State Politics

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais went up with his first television ad on Tuesday that touts his conservative record and slams his GOP primary challenger, state Sen. Jim Tracy, as a supporter of Common Core education standards who "tried to make gas taxes automatic."

NASHVILLE — A sometimes-defiant Haslam administration fired off its response Monday to criticisms from the Obama administration over Tennessee's implementation of rules and programs intended to facilitate enrollment of low-income residents under the federal health care law.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — These two self-proclaimed staunch conservatives — U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and challenger Weston Wamp — say they agree on many issues, from states' rights to keeping the federal officials out of education to criticisms of the Affordable Care Act.

NASHVILLE — Nationally syndicated conservative radio host Laura Ingraham declared Monday that she's "all in" for state Rep. Joe Carr in his GOP primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander while a Tennessee-based conservative group pounded away at Alexander in a new television ad.

NASHVILLE — He's dealing with a new U.S. Health and Human Services secretary, but Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is running into the same problem with Sylvia Mathews Burwell as he did with her predecessor when it comes to winning federal approval of his Medicaid-expansion plan.

The four Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate — Terry Adams, Gordon Ball, Larry Crim and Gary Gene Davis — have been invited to speak at the JFK Luncheon Club at noon today at The Chattanoogan hotel, 1201 Broad St.

ATLANTA — Georgia Republican Senate candidates Jack Kingston and David Perdue sharpened their attacks on each other during a heated debate Sunday with just over a week to go before their runoff election.

NASHVILLE — Challenger Jim Tracy has dropped the political "A" bomb — as in abortion — in his effort to unseat U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the 4th Congressional District's Republican primary on Aug. 7.

ATLANTA — David Perdue proudly points to his executive experience running major corporations as evidence that he’s best positioned to tackle the nation’s debt.

During the May primary election, Georgia voters had 15 candidates for state school superintendent.

There’s the meth-addicted baby born in Bristol, Tenn., who was approved for TennCare in January, but didn’t get coverage until June.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer spoke about the "impending funding crisis" in transportation in Bradley County on Wednesday.

NASHVILLE — Under a new law that quietly took effect last week, many Tennessee gun owners may now legally keep loaded firearms in their vehicles even if they don't have a state-issued handgun-carry permit.

PIKEVILLE, Tenn. — More than $1 million in grant funding was doled out Tuesday as Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam made stops in three Sequatchie Valley counties.

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Georgia's governor is pushing clinical trials for a marijuana-derived drug that proponents say could help treat severe seizure disorders among children, an unlikely election-year move for a Republican in a conservative part of the country that is just beginning to warm up to medical marijuana in narrow circumstances.

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