Mon
Jun 30 2014
02:21 pm

...a storm of controversy involving Facebook blew up over the weekend after news emerged of a psychological study that was conducted on hundreds of thousands of users of the social network without their knowledge, in which researchers manipulated the emotional cues those users saw in their Facebook streams and then tracked their subsequent behavior.

"This is bad, even for Facebook."

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Mon
Jun 30 2014
02:01 pm

What: Books Sandwiched in welcomes Dr. Ed Caudill
When: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center

large_influencingmanchine.jpgIn her new graphic book, Brooke Gladstone says we get the media we deserve. Join Dr. Edward Caudill, UT professor of journalism,for an insightful and amusing investigation of the history of journalism as he reviewsThe Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the media by Brooke Gladstone.

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Mon
Jun 30 2014
11:55 am

Hobby Lobby will not have to fully implement ACA, says the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled that any employer or organization that objects to providing contraceptive coverage on religious grounds does not have to do so. Politico reports...

Wouldn't it make more sense to allow employees to opt out individually v. an employer making that decision for all employees and basically imposing their religious beliefs on workers who may not share them?

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Mon
Jun 30 2014
11:50 am

What: Bill Owen reception
When: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 5:00pm
Where: Calhoun's on Bearden Hill

Rep. Joe Armstrong, Councilwoman Brenda Palmer and others are hosting a reception for Bill Owen, TNDP Executive Committee candidate, Friday Jul. 11th from 5PM to 7PM at Calhoun's on Bearden Hill. More info and complete host list in this flyer...

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Mon
Jun 30 2014
10:08 am
By: Mike Knapp  shortURL

Found at SCOTUSblog

It remains possible that in a later case the Court will overturn its prior precedent and forbid requiring public employees to contribute to union bargaining. But today it has refused to go that far. The unions have lost a tool to expand their reach. But they have dodged a major challenge to their very existence.
by tgoldstein 10:07 AM

Harris vs Quinn opinion here

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Plucks info out of Opensecrets web site when you mouseover politician in articles you are reading.

From Yahoo ...

...every politician’s name will become highlighted, on any article you’re reading; hovering your mouse over the name will launch a pop-up box that shows you exactly which industries and lobbies contributed the most cash to that politician’s campaign fund.

Expose Any Politician’s Fundraising Sources with This Ingenious Tool

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From MSNBC News ...

The labor movement has lost plenty of battles over the past decade, but it is now facing a potentially devastating possibility: A nation in which state, local and federal government employees all labor under a national right-to-work system.

Supreme Court holds public sector unions in the balance

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Sun
Jun 29 2014
05:50 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Her: So what's going on in the news (as I was perusing my newsfeed on my tablet)?

Me: Not much. Well, there's this funny headline. "Woman Is Given Free Weed With Meal At Sonic, Inexplicably Complains."

Her: Hahaha.

Me: Then there was this other story about some dumbass vendor at a gun show who shot a patron.

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Fri
Jun 27 2014
12:43 pm

Secretly, I think what Boehner's really trying to do is run the Onion out of business.

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Fri
Jun 27 2014
11:45 am
By: Somebody  shortURL

The KNS reported (subscription required) on a Tea Party event held yesterday at the Sevierville Convention Center. Mostly, it just reported on what the featured speakers, including Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum, had to say to "an appreciative Sevier County tea party crowd of several hundred." The story did mention that it was a "mostly middle aged-to-senior crowd," and there was a little jab at the end, noting the signs on convention center doors prohibiting guns.

Nonetheless, the missing part of the story is that this event was originally booked to be at Smokies Stadium. Ticket prices were pretty high ($49 -$1000), presumably because of the speakers' fees.

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Fri
Jun 27 2014
10:49 am

The City of Knoxville has started construction on a $1.65 million, 1.7 mile section of the South Knoxville greenway that will eventually connect to downtown Maryville. More info in the press release after the break...

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Fri
Jun 27 2014
10:12 am
By: Stick  shortURL

More good press for Tennessee:

As Governing magazine reports, the researchers document that the most corrupt states like Tennessee “tended to spend money on construction, highways, and police protection programs, which provide more opportunity for corrupt officials to use public money for their own gain.” Governing adds that those “states spend less on health, education, and welfare, which provide less opportunity for officials to collect bribes.”

Tennessee’s budget appears to confirm these findings. According to various studies over the last few years, Tennessee has ranked near the bottom for per capita spending on education. Additionally, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports that Tennessee has enacted some of the deepest cuts to higher education funding of any state in the country.

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BLS Employment Situation Summary May 2014
Macroeconomics still matters. If states don't get ACA funds, fewer people will have jobs while more people die - simple and realistic. The Missouri Economic Research and Information Center took a look at their state's data and compared it to other states which did and those which did not receive expansion funds. They did the math and this is what they found...

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Fri
Jun 27 2014
08:48 am

A reader sends this photo of what's left.

bhdemophoto.jpg

Bonus: Here's a shakyphone slowmo of a demolition machine taking out a chunk.

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The TNGOP Senate Caucus sent out a press release touting their legislation to "block federal intrusion into Tennessee’s K-12 school curriculum." The new laws go into effect July 1st.

While opponents of Common Core, TCAP and PARCC may find some common ground, this is rather alarming:

"This legislation will help protect us against federal intrusion into our curriculum so it reflects Tennessee values," said Chairman Gresham. "Combined with a new law which overhauls the way we select textbooks to help ensure students are presented with unbiased factual information, we made significant progress this year in addressing many serious concerns with our education system in Tennessee."

The press release also seems to be a poke in the eye for Gov. Haslam and the "federal intrusion" of Race to the Top dollars, along with some of the "education governor's" signature "reforms." Fun times.

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Thu
Jun 26 2014
03:09 pm

What: Central City (1st District) Democrats Meeting
When: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 6:15pm
Where: Burlington Library 4614 Asheville HYWY knoxville 37914

Come meet the following candidates:

John McKamey, Democratic Candidate for Governor (link...) (link...)

Cheri Siler, Democratic Candidate for TN State Senate District #7 (Campfield opponent) (link...) (link...)

For Info: Tony Brown (dribm2009@gmail.com)

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Thu
Jun 26 2014
01:31 pm
By: Sandra Clark  shortURL

Former U.S. Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. has died. He birthed the Republican Party in Tennessee and lived long enough to regret what it has become.

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Democratic Strategist Roundtable

Link takes one to a roundtable with articles by Ruy Teixera & Stanley Greenberg who co-wrote It's the Middle Class Stupid with Carville. Expansive comments by others who know what they're talking about are there also (Harold Meyerson, Theda Skocpol, Joan Walsh, Michael Kazin, Karen Nussbaum, Mark Schmitt, Richard Yeselson, Richard D. Kahlenberg, Lane Kenworthy, Joel Rogers, Andrew Levison, John Russo, Jack Metzgar).

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An informal poll, not meant to be scientific but perhaps yielding good ideas and insight.

Choices

Wed
Jun 25 2014
10:45 pm

Recently I spent some time in Washington, D. C., a city that more than once has turned a blind eye to history, denied the obvious, and by its inaction created an unnecessary crisis. This time, of course, the looming problem is with the name of the National Football League team located there.

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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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