State Politics

NASHVILLE — Registered voters in 80 Tennessee towns and cities, including Chattanooga, will vote in November on whether to allow the sale of wine in retail food stores, the Red White and Food campaign said Tuesday.

NASHVILLE — Nine years after Tennessee lawmakers required many state-created boards to establish audit committees, the central administrative office for Tennessee's 31 district attorneys general has finally agreed to obey the law.

NASHVILLE — For U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the elder statesman of Tennessee politics, a primary challenge by a little-known tea party opponent was supposed to be little more than a glorified victory lap around the state.

NASHVILLE — A federal judge plans to rule next week in a lawsuit seeking class-action status for would-be TennCare enrollees who charge Tennessee officials delayed processing their Medicaid applications for months despite requirements of the federal health care law.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday he hopes to put a long-delayed Medicaid expansion proposal before federal officials soon that would extend subsidized health insurance to an estimated 180,000 low-income Tennessee adults.

NASHVILLE — Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Gordon Ball is calling on Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander to debate him in major Tennessee cities, including Chattanooga, before the Nov. 4 election.

Just days before TennCare leaders head to court over accusations that state failures have created months-long delays in coverage, the agency’s director faced questions from lawmakers about the unfinished computer system that led to those delays.

NASHVILLE — A Republican state lawmaker on Tuesday called Gov. Bill Haslam a “traitor to the party” over what he called efforts by a political action committee run by supporters to defeat opponents of Common Core education standards.

NASHVILLE — Scandal-ridden U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais on Monday was finally able to bring his Aug. 7 GOP primary election to a successful close after state Sen. Jim Tracy announced he won't challenge the razor-thin results and conceded defeat.

State Sen. Jim Tracy's campaign has only a few more days in which to concede or push for a recount in his race to unseat U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District.

After all 16 counties in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District certified their votes in the Aug. 7 election — leaving incumbent Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais with a 38-vote lead over challenger Jim Tracy — the Tracy camp is not giving up.

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.

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