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The state lawmaker behind an effort to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee doesn’t think the proposal is unconstitutional.

But first-term Rep. Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) believes Tennesseans should recognize the Bible’s unique place in the state’s history.

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A Democratic state lawmaker is trying to lessen the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

Rep. Harold Love (D-Nashville) has filed a measure, House Bill 873, that would make it a low-level misdemeanor to have as much as an ounce of marijuana.

Love says lower penalties would be more fair and would lead to fewer young people in prison. He makes the comparison to a traffic violation.

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“Can I get an amen on this side?”

On a July night two summers ago, more than 1,400 Republicans turned out at Nashville’s new convention center for a speech by South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.

Many were still reeling from the GOP’s drubbing in the previous election – a loss largely attributed to the party’s ossifying base.

Scott represented a fresh start. Charismatic, young, African-American. His gospel-inflected message was meant to fire them up.  But only a few muted voices answered his "Amen" call.

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Armed with complaints from constituents, many Tennessee lawmakers showed up to the capitol for this legislative session ready to debate Common Core Education standards.

But then, something changed. Lawmakers put the brakes on House Bill 3, which would have given them more say over what happens with the controversial standards.

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Democrats are attempting to bring back Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee health care proposal, but the plan to offer health coverage to more than a quarter million Tennesseans continues to face extremely long odds.

A week after a Senate panel killed Haslam's proposal to expand Medicaid on its first vote, Democrats are filing legislation meant to reopen the debate.

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Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker’s name comes up a lot, sometimes in surprising contexts.

For instance, during the recent Insure Tennessee debate, when some of the senator’s own words were used to attack Gov. Bill Haslam’s health plan.

Long before Insure Tennessee, Corker had accused states of using “gimmicks” to fund Medicaid. That blunt talk came back to bite him, as critics pointed out that Insure Tennessee rested on one of those very techniques.

A tough spot, politically. But Corker shrugs it off.

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Lawmakers described it as an "epiphany."

Just a few hours before members of a House panel were to open debate Wednesday on Common Core for the year, they abruptly changed course.

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As Nashville’s seven major mayoral candidates congregated at a forum hosted by the Nashville Business Journal, one of the big questions revolved around competition:

"If a Fortune 500 company were looking to relocate to Williamson County, how would you bring it to Davidson County instead?" a moderator asked.

Businesswoman Linda Rebrovick pointed to her career experience, saying she knows how to sell Nashville to big companies. Attorney Charles Robert Bone, on the other hand, said Nashville’s authenticity does a good job of selling itself.

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Tennessee Senator Bob Corker joked when he took over the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last month that he was more used to swinging a hammer than a gavel.

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Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander used a hearing of the Health Committee – which he chairs – to debunk the link between autism and vaccines. The discussion on the "Reemergence of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" just happened to coincide with an outbreak of measles largely blamed on falling vaccination rates.

On Tuesday, Alexander questioned an often-cited study by Andrew Wakefield from a 1998 report in Lancet. He asked Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control what she would tell a parent who ran across the article.