Why is Haslam Outsourcing in the Shadows?


Nashville Scene, Dec. 22, 2016 By: Cari Wade Gervin For almost a year-and-a-half, a small group of highly paid state executives has been regularly meeting in secret, determining the future of more than 3,000 state employees whose jobs could be outsourced. From late August through November of this year,

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Dems Call for Hearing Over Insurance Hikes


Nashville Post, Aug. 31, 2016 By: Cari Wade Gervin On Tuesday Nashville Democrats state Sen. Jeff Yarbro and Rep. John Ray Clemmons held a press conference calling for hearings on the massive insurance rate hikes

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Lawmakers Demand Answers After Massive Insurance Rate Hikes


NewsChannel5, Aug. 30, 2016 The price of Tennessee healthcare will soon skyrocket, but some lawmakers have blamed the rate hikes on politics. Tennessee Democrats have called  for legislative hearings to find out why 100 percent of the requested rate increases by insurance companies were approved without any

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Democrats Renew Bashing of Haslam Outsourcing


Humphrey on the Hill, Aug. 16, 2016 Today, Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris, D-Memphis, and State Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, joined the United Campus Workers on a telephone call with statewide press to discuss t

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Outsourcing Savings Estimates Strain Credulity


The Daily News, May 19, 2016 By: Sam Stockard Terry Cowles flashes a photo of ceiling lamp fixtures on the screen and tells state legislators a vendor’s state Capitol team used its electrical training to remove, repair and re

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Policymakers: Teachers Input Is Vital


Vanderbilt University Research News, May 9, 2016 By: Joan Brasher Tennessee lawmakers encouraged aspiring teachers to use their unique perspective to impact education policy decisions during a panel discussion May 5.

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Is Clemmons trolling the GOP?


Nashville Post, Feb. 10, 2016 By: Andrea Zelinski After proposing Republicans go along with a resolution recognizing Nashville’s most high-profile civic leader for Latinos, Rep. John Ray Clemmons is now asking the chamber to applaud the In

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Capitol View Commentary: It Might Be Funny If It Was Not So Sad


By: Pat Nolan, Jan. 22, 2016 We begin with something state lawmakers do all the time. They pass hundreds of congratulatory resolutions commending their constituents and others who have achieved local, state or national honors. So it was for Nashville representative John Ray Clemmons. He drafted a resolution regar

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Legislators To Host Roundtable Discussion on Gun Legislation


NASHVILLE, Aug. 12, 2015 - Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris and state Rep. John Ray Clemmons will host a roundtable discussion on gun legislation and possible impacts on local economies at 9 a.m. Aug. 13 in the legislative library in the state Capitol. Participants include:    • Adam S

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The Fighting 26 Democrats Work to Stay Relevant


The Ledger, Sam Stockard, July 17, 2015 - Sometimes Tennessee Democrats must feel like a tree that falls in the forest: Does anyone hear them? When Democratic legislative leaders called for a special session this summer on Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Hasl

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Tennessee Apologizes Over Sexist Anti-DUI Bar Campaign


Fox News, July 16, 2015 - The Highway Safety Office of Tennessee has apologized over a controversial anti-DUI campaign that included slogans which told men not to drink with a "marginally good-looking girl" that was "clingy" and then later drive. The p

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Tennessee Apologizes for Sexist Anti-DUI Campaign


TIME, Katy Osborn, July 15, 2015 - The state claimed the ad was intended to be "edgy." The Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office apologized for the “100 Days of Summer Heat Booze It and Lose It Campaign” in a statement on

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Rep. Clemmons Announces TN Arts Commission Grants


State Rep. John Ray Clemmons Announces 2015-2016 Tennessee Arts Commission Grants for District 55 Non-Profits July 2, 2015 State Representative John Ray Clemmons, representing the 55th District, has released a list of grant award recipients from the Tennessee Arts Commission for Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 –&nb

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Statement on SCOTUS Ruling on Affordable Care Act


Statement of Rep. John Ray Clemmons on Supreme Court Ruling on Affordable Care Act June 25, 2015   The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled on King v. Burwell, and budget deficit arguments, as well as other reasons for opposition, have proven baseless.  No more excuses

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Clemmons challenges constitutionality of abortion bills


Anita Wadhwani and Dave Boucher, The Tennessean April 21, 2015 - Two abortion measures are now headed to the governor's desk after the Tennessee House voted 79-18 in favor of requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion after in-person counsel

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Clemmons Questions Monetary Impact of Vouchers


Andrea Zelinski, Nashville Post Politics April 1, 2015 - “You’ll learn,” Majority Leader Gerald McCormick said wide-eyed as he leaned across his seat toward two Democrats hell-bent on making a school voucher bill as difficult to pass a

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Clemmons Helps Delay Ultrasound Bill for a Year


Scott Broden, The Daily News Journal April 1, 2015 - State Rep. Rick Womick responded to questions today about his bill pertaining to ultrasounds prior to abortions by postponing consideration until 2016. The Tennessee House Health Subcommittee agreed

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Vanderbilt welcomed to Day on the Hill by Clemmons


Jennifer Johnston, MyVU April 1, 2015 - Vanderbilt hosted a Day on the Hill breakfast reception for state legislators and staff members March 31 and showcased Vanderbilt’s significant impact in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties with banners displayed throughout hallways. In addition to gree

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Clemmons Op-Ed on Insure Tennessee


The Tennessean, 1/26/15 By John Ray Clemmons Insure Tennessee imperfect but good for TN residents I intend to vote for Gov. Bill Haslam’s “Insure Tennessee” proposal, and this is why.

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