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Barring something unforeseen, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam will roll to a second term on Election Day on Nov. 4.

Although we did not support U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., in the August Republican primary, we never lost sight of the fact that he has been -- and will be -- a reliable conservative vote on issues in which a majority of 3rd District residents are interested.

It's standard fare for a journalist covering a political speech to speak to people in the crowd to see what they thought of the speech, but handlers for first lady Michelle Obama and Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke put the kibosh on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Meg Kissinger at a recent Burke fundraiser.

WalletHub's recent 2014 snapshot of the Best and Worst States for Teachers may be the best ever quick snapshot of why more spending does not always translate into better public education, as we're told over and over again by government lifers, liberals and lobbyists.

The Hamilton County Commission had every right to do what it did, and the way a majority of its members voted in all likelihood matches that of their constituents, but a vote Wednesday night on a resolution offering "agreement and support" for the adoption of a constitutional amendment involving abortion was unnecessary and out of place.

"Trust us. We're from the government, and we're here to help."

It's interesting how the worm has turned.

Vice President Joe Biden did not have a good week. Last Tuesday, he used what is often recognized as an anti-Semitic slur to refer to people who gave bad loans to members of the military.

Let's think about the glamorous headlines for the moment.

  • Sept. 21st, 2014  |
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Someone has hijacked "tolerance," beaten it over the head, stuffed it into the trunk, taken it to a remote location and tried to change its meaning.

Nobody denies educational attainment in Chattanooga could be better.

  • Sept. 19th, 2014  |
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If the Senate confirms President Barack Obama's most recent selections for the Tennessee Valley Authority board, its part-time members will for the first time be all Democrats.

Herbert Slatery, legal counsel for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, is likely to do an effective job as Tennessee's new attorney general. But it may be time for legislators to consider a new way for the state's attorney general to be chosen, instead of by the state Supreme Court.

A Washington, D.C., public school, apparently in an effort to shape students like the majority of residents in the District of Columbia, recently assigned sixth-graders a homework assignment that required students to compare former President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler.

A recent Los Angeles Times article, published in the Times Free Press on Sept. 7, reveals — perhaps unintentionally — one of the fallacies of legalizing marijuana.

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