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Blackburn headlines Carter County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner

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

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

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

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.

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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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.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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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.

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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.

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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.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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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.

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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.

Beth Harwell 2018 election

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PARIS TN: Grand weather for a grand parade

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Corker offers tepid endorsement of Blackburn for Senate seat

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Former Governor Sundquist endorses Blackburn in Senate race

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Candidates for governor to speak at sold-out dinner

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 of the two statewide races on the Tennessee ballot this year.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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Boyd visits Wilson County

Gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd made a series of appearances in Wilson County on Thursday ahead of this year’s general election.

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

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

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Bredesen: U.S. Senate Win Possible For Democrats

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

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Commentary: Blackburn bill puts spotlight on opioids, her campaign

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

Marsha Blackburn Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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

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

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Rhea Democratic Party to hold fundraising banquet

Officials said that Anne Davis, wife of Democratic candidate for governor and former Mayor of Nashville Karl Dean, will speak at the event in addition to other local and state candidates vying for election in the upcoming races this year

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Diane Black Speaks At Lincoln Day Dinner

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

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Guest View: When conscience conflicts with job duties

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

Diane Black 2018 election

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GOP gubernatorial candidate Diane Black stumps through Lakeway Area

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

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Democratic leader charges Harwell Medicaid-work requirement 'political stunt' for votes in governor's race

A top state House Democrat charged Friday that Republican Speaker Beth Harwell has relied on financing gimmicks to pay for her bill seeking to impose work requirements on most able-bodied adults enrolled in Tennessee's Medicaid health care program.

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With assist from House Speaker Beth Harwell, medical cannabis bill advances in House subcommittee

Legislation that would permit medical cannabis in Tennessee made it through an early hurdle thanks to a tie-breaking vote from House Speaker Beth Harwell Tuesday in a key House committee.

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Gubernatorial candidate to visit Wilson County

Gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd will make a series of appearances in Wilson County on Thursday, ahead of this year’s general election.

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

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

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

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

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Opinion | Diane Black: How to solve the opioid crisis

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

Diane Black 2018 election

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Bill Lee's faith tour stops in Jackson

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee was in Jackson Friday morning as part of his faith tour across the state.

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Gubernatorial hopeful calls faith community underutilized resource

Bill Lee, a Tennessee gubernatorial candidate, announced his intention to seek the office last April and kicked off his campaign by visiting 95 counties in 95 days.

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Beth Harwell faces another complaint, this time over PAC's ad buy

House Speaker Beth Harwell is facing a third complaint related to her bid for the Republican nomination for governor.

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Complaints question Beth Harwell's PAC help, $3.1m self-loan

Two campaign finance complaints question House Speaker Beth Harwell's help from a political committee and a $3.1 million self-loan to her Republican gubernatorial campaign.

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Ad touting Beth Harwell's accomplishments hits airwaves, but purchase not from her campaign

The first political ad for House Speaker Beth Harwell’s gubernatorial campaign began hitting airwaves over the weekend.

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Speaker Beth Harwell's TennCare work requirements bill gains traction in committee

House Speaker Beth Harwell's bill calling for work requirements for "able-bodied" TennCare recipients advanced in the House on Tuesday with an amendment to remove expected costs to the state.

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Toyos likes chances against Blackburn in Senate primary

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

Roland Toyos 2018 election

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Boyd talks plan for state

As the governor's race starts to pick up steam, more candidates are making stops in Sevier County and during a campaign trip here this week businessman Randy Boyd visited The Mountain Press trip to talk about his plans for the state.

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Boyd Sports To Manage Greeneville Reds

Boyd Sports, the company owned by Knoxville businessman and Republican candidate for governor Randy Boyd, has signed a memorandum of understanding to manage the day-to-day operations of the Greeneville Reds.

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

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

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PHIL BREDESEN Former governor wants to change political climate

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

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

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

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

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

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2 Phil Bredesen's Senate campaign fears it was hacked

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marsha Blackburn 2018 election

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Can the state and nonprofits work better together?

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee believes state government could do a better job pulling together community resources.

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Gubernatorial candidate Dean talks school safety

Four Blount County students have been arrested for school threats since the Parkland, Fla., school shooting Feb. 14 that left 14 students and three teachers dead.

Karl Dean 2018 election

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Black Makes Case For Governorship In Greene County

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

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Diane Black releases plan to fight opioid crisis

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

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Kingsport Chamber roundtable with GOP gubernatorial candidate Diane Black

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

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

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

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Diane and David Black donate to Medal of Honor Heritage Center

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

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Diane Black To Speak At Lincoln Day Dinner

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

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Dean says Nashville will survive ex-mayor's fall

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a Democrat now running for governor, said his successor’s resignation on Tuesday will not have a negative impact on the Music City or his party.

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Fitzhugh looks to rural voters

For state Democrats to have success in the upcoming midterm elections, winning over rural voters who have not voted blue in recent elections will likely be crucial.

Craig Fitzhugh 2018 election

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Mike Fisher, Darrell Waltrip join 'faith, community' council in Bill Lee campaign

Republican Bill Lee announced Tuesday a handful celebrities who are joining a 25-person "Community and Faith-Based Advisory Council" as part of his gubernatorial campaign.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Bill Lee Propelled By Faith

Bill Lee, a candidate running to be the Republican nominee for governor of Tennessee, made a stop in Greeneville at the Opportunity House on Friday as part of his Faith Tour.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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House Speaker Beth Harwell joins GOP group supporting medical marijuana legislation

The ongoing effort to make Tennessee the next state to permit medical marijuana was bolstered Monday with two new Republican backers: House Speaker Beth Harwell and Rep. Bryan Terry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Former Democrat Gov. Phil Bredesen considers Tennessee US Senate bid

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

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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Gov. Bredesen visits TTU

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

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Tennessee governor's race: A year out, voters say jobs, education, health care among their top concerns

John and Linda Adams keep an American flag hanging in their front yard. But for the retired couple from Stanton, Tenn., the American dream, it seems, keeps dimming for their community.

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Bredesen slams Trump plan to sell TVA power transmission lines

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

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Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn stumps in Bean Station

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

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Gubernatorial candidates answer pressing questions

Tennessee governor race candidates answered several questions from around the state during the Tennessee Press Association gubernatorial forum on Thursday at the Nashville Public Library.

Bill Lee Randy Boyd Kay White Craig Fitzhugh Karl Dean 2018 election

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GOP candidates gather in Madison County

All the Republican primary candidates for governor and U.S. Senate appeared at the annual Reagan Day Dinner fundraiser held by the Madison County Republican Party Friday night.

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

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Madison County Dems ready to flip county blue

The Madison County Democratic Party faces a similar challenge to most other county Democratic parties throughout West Tennessee — trying to find enough voters to flip longtime Republican-red counties back to Democrat-blue when election time comes.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Talks 'Issues That Really Matter'

Tennessee Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean made a campaign visit to Northeast Tennessee over the weekend.

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1 Bill Lee makes $2.2 million in ad buys in Tennessee gubernatorial race

Williamson County gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee is set to pay $2.2 million to run ads on cable and satellite TV stations in Tennessee’s most populous areas.

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How did Tennessee's candidates for governor answer 3 key questions?

Five candidates for governor met Tuesday for a gubernatorial forum on education. Here are their answers to three key questions.

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

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Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell supports ending emissions testing

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, on Thursday threw her support behind an effort by two state lawmakers to end vehicle emissions testing in Hamilton and five other counties, including her home in Davidson County.

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Can Phil Bredesen win in 2018?

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

Phil Bredesen 2018 election

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

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

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Marsha Blackburn on wrong side of net neutrality debate

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

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Bredesen’s decision shakes up Senate race

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

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Blackburn to bring U.S. Senate campaign to Knoxville

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

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With Blackburn in Senate race, some Tennessee Republicans staying

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Phil Bredesen vs. the Democratic Party

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rep Marsha Blackburn launches Senate bid

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

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

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

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

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

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Lesser-known Tennessee gubernatorial candidates hope to be voice for 'average folks'

In the hills of East Tennessee, Kay White’s name is familiar in political circles, even if it hasn’t been the one on campaign posters. She led Ted Cruz’s Tennessee campaign for president in 2016 and then she championed Donald Trump in East Tennessee. In 2014, she assisted in former state Rep. Joe Carr’s bid against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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Governor candidate Bill Lee talks industry in Houston County

Republican governor candidate Bill Lee visited Houston County on his statewide tour to visit all 95 counties in 95 days.

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Eric Church to headline private fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee

A Republican, Lee is one of the top-tier gubernatorial candidates in the race, which also includes GOP candidates U.S. Rep. Diane Black, House Speaker Beth Harwell, Knoxville entrepreneur Randy Boyd and former Sen. Mae Beavers.

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Bill Lee's campaign adds former Tennessee Republican Party chair as campaign manager

“It’s humbling to have so many talented people join our efforts to help share my vision for Tennessee,” Lee said in the release. “I’m grateful for the team we’re assembling. This is one more indicator of the excitement and enthusiasm we are seeing all across this state for our campaign.”

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GOP candidate Bill Lee raises more than $1.37 million for TN governor's race

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bill Lee announced Friday that his campaign raised more than $1.37 million since declaring his candidacy in mid-April.

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee wants to improve rural Tennessee

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee said there are three things every Tennessean wants regardless of where they live. “People want a good job, because there’s dignity with work; they want a good school for their kids; and they want a safe neighborhood,” Lee said.

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Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee to ride tractor to highlight rural policy

Lee’s plan calls for an investment in vocational, technical and agricultural education, adding work requirements for recipients of the state’s social programs and reforming the state’s licensing laws. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Who could be Tennessee's next governor? Fullscreen

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Republican Bill Lee announces run for governor of Tennessee

For the past three decades, Bill Lee has built a family business into a Middle Tennessee brand. Now the chairman and former CEO of Franklin-based Lee Co. will look to run on that career — and a life story forever altered by family tragedy — in a Republican bid for Tennessee governor.

Bill Lee 2018 election

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Governor candidates face off in TPA forum

Five of those running for Tennessee's top office participated in a forum sponsored by the Tennessee Press Association Thursday morning.

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Tea party leader White supports Trump through controversies and bad poll numbers

As the East Tennessee Chairman for Donald Trump, White is clear with her reasons for going with the billionaire businessman over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Local Tea Party leader, Trump delegate to run for governor

It now appears Northeast Tennessee will have a gubernatorial candidate in the August 2018 primaries.

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Gubernatorial candidate Kay White portrays herself as ultimate outsider

After announcing her campaign for governor in July, Kay White has made a reputation for herself as an outsider, hardline conservative and fervent supporter of President Donald Trump.

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Republican gubernatorial candidates weigh in on Wellmont, Mountain States merger

If a proposed merger between Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System is approved, it will fall to the next governor of Tennessee and his or her administration to regulate and police the public health commitments the systems have made.

Kay White Bill Lee Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Hawkins native running for Governor of Tennessee

A Hawkins County native who is now a conservative Republican candidate for Governor of Tennessee was campaigning “full steam ahead” at the 25th annual Tomato Festival last weekend in Grainger County.

Kay White 2018 election

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Boyd: Community schools a way to improve education for all

In 2008, a few of us in Knoxville created a program called knoxAchieves that recruited private donors to pay for community college tuition for students who could not afford to go. We required a day of community service each semester and matched them with a mentor. It led to my work with Gov. Bill Haslam to create the Drive to 55 and the Tennessee Promise scholarship program.

Randy Boyd 2018 election

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Beth Harwell talks finances, education and opioid epidemic at Bristol roundtable

Tennessee Speaker of the House and gubernatorial hopeful Beth Harwell told about a dozen business leaders Friday that it’s critical to keep Tennessee fiscally sound, develop a skilled workforce and find an answer to the opioid crisis.

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Beth Harwell weighs in on opioids and the IMPROVE Act

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell spoke on education, the IMPROVE Act and the state’s opioid crisis on Monday in McKenzie.

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Beth Harwell tells former Tennessee Republican Party chairwoman she's running for 2018 gubernatorial bid

For well over a year, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell has held her cards close over whether she will seek the 2018 GOP nomination for governor.

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Bill Lee launches first ad in bid for governor's seat

Republican gubernatorial Bill Lee's campaign says it is preparing to launch a statewide television ad buy as Tennessee's 2018 GOP gubernatorial primary enters its next phase.

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Speaker Harwell talks Williamson education funding, opioid crisis

In a conversation with Williamson republicans, Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell shared her plans if she were elected as the next governor.

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Beth Harwell sets her priorities in bid for Tennessee governor

Gubernatorial candidate and House Speaker Beth Harwell doesn’t want your vote just because she’s a woman, though she is certainly aware of the historical significance of being Tennessee’s first female governor.

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House Speaker Beth Harwell Makes Her Case To Be Next Governor

Tennessee House Speaker and gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell discussed a wide range of topics — from the opioid crisis to education to sexual harassment — during an interview with The Greenville Sun on Tuesday.

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Beth Harwell calls for hearings after more than 9,000 TNReady tests scored incorrectly

In the wake of nearly 9,400 TNReady tests incorrectly scored, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell is calling for a hearing on the state's testing issues.

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Williamson County Businessman Bill Lee to launch first TV ad of 2018 governor race

“As we put life back together, my goal became to create the best best place to work for 1,200 hardworking plumbers, pipe fitters and electricians,” Lee said of his family’s business Lee Company. “Can I make life better for every person in this state? I believe I can."

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Beth Harwell enters 2018 Tennessee governor's race touting experience and leadership

Touting nearly three decades' worth of legislative experience, including six years in leadership, House Speaker and Nashville Republican Beth Harwell is officially launching a campaign to become Tennessee’s next governor.

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Randy Boyd gubernatorial campaign hitting TV, cable with $300,000 ad buy

NASHVILLE — Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd's campaign will take to the air Wednesday with an estimated $300,000 ad buy on statewide broadcast and cable television. Boyd campaign CEO Chip Saltsman confirmed the move in an interview this week after Times Free Press inquiries regarding Tennessee television stations' recent filings with the Federal Communications Commission.

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Harwell to attend White House conference on rural issues

House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, will attend the White House Conference on Rural Prosperity with state and local leaders Tuesday in Washington.

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State Rep. Craig Fitzhugh to hold 'Lady Vols' announcement Friday

Gubernatorial candidate and state Rep. Craig Fitzhugh will bring his campaign to the University of Tennessee Friday where he plans to announce a legislative resolution that would urge the school to reinstate the Lady Vols name.

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Harwell amasses $5 million, seizing cash lead among Tennessee gubernatorial candidates

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., led in fundraising among Tennessee's seven Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates, but Republican state House Speaker Beth Harwell seized the No. 1 spot in terms of total receipts and cash with the help of a $3.1 million loan.

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Beth Harwell proposes TennCare work requirements

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell filed a bill Thursday that aims to require able-bodied adults without young children to work if they want TennCare health coverage.

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Fitzhugh touts rural credentials as he mulls governor's bid

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh is seriously considering joining the race to succeed term-limited Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018. The Ripley Democrat told reporters this week that he would have appeal for voters from both urban and rural areas of the state.

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Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean on teaching salaries, opioids and jobs

Gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean is hoping his experience as Nashville mayor will improve his chances of becoming the state’s next governor.

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Gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean sees Tennessee united on three issues: education, health care and jobs

While the state of Tennessee has three grand divisions, gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean also sees three main issues uniting the citizens: health care, education and jobs.

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Q&A with Tennessee gubernatorial candidates: Democrat Craig Fitzhugh

House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh jumped into the Tennessee governor’s race last month, knowing he would face a tough challenge against former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in the Democratic primary.

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Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean to run for governor of Tennessee

Karl Dean is running for governor of Tennessee in an uphill bid to become the first Democrat elected statewide in the Volunteer State since 2006.

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Karl Dean, Confident a Democrat Can Win the Governorship, Tours Memphis

Thursday was Karl Dean Day in Memphis. Unofficially, of course. And Friday was Karl Dean Day Two. The former two-term mayor of Nashville, now an announced Democratic candidate for governor of Tennessee, devoted a couple of days to making the rounds in the Bluff City, giving folks here a chance to look him over.

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Karl Dean to report raising $1.2M in first stretch of Tennessee governor's race

Karl Dean says he'll report raising more than $1.2 million in his bid for governor of Tennessee, a figure his campaign says is the largest one-time haul for a Tennessee Democrat in more than a decade.

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Columbia woman assists Republican Boyd in campaign

After her graduation from Samford University in Alabama this spring, Columbia’s Lindsey Locke Anderson has taken a position working with gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd, R-Knoxville, and other campaign staffers as they journey across the state in an effort to build relationships with voters.

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Karl Dean to show resilience in governor's race

Tennessee Democratic governor candidate Karl Dean stood in front of a semi-full room in the upstairs of South Knoxville’s Landing House Wednesday night and spoke about the resilience he, and Democratic voters, would need to get him elected next year.

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

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

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Tennessee gubernatorial candidate meets with area law enforcement officials

Boyd gathered officials from throughout Northeast Tennessee at a Carnegie Hotel meeting room on Tuesday to discuss topics such as the opioid crisis, mental health transportation and jail overcrowding. The candidate said he recently met with officials in Jackson and Memphis to discuss similar topics before gathering in Johnson City.

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Tennessee gubernatorial candidate meets with area law enforcement officials

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd met with area law enforcement officials Tuesday to help develop his plans to assist the state’s criminal justice system. Boyd gathered officials from throughout Northeast Tennessee at a Carnegie Hotel meeting room on Tuesday to discuss topics such as the opioid crisis, mental health transportation and jail overcrowding. The candidate said he recently met with officials in Jackson and Memphis to discuss similar topics before gathering in Johnson City.

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Karl Dean to join other candidates attending town hall event Saturday in Murfreesboro

Gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean will join others running for federal, state and local offices for a 10 a.m. town hall event Saturday at the City Cafe Upper Room in Murfreesboro, event organizer David Settles said.

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Breakfast with Karl Dean at 822 South

Former Nashville mayor and gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean started his Wednesday with breakfast at Marco’s at 822 South in Columbia, as he continues fundraising for his campaign in the upcoming governor’s race.

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Governor candidate Karl Dean visits Dyer County

Tennessee governor candidate Karl Dean visited Dyer County on Wednesday. The former mayor of the City of Nashville, running for the governor’s position in the Democratic Party, spoke to State Gazette about his campaign and his vision for the state of Tennessee.

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County Democrats welcome candidates for governor

Trousdale County Democrats came out to hear two candidates for governor at a self-styled “Campaign Kickoff” dinner on Nov. 17. About 70 people were in attendance at Hartsville’s Community Center to hear both former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and State. Rep. Craig Fitzhugh speak on what they each saw as the issues that will define the 2018 campaign to succeed Bill Haslam.

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Meet the candidate: Karl Dean

Seven 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, Mae Beavers, Diane Black, Randy Boyd and Beth Harwell. Democratic candidates are Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh.

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Gubernatorial candidate Craig Fitzhugh ready for primary

Tennessee's Democratic House of Representatives leader Craig Fitzhugh said his life experiences prepared him for his decision to enter the race for governor in August.

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Black steps down as House budget chair amid governor bid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Craig Fitzhugh raises $304,000 for Tennessee governor's race

State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh says he's satisfied with his gubernatorial campaign's fundraising and believes he will have enough to compete for the Democratic nomination after reporting he raised $304,000 while making a personal $500,000 loan.

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Diane Black enters race for governor of Tennessee

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

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

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

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Craig Fitzhugh to run for governor of Tennessee, setting up contested Democratic primary

Craig Fitzhugh to run for governor of Tennessee, setting up contested Democratic primary

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

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

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Green's TennCare card to be tested after federal approval

State Sen. Mark Green says the state is awaiting federal approval of his innovative method of delivering health care that will be tested in the state’s TennCare system.

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Green has diverse background, interests

Mark Green, Clarksville’s Republican state senator since being elected in 2012, is a doctor, small business owner, veteran and influential voice in Tennessee’s Republican supermajority General Assembly.

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Sen. Mark Green introduces 10 bills, targets taxes

Sen. Mark Green introduced 10 bills on Wednesday, several of which target key initiatives like taxes and capping annual individual public assistance benefits that are likely to add to his resume as he nears an expected 2018 gubernatorial run.

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Mark Green: A nation of laws does not harbor criminals

America is a nation of laws. When laws are arbitrarily applied in some situations and not in others, clearly, it is not justice and there is no law.

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Mark Green defends bill called 'thin veneer' for discrimination

Democrats and Republicans in the Tennessee legislature and cities across the state are questioning a controversial bill they say is the first step down a path toward empowering discrimination and could keep cities "constantly" in court.

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Gubernatorial candidate Boyd campaigns in Hamblen County

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd said this week he likes his chances in the crowded field for governor as the race heads toward its August primary. Boyd has consistently been ranked in polls the last few months as second behind fellow gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Dianne Black, R-Gallatin.

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As Corker weighs third Senate term, Green and Carr seriously consider challenges

Political troubles from the hard right may be multiplying at home for U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., with a sitting Republican state senator nominated earlier this year by President Donald Trump for U.S. Army Secretary as well as a one-time state lawmaker both taking a hard look at challenging the former Chattanooga mayor.

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Boyd: 'Volume is going to be turned way up' in GOP gubernatorial race

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd believes that, in the end, it won’t be about name identification or “name ID.”

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Mark Green won't challenge Corker; will help Christians enter public life

Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green says he won't run against Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker next year and instead will devote his energy to a new nonprofit group he hopes will prepare Christian conservatives for politics and governing.

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Mark Green undecided about Tennessee governor's race after withdrawing Army secretary nomination

State Sen. Mark Green, who last week withdrew his nomination to serve as President Donald Trump's Army secretary, said Monday he is still thinking about whether to continue his bid for governor.

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Mark Green to decide on entering 2018 race for governor by Memorial Day

Sen. Mark Green will make a decision by Memorial Day as to whether to continue his effort to run for governor, the Clarksville Republican told the USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee on Monday.

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Frustrated with Bob Corker, conservatives urge Mark Green to run for U.S. Senate

A group of conservatives are encouraging Sen. Mark Green to run for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Bob Corker in 2018.

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State Sen. Mark Green to run for congressional seat U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is vacating

Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green will run for Congress, reversing a previous decision not to seek higher office this year in light of U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's own run for the U.S. Senate.

Mark Green 2018 election

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

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

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Beth Harwell, gubernatorial candidate, visits Mountain City

Beth Harwell, currently speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, stopped by for a quick visit to The Tomahawk staff on Monday Harwell made the decision to run for governor in July of last year.

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Tennessee gubernatorial candidate meets with area law enforcement officials

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd met with area law enforcement officials Tuesday to help develop his plans to assist the state’s criminal justice system.

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Shelby County Mayor Luttrell endorses Randy Boyd for governor

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell on Wednesday endorsed Randy Boyd in the Tennessee gubernatorial Republican primary election.

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Randy Boyd raises $4.3 million, including $2 million from self, for Tennessee gubernatorial bid

Republican Randy Boyd says he will report raising more than $2.3 million for his 2018 gubernatorial campaign while injecting an additional $2 million of his own money into what is now a four-person GOP primary with still room to grow.

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Boyd aims to focus on jobs, education as governor

The campaign for the 2018 Tennessee governor’s race is in full swing, and on Wednesday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd stopped in Dayton to meet with local leaders, officials and media.

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Randy Boyd, gubernatorial candidate, pays a visit to Johnson County last week

Republican Randy Boyd is running to serve as the 50th governor of the State of Tennessee in the 2018 election. According to Boyd, he is running to make Tennessee the State of Opportunity, focusing on improved educations, better jobs and opportunities for Tennesseans, regardless of whether they live in rural or urban areas.

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Boyd makes campaign stops in West TN

“I’m going around the state meeting fascinating people that are passionate about their community,” Boyd said. “Every place I go I get energized.”

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Campaigning for Tennessee governor: Randy Boyd sets pace on the trail

“All days are like (this),” he said. “We pretty much have friends in every community we go to, somebody in the area who will help us organize. Sometimes it’s a businessperson, sometimes it’s the mayor, sometimes it’s a state legislator.”

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State’s conservatives have real chance to elect candidate who defends constitution

The race started earlier than most with billionaire businessman and former Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd entering in March, followed by millionaire Bill Lee, CEO of the Lee Co., in April.

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