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Mark Green Named Person of the Year

It’s that time of year when news outlets pick the person who they believe made the most impact. While nationally The Financial Times listed Leftist George Soros as Person of the Year for being a “standard bearer for liberal democracy,” one of Tennessee’s own was recognized by a publication in the Volunteer State.

Congressman-elect Mark Green was named Person of the Year by Clarksville’s main newspaper not only because he is a veteran, physician, and businessman, but ultimately because he is the first congressman from Clarksville in 135 years.

Said Green about being chosen, “I’m very humbled to be selected by The Leaf-Chronicle for this honor. This entire community has just taken care of me and my family, including during times when I was away for combat deployments. The support from the local schools and churches is something we have never experienced anywhere else, and it is my intention to return the favor for Clarksville, represent it well and defend its interests, including Fort Campbell.”

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Ohio House Overrides Governor Kasich’s Veto, Effort Fails in Senate

Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed the pro-life Heartbeat Bill last week, but Thursday, the Ohio House overrode the decision in a 60-28 vote.

Regrettably, the effort fell one vote short in the Ohio Senate when five Republican senators voted with all the Democrats. One of those Republicans, Sen. Bill Beagle, had voted for the bill in the Senate Health Committee and again on the Senate floor.

The bill would have prohibited abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Citizens for Community Values President Aaron Baer, in a written statement, was disappointed but upbeat about the future. “The pro-life movement will carry on for another day. Thankfully, Ohio has true pro-life champions coming into the Governor’s office in the DeWine/Husted administration,” he said. “Our call to state legislative leadership is to not delay in 2019. The times are urgent, and we must enact this bill as soon as possible.”

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Wisconsin Town Tries to Force Churches to Push LGBT Agenda

City officials in De Pere, Wisconsin, adopted a “non-discrimination” ordinance that demanded protection on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) for housing, employment, advertising, and public accommodations with no exemption for religious organizations and designated churches as “places of public accommodation.” By doing this, city officials were trying to force places of worship to bow to the LGBT agenda.

Fortunately, five churches and a radio broadcaster in the area responded with a lawsuit, and Brown County Judge William Atkinson sided with the churches by exempting religious institutions.

“This court victory came just in time for these churches who have treaded cautiously under the burden of this government orthodoxy,” said attorney Kevin Snider of Pacific Justice Institute that represented the plaintiffs. “Our clients and the many other religious institutions in De Pere can fulfill their religious functions and ministries this Christmas season, without fear of being brought before a tribunal due to their hiring choices or refusal to host same-sex marriages on church property.”

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Girls Aren’t Only Ones With Periods, Inclusive British Program Suggests

The Brighton and Hove City Council in the United Kingdom has approved a policy to provide feminine products in both boys’ and girls’ restrooms and to teach all young students starting at age 8 that anyone—even boys and trans students—can menstruate. The stated aim of the policy is to help schools take a “period positive approach” and suggests that, “language and learning about periods is inclusive of all genders, cultures, faiths, and sexual orientations.” One of the key messages teachers should impart to their students under the policy is that “trans boys and men and non-binary people may have periods.”

Tory MP David Davies called the council’s sex education advice “insanity.”

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Lamar Alexander Will Not Seek Reelection in 2020

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander announced Monday that he will not seek reelection in 2020.

In a Facebook post, Alexander said, “I will not be a candidate for re-election to the United States Senate in 2020. The people of Tennessee have been very generous, electing me to serve more combined years as Governor and Senator than anyone else from our state. I am deeply grateful, but now it is time for someone else to have that privilege.”

On the Republican side, outgoing Gov. Bill Haslam leads a long list of possible contenders for the open seat. In addition, Haslam’s former state commissioner of economic and community development and current U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Bill Hagerty, has expressed interest as well as several current and former congressmen.

On the Democrat side, possible contenders could include Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, state Sens. Jeff Yarbro of Nashville and Sara Kyle of Memphis, state Rep. John Ray Clemmons of Nashville, and attorney and veteran James Mackler.

As chairman of the key Senate Committtee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Alexander has been in charge of everything from education policy to issues with Obamacare.

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