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U.S Chamber of Commerce endorses Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee U.S. Senate race

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn on Wednesday picked up the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Tennessee's U.S. Senate race, support that was not unexpected given the group's history of primarily backing Republican candidates.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Democratic-aligned group targets Marsha Blackburn's US Senate campaign in FEC complaint

A liberal-aligned advocacy group has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Republican Marsha Blackburn's U.S. Senate campaign and three conservative political organizations, alleging illegal communications between each and the campaign.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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

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

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Fitzhugh endorses Democrat Dean

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

Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean 2018 election

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Marsha Blackburn visits supporters in Athens

U.S. House of Representatives member Marsha Blackburn, a candidate for the United States Senate seat out of Tennessee being vacated by Bob Corker, made an appearance in Athens Monday to speak with supporters. Blackburn will face former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen in November.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Letter to the editor: Meet Phil Bredesen

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

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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

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

Phil Bredesen Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Bredesen, Blackburn tackle farmers’ future at conference

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

Phil Bredesen Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Sohn: GOP preaches unity, but slaps Bredesen for it

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

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Thomas: Let Blackburn help Trump with veterans

I served in combat on the rivers in Vietnam with the U.S. Navy, and now I serve my fellow veterans as the quartermaster of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1289 here in Chattanooga. We have about 400 members, all of whom have served our country faithfully over the past several decades.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Blackburn campaigns on experience, not her gender

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who became the first woman from the Republican Party in Tennessee nominated as a candidate for a statewide office on Thursday, said it is her experience, not her gender, that interest voters in the race for U.S. Senate.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Where do Democrat Karl Dean and Republican Bill Lee stand on key issues?

Democrat Karl Dean and Republican Bill Lee secured their respective gubernatorial nominations in the Aug. 2 primary. Now, as the two head toward the Nov. 6 general election, here is where they stand on some key issues facing Tennessee.

Karl Dean Bill Lee 2018 election

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Bredesen ad features past favorable comments by Republicans

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

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Blackburn touts Trump endorsement in U.S. Senate race ad

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is keeping President Donald Trump at the center of her Senate campaign in her second TV ad.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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

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

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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More votes cast for Boyd in AC

While Bill Lee won the Republican Party nomination for governor statewide — in Anderson County the GOP winner was Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd. While Bill Lee won the Republican Party nomination for governor statewide — in Anderson County the GOP winner was Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd. Unofficial election results from Thursday’s primaries show Boyd received 3,138 votes, compared to 2,830 for Lee. Diane Black came in third with 1,928 votes and Beth Harwell received 1,737 votes.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Governor’s race pits Lee vs. Dean in November

Come November, businessman Bill Lee and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will square off in the race for Tennessee’s next governor. Statewide, Lee carried 37 percent of the state, garnering 291,140 votes unofficially, in last week’s Republican primary for governor. Here in Lincoln County, he also carried the ballot, receiving 1,370 votes or 34 percent. Trailing were Randy Boyd, 192,914 votes (1,140 here), followed by Diane Black with 182,296 (1,184), Beth Harwell with 131,324 (315), Kay White with 3,212 (48), and Basil Marceaux, 1,267 (8).

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Lee won with a 'stiletto and not a meat ax'

By the time they shifted attention to him, Bill Lee was ready. In early July, after focusing on presumed front-runner Randy Boyd for months, U.S. Rep. Diane Black cut an attack ad against Lee. The gist? He donated money to Democratic politicians. A couple weeks later, Boyd also moved the focus of his attacks to Lee. He said Lee was associated with a group that once pushed for immigration reform. Also, he donated to Democrats. Also, maybe he doesn't actually support President Donald Trump.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Commentary: Let’s see if Lee, Dean stay positive in general election

Gov. Bill Haslam, counting down his final months in office, had the best analysis Saturday for why Bill Lee surged at the perfect time in the Republican primary for governor.

Bill Lee Karl Dean 2018 election

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Lee's winning formula: 'Conservative outsider,' 'man of faith' and relatability

As his supporters and family rallied under a blistering July sun several weeks ago, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bill Lee was brushing aside attacks launched at him by his GOP primary opponents.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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TN election: Three takeaways from Randy Boyd's loss

It rained for hours throughout Thursday’s Election Day in Knoxville and East Tennessee as GOP gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd made his way around local precincts for the final time. It was a messy start to a disappointing day.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Locals pick Lee, Dean for governor

Northeast Tennessee chose the same party nominees for governor as the rest of the state, but the runners up were in slightly different order in some counties. Republican Bill Lee took 36 percent of the vote, 20,300 votes, in his primary in Washington, Carter, Unicoi, Johnson and Sullivan counties, besting five other challengers. Lee’s proportion was similar statewide, with unofficial results from the Secretary of State showing him with 37 percent at the end of the night.

Bill Lee Karl Dean 2018 election

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Dean wins Democrats' nomination for governor

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean won Democrats' nomination for Tennessee governor on Thursday, besting state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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Election Results: Harris, Dean, Blackburn, Lee, Bredesen, Kustoff, Cohen Win

Yes, Virginia, there was a blue wave in Shelby County, Tennessee — at least it appeared so when all the votes were counted for the August 2nd election, which included a county general election, primaries for state and federal offices, and isolated other ballot matters. From Mayor-elect Lee Harris on down the ballot, Democrats swept all the races for county offices, and even picked up an extra seat on the County Commission, giving their party an 8 to 5 majority going into the next four years.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Election Results: Harris, Dean, Blackburn, Lee, Bredesen, Kustoff, Cohen Win

Yes, Virginia, there was a blue wave in Shelby County, Tennessee — at least it appeared so when all the votes were counted for the August 2nd election, which included a county general election, primaries for state and federal offices, and isolated other ballot matters. From Mayor-elect Lee Harris on down the ballot, Democrats swept all the races for county offices, and even picked up an extra seat on the County Commission, giving their party an 8 to 5 majority going into the next four years.

Bill Lee Karl Dean 2018 election

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Randy Boyd: 'We’re going to leave it all on the field'

In the next-to-last stop of his Tennessee GOP gubernatorial campaign, Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd expected to be at Hunter Wright Stadium, but ended up at Stir Fry on Broad Street because of the rain.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Dean Appeals to Primary Voters on Election Day

Today Democratic Tennesseans have two qualified candidates to choose from but Karl Dean continues to show that his commitment to diversity and inclusion is not just a campaign talking point but an action plan.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

Bill Lee Randy Boyd Diane Black 2018 election

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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."

Diane Black 2018 election

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

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Gubernatorial candidate Boyd holds public meet and greet

Local business owner Joe Yates and First Citizens National Bank CEO Jeff Agee (above) as well as Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box (below) speak with Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd Monday afternoon during a meet and greet held at the Shave Ice Barn in Dyersburg. Boyd, who is in the process of a 95-hour Sprint to Election Day tour, met with over 50 local residents. The Dyersburg event was one of over 20 public events scheduled this week by Boyd’s campaign team. Boyd will also host a statewide tele-town hall Wednesday evening. The primary election will be held Thursday, Aug. 2.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Gubernatorial Candidates Dean, Fitzhugh Have Democrats Back in the Game

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

Karl Dean Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Opinion | Thank you, Rep. Blackburn, for help with military family

I would just like to send a "shout out" for Marsha Blackburn, who is running for Tennessee U.S. senator. I believe my daughter's personal experience shows Ms. Blackburn's sincere desire to "be there" for our military families.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Commentary: NRA’s Russia link has ties to Blackburn

Tennesseans know the old truism: If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. The universal meaning is simple: Be careful of the company you keep. Ask Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn. Since March, she has been reading more and more headlines and stories that link her longtime friend and former campaign president, attorney G. Kline Preston IV, to the NRA/Maria Butina Russian money and election meddling questions.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Sohn: NRA's Russia link has ties to Blackburn

Tennesseans know the old truism: If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. The universal meaning is simple: Be careful of the company you keep. Ask Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn. Since March, she has been reading more and more headlines and stories that link her longtime friend and former campaign president, attorney G. Kline Preston IV, to the NRA/Maria Butina Russian money and election meddling questions.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Craig Fitzhugh Can Win Democratic Nomination To Run For Governor

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Karl Dean suits state's temperament, is best choice for Democratic nomination for governor | Opinion

Democrats have two well-qualified candidates looking to lead the party’s bid to reclaim the Tennessee governorship.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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US Senate candidate Bredesen engages with local leaders in roundtable discussion

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

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Randy Boyd to meet voters in Chattanooga on Tuesday

Randy Boyd, Republican candidate for governor, will meet with Hamilton County voters on Tuesday, two days ahead of election day. Boyd is seeking the Republican nomination along with Diane Black, Beth Harwell and Bill Lee. The meet-and-greet is set for 7:30-8:15 p.m. at Champy's, 526 E. M.L. King Blvd.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Fitzhugh continues work for district while campaigning for governor

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Victor Ashe: Bill Lee moves up in governor’s race on GOP side

Election Day is Thursday, Aug. 2. Interest in the race for governor has only intensified as Bill Lee’s numbers have increased sharply and he is definitely in the mix as a potential winner.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Harwell visits with voters, candidates in Maury County

Gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell made a stop at the Maury County Election Commission on Friday shaking hands with local candidates and potential voters.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Lee, Fitzhugh our choices for primaries

Whomever Tennessee voters elect to be the state’s next governor will inherit both progress and challenges from two-term governor Bill Haslam. While Tennessee has crawled out from under the Great Recession and improved its national standing in education, we still lag in economic opportunity, educational attainment, job preparation, infrastructure and, most significantly, public health.

Bill Lee Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Bill Lee Closes Fast in GOP Primary

Is Bill Lee the new frontrunner among Tennessee’s Republican gubernatorial candidates? A recent poll says that he is, and the Williamson County businessman is now promoting that assumption on a last, pre-primary tour of the state at “100 town halls” (two of them in Shelby County on Thursday, a week before final voting on August 2nd).

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Bill Lee makes final week stop in Carter County

Bill Lee appeared confident during a stop in Elizabethton on Saturday morning. The candidate for the Republican nomination for governor said he was pleased with the large turnout of citizens at the Carter County Republican Party Headquarters in the Ritz Mini Mall downtown.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Bredesen stops in Jackson, touts tax-free weekend

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

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee holds Maryville town hall

Republican candidate Bill Lee says he has what it takes to be the next governor of Tennessee.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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

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

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Letters: Doing better; vote Fitzhugh

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Randy Boyd is easy choice for GOP nomination in governor's race | News Sentinel Editorial Board

It’s a sign of our times that a website attacking Randy Boyd tries to tar him with what it considers a despicable label: “moderate.”

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Harwell announces support for medical marijuana in Tennessee

House Speaker Beth Harwell last week unveiled her latest campaign ad that focuses on legalizing doctor-prescribed medical cannabis, and pledged to find an option that is “right for Tennessee.”

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Senate Hopeful Bredesen Calls Pence Tweet 'Name-Calling'

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

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Phil Bredesen to visit Lee University next month

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

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell meet local supporters

Local supporters of Beth Harwell, Republican candidate for governor, greet the state Speaker of the House at Cities restaurant in Columbia last week. Harwell, center, meets with Zack Kinslow, Anne Cain and Christian Cervantes. (Courtesy photo)

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Bill Lee visits Carroll County in town hall tour

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee stopped in Huntingdon Friday evening for a town hall at Mallards. The banquet room was filled by local voters prior to Lee’s arrival, who was traveling with his wife, Maria, and campaign staff.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Gubernatorial candidate Boyd hopes to create 'state of opportunity'

Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd hopes to create “a state of opportunity” if elected this fall.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Poll shows gubernatorial candidate Lee in lead for Republican primary

A new poll shows Bill Lee holding a narrow lead in the Republican primary race for Tennessee’s governorship and that President Donald Trump remains popular among Tennessee Republicans

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Poll: Lee surges into GOP primary lead

A surprise poll released Monday by JMC Analytics and Polling found that Middle Tennessee businessman and rancher Bill Lee has taken the lead among Republicans vying to be the Volunteer State’s next governor.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Lee leads in new poll of GOP governor candidates

A new poll released Monday has Williamson County businessman Bill Lee leading by 6 percentage points in Tennessee’s Republican gubernatorial primary.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Fitzhugh: Priority Will Be Medicaid Expansion

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Harwell stumps for governor in Sweetwater

Some high-profile Republican candidates for governor are locked in a battle to win the Aug. 2 primary to move on to the November race and one of them shared her vision with voters at Sweetwater City Hall on Thursday. Beth Harwell, speaker of the House for Tennessee, was introduced by Mayor Doyle Lowe. She touted her role in helping Republicans move the state forward on education, keeping taxes low and Tennessee with the lowest debt of any state in the nation.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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

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

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Meet the Candidate: Craig Fitzhugh

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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State Representative Sheila Butt endorses Bill Lee

State Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, has endorsed Bill Lee’s candidacy for governor. Lee, a Franklin businessman, is one of four major candidates running for the Republican nomination for governor. Others include U.S. Rep. Diane Black, businessman Randy Boyd and state House Speaker Beth Harwell.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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PAC uses News Sentinel photo of Randy Boyd without authorization

The use of a News Sentinel photograph in a political advertisement for GOP gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd was not authorized by the news organization and violated its copyright. The ad was placed by the Tennessee Future Fund, a political action committee that, by law, operates independently from the Boyd campaign. The Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance lists the treasurer of the fund as Robert Phillips III. Phillips is identified on LinkedIn as chief operating officer of Axiom Strategies, a political consulting firm based in Dublin, Ohio.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Gubernatorial candidates Lee, Boyd campaign in Wilson County

Republican gubernatorial candidates Bill Lee and Randy Boyd stopped in Wilson County on Thursday to campaign in the final days of the race for governor. Lee held a town hall at Demos’ Restaurant, and Boyd talked to voters across the street from the Wilson County Election Commission office.

Bill Lee Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

Read more at The Rogersville Review

Political Notebook: Boyd to visit voting sites on Saturday

Boyd to visit voting sites on Saturday Randy Boyd, a Republican candidate for governor, will visit early voting sites in Hamilton County on Saturday to talk with voters, according to a campaign news release.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Randy Boyd gave donation to Democratic Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero out of 'friendship'

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero is not listed as a Democrat on the city’s website, but that’s only because the mayor’s office is nonpartisan. The two-term mayor is a staunch Democrat and former Hillary Clinton delegate.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Boyd donated to Knoxville Mayor Rogero’s campaign out of ‘friendship’

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero is not listed as a Democrat on the city’s website, but that’s only because the mayor’s office is nonpartisan. The two-term mayor is a staunch Democrat and former Hillary Clinton delegate.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

Read more at The Daily Herald

Boyd joins Black in attacking Lee in GOP primary

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee is coming under attack again, this time from a second rival in Tennessee's four-person Aug. 2 GOP primary. In a new 30-second TV spot, Knoxville businessman and former state economic development commissioner Randy Boyd's campaign charges that Lee, owner of a Franklin-based business and residential building services company, "was state president of a group that lobbied for amnesty for illegals."

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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).

Diane Black 2018 election

Read more at The Rogersville Review

Boyd's avoidance of taxes legal: Letters, July 17, 2018

When has it become illegal, immoral or bad business strategy to avoid taxes in the United States of America?

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Randy Boyd Diane Black 2018 election

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Candidate Karl Dean answers questions

Karl Dean is one of the Democratic candidates for governor in the Aug. 2 state primary. Answers from candidates Diane Black, Randy Boyd, Beth Harwell and Craig Fitzhugh were published in the Monday, July 16, 2018, edition. The Herald-Citizen mistakenly did not initially contact Republican candidate Bill Lee. His responses are planned to be published in the Wednesday, July 18, edition.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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Former Tennessee Congressman Zach Wamp endorses Bill Lee for governor

Former Tennessee Congressman and gubernatorial Zach Wamp has announced his endorsement of Republican candidate Bill Lee for governor, just a couple of weeks ahead of the Aug. 2 primary election.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Political Notebook: Karl Dean to host early voting event

Karl Dean to host early voting event The Karl Dean campaign will host an early voting event Tuesday after supporters cast their early ballots for the August primary. It will begin at 11 a.m. at the Brainerd Community Center at 1010 North Moore Road. Chattanooga Moms for Social Justice host Blue Bash Redux Tuesday, Chattanooga Moms for Social Justice are hosting a candidate forum and party, during which candidates can meet and greet voters.

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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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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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Wamp backs Lee in GOP governor primary

Former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp is endorsing Franklin businessman Bill Lee in Tennessee's Aug. 2 Republican gubernatorial primary, saying Lee's "positive vision" and refusal to engage in what Wamp calls "trash politics" set him apart in the four-candidate field.

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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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Randy Boyd won't participate in last pre-primary GOP gubernatorial debate

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Randy Boyd will not participate in Tennessee's last televised GOP candidates debate before the Aug. 2 primary, according to the sponsor, Tennessee-based television affiliates of Nexstar Media Group.

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Harwell won't join final GOP gubernatorial debate unless Boyd reconsiders decision to drop out

Yet a second Republican candidate is dropping out of the last televised Tennessee Republican gubernatorial debate scheduled for July 22 in Knoxville. State House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, has told debate organizers, Tennessee-based television station affiliates of Nexstar Media Group, that she doesn't plan to attend the debate unless rival and Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd reverses his abrupt cancellation of plans to go to the four-person event.

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Boyd decries lack of civility in gubernatorial race

I just wish the negativity would stop. I hate this part about politics.” That’s what Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd said Friday when asked about the latest round of Republican rival Diane Black’s campaign attacks against him.

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Boyd visits Washington County on first day of early voting

The only top-tier gubernatorial candidate from East Tennessee celebrated the first day of early voting in Washington County on Friday. Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd, who’s running as a Republican, mingled with voters at each of the county’s three early voting sites: Washington County Courthouse, 100 Main St., Jonesborough; Johnson City Fire Station 8, 106 Gray Commons Area; and the Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., Johnson City.

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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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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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Beth Harwell pokes fun at opponents in new ad

While Randy Boyd and Diane Black attack each other — Black is also hitting Bill Lee in some of her TV ads — Beth Harwell has so far remained unscathed. That's probably a function of the House speaker's running last in polls.

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Cooper: Lee the choice for Republicans

Tennessee Republicans can feel fortunate they have an embarrassment of riches in their gubernatorial primary to replace term-limited Republican Bill Haslam. Six names are on the ballot, four of those are competitive, and all four have diverse backgrounds and unique strengths.

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Potentially illegal text messages attack Randy Boyd, Bill Lee as early voting begins

As Tennesseans prepared head to the polls this week for the start of early voting, some residents are reporting receiving potentially illegal text messages that are attacking Republican gubernatorial candidates Randy Boyd and Bill Lee.

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

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

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

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

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Sohn: Fitzhugh is best Democrat for governor

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

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Fitzhugh Seen as Dark Horse for Governor’s Seat

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

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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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Governor candidates Randy Boyd, Bill Lee talk about improving traffic, visit Murfreesboro

Gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd said "the fixing of our infrastructure and improving traffic will be job one," before speaking to supporters at the Rutherford County Courthouse grounds Thursday.

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Randy Boyd makes gubernatorial campaign stop in Hartsville

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd stopped in Hartsville on Tuesday as part of a 95-county bus tour. Boyd met with voters at the Community Center for about an hour and discussed the campaign and his platform for the state’s top job.

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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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Bill Lee campaigns at the Dixie

Almost 15 months ago, Lewisburg was one of Bill Lee’s first stops after declaring his run for the governor’s office. He has toured the state since then, on buses and tractors, and returned Monday as part of a town hall tour of the state.

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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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Last Word: The Jenkins Ruling, No More City Court Clerk and Harwell's Quest

Making your early voting plan for Friday’s debut of the voting period in advance of the Aug. 2 election day? Well, you might want to hold off until after Tuesday morning. That’s when the latest changes could get set in stone … or not.

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Randy Boyd, a former economic development chief, hopes to 'come back and finish the job' as governor

Randy Boyd’s political career can be most easily traced to an early morning breakfast in 2008 with then-Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale on his own back porch. The two dreamed about plans over bagels.

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PARIS TN: Boatner, Dean speak optimistically about Democrats’ election chances

The Henry County Democratic Party heard updates from a Congressional candidate and the son of a gubernatorial candidate during its Tuesday night meeting at the Greystone. John Boatner, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 8th Congressional District, which includes Henry County and all of West Tennessee except for Memphis, let those attending know that he sticks to party ideals.

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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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Governor hopefuls visit city

Two gubernatorial candidates -- one from each major party -- brought their campaigns to Shelbyville on Saturday, talking about education, health care and other issues. State Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, a Democrat who serves as House Minority Leader, appeared Saturday morning at Bedford County Democratic Party campaign headquarters on Spring Street, while businessman Bill Lee, a Republican running for his first political office, held a town hall midday Saturday at The Coffee Break on the square, answering questions submitted in advance, in writing, by participants.

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Late Entry, Different Strategy Set Tone In Harwell’s Run for Gubernatorial Nomination

Her campaign got a later start than her rivals seeking for Republican nomination for Tennessee governor. House Speaker Beth Harwell has also conducted a basic campaign built around her experience in government.

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

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

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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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Fitzhugh Challenges Dean’s 'Pragmatism'

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

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Murfreesboro named Boyd Foundation dog park grant recipient

Murfreesboro has been chosen to receive a $25,000 grant from the Boyd Foundation in what may become a significant quality of life increase—at least for canine residents.

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

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

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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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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee visits Covington, outlines contract with Tennesseans

Tuesday, businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee released his detailed plan for Tennessee, which he’s calling Ten for Tenn. Ten for Tenn highlights ten key items Bill plans to focus on and enact as governor.

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Bill Lee says he was called to run for governor

Bill Lee drove over a bridge, toward his property. He saw his 9-year-old son fly fishing. He turned onto a dirt road. He saw his other son in the barn, grooming calves. He moved down the driveway. He saw his wife and 4-year-old daughter, crossing a creek on horseback. He honked and waved.

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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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MADAM SPEAKER Beth Harwell eyes variety of topics

Making a stop in Cleveland on her way to a veterans’ luncheon Tuesday hosted by Westwood Baptist Church, Tennessee Speaker of the House and current gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell spoke to the Cleveland Daily Banner on the various issues she intends to address if elected governor.

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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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Beth Harwell wants to continue strong fiscal record with gubernatorial run

In her role as Tennessee's speaker of the House and now as a Republican candidate for governor, Beth Harwell is both calculating and caring. It's 11:15 on a Wednesday morning in April, and Harwell, 60, is seated at a table in her Nashville office, listening as four members from the Emergency Nurses Association discuss a topic on the tips of many lawmakers' tongues: the opioid epidemic.

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

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

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Building momentum: Lee confident 'about ability to win' gubernatorial primary

With money in the bank and poll numbers on the rise, Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee was feeling pretty confident Tuesday about his chances of snatching the Republican nomination away from Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd and U.S. Rep. Diane Black.

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How Randy Boyd's company avoided paying millions in taxes using a 'double Irish' loophole

A business founded by a Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate avoided paying millions in U.S. and international taxes thanks to a controversial corporate structure with a funny name.

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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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Election ’18: Boyd touts momentum as endorsements swell

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd announced a new round of endorsements on Monday, bringing the number of county and city mayors across Tennessee who have endorsed his candidacy to more than 120, along with 50 sheriffs and other law enforcement leaders.

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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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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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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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Political Notebook: Boyd announces endorsements from mayors, law enforcement

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd on Monday announced the addition of two dozen more Tennessee mayors and law enforcement officials, including Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, who are backing him in the Aug. 2 primary.

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Lee says has $3.5 million in cash for final weeks of GOP gubernatorial primary

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee's campaign says the Franklin businessman's second quarter campaign disclosure will show him having raised some $400,000 during the period and having more than $3.5 million in cash on hand as of June 30.

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Hamilton County Sheriff Hammond, Mayors Cothran, Lambert endorse Boyd bid for governor

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd today announced the addition of two dozen more Tennessee mayors and law enforcement officials, including Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond.

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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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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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Karl Dean brings measured, moderate approach to governing

The calendar said April 2, almost two weeks into spring, but it was 33 degrees and spitting sleet at the Mule Day parade.

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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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Harwell favors strong education, returning decisions to the states

Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives Beth Harwell brought her gubernatorial campaign Jefferson County last Friday at the Republican-Get-Together, sharing her goals with local voters. Her overall thrust centers on returning control to the state instead of keeping it in the hands of the federal government.

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Democrat governor hopeful visits Monroe

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

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Bill Lee speaking at SoKno Market in Knoxville

Bill Lee, gubernatorial candidate, greets supporters as he arrives for a town hall meeting at SoKno Market in South Knoxville Thursday, June 28, 2018.

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Randy Boyd sets his pace in race to election day

Randy Boyd is literally running to become Tennessee's next governor. The founder and chairman of Radio Systems in Knoxville is an avid marathon runner who turned his passion for running into a 537.3-mile run across the state over 13 weeks last year to introduce himself — and more importantly, he says, listen to what others are saying — in his first bid for elected office.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dean makes campaign stop in Shelbyville

Gubernatorial candidate and former Nashville mayor Karl Dean told an audience of local Democrats on Saturday that failing to agree to Medicaid expansion was “the biggest mistake our state has made.”

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Randy Boyd campaign received more than $90,000 in donations from companies that received state grants

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd has collected more than $90,000 in campaign donations from individuals linked to companies that received state Economic and Community Development money while Boyd served as commissioner.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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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Lee bus tour stops in Hamblen County

The crowd gathered at the Davy Crockett Restaurant Friday, stretching beyond the room where Bill Lee, Republican gubernatorial candidate, stood. Lee, a Tennessee businessman and farmer, visited Hamblen County for the second time in just six days as the campaign for governor begins to heat up.

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Lee Stumps In Greeneville At Friday Town Hall

Focusing on agriculture, education and crime issues, gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee held a town hall meeting Friday morning to share his vision for Tennessee and answer questions at the Greene County Republican headquarters.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Meet the Candidate: Beth Harwell

Candidates who have announced their intentions to be the next governor of Tennessee include Republicans Bill Lee, Diane Black, Randy Boyd and Beth Harwell; and Democrats Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh. The race concludes on Election Day, Nov. 6, 2018.

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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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New granddaughter aids Boyd on campaign trail

Republican candidate for governor Randy Boyd shook hands and — literally — kissed a baby Tuesday morning during a campaign whistles stop in Jefferson City. The baby was his new granddaughter, who Boyd quipped, was “making her first public appearance at our campaign today.”

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Randy Boyd Stumps In Tusculum

GOP gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd’s 95 County Bus Tour reached Tusculum on Tuesday. Boyd made a fourth and final stop for the day for a meet-and-greet with supporters at Pioneer Park. Boyd also told those attending the inaugural game of the Greeneville Reds that he hoped the team’s relationship with the community would last for “decades.”

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Lee: Skills training key to future of rural areas

Bill Lee believes changing Tennessee’s approach to education will at the same time lead to a healthy future for the state’s rural communities.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Boyd: Trump tariffs 'not good' for Tennessee

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd said Monday it’s his job to support President Trump, but he called Trump’s tariffs on imports “not good” for the Volunteer State.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Randy Boyd brings 95-county bus tour to Rogersville

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Randy Boyd brought his 95-county bus tour to Rogersville on Monday afternoon after making an earlier stop in Hancock County.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Randy Boyd visits Claiborne Co.

Randy Boyd, republican candidate for governor, visited Claiborne County on his 95 county bus tour across Tennessee. He set up at The Break Room along TN 33 in Tazewell as members of the community gathered under a tent to hear him speak.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.”

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Complaint against Bill Lee alleges illegal campaign contributions

Williamson County businessman Bill Lee is the subject of a newly filed campaign finance complaint alleging, among other items, the Republican gubernatorial candidate is using a tax-sheltered trust to illegally donate money to his own campaign.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Candidates back weed reform

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

Beth Harwell Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Bill Lee Randy Boyd Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean Beth Harwell Diane Black 2018 election

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Boyd stops by Paris on gubernatorial tour

Randy Boyd, gubernatorial candidate for the State of Tennessee, stopped by on Wednesday morning to speak to a large group of Henry Countians about some of his stances he’s running on from bringing back jobs, making adoption easier, deregulating businesses and helping make Tennessee become the state of opportunity.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Shelby County Remains a Beehive of Political Activity

The pending visit to The Orpheum on Friday by former Vice President (and possible 2020 presidential candidate) Joe Biden for his "American Promise" tour highlights what continues to be a busy election season.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Marijuana law reform supported by Fitzhugh, Dean at forum

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

Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black Randy Boyd Beth Harwell Bill Lee 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee holds town hall in Dyersburg

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee visited Dyer County Wednesday evening as part of his Tennessee Town Hall tour. Lee, wife Maria, and his team arrived at Dave’s on the Square in downtown Dyersburg at 5:30 p.m., where they were met by nearly 30 local residents.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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BMA agrees to pursue grants to fund dog park

The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Tuesday to approve grant applications to fund the construction of a dog park on the town’s Rosenbaum property, located along Little Limestone Creek on Old State Route 34.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Karl Dean Craig Fitzhugh Diane Black Randy Boyd Beth Harwell Bill Lee 2018 election

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Sullivan County applies for dog park grant

Sullivan County has submitted its application for a $25,000 grant to build a dog park in Blountville near the county justice center and animal shelter. Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd is offering the grants through The Boyd Foundation under the Dog Park Dash grant program, which will award 36 cities and counties across the state $900,000 in grants every year for three years to build or enhance dog parks. This year’s grant recipients will be announced in July.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Your view: Beth Harwell supports CBD

I never make political endorsements. The last time I did, Barack H. Obama won and almost ruined this nation. Rather, let me tell you who I am voting for. We have all seen the TV ads for Tennessee governor. I have contacted every one of them that have commercial ads running here locally regarding cannabis. Seems they are all against it because despite several attempts, none of them answered me.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Bristol Tennessee raising funds to build new dog park

The Bristol Tennessee Parks and Recreation Department is applying for a $25,000 grant to build a dog park near Food City on Virginia Avenue. Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd is offering the grants through his foundation — The Boyd Foundation — under the Dog Park Dash grant program, which will award 36 cities and counties across the state $900,000 in grants every year for three years to build or enhance dog parks. The foundation wants new parks to be built and existing parks enhanced to make Tennessee the most pet-friendly state in the U.S., according to the foundation’s website.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Gubernatorial candidate Boyd holds meet and greet at Okeena Park

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd visited Dyersburg Monday evening as he held a meet-and-greet dinner at Okeena Park from 5-7 p.m. The meet and greet was part of Boyd’s 95 County Bus Tour that launched on May 30 and will span 9 weeks. Dyersburg was one of many stops on the tour during that day, which also included Atoka, Brownsville, and Fruitville. While in Dyersburg, Boyd spoke to nearly 60 community members and leaders. Those in attendance were also treated to hot dogs and drinks.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Randy Boyd Beth Harwell Bill Lee Diane Black Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

Beth Harwell Diane Black Randy Boyd Craig Fitzhugh Bill Lee Karl Dean 2018 election

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Tennessee's Democratic candidates for governor to debate at Belmont University

The two leading Democratic candidates for Tennessee governor are set to debate next week at Belmont University.

Bill Lee Karl Dean Beth Harwell Randy Boyd Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Read about Randy Boyd's campaign stop today in Atoka

Randy Boyd. It's the kind of name that, for some reason, sounds like somebody you'd know. You could imagine one saying, "Hey, guess what. Remember our buddy Randy Boyd from high school? I ran into him the other day."

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Around The State

Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives Beth Harwell will visit Jefferson County on Friday June 22. She is scheduled to attend the Republican-Get-Together at the Carriage House on Sellars Road from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Lee will be Keynote Speaker at Republican Women’s picnic

Not one, not two, but three big names are slated to speak at Cherokee Park during the Hamblen County Republican Women’s annual picnic on June 16 at 3 p.m.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Craig Fitzhugh Diane Black Beth Harwell Randy Boyd Bill Lee Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Last Word: One for Graceland, Randy Boyd in Millington and Green Eyeshades

From the distance of 50 years – half a century – it’s hard to relate what it was like to grow up in the 1960s – in particular the year 1968 in a city that figured prominently in the year’s turbulent trajectory.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Dean out with new TV spot: 'Different sort

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean's campaign has launched a second television ad as part of an ongoing statewide media buy.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Gubernatorial Candidate Coming To Baileyton

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Boyd Says He Favors State Funding for Shelby County Pre-K Push

Republican contender for Tennessee Governor Randy Boyd says he supports the move to expand prekindergarten in Shelby County including the possibility of state funding.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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What does Bill Lee think about illegal immigration, Trump's wall and DACA?

Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidates Randy Boyd and Diane Black are expressing their views in their TV ads about illegal immigration, President Donald Trump’s planned border wall and not giving state benefits to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ individuals — issues primarily under the federal government’s control.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Bill Lee brings campaign to Elizabethton on Monday

Many of Carter County's political leaders enjoyed a cup of coffee in downtown Elizabethton's Coffee Company on Monday morning while listening to Nashville businessman Bill Lee discuss his campaign for the Republican nomination for governor.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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?”

Randy Boyd Diane Black 2018 election

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Gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd visits Cleveland

The weather indicated support for Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd’s gubernatorial bid Thursday as his campaign — which had dodged rainstorms during appearances all morning — stopped in Cleveland to speak to supporters at Courthouse Square. Boyd is running for the Republican nomination to be the next governor of Tennessee. He is one of a large field of candidates who are vying for the same job, including U.S. Rep. Diane Black, Mark Brown, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, Franklin businessman Bill Lee, Realtor Kay White and perennial candidate Basil Marceux. The primary is Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Opinion | Sen. Green deserves veteran support in run for Congress

In Montgomery County, we are blessed to have a very large population of veterans, one of whom is state Sen. Mark Green, our 22nd District representative in state government.

Mark Green 2018 election

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Dean speaks at Macon County meet-and-greet

Karl Dean was the featured guest at Saturday's meet and greet, hosted by the Macon County Democrats at La Tia Mexican Restaurant in Lafayette. The former Nashville mayor had lunch with many Macon County residents of all political affiliations. He also answered questions and addressed the attendees.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Lee to speak at Hamblen County Republican Women Picnic

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee will deliver the keynote address at the annual Hamblen County Republican Women’s Summer Picnic. The event will be held at Cherokee Park in the Horner Dougherty Pavilion on June 16 at 6 p.m. Lee, a businessman and cattle farmer, is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in the August primary.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee stops in Cordova seeking GOP support

Businessman Bill Lee touted his support of education and volunteerism during a Thursday morning stop in Cordova, part of the Republican gubernatorial candidate's campaigning across the state in advance of the August 2 party primary.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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“X Factor” Bill Lee Takes Gubernatorial Campaign to Cordova

Bill Lee is in many ways the image of a successful political candidate — square-jawed, polished, personally agreeable, possessor of a successful business and one of the great smiles, to boot. The Republican gubernatorial candidate from Williamson County in Middle Tennessee also has a backstory that is both touching and, here and there, inspiring.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Campaign touts Bill Lee as 'only non-politician' in governor race

A new 30-second TV spot from Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee's campaign touts the Williamson County businessman as the "only non-politician" in the race.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Harwell stumps in Rogersville

Rep. Beth Harwell, the Speaker of the Tenn. House of Representatives and a Republican candidate for Governor, made a campaign stop last week in Hawkins County. Harwell visited with local residents, including Rogersville Alderman Eloise Edwards (right), at the historic Hale Springs Inn. In the background is Hawkins Co. Road Superintendent Lowell Bean.

Beth Harwell 2018 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.”

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.”

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee stops in Morristown

On Nov. 6, the Tennessee gubernatorial election will be held to replace Governor Bill Haslam. On Tuesday morning in Morristown, one of those hopefuls stopped by West Main Street to meet his supporters.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee stumps in Rogersville

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee (pictured at right) recently held a Tennessee Town Hall meeting in Rogersville, at The Shepherd’s Center, where he met with local residents who asked lots of questions about his platform and spoke their minds concerning issues facing the state of Tennessee.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Dean visits clinic as part of governor run

Mary Vance knows her numbers regarding Sevier County workers and residents with no health insurance, and gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean listened to her explain them Tuesday morning during a campaign stop at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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ETSU Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment receives $500,000 state appropriation

East Tennessee State University has been awarded a $500,000 state appropriation to bolster the work of its Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment. On Thursday, ETSU leaders hosted a reception to thank several state officials for their efforts in garnering the funding.

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ETSU Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment receives $500,000 state appropriation

East Tennessee State University has been awarded a $500,000 state appropriation to bolster the work of its Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment. On Thursday, ETSU leaders hosted a reception to thank several state officials for their efforts in garnering the funding.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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GOP candidate Randy Boyd encourages communities to apply for dog park grant

With just one month left before the June 20 application deadline, the Boyd Foundation is reminding communities and Tennessee pet lovers about the chance to win up to $100,000 dollars to build or improve a community dog park.

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Randy Boyd: Different From His TV Ads?

One of the oddest statewide political campaigns in Tennessee history is being run right now, and, if various polls are correct, it could end up being one of the most successful, as well.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Dean: No Medicaid expansion a 'disaster' for Tennessee

Tennessee lawmakers’ inability to expand TennCare — the state’s Medicaid program — has been a “disaster” for the state, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean said Wednesday during a stop at the Model City Events Center.

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Bill Lee holds Town Hall in Rogersville

If you watch a lot of television, you might be thinking there are only two candidates in the Tennessee governor’s race – Republicans Randy Boyd and Diane Black.

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Cooper: When words get twisted

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee will need to be wary over the next few days and weeks because he's likely to find that he's made a number of statements he never made and holds positions he wouldn't dream of holding.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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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

Diane Black 2018 election

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Guns in School?

John Harris, Executive Director of the Tennessee Firearms Association, is encouraging Tennessee’s candidates for Governor to listen to more teachers before they speak for teachers. Harris was referring to the issue of whether teachers who have been issued a civilian handgun carry permit would be willing to get additional training and carry on campus in order to protect themselves, their students and their colleagues in the event of a school shooting situation.

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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

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

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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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Keeping Score in Strickland's Tent at the Barbecue Fest

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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

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

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Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor endorses Karl Dean for governor

Ketch Secor, frontman of the Nashville-based folk band Old Crow Medicine Show said Monday he'll be casting his vote for former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean as governor.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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Gubernatorial Candidate Coming To Baileyton

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Haslam says incentives for Middle Tennessee businesses still 'the right thing to do'

Republican gubernatorial candidate and House Speaker Beth Harwell said during a televised forum Tuesday that if she were elected, she would reject any state financial incentives for businesses looking to move to Middle Tennessee.

Beth Harwell Bill Lee Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Tennessee governor candidate Bill Lee: Florida students used as anti-gun props

A Republican candidate for Tennessee governor claimed Tuesday the "liberal media," teachers unions and the "far-left lobby" have used students who survived Parkland, Florida's deadly school shooting as "props to push their anti-gun agenda."

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Bill Lee Stumps In Greeneville

With around 75 days left to the Tennessee gubernatorial primary, candidates are ramping up their visits across the Volunteer State. GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee, along with his wife, Maria, and members of his campaign staff, made a brief stop in Greeneville on Monday.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Randy Boyd's stance on immigration questioned in Tennessee governor's race

In recent weeks, Republican gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville entrepreneur Randy Boyd has appeared in TV ads throughout Tennessee advocating for a hardline approach against illegal immigration.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Tennessee State Employees Association endorses Fitzhugh, Harwell

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

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

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

Bill Lee Beth Harwell Craig Fitzhugh Randy Boyd Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Karl Dean Diane Black Randy Boyd Beth Harwell Craig Fitzhugh Bill Lee 2018 election

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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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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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.

Bill Lee Randy Boyd Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean Diane Black Beth Harwell 2018 election

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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.

Beth Harwell Randy Boyd Bill Lee Diane Black 2018 election

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Faison to request review of TNReady Contracts

A week after the State Department of Education’s TNReady statewide computerized exams ran into technical issues in many school districts across the state, lawmakers are asking the state’s internal investigator to look into the system.

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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.

Beth Harwell Craig Fitzhugh Randy Boyd Diane Black Karl Dean Bill Lee 2018 election

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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.

Bill Lee Diane Black Randy Boyd Craig Fitzhugh Beth Harwell Karl Dean 2018 election

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Rep. Gerald McCormick, nine legislative colleagues back Randy Boyd's bid for Tennessee governor

State Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, and Rep. Ron Travis, R-Dayton, Tenn., are among a group of Tennessee legislators backing Randy Boyd in the Republican Knoxville businessman and former state economic commissioner's GOP gubernatorial primary bid, according to a campaign news release.

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Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean releases first TV ad for Democratic gubernatorial campaign

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has released his first television spot in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor.

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Tennessee ethics watchdog takes no action on complaints against Speaker Beth Harwell

State campaign watchdogs voted Monday to take no action on complaints against House Speaker Beth Harwell in relation to her GOP bid for governor.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Key differences begin to emerge among Tennessee's candidates for governor

Some key differences between Tennessee's top-tier gubernatorial candidates began to emerge Tuesday, as the group tackled a host of topics from battling the opioid crisis and improving education to how best to help struggling rural areas.

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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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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.

Randy Boyd Bill Lee Diane Black Beth Harwell Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean 2018 election

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Swain Says She Will Upset Briley, Clean House

This city is a one-party town where Republicans are as rare as hen’s teeth. Dr. Carol Swain grew up with eleven siblings in a two-room shack without running water in rural Virginia. She is smart as the devil and she is black. She is also a Republican. She has never held public office. Swain wants to be Nashville’s next mayor.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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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 …

Diane Black 2018 election

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Humboldt set to host 81st Strawberry Festival

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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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.

Beth Harwell Diane Black Randy Boyd Craig Fitzhugh Bill Lee Karl Dean 2018 election

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Tennessee attorney general denies request to issue opinion on Harwell campaign coordination

Tennessee's attorney general has denied a request from campaign financial officials to weigh in on questions related to complaints filed against House Speaker and Republican gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell.

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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.

Diane Black Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black Randy Boyd Beth Harwell Bill Lee Karl Dean Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Boyds vacation in Rogersville

Tennessee Gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd and his wife, Jenny, spent vacation time in Rogersville over the weekend where they visited the Tennessee Newspaper & Printing Museum, Hale Springs Inn, Coffee at the Kyle, the gravesites of Davy Crockett’s grandparents, the historic Courthouse and Masonic Lodge, and Jamie’s Barber Shop, among others. The Republican candidate said that the vacation time is the only partial break he will be taking from the campaign trail between now and the Aug. 2 state primary. The During their vacation, the Boyds said they plan to take in some of the state’s top eateries, tourist and historic sites.

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Boyd visits Bush’s on TN ‘vacation’

A celebrity visit was causing a stir yesterday morning at the Bush’s visitors’ center in Chestnut Hill. Duke, the Golden Retriever of Bush Beans commercial fame, had tourists lined up for photos outside the Cafe. Two of them happened to be Randy Boyd, Republican candidate for Tennessee governor, and his wife Jenny.

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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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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Kay White Diane Black Karl Dean Randy Boyd Bill Lee Beth Harwell Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Is a bitter summer ahead?

Thank goodness for Yogi Berra. The late Major League Baseball great’s seemingly paradoxical statement, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” is no paradox at all.

Kay White 2018 election

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Sam Kennedy, former Daily Herald publisher, dies at 91

Sam Delk Kennedy, former publisher of The Daily Herald in Columbia, Tenn., and a leader in state media and political circles died Tuesday night at his home, surrounded by family.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Harwell gets rocking goodbye

As the clock ticks down to the adjournment of the 110th General Assembly of the Tennessee state legislature, April 11 was set to be just an ordinary day of business. But instead, history stepped through the great doors of the state House and interrupted all business.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Haslam veto of proton-therapy bill spurs sponsor's call for override session

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday vetoed legislation that sought to allow employees on the state's health plan to use an alternative radiation treatment for cancer

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black Randy Boyd Beth Harwell Bill Lee 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Tennessee lawmakers send 'sanctuary city' ban bill to Gov. Haslam

Tennessee lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to legislation banning "sanctuary" city policies that critics say require law enforcement to comply with federal requests to hold suspected undocumented immigrants without warrants or probable cause.

Mark Green 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Lawmakers See Conspiracy In UT Board Alterations

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Craig Fitzhugh has our back

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

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Two Tennessee Democrats on the Move

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Bill Lee visit includes trip to PIE Center

Bill Lee, a Republican candidate for governor of Tennessee, stopped in Cleveland Wednesday to visit the site of Bradley County Schools’ Partnerships in Industry & Education Center

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

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

Beth Harwell Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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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.

Randy Boyd Beth Harwell Diane Black Bill Lee 2018 election

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Ideas for completing the Drive to 55

To accelerate the state’s pursuit of the Drive to 55, I announced six new priorities last week in my campaign for governor.

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Boyd stumps in Hamblen County

Randy Boyd, Republican gubernatorial hopeful, said Monday he would reopen the state’s largest mental health institution in order to address mental health needs and the ongoing drug crisis in Tennessee.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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House passes sanctuary city bill

The Tennessee House approved legislation Tuesday banning sanctuary cities in the state, despite opposition and the sentiment the bill is unnecessary.

Mark Green 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Tenn. Legislature Breaks TNReady Gridlock, Adjourns Session

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Watch live: Candidates for governor outline priorities for rural Tennessee

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

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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.

Diane Black Randy Boyd Bill Lee 2018 election

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Incumbent legislators going home ... for good

When the Republican House and Senate speakers’ gavels smacked down last week in Tennessee’s Legislature, they not only brought to a close the second year of the 110th General Assembly but, in a larger sense, the end of an era.

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Johnson County spared by TNReady testing cyber attack

Under the direction of House Speaker Beth Harwell, R–Nashville, State Rep. Jeremy Faison, R–Cosby, has officially requested a review by the Tennessee Comptroller related to the recent testing issues of the TNReady school assessments.The request follows several days of problems tied to TNReady’s online testing platform, the most significant of which occurred on Tuesday, April 17, when the Department of Education reported its testing vendor, Questar, had experienced a cyber-attack on its computer system. Reportedly, the day before and after this attack, many students were unable to log into or complete their tests. Fortunately, that was not the case locally

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House GOP majority leader does not think Rep. David Byrd should resign

One of the highest-ranking Republican leaders in Tennessee said he does not think Rep. David Byrd should resign in light of sexual misconduct allegations.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Tennessee Senate passes bill requiring work for TennCare recipients

The Senate on Thursday passed a measure that proposes work requirements for recipients of TennCare, the state's Medicaid program.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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From the fight against opioids to boosted school safety: What the 2018 legislative session means to you

The 2018 legislative session wrapped up Wednesday night with a flurry of last-minute negotiations, inner squabbling and late-night backslapping to honor departing colleagues.

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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.

Beth Harwell Diane Black 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Bill banning sanctuary cities in Tennessee heads to governor

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Aerospace Park bond issue flies

The Tri-Cities Airport Authority has sold $8.5 million in bonds to help finance grading at Aerospace Park, which is being billed as the region’s next big jobs producer.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Testing contracts under review

Under the direction of House Speaker Beth Harwell, Rep. Jeremy Faison officially requested a review by the Tennessee Comptroller related to recent testing issues of the Tennessee Ready school assessments.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Governor Haslam and 3 Tennessee schools honored by Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission

Yesterday, leaders from across the state joined the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission (TNFLC) at the State Capitol to celebrate the impact of financial education in Tennessee and honor the supporters who are making it possible. State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr., who serves as Chair of the TNFLC Board, was joined by Governor Bill Haslam, Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally, Speaker Beth Harwell, legislators, and business leaders for the event.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Medical cannabis effort fails in Tennessee as Senate sponsor halts bill

The sponsor of a bill that would legally allow some Tennesseans to use medical cannabis killed the proposal Tuesday.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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4 Tennessee Senate passes bill proposing work requirements for TennCare recipients

The Senate on Thursday passed a measure that proposes work requirements for recipients of TennCare, the state's Medicaid program.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Internal divisions plagued Tennessee lawmakers, Haslam in governor's last legislative session

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and GOP legislative leaders are lauding lawmakers' accomplishments and downplaying internal divisions that often dogged this year's General Assembly session all the way up to adjournment.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Harwell campaign, PAC hired same Ohio-based ad company, as officials weigh coordination complaint

House Speaker Beth Harwell’s latest campaign finance disclosures show payments to a controversial Ohio-based advertising company, which was also used by a third-party political action committee.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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Controversial bill that would ban undocumented immigrants from receiving in-state tuition fails in committee

A bill that would ban students who entered the country illegally as children from receiving in-state tuition in Tennessee failed in a House committee Tuesday.

Randy Boyd Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean Bill Lee 2018 election

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Want a place to park Fido? There's a grant for that

If you have a dog, or want one, and you need space for him to run or interact with other four-legged friends, you know the peace of mind a dog park would bring.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Tennessee gubernatorial candidates outline priorities for rural areas

Randy Boyd (R) takes a cell phone photo from stage prior to the start of the Rural Tennessee Gubernatorial Forum at Lane College in Jackson, TN on April 17, 2018.

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Candidates earn endorsement: Letters, April 20, 2018

Randy Boyd, candidate for governor, is a successful entrepreneur, businessman, commissioner for business development for the state of Tennessee and a philanthropist. He enticed, cajoled and made them an offer prospective companies could not refuse. By education he is an engineer, but by avocation he is a servant of the people. He is a man of faith and family on the road to Nashville and the governor’s mansion. He's pro-business, pro-education, pro-people, and I know he will make it.

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Local GOP hosts annual Reagan Day Dinner

On Saturday, April 14, the Dyer County Republican Party held the organization’s annual Reagan Day Dinner inside the First Citizens National Bank Grand Ballroom at The Farms. Over 175 local residents attended the dinner, which paid honor to the 40th President of the United States, and heard from 5 Republican Candidates throughout the evening. This year, candidates that addressed the audience included governor candidate Randy Boyd, 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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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Kay White, gubernatorial candidate, speaks at Lincoln Reagan Dinner.

Kay White, gubernatorial candidate, speaks at Lincoln Reagan Dinner.

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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.

Randy Boyd Bill Lee Diane Black 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black Randy Boyd Bill Lee 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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A legislature lacking in curiosity: Letters to the editor, April 19

Tennessee clearly has three problems: a high number of low-income uninsured workers, an opioid epidemic and a legislature that lacks curiosity.

Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean Bill Lee Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Randy Boyd Diane Black Bill Lee 2018 election

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

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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

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

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

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

Beth Harwell Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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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.

Randy Boyd Beth Harwell Diane Black Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean Bill Lee 2018 election

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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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Rural Tennessee gubernatorial forum full event

The full event of the gubernatorial forum on rural Tennessee featuring Craig Fitzhugh, Karl Dean, Bill Lee and Randy Boyd.

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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

Randy Boyd Bill Lee Beth Harwell Diane Black Kay White 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black Bill Lee Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Boyd claims opponent Lambert is too cozy with Democrats

Hamilton County's District 8 commission race started Wednesday with a Tim Boyd shot at challenger Brent Lambert for working with Democrats, and ended with a left-leaning political group calling out incumbent Boyd for seeking its endorsement.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Bill Lee Randy Boyd Diane Black 2018 election

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From opioids to tariffs, candidates for governor tackle issues facing rural Tennessee

From opioids and finishing an industrial site in West Tennessee to expanding broadband and helping farmers cope with the fallout from increased tariffs, four of the six top-tier gubernatorial candidates took on key issues facing rural Tennessee on Tuesday.

Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean Bill Lee Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black Randy Boyd Karl Dean Bill Lee Beth Harwell Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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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Governor candidate Lee speaks to DCHS FFA students, community members

On Tuesday, Tennessee Republican governor candidate Bill Lee visited with Dyer County High School FFA students as well as numerous local residents at the organization’s livestock facility, located on the DCHS campus.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Emmert’s speech highlights GOP’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

In many ways it was a typical Hamblen County Republican Party Lincoln-Reagan Dinner. Political office holders and candidates were recognized.

Bill Lee Kay White Beth Harwell Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Local GOP hosts annual Reagan Day Dinner

On Saturday, April 14, the Dyer County Republican Party held the organization’s annual Reagan Day Dinner inside the First Citizens National Bank Grand Ballroom at The Farms. Over 175 local residents attended the dinner, which paid honor to the 40th President of the United States, and heard from 5 Republican Candidates throughout the evening. This year, candidates that addressed the audience included governor candidate Randy Boyd, 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.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Dean speaks at Democratic fish fry

There was no stump around. So, Karl Dean, former mayor of Nashville, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate climbed up on the next best thing.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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Bill Lee, gubernatorial candidate, speaks at Lincoln Reagan dinner.

Bill Lee, gubernatorial candidate, speaks at Lincoln Reagan dinner.

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Harwell gets rocking goodbye

As the clock ticks down to the adjournment of the 110th General Assembly of the Tennessee General Assembly, April 11 was set to be just an ordinary day of business.

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Plaza at Cordell Hull to be named after outgoing House Speaker Beth Harwell

Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives voted Wednesday to name the public space by the Cordell Hull building after outgoing House Speaker Beth Harwell.

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Dean brings campaign to C-N campus

Former Nashville mayor Karl Dean emphasized education issues during a stop Tuesday at Carson-Newman University with his campaign for Tennessee governor.

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean visits grave of Hawkins Co. Civil War ancestor

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who hopes to become Tennessee's next governor, was on a campaign swing through Hawkins County on Tuesday, April 10, when he visited the grave of his Civil War-veteran ancestor, Hiram Dean, in the Speedwell Baptist Church Cemetery.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Tennessee governor candidate Karl Dean reports raising $550,000

Karl Dean's campaign says the Tennessee Democratic candidate for governor raised $549,168 for his effort during the first quarter of 2018, bringing his total haul over $3 million.

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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

Phil Bredesen Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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Political Notebook: Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd to open local headquarters

Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd will host the grand opening of his Chattanooga campaign headquarters from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Monday at 800 Market St., according to a news release from his campaign.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Boyd Foundation requests applications for dog park grants

Over 100 local Tennessee communities will need to quickly band together and apply for a new community development grant being offered by Randy and Jenny Boyd and their new Boyd Foundation if they want to build new or reinvigorate their local dog parks.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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School presidents back Randy Boyd; Tim Hutchison declares again

Randy Boyd has the public backing of two college presidents now in his race for governor. UT President Joe DiPietro attended Boyd’s kickoff fundraiser in Knoxville last year, and Carson-Newman University President Randall O’Brian was announced as serving on Boyd’s Educators Committee for East Tennessee. College presidents usually do not endorse candidates for public office by tradition but made an exception in this case.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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

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

Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean 2018 election

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Karl Dean says traffic problems need a regional approach with leadership from the state

Former Nashville mayor and gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean told members of the Downtown Kiwanis Club he still has skid marks on his back from dealing with transportation issues at Nashville’s mayor.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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Bill Lee says armed teachers 'cost-effective way' to protect Tennessee students

With school safety at the forefront of a national debate, Williamson County businessman Bill Lee said Monday he supports arming some teachers as a "cost-effective" way to increase security.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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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.

Roland Toyos 2018 election

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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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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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.

Roland Toyos 2018 election

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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.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black Bill Lee Beth Harwell Kay White Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Diane Black 2018 election

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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?

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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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?

Diane Black Beth Harwell Bill Lee Randy Boyd Karl Dean Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Boy Scouts visit Tennessee Capitol

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

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Harwell calls for Rep. David Byrd to resign ahead of report alleging sexual misconduct

House Speaker Beth Harwell is calling for yet another Republican lawmaker to resign as he faces allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Campaigning Karl Dean visits area

TENNESSEE gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean, left, was greeted Thursday on the steps of the Polk County Courthouse during a visit to the community by James Woody, who was representing the Polk community's Chamber of Commerce.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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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."

Diane Black 2018 election

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Meet the candidate: Randy Boyd

Six candidates have announced their intentions to be the next governor of Tennessee. Republican candidates in the gubernatorial race, which concludes on Election Day, Nov. 6, 2018, include Bill Lee, Diane Black, Randy Boyd and Beth Harwell. Democratic candidates are Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Last Word: Rising River, Driving The Dream and Harwell Advances Medical Pot

The Mississippi River at Memphis should reach flood stage at any moment. As Last Word was going up online Wednesday evening the National Weather Service at Memphis put the river level here at 33.52 feet. Flood stage at Memphis is 34 feet. The river is forecast to crest some time next week at 38 feet, four feet over flood stage. Keep in mind that in April 2011, the river at Memphis crested 10 feet higher, at 48 feet on the Memphis river gauge – which turned to be the one on the support beams of the bridge over Beale Street at Riverside Drive. That was the second highest river level at Memphis ever recorded.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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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.

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Dean: ‘It’s Kind of Our Turn’ in Governor’s Race

Democratic contender for governor Karl Dean is pushing hard the idea that Democrats can win one o