Bill would let private schools allow guns on campus

Published Jan. 12 2016

Private K-12 schools and higher education institutions in Tennessee would have the ability to create policy that would permit qualified...

Tennessee state museum board sees plans for new facility, argues over replacing current director

Published Jan. 12 2016

Tennessee State Museum commissioners on Monday saw a conceptual design presentation for a new $160 million facility before later arguing...

Georgia lawmakers return to Capitol for session's first day

Published Jan. 11 2016

Georgia lawmakers opened the legislative session Monday at the Capitol in Atlanta, with most action taking place outside the House...

Tennessee lawmaker facing ouster benefited from '2nd chance'

Published Jan. 11 2016

When Republican members of the Tennessee House gather Tuesday to decide whether to oust embattled Rep. Jeremy Durham from his...

Alabama GOP asks Hubbard to step aside ahead of trial

Published Jan. 11 2016

The Alabama Republican Party steering committee asked indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard to step aside from his leadership role as...

Honeymoon over between Tennessee Legislature, Gov. Haslam?

Published Jan. 11 2016

NASHVILLE — The political honeymoon between Gov. Bill Haslam and the Legislature's Republican supermajority, subject to occasional minor spats over...

Georgia lawmakers return to Capitol for session's first day

Published Jan. 11 2016

Georgia lawmakers are expected to focus on education, gambling expansion and contentious bills regarding religious freedom as the legislative session...

From guns on campus to whopping budget surplus, issues galore await Tennessee lawmakers

Published Jan. 11 2016

NASHVILLE — A whopping state budget surplus and a potential gas-tax increase. A proposed split up of one higher education...

Sen. Bo Watson's father dies

Published Jan. 9 2016

Foy Walton Watson, Jr., the father of Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson, R-Hixson, died at home on Saturday.

Thanksgiving spending spree, business taxes push TN budget surplus higher

Published Jan. 8 2016

NASHVILLE -- Christmas sales in November and corporate taxes helped propel Tennessee revenue collections to some $93 million above estimates,...

Alabama chief justice denies defying top court in gay marriage stance

Published Jan. 7 2016

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore stood firm Thursday in his position that the state's probate judges should not issue marriage...

TN regents chancellor to resign in protest over Gov. Haslam's plan

Published Jan. 7 2016

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan today told Gov. Bill Haslam he will resign his post Jan....

Haslam appoints Madison County judge to Tennessee Supreme Court

Published Jan. 7 2016

Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Roger Amos Page of Madison County to the Tennessee Supreme Court, replacing retired Justice Gary...

Georgia lawmaker unveils medical marijuana growth, production bill

Published Jan. 6 2016

The Georgia lawmaker who championed legislation allowing people with certain diseases to possess medical marijuana pre-filed a bill on Wednesday...

GOP challenge planned to TN lawmaker who urged lower sentence in child porn case

Published Jan. 6 2016

A Franklin man is planning a Republican primary challenge to embattled state Rep. Jeremy Durham.

Tennessee gas tax expected to sputter in 2016

Published Jan. 6 2016

With many of his fellow Republicans hesitating, Gov. Bill Haslam says he hasn't determined whether to propose a gas-tax increase...

Eggs & Issues Breakfast to kick off 2016 legislative session

Published Jan. 6 2016

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce's annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast, where state leaders and lawmakers outline priorities for the upcoming...

Tennessee senators grumbling over plan to change their schedules

Published Jan. 5 2016

Some state Senate Republicans are grumbling about an effort to have the upper chamber's committees meet on an additional...

Tennessee lawmaker voices support for Oregon protesters

Published Jan. 5 2016

A Tennessee lawmaker is voicing support for the cause of armed anti-governmentprotesters who took over a remote national wildlife refuge...

Lawmaker Lee Harris weighs challenge to Steve Cohen

Published Jan. 5 2016

A state Democratic leader is weighing a bid to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, who is planning to run...

Haslam shrugs off comptroller's criticism of his merit-pay plan

Published Jan. 5 2016

Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday brushed aside concerns raised by state comptroller auditors about his new merit-pay plan for thousands...

Gov. Deal rescinds order barring resettlement of Syrian refugees in Georgia

Published Jan. 5 2016

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal rescinded an executive order trying to stop resettlement of Syrian refugees on Monday, five days after...

Report: Tennessee college program needs to expand

Published Jan. 5 2016

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission is asking lawmakers to expand a $10 million grant program that paired employers with colleges...