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Where do Democrat Karl Dean and Republican Bill Lee stand on key issues?

Democrat Karl Dean and Republican Bill Lee secured their respective gubernatorial nominations in the Aug. 2 primary. Now, as the two head toward the Nov. 6 general election, here is where they stand on some key issues facing Tennessee.

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Governor’s race pits Lee vs. Dean in November

Come November, businessman Bill Lee and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will square off in the race for Tennessee’s next governor. Statewide, Lee carried 37 percent of the state, garnering 291,140 votes unofficially, in last week’s Republican primary for governor. Here in Lincoln County, he also carried the ballot, receiving 1,370 votes or 34 percent. Trailing were Randy Boyd, 192,914 votes (1,140 here), followed by Diane Black with 182,296 (1,184), Beth Harwell with 131,324 (315), Kay White with 3,212 (48), and Basil Marceaux, 1,267 (8).

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Lee won with a 'stiletto and not a meat ax'

By the time they shifted attention to him, Bill Lee was ready. In early July, after focusing on presumed front-runner Randy Boyd for months, U.S. Rep. Diane Black cut an attack ad against Lee. The gist? He donated money to Democratic politicians. A couple weeks later, Boyd also moved the focus of his attacks to Lee. He said Lee was associated with a group that once pushed for immigration reform. Also, he donated to Democrats. Also, maybe he doesn't actually support President Donald Trump.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Commentary: Let’s see if Lee, Dean stay positive in general election

Gov. Bill Haslam, counting down his final months in office, had the best analysis Saturday for why Bill Lee surged at the perfect time in the Republican primary for governor.

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Lee's winning formula: 'Conservative outsider,' 'man of faith' and relatability

As his supporters and family rallied under a blistering July sun several weeks ago, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bill Lee was brushing aside attacks launched at him by his GOP primary opponents.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Locals pick Lee, Dean for governor

Northeast Tennessee chose the same party nominees for governor as the rest of the state, but the runners up were in slightly different order in some counties. Republican Bill Lee took 36 percent of the vote, 20,300 votes, in his primary in Washington, Carter, Unicoi, Johnson and Sullivan counties, besting five other challengers. Lee’s proportion was similar statewide, with unofficial results from the Secretary of State showing him with 37 percent at the end of the night.

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Election Results: Harris, Dean, Blackburn, Lee, Bredesen, Kustoff, Cohen Win

Yes, Virginia, there was a blue wave in Shelby County, Tennessee — at least it appeared so when all the votes were counted for the August 2nd election, which included a county general election, primaries for state and federal offices, and isolated other ballot matters. From Mayor-elect Lee Harris on down the ballot, Democrats swept all the races for county offices, and even picked up an extra seat on the County Commission, giving their party an 8 to 5 majority going into the next four years.

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Lee, Black & Boyd make final visit to Northeast Tennessee ahead of primary

Considering Northeast Tennessee’s reputation as a conservative stronghold, it was no surprise seeing three of the favored Republican gubernatorial candidates visit the Tri-Cities Wednesday to cajole voters one last time before polls opened Thursday.

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Victor Ashe: Bill Lee moves up in governor’s race on GOP side

Election Day is Thursday, Aug. 2. Interest in the race for governor has only intensified as Bill Lee’s numbers have increased sharply and he is definitely in the mix as a potential winner.

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Lee, Fitzhugh our choices for primaries

Whomever Tennessee voters elect to be the state’s next governor will inherit both progress and challenges from two-term governor Bill Haslam. While Tennessee has crawled out from under the Great Recession and improved its national standing in education, we still lag in economic opportunity, educational attainment, job preparation, infrastructure and, most significantly, public health.

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Bill Lee Closes Fast in GOP Primary

Is Bill Lee the new frontrunner among Tennessee’s Republican gubernatorial candidates? A recent poll says that he is, and the Williamson County businessman is now promoting that assumption on a last, pre-primary tour of the state at “100 town halls” (two of them in Shelby County on Thursday, a week before final voting on August 2nd).

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Bill Lee makes final week stop in Carter County

Bill Lee appeared confident during a stop in Elizabethton on Saturday morning. The candidate for the Republican nomination for governor said he was pleased with the large turnout of citizens at the Carter County Republican Party Headquarters in the Ritz Mini Mall downtown.

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee holds Maryville town hall

Republican candidate Bill Lee says he has what it takes to be the next governor of Tennessee.

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Bill Lee visits Carroll County in town hall tour

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee stopped in Huntingdon Friday evening for a town hall at Mallards. The banquet room was filled by local voters prior to Lee’s arrival, who was traveling with his wife, Maria, and campaign staff.

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Poll shows gubernatorial candidate Lee in lead for Republican primary

A new poll shows Bill Lee holding a narrow lead in the Republican primary race for Tennessee’s governorship and that President Donald Trump remains popular among Tennessee Republicans

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Poll: Lee surges into GOP primary lead

A surprise poll released Monday by JMC Analytics and Polling found that Middle Tennessee businessman and rancher Bill Lee has taken the lead among Republicans vying to be the Volunteer State’s next governor.

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Lee leads in new poll of GOP governor candidates

A new poll released Monday has Williamson County businessman Bill Lee leading by 6 percentage points in Tennessee’s Republican gubernatorial primary.

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State Representative Sheila Butt endorses Bill Lee

State Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, has endorsed Bill Lee’s candidacy for governor. Lee, a Franklin businessman, is one of four major candidates running for the Republican nomination for governor. Others include U.S. Rep. Diane Black, businessman Randy Boyd and state House Speaker Beth Harwell.

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Gubernatorial candidates Lee, Boyd campaign in Wilson County

Republican gubernatorial candidates Bill Lee and Randy Boyd stopped in Wilson County on Thursday to campaign in the final days of the race for governor. Lee held a town hall at Demos’ Restaurant, and Boyd talked to voters across the street from the Wilson County Election Commission office.

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Former Tennessee Congressman Zach Wamp endorses Bill Lee for governor

Former Tennessee Congressman and gubernatorial Zach Wamp has announced his endorsement of Republican candidate Bill Lee for governor, just a couple of weeks ahead of the Aug. 2 primary election.

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Diane Black attacks Bill Lee's donations to Democrats in ad

Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black seizes on Bill Lee’s campaign contributions to Democrats in her latest TV ad. Obtained, Nashville Tennessean

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Wamp backs Lee in GOP governor primary

Former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp is endorsing Franklin businessman Bill Lee in Tennessee's Aug. 2 Republican gubernatorial primary, saying Lee's "positive vision" and refusal to engage in what Wamp calls "trash politics" set him apart in the four-candidate field.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Cooper: Lee the choice for Republicans

Tennessee Republicans can feel fortunate they have an embarrassment of riches in their gubernatorial primary to replace term-limited Republican Bill Haslam. Six names are on the ballot, four of those are competitive, and all four have diverse backgrounds and unique strengths.

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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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Bill Lee campaigns at the Dixie

Almost 15 months ago, Lewisburg was one of Bill Lee’s first stops after declaring his run for the governor’s office. He has toured the state since then, on buses and tractors, and returned Monday as part of a town hall tour of the state.

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Governor hopefuls visit city

Two gubernatorial candidates -- one from each major party -- brought their campaigns to Shelbyville on Saturday, talking about education, health care and other issues. State Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, a Democrat who serves as House Minority Leader, appeared Saturday morning at Bedford County Democratic Party campaign headquarters on Spring Street, while businessman Bill Lee, a Republican running for his first political office, held a town hall midday Saturday at The Coffee Break on the square, answering questions submitted in advance, in writing, by participants.

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee visits Covington, outlines contract with Tennesseans

Tuesday, businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee released his detailed plan for Tennessee, which he’s calling Ten for Tenn. Ten for Tenn highlights ten key items Bill plans to focus on and enact as governor.

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Bill Lee says he was called to run for governor

Bill Lee drove over a bridge, toward his property. He saw his 9-year-old son fly fishing. He turned onto a dirt road. He saw his other son in the barn, grooming calves. He moved down the driveway. He saw his wife and 4-year-old daughter, crossing a creek on horseback. He honked and waved.

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Building momentum: Lee confident 'about ability to win' gubernatorial primary

With money in the bank and poll numbers on the rise, Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee was feeling pretty confident Tuesday about his chances of snatching the Republican nomination away from Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd and U.S. Rep. Diane Black.

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Gubernatorial hopeful Lee rejects Black’s claim that he’s ‘moderate’

Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee rejected Republican rival Diane Black’s TV attack ad calling him a “moderate” after he addressed a packed town hall meeting Monday night at Arby’s on Fort Henry Drive

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Lee says has $3.5 million in cash for final weeks of GOP gubernatorial primary

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee's campaign says the Franklin businessman's second quarter campaign disclosure will show him having raised some $400,000 during the period and having more than $3.5 million in cash on hand as of June 30.

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Bill Lee speaking at SoKno Market in Knoxville

Bill Lee, gubernatorial candidate, greets supporters as he arrives for a town hall meeting at SoKno Market in South Knoxville Thursday, June 28, 2018.

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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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Lee bus tour stops in Hamblen County

The crowd gathered at the Davy Crockett Restaurant Friday, stretching beyond the room where Bill Lee, Republican gubernatorial candidate, stood. Lee, a Tennessee businessman and farmer, visited Hamblen County for the second time in just six days as the campaign for governor begins to heat up.

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Lee Stumps In Greeneville At Friday Town Hall

Focusing on agriculture, education and crime issues, gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee held a town hall meeting Friday morning to share his vision for Tennessee and answer questions at the Greene County Republican headquarters.

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Lee: Skills training key to future of rural areas

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

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Complaint against Bill Lee alleges illegal campaign contributions

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

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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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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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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee holds town hall in Dyersburg

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

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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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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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Lee will be Keynote Speaker at Republican Women’s picnic

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

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

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

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Bill Lee brings campaign to Elizabethton on Monday

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

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Lee to speak at Hamblen County Republican Women Picnic

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

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee stops in Cordova seeking GOP support

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

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“X Factor” Bill Lee Takes Gubernatorial Campaign to Cordova

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

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

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

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee stops in Morristown

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

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee stumps in Rogersville

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

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Bill Lee holds Town Hall in Rogersville

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

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Cooper: When words get twisted

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

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

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

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Bill Lee Stumps In Greeneville

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bill Lee visit includes trip to PIE Center

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Governor candidates Bill Lee and Diane Black visit Manchester

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

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Governor candidate Lee speaks to DCHS FFA students, community members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Bill Lee's faith tour stops in Jackson

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

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Gubernatorial hopeful calls faith community underutilized resource

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

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Can the state and nonprofits work better together?

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

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

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

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Bill Lee Propelled By Faith

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Governor candidate Bill Lee talks industry in Houston County

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

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Eric Church to headline private fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee

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

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

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

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

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

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee wants to improve rural Tennessee

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

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

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

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Republican Bill Lee announces run for governor of Tennessee

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

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

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

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