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Governor: I Know Nothing About Pilot Raid, But Trust My Brother

Gov. Bill Haslam said he knows little about a raid on Pilot Flying J headquarters in Knoxville and has “faith and confidence” in his brother’s ability to deal with the situation as CEO of the company.
In a brief meeting with reporters, the governor said there was “gossip and speculation” about the raid that is unfounded and unfair and “it’s not fair for me to play that game.”
“The truth is, I don’t know,” said Haslam.
He was asked, for example, about speculation that the raid could have been retaliation for his recent decision against expansion of Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act and rejected the notion.
“Absolutely not,” he said.
When he became governor in January, 2011, Haslam put all this financial assets in a blind trust – except for his Pilot holdings. The governor said he has no role in managing the company, though he retains a substantial but undisclosed financial interest.
Haslam said he is leaving management to his brother, CEO Jimmy Haslam, and “I have faith and confidence in him.” In fact, the governor said he is not trying to learn any details of what happened and why.
“It’s not my job,” he said. “I’ve got a full-time job.”

Haslam: Mental Health Services Maybe Better Than New Gun Laws

Preventing a repeat of the Connecticut school shootings may be better addressed through mental health services than new gun laws, Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday.
Haslam, questioned by reporters about the murders, also said his administration will hold a conference on school security next month. He said the discussion could include having more people at schools trained in dealing with violent attacks, as proposed by state Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains.
Niceley said he is working on legislation that would require all Tennessee schools to either have a “school resource officer” for security – as most high schools do now — or train one or more staff members in use of firearms and dealing with violent attacks.
Haslam said he was sickened by the Connecticut slayings and expects them to trigger “a national debate (on guns) over the next three or four months.” But he was cautious about saying what his position would be in any such discussions.
“I don’t know that a lot of (gun-related) legislation I’ve seen so far that could have stopped what happened there,” he said. “I don’t know that I see a big need to change things.”

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Corker Declines to Discuss Mark Clayton; Does Discuss Todd Akin

Not surprisingly, Republican Sen. Bob Corker is choosing to ignore the flap over his apparent Democratic opponent in November, Mark Clayton, who has been disavowed by the Democratic party, reports WPLN.
When asked about Clayton, Senator Corker hardly responded.
“I don’t think it serves any purpose for me to weigh in on what’s happening or what has happened in another primary. I don’t think it changes one iota of what we planned to do in this race.”
Corker says he plans to talk about fiscal issues. Speaking to the Madison Rotary Club Tuesday, Corker hardly mentioned that he’s up for re-election, only saying that he had to think long and hard before deciding to run again.
Otherwise, Corker gave a technical talk about the insolvency of Medicare and asked that voters support some of the tough decisions that will have to be made in the coming years.

On the other hand, he did talk about Missouri Rep. Todd Akin‘s rape remarks:
“There’s no question the comments that he made were just unbelievably off base and it’s hard to imagine what he was thinking when he said what he said.”
Corker, who often sidesteps hot-button topics, says he’ll allow others to give Akin advice about his political future.