Tennesseans head to the polls today to vote for their choice in the Republican presidential primary. While early voting numbers were sharply down from the last presidential primary in 2008, the major GOP candidates ramped up their attention to Tennessee in the last week with campaign stops and a barrage of television ads. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has drawn the endorsement of several top Republicans in the state, including Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen.
Lawmakers have reached a compromise on a proposal to create more educational opportunities in eastern Kentucky.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo has been advocating to move the University of Pikeville into the state university system. But that proposal doesn't currently have the support to become reality, which forces supporters to adopt a compromise.
Business is good for the Tennessee Lottery. It’s posting record sales and has over 360 million in a reserve fund. Despite that, some legislators are pressing ahead with a plan that make it harder for students to get Hope Scholarships, which are funded by the lottery. Capitol reporter Joe White talks about the politics of the lottery with WPLN's Bradley George.
House Budget Committee Chair Rick Rand, D-Bedford (left), confers with House Majority Whip Tommy Thompson, D-Owensboro (right), and House Majority Caucus Chair Robert Damron, D-Nicholasville, prior to the start of the day's legislative session in the Kent
The House committee charged with overseeing the budget has taken its first official steps in the process.
The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee took reports from subcommittees and accepted their recommendations at a meeting today.
The House plan deviates slightly from Governor Steve Beshear's proposal. It delays the start of substance abuse programs in Medicaid and the creation of an Adult Abuse registry, saving more than two million dollars in the process.