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Fitzhugh endorses Democrat Dean

In perhaps one of the least surprising election stories of the Tennessee gubernatorial campaign, State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh on Friday endorsed his former opponent in the Democratic primary, Karl Dean.

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Fitzhugh: failure to expand Medicaid is state's 'greatest moral failure'

The failure of the State of Tennessee to expand Medicaid is the reason hospitals in rural communities are closing across the state, according to Craig Fitzhugh.

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Gubernatorial Candidates Dean, Fitzhugh Have Democrats Back in the Game

The very fact that two name Democrats — former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh — are competing in a primary to become the party’s nominee for governor is something of a throwback phenomenon.

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Craig Fitzhugh Can Win Democratic Nomination To Run For Governor

Craig Fitzhugh’s campaign for governor this week started with his attendance at two Memphis church services and, at dusk Sunday, he was on a conference call with volunteers and supporters.

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Fitzhugh continues work for district while campaigning for governor

Craig Fitzhugh is campaigning for governor of the state of Tennessee, but he’s still got work to do in his current role as State Representative for District 82.

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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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Letters: Doing better; vote Fitzhugh

I received a robo-call from Craig Fitzhugh, candidate for governor today and this call convinced me my vote for him in the primary was right, because he expressed what I believe most fundamentally, which is that “We can all do better, when we all do better.”

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Fitzhugh: Priority Will Be Medicaid Expansion

Education, good jobs and health care are three areas that all Tennesseans can agree should be the focus of the state in the future, according to Democrat gubernatorial candidate Craig Fitzhugh. “Some issues, whether you are a Democrat, Republican or independent, we can agree on and that if we do these things better, we all do better,” said Fitzhugh in a campaign stop Monday at the Greene County Democratic Headquarters.

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'Biggest moral failure': Fitzhugh pledges to expand Medicaid if elected governor

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Craig Fitzhugh got his loudest applause from the Down Home audience Monday night when he pledged to make expanding Medicaid his top priority if elected governor.

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Meet the Candidate: Craig Fitzhugh

Early voting in the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial primaries began July 13. Election day is just around the corner on Thursday, Aug. 2. There are four leading candidates in the Republican race including Congressman Diane Black, businessmen Randy Boyd and Bill Lee, and Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell.

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Sohn: Fitzhugh is best Democrat for governor

Tennesseans have two very strong Democratic Primary contenders for governor. The state also has four solid Republican Primary contenders. In the perfect world, Tennessee's General Election voters in November will go to the polls to choose between Democrat Craig Fitzhugh and Republican Beth Harwell for governor.

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Fitzhugh Seen as Dark Horse for Governor’s Seat

Tennessee State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh has a path to victory in his campaign for governor, observers recently said on his campaign trail. It may be a hopeful hypothesis, but Fitzhugh looks like a dark horse candidate, given conventional wisdom — that money is the mother’s milk of politics. So, the state representative from Ripley, Tenn., is seen as an unlikely winner in August.

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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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Commentary: Fitzhugh gives Democrats another choice in governor’s race

Rural voters in southern Middle Tennessee have had only a glimpse of Democratic candidate for governor Craig Fitzhugh. The state House minority leader has been campaigning full time for less than three months after the legislative session ended in Nashville.

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Fitzhugh Challenges Dean’s 'Pragmatism'

Democratic contender for Tennessee governor Craig Fitzhugh is challenging the idea of rival Democrat Karl Dean’s “pragmatic” view of coexisting as governor with Republican supermajorities in the state House and Senate.

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1 Craig Fitzhugh aims to bridge political divide with 'people-first' message in governor's race

Craig Fitzhugh found his life's calling on a rainy day in 1963 in the Ripley First Baptist Church, fear gripping his 13-year-old imagination as he worried about a Russian invasion.

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Craig Fitzhugh believes we'll 'all do better' when he's governor

In 1994, Craig Fitzhugh was working for a small bank in his hometown of Ripley, Tenn. He was the first person in his family to go to college. Before he landed at the Bank of Ripley, a "bank for the little man," he earned a law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1995, served as a Judge Advocate General officer in the Air Force and practiced law in a two-man firm.

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Democrat governor hopeful visits Monroe

The Republican primary contest for Tennessee governor may be garnering most of the attention but if you are looking for a more liberal alternative, Craig Fitzhugh wants to be your choice. The Brownsville Democrat is locked in a primary battle with Karl Dean and he made a stop at the Dinner Bell in Sweetwater on Monday morning attracting party faithful from several counties to hear him speak.

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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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Marijuana law reform supported by Fitzhugh, Dean at forum

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

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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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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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Gubernatorial Candidate Coming To Baileyton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Keeping Score in Strickland's Tent at the Barbecue Fest

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

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

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

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Gubernatorial Candidate Coming To Baileyton

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

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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 State Employees Association endorses Fitzhugh, Harwell

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

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

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

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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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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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Humboldt set to host 81st Strawberry Festival

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

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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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Lawmakers See Conspiracy In UT Board Alterations

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

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Craig Fitzhugh has our back

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

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Two Tennessee Democrats on the Move

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

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

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

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Tenn. Legislature Breaks TNReady Gridlock, Adjourns Session

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

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Watch live: Candidates for governor outline priorities for rural Tennessee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bill banning sanctuary cities in Tennessee heads to governor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Boy Scouts visit Tennessee Capitol

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

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Fitzhugh looks to rural voters

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

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

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

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Fitzhugh touts rural credentials as he mulls governor's bid

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

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Q&A with Tennessee gubernatorial candidates: Democrat Craig Fitzhugh

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

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Gubernatorial candidate Craig Fitzhugh to visit Cheatham County

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

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County Democrats welcome candidates for governor

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

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Gubernatorial candidate Craig Fitzhugh ready for primary

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

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

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

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

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

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