Up for Debate: Haslam's State of the State

'The City Paper’ asks its readers to weigh in on an issue of the day  

Haslam proposes cutting 1,000 positions, paying for long-deferred education projects

State officials say ending 1,166 state jobs — only half of which are filled — is necessary More

Some see possible state amendments as unnecessary

Critics of proposed amendments, which would head for a vote in 2014, say they're just meant to rouse GOP’s base More

Weekly Obsession: A very flat tax

Governor would like to cut food tax from 5.5 percent to 5.3 percent this year with ultimate goal of flat 5 percent rate More

In election year, Republicans hope popular accomplishments bolster their majority

Gov. Haslam’s agenda seeks to give Republicans something to run on in fall elections More

Haslam announces 'road map' to improve public safety

Plan aims at reducing drug abuse, violent crime and repeat offender rate More

Next General Assembly is shaping up to be a 'play-it-safe' session

After tumultuous, conservative-led 2011 session, Haslam vows to be more engaged this year   More

Year in review: Karl Dean looks at crossroads of his mayorship

Public defeat on the fairgrounds behind him, Dean steams into second term searching for the next big thing     More

How one political misstep left Nashville firmly Occupied

Protest movement’s Music City branch was flagging until a timely intervention by Gov. Haslam gave it life More

Battle over teachers' bargaining rights led to this legislative session's most raucous debate

By killing collective bargaining for teachers in public schools, the GOP went after a longtime Democratic ally More
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