State Politics

Gov. Bill Haslam had a question Tuesday morning for Red Bank High School students assembled in the gym.

This month’s elections followed a 30-year trend: Republicans gained, Democrats lost and Hamilton County turned a deeper shade of red.

NASHVILLE — Proponents say 12,403 people have so far signed Chattanooga petitions seeking a November referendum on wine sales in grocery stores.

Accused of creating monthslong delays for thousands of Tennesseans trying to apply for Medicaid, TennCare officials named in a federal lawsuit said Thursday that another name needs to be topping the lawsuit: The federal government.

NASHVILLE — With all but one provisional vote counted in last week's 4th Congressional District GOP primary, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has at least a 38-vote lead over challenger Jim Tracy.

NASHVILLE — Justice Sharon Lee has been elected chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam this afternoon announced he has created a 27-member Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism as part of his administration's overall effort to cut crime and improve public safety.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais on Wednesday stepped up pressure on Jim Tracy to concede their 4th Congressional District Republican primary race after reviews of provisional ballots in most counties showed DesJarlais with an insurmountable 37-vote lead.

NASHVILLE — Republican Jim Tracy has nearly run out of counties to pick up provisional ballot votes needed to change the outcome of his 4th Congressional District GOP primary squeaker of a contest with incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

Five counties out of the 16 in the 4th Congressional District could determine whether U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais' razor-thin lead holds up or whether state Sen. Jim Tracy can overcome.

To defeat U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann in November, Democratic candidate Mary Headrick will need an army of support from the district's center — and that's what she hopes to get.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper says he plans to seek reappointment by the state Supreme Court after three Democratic justices survived efforts by Republicans to defeat the judges.

ALTAMONT, Tenn. — Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais on Monday held on to his slender 35-vote margin over GOP primary challenger Jim Tracy after Grundy County Election Commission members sorted through provisional ballots in a contest that's been too close to call.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature on Monday swiftly approved new maps that will alter several of the state's congressional districts after a judge ruled the current districts were illegally drawn to benefit the GOP.

NASHVILLE — While the Republican candidates lawyer up to determine who won their squeaker of a 4th Congressional District GOP primary, Democratic nominee Lenda Sherrell is happily off and running to the Nov. 4 general election.

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