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NRA endorses Black in Tennessee governor's race GOP primary

Jun. 21, 2018 3:49 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Diane Black has landed the endorsement of the National Rifle Association in a crowded Republican primary field for Tennessee governor. In a news release Thursday, the influential gun rights group's Political Victory Fund said Black is the only Tennessee gubernatorial...

Dems tussle on charter schools in Tennessee governor debate

Jun. 19, 2018 9:56 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The two leading Democrats in Tennessee's open governor's race tussled during a debate Tuesday over charter schools, the National Rifle Association and one candidate's use of federal flood money to build a downtown Nashville amphitheater. State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh...

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...

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....

Nashville mayor adds $125M flood defense to proposed budget

May. 22, 2018 12:19 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor David Briley has added a long-debated $125 million flood protection system for the downtown area to the city's proposed capital improvements budget. The Tennessean reports the system, which includes a flood wall, has been rejected by the Metro Council three times....

Tennessee candidate: Florida students used as anti-gun props

May. 16, 2018 5:16 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Republican candidate for Tennessee governor claimed Tuesday that the "liberal media," teachers unions and the "far-left lobby" have used students who survived Parkland, Florida's deadly school shooting as "props to push their anti-gun agenda." Candidate Bill Lee sent out the...

Tennessee GOP gov hopefuls mixed feelings on Trump tariffs

May. 10, 2018 10:27 PM EDT

MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) — 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. But most of the Republicans on stage at the...

Governor forum focuses on issues important in west Tennessee

May. 9, 2018 2:07 AM EDT

MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) — A gubernatorial forum this week is focusing on issues important to west Tennessee. The event is taking place Thursday at the University of Tennessee at Martin and will be moderated by West Tennessee native Meg Kinnard, a political and legal affairs reporter with The Associated Press....