3:00 PM Aug 25, 2015
Saturday, Maureen and I participated in a special event in the Southwest corner.
2:00 PM Aug 25, 2015
It’s really easy to look at the actions of others and make judgments then tell ourselves how we could have done it differently or better.
3:00 PM Aug 19, 2015
Lots is happening in the area of open government lately. In recent columns I’ve talked about legislation that would control access to police videos and about a proposed Supreme Court rule that would limit reporters’ use of electronic devices in courtrooms.
2:00 PM Aug 12, 2015
There is an impending problem with road funding that’s compounded by the failure of the President and Congress to address the federal funding mechanism. As innovation has driven more fuel efficiency, the dollars collected per mile driven in Tennessee fell while the costs of road construction increased. And, it seems the revenue lines and the expenditure lines are about to cross in the negative.
3:00 PM Aug 4, 2015
Amid all the controversy over the recent push in New York and elsewhere for a $15 minimum wage, it’s important to remember the big picture. In the decades after World War II, the United States had powerful policies and popular movements that lifted up working men and women. A third of employed Americans were members of unions, and a pro-worker lobby pushed Washington to raise the minimum wage to more than $10 in today’s dollars.
3:00 PM May 21, 2015
Recently, during our annual Memorial Day ceremony, I had the privilege of honoring the lives and service of three Tennesseans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, Pfc. Cecil Harris, of Shelbyville, Pfc. Lotchie Jones, of Jasper, and Spc. Frederick Greene, of Mountain City.
6:00 PM May 14, 2015
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the upper chamber’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, recently outlined his reform agenda, which includes a measure that could force colleges to assume some of the financial risk for their students’ loans.
3:00 PM May 13, 2015
It is hard to recall a time in history when pragmatic U.S. leadership around the world mattered more to our nation’s security and prosperity.
3:00 PM May 12, 2015
There are about 66,000 high school seniors in the state of Tennessee.
7:30 AM May 5, 2015
Our community in many ways is facing the same challenges as those around us.
3:00 PM May 2, 2015
You have a fire escape plan, a cellphone plan, a plan for graduation. What about a plan for prom?
3:00 PM Apr 29, 2015
As the U.S. health care industry strives toward the apex of delivering the highest quality care at the lowest possible cost, we are adopting new ways to do things better, faster and cheaper.
3:00 PM Apr 28, 2015
Recently, the Senate Education Committee, which I chair, voted unanimously to send to the full Senate a bipartisan legislative agreement to fix No Child Left Behind and end the federal mandate on Common Core.
6:00 PM Apr 25, 2015
The news this week that Nissan launched a redesign of its Maxima sedan at its Smyrna plant in Middle Tennessee is a testament to the automotive industry’s strength and impact in the Volunteer State. It is a positive story about the Tennessee economy.
6:00 PM Apr 10, 2015
An FDA advisory committee will meet April 9-10 to discuss a landmark proposal to correct inaccurate federal health warnings that have been misleading the public for almost 30 years.
5:00 PM Apr 8, 2015
This month we launched Healthier Tennessee Communities, an effort to bring local leaders and organizations together in a coordinated way to improve the health of our citizens and overall quality of life in our state.
4:00 PM Apr 8, 2015
On March 3, President Barack Obama took out his now infamous pen and signed the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015, fully funding DHS for the remainder of the year.