May 19 2016
11:56 am

Of course TN Republicans are foaming at the mouth over anything Obama does and are calling for a special session of the Legislature to deal with it. I don't know about you, but frankly I get a bit uneasy when the Legislature is in session. I think we all have come to the realization that they don't work for you and me anymore, and nothing good for us ever comes from these sessions. Our Governor feels the same way.

Gov. Bill Haslam indicated on Wednesday that he sees no need for a special legislative session nor a lawsuit against the federal government on the transgender restroom issue.

The governor said he’s not sure what either would accomplish because, despite the furor among Republican lawmakers and conservative interest groups, “there’s nothing new” in the guidance the Obama administration gave schools, colleges and universities last week over allowing transgender students to use the restrooms of their gender identity and that it's not an enforcement action.

... Jay Brown, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign said Wednesday, "Tennessee lawmakers should learn the lessons of what happened in North Carolina, where dangerous and shameful attempts to target transgender students have harmed countless North Carolinians, done millions of dollars of economic damage to the state, damaged the state’s reputation, and cost jobs. Tennessee lawmakers who go down this road are gambling with the lives and safety of real people and their economy. The hateful bill that passed North Carolina has drawn opposition from hundreds of major employers who have said that putting transgender people at risk for discrimination is not just wrong, but bad for business.


Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.