Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Bellevue Breakfast Club - Dec. 3rd. "The elections and how the Republican Party moves forward."

From Lonnie Spivak:

Lonnie Spivak
Greetings Breakfast Club Members,

Looks like our desire for a Red Wave was met with near disaster, as we wrap up the mid-term elections. The GOP has failed to take the Senate, and has the slimmest of majorities in the House.

This month, I will be leading the conversation regarding the elections and how the Republican Party moves forward in Davidson County and nationally. Touch on Donald Trump's announcement and next year's Metro elections. This will be a lively discussion as we look forward to 2024. 

Please join me as we meet our our normal location, Plantation Pub. Located at 8321 Sawyer Brown Rd, Nashville, 37221. Our meeting will begin on Saturday, December 3rd, at 8:30 am.

Congratulations to Congressman Elect Andy Ogles, Rep. Dr. Mark Green on their victories. And a special thank you to Michelle Foreman, who ran one heck of a race, but came up a little short election day.

Have a great Thanksgiving,



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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Metro Nashville School Board Approves 4 Charter School Agreement Renewals

By Jason Vaughn, The Tennessee Conservative, Nov 29, 2022 – Last Tuesday, four Nashville charter schools agreements were up for renewal at the Metro Nashville Public School’s Board of Education meeting. ... While all the school’s agreements were renewed by majority, none received a unanimous vote from the board members. ... According to the district’s director of charter schools, Shereka Roby-Grant, all schools received ratings of “meets or exceeds standard” in every category which is the highest possible rating.

TNReady test results show that Nashville’s charter schools outperform MNPS and other districts throughout the state. Eighth-grade students who graduated this spring from Nashville Classical Charter School had a combined English and Math success rate of 62% – MNPS had a 19.5% rate in comparison.

(Emphasis was added by the editor. To read the full article, follow this link.)

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Number of Tennessee residents on food stamps hits 19-year low

Liberals cry in anguish upon learning Number of
Tennessee residents on food stamps hits 19-year low
By Tom Gantert, The Center Square, Nov 25, 2022 -  The number of individuals receiving food stamps in Tennessee has dropped to the lowest levels since November 2003, according to data released by the federal government.

There were 786,502 people receiving food assistance in Tennessee in August 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which recently updated its data on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

By comparison, in the wake of the recession of 2009, the number of people on food stamps in Tennessee reached as high as 1.35 million in the spring and summer of 2013. The number of people on food stamps peaked during the pandemic at 912,733 in January 2021.

The cost of the federal program has also dropped significantly. The monthly cost was $117.88 per person in August 2022 after peaking during the pandemic a year earlier at $336.18 per person in August 2021.

The state of Tennessee has updated its data on SNAP participation through October. The number of individuals on SNAP reached 793,968 that month.

Gov. Bill Lee did not renew a COVID-19 state of emergency in November 2021, which had been in effect for 20 months. Additional emergency SNAP benefits authorized by the federal government ended Dec. 31. The SNAP benefits cost per person was $256.66 in December and dropped in January to $166.82.

The state's unemployment rate during the pandemic peaked at 15.9% in April 2020 and dropped to 3.4% as of September 2022.

Tennessee's lower participation in SNAP bucks trends seen in other states. For example, Illinois has had about 2 million people on food stamps in 2021 and 2022 and that state's SNAP cost per person has increased from $220.04 in August 2021 to $250.03 in August 2022.

Lee also signed a law that took effect in May that added a work requirement to receive food assistance.

According to the Department of Human Services, "... most able-bodied people between 16 and 59 years old must register for work, participate in the Employment & Training Program if offered, accept offers of employment, and cannot quit a job. Able-bodied adults without dependents aged 18 to 49 can receive only a limited number of benefit months in 3 years, unless working 80 hours per month or otherwise determined exempt from the rule."

College students, in general, must be working an average of 20 hours per week to be eligible for food assistance, according to the state.

The number of households receiving food assistance in Tennessee has dropped to the lowest levels since December 2007.

There were 398,078 households receiving SNAP benefits in August 2022. It was the first time in 15 years the number of households on food stamps had dropped below 400,000.

State Sen. Jack Johnson's office and the Tennessee Department of Human Services weren't able to provide comment prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Report: Tennessee is 31st highest in average retail price for electricity

 By Jon Styf, The Center Square, Nov 28, 2022 -  Tennessee ranked 13th in total retail sales of  electricity and was 31st in average retail price, according to new data from 2021 released recently by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The state also ranked 21st in summer megawatt capacity and was 11th in direct use.

Tennessee’s average price was 9.78 cents per kilowatt hour, compared to the national average of 11.1.

In 2020, Tennessee was 22nd in energy consumption per capita while being 41st in electricity prices and 35th in the cost of natural gas.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is the largest public power corporation in the country, generating 90% of the state’s electric generating capacity and three-fifth of its power plants.

TVA is federally owned and serves 10 million by providing electricity to 153 local power companies. TVA said that natural gas prices were 141% higher in June 2022 than June 2021 but TVA’s effective power rate, inclusive of fuel cost, is only 11% higher than a year before.

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