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President Obama campaign surrogate Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley "acknowledged that we are not better off than we were four years ago."

Tennessee's appeals court judges "were selected by a handful of party officials in Nashville" before the system of "merit selection" was put into effect.

The "Health Care Compact bill would end Medicare's guaranteed benefit for Tennessee's Medicare recipients and shift management of the federal health care plan to the state's TennCare program."

Says Mitt Romney has said "we don't need 'more firemen, more policemen, more teachers.' "

Claims credit for food tax reductions that "previous Democrat regimes refused to make."

On allowing Shelby County's schools merger commission to finish work before allowing any new merger legislation.

Says in U.S. Congress, members "don’t even have to be on the floor for debates or votes."

Says abortion doctors are "flying into this state, performing abortions and flying out."

"Right now we have sufficient reserves to take care of Tennessee's lottery scholarship students for a few years more."

"In 2011, there were more than 28,000 new Tennessee jobs created and over $4 billion in capital investment. Our Jobs4TN plan is working."

Says that Rick Santorum "voted for the unions over FedEx."

Says the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency brought coyotes into the state "to try to keep the deer population down."

The state constitution "clearly says there’s not to be a state income tax in Tennessee."

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