Miscellaneous TN News and Opinion Links

The Chattanooga Times-Free Press has an update on the Georgia Legislature’s push to tap into Tennessee River water. Seems the bill has stalled in the Senate after passing the House and there’s talk of a new approach – take water from Georgia streams that flow into the Tennessee instead.
In his weekly column, Robert Houk reports “a troubling feeling of déjà vu whenever I read about the exploits of the Tennessee General Assembly. Maybe it’s the fact our legislators grapple with many of the same bills year after year.”
The Jackson Sun has a long analysis article that says 54 rural hospitals in the state could be closed without Medicaid expansion. A Boliver hospital is the focus.
About 100 people showed up at Progressive Baptist Church in Nashville for an hourlong “town hall meeting” organized by AhealthyTN.org, a coalition of community volunteers formed about six months ago to support Medicaid expansion, according to The Tennessean.
The Chattanooga Free Press editorializes against a U.S. Postal Service rule that has lead to hundreds of new children’s books – purchased by taxpayers through the Governor’s Books From Birth Foundation” – being “tossed in the garbage every month.”
From a Frank Daniels’ opinion piece on the proposed judicial selection amendment to the state constitution: It is a sham the way the Tennessee Plan works. We should either correctly amend the state constitution, which, despite any opinion from the attorney general (who is appointed by the very judges whose status is in constitutional question), SJR 0002 does not do, or we should return to the what the framers of Tennessee’s constitution stipulated: that qualified voters should elect judges.
Never tire of reading about wine in grocery stores? The Johnson City Press today has an article quoting Northeast Tennessee liquor store owners and supermarket operators under the headline, “All Eyes Are on Wine Measure.”
Otis Sanford says “a rare case of reasonableness has seeped into the minds of a couple of lawmakers. Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Lebanon, are co-sponsoring a bill that would allow the use of a student ID issued by state colleges and universities for voting in Tennessee.”

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