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A new political action committee headed by former UnifiEd Executive Director Jonas Barriere has endorsed incumbent Jim Copppinger for mayor and nine candidates for Hamilton County ... Bill Haslam, calls himself the architect of Tennessee's Drive to 55 education and workforce development initiative.
In a statement to USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee, Clemmons criticized Republicans in the General Assembly not only for failing to pass the initial version, but also for plagiarizing his language, he said. "In yet another example of how out of touch this Republican supermajority has become, they are the ...

Darren Jernigan, D-Old Hickory, said he worried about the measure because it gave the historical commission — which consists of political appointees — the power of eminent domain. “I'm not comfortable with giving them that power,” he said. Rep. Bud Hulsey, R-Kingsport, said he was concerned about ...
On hand were such as realtor Bobbi Gillis, Cooper-Young mogul Charlie Ryan, Grizzlies exec Jason Wexler, several sitting commissioners and fellow council members, businessman/political broker Karl Schledwitz, and former Mayor AC Wharton. A grateful Ford delivered himself of some lengthy remarks in ...
In another twist, a bill that would ban child marriage in Tennessee was sent back to committee from the Senate floor Monday after it had advanced with bipartisan support. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Darren Jernigan, D-Old Hickory, and Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, originally sought to ban the marriage of ...
It didn't even make it out of committee in the Tennessee legislature. The resolution was written by Tennessee Democratic state Rep. ... "In the past two sessions, our Committee has had several resolutions from various political parties, aimed at special prosecutors, designations of terrorist organizations, ...

On Wednesday, the bill that called for Tennessee to outlaw marriages where one of the parties is younger than 18 was sent to summer study session, where bills are usually reviewed but do not often come back for a vote. House Majority Leader Glen Casada, a Republican from Franklin, Tenn., who sits on ...
Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, has called Jordan “one of the most dangerous and extreme candidates” he has seen in Tennessee politics. Such rhetoric was never used ... Since entering the race, Reeves has received donations from 16 state lawmakers or their political action committees. Other contributors ...
Despite a strong push to keep the records public in Tennessee, two Republican lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that would make the results of autopsies conducted by the state and county medical examiners secret. The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Eddie Smith, R-Knoxville, and Sen. Joey Hensley ...
"We sent a notice that we saw several signs so we did send out some notices then we found out a week after that, a law had been passed last year that allows certain signs and political signs to be in private property," Petrosino said. "The law changed in the great State of Tennessee in July of 2017," said ...
A bill that would allow a select number of teachers to carry guns on campuses across Tennessee passed its first hurdle in the legislature Wednesday, thrusting the state into the national debate about how best to protect students from school shootings. Mothers, teachers and other gun control activists spoke ...
(CNN) Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen's Senate campaign told the FBI in a letter Thursday that it fears it was hacked. The revelation comes as intelligence experts predict a widespread threat of cyberattacks on campaigns and election systems from both domestic and foreign hackers. According to a ...
In search of what it all means, I reached out to Erik Schelzig, the editor of The Tennessee Journal -- a political tipsheet on Volunteer State politics. Our conversation, edited only for flow, is below. Cillizza: Megan Barry just resigned after weeks of scandal following her affair with a former head of security.
"I have sat down with Carter, and I was more than shocked when I found out that there are judges in the state of Tennessee that allow for children to be married," Casada said. "So, with that fact given, we are going to revisit these limits on what a judge in Tennessee can do on marrying children in our state.".
McQueen said similar data reported by schools shows about 10 percent of high school students say they've been threatened or injured with a weapon on school property in the last year. Almost 11 percent report being in a fight. McQueen also said a growing number of Tennessee students in recent years ...
But Jordan said she thinks the GOP leadership's targeted remarks have more to do with politics than religion. ... Regardless, being an atheist is not considered a plus for a candidate running for office in the heart of the Bible Belt, said Kent Syler, a political science professor at Middle Tennessee State ...
Neither version of the bill allowed recreational use of marijuana in Tennessee. Faison's changes to the bill resulted in him getting support from at least two committee members — Farmer and Van Huss — who said they now approve of the legislation. Law enforcement and state health officials have objected ...

"It also extends funding for the community health centers that nearly 400,000 Tennesseans rely on for their health care, and extends funding for CoverKids, which provides health insurance to nearly 74,000 Tennessee children and pregnant women.” ▻ More: What's in the Senate budget deal? Billions for ...
WASHINGTON – Ending weeks of speculation about his political future, U.S. Rep. Phil Roe announced ... Roe, who is serving his fifth two-year term, represents Tennessee's 1st Congressional District, a solidly Republican district that spans the northeastern edge of the state. His only opponent so far is Todd ...
The Tennessee Public Records Act now has 538 reasons the state can provide to deny you access to some extremely revealing data. We think that's wrong. .... Establishing another layer of political control over local decision-making would be big government at its worst. The amount of due diligence done ...
A host of organizations are joining forces to oppose a bill that would ban fraternities and sororities at Tennessee colleges and universities. In a joint statement, officials from six organizations say a bill sponsored by Rep. John DeBerry, D-Memphis, would "sever the partnership" between state universities ...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee voters will choose a new governor this year and the candidates' views of legalizing medical marijuana could be a deciding factor for some voters. Republican Diane Black opposes it, saying marijuana is a gateway drug. Bill Lee and Randy Boyd are non-committal, ...
Fraternities and sororities would be banned at Tennessee's state colleges and universities under a newly filed bill. The legislation, HB 2042, would, however, allow professional fraternities that promote "the interests of a particular profession" and honor societies. All other fraternities and sororities "shall not ...
If one person's life could, by itself, illustrate the history of Tennessee in the last century, it would be the life that belonged to Lewis Donelson III. Donelson, known to many as Lewie, was born in 1917. He died on Jan. 4 at 100, but not before helping to change the political trajectory of this state and living long ...
Five of Tennessee's leading gubernatorial candidates on Tuesday evening touted the need for student tests that work and teacher evaluations that are reliable. The cordial hourlong forum at Belmont University's Curb Event Center featured few disagreements and plenty of promises from the three ...
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam believes American politics needs a new "theology of political vocation" that goes against the moral ambiguity of modern politics. In an essay published by the Canada-based Christian publication Comment magazine on Thursday, Haslam argued that "many Christians on both ...
Among the Tennessee cash was $1,000 from the political action committee of Memphis-based shipping giant FedEx, $1,000 from the Friends of AC Wharton (the former mayor of Memphis) and $1,000 from Tyrone Burroughs, a Tennessee businessman and, like Benjamin, a trustee at Benedict College.
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. The proposal would accept an offer by President Donald Trump's administration Thursday for states to implement Medicaid work ...
A Knoxville lawmaker has introduced a measure intended to address two seemingly contradictory Tennessee laws that, advocates say, have prevented public schools from teaching sex abuse prevention education. Republican state Sen. Becky Duncan Massey's measure, introduced Wednesday, is meant ...
More: Health care and politics highlight first day of Tennessee legislative session. ▻ More: Tennessee lawmakers must make health care top issue of legislative session, advocates say. The legislation further calls for the state to "indemnify and hold harmless" local education agencies and their employees ...
The speech in Nashville seemed to open the door for Trump to deride Corker. Instead Corker was among a large group of Tennessee Republican members of Congress who flew on Air Force One with the president. Haslam greeted Trump at the airport. Trump played nice with his critics. They played nice ...
And one might expect, the parties sparred over the political undertones of the floor speeches. Casada reminded the chamber that Fitzhugh was running for governor. Rep. Joe Towns, D-Memphis, who called himself the most conservative member of the chamber, rhetorically asked members what they ...
His passing was mourned by political and business leaders across the state. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander called him one of Tennessee's finest public servants, and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland called him "a force for good in the early days of the Memphis City Council." Mr. Donelson “was an old-school ...
Next year is primed to be an exciting year in Tennessee politics. Every state representative is up for re-election, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker isn't running again, and seven top-tier candidates are vying to be Tennessee's next governor. But with a gas tax, free college, a presidential visit and the prelude to a flurry of ...
It has been a busy year in local, state, and national politics that has captivated the nation on every front. From President Donald Trump's ongoing feud with Senator Bob Corker to the gubernatorial and senate races heating up in Tennessee, there has been no shortage of political story lines that have kept ...
The Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University ranks Tennessee 43rd out of 50 states. Nationally, 25.3 percent of 7,383 state legislators in the U.S. are women, the center said. Four women and one man were elected to Knoxville City Council in November, the most women ever on that ...
(AP) – A study says international student enrollment in Tennessee grew by nearly ... students' perceptions of the political climate in Tennessee.
Tennessee Democrats are condemning sexual assault under any circumstance but are stopping short of calling for the resignation of U.S. Sen.
Tennessee Gov. ... “As recent elections have shown, the RGA is the most effective political organization in the country and I am honored to ...
... Stage set for record turnover, record spending in Tennessee politics ... A year out from the November general election, the political stars have ...
Reeves is the lone officer of Reeves Family PAC, a political action ... women in the Tennessee state Senate with the proven experience to stand ...
The attack comes in the wake of another church shooting outside of Nashville, Tennessee, in September, where a 25-year-old man allegedly ...
Freeman, son of prominent Tennessee Democratic donor Bill Freeman, ... politicians that have soiled our political discourse," Bob Freeman, 42, said in ... influential player and top fundraiser in Tennessee Democratic politics.
Bredesen — a political moderate, who occasionally irritated liberals in his party ... run “would tell whether a center is left in Tennessee politics.”.
The traumatic unforgettable moment that made Sgt. Russell a household name in East Tennessee was a fiery crash that critically injured the ...
The feud between President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker may have hurt the former Chattanooga mayor's support back home, ...
"I have long admired the way in which he puts the interests of Tennesseans and our nation ahead of political gamesmanship," Bredesen said.
Fincher, who represented Tennessee's 8th Congressional District from .... Analysis: Shifting political winds forecast trouble for Tennessee's ...
Jeb Bush set to headline Nashville fundraiser for Tennessee GOP ... Joel Ebert, USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee , WBIR 11:36 PM.
Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ .... senators who chose to act out of principle in spite of the damage to their political futures.


 

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