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"I think we're going to accomplish great things with the Governor," says Rep. Beth Harwell (R-Nashville).
The power on Capitol Hill is now overwhelmingly in Republican hands. The GOP has a 2/3 super majority in both chambers.
"You know it's an awesome responsibility to have that on our shoulders, and I feel like we're up to the task of leadership," says Harwell.
The big question here: will there be room for compromise? It's possible to pass any bill without a single Democrat's vote. Democrats are already trying to assert themselves, asking for more open meetings, and challenging some of the Republican proposals being offered.
"James K. Polk said one man with courage is a majority, and we will put that to test this session," says Sen. Jim Kyle (D-Memphis).
There are plenty of issues to debate, including wine in grocery stores, school vouchers, teachers with guns and reducing the tax on food. Democrat Representative Mike Stewart (D-Nashville) says Republicans will ultimately answer to voters.
"I suspect after this session, we'll see the people of Tennessee in many areas make a change and move toward Democrats and away from Republicans," says Stewart.
Several members say they're looking forward to a productive and efficient session.
"What the people really want us to do is balance the budget, cut taxes, have a smaller government, and get out as quickly as we can," says Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville).
The gavel has dropped on Capitol Hill. One party leads, the other keeps fighting. Lawmakers hope to complete their work on Capitol Hill by the end of April. Governor Haslam will present his budget proposal to the General Assembly at the end of the month.
Tuesday, January 8 2013, 09:13 PM CST
Work beginning on Civil War park in Knoxville
May 18, 2013 13:12 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Civil War landmark in East Tennessee will soon become a low-impact park that allows public access and preserves the area's historical integrity.
High Ground Park is being created at the site of Fort Higley in south Knoxville, which was manned by Union soldiers during the Siege of Knoxville in 1863.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/11Vb6XJ) reports the park is scheduled to open on Nov. 27, which is the 150th anniversary of the construction of Fort Higley.
Bob Young, who has been involved in the effort to preserve the site, says it is "a treasure."
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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