State Politics

NASHVILLE -- Lenda Sherrell, who lost to Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., in last week's 4th Congressional District race, is exploring running for the Tennessee Democratic Party's top post.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday he's continuing to talk with Washington so he can make a decision about Medicaid expansion in Tennessee before the legislative session starts in January.

NASHVILLE — Three months after Tennessee Republicans’ fractious summer primaries, the state GOP’s civil war between establishment and hardline conservative factions is again in full swing.

The voters have spoken, and U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann won his third term with 62 percent of the vote in the Nov. 4 election. But his campaign is still being criticized for its bookkeeping.

NASHVILLE — While some Republican state legislators want to eliminate one tax that affects about 125,000 individual Tennesseans and some 21,000 entities, two top GOP leaders say lawmakers should instead consider lowering one that would help millions.

NASHVILLE — Two Tennessee Republican congressmen are hailing today’s announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a new challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

NASHVILLE -- Two Tennessee Republican congressmen are hailing the U.S. Supreme Court's announcement today that justices will hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law that could unravel Obamacare.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam and fellow Republicans in the General Assembly are putting forward plans for how to select Supreme Court justices under a constitutional amendment ratified by voters this week.

NASHVILLE — A Tennessee lawmaker, whose constitutional amendment banning a nonexistent state income tax won easy voter approval this week, now wants to kill a tax that actually is on the books.

NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration has paid out $1 million in secret settlements related to moving state employees around downtown Nashville.

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee appeals court dismissed a lawsuit against Gov. Bill Haslam over a state law that nullified a Metro nondiscrimination ordinance in 2011, saying the plaintiffs weren't injured by the law.

NASHVILLE — Proponents of Tennessee's just-passed abortion amendment say they hope to keep state lawmakers focused on passing just a handful of new laws next year and avoid breaking new legal ground that could land the state in federal court.

Tennessee voters on Tuesday opened the door for the biggest changes to the state's abortion rules in more than a decade.

Republican incumbents in Tennessee's 3rd and 4th congressional districts easily beat back Democratic challengers Tuesday.

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will serve a second term after overcoming a challenge from Democrat Jason Carter, a state senator from Atlanta and grandson of former President Jimmy Carter.

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