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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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U.S. Senate hopeful Blackburn says campaign war chest now at $7.3 million after successful 2nd quarter

Republican Marsha Blackburn says she raised more than $2.6 million during the second quarter in her campaign to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. The campaign says that means it has over $7.3 million in cash on hand for Blackburn's Nov. 6 general election effort and thus "remains well positioned" to succeed in her battle with former Tennessee Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen.

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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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Cooper: Blackburn earns shot at Senate

Former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker suggested when he was running for the United States Senate in 2006 that he couldn't imagine serving for more than two terms. Last fall, perhaps frustrated after dust-ups with President Donald Trump and perhaps irritated with the Senate's inability to tackle nondiscretionary spending seriously, he said two terms indeed would be fine with him. After a brief reconsideration of his decision early in the year, he made his decision to exit the Senate final.

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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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Blackburn praises Trump SCOTUS pick; Bredesen says would take nonpartisan approach in judicial confirmations

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn is praising President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy while Democrat Phil Bredesen re-emphasized he will take a non-partisan approach in judicial confirmations if elected.

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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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Pence to headline GOP Senate candidate Blackburn Chattanooga fundraiser this month

Vice President Mike Pence will be in Chattanooga later this month to boost Republican U.S. Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn in a fundraiser.

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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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Blackburn brings campaign for U.S. Senate to Rogersville

U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-7th District), was in Rogersville on Saturday to stump for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Bob Corker. Blackburn spoke Saturday afternoon to a group of supporters at the Hawkins Co. GOP Headquarters in the former Miss Beas Perks and Pies location on Church Street.

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Blackburn stumps in Cocke County

United States Senate Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn made her first visit to Cocke County on Saturday afternoon, hosting a small event in front of supporters at the courthouse.

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Blackburn stumps in Cocke County

United States Senate Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn made her first visit to Cocke County on Saturday afternoon, hosting a small event in front of supporters at the courthouse.

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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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Blackburn letter to Commerce Chief Ross on trade tiff's Tennessee impact: 'We urge you to reconsider broad tariffs'

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn plans to raise concerns in a letter this week to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross regarding the impact of President Donald Trump's trade policies on Tennessee.

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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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Blackburn concerned about 'dwell time,' deployments for 101st Airborne

As U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn continues her campaign for U.S. Senate, she spoke Monday afternoon about challenges facing military families at Fort Campbell and across the state.

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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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Marsha Blackburn shares Trump's message on campaign trail

Marsha Blackburn folded her umbrella as she walked through the doors of a Murfreesboro, Tennessee barbershop in the heart of the quaint strip on one of the town's main drags on a recent stormy Friday. It was her third stop of the afternoon, leading up to her appearance at the nearby Coffee County Reagan Day Dinner to raise money for the county's Republican Party.

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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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6 Rep. Marsha Blackburn: 'Liberals' and 'liberal judges' to blame for migrant family separations

Rep. Marsha Blackburn expressed sorrow Tuesday for immigrant children who are being separated from parents accused of entering the country illegally, but she placed the blame for the separation policy on “liberals” and “liberal judges” instead of President Donald Trump.

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Tennessee GOP Senate hopeful Marsha Blackburn blames liberals in immigrant family separations

Tennessee's leading U.S. Senate candidates are decrying the separation of immigrant families at the border, with Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn blaming liberals.

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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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Blackburn to speak at Grainger GOP event

The Grainger County Republican Women will be hosting their annual picnic next Saturday and organizers are excited about the lineup of who will be attending. Marsha Blackburn, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, will be the keynote speaker at the event. “We’re so excited to get Marsha into Grainger County,” said Kathy Adams, one of the event organizers. “That’s a big deal.”

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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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U.S. Rep Marsha Blackburn on tariffs, running for Senate and rural broadband access

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn said she is “pleased” with her campaign at this point in the U.S. Senate race.

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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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Blackburn’s Scattershot Hits Surprise Targets

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is doubling down against Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat, hammering him as a liberal in the vein of Obama, Clinton, Schumer and Pelosi.

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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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Campaign trail brings Blackburn to county vets' museum

United States Congressman and Senate hopeful Marsha Blackburn kicked off the Memorial Day weekend with a visit to Lebanon and the Wilson County Veterans Museum on Friday. The Republican candidate for Senate faces little resistance in the Aug. 2 primary and will presumably face Democrat Phil Bredesen, former governor and Nashville mayor, in the November general election.

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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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U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn visits Hartsville

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn was in Hartsville last Friday, meeting voters and talking about her campaign.

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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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Conservative group launching ads praising Blackburn 'no' vote on federal spending bill

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is among 13 GOP congressmen winning praise in a new national ad campaign funded by Americans for Prosperity for her vote against what the libertarian group calls a "wasteful" $1.3 trillion federal omnibus spending bill.

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President Trump to hold Nashville rally during May 29 visit for Marsha Blackburn fundraiser

President Donald Trump is expected to hold rally at the Municipal Auditorium during his May 29 visit to Nashville for a fundraiser for Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn, according a city official familiar with the event.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bradley GOP celebrates candidates, awards

The Bradley County Republican Party turned out in full force Saturday night as members gathered for their annual Lincoln Day Dinner at Cleveland High School.

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Local GOP to host Reagan Day Dinner April 14

On Saturday, April 14, the Dyer County Republican Party will hold its annual Reagan Day Dinner at The Farms in Dyersburg. The event, which has been fundraiser for the local Republican Party for nearly a decade, gives state candidates an opportunity to speak to area voters. This year, candidates that have confirmed to speak include governor candidate Randy Boyd, U.S. Sen. candidate Dr. Rolando Toyos, current U.S. Rep. for the 8th Congressional District of Tennessee David Kustoff and candidate Dr. George Flinn, as well as current Tennessee State Sen. for District 27 Ed Jackson and candidate Brandon Dodds.

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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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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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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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Toyos likes chances against Blackburn in Senate primary

U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Rolando Toyos said he is not in the race to “coronate” fellow U.S. Senate candidate Congresswoman Marsh Blackburn (R-Tenn.) in the upcoming Republican primary.

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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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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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Stephen Fincher halts U.S. Senate bid, encourages Corker to seek re-election

Stephen Fincher halts U.S. Senate bid, encourages Corker to seek re-election

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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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Haslam's father gives to Fincher

NASHVILLE — While Gov. Bill Haslam may not make an endorsement in Tennessee's Republican U.S. Senate primary between U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher, the governor's father, Pilot Flying J founder James Haslam II, is openly placing his bet on the West Tennessee farmer. Fincher's fourth quarter financial disclosure shows that Jim Haslam and his wife, Natalie, each gave $2,700 to the West Tennessee farmer's GOP primary effort as well as a like amount to his general election account for a total of $10,800.

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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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Stephen Fincher wants you to tell him if he should run for Senate

Weighing a potential bid for U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s seat, former West Tennessee congressman Stephen Fincher was all ears while visiting Johnson City on Tuesday, the second day of a statewide listening tour that will take him from from Mountain City to Memphis in a week.

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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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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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Former Memphis Dr. Rolando Toyos enters race for Corker's Senate seat

Dr. Rolando Toyos, founder and CEO of the Toyos Clinic with locations in the Memphis and Nashville metros, will enter the race to succeed Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate. Toyos, who unsuccessfully ran as a Republican for Shelby County Commission in 2010, announced his bid on a new website and in a YouTube video last week.

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Exclusive: Former Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher enters Tennessee U.S. Senate race

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher is entering next year’s U.S. Senate race in Tennessee, a move that pits him against one of his former GOP congressional colleagues in the election to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker.

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Larry Crim: Candidate kept going, kept campaigning after 2012 loss

Larry Crim, 58, ran for the Democratic Senate nomination in 2012, finishing fourth. A resident of Antioch, he sued the Tennessee Democratic Party after Mark Clayton, who won the nomination, was disavowed by party leaders because of his extreme views.

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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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Sevierville's Bill Bailey aiming for Corker's U.S. Senate seat

For 30 years, he was a trailer mechanic for UPS, and now as a teaching assistant at Sevierville’s Parkway Academy, he might bring tools to fix a broken desk in the classroom or cereal for students who are too hungry to learn.

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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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