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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.

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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.

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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

corker 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Bill Lee Randy Boyd Kay White Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean 2018 election

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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 Stephen Lee Fincher Roland Toyos 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.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Stephen Lee Fincher 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Larry Crim 2018 election

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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.

Billy Bailey 2018 election

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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.

Kay White 2018 election

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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.”

Bill Lee 2018 election

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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.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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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.

Kay White Craig Fitzhugh Bill Lee Randy Boyd Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

Kay White 2018 election

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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.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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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.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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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.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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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."

Bill Lee 2018 election

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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.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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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.

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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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.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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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.

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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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.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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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.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

Craig Fitzhugh

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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.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Mark Green 2018 election

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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.

Mark Green

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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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Randy Boyd, gubernatorial candidate, pays a visit to Johnson County last week

Republican Randy Boyd is running to serve as the 50th governor of the State of Tennessee in the 2018 election. According to Boyd, he is running to make Tennessee the State of Opportunity, focusing on improved educations, better jobs and opportunities for Tennesseans, regardless of whether they live in rural or urban areas.

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Boyd makes campaign stops in West TN

“I’m going around the state meeting fascinating people that are passionate about their community,” Boyd said. “Every place I go I get energized.”

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Campaigning for Tennessee governor: Randy Boyd sets pace on the trail

“All days are like (this),” he said. “We pretty much have friends in every community we go to, somebody in the area who will help us organize. Sometimes it’s a businessperson, sometimes it’s the mayor, sometimes it’s a state legislator.”

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Peyton and Ashley Manning max out in campaign contribution to Randy Boyd

Both Peyton Manning and his wife, Ashley, maxed out in contributing to Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd’s campaign giving $4,000 each.

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State’s conservatives have real chance to elect candidate who defends constitution

The race started earlier than most with billionaire businessman and former Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd entering in March, followed by millionaire Bill Lee, CEO of the Lee Co., in April.

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