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Most of Nashville’s mayoral candidates support the decriminalization of marijuana to some degree. They were asked about the issue at a forum hosted by the Nashville Bar Association and moderated by WPLN.

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Six of the seven lawmakers who voted to defeat Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee health care proposal are receiving taxpayer-subsidized coverage of their own. That has some of Insure Tennessee’s supporters upset.

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Updated Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.

It appears the first vote on Gov. Bill Haslam’s Medicaid expansion proposal may also be the last. On Wednesday afternoon, the Senate Health Committee went solidly against the plan, dubbed Insure Tennessee.

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The heads of the Tennessee General Assembly are refusing to make a case for Governor Bill Haslam’s Medicaid expansion.

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he’s trying to be as “neutral as possible.”

“I’ve been asked to be a little more persuading than I have [been] by the governor," Ramsey told a group of small business leaders Tuesday. "That’s not where we need to be on this. This is not something where it doesn’t really matter so I’ll twist somebody’s arm. Each individual needs to make up his mind where he is on this.”

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Scores of tea party activists turned out at the state Capitol today, hoping to pressure lawmakers to vote down Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee health plan.

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Gov. Bill Haslam urged lawmakers to consider their religious faith as they make up their minds about his Insure Tennessee proposal to expand Medicaid.


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Some Nashville mayoral candidates waited until the last 20 minutes to hand in their campaign finance reports.

These statements, due Monday afternoon, show how much money they’ve raised and spent since July and provide insights into their campaigns.

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NOTE: We will air live coverage of Governor Haslam's address to a special session of the Tennessee General Assembly tonight. The broadcast begins at 6pm on 90.3 WPLN-FM.

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Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry argues that his late entrance into the mayor’s race is not meant to judge the current field, which is already a crowded one. But he says he feels like his vision for the city is unique.

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Janet Lowe knows firsthand what it’s like to treat people with life-threatening conditions and no money.

The nurse practitioner at the Hope Clinic in Murfreesboro tried to share that perspective with state lawmakers on Thursday, as Governor Bill Haslam wrapped up a tour to promote his Insure Tennessee health care proposal. 

“In some cases, it’s almost like telling my immediate family member, in essence, you are going to die because there’s nothing else that I can do for you," she said.  "So imagine telling that to somebody who you are very close to.”

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