US Conservationists Sue Trump Administration Over Migratory Bird Policy

Reuters   A coalition of conservation groups sued the Trump administration on Thursday, accusing the government of slashing protections for migratory birds. At issue is the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which the National Audubon Society and other plaintiffs say has been undermined. In the past, the act helped hold parties…

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Tennessee Firearms Association Says Many Candidates Not Forthcoming in Answers to Second Amendment Survey

The Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA) released its 2018 state legislature and gubernatorial candidate surveys on Friday. TFA executive director John Harris told The Tennessee Star that many candidates provided responses that were less than fully forthcoming. “A lot of candidates tell us, or put in their literature, that they are…

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Mexican National Caught Ferrying Cocaine And Fentanyl On Plane Faces Prison

Tennessee Star

by Steve Birr   A judge sentenced a Mexican national busted for trafficking cocaine and fentanyl on a flight to Connecticut to three years in prison. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer handed down the ruling Friday after Jesus Gomez-Valdivia plead guilty to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and reentry of…

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Real Estate Moguls Bill Freeman, Jimmy Webb Buy Nashville Scene and Nashville Post

Jimmy Webb, Bill Freeman

Multifamily real estate firm Freeman Webb Co. has entered the publishing business by buying the Nashville Post, the Nashville Scene and Nfocus. The Nashville Post made the announcement Friday after the deal with previous owner SouthComm, a holding company, closed. The sales price was not disclosed. SouthComm put the publications…

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Beth Harwell Locks Down Teachers’ Union Endorsement for Governor

Beth Harwell

The Tennessee Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education (TEA-FCPE), which is the PAC and political arm for the teachers’ union in Tennessee, has endorsed House Speaker Beth Harwell for the Republican nomination for Governor.  The TEA’s PAC also endorsed House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh in the Democratic Party…

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Shelby County Commission Chairman Heidi Shafer Helps Lead Memphis Anti-Addiction Effort

Shelby County Commission

On May 14th, the current chairman of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners, Heidi Shafer was joined by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, her fellow Commissioners, Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter, U.S. Attorney Mike Dunavant, UTHSC Dr. David Stern, District Attorney Amy Weirich, and…

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Why Amazon Associates Removed Legal Insurrection From Its Program

Amazon Fulfillment

by Kyle Perisic   Amazon dropped the conservative news and law publication Legal Insurrection from its profit sharing associate program, the publication announced Wednesday. The reason behind why Legal Insurrection was terminated from the associates program raises unanswered questions about Legal Insurrection’s supposed violations of an agreement with Amazon, including…

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The Crisis of Confidence in the United States’ Intelligence Community Reaches New Heights

Kremlin Capitol

by Printus LeBlanc   The FBI is in serious trouble, not just the people in the bureau that lied to the Office of Inspector General, fixed the Clinton investigation, and spied on a political campaign. The American people are losing confidence in the bureau. FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich stated in…

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Trump Lawyers Say Environmentalists Can’t Use Children As Props In Climate Change Court Case

Little kid blowing bubbles

by Tim Pierce   The Trump administration is attempting to convince a federal district court to throw out a case blaming the federal government for climate change, arguing the plaintiffs lack standing, The Washington Examiner reported. On behalf of 21 children and young adults, the environmental group Our Children’s Trust sued the…

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Identity Politics Is Now Undermining Science

JPL Scientists

by Michael Liccione   The prestige of science in our culture is well-earned. That scientists discover truths (or at least serviceable approximations to truths) is undeniable. The evidence for that is how successfully scientific findings have been applied for centuries as technology, which has improved life greatly for countless people. Sound…

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Trump Issues Commercial Space Policy Directive on Eve of Anniversary of JFK’s Space Program Speech

by Ginny Montalbano   President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a space policy directive, calling for “updating and refocusing” those policies in a bid to promote innovation and modernize American commercial space policy. The White House said the move “reforms America’s commercial space regulatory framework, ensuring our place as a leader in space…

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Challenger Shane Disputes State Rep. Susan Lynn’s Defense of Her Vote for the Gas Tax Raising IMPROVE ACT

Conservative businessman Aaron Shane, a Republican candidate for State Representative in the 57th District has called for current State Rep. Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) to explain her support of the gas/diesel/registration tax increase (Improve Act) that raised fuel taxes and car registration fees by $350 million per year. “Prior to…

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American Center for Law and Justice’s Jordan Sekulow Endorses Diane Black for Governor

Gubernatorial candidate Representative Diane Black (R-TN-06) announced Thursday she has picked up another endorsement – this time, from prominent radio host and Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) Jordan Sekulow. “I’m thrilled to endorse Diane Black for Governor,” Sekulow said. “Diane has always been a champion…

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Randy Boyd Defends Joining the College Promise Advisory Board

During a campaign stop in Memphis on April 25th, Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd defended voluntarily joining the College Promise Advisory Board, which was tied at the time of his joining to then-President Obama. When he’s asked the question about his participation with this board, he insists that “President Obama didn’t…

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Trump Signs Bill to Curb Dodd-Frank, Easing Restraints on Smaller US Banks

President Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law Thursday a measure that eases rules imposed on banks in the aftermath of the financial crisis and the Great Recession that gripped the nation throughout President Obama’s first term, beginning in 2008. The law relaxes regulations and oversight on banks with assets below…

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8th Annual ‘Music City Gives Back’ Free Concert at Ascend Park June 4th

Music City Gives Back

Hear Big and Rich, Rodney Atkins, Ashley McBride, Travis Denning and Drew Baldridge in a free concert at Ascend Park to mark the opening of the CMAFest on June 4th in an All-Star Concert benefitting W.O. Smith Music School.

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Commentary: Time For Chairman Nunes To Subpoena Trump Campaign Spy Stefan Halper

by George Rasley   Last Friday, the Washington Post and New York Times published articles that shed much more light on the Obama administration’s surveillance of the Trump campaign. There was indeed an FBI informant – Stefan Halper – spying on Trump campaign officials. The New York Times and Washington Post, by the way, were apparently aware of Halper’s identity, but…

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David Briley Wins Nashville Special Mayoral Election With 55% of the Vote

David Briley

NASHVILLE, Tennessee–Acting Mayor David Briley won the Nashville/Davidson County special mayoral election on Thursday, winning 55 percent of the vote in a field of 13 candidates, easily clearing the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff election. Former Vanderbilt professor Carol Swain finished in second place with 23 percent…

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Boyd Versus Black: Battle of the Illegal Immigration Ads

Anybody who doubts whether Tennessee voters, especially Republican Primary voters, are concerned about illegal immigration needs to watch a few of the early political ads that are starting to pound the airwaves. Candidates at every level, from state legislative races to Congressional races to the Governors race, are embracing a…

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Briley Leads Swain 57% to 23% After Early Voting Results Reported in Nashville Special Mayoral Election

NASHVILLE, Tennessee–Acting Mayor David Briley took a big lead over former Vanderbilt professor Carol Swain in early voting results in the Nashville special mayoral election reported by the Davidson County Election Commission at 7:15 pm, 15 minutes after polls closed. Vote totals in early voting, by top candidates, were as…

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NHL Allows Predators to Break Rules, Politicize League, with Endorsement of Far Left Democrat Briley

David Briley, the NHL, and Gnash, the Predators mascot

Officials at the National Hockey League are maintaining a zone of silence for the third straight day when it comes to responding to The Tennessee Star’s questions about whether the Nashville Predators’ endorsement of far left David Briley in tomorrow’s special mayoral election in Nashville/Davidson County violates league rules. The…

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OFF THE RECORD: Moonbeam’s Husband Bruce Hangs the Barry Albatross Around Briley’s Neck

Bruce Barry, Vanderbilt professor and cuckold of felon former Mayor Moonbeam Megan Barry, tried helping David Briley’s no-energy campaign for mayor with a column in the Nashville Scene on Tuesday. If elected, Briley will continue Moonbeam’s, big government, progressive policies and insider dealings administration. In that typical long-winded way ultra-liberal elitists…

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Bredesen-Backed Company Silicon Ranch Has History of Ethics Issues

Bredesen Solar Ranch

If Tennessee voters send former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen to the U.S. Senate this fall then Bredesen will step down as chair Silicon Ranch, a company he founded that has ethics problems. Silicon Ranch Corporation helps finance the construction of solar arrays. According to the Tennessean, Silicon Ranch owns or…

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Nashville Firm Files Class Action Lawsuit Against United Community Bank For Alleged Improper Overdraft Fee Practices

United Community Bank for Alleged Improper Overdraft Fee

Nashville, Tennessee-based law firm Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings has filed a class action lawsuit against Georgia-headquartered regional bank United Community Bank, which has locations in three additional states, including Tennessee. BS&J filed the lawsuit with Cohen & Malad, LLP of Indianapolis, Indiana. The suit was filed in the United States…

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Trump Wants Aid Cut to Nations Not Helping US Stem Illegal Immigration

Trump illegal immigration

by Steve Herman   President Donald Trump called Wednesday for a “radical change” to the structure of U.S. aid to countries deemed not sufficiently assisting the United States in keeping violent illegal immigrants from heading here. “We’re going to work out something where every time someone comes from a certain…

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Haslam Signs Bill That Makes it Harder for Illegal Aliens to Conceal Immigration Status

Bill Haslam

Unlike the anti-sanctuary cities bill, Governor Haslam signed into law a bill sponsored by Sen. Mark Green and Rep. William Lamberth which prohibits municipalities from creating their own local identity card programs and the use of any local identity card to be accepted as proof of “citizenship, immigration status or residency.”…

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