Hillary Clinton made a statement today on the terror attack in Tennessee, which reportedly claimed the lives of four Marines. The Democratic presidential candidate compared today's attack to the racially-motivated murder of 9 Americans in a Charleston church last month:
"I just want to say a word about how tragic and regrettable it is that we lost four Marines in an act of senseless violence, what is being called another instance of domestic terrorism. It's terrible when we lose Marines anywhere in the world, but to lose four in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is just heartbreaking. And obviously my heart goes out to their families and to their colleagues and I hope that we can find a way to stop this kind of violence that is stalking our children, people in bible study, and people who wear the uniform of our country."
The bible study line is a clear and direct reference to the Charleston shooting.
Last November, Tennessee’s Republican governor Bill Haslam won his reelection effort resoundingly, taking 70 percent of the vote and every single county in the state. Just six weeks later, Haslam surprised nearly everyone in Tennessee’s Republican-controlled state assembly by announcing that one of his first orders of business in his second term would be to expand Medicaid under the umbrella of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. But a month and a half later, Haslam’s Medicaid expansion was dead. The debate was over nearly as soon as it started.
Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander is making his final pitch to primary voters with a radio ad in which the two-term Republican claims he has voted to "end amnesty" for illegal immigrants. Alexander has been hit hard on the issue of immigration by his chief GOP challenger, state representative Joe Carr, ahead of Thursday's primary.
"In the last few days of a campaign, don't believe anything new that you hear," Alexander says in the ad. "Last year, I voted to end amnesty. Last week I voted against President Obama's immigration bill." Listen to the ad below:
Nashville One name is ubiquitous at a July 22 rally for Republican Senate candidate Joe Carr, and it isn’t Joe Carr’s. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee senator Carr hopes to defeat in the August 7 primary, practically greets you the moment you turn into the parking lot at the Millennium Maxwell House hotel. Signs and posters line the driveway and the hallway into the ballroom, reading in big letters: “Beat Lamar.” The phrase also adorns stickers, buttons, even the name-tags for those of us in the press covering the event.
Tennesseans who purchased health insurance policies under Obamacare are discovering their doctors and health care providers often don't fall in their new networks. WSMV, Nashville's NBC affiliate, has the story (via the Free Beacon):
WSMV in Tennessee was unable to find a single person who successfully signed up for Obamacare:
"We're hearing not a single person locally has been successful getting through to the new health insurance exchange," said a local reporter. "It seems to be a problem especially in states like Tennessee, where the state opted out and left it up to the federal government to run what is essentially an online shopping site."
Mr. Santorum easily defeated Mr. Romney on Tuesday in Tennessee, a Southern victory that would help him make the case for continuing to contest Mr. Romney for the Republican presidential nomination.
Mr. Santorum's campaign had focused much of its attention in the past week on Ohio. But with Mr. Romney all but certain to capture several other states, Mr. Santorum also pushed hard for wins in the South.
Outgoing Democratic governor Phil Bredesen of Tennessee argues in the Wall Street Journal that health care will force people out of their employer-based health insurance plans and into government-subsidized "market exchanges." Here's a snippet:
The 2000s saw a massive housing bubble that, when popped, gave us the financial crisis and Great Recession. For decades, the federal government incentivized home-ownership and encouraged banks to write mortgages for people who might otherwise have been unable to afford them. The ability of these new homeowners to make payments rested on the continued rise of home values and a thriving economy.