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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn made a campaign stop in Bean Station Saturday and reinforced to Republicans there a familiar campaign theme.
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.
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.
Tennessee Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean made a campaign visit to Northeast Tennessee over the weekend.
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.
Five candidates for governor met Tuesday for a gubernatorial forum on education. Here are their answers to three key questions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Republican governor candidate Bill Lee visited Houston County on his statewide tour to visit all 95 counties in 95 days.
Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee visits Dyersburg on tractor tour
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell spoke on education, the IMPROVE Act and the state’s opioid crisis on Monday in McKenzie.
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.
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.
In a conversation with Williamson republicans, Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell shared her plans if she were elected as the next 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.
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.
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.
“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."
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.
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.
House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, will attend the White House Conference on Rural Prosperity with state and local leaders Tuesday in Washington.
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.
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.
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.
Gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean is hoping his experience as Nashville mayor will improve his chances of becoming the state’s next governor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
President Donald Trump gave a Twitter shout-out Friday to Rep. Diane Black for her role in passing a federal budget bill.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. Rep. Diane Black says as the next governor, she would “jealously protect” Tennessee values.
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.
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.
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.
Craig Fitzhugh to run for governor of Tennessee, setting up contested Democratic primary
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd believes that, in the end, it won’t be about name identification or “name ID.”
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.
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.
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.
A group of conservatives are encouraging Sen. Mark Green to run for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Bob Corker in 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell on Wednesday endorsed Randy Boyd in the Tennessee gubernatorial Republican primary election.
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.
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.
“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.”
Both Peyton Manning and his wife, Ashley, maxed out in contributing to Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd’s campaign giving $4,000 each.
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.