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Bredesen, His Mom & 74 Legislators Among Those Cut from Haslam News Clip List

By Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Among those no longer receiving Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s daily news roundup are 74 lawmakers, five dead people, former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen – and Bredesen’s mother.
Haslam’s staff cut distribution of the widely read “Daily News Clips” email from more than 1,200 to 183. A spokesman has said the change makes the email list more manageable and hasn’t saved any money.
Documents turned over to The Associated Press after a public records request show that among the lawmakers dropped are 42 Republicans, 32 Democrats and one independent. Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey remains on the list, but fellow Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell does not.
“We talked to legislative leadership before the change and asked them to identify who should receive the clips to get them distributed to the larger body, so our list reflects the staff that was identified,” Haslam spokesman David Smith said in an email.

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Legislative Staff Now Distributing Governor’s News Summary

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Staffers in the state Senate have begun retransmitting Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s daily news summary through social media.
The moves come in response to the Haslam administration last week cutting the e-mail distribution of the early-morning news roundup from 1,100 to about 150.
The Senate Democratic Caucus on Monday began posting a copy of the news clippings on its Facebook page, while a spokesman for Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville sent out a link to the document on Twitter.
Haslam officials said the changes were made to make the e-mail list more manageable, but acknowledged there were no cost savings involved in sending the e-mail to fewer people.
Senate Democrats on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tnsenatedems
Ramsey spokesman Adam Kleinheider on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ramflack

Haslam Cuts Back on Distribution of News Clippings

(Note: This post was updated & expanded from original version)
By Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No news is not good news to hundreds of political figures who have quit receiving a popular daily roundup of state media reports e-mailed by Gov. Bill Haslam’s office.
Nearly nine out of 10 of the lawmakers, lobbyists and party officials who have relied on the daybreak email to keep atop of Tennessee political news and commentary were cut this week. The distribution list was whittled down from around 1,100 people to just 150 administration officials, legislative leaders and members of the news media.
“By culling it down, it makes it much more manageable,” Haslam spokesman David Smith said. “And we’ll use it to inform the governor’s staff, the administration and legislators.”
The summary, titled Daily News Clips, often runs 10 or more pages. It is compiled by an administration staffer who sifts through Tennessee political and government news online, condenses it and provides a Web link to the full story or opinion piece. Work on it begins hours in advance of the email that goes out well before 7 a.m. Central.
“It’s just an easy way to keep up with what’s going on around the state,” said former recipient Caleb Hemmer. “I don’t know how that’s a bad thing.”

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