. Jones for Knox Co. Sheriff, says he will focus on law enforcement, saying "There is no place for the Sheriff in lobbying Commissioners, Board of Education members or any other elected officials regarding anything other than law enforcement."

Press release after the break...

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