Obama To Propose A Free Community College Plan Similar To Tennessee Promise

Obama To Propose A Free Community College Plan Similar To Tennessee Promise
President Obama addresses a small group at Casa Azafran in South Nashville. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

In President Obama’s third visit to Tennessee in the past year, he will be announcing a proposal that would make community college free for all Americans. "We also have make sure that everybody has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages, better benefits," he said in a video Thursday night.

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Corker Votes To Arm Syrian Rebels Despite Calling Administration’s Plan ‘Unserious’

Corker Votes To Arm Syrian Rebels Despite Calling Administration’s Plan ‘Unserious’
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee. Credit: Office of Sen. Bob Corker via Facebook

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker ultimately supported the Obama Administration’s short-term plan to arm Syrian rebels, even after berating Secretary of State John Kerry during a committee hearing this week.

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Bill To Reduce VA Backlog Passes Easily With No Help From Tennessee’s Senators

Bill To Reduce VA Backlog Passes Easily With No Help From Tennessee’s Senators
Sen. Bob Corker speaks to reporters at the U.S. Embassy in Moldova. Since the most recent problems with VA wait times emerged, Corker has criticized plans to solve the problem because they add to the country's deficit. Credit: U.S. Embassy Moldova via Flickr

Republican Lamar Alexander, who is in a primary battle to keep his seat, did not vote. And Republican Bob Corker was one of the three to vote no.

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Sen. Corker Calls His Party’s Highway Fund Fix ‘Political Cowardice’

Sen. Corker Calls His Party’s Highway Fund Fix ‘Political Cowardice’
This highway is in Germany, but highways in the U.S. are facing a potential crisis: The trust that finances many of them, along with bridges and mass transit projects, is set to run out of money by Aug. 1 if Congress doesn't figure out a way to fund it. Credit: Randolf Rautenberg via Flickr

Right now, an 18.4-cent gas tax pays for $50 billion of transportation projects each year, like highways, bridges and mass transit. But the Highway Trust Fund is set run out of money Aug. 1., and Republican leaders in the House proposed an unusual way to finance it.

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Tennessee’s Bob Corker Plays Dealmaker In Restoring Highway Trust Fund

Tennessee’s Bob Corker Plays Dealmaker In Restoring Highway Trust Fund
"As one of the folks who's taken so many of the tough votes necessary to cause this place to function, I could not be more disappointed," Corker told reporters after the vote. (Image via Corker's site)

Tennessee's Bob Corker is once again casting himself as a Washington dealmaker. This time, the Republican Senator is touting a bipartisan plan to refill the federal highway trust fund, which is set to run out of money by the end of the year.

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Sen. Corker: There’s More Than Meets The Eye On VW Expansion Talks

Sen. Corker: There’s More Than Meets The Eye On VW Expansion Talks
Senator Bob Corker has been involved with Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee since initial negotiations to build the Chattanooga plant. He frequently tells crowds that the details of the deal were hashed out around his dining room table. Credit: TN Photo Services

While Volkswagen still has not made an expansion announcement regarding its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker says he is as hopeful as ever.

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Senators Say Royalty Reform Tougher Sell ‘Where Nobody Even Plays A Guitar’

Senators Say Royalty Reform Tougher Sell ‘Where Nobody Even Plays A Guitar’
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) joined Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee at the Bluebird Cafe Monday to announce support for royalty reform. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Three Republican senators sat on the small stage of Nashville’s Bluebird Café Monday morning flanked by some of the biggest songwriters in town. The lawmakers flew in to show support for legislation that might help hit-makers get paid more.

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Haslam And Corker Subpoenaed To Testify On VW Union Vote

Haslam And Corker Subpoenaed To Testify On VW Union Vote
Gov. Bill Haslam speaks at VW in May of 2011. He has now been subpoenaed along with 19 others to testify during NLRB hearings in April. Credit: TN Photo Services

Attorneys for the United Auto Workers are trying to make U.S. Senator Bob Corker and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam testify later this month. The National Labor Relations Board is investigating whether there was a coordinated effort to prevent unionization at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.

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Push To Unionize VW Plant Pits Workers Against Tennessee GOP

Push To Unionize VW Plant Pits Workers Against Tennessee GOP
Just off her shift at the VW Chattanooga plant, Lauren Feinauer shows off her makeshift UAW sunshades. In her rear window, she props up a sign with an umbrella. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Volkswagen has 62 plants across the globe. 61 of them are unionized. In Germany, the employees are represented by IG Metall. Credit: VW
Volkswagen has 62 plants across the globe. 61 of them are unionized. In Germany, the employees are represented by IG Metall. Credit: VW

When it comes to union organizing at an auto plant, the tension is typically between the workers and the management. But not at Volkswagen. The United Auto Workers is attempting to finally unionize its first foreign-owned plant in the South. And so far, Republican officials are the ones trying to stand in the way.  (more…)

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