Free Press Editorials

The two contenders for Hamilton County Circuit Court judge, Division 1, bring vastly different experiences from the domestic and civil sides of the court's docket.

  • April 16th, 2014  |
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Commissioner Larry Henry believes the job of Circuit Court Clerk requires an effective manager but not necessarily someone who comes in with an insider's knowledge of the office.

  • April 15th, 2014  |
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You may think President Barack Obama stops at nothing where his narcissism meets pop culture, but apparently he has his limits.

  • April 14th, 2014  |
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“People are complex,” said Dr. Larry Ingle, a retired history professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. “You can’t always put them in a mold.”

Little short of an act of God will keep Jim Coppinger from being re-elected Hamilton County mayor.

  • April 12th, 2014  |
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We'd like to take bits and pieces of the three Republican primary candidates for District 8 and elect the stitched-together candidate, but that's not possible.

Chester Bankston, first-term commissioner of the county's fastest growing district in its northeast corridor, has no primary opposition but will face Melinda Bone of Harrison in the August general election.

  • April 11th, 2014  |
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Chances are, if Republican Larry Henry, the present District 7 county commissioner, had run again, he would have easily retained his seat.

  • April 10th, 2014  |
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Hamilton County Commission endorsements

Pam Ladd best for District 4; Greg Beck preference in District 5

The battle for the District 4 County Commission seat between incumbent Warren Mackey and challengers Pam Ladd and Kirkland Robinson includes two candidates whose peers already have elected them to higher office.

The winner of the race for the County Commission District 1 seat will be a fiscally conservative Republican. That much is clear since there is no Democrat opposition.

  • April 8th, 2014  |
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Among other fibs told over the past four years about the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama said in his Rose Garden "victory lap" last week that the ACA met its goal without having to spend much to promote the law.

Whether or not President Obama finds his Tuesday victory lap proclaiming 7.1 million enrollees in the Affordable Care Act is his administration’s “Mission Accomplished” moment, there are still millions of people in the United States without health insurance.

Is there an area politician who doesn’t want the lock project at Chickamauga Dam to be completed?

  • April 5th, 2014  |
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No good deed goes unpunished, eh?

  • April 4th, 2014  |
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When the Annie E. Casey Foundation releases its annual report on the condition of children, the results are predictable.

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