Latest Tennessee State General Assembly News

Nonprofit objects to remarks by Blackburn consultant

Aug. 16, 2018 5:32 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A left-leaning Tennessee nonprofit has objected to comments by a paid political consultant to U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate campaign, claiming the remarks signal illegal coordination with outside political groups. Tennessee Citizen Action says it has sent a formal complaint to...

Hawk announces Tennessee House speaker bid in contested race

Aug. 16, 2018 12:46 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republican Rep. David Hawk has announced that he is running for state House speaker, setting up a contested race to succeed Speaker Beth Harwell. Hawk confirmed his candidacy in a news conference Wednesday. The Greeneville lawmaker mentioned that he opposed Republican Gov....

Trade, infrastructure details split Tennessee Senate race

Aug. 15, 2018 7:12 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democrat Phil Bredesen and Republican Marsha Blackburn talked up the need for more infrastructure cash and cried foul at President Donald Trump's tariffs Wednesday. But the two were split on policy specifics during a Tennessee business forum in their rival bids in a key U.S. Senate...

While probing 538 records exemptions, Tennessee added more

Aug. 14, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state review has found that while Tennessee lawmakers began reviewing 500-plus public records exemptions this year, they approved more exclusions. A report from Tennessee's Office of Open Records Counsel notes 29 changes to public records laws last legislative session, which ended...

Filing: Waffle House shooting suspect found unfit for trial

Aug. 14, 2018 5:15 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking a court hearing after the suspect in a deadly shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House was deemed presently incompetent for trial and in need of hospitalization. Nashville Deputy District Attorney General Roger Moore filed the motion in 29-year-old Travis...

No Crime Stoppers reward for Waffle House shooting tipster

Aug. 8, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The woman who made the 911 call that led to the capture of a man accused of killing four people at a Tennessee Waffle House will not get a Crime Stoppers reward. News outlets reported Tuesday that Lydia French won't get the reward because she called 911 instead of submitting a tip...

Controversial former GOP lawmaker fails in comeback bid

Aug. 3, 2018 12:48 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee lawmaker known for being skewered on late-night comedy shows has failed in his bid to return to the state legislature. Stacey Campfield finished third in a GOP primary for House District 89 in the Knoxville area, one of 86 contested state legislative races in...

The Latest: Ball defeats Dean in GOP race in Tennessee 5th

Aug. 3, 2018 12:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Tennessee's primary election (all times local): 10:11 p.m. Jody Ball has defeated Glen Dean in the Republican primary in Tennessee's 5th Congressional District in Middle Tennessee. Ball is a businessman and former law enforcement instructor who lived in Texas before...

Stage set for races for 3 open US House seats in Tennessee

Aug. 2, 2018 11:54 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The stage is set for spirited races for three open U.S. House seats in Tennessee. Voters on Thursday chose Republican and Democratic candidates in House districts where longtime GOP Congressman John Duncan Jr. retired and fellow Republicans Marsha Blackburn and Diane Black moved on to...

A look at key primary legislative races in Tennessee

Jul. 29, 2018 10:49 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A deluge of Tennessee state lawmakers are heading for the door and others face tough challengers, creating some competitive contests for the Aug. 2 primary election. In the House, 86 of 99 seats are contested, with GOP primary battles in 33 districts and Democratic primary contests...