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Will 'dark money' buy Phil Bredesen? and more letters to the editors

It's just wrong for out-of-state liberals to try to encourage Tennesseans to vote for Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senate. Most of the assertions in his ads are complete fabrications. Did Phil Bredesen sign off on balanced budgets? Yes, but only because it's the law requiring Tennessee's budgets be balanced. It was the state legislators who did all the work, yet Bredesen is trying to take credit for it. Look closely at his newest ads; they are funded by Majority Forward, a liberal organization with strong ties to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

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Letter to the editor: Meet Phil Bredesen

Former Governor Phil Bredesen, who is seeking a seat in the U.S. Senate to fill the seat of retiring Senator Bob Corker, will be at a fundraiser for his campaign on Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Lakewood Country Club in Tullahoma between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. This would be an opportunity to talk with her about his campaign.

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Bredesen agrees to 4 debates; Blackburn 'still finalizing' debate schedule

Tennessee Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen announced on Monday he has agreed to a series of four debates — three televised — to be held across the state, starting in September at Rhodes College in Memphis.

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Bredesen, Blackburn tackle farmers’ future at conference

The state’s next U.S. senator and governor will shape the future of farmers in Tennessee. Democratic candidate and former Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen and with Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn spoke last week to farmers and Farm Bureau members at the 78th annual Tennessee Farm Bureau Presidents Conference in Franklin.

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Sohn: GOP preaches unity, but slaps Bredesen for it

If we thought local GOP politics got nasty in the primary, we probably haven't really seen nasty yet. Witness the dialogue from the Monday's Pachyderm "unity" meeting. It was a come-to-your-Republican-Jesus meeting with U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Tennessee Sen. Bo Watson, Hamilton County party Chairwoman Marsha Yessick hoisting the "unity" flag and urging the faithful to support with words, action and money — especially money — the GOPers on the ballot in November. By their own words, they have to help Donald Trump achieve his agenda.

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Bredesen ad features past favorable comments by Republicans

Tennessee U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Phil Bredesen and Republican nominee Marsha Blackburn are up online with dueling digital ads as they make their respective cases to voters in the Nov. 6 general election.

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Immigrants 'are not criminals' pastor tells Bredesen at Murfreesboro event

Democratic U.S. Sen. nominee Phil Bredesen recently asked conservative and liberal faith leaders to share their views about immigration.

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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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US Senate candidate Bredesen engages with local leaders in roundtable discussion

On Thursday, July 26, former Tennessee governor and Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen, who is currently a Democratic candidate in the race for the seat of Republican Senator Bob Corker, made a stop at the law office of Lannom-Coronado while in Dyer County on his campaign tour.

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Bredesen stops in Jackson, touts tax-free weekend

Phil Bredesen was in Jackson on Friday, reminding voters he was governor when the Tax Free Holiday was instituted in the Volunteer State.

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Political Notebook: Bredesen to visit Lee University on Aug. 17

Bredesen to visit Lee on Aug. 17 Phil Bredesen, the Democrat running to replace Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate, will visit Lee University in August. The former Tennessee governor is expected to be on the Cleveland, Tennessee, campus on Aug. 17 for a campaign event, according to an announcement on Twitter. Bredesen is facing Republican Marsha Blackburn in the Nov. 6 race.

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Senate Hopeful Bredesen Calls Pence Tweet 'Name-Calling'

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen has said Vice President Mike Pence was "name-calling" in a tweet against him, and wondered if Pence can't think of something better to say than calling him liberal.

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Phil Bredesen to visit Lee University next month

Phil Bredesen, the Democrat running to replace Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate, will visit Lee University in August.

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Political Notebook: New ads, a missed vote and WAPO awards 3 'Pinocchios' on Bredesen meth claim

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bill Lee is pushing back against GOP primary opponents' criticisms of him in a new television ad in which he scolds them as "politicians" frightened by "the only true conservative outsider." "Well, I've got three politicians running attack ads against me right now," the Franklin businessman says in the 30-second spot that began airing Friday. "So I figured I better tell you why. We're winning. And they're scared."

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Diane Black, Phil Bredesen make campaign stops in Tipton County

Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black and former governor Phil Bredesen, a Democrat running for Congress, recently made campaign stops in Tipton County. Black held a rally Monday at City Park in Munford and Bredesen hosted a healthcare round table at BMH-Tipton in Covington.

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Trump-aligned poll shows Marsha Blackburn's lead over Phil Bredesen narrowing

A new poll from a political action committee supporting U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's bid for the U.S. Senate found her lead over former Gov. Phil Bredesen has narrowed in recent months.

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Blackburn narrowly tops latest fundraising; Bredesen makes another big loan in US Senate race

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn raised $2.61 million in the second quarter of the Tennessee U.S. Senate race, narrowly topping Democrat Phil Bredesen's haul of $2.43 million during the same period.

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Bredesen: Trump's call whether to meet with Putin following indictment of Russians

Tennessee Democratic U.S Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said Saturday he doesn't object to a one-on-one meeting that President Donald Trump is set to have with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying it should be the "president's call" even after the recent indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers.

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Bredesen talks tariffs, Asian carp

Former Tennessee Governor and current candidate for Senator Phil Bredesen was in Jackson on Friday to talk about a couple of key issues in the campaign ahead of the Aug. 2 primary elections.

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Tennessee Senate race poll: Bredesen has lead over Blackburn in Democratic-aligned PAC poll

A recently formed Democratic-aligned political action committee that poured millions into the Republican U.S. Senate primary election in West Virginia is weighing into Tennessee's statewide race.

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Blackburn strategist: ‘Death by 10,000 cuts’ will beat Bredesen in Tennessee US Senate race

Tennessee’s U.S. Senate race will be won by “death by 10,000 cuts,” the top strategist for Republican Marsha Blackburn’s campaign said this week, likening Democrat Phil Bredesen to a soon-battered boxer who won’t survive the punches coming before the November election.

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Sohn: Bredesen is a problem solver, Blackburn a problem maker

Tennessee's race to fill the seat of Bob Corker is among the make-or-break contests in the country as Democrats hope for a blue wave. In Phil Bredesen — a well-liked, moderate, former two-term Tennessee governor — we have the best conservative, independent, Democratic candidate we could possibly hope for.

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As some Democrats call for abolishing ICE, Bredesen says no

U.S. Senate Democratic hopeful Phil Bredesen says he wants no part of efforts by some national progressives to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency that's become a flash point for liberals as they rally against President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

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Former Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Barker: Bredesen 'telling truth' on nonpartisan approach to judicial confirmations

U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen is coming under renewed fire from Republican Marsha Blackburn, who alleges the former Tennessee governor would side with fellow Democrats if elected and "attempt to block" President Donald Trump's picks for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Election ’18: Bredesen announces opening of ‘victory offices’

Former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen announced Monday that he has opened 12 “victory offices” across the Volunteer State as his campaign for the U.S. Senate heats up.

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Bredesen opens field office

Gov. Phil Bredesen visited Cookeville Friday to open a campaign field office. Bredesen is a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Bob Corker. Dozens packed the Putnam County Democrat Party office at 111 Cedear Avenue to meet him.

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Phil Bredesen: TVA should help expand broadband to rural areas

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and former Gov. Phil Bredesen said Tuesday the Tennessee Valley Authority should play a role in helping expand broadband to rural areas.

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Bredesen: TVA should provide broadband to rural communities

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen made a proposal Tuesday to empower the Tennessee Valley Authority to provide internet broadband service to rural Tennesseans.

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Bredesen Talks Tariffs in Memphis Stops As New TV, Social Media Ads Begin to Air

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen came to Memphis Monday, June 25, to talk about tariffs – specifically the trade tariffs proposed by President Donald Trump on European allies Canada and Mexico.

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Bredesen vows to put state before party

Former two-term governor and United States Senate candidate Phil Bredesen was in Lebanon Saturday for the Tennessee Democratic Party’s Three Star Dinner and Celebration, held at the Wilson County Expo Center.

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Democratic US Senate candidate Phil Bredesen: child separation policy was 'effectively child abuse

Before he spoke about rising health care costs, before he listened to the stories of gaps in the system and before he visited the wing dedicated to babies born dependent on opiates, Phil Bredesen spoke Wednesday about the “elephant in the room.

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Bredesen goes all out in Senate race with Blackburn

Over a lunch of hamburgers and tea in a sweltering, rural Bedford County barn on this family beef-cattle farm, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and a group of farmers talked trade, tariffs, soybeans and Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey.

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Bredesen visits OR, as Nashville prepares for president

While President Trump was scheduled to travel to Nashville late Tuesday, May 29, to raise campaign cash for GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s U.S. Senate campaign, former Gov. Phil Bredesen, whom Tennessee’s Democratic party is hoping will replace retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, was visiting Oak Ridge throughout Tuesday morning — touring the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and dropping by The Oak Ridger.

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Opinion | Blackburn needs enthusiastic Republican endorsements to beat Bredesen

Republican Senate candidate and U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn can expect prominent (i.e., rich) Republicans to start having fundraisers for Democrat Phil Bredesen. The amount of money raised is not as important as it becoming a campaign meme. A small number of big names can create the impression that conservative Blackburn is being deserted by Republicans in favor of Bredesen.

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Victor Ashe: Blackburn-Bredesen contest is dividing families, Republicans

The highly competitive contest for the U.S. Senate between former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen, 74, and GOP Congressman Marsha Blackburn, 66, not only splits Republicans but also families.

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Bredesen predicts Tennessee Democrats' 'dry spell' will end in 2018 elections

Former Tennessee governor and U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen told cheering state party members Saturday night that while Democrats have had "a bit of a dry spell" in recent elections, he believes that will "come to an end" in 2018.

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Farmers dislike tariffs

Former governor Phil Bredesen, now a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, met with a small group of Bedford County farmers Thursday in a barn south of Flat Creek, to talk about tariffs and their impact.

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Bredesen stop in Williamson includes talk with women on health care

In his third brown bag lunch across the state, U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen lightly drummed his fingers on the table while he listened to a group of Williamson County women talk health care.

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Ahead of gathering, Blackburn, Bredesen say white nationalists not welcome in Tennessee

With white nationalists set to once again gather at a state park, both of Tennessee's top-tier U.S. Senate candidates are saying such groups are not welcome.

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MSCO promotes Ogle to captain

Monroe County Sheriff Tommy Jones II has announced the promotion of Steve Ogle to patrol captain. According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, Ogle started his law enforcement career in 1984 at the Madisonville Police Department. In March 1989, he accepted a position as deputy with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Not long after, Ogle assumed the position of detective. In 1991, he was promoted to chief deputy.

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On the campaign trail, Bredesen visits ETSU Gatton College of Pharmacy for opioid roundtable

History can come full circle at times, and Tuesday happened to be one of those instances. Seated side-by-side at a college they played integral roles in creating, former Gov. Phil Bredesen and former East Tennessee State University President Paul Stanton shook hands, shared a few laughs and reminisced about their efforts more than a decade ago that led to the development of the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, a private college that resides within a state institution.

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Bredesen: Trump's tariffs will hurt Tennessee

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen believes President Donald Trump’s new tariff policy will be extremely detrimental, especially in Tennessee.

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Phil Bredesen supports Sen. Bob Corker's push back on tariffs

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen noticed his photo on a framed copy of The Leaf-Chronicle dated Dec. 16, 2008, touting Clarksville landing Hemlock Semiconductor, which would build a $1.2 billion plant that would later be shuttered.

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State GOP blasts Bredesen at Statesmen's Dinner fundraiser

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise told state Republicans Friday night that while he remains "confident" the GOP will retain control of the chamber in November elections, they must boost their control of the U.S. Senate by electing people like Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

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Cooper: Bredesen's words sound familiar

When you're a Democrat running for the United States Senate in a state in which President Donald Trump is popular, you bite your tongue and say things you ordinarily wouldn't in hopes voters will overlook who you are and vote for you anyway.

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Bredesen calls Trump tariffs 'just like a new tax on Tennesseans'

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Phil Bredesen on Wednesday called the effect of President Donald Trump's tariffs and the potential of new ones "just like a new tax on Tennesseans" and a move that will prove harmful to the state's economy.

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Bredesen would represent state's values: Letters, June 5, 2018

In Greg Johnson’s recent column, "Bredesen would have diminished role in Senate," he praises the tenure of Phil Bredesen as governor of Tennessee, then turns around and says we can’t vote for him as senator.

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National Republican Senatorial Committee launches YouTube video attack on Bredesen

President Donald Trump's criticisms of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen during his recent rally in Nashville is generating yet a second video hitting the former Tennessee governor, this one from the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

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Poll: Tennesseans hold more favorable views of Bredesen over Blackburn

Buoyed by independents and even some Republicans, former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen is viewed more favorably by Tennessee voters than Republican rival U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in the U.S. Senate race, according to a new poll.

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Bredesen challenges Blackburn on tariffs

U.S. Senate candidate and former Gov. Phil Bredesen, D-Tenn., recently questioned his opponent, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and her stance on new tariffs proposed by President Donald Trump.

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Bredesen's Modest Bio, Common Touch Score with Local Democrats

Phil Bredesen came to Memphis on Thursday, and, in a meeting thrown together at the last minute by the Shelby County Democratic Women, convincingly reintroduced himself, not as some silver-spooned entrepreneur/politician from Nashville, but as the struggling son of a single-parent family, uprooted from his original home outside Boston when, as he explained, “my father found a woman he liked better than my mother and took off.”

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Gov. Bredesen Reveals His Plans if Elected U.S. Senator

Governor Phil Bredesen, 48th Governor of Tennessee, Democratic candidate running for the United States Senate, is the candidate for the people that not only focuses on the issues but listens and offers solutions. Gov. Bredesen is not blind to immigration and realizes this is a federal issue. He is very candid with his viewpoint that “It’s not their fault they were brought here.” “There are a lot of people brought here as small children and there’s a moral obligation to help them stay here.”

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Blackburn, Bredesen both worried about potential new tariffs on auto, parts imports in Tennessee

President Donald Trump's eyeing of new tariffs for imported vehicles and auto parts is rolling into Tennessee's U.S. Senate race, with Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen both voicing concerns.

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Blackburn, Bredesen a 'Category 5' battle for Senate control | Sanford

Mitch McConnell rarely, if ever, makes a public statement without having a partisan political purpose.

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New Bredesen ad touts economic successes as governor

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen hits the air today with a new TV spot highlighting the former Tennessee governor's record on jobs and economic development while pledging to work to do the same at the national level.

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Opinion | Bredesen would have diminished role in Senate

Phil Bredesen was a good governor. The Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, as the chief executive officer of Tennessee, fought a ferocious battle to reform TennCare and ease a chronic budget crunch. He slashed state spending when tax revenues plummeted during the Great Recession.

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Commentary: Bredesen would have diminished role in Senate

Phil Bredesen was a good governor. The Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, as the chief executive officer of Tennessee, fought a ferocious battle to reform TennCare and ease a chronic budget crunch. He slashed state spending when tax revenues plummeted during the Great Recession.

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McConnell names Tennessee as battleground state that could help decide midterm Senate race

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., named Tennessee as one of nine battleground states he believes will decide control of the Senate in November's midterm elections.

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Tennessee senate race poll finds crucial voters view Bredesen better than Blackburn

Independent voters in Tennessee have a significantly more positive view of former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen than Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a new poll shows, as the race to replace U.S. Sen. Bob Corker continues to heat up.

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Corker catches heat from top Senate GOP leaders over favorable remarks about Bredesen

Retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is catching flak from top GOP Senate leaders over favorable remarks he's made about Democrat and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, who is vying with Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn for Corker's Senate seat.

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Bredesen campaign fires back at Blackburn over 'driver licenses to illegal aliens' claim

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen’s U.S. Senate campaign issued a statement Friday firing back at comments made by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn during a Thursday night Carter County Republican dinner.

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Asian carp proposal appreciated

A big shout out … to former Gov. Phil Bredesen for his recent column about his plans to tackle the Asian carp menace to Kentucky and Barkley lakes.

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Bredesen talks healthcare, politics and national press during campaign stop

Nationally, it seems, the view of former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen’s race to replace U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is being treated as something of a bellwether for the country’s mood.

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Q&A with Senate hopeful and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen made his first stop in the Tri-Cities Thursday since launching his U.S. Senate campaign late last year.

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Opinion | Don't be fooled by Phil Bredesen and his misleading ads

This is a critical election year. But aren’t they all, you might ask? Why is this one so important? I do not believe we have ever faced a more critical time in our democracy. The election in November will be the difference between continuing our nation’s robust economic recovery or returning to stagnation.

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Sen. Bob Corker: Democrat Phil Bredesen has 'real appeal' for some Republican voters

Sen. Bob Corker predicted Wednesday that Democrat Phil Bredesen could appeal to some Republican voters but said he doesn’t know if that will be enough for the former governor to win the race to succeed him in the U.S. Senate.

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Tennessee poll: Democrat Phil Bredesen holds narrow lead over Republican Marsha Blackburn in U.S. Senate race

Democrat Phil Bredesen holds a three-point lead over Republican Marsha Blackburn in the race for U.S. Senate, a poll released today shows.

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Q&A with U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen

Democratic United States Senate candidate Phil Bredesen visited Sumner County last week for a community healthcare roundtable discussion at Sumner Station.

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Phil Bredesen feels 'very good' about his chances in U.S. Senate race

U.S. Senate candidate and former Gov. Phil Bredesen made an appearance Friday at the World's Biggest Fish Fry in Paris.

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Hunt: Across the aisle: Corker, Bredesen and the ties that bind

Official Washington was in a stir last week pondering the unthinkable: A ranking Republican had confessed on national TV that he had (gasp!) a longtime friendship with a Democrat.

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Phil Bredesen holds narrow edge over Marsha Blackburn, new Mason-Dixon poll shows

Another poll on the U.S. Senate race between former Gov. Phil Bredesen and U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn has the Nashville Democrat with a narrow lead, according to a survey released Wednesday.

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Bredesen Can’t Be GOP-Lite

There's talk of a "blue wave" sweeping the country in 2018. It already has elevated Democrats in impossible places such as Alabama and Pennsylvania and scared the likes of Paul Ryan into retirement.

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Weekend Review: Focus on Willie Herenton, Phil Bredesen, and Bob Corker

Willie Herenton became an epochal cultural figure upon his election in 1991 as Memphis’ first elected African-American mayor. He went on to run the city for 18 years before retiring under pressure in 2009. He tried a comeback in 2010, with a race for the 9th District Congressional seat, but lost by a 79-to-21 percent margin to Congressman Steve Cohen in the overwhelmingly black district.

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U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen's campaign chief sees 'clear path to victory'

Democrat Phil Bredesen's U.S. Senate campaign chief says in a memo that four months into the former Tennessee governor's campaign, "we are more convinced than ever that there is a clear path to victory ... to win in November and we're already on it."

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Opinion | On Earth Day, reflect on Phil Bredesen's impact on Tennessee

As we celebrate Earth Day, take a moment to appreciate the spectacular part we call Tennessee. From the towering Appalachians; through the rolling ridges of the Tennessee Valley; across the Cumberland Plateau and it canyons and streams, through the Highland Rim; down to the rich soils and the rivers draining into the Mississippi, Tennessee offers an unparalleled array of natural wonder. Whether you enjoy hiking the trail systems in Chattanooga, picnicking at Myatt Park in Gatlinburg, hang-gliding above the Sequatchie Valley; catching trout in the world-class Holston, Hiwassee, Clinch, and Caney Fork; hunting deer, duck, dove, or bear in our State Wildlife Management Areas, or fishing at Pickwick Lake, we can all marvel at Tennessee’s abundant natural blessings.

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Q&A with U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen

Democratic United States Senate candidate Phil Bredesen visited Sumner County last week for a community healthcare roundtable discussion at Sumner Station in Gallatin.

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Corker stands by praise of Bredesen, offers lukewarm support for Blackburn in Senate contest

Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Sunday defended his praise of Democrat Phil Bredesen but reiterated he still plans to support expected GOP nominee U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in the race to succeed him.

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Bredesen, Blackburn Contrasted

There’s a basic difference between Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen, the two likely candidates facing each other Nov. 6 to succeed U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.

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Blackburn and Bredesen fret but adopt wait-and-see attitude on Trump trade strategy

In a state with 66,600 farms that cover 10.8 million acres with respectable production of soy beans, hogs, tobacco and cotton, there's more than a little nervousness about the U.S. possibly ending up in a trade war with China.

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Corker says he won’t campaign against friend Bredesen

While retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced he’s contributed to expected GOP nominee Marsha Blackburn, the former Chattanooga mayor told a Washington magazine he won’t be out campaigning in November against her opponent, Democrat and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen.

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Blackburn, Bredesen each report raising $1.8 million from donors, PACs in latest filing US Senate filings

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn raised slightly more money from donors than former Gov. Phil Bredesen during the first three months of the year, according to disclosures from their respective campaigns for the U.S. Senate.

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While giving money to Blackburn GOP Senate bid, Corker says he won't campaign against friend Bredesen

While retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced he's contributed to expected GOP nominee Marsha Blackburn, the Chattanoogan told a Washington magazine he won't be out campaigning in November against her opponent, Democrat and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen.

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Victor Ashe: Phil Bredesen raises over $80K at Knoxville fundraiser, plays down Senate opponent Marsha Blackburn

Former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen raised over $80,000 at a Knoxville fundraiser Thursday, April 5, at a Club LeConte luncheon with more than 80 people in attendance paying $1,000 each.

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Phil Bredesen would be one of the richest members of Congress if elected to Senate

Newly filed financial disclosures show former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen would become one of the richest members of Congress if elected to the U.S. Senate.

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Bredesen investments, income range between $92 million and $378 million

Democrat Phil Bredesen would become one of the wealthiest members in Congress if the former Tennessee governor is elected to the U.S. Senate.

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Phil Bredesen holds double-digit lead over Marsha Blackburn in US Senate race, new MTSU poll shows

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen has a 10-point lead over U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, according to a new poll from Middle Tennessee State University

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Bredesen leads Blackburn in open-ended race for U.S. Senate

Former Tennessee Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen held a 10-percentage-point lead over Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn among state voters in a head-to-head contest for the seat that will be vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, according to a Middle Tennessee State University poll released Thursday.

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Poll: Bredesen Leads Blackburn In Senate Race

Former Tennessee Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen holds a 10-percentage-point lead over Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn among state voters in a head-to-head contest for the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, according to the latest Middle Tennessee State University Poll.

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Joe Biden to headline Phil Bredesen US Senate campaign fundraiser in Nashville

Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to headline a fundraiser for former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen's Democratic bid for U.S. Senate during a swing through Nashville next week.

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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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Poll: Bredesen holds narrow lead over Blackburn in Tennessee U.S. Senate race

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen has a slight edge over U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in a new poll on the U.S. Senate race from a Democratic-leaning firm.

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11 New poll finds Bredesen with narrow lead over Blackburn in US Senate race

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen has a slight edge over U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in a new poll on the U.S. Senate race from a Democratic-leaning firm.

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Hawkins Democrats sponsoring bean supper, petition-signing party for Bredesen

The last Democrat to win a statewide race was former Nashville Mayor, and Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, and Democrats in Hawkins County and across the state are hoping to change that in 2018 by electing Bredesen to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Bob Corker.

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New Bredesen ad says he's 'not running against Donald Trump'

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen released a new television ad Monday in which he seeks to reach out to Tennessee Republican and independent voters by explaining what his approach to President Donald Trump will be.

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Bredesen: U.S. Senate Win Possible For Democrats

The last Democrat to win statewide elected office in Tennessee eight years ago acknowledges times have changed.

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Commentary: Blackburn bill puts spotlight on opioids, her campaign

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn was accused of exacerbating the catastrophic opioid crisis by sponsoring legislation that made it easier for drug companies to deliver pain medication.

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6 Phil Bredesen: Bob Corker and I had 'numerous' conversations about Senate race

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen said Friday he's had numerous conversations with Sen. Bob Corker since Corker announced his decision to retire in September, and the Democrat said was confident Corker would not reverse his decision.

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PHIL BREDESEN Former governor wants to change political climate

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, now a U.S. Senate candidate, visited Bradley County on Wednesday as part of his campaign tour.

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Phil Bredesen's first U.S. Senate ad to air on Fox News channel, cost $242,000

Underlining a call for bipartisanship, former Gov. Phil Bredesen's first campaign ads in his bid for the U.S. Senate will air on the Fox News Channel, according to a summary from an analytics company.

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Phil Bredesen rallies grassroots organizers in Senate campaign with chili dinner in Nashville

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen began his effort to woo grassroots support for his Senate campaign on Saturday by meeting with organizers at a hotel in downtown Nashville, and then serving them chili at a hip honky tonk around the corner.

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2 Phil Bredesen's Senate campaign fears it was hacked

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen's campaign for U.S. Senate told the FBI Thursday about a recent effort by someone who tried to trick it into wiring money.

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Blackburn, Bredesen virtually tied in approval ratings in US Senate race, MTSU poll says

One year out from the 2018 Tennessee U.S. Senate race, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, and former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen, a potential candidate, have “statistically indistinguishable” approval ratings, a new poll from Middle Tennessee State University has found.

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Phil Bredesen 'courted personally' by Schumer, top Democrats to run for Senate, report says

As he weighs a bid for U.S. Senate, former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen is in Washington this week for meetings and has already been “courted personally” by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and other Democratic senators to run for the seat, according to the New York Times.

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All eyes on Bredesen as Democrats seek 'game-changer' in Tennessee US Senate race

Democrat Phil Bredesen’s sudden interest in running for U.S. Senate has emerged as a potential game-changer in Republican-dominated Tennessee, leading political analysts to see a new path for Senate Democrats in Washington to try to take control of the upper chamber.

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Former Democrat Gov. Phil Bredesen considers Tennessee US Senate bid

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win a statewide election in the Volunteer State, is weighing a run for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Republican Bob Corker after previously ruling out a bid.

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Gov. Bredesen visits TTU

It was his first time to see Tennessee Tech's School of Nursing simulation lab, but it was also his first official campaign stop of 2018.

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Bredesen slams Trump plan to sell TVA power transmission lines

U.S. Senate Democratic hopeful Phil Bredesen on Tuesday slammed President Trump's budget proposal calling for the sale of TVA's transmission network, warning it will prove "bad for Tennessee" and the federal utility's customers.

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Can Phil Bredesen win in 2018?

I am surprised Bredesen is running because, if elected, he would be over 80 years old at the end of one term. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer must have gotten down on his hands and knees to convince Bredesen to run. Republicans are already attacking him, and he’ll be campaigning in a state that is way more red than when he was in the governor’s office.

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Bredesen’s decision shakes up Senate race

Bredesen, 74, will announce Thursday that he’ll campaign for the seat being vacated by Republican Bob Corker. The decision will set up a possible blockbuster race in 2018 against U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who represents parts of Maury County and southern Middle Tennessee.

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Chattanooga mayor asks his supporters to back Phil Bredesen in U.S. Senate run

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is asking his supporters to back fellow Democrat Phil Bredesen as the former governor and Nashville mayor runs for U.S. Senate. A former state senator who served in the General Assembly, Berke had himself openly considered seeking the seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Chattanooga. But when Bredesen announced he would run earlier this month, Berke quickly applauded the decision in a statement on Twitter.

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Former Gov. Phil Bredesen set to announce US Senate run

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen is set to officially enter the race for U.S. Senate, setting up a blockbuster election for the seat to be vacated by Sen. Bob Corker.

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Phil Bredesen vs. the Democratic Party

Resistance,” a term frequently used to call for opposition to President Donald Trump. The second photo to appear is of President Barack Obama, a principal reason Tennessee Democrats have gone from dominating to being dominated.

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Phil Bredesen: ‘I’m not running against Donald Trump’

He also downplayed the role Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Senate Democrats had in getting him to run after a decade removed from the last time he was on the ballot in Tennessee. Bredesen insisted the possibility that a Democratic win in Tennessee could flip the Senate — which would be a damaging blow to Trump’s agenda — played no role in his decision.

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Phil Bredesen names campaign team for U.S. Senate run

Tennessee U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen will lean on some of his closest advisers from his time as governor and a new crop of Democratic aides as he launches his first campaign in more than a decade.

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Analysis: With Phil Bredesen in the US Senate race, can Democrats win?

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen's decision to enter the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent Bob Corker is set to have significant ramifications for national and state politics in 2018.

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