Monthly Archives: October, 2014

Haslam: “Failure to communicate?”


Haslam explaining how to handle an anti-Common Core legislator:

In a recent TNReport article, “Republican” Gov. Bill Haslam breezily dismissed concerns about Common Core:

Haslam said he still supports the controversial nationally focused education-standards system, which appears to be growing in unpopularity among Tennessee teachers. There’s also a sizable contingent of Republican lawmakers in the state’s General Assembly who’ve committed themselves to thwarting it.

“There is some disagreement about where they came from and how they originated; I think there are some misconceptions, and I also think it is a little irrelevant.”

“Appropriate Vehicle?”

Haslam went on to offer a vague promise to establish a policy-discussion forum on Common Core that provides “everybody a chance to have some comment on it.”

“We are trying to figure out the appropriate vehicle to do that, and we will come back to you soon with how we propose to do that across the state,” said Haslam.

Would this be the same secret closed-door meetings Haslam held around the state back in July?  Meetings set up in coordination with TOSS, whose lobbyist is also the lobbyist for Pearson?  Surely not.

Rocky Top has a suggestion for the Guv on what would be an “appropriate vehicle.”  It too was announced with great fanfare and publicity and Common Core seems headed for the same results:




Chris Barbic to Replace Huffman?

The rumor mill is a-buzzin’ with the prediction that Kevin “I Voted for Obama” Huffman will be replaced soon by his close buddy and non-Tennessean, Chris Barbic – the highly paid Achievement School District superintendent.

Chris Barbic

Chris Barbic

Of course, there’s the little problem of not one, but two multi-million dollar lawsuits against Huffman and Barbic. One of the lawsuits sued Barbic personally as well as in his official capacity. Should make for interesting discussion during hearings at the LP next session.

If Barbic’s appointment happens, that would beg the whole question of why, out of 95,000+ Tennessee educators, 9 public universities and a population of 6,500,000 people Haslam seems incapable of finding just one person to head up the education of Tennessee’s children.

Guess there’s not that many Democrats left in the state for him to choose from.

Stayed tuned in to Rocky Top for more revelations about Chris Barbic, regardless of whether or not he gets the top job.

Dust on the Buttle*

Gregory Butts Out.

Butt, no-o-o. Gregory Gets Spanked.

Hullett to stop “Bringing up the Rear?”

Williamson County Chairman Search Starts From The Bottom.

Gregory’s Reign Comes to a Big Fat End.

Oh, RTP could go on indefinitely with this sophomoric prattle, butt the headlines just write themselves, don’t they?

Less than 72 hours after RTP posted our story on ButtleGate, Chairman Mark Gregory finally saw the handwriting that had been blasted on the wall and resigned as chairman. Seems everyone had had enough from both the embarrassment that was the Buttle Opener as well as the ego-driven, sour grapes embarrassment that is Belly-aching Bob Hullet.

For you die-hards, here is one last shot:

buttle opener

Now maybe everyone can focus on educating kids instead of ogling rear-ends.


*Apologies to David Lee Murphy and his hit song “Dust on the Bottle.”  We could have used another hit of David Lee’s called “Loco.”  That would have worked just as well.