State Politics

NASHVILLE — Eight applicants on Monday made public pitches to and fielded questions from Tennessee Supreme Court justices for an appointment to an eight-year term as state attorney general.

ATLANTA — First lady Michelle Obama debuted on the 2014 campaign trail Monday in Georgia, where Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is working to pick up a key seat for Democrats.

NASHVILLE — Thirteen Republican lawmaker want state Supreme Court justices on Monday to ask candidates for Tennessee attorney general whether they would have joined other states in challenging the Affordable Care Act in 2011.

NASHVILLE — Three state lawmakers are urging the Haslam administration to consider reopening Taft Youth Development Center near Pikeville after mass escapes and a riot by teenage felons at a less secure facility in the middle of Nashville.

NASHVILLE — Three state lawmakers are urging the Haslam administration to consider re-opening Taft Youth Development Center near Pikeville in the wake of two nights of mass escapes and a riot by teenaged felons at a less secure facility located in the middle of Nashville.

A federal judge has ordered Tennessee’s state Medicaid program to take responsibility for long-delayed applications, calling for the agency to hold hearings for people who have waited months to find out whether they will receive coverage.

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.

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