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TVC Rates Legislator Environmental Voting Records

In new ratings of state legislators on environmental issues for the 107th General Assembly, Tennessee Conservation Voters has given its highest score to Democratic Sen. Beverly Marrero of Memphis while three Republican senators tied for the lowest ranking. They are Sens. Mike Bell of Riceville, Mike Faulk of Church Hill and Jim Summerville of Dickson.
The ratings are based on action by legislators on 16 different bills in the 2012 session – in some cases on votes, in some cases on sponsorship of legislation the group either supported or opposed – a positive point for each action approved, a negative point for each action it opposed. There was a similar system for 2011.
Top score, a plus 13, for the two-year life of the 107th General Assembly went to Marrero followed by two other Democrats at plus 10, Sens. Andy Berke of Chattanooga and Eric Stewart of Belvidere.
The highest-ranking House members were Reps. Brenda Gilmore, D-Nashville, and Mike McDonald, D-Gallatin, with a plus 7. One point back were fellow Democratic Reps. Jeanne Richardson of Memphis and Mike Stewart of Nashville.
The lowest scores went to Bell, Faulk and Summerville at a minus 4 for the two years of the 107th. Next in line was Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, the lowest rated House member at minus 3.
The best ranking for a Republican lawmaker was plus 4, a score shared by Reps. Bill Dunn of Knoxville, Jimmy Eldridge of Jackson and Judd Matheny of Tullahoma.
The lowest ranking for a Democrat was an even zero for Rep. Harry Tindell, D-Knoxville. Five other Democrats had a plus 1 (one), including Rep. Joe Armstrong, also from Knoxville.
The full scorecard is HERE.
The TVC news release is below.

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We’re Not as Fat as We Were

The 2011 America’s Health Rankings report, released today, ranks Tennessee 39th compared to 42nd last year, reports The Tennessean.
The state has shown steady improvement in recent years on the annual report, which is compiled by United Health Foundation, a nonprofit established by UnitedHealth Group.
“It is a testament to a lot of hard work from not only lots of government agencies and communities but also individuals,” said state epidemiologist Tim F. Jones.
“Obviously, 39th is not where we want to stay, but seeing steady improvement is a really good sign.”
The state is no longer the third-fattest state in the nation. The prevalence of obesity in Tennessee decreased from 32.8 percent to 31.7 percent. Tennessee now ranks ninth.

Corker, Black Among National Leaders in Collecting Money

Elections are more than a year away, but two Tennessee lawmakers already rank among the top fundraisers in Congress, according to rankings released by the Federal Election Commission and reported by the Tennessean..
Republican Sen. Bob Corker ranked second in the Senate for money raised in the first half of this year, bringing in $4.4 million between Jan. 1 and June 30.
Republican Rep. Diane Black of Gallatin ranked seventh among the House’s 435 members, with donations totaling $1.2 million. More than half that sum — $667,559 — came from Black herself in a series of loan repayments in March.
Even if that money is excluded, Black still out-raised the rest of Tennessee’s House delegation, receiving more than $550,000 from individuals and political action committees.