Political Notebook: Haynes to lead Tennessee GOP

Published Apr. 11 2015

State Republicans on Saturday named state Rep. Ryan Haynes chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party.

Former Georgia state Rep. Tyrone Brooks Jr. pleads guilty to fraud and tax charges

Published Apr. 10 2015

Former Georgia state Rep. Tyrone Brooks Sr. has pleaded guilty to misappropriating almost $1 million in charitable funds and spending...

Haslam win on keeping tax info under wraps criticized as blow to transparency

Published Apr. 9 2015

NASHVILLE -- A leading national provider of tax news and analysis says the Haslam administration's recent court victory upholding its...

Haslam wants lawmakers to approve tax break for FedEx

Published Apr. 9 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration wants lawmakers to approve a cut in aviation fuel taxes for Memphis-based...

Gardenhire: Vasectomy tougher to get than abortion

Published Apr. 9 2015

NASHVILLE -- Sen. Todd Gardenhire is making yet another public splash, this time over suggesting during an abortion debate that...

Law mandating abortion waiting period passes House committee

Published Apr. 8 2015

NASHVILLE -- Legislation requiring informed consent and 48-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion moved through the House Health...

Sen. Todd Gardenhire discusses his vasectomy at the Tennessee capitol

Published Apr. 8 2015

NASHVILLE -- A female senator's questioning of why 48-hour mandatory waiting periods are needed for women seeking an abortion while...

Tennessee bill bans selfies while voting

Published Apr. 8 2015

NASHVILLE — Ever tweeted a selfie of yourself voting? Or taken a quick photo of the long line you had...

In-state tuition bill closer to passage, but now applies to fewer undocumented students

Published Apr. 8 2015

NASHVILLE -- A bill allowing undocumented children to attend Tennessee public colleges at in-state tuition rates is now flying to...

Ramsey: Bill making the Bible the official book of Tennessee belittles sacred tome

Published Apr. 8 2015

NASHVILLE -- Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey opposes a fast-moving bill making the "Holy Bible" the official book of Tennessee,...

Gardenhire's in-state tuition bill for undocumented students clears major House hurdle

Published Apr. 7 2015

NASHVILLE -- A bill allowing some undocumented students to attend Tennessee colleges at in-state tuition rates cleared an important House...

Tennessee House rejects provision in guns-in-parks bill allowing pistols in state Capitol

Published Apr. 7 2015

NASHVILLE -- The state House Monday night refused to go along with a Senate amendment on a guns-in-parks bill that...

Gov. Haslam voices 'major concerns' over guns-in-parks bill

Published Apr. 6 2015

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam said today he has "some major concerns" about a guns-in-local parks bill that now includes...

Tennessee officials say Uncle Sam isn't the only one with April 15 tax filing deadline

Published Apr. 6 2015

NASHVILLE -- While April 15 is the well-known filing deadline for paying your individual federal income tax, state Department of...

Tennessee law would require all police departments to sell their seized guns, but not every agency is happy

Published Apr. 3 2015

Last year, Chattanooga police seized 702 contraband guns from city streets.

House Republicans plan to stick to their guns on amendment removal

Published Apr. 3 2015

NASHVILLE -- House Republican leaders on Thursday defended their plans to strip a Senate amendment from a bill which originally...

EPB hires Claude Ramsey as lobbyist

Published Apr. 3 2015

An effort to allow Chattanooga's EPB and other Tennessee municipal broadband providers to expand beyond their service areas is postponed...

Tennessee's guns in parks bill leaves wiggle room for gun bans

Published Apr. 2 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A top Republican supporter of a bill to strip local governments of the power to bar...

Bill to ban passengers from drinking in vehicles fails

Published Apr. 2 2015

The latest effort to make it a crime to have open alcohol containers in vehicles driving on Tennessee roads has...

Packing in the Plaza: Senate votes to let weapons into legislative chambers

Published Apr. 2 2015

NASHVILLE -- Over the past six years, Republicans in Tennessee's General Assembly have expanded handgun permit holders' rights to go...

Gardenhire cusses protester as tensions mount over his opposition to Insure Tennessee

Published Apr. 2 2015

Thirty minutes after a committee of senators voted down Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal on Tuesday, East Ridge resident...

Erlanger secret meeting bill dies in committee

Published Apr. 2 2015

NASHVILLE -- A bill aiming to punish Erlanger Health System trustees for meeting secretly to award $1.7 million in executive...

Watch Tennessee state senator call healthcare protestor an a******

Published Apr. 1 2015

Facing growing criticism of his decision to vote twice now to kill Gov. Haslam's Insure Tennessee legislation, Sen. Todd Gardenhire,...