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Small business endorses Craig Fitzhugh in House District 82
Posted Thursday, September 6, at 4:15 PM
NFIB/Tennessee supports pro-small business candidate NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 6, 2012 -- The National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee's leading small business association, has endorsed incumbent Craig Fitzhugh (Ripley) in the race for the 82nd House District. The endorsement was made by NFIB/Tennessee SAFE (Save America's Free Enterprise) Trust, which is comprised exclusively of NFIB members. The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6...

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Press Release: Fitzhugh Attends Bill Signing for Tennessee Works Act
Posted Tuesday, May 29, at 3:04 PM

NASHVILLE,TN -- State Representative Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) was in Nashville on Tuesday attending the ceremonial bill signing for his Tennessee Works Act of 2012. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Fitzhugh and signed by Governor Bill Haslam, will help move displaced workers off unemployment and back into jobs...

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Legislative Update 3/28/12
Posted Monday, April 2, at 10:57 AM

By Rep. Craig Fitzhugh. As legislative session continues, I am surprised at the pace with which legislation is passing out of committees. We are literally seeing hundreds of bills each week, many of which we haven't even had time to properly discuss. ...

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Press Release: Fitzhugh to Seek Re-Election
Posted Monday, March 19, at 5:13 PM

RIPLEY, TN --Rep. Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) announced today that he will seek re-election as State Representative this fall. House District 82, which Fitzhugh currently represents, formerly encompassed parts of Dyer County. After the 2010 census, it was redrawn and now consists of Crockett, Haywood & Lauderdale Counties...

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Legislative Update--2/23/12
Posted Monday, March 12, at 2:30 PM

By Rep. Craig Fitzhugh. Legislative session is underway and things are beginning to move at a quick pace. With that in mind, I want to share with you some of what I'm working on here in Nashville. First, after mounting pressure from teachers, school directors, parents and legislators from both parties, Governor Haslam has withdrawn his proposal increase classroom size. ...

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Haslam's Bad Idea--Larger Class Sizes
Posted Thursday, February 9, at 7:35 AM

By Rep. Craig Fitzhugh and Sen. Reginald Tate Originally run in the Commercial Appeal 2/08/12 It's your daughter's first day of kindergarten. She's excited, but also scared to be leaving Mom and Dad. You tell her it will be all right, that her teacher will take care of her and that she'll make lots of new friends...

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A Common Goal
Posted Monday, February 6, at 11:34 AM

By Rep. Craig Fitzhugh Every year, the Tennessee General Assembly convenes in a joint session and invites the Governor to give an address known as the State of the State. During this speech, the Governor typically unveils his legislative priorities, as well as his budget for the upcoming fiscal year. On Monday, Governor Bill Haslam delivered his second State of the State address in Nashville...

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Redistricting
Posted Monday, February 6, at 11:31 AM

By Rep. Craig Fitzhugh This week, the Tennessee General Assembly reconvened for the second session of the 107th General Assembly. I have high expectations for the upcoming legislative session and look forward to making government work for the people over the coming months...

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Tennessee Works Act of 2012
Posted Wednesday, November 16, at 10:01 AM

By Rep. Craig Fitzhugh Some politicians want you to believe that the people of Tennessee would rather receive unemployment than find a job. While like every program there is certainly some abuse, the vast majority of these people just want to get back to work. ...

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Letter from Fitzhugh to Haslam: "Slow down teacher evaluations."
Posted Thursday, November 3, at 9:33 AM

On Wednesday, I sent the following letter to Governor Bill Haslam concerning the new teacher evaluation system. 11/02/11 Governor Haslam, I am writing today to request your review of the new evaluation standards implemented for this academic year. ...

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Focusing on Jobs
Posted Tuesday, November 1, at 9:45 AM

By Rep. Craig Fitzhugh Everywhere I go--from the grocery store to the doctor's office--people tell me the number one issue I should be dealing with is jobs. I absolutely agree and I want you to know I'm working hard in Nashville to help get our people back to work...

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Real Education Reform: Letting Teachers Teach!
Posted Friday, October 21, at 1:06 PM

By Rep. Craig Fitzhugh Over the past few weeks, I have talked a lot about education and many people have asked me what "real education reform" means. Today I want to address that issue as we wind up this series on education. First, we need to note what education reform is not. ...

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The Legacy of Ned McWherter
Posted Saturday, October 1, at 1:52 PM

By Rep. Craig Fitzhugh. This week I want to take a break from my regular column and talk instead about my friend, former Speaker of the House and Governor Ned Ray McWherter. Earlier this year, Tennessee suffered a great loss when Governor McWherter passed on, but this weekend his friends from across the state will gather in Nashville to honor the looming legacy he leaves behind...

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Press Release: House, Senate Democrats Announce Jobs Tour
Posted Monday, September 12, at 3:24 PM

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee's House and Senate Democratic Caucuses announced Wednesday that their members will embark on a six-day tour across the state Sept. 19-24 to talk to business owners, local officials and the public about how to best grow jobs in Tennessee...

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Teachers Under Attack in Tennessee
Posted Tuesday, September 6, at 9:52 AM

By Rep. Craig Fitzhugh. There's a button in my office that says "if you can read this, thank a teacher." It's a simple, but true statement. Each and every one of us has benefitted from the knowledge and nurture of a quality educator. These teachers often work long hours for little pay, going above and beyond the call of duty because they are dedicated to seeing our students succeed. Now, unfortunately, these dedicated men and women have come under attack in Tennessee...

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Press Release: 126 Jobs, $22 million Investment Coming to Ripley
Posted Thursday, August 18, at 11:55 AM

Ripley, TN -- State Representative Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) is pleased to welcome Quaprotek USA's announcement of a new factory to be located in Ripley. "This has been a long time coming," said Rep. Fitzhugh. "Many people have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this happen. Mayor Rod Schuh, Mayor John Paveletic, our county commissioners, city aldermen, the chamber of commerce and our community banks have all put in the work that has now paid off big for Lauderdale County."...

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Virtual Schools Bad for Education Reform
Posted Wednesday, August 17, at 10:54 AM

By Rep. Craig Fitzhugh. Last year under Governor Phil Bredesen, Tennessee made great strides in education reform when we won the Race to the Top Grant. Unfortunately, one year later, we have back tracked and jeopardized our standing as a national model for education. Over the next few weeks, I want to cover these changes and show why I think it's so important to reverse course next session and preserve our public education system...

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Tax Payer Relief Act
Posted Wednesday, August 17, at 10:46 AM

By Rep. Craig Fitzhugh. Our economy is still in recovery. Businesses are hurting, it's getting harder to send the kids off to college & even buying groceries has become a struggle for many families. That's why I believe it's time for state government to stand up and do something to help working people...

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Press Release: Fitzhugh & House Democrats Introduce Tax Relief Bill
Posted Thursday, July 21, at 2:59 PM

NASHVILLE --Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh and the House Democratic Caucus filed a bill Thursday to allocate any surplus state revenues to cutting sales taxes on food and providing for need-based college scholarships. "When the state is taking in more money than needed, as we've seen over the last few months, then this money needs to go back to Tennesseans not into the state's pocket book," said Fitzhugh (D-Ripley). ...

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Press Release: Fitzhugh to Introduce "Caylee's Law" in Tennessee
Posted Monday, July 11, at 11:49 AM

NASHVILLE -- State Representative Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) & State Senator Eric Stewart (D-Belvidere) announced Monday that they are filing a bill to make it a punishable crime when parents or guardians fail to timely notify authorities when a child under their care is missing...

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