Andy Sher (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 615-255-0550
E-mail: asher@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
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

Haslam administration postpones Fall Creek Falls State Park's deadline for would-be hospitality services outsourcing

Published Mar. 1 2017

The Haslam administration has abruptly postponed a Thursday deadline for companies interested in running Fall Creek Falls State Park responding...

Haslam concedes difficulty of getting 33 GOP governors to agree on Obamacare replace and repeal

Published Mar. 1 2017

With President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans set on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam...

State Sen. Bell: Tennessee lawmakers should consider travel boycott of California

Published Mar. 1 2017

Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, says state lawmakers should weigh boycotting next year's National Conference of State Legislatures in California as...

Bell resolution condemning California over TN travel ban over LGBT law clears Senate panel

Published Feb. 28 2017

A state resolution that condemns Calfornia's ban on state-funded travel to Tennessee and urges Gov. Bill Haslam and top House...

Tennessee lawmakers Norris, Gardenhire push bills to battle elderly abuse

Published Feb. 27 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R- Chattanooga, and other lawmakers have unveiled a trio of bills...

Tennessee House passes bill requiring stricter income verification for welfare recipients

Published Feb. 27 2017

Hundreds of thousands of Tennessee adults who are on TennCare, food stamps and/or welfare would undergo an enhanced income-verification process...

Fall Creek Falls outsourcing largely bypasses State Building Commission oversight

Published Feb. 26 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is stirring up another political hornet's nest with its ongoing privatization plans for Fall Creek Falls...

Haslam's gas-tax increase proposal leads to growing bipartisan discussion about tax fairness

Published Feb. 25 2017

As he seeks additional money for roads through proposed increases on fuel taxes, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is discovering he's...

Haslam says he expects Corker to run for third Senate term

Published Feb. 24 2017

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday he fully expects U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., to seek a third term in...

Lawmaker criticizes Tennessee tax breaks for wealthy 'fat cats'

Published Feb. 23 2017

Opponents' attempt to race ahead of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed gas tax increase ran off the road in a House...

Road funding bills left in limbo after subcommittee meeting ends abruptly

Published Feb. 22 2017

Various proposals to fund Tennessee roads were left in limbo for a week by the House Transportation Subcommittee this afternoon...

Survey says 33 percent of voters undecided on Haslam's gas tax plan

Published Feb. 22 2017

More Tennesseans back Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to raise fuel taxes for roads than oppose it but an estimated one...

Place your bets: Tennessee House panel takes on Haslam gas tax bill, competing measure today

Published Feb. 22 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax increase plan to pay for Tennessee's next generation of road projects comes up today in...

Gov. Haslam's effort to index future fuel tax increases to inflation draws opposition

Published Feb. 20 2017

Tennessee gas station and convenience store operators are fighting a provision in Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax increase plan that...

Haslam sticks with proposed cut on grocery taxes despite 'steak and caviar' argument

Published Feb. 17 2017

A former Reagan administration economic adviser's 'steak and caviar' argument against cutting Tennessee's sales tax on groceries to offset Republican...

Tennessee Gov. Haslam tax plan spurs debate: Baby formula, caviar and 'fat cats'

Published Feb. 16 2017

A nationally known conservative economist says Tennessee lawmakers shouldn't include a tax cut on groceries as an offset to Republican...

McKee Foods executive gets advice from top GOP lawmakers on how to lobby on Haslam road plan

Published Feb. 16 2017

McKee Foods Vice President Eva Lynne Disbro took that question straight to the top Wednesday, seeking advice from House Speaker...

BlueCross BlueShield tells lawmakers of its efforts to tackle Tennessee's opioid 'crisis'

Published Feb. 15 2017

In a state that ranks No. 2 nationally in terms of prescriptions written for addictive opioid pain medications and where...

Tennessee Gov. Haslam's IMPROVE Act comes up for hearing today in House panel

Published Feb. 14 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed IMPROVE Act, which seeks to boost gas and diesel taxes for Tennessee transportation while cutting taxes...

Tennessee Republicans denounce 'absurdity' of California travel ban

Published Feb. 13 2017

Several Tennessee Republican legislators, upset over a California law banning state-funded travel to the Volunteer State as a result of...