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

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

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Sorry Diane Black supporters, you nailed the coffin shut. Can I vote a negative vote?

I could not believe the last minute pig manure thrown in this Governor's race. Apparently the PAC (Political Action Committee) is tied to the Black campaign according to the Tennessean "In the ad, O’Neill references a 2009 lawsuit from a National Guardsman alleging he was wrongfully fired by Lee’s business. Lee’s company denied any wrongdoing in the matter and a judge dismissed some of the claims. The company said the veteran in question was among several people laid off due to the 2008 economic downturn. The company and veteran eventually settled the case."

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Meet the Candidate: Diane Black

As the first week of early voting was winding down on Friday afternoon, U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-6), who hopes to sweep the Republican nomination in the gubernatorial primary Aug. 2, was not.

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Vice president endorses Black for governor in Tennessee's Republican primary

Vice President Mike Pence jumped Friday into Tennessee's race for governor and endorsed Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black in the Aug. 2 GOP gubernatorial primary.

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Diane Black's husband visits city Wednesday

Autoplay: On | Off Dave Black, husband of Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black, will host a veterans roundtable in East Ridge and meet voters in Bradley County on Wednesday, according to a campaign news release.

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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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GOP gubernatorial hopeful Diane Black stumps in Rogersville

Tennessee’s 6th District U.S. Congressman Diane Black, a Republican candidate for governor, made her first campaign appearance in Hawkins County on Wednesday, speaking to a group gathered at the GOP headquarters on South Church Street.

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Black campaigns in Morristown

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, stopped into Morristown Wednesday morning to have breakfast with the Hamblen County Republican Women and other local Republican leaders. Black made her third stop in Morristown within the last three weeks. The Republican gubernatorial candidate made a stop just weeks ago to visit the Hamblen County Republican Headquarters and also attended a block party at the shopping center on Merchants Greene, next to Wal-mart.

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GOP gubernatorial candidate Diane Black will visit Rogersville

Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black will make a campaign stop in Rogersville on Wednesday, July 18 at the Hawkins Co. GOP Headquarters on South Church Street (former Miss Bea’s Perks and Pies location).

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

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

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

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

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Black Tours Hope Center In Swing Through Greeneville

Republican gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Diane Black on Thursday toured the Hope Center, a crisis pregnancy resource center in Greeneville. Black toured the center before continuing her swing through Greeneville, stopping at the monthly gathering of the Greene County Republican Women’s Club. Earlier in the week, she visited Baileyton, where political pundit Eric Bolling hosted a live broadcast of his Conservative Review Television online show, “America,” from the Davy Crockett TA Travel Center off Interstate 81.

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Gubernatorial candidate Black to meet supporters in Alcoa today

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, Republican candidate for governor, will host a meet and greet for her supporters at 11:30 a.m. today at 240 Gill St. in Alcoa.

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Political Notebook: Black meets city supporters

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, a Republican primary candidate for governor, held a meet-and-greet event for supporters on Thursday at King Smoking Que Memphis Style on Hixson Pike. Black, who is in an essentially four-person contest for the GOP nomination in the Aug. 2 primary, told the small but enthusiastic group she is the true conservative in the race. She told supporters not to believe recent ads alleging she wasn't a true conservative. Speaking about polls showing the gubernatorial race tightening, Black said polls can be made to say anything. She touted her support from the National Rifle Association, National Right to Life and the Family Research Council.

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Letter to editor: Diane Black is tough on illegal immigration

I am writing to supply information omitted from coverage of Diane Black, a candidate for governor (Editor’s Notes, Page 1A, Sunday, July 1). Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, and Scott DesJarlais are the only Congress members in the Tennessee delegation who have A+ grades on immigration enforcement and and reduction from NumbersUSA, which lobbies for same. These grades are based on their actions in Congress.

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Diane Black Proud of Unfavorable Ratings With ‘Far Left’

Republican contender for Tennessee governor U.S. Rep. Diane Black drew the endorsement of the American Conservative Union as she spoke at the national group’s Memphis forum Monday, July 2, on jobs and the economy.

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

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

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American Conservative Union endorses Diane Black in GOP primary for Tennessee governor

The American Conservative Union announced today it has endorsed U.S. Rep. Diane Black in the Gallatin congressman's GOP gubernatorial bid. Its endorsement comes as the ACU-sponsored Conservative Political Action Conference 365 meets in Memphis this week where Black is scheduled to speak tonight on two panels with U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.

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Diane Black Gets a Little Help from Her Friends

When is a statewide political campaign also a natio click to enlarge U.S. Rep. Diane Black and American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp, who endorsed her gubernatorial candidacy, engaged in some mutual admiration on Monday. - JB JB U.S. Rep. Diane Black and American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp, who endorsed her gubernatorial candidacy, engaged in some mutual admiration on Monday. nal campaign? Or perhaps that question is best turned around: How much do and should national issues influence, or even become, the substance of statwewide campaigns?

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Boyd fires back at Black during stop in Columbia

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

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Black launches ad simultaneously attacking GOP rivals Boyd, Lee

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

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Diane Black hopes old record, new friend give edge in governor race

On most issues relevant to the current political moment, Tennessee's 6th District Rep. Diane Black walks in step with President Donald Trump.

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Black talks expanding broadband, mental health during campaign visit to Johnson City

As a registered nurse, U.S. Rep. Diane Black, a Republican front-runner to become Tennessee’s next governor, tries to find the root cause when solving any particular problem or issue.

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Black backs Trump's border policy

Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Diane Black said Monday she backs President Trump’s border policy that ended separating children from their parents but still prosecutes them for the crime of improper entry.

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Only Diane Black would change attorney general selection process; Glenn Jacobs fundraiser has record turnout

Recently, four candidates for governor (two Democrats and two Republicans) said they favor the current selection method for state attorney general. They were Democrats Craig Fitzhugh and Karl Dean along with House Speaker Beth Harwell and Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd.

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Blackburn and Black speak at Grainger GOP Women’s Picnic

A drive toward Blaine on June 23 from Highway 11W in Jefferson County included narrow, wooded roads and a pass by Buffalo Springs, where a family filled a large container resting in the back of a pickup truck with water from the access pipe.

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Black stumps in Hamblen County

As Republican candidates descended on the Lakeway Area Saturday, U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, stopped by Morristown to introduce herself to potential voters at a community block party.

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NRA endorses Black in governor's race

U.S. Rep. Diane Black has landed the endorsement of the National Rifle Association in a crowded Republican primary field for Tennessee governor. In a news release Thursday, the influential gun rights group's Political Victory Fund said Black is the only Tennessee gubernatorial candidate with an "A'' rating and a "perfect record" on Second Amendment issues.

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NRA endorses Diane Black in Tennessee governor's race GOP primary

The National Rifle Association has endorsed U.S. Rep. Diane Black in a crowded Republican primary field for Tennessee governor.

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NRA endorses Diane Black in governor’s race GOP primary

U.S. Rep. Diane Black has landed the endorsement of the National Rifle Association in a crowded Republican primary field for Tennessee governor.

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Clayton Amos, Winfree named Statesmen of Year

Two ladies with strong ties to Wilson County were recognized as Statesmen of the Year recipients at the Tennessee Republican Party’s 42nd Annual Statesmen’s Dinner at Opryland Hotel on Friday night.

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All six top-tier gubernatorial candidates say Trump tariffs could harm Tennessee

The top candidates for governor in Tennessee are all trying to differentiate themselves as they appeal to voters ahead of the Aug. 2 primary.

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Tennessee gubernatorial candidates, PACs set to spend more than $23M on TV ads

More than $23 million is set to be spent on television advertisements in Tennessee's upcoming governor's race, according to an analytics company summary obtained by the USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee.

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Midstate Transit Future is Paved With Tired Ideas

If you ask state Rep. William Lamberth, Davidson County voters gave a resounding answer on the future of mass transit in this region. Based on their overwhelming defeat of an early May referendum, they don’t want to raise taxes for mass transit, preferring to be more like Atlanta and Los Angeles and less like New York.

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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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Diane Black's missed votes mount as she campaigns for Tennessee governor

As U.S. Rep. Diane Black continues to campaign for the Republican nomination for Tennessee governor, she has increasingly missed votes on major legislation in Congress.

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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 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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Area Political Notebook: Black to attend luncheon Tuesday; candidate forum announced

Republican candidate for governor Diane Black will visit Chattanooga today to attend the Celebration of Valor Luncheon at the Chattanooga Convention Center, according to a campaign news release. The luncheon event begins at 11 a.m. Retired U.S. Army Col. Jack Jacobs, a Medal of Honor recipient, author and military analyst, is the guest speaker.

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Opinion | Diane Black didn't always see illegal immigrants as threats

It is an interesting contrast, the legislature in 2001 and the gubernatorial race this year. A big issue back then for West Tennessee farmers, like Lt. Gov. John Wilder, was the Mexican workers on the farms not having driver's licenses. The workers needed to haul cotton trailers to the gin and haul soybeans and corn. So a bill was introduced to create a “driver's license” that could not be used as an ID, but it would allow Mexican laborers to drive farm machinery on the roads. And since rural West Tennessee Democrats controlled the legislature, it passed.

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Q&A: GOP candidate for governor Diane Black

Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black always has been ambitious about her agenda and the goals within it. The representative from Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District has said that her priority is to handle making tough decisions with grace.

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Opinion | Tennessee unrecognizable in Boyd, Black TV ads

A Randy Boyd supporter, disgusted from watching his latest TV commercials, asked me a question. “How can you beat Diane Black by being Diane Black?”

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Diane Black: Porn 'big part of the root cause' in school shootings

Republican Congresswoman Diane Black said during her campaign for governor of Tennessee that pornography is a large reason for school shootings.

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Sanford | Black, Boyd use immigrant bogeyman to scare up votes

The hunt for a bogeyman in the Tennessee Republican gubernatorial race must have sent all the leading candidates to the same dungeon.

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Tennessee candidate for governor Black links 'grocery store' porn to school shootings

Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black has linked violent movies and pornography to school shootings, and blamed mental illness and “deterioration of the family,” not guns, for the massacres.

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Cooper: Surprise! Black's pornography remarks taken out of context

Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Rep. Diane Black made news across the country the other day. You may have heard about it. Among the headlines: » Republican Diane Black of Tennessee says porn causes school shootings » Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee says pornography is a "root cause" of school shootings » Tennessee lawmaker says pornography is "root cause" of school shootings » Lawmaker blames porn for school shootings » TN lawmaker: Pornography the "root cause" of school shootings The only problem is Black, speaking during a listening session with pastors last week, never made a direct link between pornography and school shootings.

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Rep. Diane Black says opioid lawsuit isn't only answer to ongoing drug problem

Opioid abuse is a "scourge on our society" and has become one of the No. 1 issues facing the state of Tennessee, U.S. Rep. Diane Black said during a visit to Clarksville this week.

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Black visits Oak Ridge today (Thursday)

Gubernatorial candidate Diane Black will be in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, this Thursday for a reception and meet-and-greet in the Jackson Plaza, 800 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

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Attack campaign ad rips Diane Black over immigration, border votes

Republican gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Diane Black is the subject of a new negative ad that began running on TV stations in Tennessee on Wednesday.

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Black is best known but has highest negatives among Tennessee gubernatorial hopefuls, poll say

Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black is the best-known candidate in Tennessee's governor's race, but she also has the highest negative ratings among all voters, according to a Vanderbilt University poll released Thursday

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Super PAC launches TV ad attack on Black over immigration, border wall votes

A Tennessee-based Super PAC is targeting Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black in its first television ad buy, attacking the congresswoman for her support as a state senator of 2001 legislation that allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain state driver's licenses.

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Tennessee Governor: Sanctuary Bill to Become Law Sans Signature

Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday he will allow legislation billed as a push against sanctuary cities to become law without his signature, saying it has stirred up irrational fear on both sides.

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Diane Black took flight on private plane linked to company that benefited from her politicking

Last month, when U.S. Rep. Diane Black traveled to the Paris Fish Fry and the Hamilton County Reagan Day Dinner, she did so on a plane affiliated with a company that benefited from a federal emissions exemption she helped secure.

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Randy Boyd: If Diane Black is nominee, GOP 'at real risk to lose'

During a recent call with mayors supporting his campaign, Knoxville entrepreneur and Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd said U.S. Rep. Diane Black has “painted herself in such a corner” that the GOP could lose in November if she’s the party’s nominee.

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Poll: Diane Black has highest name recognition in Tennessee governor's race, but also has high negatives

U.S. Rep. Diane Black has higher name recognition than any other candidate in the governor's race but voters have significantly higher negative views of her than her opponents, according to a new poll from Vanderbilt University.

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Poll: Diane Black has highest name recognition in Tennessee governor's race, but also has high negatives

U.S. Rep. Diane Black has higher name recognition than any other candidate in the governor's race but voters have significantly higher negative views of her than her opponents, according to a new poll from Vanderbilt University.

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How to weather a recession: 3 takeaways from Tuesday's Tennessee gubernatorial forum

Another Tennessee gubernatorial forum is in the books. Five of the six top-tier candidates for governor took part in the Leadership Tennessee forum at Lipscomb University on Tuesday.

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Opinion | Candidates, not voters, focus on Illegal immigration

Tax cuts, a low unemployment rate, improving education scores. There is much to be pleased about when it comes to state government and much to build on for the next administration. But you wouldn't know it if you are paying attention to the gubernatorial race.

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Diane Black announces plan to reduce Middle Tennessee traffic

U.S. Rep. Diane Black introduced her plan last week to take steps to address traffic congestion in Middle Tennessee, which she said could be done without raising taxes on middle-class families.

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In Tennessee governor’s race, Medicaid debate holds firm on party lines

Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates vowed Tuesday to immediately expand Medicaid if elected governor, saying expansion was the key to filling Tennessee’s health care gap and saving rural hospitals throughout the state.

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Race For Governor Still Tight

With three months to go before Tennessee’s Republican primary for governor, none of the big four candidates seems ready to throw in the towel. If the well-financed quartet of U.S. Rep. Diane Black, businessman Randy Boyd, state House Speaker Beth Harwell and businessman Bill Lee hang in until Aug. 2 in the hopes of replacing term-limited Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, the eventual winner may have as little as 25 percent of the vote before taking on the Democrat primary winner — who will have had to spend considerably less time and money — in November.

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1 Tennessee governor's race: How to watch, livestream Leadership Tennessee candidate forum

The Tennessee gubernatorial campaign is heating up ahead of the Aug. 2 primary, and the candidates will take on a host of topics at a televised forum Tuesday at Lipscomb University.

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In Tennessee, the road to a big election victory runs through Humboldt's Strawberry Festival

When a significant public office is up for grabs, the road to victory inevitably winds down Main Street in Humboldt, a small West Tennessee town of 8,500 people.

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Gubernatorial Candidates Reflect on Rural Areas

Education was at the top of the list when candidates came to Martin on Thursday night to discuss their priorities if elected governor. The gubernatorial forum, held at Watkins Auditorium on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin, was sponsored by the WestStar Leadership Program and moderated by Meg Kinnard, a Memphis native and UTM supporter who is an award-winning political journalist with the Associated Press.

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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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The 9:01: Good, bad, ugly of government spending, Blues Music Awards, Young Dolph goes to Duke and more

Good morning in Memphis, where the coffee shop where this is written is not blasting Young Dolph, but first …

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Tennessee GOP governor hopefuls mixed feelings on Trump tariffs

President Donald Trump's plan to raise tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel drew concerns from most candidates for governor at a forum on Thursday, who said they worry a trade war could harm Tennessee's farm exports, particularly soybeans.

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Randy Boyd campaign says U.S. Rep. Diane Black part of 'D.C. swamp' in response to internal poll

In what may be a harbinger of things to come, Knoxville entrepreneur and Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd’s campaign is attacking his main opponent, U.S. Rep. Diane Black.

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WestStar hosts gubernatorial forum

The University of Tennessee at Martin WestStar Leadership Program’s class of 2018 hosted a gubernatorial forum Thursday on the university’s main campus. Six candidates for the Tennessee governor’s office participated in the interview-style event, and Meg Kinnard Hardee, a political and legal affairs reporter for The Associated Press who bylines as Meg Kinnard, served as forum moderator.

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Gov. Bill Haslam has good reasons to veto sanctuary city bill: Opinion from David Plazas

Bill Haslam is a champion for education and economic opportunities, a booster for the betterment of Tennesseans and a decent man who models how to show dignity to his fellow human being

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Diane Black proposes double-stacked interstates, I-840 extension after Nashville transit defeat

Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black — who called Nashville’s failed transit plan a “big government boondoggle” — on Tuesday proposed double-stacked interstates through downtown Nashville and the completion of Interstate 840 as a part off her own plan to combat Middle Tennessee traffic.

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WestStar Hosts Candidate Forum Thursday

More than 400 have preregistered to hear the six confirmed candidates at the gubernatorial forum hosted by UTM WestStar Leadership Program from 5 to 7 p.m., May 10, in Watkins Auditorium of the Boling University Center. Attendees must have a ticket to enter the auditorium. Those who do not have tickets are encouraged to follow this link on the UTM website for the live webcast.

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Races stack with candidates as qualifying ends

Races are nearly set for this year’s county general and state primary elections as qualifying for candidates ended last Thursday at noon.

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Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidates square off in debate

Republican candidates for Tennessee governor said Wednesday that Memphis did not do the right thing when it removed statues of Confederate-era leaders from city parks last year.

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Cooper: GOP clash mindful of '74 Dems

With three months to go before Tennessee's Republican primary for governor, none of the big four candidates seems ready to throw in the towel.

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Black urges Haslam to sign controversial anti-sanctuary cities legislation

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial hopeful Diane Black Thursday urged Gov. Bill Haslam to sign a controversial anti-"sanctuary city" bill that threatens local governments with loss of new state economic development grants if they don't cooperate with federal immigration officials.

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With the choices we have left for governor, it’s a sad day for Tennessee conservatives

The Republican primary for governor is unique in that it offers more bad choices than usual.

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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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Diane Black believes transit plan would hurt Tennessee’s economy

We are less than two days away from the biggest referendum Music City has seen in decades.

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Editorial: GOP Governor Contenders Botched Pre-K Opposition

When three of the four major Republican contenders for Tennessee governor came to Memphis recently and each said without hesitation they oppose universal prekindergarten, it got the attention of those at the forum.

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PARIS TN: Grand weather for a grand parade

After a week of discouraging rains, Henry County saw its World’s Biggest Fish Fry wish fulfilled Friday with a beautiful, clear day just in time for the Grand Parade.

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Gardenhire pulls plug on bill allowing undocumented Tennessee students to pay in-state tuition

A legislative effort to allow some undocumented students living in Tennessee to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges is dead for the year, a victim of election-year politics, said Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, the bill's sponsor.

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Weekend Review: Confederate Statues Loom Over GOP Debates

If there was a common theme in the two important debates held in Memphis on Wednesday — one for three Republican county mayor candidates at the Marriott East and another for three GOP gubernatorial candidates at the Halloran Center Downtown — it was one that would surely have gratified the ghosts of Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest.

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No free lunch: Letters to the editor, April 5

Some people have distorted anyone’s attempt to criticize Nashville’s “free” lunch program.

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West Tennessee Gubernatorial Debate in Memphis

Randy Boyd, Bill Lee, and Diane Black pose for a selfie with Katina Rankin, co-anchor of Local 24 News, and Richard Ransom, weeknight anchor and managing editor, Local 24 News, following the conclusion of the West Tennessee Gubernatorial Debate at the Halloran Centre in Memphis on Wednesday.

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Football and the flag: Letters to the editor, April 9

Congressman Diane Black, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, insists that NFL players “show due respect” for the American flag.

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2 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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GOP governor candidates debate monuments, arming teachers

Memphis' controversial takedown of its Confederate monuments, arming teachers and development incentives were among a handful of topics addressed in the first Republican Tennessee gubernatorial debate Wednesday in Memphis.

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

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

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Last Word: 'Poking The Bear,' National Walk Out Day and McQueen on Capitol Hill

The state House’s Tuesday action cutting $250k in funding for Memphis from Gov. Bill Haslam’s budget proposal is turning into a cause back here, starting with a GoFundMe page. Elsewhere on social media, you can see the unmistakable outline of a party or parties for the cause beginning to form. This is near the end of session for the Legislature when the budget is the last action before going back to the district to run for re-election. Different timing over here, with multiple crawfish outings leading into Memphis in May.

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Sullivan County GOP Reagan Day Dinner

Five Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidates vied for the hearts and souls of more than 500 Republicans at Thursday night’s Sullivan County Republican Party Reagan Day Dinne

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Republican Gubernatorial Debate Wednesday Will Air Statewide

The Greater Memphis Chamber Chairman’s Circle announced Tuesday the organization will co-host the first statewide televised Tennessee gubernatorial debate for Republican candidates on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the Halloran Centre of The Orpheum Theatre, 225 S. Main St.

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Lee, Boyd, Black Talk Confederate Monuments, Oppose Pre-K Expansion

Three of the four major contenders for Governor in the Aug. 2 Republican primary said at a Memphis debate Wednesday, April 18, that they disagree with the removal of Confederate monuments from city parks but also disagree with a Tennessee House vote Tuesday cutting $250,000 of city funding in the state budget proposal in retaliation.

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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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TNReady online testing window extended by state officials after possible 'deliberate attack'

On the second day of TNReady testing, state education officials made two major announcements Tuesday — the company handling Tennessee's statewide testing experienced a "deliberate" online attack and as a result the testing timeline will be extended to mitigate potential interruptions.

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Candidate for Congress visits Cookeville

A retired judge who has thrown his hat into the ring to replace U.S. Congressman Diane Black, who is trying to become Tennessee's next governor, spent much of Monday in Cookeville.

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Governor candidates Bill Lee and Diane Black visit Manchester

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

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Students encouraged to enter Congressional art contest

U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) encourages high school students from Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District to submit original artwork for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Black blasts House panel approval of in-state tuition for undocumented students

Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black today blasted a Tennessee House panel's approval of a bill on Tuesday that would allow undocumented students who attended or graduated from a state high school to qualify for paying in-state tuition rates at public colleges.

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Guest View: Choosing my principles over love for football

When the National Football League’s Oilers moved from Houston to Nashville, my husband Dave and I were first in line for season tickets. Sports have always been an important part of our lives, and having an NFL team in our city was a dream come true.

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Rep. Diane Black cancels Tennessee Titans season tickets over national anthem protests

Don’t look for Rep. Diane Black in the stands at Tennessee Titans games anymore.

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Diane Black vs. Planned Parenthood: Congresswoman's record on abortion provider's funding is complicated

On the campaign trail and on television, Rep. Diane Black portrays herself as a never-back-down fighter and a leader in the war to cut off the flow of federal dollars to the abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

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Diane Black with narrow lead in new poll from education-aligned group

U.S. Rep. Diane Black has a narrow edge over Knoxville entrepreneur Randy Boyd among Republicans running governor, according to a new poll from an education-aligned organization.

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Candidates for governor to speak at sold-out dinner

All five Republican candidates for governor are expected to speak at the Upper Cumberland Reagan Day Dinner Thursday at Trinity Church in Algood.

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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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Pace: Rep. Black should choose children over glider trucks

Just the other day, as my children and I were sitting in traffic on U.S. 27, stuck behind an old freight truck belching black soot into the air, my daughter exclaimed, "Oh, no, pollution! I don't want to breathe in that smoke."

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Diane Black Speaks At Lincoln Day Dinner

Tennessee gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Diane Black, left, speaks with Wanda Ogle-Cox just before the Greene County Republican Women’s Lincoln Day Dinner Friday night. Black was the keynote speaker.

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Guest View: When conscience conflicts with job duties

“I solemnly swear to do no harm.” We took this oath more than 40 years ago when we became nurses. We chose this career — more accurately, this calling — because it was the ultimate realization of what was in our hearts. Our love for women and children — our desire to serve those who are sick and in need — our passion to come alongside the most vulnerable in our midst with care and compassion. The oath reflects our commitment to safeguard all life.

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GOP gubernatorial candidate Diane Black stumps through Lakeway Area

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, a Republican governor hopeful, said Wednesday she would support taking away guns from the mentally ill if medical professionals deem them a harm to themselves or others.

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Complaints against Diane Black dismissed, action delayed on filings against Beth Harwell

Campaign finance officials on Wednesday dismissed two complaints filed against U.S. Rep. Diane Black and delayed taking action on three others against House Speaker Beth Harwell.

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Diane Black has most missed votes in 2018 among Tennessee congressional delegation

With her latest gubernatorial campaign ad, U.S. Rep. Diane Black is calling attention to human trafficking.

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Opinion | Diane Black: How to solve the opioid crisis

As a nurse for 45 years, I’ve been trained to think about the root causes, how to diagnose a problem and how to build a treatment strategy from the bottom up.

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Black Makes Case For Governorship In Greene County

Three of the biggest issues facing Tennessee are jobs, education and the opioid crisis, according to U.S. Rep. Diane Black, and she has a plan to fix those issues if she is elected to be the next governor.

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Diane Black releases plan to fight opioid crisis

Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black released her first major policy proposal last week, a comprehensive plan to combat the opioid crisis and keep Tennessee safe.

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Kingsport Chamber roundtable with GOP gubernatorial candidate Diane Black

Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Diane Black got straight to the point Tuesday about her values and the values of Tennesseans: “God is God. Life is life. Truth is truth.”

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U.S. Rep. Diane Black says abortion is not family planning but 'family destruction'

U.S. Rep. Diane Black said Tuesday that abortion is not family planning but "family destruction."

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Diane and David Black donate to Medal of Honor Heritage Center

U.S. Rep. Diane Black and Dr. David Black have donated $250,000 to the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center in Chattanooga.

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Diane Black To Speak At Lincoln Day Dinner

The annual Greene County Republican Women’s Club Lincoln Day Dinner will be this Friday, at the General Morgan Inn.

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Black campaign under fire over pollution rule, campaign contributions

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Diane Black is coming under harsh criticism after the Republican gubernatorial hopeful's campaign collected at least $225,000 from donors affiliated with a Crossville, Tenn., trucking firm that benefited from an exemption she championed regarding a planned federal diesel-emissions rule.

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Diane Black, Husband Lobbying Against Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jeremy Faison is hitting a hurdle with gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Diane Black opposing it and her husband trying to kill the measure.

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Diane Black under fire over lax emissions testing, donations from diesel trucking company

Gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Diane Black is coming under fire for receiving more than $200,000 in campaign contributions from people affiliated with a Tennessee-based trucking company and her efforts to continue a loophole for some lax emissions testing.

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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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Diane Black, Karl Dean have highest approval ratings in governor's race, new poll says

U.S. Rep. Diane Black and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean have the highest approval ratings in their respective gubernatorial primaries, according to a new poll from Middle Tennessee State University.

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Black steps down as House budget chair amid governor bid

U.S. Rep. Diane Black announced Wednesday that she is stepping down as House Budget Committee chairwoman, but will remain in Congress as she runs for governor of Tennessee.

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Tennessee gubernatorial hopeful Black rolls out county leadership teams across the state

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Diane Black this week released what her campaign calls the "first round" of a list of more than 360 elected officials, conservative activists and community leaders who have endorsed the U.S. representative in the 2018 Republican primary.

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President Donald Trump praises Rep. Diane Black on Twitter for role in budget

President Donald Trump gave a Twitter shout-out Friday to Rep. Diane Black for her role in passing a federal budget bill.

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Diane Black calls opioid epidemic 'greatest challenge' facing Tennessee leaders at ALEC summit

U.S. Rep. Diane Black said rural Tennesseans are plagued by a lack of infrastructure and rampant opioid addiction, but the latter will be the single greatest challenge facing the state's next governor and other state leadership.

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Diane Black has edge among GOP gubernatorial candidates in education group's poll

In what may be one of the first efforts to survey Tennesseans on a head-to-head matchup of next year’s gubernatorial election, U.S. Rep. Diane Black has a slight lead among likely GOP voters who have reached a decision, according to a new poll from Tennesseans for Student Success.

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Diane Black takes aim at GOP rival Randy Boyd in Tennessee governor's race

U.S. Rep. Diane Black's gubernatorial campaign is taking aim at Republican rival Randy Boyd, launching a broadside Tuesday at the former member of Gov. Bill Haslam's Cabinet for everything from his running attire to what the congresswoman decries as his moderate record.

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Diane Black says as governor she would 'jealously protect' Tennessee values

U.S. Rep. Diane Black says as the next governor, she would “jealously protect” Tennessee values.

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Diane Black enters race for governor of Tennessee

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tennessee, is entering the 2018 race for governor of Tennessee, ending months of speculation and adding a deep-pocketed candidate who is widely considered a front-runner to an already-crowded Republican field.

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Diane Black name recognition jumps in Tennessee gubernatorial race, poll finds

U.S. Rep. Diane Black continues to be the most recognizable name in a crowded field of 2018 Tennessee gubernatorial candidates, a new Vanderbilt University poll finds.

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1 2 U.S. Rep. Diane Black says jobs, health care, education top issues in her campaign

U.S. Rep. Diane Black said Monday the top issues in her campaign for Tennessee governor are jobs and the economy, health care and education.

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5 candidates for governor met to discuss education. Diane Black went to a fundraiser instead.

Five candidates for Tennessee governor met to discuss education issues on Tuesday in Nashville — the first 2018 gubernatorial forum broadcast on TV. But U.S. Rep. Diane Black, one of the most well-known candidates in the race, decided to go to a fundraiser instead.

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