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Four more Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers — including one recently retired and a supervisor — said the allegations of a DUI arrest quota system in the department are absolutely true, and they dispute the agency administration’s denial.
Other troopers are afraid to speak up, they say, for fear of retaliation by those same THP administrators. A total of six troopers from all across the state have spoken to the Press on the condition of anonymity. Read The Full Story
Nashville's charter school boom has fueled two competing armies of parents, split the Metro school board and dominated debate over public education.
But in Nashville's race for mayor, many candidates haven't taken sides. All have steered clear of openly criticizing charters. And while candidates David Fox and Jeremy Kane have the strongest ties to charter advocates, education reformers haven't publicly united behind one candidate.
Five months out from the August election, the charter question hasn't shaped the Nashville mayoral race as some might have expected. There's still time for that to change, particularly during a likely September runoff when greater contrasts between two candidates could emerge. Read The Full Story
It seems the controversial $1.1T spending bill that is preventing the U.S. government from shutting down is chock full of surprises. As you may know, much to the dismay of marijuana activists and lovers of democracy everywhere, the bill smacked down Washington DCs referendum that legalized recreational marijuana in the nation's capital. What you may have missed (because those shifty politicians are doing everything under the table) is that the bill also quietly, but effectively lifted the federal ban on medical marijuana. Read The Full Story
President Barack Obama made it clear in his State of the Union address Tuesday that his goal remains the same: make Big Government even bigger.
Libertarian National Committee Vice Chair Arvin Vohra responded in a video.
The president wants to extend federal spending for education by offering "free" community college to students. "But federal intervention has driven up the price of higher education," Vohra said.
The president wants to increase the minimum wage. But this "will destroy one of the most important forms of education in this country," Vohra noted. "Many young people develop responsibility and marketable skills in entry-level, minimum-wage jobs. Those skills make workers more attractive to future employers."
"Mr. President, over the last weeks you have repeatedly argued that Americans should be able to go online without risking their privacy," Vohra observed. "But your words, Mr. President, don’t match your actions. You have funded and enabled the surveillance state." Read The Full Story
Less than two months after the Swiss National Bank lobbied to defeat the Save Our Swiss Gold initiative that would have required it to hold 20% of their reserves in gold, the SNB unexpectedly announced that it was dropping its support of the 1.2 to 1 Franc/Euro peg today.
The SNB also announced a lowering of the interest rate for sight deposits to -.75%.
The Save Our Swiss Gold initiative would have made it difficult for the SNB to continue to support the Franc/Euro peg as the SNB would have been required to acquire abut 1,500 tons of gold or more to meet the requirements of the initiative while also printing Francs to support the Franc/Euro peg.
Even with out the gold requirement of the Save Our Swiss Gold initiative, maintaining the Franc Euro peg proved too expensive for the SNB, and was dropped. Read The Full Story