A look at Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's first year in office

There are 20 comments on the Jan 15, 2012, Knoxville News Sentinel story titled A look at Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's first year in office. In it, Knoxville News Sentinel reports that:

In a Jan. 15, 2011 photograph, Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy, celebrate the moment after the his inauguration ceremony in Nashville.

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RAZZESRSORE

Jonesborough, TN

#1 Jan 15, 2012
OUR ASSSES ARE SORE
Told

Nashville, TN

#2 Jan 15, 2012
You So...
Pipin In

Elizabethtown, KY

#4 Jan 16, 2012
I think Haslam will go down as one of the worst Tennessee governors in recent history. Just ask the folks trying to get their licenses in Greene County now. Ask any teacher.
JIMINY

Johnson City, TN

#5 Jan 28, 2012
yea ole jewnose is pullin a mini obama on us
Okay

Washington, DC

#6 Jan 28, 2012
JIMINY wrote:
yea ole jewnose is pullin a mini obama on us
Can you explain that?

Since: Jun 09

Unionville, TN

#7 Feb 8, 2012
So far all Haslam has done is cry about how bad Tn. is and how poor we are, how much money we need to fight the war on drugs. Balderdash, it's all propaganda!
sam

Spartanburg, SC

#8 Feb 9, 2012
I say screw him and Pilot Travel Centers. They forced me to resign from my job without reason!
No Fan

United States

#9 Feb 9, 2012
Tn just had to get the shaft, again. This rich piece of crap is in for himself and no one else. When he is finished, there will be nothing left. Closing Kim Loveday's office in Sevierville, unless someone can pull off a miracle, closing Lakeshore, what are all those poor people with developmental problems expected to do. I didn't vote for the little beady eyed daddy's boy, and never would vote for a republican again. Watch Ron Ramsey put it to the county again, just keeps getting better day by day. Man it feels great to live in TN, especially Sevier Co.
Wait

Washington, DC

#10 Feb 10, 2012
TN didn't 'get the shaft'. The majority of the citizens of TN who participated in this particular election, voted him into office. Now, the entire state is suffering. Maybe voters should research the candidates and vote for the best person rather that just choosing the candidate with an 'R' beside their name.
Reille

United States

#11 Feb 10, 2012
Wait wrote:
TN didn't 'get the shaft'. The majority of the citizens of TN who participated in this particular election, voted him into office. Now, the entire state is suffering. Maybe voters should research the candidates and vote for the best person rather that just choosing the candidate with an 'R' beside their name.
Exactly what would you call it then? We (citizens of the state of Tn) are screwed. Particularly if you happen to be in the social service industry, teachers, any form of services to the citizens, they will be taking a huge hit, if not completely annihilated/destroyed/CLOSED. This does not mean the need for the service is also destroyed, quite the opposite! I didn't vote for the Haslem, but will suffer along with the rest of the people that did.

"Maybe voters should research the candidates and vote for the best person rather that just choosing the candidate with an 'R' beside their name."

Ya think??????????
Worthington

Smyrna, TN

#13 Feb 11, 2012
How have we all been "screwed"? How is the state in worse shape one year later?

Facts are facts, folks. The shape is in better fiscal shape now than when Governor Haslam took over. Revenues are up. Last year's expenditures were down $20 billion than what was projected. In addition, Governor Haslam has proposed a 2.5% pay raise for state employees; additionally, he's charged a task force to conduct a salary survey for state employees to compare their salaries against those in other states and those in the private sectors.

The unemployment rate is at its lowest rate since 2008. There has been more investment in public higher education institutions in this administration than any other's since Governor Alexander. Governor Haslam and the legislature have enacted tougher laws regulating pain clinics and the prescription sale of pain pills in order to combat the growing illegal presciption drug problem (particularly here in East Tennessee). Finally, Governor Haslam successfully sought an exemption for Tennessee from the disastrous No Child Left Behind mandates which will ensure educators are preparing our students for meaningful careers and higher education degrees instead of preparing them to pass silly standardized tests.

By all objective measures, this administration's first year in office has been a resounding and absolute success.

I would love to hear specific examples of how exactly the Governor has "screwed" us or how we have "got the shaft".

Since: Jun 09

Unionville, TN

#14 Feb 11, 2012
"How have we all been "screwed"? How is the state in worse shape one year later?"

The good statistics you have quoted are because most of the unemployed have either given up looking for a job, have settled for a min. wage job, or have simply left the state after their home was repossessed. I guess you can can all the people above the dispossessed!
"Governor Haslam and the legislature have enacted tougher laws regulating pain clinics and the prescription sale of pain pills in order to combat the growing illegal prescription drug problem (particularly here in East Tennessee)."
This is more of the "war on drugs" that is not being won and is simply a way to extract billions of tax dollars from "We the people" to continue the "War on Drugs!"
These new laws also apply undue pressure on the disabled, law abiding citizens to go through hoops and pee in a cup so they can get a semblance of normalcy in their lives of pain.
These new drug laws are also designed to get more money from the federal government to fight this not winnable "war on drugs." I hate political propagande but we are getting a barrage of inaccurate and even erronious information out of or Govenor and Tennessee legislature. I am very angry over the voting limitations and this high cost "War on Drugs!"
They also want to stop the disabled from voting so they restrict the absentee voting ballots to require a doctor to fill out a form, that the doctor charges the disabled patient as much as $20.00 or more just to sign this form. Have you ever visited the polling places around Tn? Many are not accessible to a wheelchair, many have stairs and steps that stop a person on crutches from voting. I witnessed an elderly man turning around at the polling place because the lines were so long, he said "he could not wait in line anymore at my age."
These voting barriers and incessant re-districting must come to an end. it's like we cannot make up our collective minds.
I see voting as a right that must be made to be easy and even enjoyable and not to be impeded in any way. An absentee ballot should be easily obtained and not required to give up medical and other personal information just to vote absentee. This is nothing more than an attempt to limit opposing voters from being heard.
Reille

United States

#15 Feb 11, 2012
Rastis wrote:
"How have we all been "screwed"? How is the state in worse shape one year later?"
The good statistics you have quoted are because most of the unemployed have either given up looking for a job, have settled for a min. wage job, or have simply left the state after their home was repossessed. I guess you can can all the people above the dispossessed!
"Governor Haslam and the legislature have enacted tougher laws regulating pain clinics and the prescription sale of pain pills in order to combat the growing illegal prescription drug problem (particularly here in East Tennessee)."
This is more of the "war on drugs" that is not being won and is simply a way to extract billions of tax dollars from "We the people" to continue the "War on Drugs!"
These new laws also apply undue pressure on the disabled, law abiding citizens to go through hoops and pee in a cup so they can get a semblance of normalcy in their lives of pain.
These new drug laws are also designed to get more money from the federal government to fight this not winnable "war on drugs." I hate political propagande but we are getting a barrage of inaccurate and even erronious information out of or Govenor and Tennessee legislature. I am very angry over the voting limitations and this high cost "War on Drugs!"
They also want to stop the disabled from voting so they restrict the absentee voting ballots to require a doctor to fill out a form, that the doctor charges the disabled patient as much as $20.00 or more just to sign this form. Have you ever visited the polling places around Tn? Many are not accessible to a wheelchair, many have stairs and steps that stop a person on crutches from voting. I witnessed an elderly man turning around at the polling place because the lines were so long, he said "he could not wait in line anymore at my age."
These voting barriers and incessant re-districting must come to an end. it's like we cannot make up our collective minds.
I see voting as a right that must be made to be easy and even enjoyable and not to be impeded in any way. An absentee ballot should be easily obtained and not required to give up medical and other personal information just to vote absentee. This is nothing more than an attempt to limit opposing voters from being heard.
Good post! Some of his deepest cuts were in education, brilliant move!

The biggest accomplishment of the guvner, IMO...is the fact he pulled the wool over the eyes of enough of the people to get elected,unbelievable.

http://www.newschannel5.com/story/14248720/go...
Just saying

Johnson City, TN

#16 Feb 11, 2012
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MHO

Washington, DC

#17 Feb 12, 2012
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Since: Jun 09

Unionville, TN

#18 Feb 18, 2012
It looks to me that these folks cannot follow the topic! SPAM> SPAM> SPAM! BAM!
Just saying wrote:
she will be put down Monday at 8 am if we don't get enough people to signed Please sign the petition it just takes a few mins the owner has been fight for a year to save this baby there is video showing the animal control staff abusing Prada http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action...
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gayferd

Johnson City, TN

#19 Feb 18, 2012
yea just lining his pockets as usual.pissn on the poor and sick.ron paul for governor! oh
Supporter

Martin, TN

#20 Apr 14, 2012
Quit bitching about Haslam! Just because you do not know what Haslam has done, doesn't mean he hasn't done anything. Your just a dumbass redneck looking for something to wine about.
i did

Chipley, FL

#21 Apr 14, 2012
Wait wrote:
TN didn't 'get the shaft'. The majority of the citizens of TN who participated in this particular election, voted him into office. Now, the entire state is suffering. Maybe voters should research the candidates and vote for the best person rather that just choosing the candidate with an 'R' beside their name.
I usually vote where there is a D, but after reading his platform & believing he would do what he said, I voted for him! Wish now I'd have stuck to just voting D instead of trying to make an informed decision. All of it was a big lie!
Jonathan

Spirit Lake, IA

#23 Apr 14, 2012
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