TN Political News, Briefly Noted

No Helmet Notions
The Tennessean has a story on the annual crusade for repeal of the state law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets.
The Motorcyclist Liberty Restoration Act currently before the Tennessee legislature would put an end to the helmet requirement for motorcycle riders 21 and older. Even though no state has repealed a helmet law since Pennsylvania did it in 2003, the rising popularity of libertarian ideas gives the anti-helmet movement a boost. Medical associations in the state are keeping a close watch on the legislation, which will be discussed Tuesday during a noon hearing before the House transportation subcommittee.
Haslam Q&A
Jeff Woods has put together a partial transcript of questions and answers at Gov. Bill Haslam’s media availability last week.
‘Stupid’ Councilman’s Political Future
Gail Kerr opines that Metro Councilman Brady Banks “plain stupid” to get arrested in a prostitution sting…. but that doesn’t necessarily mean his political career is over.
Just Sayin’
Brandon Puttbrese, quoted in the City Paper, on the Republican presidential nominee’s prospects of carrying Tennessee this fall.
“I’m not pretending that Tennessee is going to go for Obama, but I think it’s going to be much tougher in 2012 than it was in 2008,” Puttbrese said.
ECD Comish Stumps for Romney
Bill Hagerty, Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, is scheduled to speak at a regional rally for presidential hopeful Mitt Romney late today, reports Georgiana Vines.

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