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NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is aiming his third straight televised punch at GOP challenger Weston Wamp with a new ad in which both men's 2012 rival, Scottie Mayfield, directly takes Wamp to task over secretly recording him last spring.

NASHVILLE - Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann's campaign is on the air with a new television ad in which his 2012 rival, Scott Mayfield, raises "trust" and "values" questions about the congressman's GOP primary opponent, Weston Wamp, over a secret-recording controversy last spring.

NASHVILLE — State elections officials are urging people to vote early in the Aug. 7 election, saying the lengthy ballot will generate long lines on Election Day.

NASHVILLE — A conservative group that led the move to reject former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Penny White in 1996 says it is backing current Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade in the Aug. 7 election.

NASHVILLE — The original "mama grizzly," tea party icon Sarah Palin, says she's got state Rep. Joe Carr's back in his Aug. 7 GOP primary challenge to incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

NASHVILLE — A conservative group that started the movement to reject then-Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Penny White in 1996 says it is backing current Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade in the Aug. 7 election.

NASHVILLE — One-time vice presidential candidate and Tea Party icon Sarah Palin says in a Facebook posting that she's backing state Rep. Joe Carr in his GOP primary challenge to incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

NASHVILLE — An estimated 143,625 Tennesseans have already cast early votes in the Aug. 7 election and state officials are urging more people to vote early due to concerns the lengthy ballot will generate long lines on Election Day.

NASHVILLE — A national conservative group said today it is putting $20,000 into get-out-the-vote efforts in hopes of boosting turnout for Republican state Rep. Joe Carr in his GOP primary bid to beat incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

More than 120,000 Tennesseans who bought health insurance plans off the new federal marketplace this year — 80 percent of those who bought such plans — made the purchase with the help of federal tax credits.

NASHVILLE — Conservative radio show host Laura Ingraham stormed into Nashville on Tuesday as she sought to give Joe Carr a major boost in his GOP primary fight with U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

NASHVILLE — Democrat Gordon Ball raised just $26,950 in contributions from donors for his U.S. Senate campaign in the second quarter, but the successful Knoxville class-action lawsuit lawyer more than made up for that by reaching into his own pocket.

NASHVILLE -- Democrat Terry Adams's U.S. Senate campaign was running on fumes, financially speaking, as of June 30, according to his second-quarter disclosure.

NASHVILLE — The National Rifle Association's political arm has endorsed U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District GOP primary and is wishing him "good luck with your campaign."

NASHVILLE -- U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., has gotten a boost in his reelection bid in the form of an endorsement from the powerful National Rifle Association's political arm.

NASHVILLE — As he seeks re-election, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., hopes Republican primary voters focus on his staunchly conservative record in Congress and forget, or at least forgive him for, what he once described as the "darkest secrets" of his personal life.

NASHVILLE — He didn't come right out with an endorsement, but the father of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was clearly on the same page with Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Carr in back-to-back speeches Saturday before hundreds of tea party activists here.

NASHVILLE — Voters won't decide this issue until November, but the fundraising, education and organizational battle is already in full swing over a proposed Tennessee constitutional amendment granting state lawmakers more power over abortion.

NASHVILLE — With early voting kicking off Friday in Tennessee's Aug. 7 party primaries, the three major U.S. Senate Republicans' latest campaign finance disclosures show they're ready to rumble.

NASHVILLE — Democrat Lenda Sherrell of Monteagle ramped up her 4th Congressional District bid in the second quarter, with a little help from a $100,000 personal loan as well as $78,670 from contributors.

NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander spent $623,840 between April 1 and June 30 as the two-term incumbent geared up for an increasingly contentiouis GOP primary battle with challengers Joe Carr and George Flinn.

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 — U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais is up with his first television ad, a 30-second spot 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.

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 — A defiant Haslam administration late this afternoon fired off its response to federal officials over their criticism of Tennessee's implementation of eligibility and enrollment rules for the state-operated Medicaid program and Children's Health Insurance Program under the federal health law.

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.

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's effort to win federal approval of his Medicaid-expansion plan is running into some of the same concerns from newly confirmed U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell as he faced from her predecessor.

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.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- Republican Jim Tracy on Thursday picked up the endorsement of Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland in his primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District race.

Cleveland, Tenn., Mayor Tom Rowland today endorsed Jim Tracy in the state senator's GOP primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District.

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.

U.S. Senate candidate Terry Adams is criticizing Democratic primary rival Gordon Ball over Ball’s rejection of a debate.

NASHVILLE — It's often said that talk is cheap, but that isn't always the case when it comes to getting your message across to voters in a U.S. Senate race.

NASHVILLE — Republican Weston Wamp's effort to oust U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann in the 3rd Congressional District's GOP primary is about to get a big financial assist from an independent "super PAC."

NASHVILLE — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is seeking to bolster his credentials with conservative GOP primary voters with a new television ad highlighting him as an early critic of the Affordable Care Act who directly challenged President Barack Obama.

NASHVILLE — Joe Carr today accused Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of trying to "hide from his record" by refusing to agree to a televised debate in the GOP Senate primary.

NASHVILLE -- U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., launched a new campaign ad featuring his opposition to the federal Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday used Tennessee students' continued progress this year on standardized tests to counter criticism that the state has become too reliant on such measures.

NASHVILLE – Tennessee high school students showed strong improvements in most high school subjects but scores for children in grades 3-8 sometimes flattened and reading even showed a slight dip in several grades on reading.

NASHVILLE — For a Republican incumbent under fire from GOP opponents for being a "moderate," it doesn't hurt to have your picture taken with a national tea party favorite as you both say you intend to replace Obamacare.

Democrat Gordon Ball launched his first U.S. Senate campaign ad Monday with a pledge that he will remain on the air with ads through the Aug. 7 Democratic primary.

Democrat Gordon Ball launched his first U.S. Senate campaign ad today with a pledge that he will remain on the air with ads through the Aug. 7 Democratic primary.

NASHVILLE — Republican Joe Carr has placed a $200,000 bet — half his campaign war chest — on hopes that anti-immigration sentiment will help him to victory in his GOP primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

NASHVILLE -- A suspicious substance included in a letter sent to House Speaker Beth Harwell's office is not dangerous, officials said this afternoon.

NASHVILLE — A Republican-led Senate investigation stalled Tuesday on whether Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade improperly interfered with an independent panel's evaluations of other judges.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam says he measures his education chief, Kevin Huffman, by how well Tennessee students are doing, and based on that the boss appears happy.

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam said today his administration is having "very productive conversations" with Volkswagen about a new sport utility vehicle at its Chattanooga plant but that "it would be very premature to say we have a deal."

NASHVILLE — For a political party that's sometimes struggled to field just one credible candidate for statewide election, Tennessee Democrats may have an embarrassment of riches in the 2014 U.S. Senate race.

NASHVILLE — A group of Tennessee Democrats, including Olan Mills II, of Chattanooga, has created a political action committee it says will fill a vacuum on progressive candidates and causes and compete with conservative Republican groups.

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