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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.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann must feel like the luckiest guy in the world. He doesn't have to say a word but looks better in the public's eyes because his opponent in the upcoming Republican congressional primary just shelled out $37,000 for a splashy recreational vehicle that will be his mobile headquarters and then was revealed to have secretly recorded a conversation about the campaign with a former opponent.

Iowa U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat who'd like to replace retiring fellow Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin, may have been in Washington, D.C., a little too long himself.

  • March 31st, 2014  |
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Once people are sentenced to prison, they are often forgotten by the public.

  • March 30th, 2014  |
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In 1972, then-Mayor Robert Kirk Walker moved to annex areas that would nearly double the size of Chattanooga.

  • March 29th, 2014  |
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Following Wednesday's ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that college football players at Northwestern University can unionize, we invision a (hypothetical) negotiating table where Marshall (Texas) High School running back Cole Pyle, his parents, his agent, his lawyer and attorneys for his future employer, the University of Michigan, are gathered to consider his contract:

  • March 28th, 2014  |
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If you want to get a picture framed at Hobby Lobby, don't go there on a Sunday. It's not open.

Candidates who don’t bring home the bacon often don’t get re-elected, but Hamilton County commissioners — each with $100,000 worth of bacon at their annual discretion — are in the position where a little bit of pork strategically placed might be the difference in winning and losing.

White House To Spin First Lady's trip

Pope Francis has been in office for a year, but none of the boxes in which constituencies want to put him ever quite fit.

  • March 23rd, 2014  |
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Throw away what you think you know about most shootings and homicides in Chattanooga, especially those involving young black men.

The dichotomy that is Georgia was on full display earlier this week when, within a 48-hour period, the Georgia Board of Regents voted to ban all forms of tobacco on the campuses of its 31 colleges and universities while state lawmakers considered whether to allow licensed gun owners to go packing in schools, bars and churches.

  • March 21st, 2014  |
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Chattanooga Council Chairman Yusuf Hakeem's reaction Tuesday to an email from city transportation administrator Blythe Bailey, in which Bailey said he wouldn't attend a meeting where it appeared a sweetheart deal was being proposed for a private taxi company, was akin to a child having a favorite toy taken away from him.

  • March 20th, 2014  |
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Let the campaign begin. Four and a half months before voters will decide between incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and two-time primary opponent Weston Wamp as the Republican candidate in November's congressional election, the first call-and-response between the two has set things in motion.

  • March 19th, 2014  |
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