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    Years and years ago, a Republican governor...

    Years and years ago, a Republican governor proposed and implemented a health care plan that covered just about everybody in his state. He had the crazy idea that if the government required everyone...
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    Yes. He knew there was no way the Legislature...

    Yes. He knew there was no way the Legislature would pass a straight-out expansion of TennCare, so he came up with Insure Tennessee. The Legislature might not pass it either, but at least there is a...
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    Pros: About 200,000 low-income people would...

    Pros: About 200,000 low-income people would finally get access to health insurance at no cost to the Tennessee state government.

    Cons: About 200,000 low-income people would continue not having...
  4. That's why I'm kind of an all-of-the-above guy -...

    That's why I'm kind of an all-of-the-above guy - it's tough to untangle and even if you do there is no guarantee causes and effects are linear. We need to have high standards, we need to require more...
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    Merry Meanday, SnM.

    Merry Meanday, SnM.
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    Merry birthday, Kimmi

    Celebrate KRJ Day!
  7. A Vanderbilt study from December 2013 reported...

    A Vanderbilt study from December 2013 reported that only 8 percent of teachers in Tennessee had not received training related to Common Core standards.

    I agree that teacher education and...
  8. Haslam hasn't reversed himself on using...

    Haslam hasn't reversed himself on using standardized test results in teacher evaluations, he's just tinkered with the implementation schedule. The key is lower down in the article: "Although the...
  9. Or Je Suis Cai Guo-Qiang, or the Tao of...

    Or Je Suis Cai Guo-Qiang, or the Tao of Gunpowder.

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/meet-the-artist-who-blows-things-up-for-a-living-4984479/?no-ist=&=&page=1
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    Me too, though I thought he was more of a...

    Me too, though I thought he was more of a rapscallion.
  11. Quite possible. Having a ball park less than five...

    Quite possible. Having a ball park less than five minutes from my house would be great.
  12. My point is that I doubt he would part with his...

    My point is that I doubt he would part with his dog zapper money just to close the deal on the Hayduke vote. Or the Barker vote, for that matter. He didn't become a successful businessman by losing...
  13. Don't know what the penalty would be to break the...

    Don't know what the penalty would be to break the lease. Maybe you could offer to pay it. And pay for the construction of the stadium at the old Bill Meyer location.
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    The prison closed before Victor was confirmed as...

    The prison closed before Victor was confirmed as ambassador, but it's safe to say he probably had been briefed about what had gone on just before he took his post.
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    I used to work in the Big South Fork, which is...

    I used to work in the Big South Fork, which is bisected by the timeline between Fentress and Scott counties. The locals always referred to "fast time" (Eastern) and "slow time" (Central). Also,...
  16. Don't know Boyd well, but he seems to have gotten...

    Don't know Boyd well, but he seems to have gotten involved for the right reasons. He paid for the Downtown Dog Park and gave office space to tnAchieves long before he became Haslam's education...
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    Thanks, all. I'm more excited about the rebirth...

    Thanks, all. I'm more excited about the rebirth of the Blab than a rehash of my birth, but the good wishes are much appreciated.
  18. Yeah, remember the key word at the beginning of...

    Yeah, remember the key word at the beginning of this was "opportunity." There is always the possibility (probability?) that they will squander said opportunity. Most politicians, regardless of party,...
  19. The previous legislation was blocked when the...

    The previous legislation was blocked when the Republicans were in the blocking business. Now they are - or should be - in the achievement business. If they are smart, they will propose and pass...
  20. I'm not a Republican (or a Democrat, for that...

    I'm not a Republican (or a Democrat, for that matter), but the GOP does have an opportunity to show the American public that it can to more than just block Obama's initiatives.

    On immigration,...
  21. Old and cranky, but doing OK. I'm off this week...

    Old and cranky, but doing OK. I'm off this week so naturally I threw off my sleep cycle so that going back to the office next week will be as difficult as I can make it. Hope you're doing well too.
  22. Only 36.3 percent of eligible voters cast ballots...

    Only 36.3 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the 2014 election. I don't know what that says about the average person's morals or intelligence, but it certainly indicates that the average...
  23. Thread: Changes

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    As the Can of Soup, you will be on par (or on the...

    As the Can of Soup, you will be on par (or on the plate?) with the Earl of Sandwich. That trip to London appears to have been a life-changer.
  24. Thread: Changes

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    My dearest Can, 1. It appears you have to...

    My dearest Can,

    1. It appears you have to petition for a court order from Knox County Circuit Court. There are restrictions. And ramifications (don't know what the deal would be for Social...
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    Well, it's mostly used by people in the business....

    Well, it's mostly used by people in the business. Most people use "ashes," though the cremains are not ash.
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