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The blame-shifting and bickering between Chattanooga and Hamilton County Schools officials over millions of dollars in delinquent liquor-by-the-drink taxes could end Friday with a settlement that gives school officials most of what they asked for.

The Hamilton County Criminal Court Clerk's post is not a political job. The clerk makes no policy, wields no real power and largely performs administrative work.

A judge's ruling Monday may not be the final word in a dispute over wording of a referendum that will go before voters on Aug. 7, but this much is clear:

Republican voters in Tennessee House District 27 may be able to make their Aug. 7 decisions based squarely on issues.

Chattanooga officials want a judge to decide immediately what language should be on the August ballot for voters deciding whether city employees' domestic partners should have city benefits.

Chattanooga City Council voted to sue the Hamilton County Election Commission over the ballot question related to the same-sex ordinance.

A letter supporting Criminal Court Clerk Gwen Tidwell's re-election may end up marring the 20-year incumbent's campaign.

Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Christie Mahn Sell faced four opponents to win her first eight-year term back in 2006. This time around she faces one.

The ballot won't show it, but there is a contest for Hamilton County's District 1 commission seat.

A political newcomer is seeking to continue 32 years of Republican reign in Hamilton County Commission District 7, but a Democratic pastor from Knoxville is seeking to tilt the political scales in the county's southeastern corner.

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