Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press.

A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications.

Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, politics and general assignment beats.

He was won public service, investigative, deadline and project awards from the Tennessee Press Association, Common Cause of Tennessee, the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists and Remove Intoxicated Drivers.

Andy grew up in Chattanooga. A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Andy is a past chairman of the Tennessee Capitol Hill Press Corps and served as an acting director of the Regional Reporters Association while in Washington.

Contact Andy at 615-255-0550 or asher@timesfreepress.com

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NASHVILLE — Republicans running against each other in Tennessee's 3rd and 4th Congressional District primaries agree on at least one thing.

NASHVILLE — Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey poured $425,000 into his effort to defeat three sitting Tennessee Supreme Court justices in next week's election, state filings show.

NASHVILLE — Four years ago, U.S. Rep. Diane Black was battling fellow Republican Jim Tracy in a tough three-person GOP primary in Tennessee's 6th Congressional District.

NASHVILLE — Four years ago, U.S. Rep. Diane Black was battling fellow Republican Jim Tracy in a tough three-person GOP primary in Tennessee's 6th Congressional District.

NASHVILLE — Spending in the ongoing fight over the re-election of three Tennessee Supreme Court justices has now topped $575,000, according to an independent group.

NASHVILLE - Republican Joe Carr spent about $100,000 on television advertising from July 1 through July 18, but the Tea Party favorite's buy was exceeded 11-fold by his GOP primary target, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, disclosures show.

NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's campaign spent $1.34 million, much of it on television broadcast and cable ads, during the first 18 days of July as he ramped up his GOP primary effort for early voting in Tennessee, his disclosure shows.

NASHVILLE — A super PAC has just pumped $193,000 into Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District GOP primary race, mostly for television for ads backing Weston Wamp in his challenge to incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., new filings show.

NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander told cheering supporters Monday that he learned as governor he sometimes had to work with Democrats to get things done for Tennessee and has found it necessary sometimes in Washington to do the same.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and his GOP primary challenger Weston Wamp whipped out their campaign wallets and collectively spent more than three-quarters of a million dollars during the first part of July as the two men’s bitter rivalry headed into early voting.

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