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Third District voters appeared to say “yes” to U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann’s negative campaigning, to his repeated disinterest in working across party lines and to his many “no” votes on legislation put forth by his proclaimed axis of evil, Obama, Pelosi and Reid, and award him the Republican party nomination for a third term in the House on Thursday night.

Why, indeed?

The constitutionality of Tennessee's marriage law, along with those in Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio, is before the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

If there was any doubt Volkswagen desperately wants the United Auto Workers to represent workers at the Chattanooga plant, its deafening silence on UAW's organizing activities in violation of the agreement the union signed in February speaks volumes.

One of the interesting and ridiculous sidelights of the District 27 primary race for state representative is whether Republican primary candidate Patsy Hazlewood actually is a Republican.

Of what value is marriage?

Since 1978, Tennesseans have gone back and forth in electing governors for two consecutive terms from first the Republican and then the Democrat parties.

Chances are, if state Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyille, is elected in November as Tennessee's 4th District congressman, his conservative ranking will be nearly as high in 2016 as that of the incumbent he is facing in the Aug. 7 Republican Party primary.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Chattanooga, in person is deferential but guarded, earnest but reticent. Some of his negative ads are another thing entirely.

Die-hard tea party enthusiasts — not those who lent their names to the movement in 2010 simply to object to President Barack Obama's economic overreaches — would like to believe they have an opportunity to knock off Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander in the Aug. 7 Republican primary.

Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw said he was fortunate to follow in the footsteps of longtime Judge Suzanne Bailey, who ran a "tight ship" and a "constitutionally sound" court.

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General Sessions Court Judge Christie Mahn Sell is so esteemed by her colleagues and the judicial community that the worst overall grade her opponent in the upcoming Aug. 7 Hamilton County general election could give her is "a solid 'B'."

Jim Coppinger deserves to be elected to a first full term as Hamilton County mayor, and, barring something unforeseen, he will be duly elected in the Aug. 7 county general election.

When Hamilton County Commissioner Joe Graham ran for the District 6 seat in 2010, people told him they didn't know or never saw their then-commissioner, who was John Allen Brooks. So they voted for a change.

Randy Fairbanks only had a few days to savor what many believed was an upset victory over incumbent Fred Skillern in the May Republican primary for the District 1 seat on the Hamilton County Commission. He had no Democrat opponent and so was virtually assured his seat.

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