Thanks for reading my blog! My name is Alanna Autler, and I’ll be covering the statehouse beat this legislative session. We’ve aired several stories since we heard the gavel drop a little more than a week ago, but I plan to write about “extra material” here in this blog. Here’s the sad part about TV: we usually need to tell a story in less than two minutes. This space will be used to explore some of the interesting topics and tidbits we overhear at the State Capitol and beyond.
Some of the big issues that will dominate the conversation include abortion, education, and health care. Gov. Bill Haslam has called a special session for February 2 to discuss Insure Tennessee, which is his version of Medicaid expansion. This week he kicked off a statewide speaking tour to tout the program. Selling the idea to lawmakers will probably be one of the toughest challenges of his career – and even he admits garnering support will be difficult.
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