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Tennessee governor candidates remain cordial in final debate

Oct. 12, 2018 10:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No fireworks. No barbs. No swipes. That was the tone of Tennessee's third and final gubernatorial debate on Thursday. But in a race that has struggled to find air up against Tennessee's competitive and tense U.S. Senate race, Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean were content...

Tennessee Senate candidates exchange barbs in final debate

Oct. 10, 2018 11:19 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn repeatedly attempted to tie her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen to national Democrats in their second and final debate on Wednesday, while the former Tennessee governor deflected the attacks by once again promising to improve bipartisanship in...

Tennessee editorial roundup

Oct. 10, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Oct. 7 The Johnson City Press says the governor's race should not play second fiddle to the Senate race: With all the attention focused on Tennessee's U.S. Senate race, voters easily could let interest wane in the state's other essential contest. President Donald...

Taylor Swift wins big at AMAs and encourages fans to vote

Oct. 10, 2018 6:55 AM EDT

Taylor Swift kicked off her week with a rare political post on social media, and at the American Music Awards she continued the conversation by encouraging fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections. Swift won four honors including artist of the year at the fan-voted show on Tuesday in Los Angeles, beating...

2nd US Senate debate in Tennessee set for Wednesday

Oct. 10, 2018 5:04 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen are set to clash in their second — and likely last — U.S. Senate race debate this year in Tennessee. The debate Wednesday will take place at the University of Tennessee's Howard H. Baker Jr....

Tennessee governor candidates square off in second debate

Oct. 9, 2018 9:30 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democrat gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean said Tuesday he would happily sign Medicaid expansion into law in Tennessee, while his opponent Republican Bill Lee countered he would oppose such efforts. The two top candidates detailed their positions during the second gubernatorial...

Taylor Swift makes politics personal with endorsement

Oct. 9, 2018 12:50 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Taylor Swift's first big jump into politics might have gained her some extra haters, but her endorsement in a competitive midterm U.S. Senate race isn't likely to result in a massive backlash against the country-singer-turned-pop-star, observers say. Republicans now have some bad...

Trump says he likes Swift's music less post-endorsement

Oct. 8, 2018 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he likes superstar Taylor Swift's music "about 25 percent less now" that she's endorsed two Democratic candidates in Tennessee. Trump was asked about Swift's decision to wade into politics as he returned to Washington after a trip to Florida. Swift announced...

Manchin scorched from both sides after Kavanaugh vote

Oct. 8, 2018 8:32 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Danielle Walker cried on Joe Manchin's shoulder after she shared her story of sexual assault in the senator's office. She thought he listened. The 42-year-old Morgantown woman said she was both devastated and furious when Manchin became the only Democrat in the U.S. Senate to...

10 Things to Know for Today

Oct. 8, 2018 6:18 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. UN REPORT ON GLOBAL WARMING CARRIES WARNING Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference for mankind and Earth's ecosystems in the next few decades, scientists say. 2. WHAT...