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Republican candidates for Tennessee governor to debate

Jun. 20, 2018 12:07 AM EDT

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican candidates for Tennessee governor are set to square off in a debate. The one-hour debate will be held at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville. Legislative issues and crime are among the topics of discussion. The debate will include...

Tennessee House speaker contender won't seek re-election

Jun. 18, 2018 12:23 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A longtime Tennessee lawmaker who had expressed interest in running for House speaker says he won't seek re-election. Republican Rep. Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press he will withdraw from his House race Monday and will resign Oct. 1 to take a...

Republican candidates for Tennessee governor to debate

Jun. 17, 2018 10:58 PM EDT

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican candidates for Tennessee governor will square off in a debate this week. News outlets report the one-hour debate will be held at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville. Legislative issues and crime are among the topics of discussion....

Complaint targets Tennessee governor hopeful's business help

Jun. 16, 2018 5:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A campaign finance complaint is questioning how a Republican hopeful for governor is getting political help from his businesses, among other concerns about how he's raising money. The complaint filed Thursday with Tennessee's Registry of Election Finance claims Bill Lee is using his...

Marijuana law reform supported by Fitzhugh, Dean at forum

Jun. 14, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Tennessee House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh expressed support Thursday for eliminating criminal punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana statewide if elected governor. The Democrats, along with Republicans Beth Harwell and Randy...

Democrat, Republican debates set in Tennessee governor race

Jun. 13, 2018 12:27 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Separate debates for the Democratic and Republican hopefuls in Tennessee's open race for governor are slated for the upcoming weeks. The Democratic debate with former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh will take place the evening of June 19 at...

Super PAC boosts Lee in Tennessee GOP governor's race

Jun. 1, 2018 2:53 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A super PAC is praising Tennessee Republican candidate for Bill Lee in radio ads as the "conservative outsider we need." According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press , Tenn Values PAC spokesman Chris Butler said the 60-second spot is airing in the Chattanooga, Knoxville and...

Trump to rally in Tennessee, where crucial Senate race looms

May. 28, 2018 8:56 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump is turning his attention to Tennessee, where he will raise money and rally supporters Tuesday in a crucial race for control of the U.S. Senate. Trump hopes to boost Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn in the open contest to replace GOP Sen. Bob Corker, who is...

Tennessee GOP governor front-runners go right on immigration

May. 27, 2018 4:24 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican front-runners for Tennessee governor are parroting President Donald Trump's call to "build the wall" and are depicting one another as sympathizers of people in the country illegally, turning the race into a fight over who's toughest on immigration. In a TV ad, U.S....

Tennessee Gov.: Sanctuary bill to become law sans signature

May. 21, 2018 7:49 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday he will let a push against sanctuary cities to become law without his signature after complaining that it has stirred up irrational fear on both sides. Tennessee has no sanctuary cities and state law prohibits them, Haslam said,...