Mon
Feb 26 2024
01:08 pm

The NEW Febreze Fade Defy PLUG(TM) is the first-ever plug-in air freshener with built-in microchip smart technology that is programmed to digitally manage temperatures to control how much scent is released to smell first-day fresh for 50 days (on low).

Oh, my. Do we really need microchips in our air fresheners? I mean, several years ago there was a shortage of microchips. I think they are just now getting caught up. A waste of natural resources?

Besides, I really can't imagine having a full time fake scent in my living spaces.

Mon
Feb 26 2024
06:54 am

First, TN State Rep. (D) Gloria Johnson and TN State Senator (D) Sara Kyle introduce a new bill to the state senate asking to raise the current minimum wage in Tennessee from $7.25 an hour to $20 an hour.

Not gonna happen. It's nice someone in Nashville is thinking about the hard working people of Tennessee.

There's more,

... two Memphis Democrats, state Rep. Dwayne Thompson (R-Shelby County) and state Sen. Sara Kyle (R-Shelby County) are introducing bills that would exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax during the state’s annual sales tax holiday.

.. state Rep. Greg Martin (R-Hamilton County) and state Sen. Adam Lowe (R-Calhoun) introduced a bill (HB 1637/SB 1755) that would remove the sales tax for infant diapers, wipes and formula for a full year, starting in July. This was already introduced in Feb. 2023, but hey, try and try again.

... State Rep. Bo Mitchell (D-Nashville) and state Sen. Heidi Campbell (D-Nashville) filed a measure (HB 1438/SB 1522) that would remove the 4% state sales tax rate on food items and increase tax rates on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

... "state Rep. Monty Fritts (R-Kingston) and state Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston) introduced a bill (HB 2044/SB 2323) to exempt all food and food ingredients eligible under SNAP and WIC programs from state sales tax." ... "the measure would decrease state revenue by $147,864,100 in the coming fiscal year and subsequent fiscal years."
Hmmm, $147 million annually?

... "state Rep. Vincent Dixie (D-Nashville) and state Sen. Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) introduced a bill (HB 2413/SB 2468) that would first authorize retail marijuana sales and then impose a tax on those sales. The bill would levy a 12% tax on all retail sales of cannabis."

There are a couple of Repubs involved.

How many of these will pass?

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Sun
Feb 25 2024
07:11 am

Washington State is looking to cap rent increases to 7% a year. Oregon and California already have state rent regulations.

New York City’s [rent regulation] system covers 2 million people — almost a quarter of the population. San Francisco and Los Angeles — and more recently, St. Paul, Minn., and Montgomery County, Md. — are among the 200 local governments that regulate rents.

More than 30 states "prevent local jurisdictions from enacting rent regulations."

Something needs to be done. It could be rent regulations or required affordable housing. However, government should be careful to not disrupt existing neighborhoods without great considerations to possible zoning changes.

Nearly half of all renters in Knox County considered 'cost-burdened' because of rent prices

Metros where renters are the most overextended in Tennessee

Sat
Feb 24 2024
01:27 pm

Blount Memorial Hospital asks Reps. Burchett, Green for help with $4M FEMA request.

Burchett appears to be anti-government. How can he be expected to request assistance from the federal government?

Sat
Feb 24 2024
06:52 am

Last month Japan sent a lunar lander to the moon only for it to land on its side and not be that useful.

Thursday, a private U.S. company sent a lunar lander to the moon. It too landed on its side.

Those responsible have been doing a two step to explain the bad landing.

Fifty years ago the U.S. landed on the moon with men aboard the landing craft. Imagine the difference in technology now versus 50 years ago. I suppose sometimes newer is not always better.

Fri
Feb 23 2024
10:00 am
By: bizgrrl

AT&T says, oops! They're sorry.

"Based on our initial review, we believe that today’s outage was caused by the application and execution of an incorrect process used as we were expanding our network, not a cyber attack."

Yowza, that is a pretty big coding error. Glad to never have been in charge of a team where a coding error could affect so many people.

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Last week, Tennessee state lawmakers passed HB 878, which states “a person shall not be required to solemnize a marriage.”

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signs law that allows people to refuse to ‘solemnize’ marriage licenses

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The Labor Department said that Tennessee-based Fayette Janitorial LLC illegally employed 15 children to clean a Perdue Farms poultry plant in Virginia and nine to clean a Seaboard Triumph Foods pork processing plant in Iowa. They cleaned such equipment as head splitters and meat bandsaws.

Labor Dept. says Tennessee firm employed minors to clean meat saws, head splitters at slaughterhouses

Beginning this year, the registration fee for electric vehicles is $200, and $100 for hybrid and hybrid plug- in vehicles. If you own a gas-powered car, there is no extra fee.

Hybrid drivers in TN surprised by $100 extra fee for registration

SB 1683 was introduced by Sen. London Lamar (D - Memphis) and did not get a second when it was proposed in the committee. During the meeting, Sen. Paul Bailey (R - Sparta) asked if the federal government had already instituted a $35 cap for insulin. Lamar said the federal legislation only applied to Medicare patients, and her bill would have covered all people.

Bill that would have capped payments for insulin at $35 fails in TN Senate committee

Sat
Feb 17 2024
09:10 am

Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Expansions are under consideration by Republican legislative leaders in Georgia and Mississippi, in addition to Alabama, raising the prospect that more than 600,000 low-income, uninsured people in those three states could gain coverage, according to KFF data.
...
It’s the kind of momentum some health policy analysts view as a favorable shift in the political discourse about expanding access to care. And it comes as a new crop of conservative leaders grapple with their states’ persistently high rates of poor, uninsured adults.
...
Republican lawmakers in Tennessee and Florida have said they won’t allow Medicaid expansion. In Florida, advocates have launched a petition drive for a ballot initiative, but the earliest it could go to voters is 2026.

Tennessee voters not voting in their best interest. Alas, maybe it is hereditary. It has been going on a long time.

Fri
Feb 16 2024
03:07 pm
By: Treehouse

Trump owes because of criminal financial business. In addition to $5 million for a rape. He can't do business in New York for three years. Hell of a candidate y'all got Republicans.

Thu
Feb 15 2024
02:33 pm
By: bizgrrl

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Wed
Feb 14 2024
07:17 pm

1 dead, at least 21 others injured by gunfire at Chiefs Super Bowl parade in Kansas City.

On the 6th anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

I don’t know what can be said. It's so sad. Why does there need to be so many guns?

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Wed
Feb 14 2024
06:48 am

2024 Presidential Preference Primary & Knox County Primary Election

Last Day to Request an Absentee Ballot: Tuesday, February 27, 2024

EARLY VOTING: Wednesday, February 14 to Tuesday, February 27, 2024 (excluding Sundays)

Election Day: Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Democratic Sample Ballot
(I'm certainly glad that Democrats don't have to vote for Presidential Delegates. What a waste of time.)

Knox County Election Commission

New voting machines, I think. Maybe Knox County had these last year. Hart Intercivic, Verity electronic machines with printed ballot. Blount County is using these same machines for the first time. There are youtube videos at each of the Election Commission sites showing how the machines can be used. The videos are different for the two counties.

The latest campaign finance reporting period covers July 1, 2023, to January 15, 2024 and the following covers donations to lawmakers of both political parties.

Tennessee Realtors: $220,500
Wine Spirits and Wholesalers of Tennessee: $217,000
HCA Healthcare: $192,000
Build Tennessee PAC: $186,000
Tennessee Highway Contractors PAC: $150,000
Tennessee Banks Association: $149,300
Tennessee Hospital Association: $147,740
Advance Financial: $136,500
BlueCross BlueShield: $130,000
Amazon: $125,500

Jones, Sexton hold $1M+ in cash, Save Nashville donors, plus more notes from campaign filings

Two pieces of proposed legislation aim to prevent that from happening again. One GOP legislator has filed a bill that would prohibit legislators expelled from the General Assembly from holding their seat for four years, while another’s would prevent a county legislative body from nominating the expelled member to fill their former seat.

The Tennessee legislature couldn’t keep out Rep. Justin Jones. But it’s still trying

Tennessee isn’t planning on bringing back its food tax holiday from the last few years.

“Two years ago, we had really good growth in our revenue. We had two months, I believe, of sales tax holiday on groceries,” Dept. of Finance & Administration Commissioner Jim Bryson said. “Last year, we had even more revenue, I think we did three months of sales tax relief on groceries. This year, our revenue is flat.”

...

But this year, Gov. Bill Lee (R-Tennessee) is looking to substantially or entirely cut the franchise tax and refund businesses who’ve paid it in the last three years...

Ah, yes. The Governor is a business man.

Mon
Feb 12 2024
09:48 am
By: bizgrrl

Should it be a man who is one of the best presidents in decades? Should it be someone who cares about others . Should it be someone who brought our country safely out of a deadly pandemic? Should it be someone who led us to financial stability? Should it be someone respected by other nations while showing respect back to them?

Or,

Should it be the man so far behind the times he believes a woman running for president needs a husband by her side? Should it be the man of hate who said "he would encourage Russia to “do whatever the hell they want” if it attacked a NATO country that didn’t pay enough for defense"?

How is this even a contest? Of course, Tennessee's own U.S. Rep Burchett couldn't even say the Republican presidential candidate was out of line when interviewed on CNN this weekend.

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