Alexander off and running in new Senate and more regional political news

Published Jan. 25 2015

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is among 22 Senate sponsors of the American Liberty Restoration Act, S. 203, a bill...

Foe of Haslam's Insure Tennessee uses Corker bill to attack Medicaid expansion plan

Published Jan. 24 2015

NASHVILLE -- A legislative foe of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Medicaid expansion plan is questioning its reliance on a voluntary...

Top Republican accuses conservative group of 'dishonest scare tactics' in attack

Published Jan. 23 2015

NASHVILLE - A top House Republican conservative, who opposes Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal, is lashing out at Americans...

Tennessee bill would make drinking by passengers in car illegal

Published Jan. 23 2015

Right now passengers can crack a beer while riding in a car in Tennessee. A new bill would make that...

Radio ads target health care plan

Published Jan. 23 2015

NASHVILLE -- The fight among Republicans just got personal over Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to use federal Medicaid dollars to...

Gov. Bill Haslam begins health care drive, says state could end Insure Tennessee if it doesn't work

Published Jan. 22 2015

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Republican Gov. Bill Haslam sought to reassure anxious GOP lawmakers Wednesday that he legally will be able...

Haslam gets positive response from West TN lawmakers on Insure Tennessee plan

Published Jan. 21 2015

JACKSON, Tn. - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam today sought to reassure nervous GOP lawmakers in West Tennessee that his administration...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is richest politician in America

Published Jan. 21 2015

Falling gasoline prices are putting more money in the pockets of most Americans, but few are benefiting more than Tennessee...

Sides launch ad battles for and against Insure Tennessee

Published Jan. 21 2015

NASHVILLE -- Even as Gov. Bill Haslam ventures into West Tennessee today to promote his Insure Tennessee proposal, a high-stakes...

Tennessee fuel tax revenues not expected to be sufficient for state's road system

Published Jan. 21 2015

NASHVILLE -- A new study from the state Comptroller's office says Tennessee's fuel tax revenues have "stagnated" and "are not...

Gov. Bill Haslam traveling to promote Insure Tennessee

Published Jan. 20 2015

NASHVILLE - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam travels to West Tennessee on Wednesday to promote his Insure Tennessee program that would...

Tennessee physicians back Haslam's insurance plan

Published Jan. 20 2015

The state's largest physicians' organization says it is fully backing Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal to extend subsidized...

TN fuel tax revenues not expected to be sufficient for state's road system

Published Jan. 20 2015

NASHVILLE - A new study from the the state Comptroller's office says Tennessee's fuel tax revenues have "stagnated" and "are...

College tuition: Burden on students hits new high

Published Jan. 20 2015

In the 1970s, state governments provided almost 80 percent of public college funding, but those days are long gone.

Tennessee Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell removes two committee heads

Published Jan. 20 2015

NASHVILLE -- In a shakeup of House committees, Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell replaced two chairmen who sometimes defied her...

Alabama Gov. Bentley begins second term promising change

Published Jan. 20 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley began his second term Monday by promising to address difficult budget, prison...

Federally seized property ends in Tennessee

Published Jan. 20 2015

NASHVILLE -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's move to curb federal involvement with state and local law enforcement in property...

Tennessee chambers scuffle over health procedures

Published Jan. 17 2015

NASHVILLE -- The special session for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee plan doesn't begin until Feb. 2. Despite that,...

TN House and Senate argue over governor's Insure Tennessee plan

Published Jan. 16 2015

NASHVILLE - Top Republican House and Senate leaders were at odds today on how to proceed during a Feb. 2...

Tennessee bill targets Erlanger bonuses

Published Jan. 16 2015

NASHVILLE -- Two state lawmakers have introduced a bill shutting down an exception to Tennessee's Open Meetings Act that allowed...

Key ally, Mark Norris, wary of Insure Tennessee plan, wants more details before he's ready to sponsor in Senate

Published Jan. 15 2015

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to extend health coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans is encountering problems among some fellow...

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris hesitates on sponsoring Gov. Haslam's Insure Tennessee plan

Published Jan. 14 2015

NASHVILLE -- Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris said today he is undecided whether he will handle fellow Republican Gov. Bill...

Abortion challenge: Women protest changes to law in Nashville

Published Jan. 14 2015

NASHVILLE -- The abortion debate made a dramatic entrance Tuesday during the Tennessee General Assembly's opening day as protesters took...