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Lee: Skills training key to future of rural areas

Bill Lee believes changing Tennessee’s approach to education will at the same time lead to a healthy future for the state’s rural communities.

Bill Lee 2018 election

Read more at The Standard Banner

Bredesen visits OR, as Nashville prepares for president

While President Trump was scheduled to travel to Nashville late Tuesday, May 29, to raise campaign cash for GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s U.S. Senate campaign, former Gov. Phil Bredesen, whom Tennessee’s Democratic party is hoping will replace retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, was visiting Oak Ridge throughout Tuesday morning — touring the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and dropping by The Oak Ridger.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

Read more at The Oak Ridger

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Boyd: Trump tariffs 'not good' for Tennessee

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd said Monday it’s his job to support President Trump, but he called Trump’s tariffs on imports “not good” for the Volunteer State.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

Read more at Kingsport Times-News

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Randy Boyd brings 95-county bus tour to Rogersville

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Randy Boyd brought his 95-county bus tour to Rogersville on Monday afternoon after making an earlier stop in Hancock County.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

Read more at The Rogersville Review

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6 Rep. Marsha Blackburn: 'Liberals' and 'liberal judges' to blame for migrant family separations

Rep. Marsha Blackburn expressed sorrow Tuesday for immigrant children who are being separated from parents accused of entering the country illegally, but she placed the blame for the separation policy on “liberals” and “liberal judges” instead of President Donald Trump.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

Read more at The Tennessean

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Tennessee GOP Senate hopeful Marsha Blackburn blames liberals in immigrant family separations

Tennessee's leading U.S. Senate candidates are decrying the separation of immigrant families at the border, with Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn blaming liberals.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

Read more at Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Opinion | Blackburn needs enthusiastic Republican endorsements to beat Bredesen

Republican Senate candidate and U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn can expect prominent (i.e., rich) Republicans to start having fundraisers for Democrat Phil Bredesen. The amount of money raised is not as important as it becoming a campaign meme. A small number of big names can create the impression that conservative Blackburn is being deserted by Republicans in favor of Bredesen.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Randy Boyd visits Claiborne Co.

Randy Boyd, republican candidate for governor, visited Claiborne County on his 95 county bus tour across Tennessee. He set up at The Break Room along TN 33 in Tazewell as members of the community gathered under a tent to hear him speak.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

Read more at Claiborne Progress

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Victor Ashe: Blackburn-Bredesen contest is dividing families, Republicans

The highly competitive contest for the U.S. Senate between former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen, 74, and GOP Congressman Marsha Blackburn, 66, not only splits Republicans but also families.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Bredesen predicts Tennessee Democrats' 'dry spell' will end in 2018 elections

Former Tennessee governor and U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen told cheering state party members Saturday night that while Democrats have had "a bit of a dry spell" in recent elections, he believes that will "come to an end" in 2018.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Blackburn to speak at Grainger GOP event

The Grainger County Republican Women will be hosting their annual picnic next Saturday and organizers are excited about the lineup of who will be attending. Marsha Blackburn, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, will be the keynote speaker at the event. “We’re so excited to get Marsha into Grainger County,” said Kathy Adams, one of the event organizers. “That’s a big deal.”

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

Read more at Citizen Tribune

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Farmers dislike tariffs

Former governor Phil Bredesen, now a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, met with a small group of Bedford County farmers Thursday in a barn south of Flat Creek, to talk about tariffs and their impact.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

Read more at Shelbyville Times-Gazette

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Complaint against Bill Lee alleges illegal campaign contributions

Williamson County businessman Bill Lee is the subject of a newly filed campaign finance complaint alleging, among other items, the Republican gubernatorial candidate is using a tax-sheltered trust to illegally donate money to his own campaign.

Bill Lee 2018 election

Read more at The Tennessean

Candidates back weed reform

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Tennessee House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh expressed support Thursday for eliminating criminal punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana statewide if elected governor.

Beth Harwell Randy Boyd 2018 election

Read more at The Mountain Press

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Clayton Amos, Winfree named Statesmen of Year

Two ladies with strong ties to Wilson County were recognized as Statesmen of the Year recipients at the Tennessee Republican Party’s 42nd Annual Statesmen’s Dinner at Opryland Hotel on Friday night.

Diane Black 2018 election

Read more at Wilson Post

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U.S. Rep Marsha Blackburn on tariffs, running for Senate and rural broadband access

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn said she is “pleased” with her campaign at this point in the U.S. Senate race.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

Read more at The Jackson Sun

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All six top-tier gubernatorial candidates say Trump tariffs could harm Tennessee

The top candidates for governor in Tennessee are all trying to differentiate themselves as they appeal to voters ahead of the Aug. 2 primary.

Bill Lee Randy Boyd Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean Beth Harwell Diane Black 2018 election

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Boyd stops by Paris on gubernatorial tour

Randy Boyd, gubernatorial candidate for the State of Tennessee, stopped by on Wednesday morning to speak to a large group of Henry Countians about some of his stances he’s running on from bringing back jobs, making adoption easier, deregulating businesses and helping make Tennessee become the state of opportunity.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

Read more at The Paris Post-Intelligencer

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Shelby County Remains a Beehive of Political Activity

The pending visit to The Orpheum on Friday by former Vice President (and possible 2020 presidential candidate) Joe Biden for his "American Promise" tour highlights what continues to be a busy election season.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

Read more at The Memphis Flyer

Marijuana law reform supported by Fitzhugh, Dean at forum

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Tennessee House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh expressed support Thursday for eliminating criminal punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana statewide if elected governor.

Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean 2018 election

Read more at Bristol Herald Courier

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Tennessee gubernatorial candidates, PACs set to spend more than $23M on TV ads

More than $23 million is set to be spent on television advertisements in Tennessee's upcoming governor's race, according to an analytics company summary obtained by the USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee.

Diane Black Randy Boyd Beth Harwell Bill Lee 2018 election

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Bredesen stop in Williamson includes talk with women on health care

In his third brown bag lunch across the state, U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen lightly drummed his fingers on the table while he listened to a group of Williamson County women talk health care.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

Read more at The Tennessean

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Ahead of gathering, Blackburn, Bredesen say white nationalists not welcome in Tennessee

With white nationalists set to once again gather at a state park, both of Tennessee's top-tier U.S. Senate candidates are saying such groups are not welcome.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Midstate Transit Future is Paved With Tired Ideas

If you ask state Rep. William Lamberth, Davidson County voters gave a resounding answer on the future of mass transit in this region. Based on their overwhelming defeat of an early May referendum, they don’t want to raise taxes for mass transit, preferring to be more like Atlanta and Los Angeles and less like New York.

Diane Black 2018 election

Read more at The Daily News

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee holds town hall in Dyersburg

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee visited Dyer County Wednesday evening as part of his Tennessee Town Hall tour. Lee, wife Maria, and his team arrived at Dave’s on the Square in downtown Dyersburg at 5:30 p.m., where they were met by nearly 30 local residents.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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BMA agrees to pursue grants to fund dog park

The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Tuesday to approve grant applications to fund the construction of a dog park on the town’s Rosenbaum property, located along Little Limestone Creek on Old State Route 34.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

Read more at Herald & Tribune

Gubernatorial forum Thursday in Memphis

The Tennessee Bar Association and The Commercial Appeal, USA Today Network-Tennessee will co-host a forum at 8:30 a.m., Thursday in Memphis, featuring the major candidates for governor of Tennessee.

Karl Dean Craig Fitzhugh Diane Black Randy Boyd Beth Harwell Bill Lee 2018 election

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Sullivan County applies for dog park grant

Sullivan County has submitted its application for a $25,000 grant to build a dog park in Blountville near the county justice center and animal shelter. Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd is offering the grants through The Boyd Foundation under the Dog Park Dash grant program, which will award 36 cities and counties across the state $900,000 in grants every year for three years to build or enhance dog parks. This year’s grant recipients will be announced in July.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

Read more at Bristol Herald Courier

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MSCO promotes Ogle to captain

Monroe County Sheriff Tommy Jones II has announced the promotion of Steve Ogle to patrol captain. According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, Ogle started his law enforcement career in 1984 at the Madisonville Police Department. In March 1989, he accepted a position as deputy with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Not long after, Ogle assumed the position of detective. In 1991, he was promoted to chief deputy.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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On the campaign trail, Bredesen visits ETSU Gatton College of Pharmacy for opioid roundtable

History can come full circle at times, and Tuesday happened to be one of those instances. Seated side-by-side at a college they played integral roles in creating, former Gov. Phil Bredesen and former East Tennessee State University President Paul Stanton shook hands, shared a few laughs and reminisced about their efforts more than a decade ago that led to the development of the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, a private college that resides within a state institution.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

Read more at Johnson City Press

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Diane Black's missed votes mount as she campaigns for Tennessee governor

As U.S. Rep. Diane Black continues to campaign for the Republican nomination for Tennessee governor, she has increasingly missed votes on major legislation in Congress.

Diane Black 2018 election

Read more at The Tennessean

Your view: Beth Harwell supports CBD

I never make political endorsements. The last time I did, Barack H. Obama won and almost ruined this nation. Rather, let me tell you who I am voting for. We have all seen the TV ads for Tennessee governor. I have contacted every one of them that have commercial ads running here locally regarding cannabis. Seems they are all against it because despite several attempts, none of them answered me.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

Read more at Bristol Herald Courier

Bristol Tennessee raising funds to build new dog park

The Bristol Tennessee Parks and Recreation Department is applying for a $25,000 grant to build a dog park near Food City on Virginia Avenue. Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd is offering the grants through his foundation — The Boyd Foundation — under the Dog Park Dash grant program, which will award 36 cities and counties across the state $900,000 in grants every year for three years to build or enhance dog parks. The foundation wants new parks to be built and existing parks enhanced to make Tennessee the most pet-friendly state in the U.S., according to the foundation’s website.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

Read more at Bristol Herald Courier

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Gubernatorial candidate Boyd holds meet and greet at Okeena Park

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd visited Dyersburg Monday evening as he held a meet-and-greet dinner at Okeena Park from 5-7 p.m. The meet and greet was part of Boyd’s 95 County Bus Tour that launched on May 30 and will span 9 weeks. Dyersburg was one of many stops on the tour during that day, which also included Atoka, Brownsville, and Fruitville. While in Dyersburg, Boyd spoke to nearly 60 community members and leaders. Those in attendance were also treated to hot dogs and drinks.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

Read more at State Gazette

Times Free Press to host gubernatorial forum

Candidates seeking to be the next governor of Tennessee will discuss key issues for the state at a forum hosted by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Randy Boyd Beth Harwell Bill Lee Diane Black Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean 2018 election

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Democrat, Republican debates set in Tennessee governor race

Separate debates for the Democratic and Republican hopefuls in Tennessee's open race for governor are slated for the upcoming weeks.

Beth Harwell Diane Black Randy Boyd Craig Fitzhugh Bill Lee Karl Dean 2018 election

Read more at Bristol Herald Courier

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Tennessee's Democratic candidates for governor to debate at Belmont University

The two leading Democratic candidates for Tennessee governor are set to debate next week at Belmont University.

Bill Lee Karl Dean Beth Harwell Randy Boyd Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Read about Randy Boyd's campaign stop today in Atoka

Randy Boyd. It's the kind of name that, for some reason, sounds like somebody you'd know. You could imagine one saying, "Hey, guess what. Remember our buddy Randy Boyd from high school? I ran into him the other day."

Randy Boyd 2018 election

Read more at The Leader

Bredesen: Trump's tariffs will hurt Tennessee

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen believes President Donald Trump’s new tariff policy will be extremely detrimental, especially in Tennessee.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

Read more at The Daily Times

Around The State

Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives Beth Harwell will visit Jefferson County on Friday June 22. She is scheduled to attend the Republican-Get-Together at the Carriage House on Sellars Road from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

Read more at Citizen Tribune

Lee will be Keynote Speaker at Republican Women’s picnic

Not one, not two, but three big names are slated to speak at Cherokee Park during the Hamblen County Republican Women’s annual picnic on June 16 at 3 p.m.

Bill Lee 2018 election

Read more at Citizen Tribune

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Phil Bredesen supports Sen. Bob Corker's push back on tariffs

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen noticed his photo on a framed copy of The Leaf-Chronicle dated Dec. 16, 2008, touting Clarksville landing Hemlock Semiconductor, which would build a $1.2 billion plant that would later be shuttered.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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State GOP blasts Bredesen at Statesmen's Dinner fundraiser

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise told state Republicans Friday night that while he remains "confident" the GOP will retain control of the chamber in November elections, they must boost their control of the U.S. Senate by electing people like Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

Read more at Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Cooper: Bredesen's words sound familiar

When you're a Democrat running for the United States Senate in a state in which President Donald Trump is popular, you bite your tongue and say things you ordinarily wouldn't in hopes voters will overlook who you are and vote for you anyway.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

Read more at Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Tennessee’s Gubernatorial Candidates Make the Rounds in Memphis

With the coming of bona fide summer weather, the governor's race has heated up accordingly. Last week in Shelby County saw numerous comings and goings of candidates. On Friday, Republican candidates Bill Lee and Beth Harwell checked in, Lee with a "town hall" at the newish Houston Levee Community Center, Harwell with a fund-raiser/meet-and-greet at the Holiday Inn Express in Millington.

Craig Fitzhugh Diane Black Beth Harwell Randy Boyd Bill Lee Karl Dean 2018 election

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Bredesen calls Trump tariffs 'just like a new tax on Tennesseans'

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Phil Bredesen on Wednesday called the effect of President Donald Trump's tariffs and the potential of new ones "just like a new tax on Tennesseans" and a move that will prove harmful to the state's economy.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Blackburn’s Scattershot Hits Surprise Targets

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is doubling down against Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat, hammering him as a liberal in the vein of Obama, Clinton, Schumer and Pelosi.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

Read more at The Daily News

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Last Word: One for Graceland, Randy Boyd in Millington and Green Eyeshades

From the distance of 50 years – half a century – it’s hard to relate what it was like to grow up in the 1960s – in particular the year 1968 in a city that figured prominently in the year’s turbulent trajectory.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Bredesen would represent state's values: Letters, June 5, 2018

In Greg Johnson’s recent column, "Bredesen would have diminished role in Senate," he praises the tenure of Phil Bredesen as governor of Tennessee, then turns around and says we can’t vote for him as senator.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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National Republican Senatorial Committee launches YouTube video attack on Bredesen

President Donald Trump's criticisms of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen during his recent rally in Nashville is generating yet a second video hitting the former Tennessee governor, this one from the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Dean out with new TV spot: 'Different sort

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean's campaign has launched a second television ad as part of an ongoing statewide media buy.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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Area Political Notebook: Black to attend luncheon Tuesday; candidate forum announced

Republican candidate for governor Diane Black will visit Chattanooga today to attend the Celebration of Valor Luncheon at the Chattanooga Convention Center, according to a campaign news release. The luncheon event begins at 11 a.m. Retired U.S. Army Col. Jack Jacobs, a Medal of Honor recipient, author and military analyst, is the guest speaker.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Gubernatorial Candidate Coming To Baileyton

Democratic candidate for Governor Craig Fitzhugh will return to Greene County Monday for a breakfast in Baileyton. The Dutch treat meal will be 7-9 a.m. at the IHOP at Interstate 81, Exit 36, members of the Greene County Democratic Party said in an announcement.

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

Read more at The Greeneville Sun

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Boyd Says He Favors State Funding for Shelby County Pre-K Push

Republican contender for Tennessee Governor Randy Boyd says he supports the move to expand prekindergarten in Shelby County including the possibility of state funding.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

Read more at The Daily News

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Opinion | Diane Black didn't always see illegal immigrants as threats

It is an interesting contrast, the legislature in 2001 and the gubernatorial race this year. A big issue back then for West Tennessee farmers, like Lt. Gov. John Wilder, was the Mexican workers on the farms not having driver's licenses. The workers needed to haul cotton trailers to the gin and haul soybeans and corn. So a bill was introduced to create a “driver's license” that could not be used as an ID, but it would allow Mexican laborers to drive farm machinery on the roads. And since rural West Tennessee Democrats controlled the legislature, it passed.

Diane Black 2018 election

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What does Bill Lee think about illegal immigration, Trump's wall and DACA?

Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidates Randy Boyd and Diane Black are expressing their views in their TV ads about illegal immigration, President Donald Trump’s planned border wall and not giving state benefits to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ individuals — issues primarily under the federal government’s control.

Bill Lee 2018 election

Read more at Kingsport Times-News

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Bill Lee brings campaign to Elizabethton on Monday

Many of Carter County's political leaders enjoyed a cup of coffee in downtown Elizabethton's Coffee Company on Monday morning while listening to Nashville businessman Bill Lee discuss his campaign for the Republican nomination for governor.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Q&A: GOP candidate for governor Diane Black

Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black always has been ambitious about her agenda and the goals within it. The representative from Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District has said that her priority is to handle making tough decisions with grace.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Opinion | Tennessee unrecognizable in Boyd, Black TV ads

A Randy Boyd supporter, disgusted from watching his latest TV commercials, asked me a question. “How can you beat Diane Black by being Diane Black?”

Randy Boyd Diane Black 2018 election

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Gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd visits Cleveland

The weather indicated support for Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd’s gubernatorial bid Thursday as his campaign — which had dodged rainstorms during appearances all morning — stopped in Cleveland to speak to supporters at Courthouse Square. Boyd is running for the Republican nomination to be the next governor of Tennessee. He is one of a large field of candidates who are vying for the same job, including U.S. Rep. Diane Black, Mark Brown, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, Franklin businessman Bill Lee, Realtor Kay White and perennial candidate Basil Marceux. The primary is Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

Read more at Cleveland Daily Banner

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Poll: Tennesseans hold more favorable views of Bredesen over Blackburn

Buoyed by independents and even some Republicans, former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen is viewed more favorably by Tennessee voters than Republican rival U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in the U.S. Senate race, according to a new poll.

Phil Bredesen Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Bredesen challenges Blackburn on tariffs

U.S. Senate candidate and former Gov. Phil Bredesen, D-Tenn., recently questioned his opponent, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and her stance on new tariffs proposed by President Donald Trump.

Phil Bredesen Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Campaign trail brings Blackburn to county vets' museum

United States Congressman and Senate hopeful Marsha Blackburn kicked off the Memorial Day weekend with a visit to Lebanon and the Wilson County Veterans Museum on Friday. The Republican candidate for Senate faces little resistance in the Aug. 2 primary and will presumably face Democrat Phil Bredesen, former governor and Nashville mayor, in the November general election.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

Read more at The Herald-News

Opinion | Sen. Green deserves veteran support in run for Congress

In Montgomery County, we are blessed to have a very large population of veterans, one of whom is state Sen. Mark Green, our 22nd District representative in state government.

Mark Green 2018 election

Read more at The Leaf-Chronicle

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Dean speaks at Macon County meet-and-greet

Karl Dean was the featured guest at Saturday's meet and greet, hosted by the Macon County Democrats at La Tia Mexican Restaurant in Lafayette. The former Nashville mayor had lunch with many Macon County residents of all political affiliations. He also answered questions and addressed the attendees.

Karl Dean 2018 election

Read more at Macon County Times

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Diane Black: Porn 'big part of the root cause' in school shootings

Republican Congresswoman Diane Black said during her campaign for governor of Tennessee that pornography is a large reason for school shootings.

Diane Black 2018 election

Read more at The Lebanon Democrat

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Sanford | Black, Boyd use immigrant bogeyman to scare up votes

The hunt for a bogeyman in the Tennessee Republican gubernatorial race must have sent all the leading candidates to the same dungeon.

Diane Black Randy Boyd 2018 election

Read more at The Commercial Appeal

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Tennessee candidate for governor Black links 'grocery store' porn to school shootings

Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black has linked violent movies and pornography to school shootings, and blamed mental illness and “deterioration of the family,” not guns, for the massacres.

Diane Black 2018 election

Read more at Johnson City Press

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Cooper: Surprise! Black's pornography remarks taken out of context

Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Rep. Diane Black made news across the country the other day. You may have heard about it. Among the headlines: » Republican Diane Black of Tennessee says porn causes school shootings » Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee says pornography is a "root cause" of school shootings » Tennessee lawmaker says pornography is "root cause" of school shootings » Lawmaker blames porn for school shootings » TN lawmaker: Pornography the "root cause" of school shootings The only problem is Black, speaking during a listening session with pastors last week, never made a direct link between pornography and school shootings.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Black legislators endorse Fitzhugh for governor, calling him 'people-first' candidate

Members of the Tennessee legislature's black caucus endorsed Craig Fitzhugh for governor Friday in Memphis, lauding the Ripley Democrat as the "people-first" candidate.

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

Read more at The Leaf-Chronicle

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Black legislators endorse Fitzhugh for governor, calling him 'people-first' candidate

Members of the Tennessee legislature's black caucus endorsed Craig Fitzhugh for governor Friday in Memphis, lauding the Ripley Democrat as the "people-first" candidate.

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

Read more at The Commercial Appeal

Lee to speak at Hamblen County Republican Women Picnic

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee will deliver the keynote address at the annual Hamblen County Republican Women’s Summer Picnic. The event will be held at Cherokee Park in the Horner Dougherty Pavilion on June 16 at 6 p.m. Lee, a businessman and cattle farmer, is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in the August primary.

Bill Lee 2018 election

Read more at Citizen Tribune

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee stops in Cordova seeking GOP support

Businessman Bill Lee touted his support of education and volunteerism during a Thursday morning stop in Cordova, part of the Republican gubernatorial candidate's campaigning across the state in advance of the August 2 party primary.

Bill Lee 2018 election

Read more at The Commercial Appeal

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“X Factor” Bill Lee Takes Gubernatorial Campaign to Cordova

Bill Lee is in many ways the image of a successful political candidate — square-jawed, polished, personally agreeable, possessor of a successful business and one of the great smiles, to boot. The Republican gubernatorial candidate from Williamson County in Middle Tennessee also has a backstory that is both touching and, here and there, inspiring.

Bill Lee 2018 election

Read more at The Memphis Flyer

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Campaign touts Bill Lee as 'only non-politician' in governor race

A new 30-second TV spot from Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee's campaign touts the Williamson County businessman as the "only non-politician" in the race.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Harwell stumps in Rogersville

Rep. Beth Harwell, the Speaker of the Tenn. House of Representatives and a Republican candidate for Governor, made a campaign stop last week in Hawkins County. Harwell visited with local residents, including Rogersville Alderman Eloise Edwards (right), at the historic Hale Springs Inn. In the background is Hawkins Co. Road Superintendent Lowell Bean.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

Read more at The Rogersville Review

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Bredesen's Modest Bio, Common Touch Score with Local Democrats

Phil Bredesen came to Memphis on Thursday, and, in a meeting thrown together at the last minute by the Shelby County Democratic Women, convincingly reintroduced himself, not as some silver-spooned entrepreneur/politician from Nashville, but as the struggling son of a single-parent family, uprooted from his original home outside Boston when, as he explained, “my father found a woman he liked better than my mother and took off.”

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

Read more at The Memphis Flyer

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Gov. Bredesen Reveals His Plans if Elected U.S. Senator

Governor Phil Bredesen, 48th Governor of Tennessee, Democratic candidate running for the United States Senate, is the candidate for the people that not only focuses on the issues but listens and offers solutions. Gov. Bredesen is not blind to immigration and realizes this is a federal issue. He is very candid with his viewpoint that “It’s not their fault they were brought here.” “There are a lot of people brought here as small children and there’s a moral obligation to help them stay here.”

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

Read more at The Tennessee Tribune

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Blackburn, Bredesen both worried about potential new tariffs on auto, parts imports in Tennessee

President Donald Trump's eyeing of new tariffs for imported vehicles and auto parts is rolling into Tennessee's U.S. Senate race, with Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen both voicing concerns.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Blackburn, Bredesen a 'Category 5' battle for Senate control | Sanford

Mitch McConnell rarely, if ever, makes a public statement without having a partisan political purpose.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn visits Hartsville

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn was in Hartsville last Friday, meeting voters and talking about her campaign.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

Read more at The Hartsville Vidette

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Rep. Diane Black says opioid lawsuit isn't only answer to ongoing drug problem

Opioid abuse is a "scourge on our society" and has become one of the No. 1 issues facing the state of Tennessee, U.S. Rep. Diane Black said during a visit to Clarksville this week.

Diane Black 2018 election

Read more at The Leaf-Chronicle

Black visits Oak Ridge today (Thursday)

Gubernatorial candidate Diane Black will be in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, this Thursday for a reception and meet-and-greet in the Jackson Plaza, 800 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

Diane Black 2018 election

Read more at The Oak Ridger

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee stops in Morristown

On Nov. 6, the Tennessee gubernatorial election will be held to replace Governor Bill Haslam. On Tuesday morning in Morristown, one of those hopefuls stopped by West Main Street to meet his supporters.

Bill Lee 2018 election

Read more at Citizen Tribune

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee stumps in Rogersville

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee (pictured at right) recently held a Tennessee Town Hall meeting in Rogersville, at The Shepherd’s Center, where he met with local residents who asked lots of questions about his platform and spoke their minds concerning issues facing the state of Tennessee.

Bill Lee 2018 election

Read more at The Rogersville Review

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Dean visits clinic as part of governor run

Mary Vance knows her numbers regarding Sevier County workers and residents with no health insurance, and gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean listened to her explain them Tuesday morning during a campaign stop at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.

Karl Dean 2018 election

Read more at The Mountain Press

ETSU Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment receives $500,000 state appropriation

East Tennessee State University has been awarded a $500,000 state appropriation to bolster the work of its Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment. On Thursday, ETSU leaders hosted a reception to thank several state officials for their efforts in garnering the funding.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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ETSU Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment receives $500,000 state appropriation

East Tennessee State University has been awarded a $500,000 state appropriation to bolster the work of its Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment. On Thursday, ETSU leaders hosted a reception to thank several state officials for their efforts in garnering the funding.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

Read more at The Tomahawk

GOP candidate Randy Boyd encourages communities to apply for dog park grant

With just one month left before the June 20 application deadline, the Boyd Foundation is reminding communities and Tennessee pet lovers about the chance to win up to $100,000 dollars to build or improve a community dog park.

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Randy Boyd: Different From His TV Ads?

One of the oddest statewide political campaigns in Tennessee history is being run right now, and, if various polls are correct, it could end up being one of the most successful, as well.

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New Bredesen ad touts economic successes as governor

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen hits the air today with a new TV spot highlighting the former Tennessee governor's record on jobs and economic development while pledging to work to do the same at the national level.

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Opinion | Bredesen would have diminished role in Senate

Phil Bredesen was a good governor. The Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, as the chief executive officer of Tennessee, fought a ferocious battle to reform TennCare and ease a chronic budget crunch. He slashed state spending when tax revenues plummeted during the Great Recession.

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Conservative group launching ads praising Blackburn 'no' vote on federal spending bill

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is among 13 GOP congressmen winning praise in a new national ad campaign funded by Americans for Prosperity for her vote against what the libertarian group calls a "wasteful" $1.3 trillion federal omnibus spending bill.

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President Trump to hold Nashville rally during May 29 visit for Marsha Blackburn fundraiser

President Donald Trump is expected to hold rally at the Municipal Auditorium during his May 29 visit to Nashville for a fundraiser for Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn, according a city official familiar with the event.

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Attack campaign ad rips Diane Black over immigration, border votes

Republican gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Diane Black is the subject of a new negative ad that began running on TV stations in Tennessee on Wednesday.

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Dean: No Medicaid expansion a 'disaster' for Tennessee

Tennessee lawmakers’ inability to expand TennCare — the state’s Medicaid program — has been a “disaster” for the state, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean said Wednesday during a stop at the Model City Events Center.

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Bill Lee holds Town Hall in Rogersville

If you watch a lot of television, you might be thinking there are only two candidates in the Tennessee governor’s race – Republicans Randy Boyd and Diane Black.

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Cooper: When words get twisted

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee will need to be wary over the next few days and weeks because he's likely to find that he's made a number of statements he never made and holds positions he wouldn't dream of holding.

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Black is best known but has highest negatives among Tennessee gubernatorial hopefuls, poll say

Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black is the best-known candidate in Tennessee's governor's race, but she also has the highest negative ratings among all voters, according to a Vanderbilt University poll released Thursday

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Guns in School?

John Harris, Executive Director of the Tennessee Firearms Association, is encouraging Tennessee’s candidates for Governor to listen to more teachers before they speak for teachers. Harris was referring to the issue of whether teachers who have been issued a civilian handgun carry permit would be willing to get additional training and carry on campus in order to protect themselves, their students and their colleagues in the event of a school shooting situation.

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Super PAC launches TV ad attack on Black over immigration, border wall votes

A Tennessee-based Super PAC is targeting Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black in its first television ad buy, attacking the congresswoman for her support as a state senator of 2001 legislation that allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain state driver's licenses.

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State teachers' PAC endorses Republican Harwell, Democrat Fitzhugh in gubernatorial primaries

A political action committee associated with Tennessee's largest teachers organization has endorsed Republican state House Speaker Beth Harwell and House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh in the candidates' respective GOP and Democratic gubernatorial primaries.

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Commentary: Bredesen would have diminished role in Senate

Phil Bredesen was a good governor. The Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, as the chief executive officer of Tennessee, fought a ferocious battle to reform TennCare and ease a chronic budget crunch. He slashed state spending when tax revenues plummeted during the Great Recession.

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McConnell names Tennessee as battleground state that could help decide midterm Senate race

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., named Tennessee as one of nine battleground states he believes will decide control of the Senate in November's midterm elections.

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Tennessee senate race poll finds crucial voters view Bredesen better than Blackburn

Independent voters in Tennessee have a significantly more positive view of former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen than Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a new poll shows, as the race to replace U.S. Sen. Bob Corker continues to heat up.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Tennessee Governor: Sanctuary Bill to Become Law Sans Signature

Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday he will allow legislation billed as a push against sanctuary cities to become law without his signature, saying it has stirred up irrational fear on both sides.

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Diane Black took flight on private plane linked to company that benefited from her politicking

Last month, when U.S. Rep. Diane Black traveled to the Paris Fish Fry and the Hamilton County Reagan Day Dinner, she did so on a plane affiliated with a company that benefited from a federal emissions exemption she helped secure.

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Randy Boyd: If Diane Black is nominee, GOP 'at real risk to lose'

During a recent call with mayors supporting his campaign, Knoxville entrepreneur and Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd said U.S. Rep. Diane Black has “painted herself in such a corner” that the GOP could lose in November if she’s the party’s nominee.

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Keeping Score in Strickland's Tent at the Barbecue Fest

The annual Memphis Barbecue Festival is under way downtown, and, as usual, the city’s chief executive — these days it’s Jim Strickland — opened things up on Wednesday night with an opening reception at the big mayoral tent, which, by tradition, was the first hospitality tent on the south end of Tom Lee Park, closest to the Beale Street.

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Victor Ashe: Madeline Rogero fills airport post; police chief pick likely next

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero has filled the vacancy on the airport authority created by the resignation of Gwen McKenzie, who was elected to City Council last December. It took Rogero almost five months to find Ursula Bailey, a Knoxville attorney, who lives in West Knoxville on Chatham Circle. It is a good choice and retains minority representation on the authority.

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Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor endorses Karl Dean for governor

Ketch Secor, frontman of the Nashville-based folk band Old Crow Medicine Show said Monday he'll be casting his vote for former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean as governor.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Coming To Baileyton

Democratic candidate for Governor Craig Fitzhugh will return to Greene County Monday for a breakfast in Baileyton. The Dutch treat meal will be 7-9 a.m. at the IHOP at Interstate 81, Exit 36, members of the Greene County Democratic Party said in an announcement.

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Poll: Diane Black has highest name recognition in Tennessee governor's race, but also has high negatives

U.S. Rep. Diane Black has higher name recognition than any other candidate in the governor's race but voters have significantly higher negative views of her than her opponents, according to a new poll from Vanderbilt University.

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Haslam says incentives for Middle Tennessee businesses still 'the right thing to do'

Republican gubernatorial candidate and House Speaker Beth Harwell said during a televised forum Tuesday that if she were elected, she would reject any state financial incentives for businesses looking to move to Middle Tennessee.

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Poll: Diane Black has highest name recognition in Tennessee governor's race, but also has high negatives

U.S. Rep. Diane Black has higher name recognition than any other candidate in the governor's race but voters have significantly higher negative views of her than her opponents, according to a new poll from Vanderbilt University.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Tennessee governor candidate Bill Lee: Florida students used as anti-gun props

A Republican candidate for Tennessee governor claimed Tuesday the "liberal media," teachers unions and the "far-left lobby" have used students who survived Parkland, Florida's deadly school shooting as "props to push their anti-gun agenda."

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Bill Lee Stumps In Greeneville

With around 75 days left to the Tennessee gubernatorial primary, candidates are ramping up their visits across the Volunteer State. GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee, along with his wife, Maria, and members of his campaign staff, made a brief stop in Greeneville on Monday.

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Randy Boyd's stance on immigration questioned in Tennessee governor's race

In recent weeks, Republican gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville entrepreneur Randy Boyd has appeared in TV ads throughout Tennessee advocating for a hardline approach against illegal immigration.

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Tennessee State Employees Association endorses Fitzhugh, Harwell

The Tennessee State Employees Association's political action committee on Friday endorsed state House Speaker Beth Harwell in the state GOP's gubernatorial primary and state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh in Democrats' primary.

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Tennesseans nearly split on impact of Parkland students on gun debate, new poll shows

During a televised statewide gubernatorial forum Tuesday night, Republican Bill Lee diverged from his competitors in describing the impact the protests led by high school students from Parkland, Florida, have had on the national gun debate.

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Blackburn headlines Carter County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner

A consistent vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, build the border wall, end sanctuary city polices and generate more tax cuts.

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Corker catches heat from top Senate GOP leaders over favorable remarks about Bredesen

Retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is catching flak from top GOP Senate leaders over favorable remarks he's made about Democrat and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, who is vying with Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn for Corker's Senate seat.

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Victor Ashe: Governor Bill Haslam, other big names boost Marsha Blackburn in Knox

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, former Gov. Phil Bredesen’s Republican opponent for U.S. Senate in November, is having a fundraiser Thursday, May 17, in West Knox County hosted by Gov. Bill Haslam, GOP candidate for governor Randy Boyd, and Jim Haslam, father of Gov. Haslam. She is putting together a fundraising effort in Knox County.

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How to weather a recession: 3 takeaways from Tuesday's Tennessee gubernatorial forum

Another Tennessee gubernatorial forum is in the books. Five of the six top-tier candidates for governor took part in the Leadership Tennessee forum at Lipscomb University on Tuesday.

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Opinion | Candidates, not voters, focus on Illegal immigration

Tax cuts, a low unemployment rate, improving education scores. There is much to be pleased about when it comes to state government and much to build on for the next administration. But you wouldn't know it if you are paying attention to the gubernatorial race.

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Opinion | Politicos laughing at Marsha Blackburn's blundering use of Don Sundquist

Recently, the Marsha Blackburn for U.S. Senate campaign rolled out former Gov. Don Sundquist to bash her front-running opponent — another former governor, Phil Bredesen — in newspaper columns across Tennessee.

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Diane Black announces plan to reduce Middle Tennessee traffic

U.S. Rep. Diane Black introduced her plan last week to take steps to address traffic congestion in Middle Tennessee, which she said could be done without raising taxes on middle-class families.

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In Tennessee governor’s race, Medicaid debate holds firm on party lines

Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates vowed Tuesday to immediately expand Medicaid if elected governor, saying expansion was the key to filling Tennessee’s health care gap and saving rural hospitals throughout the state.

Bill Lee Randy Boyd Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean Diane Black Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Race For Governor Still Tight

With three months to go before Tennessee’s Republican primary for governor, none of the big four candidates seems ready to throw in the towel. If the well-financed quartet of U.S. Rep. Diane Black, businessman Randy Boyd, state House Speaker Beth Harwell and businessman Bill Lee hang in until Aug. 2 in the hopes of replacing term-limited Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, the eventual winner may have as little as 25 percent of the vote before taking on the Democrat primary winner — who will have had to spend considerably less time and money — in November.

Beth Harwell Randy Boyd Bill Lee Diane Black 2018 election

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Faison to request review of TNReady Contracts

A week after the State Department of Education’s TNReady statewide computerized exams ran into technical issues in many school districts across the state, lawmakers are asking the state’s internal investigator to look into the system.

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1 Tennessee governor's race: How to watch, livestream Leadership Tennessee candidate forum

The Tennessee gubernatorial campaign is heating up ahead of the Aug. 2 primary, and the candidates will take on a host of topics at a televised forum Tuesday at Lipscomb University.

Beth Harwell Craig Fitzhugh Randy Boyd Diane Black Karl Dean Bill Lee 2018 election

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In Tennessee, the road to a big election victory runs through Humboldt's Strawberry Festival

When a significant public office is up for grabs, the road to victory inevitably winds down Main Street in Humboldt, a small West Tennessee town of 8,500 people.

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Gubernatorial Candidates Reflect on Rural Areas

Education was at the top of the list when candidates came to Martin on Thursday night to discuss their priorities if elected governor. The gubernatorial forum, held at Watkins Auditorium on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin, was sponsored by the WestStar Leadership Program and moderated by Meg Kinnard, a Memphis native and UTM supporter who is an award-winning political journalist with the Associated Press.

Bill Lee Diane Black Randy Boyd Craig Fitzhugh Beth Harwell Karl Dean 2018 election

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Rep. Gerald McCormick, nine legislative colleagues back Randy Boyd's bid for Tennessee governor

State Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, and Rep. Ron Travis, R-Dayton, Tenn., are among a group of Tennessee legislators backing Randy Boyd in the Republican Knoxville businessman and former state economic commissioner's GOP gubernatorial primary bid, according to a campaign news release.

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Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean releases first TV ad for Democratic gubernatorial campaign

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has released his first television spot in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor.

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Tennessee ethics watchdog takes no action on complaints against Speaker Beth Harwell

State campaign watchdogs voted Monday to take no action on complaints against House Speaker Beth Harwell in relation to her GOP bid for governor.

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Key differences begin to emerge among Tennessee's candidates for governor

Some key differences between Tennessee's top-tier gubernatorial candidates began to emerge Tuesday, as the group tackled a host of topics from battling the opioid crisis and improving education to how best to help struggling rural areas.

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Around the State

Cocke County authorities have arrested a Morristown man in connection with an alleged robbery and theft over $1,000, in December, 2016. Jonathan Wesley Mullins, 30, Central Church Road was arrested by Deputy Chris Barnes.

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Last Word: Mimeo Move, Food Fight and Sundquist for Blackburn

There aren’t any renderings just yet of what a second convention center hotel with the 100 North Main Building as its centerpiece would look like. That’s probably a good thing for now because some of the specs and the footprint are still in flux. The developers of the proposed convention center hotel said as the weekend began that they plan a 600 room hotel and a complex that includes two 30-story towers in addition to the 37-story tall 100 North Main Building – the tallest building in the city. And the foot print will likely jump Second Street to take in the vacant Jefferson Plaza building. Here is the update and some perspective on how we got to this point.

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President Donald Trump to headline Marsha Blackburn fundraiser in Nashville

President Donald Trump is scheduled to headline a fundraiser for Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn in Nashville on May 29, according to an invitation sent out Friday from the Blackburn Victory Fund.

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Bredesen campaign fires back at Blackburn over 'driver licenses to illegal aliens' claim

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen’s U.S. Senate campaign issued a statement Friday firing back at comments made by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn during a Thursday night Carter County Republican dinner.

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Candidates for Tennessee governor speak at West Tennessee Strawberry Festival

All six top-tier gubernatorial candidates made an appearance at the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival Governor’s Luncheon in Humboldt on Friday afternoon.

Randy Boyd Bill Lee Diane Black Beth Harwell Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean 2018 election

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Swain Says She Will Upset Briley, Clean House

This city is a one-party town where Republicans are as rare as hen’s teeth. Dr. Carol Swain grew up with eleven siblings in a two-room shack without running water in rural Virginia. She is smart as the devil and she is black. She is also a Republican. She has never held public office. Swain wants to be Nashville’s next mayor.

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The 9:01: Good, bad, ugly of government spending, Blues Music Awards, Young Dolph goes to Duke and more

Good morning in Memphis, where the coffee shop where this is written is not blasting Young Dolph, but first …

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Humboldt set to host 81st Strawberry Festival

Humboldt will be a busy place next week as a former SEC football coach, at least five candidates for governor of Tennessee and a number of regionally known bands and musical artists will be in town.

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Tennessee GOP governor hopefuls mixed feelings on Trump tariffs

President Donald Trump's plan to raise tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel drew concerns from most candidates for governor at a forum on Thursday, who said they worry a trade war could harm Tennessee's farm exports, particularly soybeans.

Beth Harwell Diane Black Randy Boyd Craig Fitzhugh Bill Lee Karl Dean 2018 election

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Tennessee attorney general denies request to issue opinion on Harwell campaign coordination

Tennessee's attorney general has denied a request from campaign financial officials to weigh in on questions related to complaints filed against House Speaker and Republican gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell.

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Randy Boyd campaign says U.S. Rep. Diane Black part of 'D.C. swamp' in response to internal poll

In what may be a harbinger of things to come, Knoxville entrepreneur and Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd’s campaign is attacking his main opponent, U.S. Rep. Diane Black.

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WestStar hosts gubernatorial forum

The University of Tennessee at Martin WestStar Leadership Program’s class of 2018 hosted a gubernatorial forum Thursday on the university’s main campus. Six candidates for the Tennessee governor’s office participated in the interview-style event, and Meg Kinnard Hardee, a political and legal affairs reporter for The Associated Press who bylines as Meg Kinnard, served as forum moderator.

Diane Black Randy Boyd Beth Harwell Bill Lee Karl Dean Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Boyds vacation in Rogersville

Tennessee Gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd and his wife, Jenny, spent vacation time in Rogersville over the weekend where they visited the Tennessee Newspaper & Printing Museum, Hale Springs Inn, Coffee at the Kyle, the gravesites of Davy Crockett’s grandparents, the historic Courthouse and Masonic Lodge, and Jamie’s Barber Shop, among others. The Republican candidate said that the vacation time is the only partial break he will be taking from the campaign trail between now and the Aug. 2 state primary. The During their vacation, the Boyds said they plan to take in some of the state’s top eateries, tourist and historic sites.

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Boyd visits Bush’s on TN ‘vacation’

A celebrity visit was causing a stir yesterday morning at the Bush’s visitors’ center in Chestnut Hill. Duke, the Golden Retriever of Bush Beans commercial fame, had tourists lined up for photos outside the Cafe. Two of them happened to be Randy Boyd, Republican candidate for Tennessee governor, and his wife Jenny.

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Asian carp proposal appreciated

A big shout out … to former Gov. Phil Bredesen for his recent column about his plans to tackle the Asian carp menace to Kentucky and Barkley lakes.

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Carter County Republicans hold Lincoln Day Diner this Thursday

The Carter County Republican Party will hold its annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday, May 10, at the dining room at Sutton Hall on the campus of Milligan College.

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Gov. Bill Haslam has good reasons to veto sanctuary city bill: Opinion from David Plazas

Bill Haslam is a champion for education and economic opportunities, a booster for the betterment of Tennesseans and a decent man who models how to show dignity to his fellow human being

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Diane Black proposes double-stacked interstates, I-840 extension after Nashville transit defeat

Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black — who called Nashville’s failed transit plan a “big government boondoggle” — on Tuesday proposed double-stacked interstates through downtown Nashville and the completion of Interstate 840 as a part off her own plan to combat Middle Tennessee traffic.

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WestStar Hosts Candidate Forum Thursday

More than 400 have preregistered to hear the six confirmed candidates at the gubernatorial forum hosted by UTM WestStar Leadership Program from 5 to 7 p.m., May 10, in Watkins Auditorium of the Boling University Center. Attendees must have a ticket to enter the auditorium. Those who do not have tickets are encouraged to follow this link on the UTM website for the live webcast.

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Bredesen talks healthcare, politics and national press during campaign stop

Nationally, it seems, the view of former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen’s race to replace U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is being treated as something of a bellwether for the country’s mood.

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Q&A with Senate hopeful and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen made his first stop in the Tri-Cities Thursday since launching his U.S. Senate campaign late last year.

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Opinion | Don't be fooled by Phil Bredesen and his misleading ads

This is a critical election year. But aren’t they all, you might ask? Why is this one so important? I do not believe we have ever faced a more critical time in our democracy. The election in November will be the difference between continuing our nation’s robust economic recovery or returning to stagnation.

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Races stack with candidates as qualifying ends

Races are nearly set for this year’s county general and state primary elections as qualifying for candidates ended last Thursday at noon.

Kay White Diane Black Karl Dean Randy Boyd Bill Lee Beth Harwell Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Is a bitter summer ahead?

Thank goodness for Yogi Berra. The late Major League Baseball great’s seemingly paradoxical statement, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” is no paradox at all.

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Sam Kennedy, former Daily Herald publisher, dies at 91

Sam Delk Kennedy, former publisher of The Daily Herald in Columbia, Tenn., and a leader in state media and political circles died Tuesday night at his home, surrounded by family.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidates square off in debate

Republican candidates for Tennessee governor said Wednesday that Memphis did not do the right thing when it removed statues of Confederate-era leaders from city parks last year.

Diane Black Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Harwell gets rocking goodbye

As the clock ticks down to the adjournment of the 110th General Assembly of the Tennessee state legislature, April 11 was set to be just an ordinary day of business. But instead, history stepped through the great doors of the state House and interrupted all business.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Haslam veto of proton-therapy bill spurs sponsor's call for override session

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday vetoed legislation that sought to allow employees on the state's health plan to use an alternative radiation treatment for cancer

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Cooper: GOP clash mindful of '74 Dems

With three months to go before Tennessee's Republican primary for governor, none of the big four candidates seems ready to throw in the towel.

Diane Black Randy Boyd Beth Harwell Bill Lee 2018 election

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Sen. Bob Corker: Democrat Phil Bredesen has 'real appeal' for some Republican voters

Sen. Bob Corker predicted Wednesday that Democrat Phil Bredesen could appeal to some Republican voters but said he doesn’t know if that will be enough for the former governor to win the race to succeed him in the U.S. Senate.

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Tennessee poll: Democrat Phil Bredesen holds narrow lead over Republican Marsha Blackburn in U.S. Senate race

Democrat Phil Bredesen holds a three-point lead over Republican Marsha Blackburn in the race for U.S. Senate, a poll released today shows.

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Tennessee lawmakers send 'sanctuary city' ban bill to Gov. Haslam

Tennessee lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to legislation banning "sanctuary" city policies that critics say require law enforcement to comply with federal requests to hold suspected undocumented immigrants without warrants or probable cause.

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Black urges Haslam to sign controversial anti-sanctuary cities legislation

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial hopeful Diane Black Thursday urged Gov. Bill Haslam to sign a controversial anti-"sanctuary city" bill that threatens local governments with loss of new state economic development grants if they don't cooperate with federal immigration officials.

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Lawmakers See Conspiracy In UT Board Alterations

It’s not that hard to light a fire under some state lawmakers, but the University of Tennessee FOCUS Act raised blood pressure considerably in the House of Representatives before barely passing with 51 votes.

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Craig Fitzhugh has our back

Thanks to Lane College for hosting the Rural Tennessee Gubernatorial Forum, and especially the Lane student volunteers who were stationed everywhere to offer information and assistance. Generous kudos to the other sponsors and law enforcement as well.

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Two Tennessee Democrats on the Move

If voters need a little help in brushing off the dust of the now completed May 1st county primary elections, two candidates in the forthcoming state primary elections of August 2nd may have the right formula.

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Bill Lee visit includes trip to PIE Center

Bill Lee, a Republican candidate for governor of Tennessee, stopped in Cleveland Wednesday to visit the site of Bradley County Schools’ Partnerships in Industry & Education Center

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2 Dispute over TNReady fix leads to marathon end to Tennessee legislative session

After a whirlwind day that lasted nearly 14 hours and featured squabbling between the two chambers over a host of bills — including one related to the state’s troubled school testing system — the Tennessee General Assembly adjourned for the year on Wednesday.

Beth Harwell Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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With the choices we have left for governor, it’s a sad day for Tennessee conservatives

The Republican primary for governor is unique in that it offers more bad choices than usual.

Randy Boyd Beth Harwell Diane Black Bill Lee 2018 election

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Ideas for completing the Drive to 55

To accelerate the state’s pursuit of the Drive to 55, I announced six new priorities last week in my campaign for governor.

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Boyd stumps in Hamblen County

Randy Boyd, Republican gubernatorial hopeful, said Monday he would reopen the state’s largest mental health institution in order to address mental health needs and the ongoing drug crisis in Tennessee.

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Q&A with U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen

Democratic United States Senate candidate Phil Bredesen visited Sumner County last week for a community healthcare roundtable discussion at Sumner Station.

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Marsha Blackburn Stops In Greeneville

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, stopped at the Greene County Republican Headquarters Friday to speak with voters and answer questions. She is opposed by former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat.

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Phil Bredesen feels 'very good' about his chances in U.S. Senate race

U.S. Senate candidate and former Gov. Phil Bredesen made an appearance Friday at the World's Biggest Fish Fry in Paris.

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Hunt: Across the aisle: Corker, Bredesen and the ties that bind

Official Washington was in a stir last week pondering the unthinkable: A ranking Republican had confessed on national TV that he had (gasp!) a longtime friendship with a Democrat.

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Phil Bredesen holds narrow edge over Marsha Blackburn, new Mason-Dixon poll shows

Another poll on the U.S. Senate race between former Gov. Phil Bredesen and U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn has the Nashville Democrat with a narrow lead, according to a survey released Wednesday.

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn: Social media is censoring conservative speech

Rep. Marsha Blackburn warned Thursday that social media companies are censoring conservative speech and recounted for lawmakers her own experience last fall when Twitter blocked a video launching her campaign for Senate.

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House passes sanctuary city bill

The Tennessee House approved legislation Tuesday banning sanctuary cities in the state, despite opposition and the sentiment the bill is unnecessary.

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Three Tennessee Republicans sign letter formally nominating Donald Trump for Nobel Prize

A group of House Republicans, including three from Tennessee, has formally nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Three Tennessee Republicans sign letter formally nominating Donald Trump for Nobel Prize

A group of House Republicans, including three from Tennessee, has formally nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Diane Black believes transit plan would hurt Tennessee’s economy

We are less than two days away from the biggest referendum Music City has seen in decades.

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Tenn. Legislature Breaks TNReady Gridlock, Adjourns Session

The House and Senate broke gridlock Wednesday night on problems stemming from the results of troubled TNReady testing by passing legislation saying no “adverse action” would be taken against teachers, students or schools for poor test scores.

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Watch live: Candidates for governor outline priorities for rural Tennessee

The state's largest news organization is partnering with the Jackson Chamber, the Jackson Energy Authority, Lane College, Leadership Tennessee and WBBJ Television.

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Editorial: GOP Governor Contenders Botched Pre-K Opposition

When three of the four major Republican contenders for Tennessee governor came to Memphis recently and each said without hesitation they oppose universal prekindergarten, it got the attention of those at the forum.

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Incumbent legislators going home ... for good

When the Republican House and Senate speakers’ gavels smacked down last week in Tennessee’s Legislature, they not only brought to a close the second year of the 110th General Assembly but, in a larger sense, the end of an era.

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Johnson County spared by TNReady testing cyber attack

Under the direction of House Speaker Beth Harwell, R–Nashville, State Rep. Jeremy Faison, R–Cosby, has officially requested a review by the Tennessee Comptroller related to the recent testing issues of the TNReady school assessments.The request follows several days of problems tied to TNReady’s online testing platform, the most significant of which occurred on Tuesday, April 17, when the Department of Education reported its testing vendor, Questar, had experienced a cyber-attack on its computer system. Reportedly, the day before and after this attack, many students were unable to log into or complete their tests. Fortunately, that was not the case locally

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House GOP majority leader does not think Rep. David Byrd should resign

One of the highest-ranking Republican leaders in Tennessee said he does not think Rep. David Byrd should resign in light of sexual misconduct allegations.

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Tennessee Senate passes bill requiring work for TennCare recipients

The Senate on Thursday passed a measure that proposes work requirements for recipients of TennCare, the state's Medicaid program.

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From the fight against opioids to boosted school safety: What the 2018 legislative session means to you

The 2018 legislative session wrapped up Wednesday night with a flurry of last-minute negotiations, inner squabbling and late-night backslapping to honor departing colleagues.

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PARIS TN: Grand weather for a grand parade

After a week of discouraging rains, Henry County saw its World’s Biggest Fish Fry wish fulfilled Friday with a beautiful, clear day just in time for the Grand Parade.

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Gardenhire pulls plug on bill allowing undocumented Tennessee students to pay in-state tuition

A legislative effort to allow some undocumented students living in Tennessee to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges is dead for the year, a victim of election-year politics, said Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, the bill's sponsor.

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Early Vote in Shelby County Primaries Tops 20,000 So Far

More than 20,000 voters cast ballots early through Saturday, April 21, in advance of the May 1 election, more than half in the Democratic county primaries.

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Tennessee lawmakers OK new bill to prevent TNReady fiasco from harming teachers

The Tennessee General Assembly's traditional end-of-session jockeying over last-minute bills boiled over into dramatic brinkmanship Wednesday with a focus on the latest TNReady student testing fiasco.

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Governor's bill to requiring lottery scholarship recipients to take 30 hours per year rejected in House

A signature bill of Gov. Bill Haslam's administration, which would require Tennessee Promise scholarship recipients to take 30 hours in a year or risk losing a portion of their scholarships, was rejected in the House on Monday.

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Bill banning sanctuary cities in Tennessee heads to governor

Less than a month after federal officials raided a meatpacking plant in East Tennessee and arrested nearly 100 immigrants, lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday seeking to ban sanctuary cities in Tennessee.

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Aerospace Park bond issue flies

The Tri-Cities Airport Authority has sold $8.5 million in bonds to help finance grading at Aerospace Park, which is being billed as the region’s next big jobs producer.

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Testing contracts under review

Under the direction of House Speaker Beth Harwell, Rep. Jeremy Faison officially requested a review by the Tennessee Comptroller related to recent testing issues of the Tennessee Ready school assessments.

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Governor Haslam and 3 Tennessee schools honored by Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission

Yesterday, leaders from across the state joined the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission (TNFLC) at the State Capitol to celebrate the impact of financial education in Tennessee and honor the supporters who are making it possible. State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr., who serves as Chair of the TNFLC Board, was joined by Governor Bill Haslam, Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally, Speaker Beth Harwell, legislators, and business leaders for the event.

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Medical cannabis effort fails in Tennessee as Senate sponsor halts bill

The sponsor of a bill that would legally allow some Tennesseans to use medical cannabis killed the proposal Tuesday.

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4 Tennessee Senate passes bill proposing work requirements for TennCare recipients

The Senate on Thursday passed a measure that proposes work requirements for recipients of TennCare, the state's Medicaid program.

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Internal divisions plagued Tennessee lawmakers, Haslam in governor's last legislative session

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and GOP legislative leaders are lauding lawmakers' accomplishments and downplaying internal divisions that often dogged this year's General Assembly session all the way up to adjournment.

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Harwell campaign, PAC hired same Ohio-based ad company, as officials weigh coordination complaint

House Speaker Beth Harwell’s latest campaign finance disclosures show payments to a controversial Ohio-based advertising company, which was also used by a third-party political action committee.

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Controversial bill that would ban undocumented immigrants from receiving in-state tuition fails in committee

A bill that would ban students who entered the country illegally as children from receiving in-state tuition in Tennessee failed in a House committee Tuesday.

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Want a place to park Fido? There's a grant for that

If you have a dog, or want one, and you need space for him to run or interact with other four-legged friends, you know the peace of mind a dog park would bring.

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Tennessee gubernatorial candidates outline priorities for rural areas

Randy Boyd (R) takes a cell phone photo from stage prior to the start of the Rural Tennessee Gubernatorial Forum at Lane College in Jackson, TN on April 17, 2018.

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Candidates earn endorsement: Letters, April 20, 2018

Randy Boyd, candidate for governor, is a successful entrepreneur, businessman, commissioner for business development for the state of Tennessee and a philanthropist. He enticed, cajoled and made them an offer prospective companies could not refuse. By education he is an engineer, but by avocation he is a servant of the people. He is a man of faith and family on the road to Nashville and the governor’s mansion. He's pro-business, pro-education, pro-people, and I know he will make it.

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Local GOP hosts annual Reagan Day Dinner

On Saturday, April 14, the Dyer County Republican Party held the organization’s annual Reagan Day Dinner inside the First Citizens National Bank Grand Ballroom at The Farms. Over 175 local residents attended the dinner, which paid honor to the 40th President of the United States, and heard from 5 Republican Candidates throughout the evening. This year, candidates that addressed the audience included governor candidate Randy Boyd, current U.S. Rep. for the 8th Congressional District of Tennessee David Kustoff and candidate Dr. George Flinn, as well as current Tennessee State Sen. for District 27 Ed Jackson and candidate Brandon Dodds.

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Bredesen Can’t Be GOP-Lite

There's talk of a "blue wave" sweeping the country in 2018. It already has elevated Democrats in impossible places such as Alabama and Pennsylvania and scared the likes of Paul Ryan into retirement.

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Weekend Review: Focus on Willie Herenton, Phil Bredesen, and Bob Corker

Willie Herenton became an epochal cultural figure upon his election in 1991 as Memphis’ first elected African-American mayor. He went on to run the city for 18 years before retiring under pressure in 2009. He tried a comeback in 2010, with a race for the 9th District Congressional seat, but lost by a 79-to-21 percent margin to Congressman Steve Cohen in the overwhelmingly black district.

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U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen's campaign chief sees 'clear path to victory'

Democrat Phil Bredesen's U.S. Senate campaign chief says in a memo that four months into the former Tennessee governor's campaign, "we are more convinced than ever that there is a clear path to victory ... to win in November and we're already on it."

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Opinion | On Earth Day, reflect on Phil Bredesen's impact on Tennessee

As we celebrate Earth Day, take a moment to appreciate the spectacular part we call Tennessee. From the towering Appalachians; through the rolling ridges of the Tennessee Valley; across the Cumberland Plateau and it canyons and streams, through the Highland Rim; down to the rich soils and the rivers draining into the Mississippi, Tennessee offers an unparalleled array of natural wonder. Whether you enjoy hiking the trail systems in Chattanooga, picnicking at Myatt Park in Gatlinburg, hang-gliding above the Sequatchie Valley; catching trout in the world-class Holston, Hiwassee, Clinch, and Caney Fork; hunting deer, duck, dove, or bear in our State Wildlife Management Areas, or fishing at Pickwick Lake, we can all marvel at Tennessee’s abundant natural blessings.

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Q&A with U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen

Democratic United States Senate candidate Phil Bredesen visited Sumner County last week for a community healthcare roundtable discussion at Sumner Station in Gallatin.

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Corker stands by praise of Bredesen, offers lukewarm support for Blackburn in Senate contest

Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Sunday defended his praise of Democrat Phil Bredesen but reiterated he still plans to support expected GOP nominee U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in the race to succeed him.

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Corker offers tepid endorsement of Blackburn for Senate seat

Retiring Sen. Bob Corker offered an anemic endorsement Sunday of Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the Republican contender hoping to succeed him, and even seemed reluctant to utter her name.

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Vice President Mike Pence endorses Marsha Blackburn's bid for Senate

Vice President Mike Pence threw his support Monday behind Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s campaign for U.S. Senate.

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Kay White, gubernatorial candidate, speaks at Lincoln Reagan Dinner.

Kay White, gubernatorial candidate, speaks at Lincoln Reagan Dinner.

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Weekend Review: Confederate Statues Loom Over GOP Debates

If there was a common theme in the two important debates held in Memphis on Wednesday — one for three Republican county mayor candidates at the Marriott East and another for three GOP gubernatorial candidates at the Halloran Center Downtown — it was one that would surely have gratified the ghosts of Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest.

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No free lunch: Letters to the editor, April 5

Some people have distorted anyone’s attempt to criticize Nashville’s “free” lunch program.

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West Tennessee Gubernatorial Debate in Memphis

Randy Boyd, Bill Lee, and Diane Black pose for a selfie with Katina Rankin, co-anchor of Local 24 News, and Richard Ransom, weeknight anchor and managing editor, Local 24 News, following the conclusion of the West Tennessee Gubernatorial Debate at the Halloran Centre in Memphis on Wednesday.

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Football and the flag: Letters to the editor, April 9

Congressman Diane Black, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, insists that NFL players “show due respect” for the American flag.

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In Tennessee and other states where he's popular, GOP candidates embrace Trump and his agenda

Sen. Bob Corker may have questioned Donald Trump’s competence, but Rep. Marsha Blackburn thinks the president is making America great again.

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2 In Tennessee and other states where he's popular, GOP candidates embrace Trump and his agenda

Sen. Bob Corker may have questioned Donald Trump’s competence, but Rep. Marsha Blackburn thinks the president is making America great again.

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A legislature lacking in curiosity: Letters to the editor, April 19

Tennessee clearly has three problems: a high number of low-income uninsured workers, an opioid epidemic and a legislature that lacks curiosity.

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GOP governor candidates debate monuments, arming teachers

Memphis' controversial takedown of its Confederate monuments, arming teachers and development incentives were among a handful of topics addressed in the first Republican Tennessee gubernatorial debate Wednesday in Memphis.

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Haslam bill toughening fraud enforcement, increasing welfare benefits returns to House floor after rocky start

Legislative supporters hope this week to get back on track a Haslam administration bill that toughens fraud enforcement in the state's welfare program while also boosting families' cash payments for the first time in nearly a quarter century.

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Local, State and Federal Election Cycles Blend On Last Weekend of Early Voting

Candidates in the August and November elections were out on the last weekend of early voting in Shelby County in advance of the May 1 election day for county primaries.

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Rep. David Byrd: Not resigning, says House speaker turned her back on him

Rep. David Byrd, who is accused by three adult women of sexually assaulting them when they were teenagers, has denied wrongdoing and said that House Speaker Beth Harwell turned her back on him in asking him to resign.

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Tennessee governor's race on pace to be most expensive in state history

With just 16 weeks until the August primary, Tennessee’s top-tier gubernatorial candidates have ramped up their fundraising efforts, which now total more than $33.5 million, according to an analysis of newly filed financial disclosures.

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Last Word: 'Poking The Bear,' National Walk Out Day and McQueen on Capitol Hill

The state House’s Tuesday action cutting $250k in funding for Memphis from Gov. Bill Haslam’s budget proposal is turning into a cause back here, starting with a GoFundMe page. Elsewhere on social media, you can see the unmistakable outline of a party or parties for the cause beginning to form. This is near the end of session for the Legislature when the budget is the last action before going back to the district to run for re-election. Different timing over here, with multiple crawfish outings leading into Memphis in May.

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Rural Tennessee gubernatorial forum full event

The full event of the gubernatorial forum on rural Tennessee featuring Craig Fitzhugh, Karl Dean, Bill Lee and Randy Boyd.

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Sullivan County GOP Reagan Day Dinner

Five Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidates vied for the hearts and souls of more than 500 Republicans at Thursday night’s Sullivan County Republican Party Reagan Day Dinne

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Republican Gubernatorial Debate Wednesday Will Air Statewide

The Greater Memphis Chamber Chairman’s Circle announced Tuesday the organization will co-host the first statewide televised Tennessee gubernatorial debate for Republican candidates on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the Halloran Centre of The Orpheum Theatre, 225 S. Main St.

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Boyd claims opponent Lambert is too cozy with Democrats

Hamilton County's District 8 commission race started Wednesday with a Tim Boyd shot at challenger Brent Lambert for working with Democrats, and ended with a left-leaning political group calling out incumbent Boyd for seeking its endorsement.

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Lee, Boyd, Black Talk Confederate Monuments, Oppose Pre-K Expansion

Three of the four major contenders for Governor in the Aug. 2 Republican primary said at a Memphis debate Wednesday, April 18, that they disagree with the removal of Confederate monuments from city parks but also disagree with a Tennessee House vote Tuesday cutting $250,000 of city funding in the state budget proposal in retaliation.

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From opioids to tariffs, candidates for governor tackle issues facing rural Tennessee

From opioids and finishing an industrial site in West Tennessee to expanding broadband and helping farmers cope with the fallout from increased tariffs, four of the six top-tier gubernatorial candidates took on key issues facing rural Tennessee on Tuesday.

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Tennessee governor's race: See where the candidates stand on how to expand access to health insurance

On April 4, Gov. Bill Haslam met with legislative leadership to discuss pursuing Medicaid expansion.

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TNReady online testing window extended by state officials after possible 'deliberate attack'

On the second day of TNReady testing, state education officials made two major announcements Tuesday — the company handling Tennessee's statewide testing experienced a "deliberate" online attack and as a result the testing timeline will be extended to mitigate potential interruptions.

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Candidate for Congress visits Cookeville

A retired judge who has thrown his hat into the ring to replace U.S. Congressman Diane Black, who is trying to become Tennessee's next governor, spent much of Monday in Cookeville.

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Governor candidates Bill Lee and Diane Black visit Manchester

Two state governor candidates visited Manchester for the local Republican Party’s Ronald Reagan Day Dinner in the Manchester Coffee County Conference Center on Friday, April 6. They are Bill Lee and Diane Black.

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Governor candidate Lee speaks to DCHS FFA students, community members

On Tuesday, Tennessee Republican governor candidate Bill Lee visited with Dyer County High School FFA students as well as numerous local residents at the organization’s livestock facility, located on the DCHS campus.

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Emmert’s speech highlights GOP’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

In many ways it was a typical Hamblen County Republican Party Lincoln-Reagan Dinner. Political office holders and candidates were recognized.

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Local GOP hosts annual Reagan Day Dinner

On Saturday, April 14, the Dyer County Republican Party held the organization’s annual Reagan Day Dinner inside the First Citizens National Bank Grand Ballroom at The Farms. Over 175 local residents attended the dinner, which paid honor to the 40th President of the United States, and heard from 5 Republican Candidates throughout the evening. This year, candidates that addressed the audience included governor candidate Randy Boyd, current U.S. Rep. for the 8th Congressional District of Tennessee David Kustoff and candidate Dr. George Flinn, as well as current Tennessee State Sen. for District 27 Ed Jackson and candidate Brandon Dodds.

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Bredesen, Blackburn Contrasted

There’s a basic difference between Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen, the two likely candidates facing each other Nov. 6 to succeed U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.

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Blackburn and Bredesen fret but adopt wait-and-see attitude on Trump trade strategy

In a state with 66,600 farms that cover 10.8 million acres with respectable production of soy beans, hogs, tobacco and cotton, there's more than a little nervousness about the U.S. possibly ending up in a trade war with China.

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Corker says he won’t campaign against friend Bredesen

While retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced he’s contributed to expected GOP nominee Marsha Blackburn, the former Chattanooga mayor told a Washington magazine he won’t be out campaigning in November against her opponent, Democrat and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen.

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Blackburn, Bredesen each report raising $1.8 million from donors, PACs in latest filing US Senate filings

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn raised slightly more money from donors than former Gov. Phil Bredesen during the first three months of the year, according to disclosures from their respective campaigns for the U.S. Senate.

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While giving money to Blackburn GOP Senate bid, Corker says he won't campaign against friend Bredesen

While retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced he's contributed to expected GOP nominee Marsha Blackburn, the Chattanoogan told a Washington magazine he won't be out campaigning in November against her opponent, Democrat and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen.

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Dean speaks at Democratic fish fry

There was no stump around. So, Karl Dean, former mayor of Nashville, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate climbed up on the next best thing.

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Bill Lee, gubernatorial candidate, speaks at Lincoln Reagan dinner.

Bill Lee, gubernatorial candidate, speaks at Lincoln Reagan dinner.

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Harwell gets rocking goodbye

As the clock ticks down to the adjournment of the 110th General Assembly of the Tennessee General Assembly, April 11 was set to be just an ordinary day of business.

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Plaza at Cordell Hull to be named after outgoing House Speaker Beth Harwell

Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives voted Wednesday to name the public space by the Cordell Hull building after outgoing House Speaker Beth Harwell.

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Dean brings campaign to C-N campus

Former Nashville mayor Karl Dean emphasized education issues during a stop Tuesday at Carson-Newman University with his campaign for Tennessee governor.

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Victor Ashe: Phil Bredesen raises over $80K at Knoxville fundraiser, plays down Senate opponent Marsha Blackburn

Former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen raised over $80,000 at a Knoxville fundraiser Thursday, April 5, at a Club LeConte luncheon with more than 80 people in attendance paying $1,000 each.

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn: Internet privacy bill gaining support after Facebook scandal

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Wednesday that support for her legislation to protect the privacy of internet users is growing in light of a massive privacy breach at Facebook.

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Sen. Bob Corker throws his support to Marsha Blackburn's campaign to succeed him

Sen. Bob Corker is throwing his support behind Marsha Blackburn’s bid to succeed him now that the state GOP has basically cleared the deck for her campaign.

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Gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean visits grave of Hawkins Co. Civil War ancestor

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who hopes to become Tennessee's next governor, was on a campaign swing through Hawkins County on Tuesday, April 10, when he visited the grave of his Civil War-veteran ancestor, Hiram Dean, in the Speedwell Baptist Church Cemetery.

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Students encouraged to enter Congressional art contest

U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) encourages high school students from Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District to submit original artwork for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Tennessee governor candidate Karl Dean reports raising $550,000

Karl Dean's campaign says the Tennessee Democratic candidate for governor raised $549,168 for his effort during the first quarter of 2018, bringing his total haul over $3 million.

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Republican hopefuls gather

Several gubernatorial candidates, and others, attended Bedford County Republican Party's annual banquet.

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Phil Bredesen would be one of the richest members of Congress if elected to Senate

Newly filed financial disclosures show former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen would become one of the richest members of Congress if elected to the U.S. Senate.

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Bredesen investments, income range between $92 million and $378 million

Democrat Phil Bredesen would become one of the wealthiest members in Congress if the former Tennessee governor is elected to the U.S. Senate.

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Former Governor Sundquist endorses Blackburn in Senate race

Former Governor Don Sundquist announced his support on Friday for current U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s bid for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Bob Corker this fall.

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Phil Bredesen holds double-digit lead over Marsha Blackburn in US Senate race, new MTSU poll shows

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen has a 10-point lead over U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, according to a new poll from Middle Tennessee State University

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Black blasts House panel approval of in-state tuition for undocumented students

Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black today blasted a Tennessee House panel's approval of a bill on Tuesday that would allow undocumented students who attended or graduated from a state high school to qualify for paying in-state tuition rates at public colleges.

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Bredesen leads Blackburn in open-ended race for U.S. Senate

Former Tennessee Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen held a 10-percentage-point lead over Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn among state voters in a head-to-head contest for the seat that will be vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, according to a Middle Tennessee State University poll released Thursday.

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Poll: Bredesen Leads Blackburn In Senate Race

Former Tennessee Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen holds a 10-percentage-point lead over Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn among state voters in a head-to-head contest for the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, according to the latest Middle Tennessee State University Poll.

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Political Notebook: Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd to open local headquarters

Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd will host the grand opening of his Chattanooga campaign headquarters from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Monday at 800 Market St., according to a news release from his campaign.

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Boyd Foundation requests applications for dog park grants

Over 100 local Tennessee communities will need to quickly band together and apply for a new community development grant being offered by Randy and Jenny Boyd and their new Boyd Foundation if they want to build new or reinvigorate their local dog parks.

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School presidents back Randy Boyd; Tim Hutchison declares again

Randy Boyd has the public backing of two college presidents now in his race for governor. UT President Joe DiPietro attended Boyd’s kickoff fundraiser in Knoxville last year, and Carson-Newman University President Randall O’Brian was announced as serving on Boyd’s Educators Committee for East Tennessee. College presidents usually do not endorse candidates for public office by tradition but made an exception in this case.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Joe Biden to headline Phil Bredesen US Senate campaign fundraiser in Nashville

Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to headline a fundraiser for former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen's Democratic bid for U.S. Senate during a swing through Nashville next week.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Tennessee governor's race: Dean, Fitzhugh oppose arming teachers, TennCare work requirements

The two Democratic candidates for governor have diverged from their Republican counterparts on nearly every hot topic now being debated in the Tennessee legislature.

Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean 2018 election

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Karl Dean says traffic problems need a regional approach with leadership from the state

Former Nashville mayor and gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean told members of the Downtown Kiwanis Club he still has skid marks on his back from dealing with transportation issues at Nashville’s mayor.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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Guest View: Choosing my principles over love for football

When the National Football League’s Oilers moved from Houston to Nashville, my husband Dave and I were first in line for season tickets. Sports have always been an important part of our lives, and having an NFL team in our city was a dream come true.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Rep. Diane Black cancels Tennessee Titans season tickets over national anthem protests

Don’t look for Rep. Diane Black in the stands at Tennessee Titans games anymore.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Diane Black vs. Planned Parenthood: Congresswoman's record on abortion provider's funding is complicated

On the campaign trail and on television, Rep. Diane Black portrays herself as a never-back-down fighter and a leader in the war to cut off the flow of federal dollars to the abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Bill Lee says armed teachers 'cost-effective way' to protect Tennessee students

With school safety at the forefront of a national debate, Williamson County businessman Bill Lee said Monday he supports arming some teachers as a "cost-effective" way to increase security.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Bradley GOP celebrates candidates, awards

The Bradley County Republican Party turned out in full force Saturday night as members gathered for their annual Lincoln Day Dinner at Cleveland High School.

Roland Toyos 2018 election

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Bradley GOP celebrates candidates, awards

The Bradley County Republican Party turned out in full force Saturday night as members gathered for their annual Lincoln Day Dinner at Cleveland High School.

Bill Lee Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Diane Black with narrow lead in new poll from education-aligned group

U.S. Rep. Diane Black has a narrow edge over Knoxville entrepreneur Randy Boyd among Republicans running governor, according to a new poll from an education-aligned organization.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Local GOP to host Reagan Day Dinner April 14

On Saturday, April 14, the Dyer County Republican Party will hold its annual Reagan Day Dinner at The Farms in Dyersburg. The event, which has been fundraiser for the local Republican Party for nearly a decade, gives state candidates an opportunity to speak to area voters. This year, candidates that have confirmed to speak include governor candidate Randy Boyd, U.S. Sen. candidate Dr. Rolando Toyos, current U.S. Rep. for the 8th Congressional District of Tennessee David Kustoff and candidate Dr. George Flinn, as well as current Tennessee State Sen. for District 27 Ed Jackson and candidate Brandon Dodds.

Roland Toyos 2018 election

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Local GOP to host Reagan Day Dinner April 14

On Saturday, April 14, the Dyer County Republican Party will hold its annual Reagan Day Dinner at The Farms in Dyersburg. The event, which has been fundraiser for the local Republican Party for nearly a decade, gives state candidates an opportunity to speak to area voters. This year, candidates that have confirmed to speak include governor candidate Randy Boyd, U.S. Sen. candidate Dr. Rolando Toyos, current U.S. Rep. for the 8th Congressional District of Tennessee David Kustoff and candidate Dr. George Flinn, as well as current Tennessee State Sen. for District 27 Ed Jackson and candidate Brandon Dodds.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Franklin protesters ask Blackburn to listen to them on gun control

Sandra Barrett Hoomani stood on the Franklin Public Square with a sign in hand, asking Rep. Marsha Blackburn to listen to her stance on gun control.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Blackburn stumps in Lakeway Area

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a candidate for U.S. Senate, stopped in Morristown last weekend at Davy Crockett Restaurant, her second stop in the Lakeway Area in two months.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Candidates for governor to speak at sold-out dinner

All five Republican candidates for governor are expected to speak at the Upper Cumberland Reagan Day Dinner Thursday at Trinity Church in Algood.

Diane Black Bill Lee Beth Harwell Kay White Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Marsha Blackburn picks up Diane Black's support in U.S. Senate bid

U.S. Rep. Diane Black is endorsing U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's bid for the U.S. Senate.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Marsha Blackburn picks up Diane Black's support in U.S. Senate bid

U.S. Rep. Diane Black is endorsing U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's bid for the U.S. Senate.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Statewide candidates talk about infrastructure

What do statewide candidates say about infrastructure investment? Is investment in public infrastructure important? And should Tennessee have more dedicated revenue sources to pay for construction and maintenance of infrastructure across the state, or is the existing tax structure – primarily the state tax on fuel, and wheel taxes – sufficient to pay for what Tennessee needs to sustain and grow its economy?

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Statewide candidates talk about infrastructure

What do statewide candidates say about infrastructure investment? Is investment in public infrastructure important? And should Tennessee have more dedicated revenue sources to pay for construction and maintenance of infrastructure across the state, or is the existing tax structure – primarily the state tax on fuel, and wheel taxes – sufficient to pay for what Tennessee needs to sustain and grow its economy?

Diane Black Beth Harwell Bill Lee Randy Boyd Karl Dean Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Boy Scouts visit Tennessee Capitol

C.T. Gunter, a student at Waterville Community School, is a Bear Scout in troop 3477. He was selected to be the delegate for The Cherokee Area Council at the Boy Scouts of America annual report to the state. There are six councils in Tennessee, so each year just six scouts have this honor.

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Harwell calls for Rep. David Byrd to resign ahead of report alleging sexual misconduct

House Speaker Beth Harwell is calling for yet another Republican lawmaker to resign as he faces allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Poll: Bredesen holds narrow lead over Blackburn in Tennessee U.S. Senate race

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen has a slight edge over U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in a new poll on the U.S. Senate race from a Democratic-leaning firm.

Phil Bredesen Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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11 New poll finds Bredesen with narrow lead over Blackburn in US Senate race

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen has a slight edge over U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in a new poll on the U.S. Senate race from a Democratic-leaning firm.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Campaigning Karl Dean visits area

TENNESSEE gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean, left, was greeted Thursday on the steps of the Polk County Courthouse during a visit to the community by James Woody, who was representing the Polk community's Chamber of Commerce.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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Pace: Rep. Black should choose children over glider trucks

Just the other day, as my children and I were sitting in traffic on U.S. 27, stuck behind an old freight truck belching black soot into the air, my daughter exclaimed, "Oh, no, pollution! I don't want to breathe in that smoke."

Diane Black 2018 election

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Meet the candidate: Randy Boyd

Six candidates have announced their intentions to be the next governor of Tennessee. Republican candidates in the gubernatorial race, which concludes on Election Day, Nov. 6, 2018, include Bill Lee, Diane Black, Randy Boyd and Beth Harwell. Democratic candidates are Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh.

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Last Word: Rising River, Driving The Dream and Harwell Advances Medical Pot

The Mississippi River at Memphis should reach flood stage at any moment. As Last Word was going up online Wednesday evening the National Weather Service at Memphis put the river level here at 33.52 feet. Flood stage at Memphis is 34 feet. The river is forecast to crest some time next week at 38 feet, four feet over flood stage. Keep in mind that in April 2011, the river at Memphis crested 10 feet higher, at 48 feet on the Memphis river gauge – which turned to be the one on the support beams of the bridge over Beale Street at Riverside Drive. That was the second highest river level at Memphis ever recorded.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Hawkins Democrats sponsoring bean supper, petition-signing party for Bredesen

The last Democrat to win a statewide race was former Nashville Mayor, and Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, and Democrats in Hawkins County and across the state are hoping to change that in 2018 by electing Bredesen to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Bob Corker.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Dean: ‘It’s Kind of Our Turn’ in Governor’s Race

Democratic contender for governor Karl Dean is pushing hard the idea that Democrats can win one of the two statewide races on the Tennessee ballot this year.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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Boyd visits Wilson County

Gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd made a series of appearances in Wilson County on Thursday ahead of this year’s general election.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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New Bredesen ad says he's 'not running against Donald Trump'

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen released a new television ad Monday in which he seeks to reach out to Tennessee Republican and independent voters by explaining what his approach to President Donald Trump will be.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Bredesen: U.S. Senate Win Possible For Democrats

The last Democrat to win statewide elected office in Tennessee eight years ago acknowledges times have changed.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Commentary: Blackburn bill puts spotlight on opioids, her campaign

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn was accused of exacerbating the catastrophic opioid crisis by sponsoring legislation that made it easier for drug companies to deliver pain medication.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Opinion | Marsha Blackburn cares more about drug sellers than Tennesseans torn by opioid crisis

Opioid abuse is costing each and every Tennessean approximately $4,793 a year, according to a study by the American Enterprise Institute. That includes the cost of overdose-related fatalities and the “nonfatal costs,” such as the costs of health care and substance abuse treatment, the costs to the criminal justice system, and the costs of lost productivity.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Rhea Democratic Party to hold fundraising banquet

Officials said that Anne Davis, wife of Democratic candidate for governor and former Mayor of Nashville Karl Dean, will speak at the event in addition to other local and state candidates vying for election in the upcoming races this year

Karl Dean 2018 election

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Diane Black Speaks At Lincoln Day Dinner

Tennessee gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Diane Black, left, speaks with Wanda Ogle-Cox just before the Greene County Republican Women’s Lincoln Day Dinner Friday night. Black was the keynote speaker.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Guest View: When conscience conflicts with job duties

“I solemnly swear to do no harm.” We took this oath more than 40 years ago when we became nurses. We chose this career — more accurately, this calling — because it was the ultimate realization of what was in our hearts. Our love for women and children — our desire to serve those who are sick and in need — our passion to come alongside the most vulnerable in our midst with care and compassion. The oath reflects our commitment to safeguard all life.

Diane Black 2018 election

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GOP gubernatorial candidate Diane Black stumps through Lakeway Area

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, a Republican governor hopeful, said Wednesday she would support taking away guns from the mentally ill if medical professionals deem them a harm to themselves or others.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Democratic leader charges Harwell Medicaid-work requirement 'political stunt' for votes in governor's race

A top state House Democrat charged Friday that Republican Speaker Beth Harwell has relied on financing gimmicks to pay for her bill seeking to impose work requirements on most able-bodied adults enrolled in Tennessee's Medicaid health care program.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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With assist from House Speaker Beth Harwell, medical cannabis bill advances in House subcommittee

Legislation that would permit medical cannabis in Tennessee made it through an early hurdle thanks to a tie-breaking vote from House Speaker Beth Harwell Tuesday in a key House committee.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Gubernatorial candidate to visit Wilson County

Gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd will make a series of appearances in Wilson County on Thursday, ahead of this year’s general election.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Complaints against Diane Black dismissed, action delayed on filings against Beth Harwell

Campaign finance officials on Wednesday dismissed two complaints filed against U.S. Rep. Diane Black and delayed taking action on three others against House Speaker Beth Harwell.

Diane Black Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Diane Black has most missed votes in 2018 among Tennessee congressional delegation

With her latest gubernatorial campaign ad, U.S. Rep. Diane Black is calling attention to human trafficking.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Opinion | Diane Black: How to solve the opioid crisis

As a nurse for 45 years, I’ve been trained to think about the root causes, how to diagnose a problem and how to build a treatment strategy from the bottom up.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Bill Lee's faith tour stops in Jackson

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee was in Jackson Friday morning as part of his faith tour across the state.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Gubernatorial hopeful calls faith community underutilized resource

Bill Lee, a Tennessee gubernatorial candidate, announced his intention to seek the office last April and kicked off his campaign by visiting 95 counties in 95 days.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Beth Harwell faces another complaint, this time over PAC's ad buy

House Speaker Beth Harwell is facing a third complaint related to her bid for the Republican nomination for governor.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Complaints question Beth Harwell's PAC help, $3.1m self-loan

Two campaign finance complaints question House Speaker Beth Harwell's help from a political committee and a $3.1 million self-loan to her Republican gubernatorial campaign.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Ad touting Beth Harwell's accomplishments hits airwaves, but purchase not from her campaign

The first political ad for House Speaker Beth Harwell’s gubernatorial campaign began hitting airwaves over the weekend.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Speaker Beth Harwell's TennCare work requirements bill gains traction in committee

House Speaker Beth Harwell's bill calling for work requirements for "able-bodied" TennCare recipients advanced in the House on Tuesday with an amendment to remove expected costs to the state.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Toyos likes chances against Blackburn in Senate primary

U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Rolando Toyos said he is not in the race to “coronate” fellow U.S. Senate candidate Congresswoman Marsh Blackburn (R-Tenn.) in the upcoming Republican primary.

Roland Toyos 2018 election

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Boyd talks plan for state

As the governor's race starts to pick up steam, more candidates are making stops in Sevier County and during a campaign trip here this week businessman Randy Boyd visited The Mountain Press trip to talk about his plans for the state.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Boyd Sports To Manage Greeneville Reds

Boyd Sports, the company owned by Knoxville businessman and Republican candidate for governor Randy Boyd, has signed a memorandum of understanding to manage the day-to-day operations of the Greeneville Reds.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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6 Phil Bredesen: Bob Corker and I had 'numerous' conversations about Senate race

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen said Friday he's had numerous conversations with Sen. Bob Corker since Corker announced his decision to retire in September, and the Democrat said was confident Corker would not reverse his decision.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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PHIL BREDESEN Former governor wants to change political climate

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, now a U.S. Senate candidate, visited Bradley County on Wednesday as part of his campaign tour.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Phil Bredesen's first U.S. Senate ad to air on Fox News channel, cost $242,000

Underlining a call for bipartisanship, former Gov. Phil Bredesen's first campaign ads in his bid for the U.S. Senate will air on the Fox News Channel, according to a summary from an analytics company.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Phil Bredesen rallies grassroots organizers in Senate campaign with chili dinner in Nashville

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen began his effort to woo grassroots support for his Senate campaign on Saturday by meeting with organizers at a hotel in downtown Nashville, and then serving them chili at a hip honky tonk around the corner.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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2 Phil Bredesen's Senate campaign fears it was hacked

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen's campaign for U.S. Senate told the FBI Thursday about a recent effort by someone who tried to trick it into wiring money.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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McNally urges GOP to 'rally' around Blackburn U.S. Senate bid

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally on Wednesday threw his support to Marsha Blackburn's U.S. Senate GOP primary bid, calling on Republicans to unite around the Brentwood congresswoman as incumbent Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., weighs reversing his decision to retire.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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56 Tennessee GOP state representatives endorse Blackburn for U.S. Senate

Fifty-six of the Tennessee House's 74-member Republican Caucus are endorsing Republican Marsha Blackburn in her U.S. Senate effort, the campaign announced today.

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn: Violence in entertainment media should be part of safe schools debate

Rep. Marsha Blackburn urged the White House on Wednesday to look at violent movies, video games and other forms of entertainment as it considers ways to make schools safer in the aftermath of a deadly school shooting in Florida.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Marsha Blackburn slates local breakfast; 'Mike Chase for Mayor' T-shirts printed

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn brings her campaign to Knoxville on Monday morning, March 12, with a breakfast at 8 at Rothchilds sponsored by former Knox County mayor Mike Ragsdale and his former chief of staff, Mike Arms.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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With Corker out, Blackburn wants to unify Republican Party to beat Bredesen

Shortly after Sen. Bob Corker made it official that he had decided not to re-enter the race and seek a third term, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn took to social media to try to unite the Republican Party.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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In U.S. Senate bid, Blackburn nets endorsements from 18 GOP state Senators

While U.S. Sen. Bob Corker continues to mull a potential bid for a third term, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is charging ahead, netting new endorsements in her bid for his seat while touting a poll with positive results for her campaign.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Marsha Blackburn touts record, make subtle jabs at Bob Corker in Williamson County GOP speech

Without specifically mentioning Bob Corker, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn made several subtle jabs alluding to the two-term senator while speaking to a group of Republicans in her home district.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn worried about negative impact of Trump's tariff proposal

In a rare disagreement with President Donald Trump, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Friday that the recent tariff proposal on steel and aluminum imports could have a negative impact on Tennessee.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Can the state and nonprofits work better together?

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee believes state government could do a better job pulling together community resources.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Gubernatorial candidate Dean talks school safety

Four Blount County students have been arrested for school threats since the Parkland, Fla., school shooting Feb. 14 that left 14 students and three teachers dead.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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Black Makes Case For Governorship In Greene County

Three of the biggest issues facing Tennessee are jobs, education and the opioid crisis, according to U.S. Rep. Diane Black, and she has a plan to fix those issues if she is elected to be the next governor.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Diane Black releases plan to fight opioid crisis

Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black released her first major policy proposal last week, a comprehensive plan to combat the opioid crisis and keep Tennessee safe.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Kingsport Chamber roundtable with GOP gubernatorial candidate Diane Black

Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Diane Black got straight to the point Tuesday about her values and the values of Tennesseans: “God is God. Life is life. Truth is truth.”

Diane Black 2018 election

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U.S. Rep. Diane Black says abortion is not family planning but 'family destruction'

U.S. Rep. Diane Black said Tuesday that abortion is not family planning but "family destruction."

Diane Black 2018 election

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Diane and David Black donate to Medal of Honor Heritage Center

U.S. Rep. Diane Black and Dr. David Black have donated $250,000 to the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center in Chattanooga.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Diane Black To Speak At Lincoln Day Dinner

The annual Greene County Republican Women’s Club Lincoln Day Dinner will be this Friday, at the General Morgan Inn.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Dean says Nashville will survive ex-mayor's fall

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a Democrat now running for governor, said his successor’s resignation on Tuesday will not have a negative impact on the Music City or his party.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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Fitzhugh looks to rural voters

For state Democrats to have success in the upcoming midterm elections, winning over rural voters who have not voted blue in recent elections will likely be crucial.

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Mike Fisher, Darrell Waltrip join 'faith, community' council in Bill Lee campaign

Republican Bill Lee announced Tuesday a handful celebrities who are joining a 25-person "Community and Faith-Based Advisory Council" as part of his gubernatorial campaign.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Bill Lee Propelled By Faith

Bill Lee, a candidate running to be the Republican nominee for governor of Tennessee, made a stop in Greeneville at the Opportunity House on Friday as part of his Faith Tour.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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House Speaker Beth Harwell joins GOP group supporting medical marijuana legislation

The ongoing effort to make Tennessee the next state to permit medical marijuana was bolstered Monday with two new Republican backers: House Speaker Beth Harwell and Rep. Bryan Terry.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Boyd uses listening, learning to his advantage

Randy Boyd jokes that he’s never had an original idea. The Knoxville businessman says they all come from customers or someone else he trusts.

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Black campaign under fire over pollution rule, campaign contributions

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Diane Black is coming under harsh criticism after the Republican gubernatorial hopeful's campaign collected at least $225,000 from donors affiliated with a Crossville, Tenn., trucking firm that benefited from an exemption she championed regarding a planned federal diesel-emissions rule.

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Diane Black, Husband Lobbying Against Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jeremy Faison is hitting a hurdle with gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Diane Black opposing it and her husband trying to kill the measure.

Diane Black

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Diane Black under fire over lax emissions testing, donations from diesel trucking company

Gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Diane Black is coming under fire for receiving more than $200,000 in campaign contributions from people affiliated with a Tennessee-based trucking company and her efforts to continue a loophole for some lax emissions testing.

Diane Black

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Randy Boyd names law enforcement coalition

Randy Boyd names law enforcement coalitionRepublican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd says he has 45 sheriffs, police chiefs and district attorneys to advise him on public safety issues in Tennessee.

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Stephen Fincher halts U.S. Senate bid, encourages Corker to seek re-election

Stephen Fincher halts U.S. Senate bid, encourages Corker to seek re-election

Stephen Lee Fincher

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Blackburn, Bredesen virtually tied in approval ratings in US Senate race, MTSU poll says

One year out from the 2018 Tennessee U.S. Senate race, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, and former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen, a potential candidate, have “statistically indistinguishable” approval ratings, a new poll from Middle Tennessee State University has found.

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Phil Bredesen 'courted personally' by Schumer, top Democrats to run for Senate, report says

As he weighs a bid for U.S. Senate, former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen is in Washington this week for meetings and has already been “courted personally” by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and other Democratic senators to run for the seat, according to the New York Times.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Haslam's father gives to Fincher

NASHVILLE — While Gov. Bill Haslam may not make an endorsement in Tennessee's Republican U.S. Senate primary between U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher, the governor's father, Pilot Flying J founder James Haslam II, is openly placing his bet on the West Tennessee farmer. Fincher's fourth quarter financial disclosure shows that Jim Haslam and his wife, Natalie, each gave $2,700 to the West Tennessee farmer's GOP primary effort as well as a like amount to his general election account for a total of $10,800.

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Bill Lee makes $2.2 million in ad buys in Tennessee gubernatorial race

Williamson County gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee is set to pay $2.2 million to run ads on cable and satellite TV stations in Tennessee’s most populous areas. The ad buy comes as several candidates prepare to ramp up their exposure on television stations in the coming months.

Bill Lee

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All eyes on Bredesen as Democrats seek 'game-changer' in Tennessee US Senate race

Democrat Phil Bredesen’s sudden interest in running for U.S. Senate has emerged as a potential game-changer in Republican-dominated Tennessee, leading political analysts to see a new path for Senate Democrats in Washington to try to take control of the upper chamber.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Former Democrat Gov. Phil Bredesen considers Tennessee US Senate bid

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win a statewide election in the Volunteer State, is weighing a run for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Republican Bob Corker after previously ruling out a bid.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Blackburn campaign blasts skeptics of her viability as 'sexist' and ...

The comments cap a whirlwind day for the contest, with GOP primary frontrunner Marsha Blackburn's spokeswoman earlier in the day blasting critics responding to a Tennessee business group's poll indicating Bredesen holds a narrow lead over the Brentwood congresswoman, a favorite of Tennesseans in the GOP's hard right.

Marsha Blackburn

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Gov. Bredesen visits TTU

It was his first time to see Tennessee Tech's School of Nursing simulation lab, but it was also his first official campaign stop of 2018.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Uncertainty, charges of sexism rock GOP primary as Sen. Bob Corker mulls another term

WASHINGTON — Reports that Sen. Bob Corker may be rethinking his decision to retire and that he might seek re-election have upended one of Tennessee’s hottest political contests, injecting uncertainty and charges of sexism into the GOP primary.

Marsha Blackburn

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Tennessee governor's race: A year out, voters say jobs, education, health care among their top concerns

John and Linda Adams keep an American flag hanging in their front yard. But for the retired couple from Stanton, Tenn., the American dream, it seems, keeps dimming for their community.

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Bredesen slams Trump plan to sell TVA power transmission lines

U.S. Senate Democratic hopeful Phil Bredesen on Tuesday slammed President Trump's budget proposal calling for the sale of TVA's transmission network, warning it will prove "bad for Tennessee" and the federal utility's customers.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn stumps in Bean Station

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn made a campaign stop in Bean Station Saturday and reinforced to Republicans there a familiar campaign theme.

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Gubernatorial candidates answer pressing questions

Tennessee governor race candidates answered several questions from around the state during the Tennessee Press Association gubernatorial forum on Thursday at the Nashville Public Library.

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GOP candidates gather in Madison County

All the Republican primary candidates for governor and U.S. Senate appeared at the annual Reagan Day Dinner fundraiser held by the Madison County Republican Party Friday night.

Diane Black Randy Boyd Beth Harwell Bill Lee Kay White Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Madison County Dems ready to flip county blue

The Madison County Democratic Party faces a similar challenge to most other county Democratic parties throughout West Tennessee — trying to find enough voters to flip longtime Republican-red counties back to Democrat-blue when election time comes.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Talks 'Issues That Really Matter'

Tennessee Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean made a campaign visit to Northeast Tennessee over the weekend.

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1 Bill Lee makes $2.2 million in ad buys in Tennessee gubernatorial race

Williamson County gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee is set to pay $2.2 million to run ads on cable and satellite TV stations in Tennessee’s most populous areas.

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How did Tennessee's candidates for governor answer 3 key questions?

Five candidates for governor met Tuesday for a gubernatorial forum on education. Here are their answers to three key questions.

Beth Harwell Karl Dean Randy Boyd Craig Fitzhugh Bill Lee 2018 election

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Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell supports ending emissions testing

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, on Thursday threw her support behind an effort by two state lawmakers to end vehicle emissions testing in Hamilton and five other counties, including her home in Davidson County.

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Can Phil Bredesen win in 2018?

I am surprised Bredesen is running because, if elected, he would be over 80 years old at the end of one term. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer must have gotten down on his hands and knees to convince Bredesen to run. Republicans are already attacking him, and he’ll be campaigning in a state that is way more red than when he was in the governor’s office.

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Stephen Fincher wants you to tell him if he should run for Senate

Weighing a potential bid for U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s seat, former West Tennessee congressman Stephen Fincher was all ears while visiting Johnson City on Tuesday, the second day of a statewide listening tour that will take him from from Mountain City to Memphis in a week.

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Marsha Blackburn on wrong side of net neutrality debate

Americans have grown all too accustomed to political posturing and outright doublespeak from our current Congress, but the dance being done by Tennessee’s own Representative Marsha Blackburn on the issue of Net Neutrality is truly something to behold.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Bredesen’s decision shakes up Senate race

Bredesen, 74, will announce Thursday that he’ll campaign for the seat being vacated by Republican Bob Corker. The decision will set up a possible blockbuster race in 2018 against U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who represents parts of Maury County and southern Middle Tennessee.

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Blackburn to bring U.S. Senate campaign to Knoxville

Congressman Marsha Blackburnbrings her campaign for U.S. Senate to Knoxville on Saturday, Feb. 3, with an event hosted by state Rep. Jason Zachary. Blackburn faces former Congressman Steve Fincher in the August primary, and then one of them faces former Democratic governor Phil Bredesen in November. Having Zachary helping her campaign will be a plus.

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With Blackburn in Senate race, some Tennessee Republicans staying

Tennessee Republicans' 2018 political dominoes began falling into place Thursday after Gov. Bill Haslam announced he will not run to replace fellow Republican, friend and ally U.S. Sen. Bob Corker. Before day's end, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., announced her statewide bid in a video, describing herself as a "hardcore, card-carrying Tennessee conservative" and adding she's "politically incorrect and proud of it."

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Marsha Blackburn holds key early advantage in Tennessee Senate race, poll finds

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is leading the pack in name recognition among the candidates in Tennessee’s U.S. Senate race, a new Vanderbilt University poll finds.

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Marsha Blackburn set to report fundraising $2 million in U.S. Senate race

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn will report raising $2 million in the first two months of her bid to be Tennessee's next U.S. Senator, according to her campaign.

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Chattanooga mayor asks his supporters to back Phil Bredesen in U.S. Senate run

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is asking his supporters to back fellow Democrat Phil Bredesen as the former governor and Nashville mayor runs for U.S. Senate. A former state senator who served in the General Assembly, Berke had himself openly considered seeking the seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Chattanooga. But when Bredesen announced he would run earlier this month, Berke quickly applauded the decision in a statement on Twitter.

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Former Gov. Phil Bredesen set to announce US Senate run

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen is set to officially enter the race for U.S. Senate, setting up a blockbuster election for the seat to be vacated by Sen. Bob Corker.

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Phil Bredesen vs. the Democratic Party

Resistance,” a term frequently used to call for opposition to President Donald Trump. The second photo to appear is of President Barack Obama, a principal reason Tennessee Democrats have gone from dominating to being dominated.

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Phil Bredesen: ‘I’m not running against Donald Trump’

He also downplayed the role Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Senate Democrats had in getting him to run after a decade removed from the last time he was on the ballot in Tennessee. Bredesen insisted the possibility that a Democratic win in Tennessee could flip the Senate — which would be a damaging blow to Trump’s agenda — played no role in his decision.

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Phil Bredesen names campaign team for U.S. Senate run

Tennessee U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen will lean on some of his closest advisers from his time as governor and a new crop of Democratic aides as he launches his first campaign in more than a decade.

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Former Memphis Dr. Rolando Toyos enters race for Corker's Senate seat

Dr. Rolando Toyos, founder and CEO of the Toyos Clinic with locations in the Memphis and Nashville metros, will enter the race to succeed Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate. Toyos, who unsuccessfully ran as a Republican for Shelby County Commission in 2010, announced his bid on a new website and in a YouTube video last week.

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Exclusive: Former Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher enters Tennessee U.S. Senate race

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher is entering next year’s U.S. Senate race in Tennessee, a move that pits him against one of his former GOP congressional colleagues in the election to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker.

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Larry Crim: Candidate kept going, kept campaigning after 2012 loss

Larry Crim, 58, ran for the Democratic Senate nomination in 2012, finishing fourth. A resident of Antioch, he sued the Tennessee Democratic Party after Mark Clayton, who won the nomination, was disavowed by party leaders because of his extreme views.

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Rep Marsha Blackburn launches Senate bid

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is entering the 2018 U.S. Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker, ending a week's worth of speculation and immediately catapulting her to front-runner status as others consider launching their own bids.

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Sevierville's Bill Bailey aiming for Corker's U.S. Senate seat

For 30 years, he was a trailer mechanic for UPS, and now as a teaching assistant at Sevierville’s Parkway Academy, he might bring tools to fix a broken desk in the classroom or cereal for students who are too hungry to learn.

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Analysis: With Phil Bredesen in the US Senate race, can Democrats win?

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen's decision to enter the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent Bob Corker is set to have significant ramifications for national and state politics in 2018.

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Lesser-known Tennessee gubernatorial candidates hope to be voice for 'average folks'

In the hills of East Tennessee, Kay White’s name is familiar in political circles, even if it hasn’t been the one on campaign posters. She led Ted Cruz’s Tennessee campaign for president in 2016 and then she championed Donald Trump in East Tennessee. In 2014, she assisted in former state Rep. Joe Carr’s bid against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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Governor candidate Bill Lee talks industry in Houston County

Republican governor candidate Bill Lee visited Houston County on his statewide tour to visit all 95 counties in 95 days.

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Eric Church to headline private fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee

A Republican, Lee is one of the top-tier gubernatorial candidates in the race, which also includes GOP candidates U.S. Rep. Diane Black, House Speaker Beth Harwell, Knoxville entrepreneur Randy Boyd and former Sen. Mae Beavers.

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Bill Lee's campaign adds former Tennessee Republican Party chair as campaign manager

“It’s humbling to have so many talented people join our efforts to help share my vision for Tennessee,” Lee said in the release. “I’m grateful for the team we’re assembling. This is one more indicator of the excitement and enthusiasm we are seeing all across this state for our campaign.”

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GOP candidate Bill Lee raises more than $1.37 million for TN governor's race

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bill Lee announced Friday that his campaign raised more than $1.37 million since declaring his candidacy in mid-April.

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee wants to improve rural Tennessee

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee said there are three things every Tennessean wants regardless of where they live. “People want a good job, because there’s dignity with work; they want a good school for their kids; and they want a safe neighborhood,” Lee said.

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Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee to ride tractor to highlight rural policy

Lee’s plan calls for an investment in vocational, technical and agricultural education, adding work requirements for recipients of the state’s social programs and reforming the state’s licensing laws. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Who could be Tennessee's next governor? Fullscreen

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Republican Bill Lee announces run for governor of Tennessee

For the past three decades, Bill Lee has built a family business into a Middle Tennessee brand. Now the chairman and former CEO of Franklin-based Lee Co. will look to run on that career — and a life story forever altered by family tragedy — in a Republican bid for Tennessee governor.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Governor candidates face off in TPA forum

Five of those running for Tennessee's top office participated in a forum sponsored by the Tennessee Press Association Thursday morning.

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Tea party leader White supports Trump through controversies and bad poll numbers

As the East Tennessee Chairman for Donald Trump, White is clear with her reasons for going with the billionaire businessman over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Kay White 2018 election

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Local Tea Party leader, Trump delegate to run for governor

It now appears Northeast Tennessee will have a gubernatorial candidate in the August 2018 primaries.

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Gubernatorial candidate Kay White portrays herself as ultimate outsider

After announcing her campaign for governor in July, Kay White has made a reputation for herself as an outsider, hardline conservative and fervent supporter of President Donald Trump.

Kay White 2018 election

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Republican gubernatorial candidates weigh in on Wellmont, Mountain States merger

If a proposed merger between Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System is approved, it will fall to the next governor of Tennessee and his or her administration to regulate and police the public health commitments the systems have made.

Kay White Bill Lee Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Hawkins native running for Governor of Tennessee

A Hawkins County native who is now a conservative Republican candidate for Governor of Tennessee was campaigning “full steam ahead” at the 25th annual Tomato Festival last weekend in Grainger County.

Kay White 2018 election

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Boyd: Community schools a way to improve education for all

In 2008, a few of us in Knoxville created a program called knoxAchieves that recruited private donors to pay for community college tuition for students who could not afford to go. We required a day of community service each semester and matched them with a mentor. It led to my work with Gov. Bill Haslam to create the Drive to 55 and the Tennessee Promise scholarship program.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Beth Harwell talks finances, education and opioid epidemic at Bristol roundtable

Tennessee Speaker of the House and gubernatorial hopeful Beth Harwell told about a dozen business leaders Friday that it’s critical to keep Tennessee fiscally sound, develop a skilled workforce and find an answer to the opioid crisis.

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Beth Harwell weighs in on opioids and the IMPROVE Act

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell spoke on education, the IMPROVE Act and the state’s opioid crisis on Monday in McKenzie.

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Beth Harwell tells former Tennessee Republican Party chairwoman she's running for 2018 gubernatorial bid

For well over a year, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell has held her cards close over whether she will seek the 2018 GOP nomination for governor.

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Bill Lee launches first ad in bid for governor's seat

Republican gubernatorial Bill Lee's campaign says it is preparing to launch a statewide television ad buy as Tennessee's 2018 GOP gubernatorial primary enters its next phase.

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Speaker Harwell talks Williamson education funding, opioid crisis

In a conversation with Williamson republicans, Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell shared her plans if she were elected as the next governor.

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Beth Harwell sets her priorities in bid for Tennessee governor

Gubernatorial candidate and House Speaker Beth Harwell doesn’t want your vote just because she’s a woman, though she is certainly aware of the historical significance of being Tennessee’s first female governor.

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House Speaker Beth Harwell Makes Her Case To Be Next Governor

Tennessee House Speaker and gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell discussed a wide range of topics — from the opioid crisis to education to sexual harassment — during an interview with The Greenville Sun on Tuesday.

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Beth Harwell calls for hearings after more than 9,000 TNReady tests scored incorrectly

In the wake of nearly 9,400 TNReady tests incorrectly scored, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell is calling for a hearing on the state's testing issues.

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Williamson County Businessman Bill Lee to launch first TV ad of 2018 governor race

“As we put life back together, my goal became to create the best best place to work for 1,200 hardworking plumbers, pipe fitters and electricians,” Lee said of his family’s business Lee Company. “Can I make life better for every person in this state? I believe I can."

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Beth Harwell enters 2018 Tennessee governor's race touting experience and leadership

Touting nearly three decades' worth of legislative experience, including six years in leadership, House Speaker and Nashville Republican Beth Harwell is officially launching a campaign to become Tennessee’s next governor.

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Randy Boyd gubernatorial campaign hitting TV, cable with $300,000 ad buy

NASHVILLE — Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd's campaign will take to the air Wednesday with an estimated $300,000 ad buy on statewide broadcast and cable television. Boyd campaign CEO Chip Saltsman confirmed the move in an interview this week after Times Free Press inquiries regarding Tennessee television stations' recent filings with the Federal Communications Commission.

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Harwell to attend White House conference on rural issues

House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, will attend the White House Conference on Rural Prosperity with state and local leaders Tuesday in Washington.

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State Rep. Craig Fitzhugh to hold 'Lady Vols' announcement Friday

Gubernatorial candidate and state Rep. Craig Fitzhugh will bring his campaign to the University of Tennessee Friday where he plans to announce a legislative resolution that would urge the school to reinstate the Lady Vols name.

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Harwell amasses $5 million, seizing cash lead among Tennessee gubernatorial candidates

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., led in fundraising among Tennessee's seven Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates, but Republican state House Speaker Beth Harwell seized the No. 1 spot in terms of total receipts and cash with the help of a $3.1 million loan.

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Beth Harwell proposes TennCare work requirements

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell filed a bill Thursday that aims to require able-bodied adults without young children to work if they want TennCare health coverage.

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Fitzhugh touts rural credentials as he mulls governor's bid

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh is seriously considering joining the race to succeed term-limited Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018. The Ripley Democrat told reporters this week that he would have appeal for voters from both urban and rural areas of the state.

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Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean on teaching salaries, opioids and jobs

Gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean is hoping his experience as Nashville mayor will improve his chances of becoming the state’s next governor.

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Gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean sees Tennessee united on three issues: education, health care and jobs

While the state of Tennessee has three grand divisions, gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean also sees three main issues uniting the citizens: health care, education and jobs.

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Q&A with Tennessee gubernatorial candidates: Democrat Craig Fitzhugh

House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh jumped into the Tennessee governor’s race last month, knowing he would face a tough challenge against former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in the Democratic primary.

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Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean to run for governor of Tennessee

Karl Dean is running for governor of Tennessee in an uphill bid to become the first Democrat elected statewide in the Volunteer State since 2006.

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Gubernatorial candidate Craig Fitzhugh to visit Cheatham County

Fitzhugh, 67, the state House Minority Leader since 2011, will speak to the local Democratic Party at 6 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Ashland City Senior Center, 104 Ruth Drive in downtown Ashland City. His opponent, Karl Dean, visited with the Cheatham Democrats and drew a large crowd four months ago.

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Karl Dean, Confident a Democrat Can Win the Governorship, Tours Memphis

Thursday was Karl Dean Day in Memphis. Unofficially, of course. And Friday was Karl Dean Day Two. The former two-term mayor of Nashville, now an announced Democratic candidate for governor of Tennessee, devoted a couple of days to making the rounds in the Bluff City, giving folks here a chance to look him over.

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Karl Dean to report raising $1.2M in first stretch of Tennessee governor's race

Karl Dean says he'll report raising more than $1.2 million in his bid for governor of Tennessee, a figure his campaign says is the largest one-time haul for a Tennessee Democrat in more than a decade.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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Columbia woman assists Republican Boyd in campaign

After her graduation from Samford University in Alabama this spring, Columbia’s Lindsey Locke Anderson has taken a position working with gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd, R-Knoxville, and other campaign staffers as they journey across the state in an effort to build relationships with voters.

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Karl Dean to show resilience in governor's race

Tennessee Democratic governor candidate Karl Dean stood in front of a semi-full room in the upstairs of South Knoxville’s Landing House Wednesday night and spoke about the resilience he, and Democratic voters, would need to get him elected next year.

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Diane Black, Karl Dean have highest approval ratings in governor's race, new poll says

U.S. Rep. Diane Black and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean have the highest approval ratings in their respective gubernatorial primaries, according to a new poll from Middle Tennessee State University.

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Tennessee gubernatorial candidate meets with area law enforcement officials

Boyd gathered officials from throughout Northeast Tennessee at a Carnegie Hotel meeting room on Tuesday to discuss topics such as the opioid crisis, mental health transportation and jail overcrowding. The candidate said he recently met with officials in Jackson and Memphis to discuss similar topics before gathering in Johnson City.

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Tennessee gubernatorial candidate meets with area law enforcement officials

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd met with area law enforcement officials Tuesday to help develop his plans to assist the state’s criminal justice system. Boyd gathered officials from throughout Northeast Tennessee at a Carnegie Hotel meeting room on Tuesday to discuss topics such as the opioid crisis, mental health transportation and jail overcrowding. The candidate said he recently met with officials in Jackson and Memphis to discuss similar topics before gathering in Johnson City.

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Karl Dean to join other candidates attending town hall event Saturday in Murfreesboro

Gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean will join others running for federal, state and local offices for a 10 a.m. town hall event Saturday at the City Cafe Upper Room in Murfreesboro, event organizer David Settles said.

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Breakfast with Karl Dean at 822 South

Former Nashville mayor and gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean started his Wednesday with breakfast at Marco’s at 822 South in Columbia, as he continues fundraising for his campaign in the upcoming governor’s race.

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Governor candidate Karl Dean visits Dyer County

Tennessee governor candidate Karl Dean visited Dyer County on Wednesday. The former mayor of the City of Nashville, running for the governor’s position in the Democratic Party, spoke to State Gazette about his campaign and his vision for the state of Tennessee.

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County Democrats welcome candidates for governor

Trousdale County Democrats came out to hear two candidates for governor at a self-styled “Campaign Kickoff” dinner on Nov. 17. About 70 people were in attendance at Hartsville’s Community Center to hear both former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and State. Rep. Craig Fitzhugh speak on what they each saw as the issues that will define the 2018 campaign to succeed Bill Haslam.

Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean 2018 election

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Meet the candidate: Karl Dean

Seven candidates have announced their intentions to be the next governor of Tennessee. Republican candidates in the gubernatorial race, which concludes on Election Day, Nov. 6, 2018, include Bill Lee, Mae Beavers, Diane Black, Randy Boyd and Beth Harwell. Democratic candidates are Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh.

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Gubernatorial candidate Craig Fitzhugh ready for primary

Tennessee's Democratic House of Representatives leader Craig Fitzhugh said his life experiences prepared him for his decision to enter the race for governor in August.

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Black steps down as House budget chair amid governor bid

U.S. Rep. Diane Black announced Wednesday that she is stepping down as House Budget Committee chairwoman, but will remain in Congress as she runs for governor of Tennessee.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Tennessee gubernatorial hopeful Black rolls out county leadership teams across the state

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Diane Black this week released what her campaign calls the "first round" of a list of more than 360 elected officials, conservative activists and community leaders who have endorsed the U.S. representative in the 2018 Republican primary.

Diane Black 2018 election

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President Donald Trump praises Rep. Diane Black on Twitter for role in budget

President Donald Trump gave a Twitter shout-out Friday to Rep. Diane Black for her role in passing a federal budget bill.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Diane Black calls opioid epidemic 'greatest challenge' facing Tennessee leaders at ALEC summit

U.S. Rep. Diane Black said rural Tennesseans are plagued by a lack of infrastructure and rampant opioid addiction, but the latter will be the single greatest challenge facing the state's next governor and other state leadership.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Diane Black has edge among GOP gubernatorial candidates in education group's poll

In what may be one of the first efforts to survey Tennesseans on a head-to-head matchup of next year’s gubernatorial election, U.S. Rep. Diane Black has a slight lead among likely GOP voters who have reached a decision, according to a new poll from Tennesseans for Student Success.

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Diane Black takes aim at GOP rival Randy Boyd in Tennessee governor's race

U.S. Rep. Diane Black's gubernatorial campaign is taking aim at Republican rival Randy Boyd, launching a broadside Tuesday at the former member of Gov. Bill Haslam's Cabinet for everything from his running attire to what the congresswoman decries as his moderate record.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Diane Black says as governor she would 'jealously protect' Tennessee values

U.S. Rep. Diane Black says as the next governor, she would “jealously protect” Tennessee values.

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Craig Fitzhugh raises $304,000 for Tennessee governor's race

State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh says he's satisfied with his gubernatorial campaign's fundraising and believes he will have enough to compete for the Democratic nomination after reporting he raised $304,000 while making a personal $500,000 loan.

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Diane Black enters race for governor of Tennessee

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tennessee, is entering the 2018 race for governor of Tennessee, ending months of speculation and adding a deep-pocketed candidate who is widely considered a front-runner to an already-crowded Republican field.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Diane Black name recognition jumps in Tennessee gubernatorial race, poll finds

U.S. Rep. Diane Black continues to be the most recognizable name in a crowded field of 2018 Tennessee gubernatorial candidates, a new Vanderbilt University poll finds.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Craig Fitzhugh to run for governor of Tennessee, setting up contested Democratic primary

Craig Fitzhugh to run for governor of Tennessee, setting up contested Democratic primary

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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1 2 U.S. Rep. Diane Black says jobs, health care, education top issues in her campaign

U.S. Rep. Diane Black said Monday the top issues in her campaign for Tennessee governor are jobs and the economy, health care and education.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Green's TennCare card to be tested after federal approval

State Sen. Mark Green says the state is awaiting federal approval of his innovative method of delivering health care that will be tested in the state’s TennCare system.

Mark Green 2018 election

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Green has diverse background, interests

Mark Green, Clarksville’s Republican state senator since being elected in 2012, is a doctor, small business owner, veteran and influential voice in Tennessee’s Republican supermajority General Assembly.

Mark Green 2018 election

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Sen. Mark Green introduces 10 bills, targets taxes

Sen. Mark Green introduced 10 bills on Wednesday, several of which target key initiatives like taxes and capping annual individual public assistance benefits that are likely to add to his resume as he nears an expected 2018 gubernatorial run.

Mark Green 2018 election

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Mark Green: A nation of laws does not harbor criminals

America is a nation of laws. When laws are arbitrarily applied in some situations and not in others, clearly, it is not justice and there is no law.

Mark Green 2018 election

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Mark Green defends bill called 'thin veneer' for discrimination

Democrats and Republicans in the Tennessee legislature and cities across the state are questioning a controversial bill they say is the first step down a path toward empowering discrimination and could keep cities "constantly" in court.

Mark Green 2018 election

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Gubernatorial candidate Boyd campaigns in Hamblen County

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd said this week he likes his chances in the crowded field for governor as the race heads toward its August primary. Boyd has consistently been ranked in polls the last few months as second behind fellow gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Dianne Black, R-Gallatin.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Boyd: Community schools a way to improve education for all

Over the years of being very actively involved in our public education system, it has become clear to me that not all education solutions can be solved solely within the classroom.

Randy Boyd

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As Corker weighs third Senate term, Green and Carr seriously consider challenges

Political troubles from the hard right may be multiplying at home for U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., with a sitting Republican state senator nominated earlier this year by President Donald Trump for U.S. Army Secretary as well as a one-time state lawmaker both taking a hard look at challenging the former Chattanooga mayor.

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Boyd: 'Volume is going to be turned way up' in GOP gubernatorial race

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd believes that, in the end, it won’t be about name identification or “name ID.”

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Mark Green won't challenge Corker; will help Christians enter public life

Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green says he won't run against Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker next year and instead will devote his energy to a new nonprofit group he hopes will prepare Christian conservatives for politics and governing.

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Mark Green undecided about Tennessee governor's race after withdrawing Army secretary nomination

State Sen. Mark Green, who last week withdrew his nomination to serve as President Donald Trump's Army secretary, said Monday he is still thinking about whether to continue his bid for governor.

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Mark Green to decide on entering 2018 race for governor by Memorial Day

Sen. Mark Green will make a decision by Memorial Day as to whether to continue his effort to run for governor, the Clarksville Republican told the USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee on Monday.

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Frustrated with Bob Corker, conservatives urge Mark Green to run for U.S. Senate

A group of conservatives are encouraging Sen. Mark Green to run for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Bob Corker in 2018.

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State Sen. Mark Green to run for congressional seat U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is vacating

Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green will run for Congress, reversing a previous decision not to seek higher office this year in light of U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's own run for the U.S. Senate.

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6 COMMENTARY: Veteran says Green's positions too extreme for seat in Congress

After being blown up by a bomb on my third deployment to Iraq, I had to decide where I would live. This Yankee chose Clarksville.

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5 candidates for governor met to discuss education. Diane Black went to a fundraiser instead.

Five candidates for Tennessee governor met to discuss education issues on Tuesday in Nashville — the first 2018 gubernatorial forum broadcast on TV. But U.S. Rep. Diane Black, one of the most well-known candidates in the race, decided to go to a fundraiser instead.

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Beth Harwell, gubernatorial candidate, visits Mountain City

Beth Harwell, currently speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, stopped by for a quick visit to The Tomahawk staff on Monday Harwell made the decision to run for governor in July of last year.

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Tennessee gubernatorial candidate meets with area law enforcement officials

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd met with area law enforcement officials Tuesday to help develop his plans to assist the state’s criminal justice system.

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Shelby County Mayor Luttrell endorses Randy Boyd for governor

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell on Wednesday endorsed Randy Boyd in the Tennessee gubernatorial Republican primary election.

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Randy Boyd raises $4.3 million, including $2 million from self, for Tennessee gubernatorial bid

Republican Randy Boyd says he will report raising more than $2.3 million for his 2018 gubernatorial campaign while injecting an additional $2 million of his own money into what is now a four-person GOP primary with still room to grow.

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Boyd aims to focus on jobs, education as governor

The campaign for the 2018 Tennessee governor’s race is in full swing, and on Wednesday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd stopped in Dayton to meet with local leaders, officials and media.

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