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Randy Boyd gave donation to Democratic Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero out of 'friendship'

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero is not listed as a Democrat on the city’s website, but that’s only because the mayor’s office is nonpartisan. The two-term mayor is a staunch Democrat and former Hillary Clinton delegate.

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Boyd donated to Knoxville Mayor Rogero’s campaign out of ‘friendship’

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero is not listed as a Democrat on the city’s website, but that’s only because the mayor’s office is nonpartisan. The two-term mayor is a staunch Democrat and former Hillary Clinton delegate.

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Boyd joins Black in attacking Lee in GOP primary

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee is coming under attack again, this time from a second rival in Tennessee's four-person Aug. 2 GOP primary. In a new 30-second TV spot, Knoxville businessman and former state economic development commissioner Randy Boyd's campaign charges that Lee, owner of a Franklin-based business and residential building services company, "was state president of a group that lobbied for amnesty for illegals."

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Boyd's avoidance of taxes legal: Letters, July 17, 2018

When has it become illegal, immoral or bad business strategy to avoid taxes in the United States of America?

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Fact check: Randy Boyd's attack ad on Diane Black's time in public office

A recently aired television ad from Republican gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville entrepreneur Randy Boyd attacks his competitor, U.S. Rep. Diane Black and her time in public office.

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Randy Boyd won't participate in last pre-primary GOP gubernatorial debate

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Randy Boyd will not participate in Tennessee's last televised GOP candidates debate before the Aug. 2 primary, according to the sponsor, Tennessee-based television affiliates of Nexstar Media Group.

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Boyd decries lack of civility in gubernatorial race

I just wish the negativity would stop. I hate this part about politics.” That’s what Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd said Friday when asked about the latest round of Republican rival Diane Black’s campaign attacks against him.

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Boyd visits Washington County on first day of early voting

The only top-tier gubernatorial candidate from East Tennessee celebrated the first day of early voting in Washington County on Friday. Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd, who’s running as a Republican, mingled with voters at each of the county’s three early voting sites: Washington County Courthouse, 100 Main St., Jonesborough; Johnson City Fire Station 8, 106 Gray Commons Area; and the Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., Johnson City.

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Potentially illegal text messages attack Randy Boyd, Bill Lee as early voting begins

As Tennesseans prepared head to the polls this week for the start of early voting, some residents are reporting receiving potentially illegal text messages that are attacking Republican gubernatorial candidates Randy Boyd and Bill Lee.

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Governor candidates Randy Boyd, Bill Lee talk about improving traffic, visit Murfreesboro

Gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd said "the fixing of our infrastructure and improving traffic will be job one," before speaking to supporters at the Rutherford County Courthouse grounds Thursday.

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Randy Boyd makes gubernatorial campaign stop in Hartsville

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd stopped in Hartsville on Tuesday as part of a 95-county bus tour. Boyd met with voters at the Community Center for about an hour and discussed the campaign and his platform for the state’s top job.

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Randy Boyd, a former economic development chief, hopes to 'come back and finish the job' as governor

Randy Boyd’s political career can be most easily traced to an early morning breakfast in 2008 with then-Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale on his own back porch. The two dreamed about plans over bagels.

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Murfreesboro named Boyd Foundation dog park grant recipient

Murfreesboro has been chosen to receive a $25,000 grant from the Boyd Foundation in what may become a significant quality of life increase—at least for canine residents.

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How Randy Boyd's company avoided paying millions in taxes using a 'double Irish' loophole

A business founded by a Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate avoided paying millions in U.S. and international taxes thanks to a controversial corporate structure with a funny name.

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Election ’18: Boyd touts momentum as endorsements swell

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd announced a new round of endorsements on Monday, bringing the number of county and city mayors across Tennessee who have endorsed his candidacy to more than 120, along with 50 sheriffs and other law enforcement leaders.

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Political Notebook: Boyd announces endorsements from mayors, law enforcement

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd on Monday announced the addition of two dozen more Tennessee mayors and law enforcement officials, including Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, who are backing him in the Aug. 2 primary.

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Hamilton County Sheriff Hammond, Mayors Cothran, Lambert endorse Boyd bid for governor

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd today announced the addition of two dozen more Tennessee mayors and law enforcement officials, including Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond.

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Boyd fires back at Black during stop in Columbia

The Republican race for governor has turned into a bloodbath between businessman Randy Boyd and U.S. Rep. Diane Black. A Tennessee Star poll last week showed Boyd leading Black, 32-27 percent, indicating a surge by the former state economic development commissioner. In December, the congresswoman had a 10-point lead over Boyd.

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Randy Boyd sets his pace in race to election day

Randy Boyd is literally running to become Tennessee's next governor. The founder and chairman of Radio Systems in Knoxville is an avid marathon runner who turned his passion for running into a 537.3-mile run across the state over 13 weeks last year to introduce himself — and more importantly, he says, listen to what others are saying — in his first bid for elected office.

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Black launches ad simultaneously attacking GOP rivals Boyd, Lee

Republican Diane Black struck the first open blow in Tennessee's GOP gubernatorial primary Wednesday, going up on the air with a statewide television ad charging that two of her top campaign rivals are too "moderate."

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Randy Boyd campaign received more than $90,000 in donations from companies that received state grants

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd has collected more than $90,000 in campaign donations from individuals linked to companies that received state Economic and Community Development money while Boyd served as commissioner.

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New granddaughter aids Boyd on campaign trail

Republican candidate for governor Randy Boyd shook hands and — literally — kissed a baby Tuesday morning during a campaign whistles stop in Jefferson City. The baby was his new granddaughter, who Boyd quipped, was “making her first public appearance at our campaign today.”

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Randy Boyd Stumps In Tusculum

GOP gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd’s 95 County Bus Tour reached Tusculum on Tuesday. Boyd made a fourth and final stop for the day for a meet-and-greet with supporters at Pioneer Park. Boyd also told those attending the inaugural game of the Greeneville Reds that he hoped the team’s relationship with the community would last for “decades.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?”

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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