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Blackburn headlines Carter County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner

A consistent vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, build the border wall, end sanctuary city polices and generate more tax cuts.

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Victor Ashe: Governor Bill Haslam, other big names boost Marsha Blackburn in Knox

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, former Gov. Phil Bredesen’s Republican opponent for U.S. Senate in November, is having a fundraiser Thursday, May 17, in West Knox County hosted by Gov. Bill Haslam, GOP candidate for governor Randy Boyd, and Jim Haslam, father of Gov. Haslam. She is putting together a fundraising effort in Knox County.

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Opinion | Politicos laughing at Marsha Blackburn's blundering use of Don Sundquist

Recently, the Marsha Blackburn for U.S. Senate campaign rolled out former Gov. Don Sundquist to bash her front-running opponent — another former governor, Phil Bredesen — in newspaper columns across Tennessee.

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Around the State

Cocke County authorities have arrested a Morristown man in connection with an alleged robbery and theft over $1,000, in December, 2016. Jonathan Wesley Mullins, 30, Central Church Road was arrested by Deputy Chris Barnes.

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Last Word: Mimeo Move, Food Fight and Sundquist for Blackburn

There aren’t any renderings just yet of what a second convention center hotel with the 100 North Main Building as its centerpiece would look like. That’s probably a good thing for now because some of the specs and the footprint are still in flux. The developers of the proposed convention center hotel said as the weekend began that they plan a 600 room hotel and a complex that includes two 30-story towers in addition to the 37-story tall 100 North Main Building – the tallest building in the city. And the foot print will likely jump Second Street to take in the vacant Jefferson Plaza building. Here is the update and some perspective on how we got to this point.

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President Donald Trump to headline Marsha Blackburn fundraiser in Nashville

President Donald Trump is scheduled to headline a fundraiser for Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn in Nashville on May 29, according to an invitation sent out Friday from the Blackburn Victory Fund.

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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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Carter County Republicans hold Lincoln Day Diner this Thursday

The Carter County Republican Party will hold its annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday, May 10, at the dining room at Sutton Hall on the campus of Milligan College.

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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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Marsha Blackburn Stops In Greeneville

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, stopped at the Greene County Republican Headquarters Friday to speak with voters and answer questions. She is opposed by former Gov. Phil Bredesen, 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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Rep. Marsha Blackburn: Social media is censoring conservative speech

Rep. Marsha Blackburn warned Thursday that social media companies are censoring conservative speech and recounted for lawmakers her own experience last fall when Twitter blocked a video launching her campaign for Senate.

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Three Tennessee Republicans sign letter formally nominating Donald Trump for Nobel Prize

A group of House Republicans, including three from Tennessee, has formally nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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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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Corker offers tepid endorsement of Blackburn for Senate seat

Retiring Sen. Bob Corker offered an anemic endorsement Sunday of Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the Republican contender hoping to succeed him, and even seemed reluctant to utter her name.

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Vice President Mike Pence endorses Marsha Blackburn's bid for Senate

Vice President Mike Pence threw his support Monday behind Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s campaign for U.S. Senate.

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In Tennessee and other states where he's popular, GOP candidates embrace Trump and his agenda

Sen. Bob Corker may have questioned Donald Trump’s competence, but Rep. Marsha Blackburn thinks the president is making America great again.

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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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Rep. Marsha Blackburn: Internet privacy bill gaining support after Facebook scandal

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Wednesday that support for her legislation to protect the privacy of internet users is growing in light of a massive privacy breach at Facebook.

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Sen. Bob Corker throws his support to Marsha Blackburn's campaign to succeed him

Sen. Bob Corker is throwing his support behind Marsha Blackburn’s bid to succeed him now that the state GOP has basically cleared the deck for her campaign.

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Former Governor Sundquist endorses Blackburn in Senate race

Former Governor Don Sundquist announced his support on Friday for current U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s bid for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Bob Corker this fall.

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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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Franklin protesters ask Blackburn to listen to them on gun control

Sandra Barrett Hoomani stood on the Franklin Public Square with a sign in hand, asking Rep. Marsha Blackburn to listen to her stance on gun control.

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Blackburn stumps in Lakeway Area

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a candidate for U.S. Senate, stopped in Morristown last weekend at Davy Crockett Restaurant, her second stop in the Lakeway Area in two months.

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Marsha Blackburn picks up Diane Black's support in U.S. Senate bid

U.S. Rep. Diane Black is endorsing U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's bid for the U.S. Senate.

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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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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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Opinion | Marsha Blackburn cares more about drug sellers than Tennesseans torn by opioid crisis

Opioid abuse is costing each and every Tennessean approximately $4,793 a year, according to a study by the American Enterprise Institute. That includes the cost of overdose-related fatalities and the “nonfatal costs,” such as the costs of health care and substance abuse treatment, the costs to the criminal justice system, and the costs of lost productivity.

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McNally urges GOP to 'rally' around Blackburn U.S. Senate bid

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally on Wednesday threw his support to Marsha Blackburn's U.S. Senate GOP primary bid, calling on Republicans to unite around the Brentwood congresswoman as incumbent Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., weighs reversing his decision to retire.

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56 Tennessee GOP state representatives endorse Blackburn for U.S. Senate

Fifty-six of the Tennessee House's 74-member Republican Caucus are endorsing Republican Marsha Blackburn in her U.S. Senate effort, the campaign announced today.

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn: Violence in entertainment media should be part of safe schools debate

Rep. Marsha Blackburn urged the White House on Wednesday to look at violent movies, video games and other forms of entertainment as it considers ways to make schools safer in the aftermath of a deadly school shooting in Florida.

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Marsha Blackburn slates local breakfast; 'Mike Chase for Mayor' T-shirts printed

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn brings her campaign to Knoxville on Monday morning, March 12, with a breakfast at 8 at Rothchilds sponsored by former Knox County mayor Mike Ragsdale and his former chief of staff, Mike Arms.

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With Corker out, Blackburn wants to unify Republican Party to beat Bredesen

Shortly after Sen. Bob Corker made it official that he had decided not to re-enter the race and seek a third term, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn took to social media to try to unite the Republican Party.

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In U.S. Senate bid, Blackburn nets endorsements from 18 GOP state Senators

While U.S. Sen. Bob Corker continues to mull a potential bid for a third term, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is charging ahead, netting new endorsements in her bid for his seat while touting a poll with positive results for her campaign.

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Marsha Blackburn touts record, make subtle jabs at Bob Corker in Williamson County GOP speech

Without specifically mentioning Bob Corker, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn made several subtle jabs alluding to the two-term senator while speaking to a group of Republicans in her home district.

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U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn worried about negative impact of Trump's tariff proposal

In a rare disagreement with President Donald Trump, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Friday that the recent tariff proposal on steel and aluminum imports could have a negative impact on Tennessee.

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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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Blackburn campaign blasts skeptics of her viability as 'sexist' and ...

The comments cap a whirlwind day for the contest, with GOP primary frontrunner Marsha Blackburn's spokeswoman earlier in the day blasting critics responding to a Tennessee business group's poll indicating Bredesen holds a narrow lead over the Brentwood congresswoman, a favorite of Tennesseans in the GOP's hard right.

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Uncertainty, charges of sexism rock GOP primary as Sen. Bob Corker mulls another term

WASHINGTON — Reports that Sen. Bob Corker may be rethinking his decision to retire and that he might seek re-election have upended one of Tennessee’s hottest political contests, injecting uncertainty and charges of sexism into the GOP primary.

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Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn stumps in Bean Station

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn made a campaign stop in Bean Station Saturday and reinforced to Republicans there a familiar campaign theme.

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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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Marsha Blackburn on wrong side of net neutrality debate

Americans have grown all too accustomed to political posturing and outright doublespeak from our current Congress, but the dance being done by Tennessee’s own Representative Marsha Blackburn on the issue of Net Neutrality is truly something to behold.

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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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Blackburn to bring U.S. Senate campaign to Knoxville

Congressman Marsha Blackburnbrings her campaign for U.S. Senate to Knoxville on Saturday, Feb. 3, with an event hosted by state Rep. Jason Zachary. Blackburn faces former Congressman Steve Fincher in the August primary, and then one of them faces former Democratic governor Phil Bredesen in November. Having Zachary helping her campaign will be a plus.

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With Blackburn in Senate race, some Tennessee Republicans staying

Tennessee Republicans' 2018 political dominoes began falling into place Thursday after Gov. Bill Haslam announced he will not run to replace fellow Republican, friend and ally U.S. Sen. Bob Corker. Before day's end, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., announced her statewide bid in a video, describing herself as a "hardcore, card-carrying Tennessee conservative" and adding she's "politically incorrect and proud of it."

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Marsha Blackburn holds key early advantage in Tennessee Senate race, poll finds

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is leading the pack in name recognition among the candidates in Tennessee’s U.S. Senate race, a new Vanderbilt University poll finds.

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Marsha Blackburn set to report fundraising $2 million in U.S. Senate race

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn will report raising $2 million in the first two months of her bid to be Tennessee's next U.S. Senator, according to her campaign.

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Rep Marsha Blackburn launches Senate bid

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is entering the 2018 U.S. Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker, ending a week's worth of speculation and immediately catapulting her to front-runner status as others consider launching their own bids.

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