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A potential Tennessee gubernatorial candidate has sued top state Democrats who ousted him from their 2014 ballot for not being "bona fide" under party rules.

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The attorney for the now-fired arresting officer who took South Pittsburg, Tenn., City Administrator Sammy Burrows to jail on charges of obstruction of officer rights, resisting arrest, speeding and reckless driving is crying foul in the disposition of the case.

As early voting in the May 6 county primary begins in Hamilton County this week, voters will have to choose between sheriff's office patrol Sgt. Chris Harvey, an 18-year department veteran, and incumbent Sheriff Jim Hammond to serve as the county's top law enforcement officer in the May 6 primary.

The local primary election is about three weeks away, but registered voters who already have their picks can fill out their ballots starting today.

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NASHVILLE — Tennessee lawmakers ended their annual session Thursday by passing a flurry of last-minute measures, including a bill aimed at bringing peaceful resolution to many cities' yearslong failure to share liquor taxes with local school systems.

Challengers are outpacing incumbents in Tennessee's 3rd and 4th congressional districts, campaign finance reports show, but 3rd District Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is faring better than his 4th District counterpart, Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee would be ready to electrocute death row inmates should lethal injection drugs be unavailable under a bill approved Wednesday by the House.

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U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., says there's no way the Chickamauga Lock will get funding this fiscal year, and its fate for the next few years depends on whether a House or Senate version of a bill to reform its funding prevails.

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well.

WASHINGTON — It was midnight when the plane carrying Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker landed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in December on a Senate Foreign Relations Committee trip.

WASHINGTON — Even if Democrats recruit great candidates, raise gobs of money and run smart campaigns, they face an uphill fight to retake control of the House in this year’s congressional elections, regardless of the political climate in November.

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