State Politics

With a Nov. 1 deadline approaching, some 42,000 of Tennessee's roughly 62,000 high school seniors — or about two-thirds — have applied for Tennessee Promise, a new scholarship program that guarantees to cover the costs of a two-year college degree.

Local election officials say confusing ballot language has been the only hiccup during early voting for the Nov. 4 election.

NASHVILLE — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball said Thursday the federal government has no business regulating pot.

NASHVILLE -- Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball said today the federal government should get out of the pot regulation business.

NASHVILLE -- Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is defending his decision not to take part in a Senate debate later this afternoon with a blast at his Democratic rival, Gordon Ball, who is.

NASHVILLE -- Flanked by a man in a yellow chicken suit wearing a familiar-looking plaid shirt, Democrat Gordon Ball today again called on Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to debate him and hinted if the senator won't, it's because he's …

Tennessee's first five days of early voting was down by nearly a third compared to the somewhat similar 2010 election, state figures show.

NASHVILLE -- Democrat Gordon Ball says a new poll he commissioned shows Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander ahead but with just 45 percent of the vote compared to 32 percent for Ball.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann's campaign had until Monday to answer questions the Federal Election Commission raised over the congressman's July quarterly report, and a spokesman said late Monday all issues were addressed.

NASHVILLE -- Democrat Gordon Ball says a new poll he commissioned shows Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander ahead but with just 45 percent of the vote compared to 32 percent for Ball.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — In a ramshackle campaign headquarters just off the town square here, Democrat Lenda Sherrell last week was firing up the troops in her bid to unseat the most controversial congressman in modern Tennessee history.

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, smiled and whispered to each other as they sat behind a wooden lectern preparing to speak about their grandson to a room of approximately 300 at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Saturday.

With just more than a week before the two candidates seeking to represent Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District meet for a head-to-head debate, the candidates say they expect to stick to issues — and keep it clean.

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander on Thursday added a new rule to his "Little Plaid Book" of 311 rules about running for office.

With fewer than 20 days before the general election, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has been outraised and outspent by Lenda Sherrell, the Democrat challenging him for his 4th Congressional District seat.

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