Knoxville News Sentinel, Nashville Bureau Chief
The “dean” of Tennessee’s Capitol Hill press corps been covering Tennessee state government and politics as chief of the News Sentinel's Nashville bureau since 1984. Before that, Humphrey reported on those topics -- and many others -- for United Press International. In addition to his newspaper reporting and weekly column, he has operated the “Humphrey on the Hill” blog for the past three years, posting about 6,000 items on state government and politics in that period. He is a Middle Tennessee native, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, an Army veteran, a graduate of the Nashville School of Law (licensed as a lawyer, though never practicing), a father of five and a grandfather of eight. He and his wife, Betsy, live in Bell Buckle, Tenn.
The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Tom Humphrey
Says House Democrats "voted to use your tax dollars for abortions" by voting against bill defunding Planned Parenthood.
"All legislative mail, from the content to the timing, is approved by the speaker's office."
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."
"We have only one person on the (TVA) board, to my knowledge, who even has any corporate board experience."
"Foreign Chinese prostitution money is allegedly behind the groups funding Congressman Scott DesJarlais's (TN-04) Republican Majority."
"If you have ever visited Nashville or Washington D.C. you will see MANY names and initials carved into ... desks."
"(Environmentalists) said ‘We’re only going to stop coal mining above 2,000 feet.’ ... Well guess where all the coal in the state of Tennessee is? Above 2,000 feet."
Says in U.S. Congress, members "don’t even have to be on the floor for debates or votes."
"Personal income is growing faster in Tennessee on average than any other state in the country."
Recent stories from Tom Humphrey
Is holding hands gateway sexual activity?
Tennessee Senate Bill 3310, which would subject instructors who promote or condone "gateway sexual activity" to a $500 fine, has drawn national attention.
So, what really is gateway sexual activity? Does it, for example, cover hand-holding? How about sitting on someone's lap?
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