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NASHVILLE — U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Gordon Ball is fighting back against his "F" rating by the National Rifle Association, accusing the powerful gun-rights group of putting out a "hit piece" on him without even contacting him.

NASHVILLE - U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Gordon Ball is fighting back against the National Rifle Association giving him a "F" rating, accusing the powerful gun-rights group of putting out a "hit piece" on him without even contacting him.

NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is trying to hit the reset button on the debate over Tennessee's controversial Common Core standards after state lawmakers last spring forced him to back off plans to use one group's assessments and bid out development of new tests.

NASHVILLE — The National Rifle Association says it’s given Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Gordon Ball an “F” rating on Second Amendment rights, charging Ball has embraced former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “gun control agenda.”

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam today sought to punch the reset button on Tennessee's controversial Common Core student testing standards at an "education summit" attended by state lawmakers, educators and business leaders.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Republicans and Democrats forgot about party and split every which way on Wednesday as the Republican-controlled U.S. House voted on a spending bill that also gave the Obama administration approval and money to train and arm Syrian rebels.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Republicans and Democrats forgot about party and split every which way on Wednesday as the Republican-controlled U.S. House voted on a spending bill that also gave the Obama administration approval and money to train and arm Syrian rebels.

NASHVILLE - Whether it develops into a debate or not remains to be seen, but Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has accepted a Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation invitation to participate in a meet-the-candidate "forum" on Oct. 16 with Democratic rival Gordon Ball.

NASHVILLE — Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey may have lost at the ballot box in his efforts to defeat three Democratic Supreme Court justices, but he wound up Monday with a history-shattering consolation prize.

NASHVILLE - The state Supreme Court today named Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's legal counsel, Herbert Slatery, as Tennessee's next attorney general, rejecting Democratic Attorney General Bob Cooper's bid for a second eight-year appointment.

NASHVILLE — In making his case for reappointment to a new term, Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper told Supreme Court justices last week that the skills and experience he first cited in 2006 to get the job "have only been enhanced" by eight years in the office.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee's Supreme Court will name its pick for state attorney general on Monday, the office announced late Thursday afternoon, while the state's lieutenant governor and a former Knoxville mayor complained that the process lacks transparency.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Supreme Court justices plan to announce their pick for state attorney general on Monday, their office announced late this afternoon.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has reappointed retired Chattanooga businessman John Foy to the University of Tennessee's governing board of trustees.

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.

The 57-year-old Democrat and Chattanooga native is competing with seven other lawyers for the eight-year appointment.

NASHVILLE - Republican Dan Howell of Cleveland was sworn in early as the new state representive for House District 22 in a ceremony this afternoon.

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 — Cleveland, Tenn., Republican Dan Howell on Monday will be sworn in early as the new state representative for House District 22, according to the office of House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-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.

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 — 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 — A federal judge plans to rule next week in a lawsuit seeking class-action status for potential TennCare enrollees who charge the state has failed to process their applications under 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 — A long-expected plan for a Medicaid expansion in Tennessee could be placed before federal officials soon, Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday. If the feds approve, an estimated 180,000 low-income state residents could be eligible for subsidized health insurance.

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.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee officials say the state's School Bond Authority has just completed the sale of $345 million in higher education facilities bonds at historically low rates.

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.

NASHVILLE — Proponents say 12,403 people have so far signed Chattanooga petitions seeking a November referendum on wine sales in grocery stores.

NASHVILLE — Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke will endorse 4th Congressional District Democratic nominee Lenda Sherrell next week, the Sherrell campaign says.

NASHVILLE — Lakesite and Red Bank have joined the list of Tennessee cities that have collected enough petition signatures to let voters decide in November whether retail food stores may sell wine, proponents say.

NASHVILLE — With all but one provisional vote counted in last week's 4th Congressional District GOP primary, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has at least a 38-vote lead over challenger Jim Tracy.

NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam this afternoon announced he has created a 27-member Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism as part of his administration's overall effort to cut crime and improve public safety.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais on Wednesday stepped up pressure on Jim Tracy to concede their 4th Congressional District Republican primary race after reviews of provisional ballots in most counties showed DesJarlais with an insurmountable 37-vote lead.

NASHVILLE — Republican Jim Tracy has nearly run out of counties to pick up provisional ballot votes needed to change the outcome of his 4th Congressional District GOP primary squeaker of a contest with incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper says he plans to seek reappointment by the state Supreme Court after three Democratic justices survived efforts by Republicans to defeat the judges.

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper says he plans to seek reappointment by the state Supreme Court after three Democratic justices survived efforts by Republicans to defeat the judges.

NASHVILLE - State Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, today announced the launch of a new group that will seek to encourage low-income and other disadvantaged groups to engage in the political process.

NASHVILLE — While the Republican candidates lawyer up to determine who won their squeaker of a 4th Congressional District GOP primary, Democratic nominee Lenda Sherrell is happily off and running to the Nov. 4 general election.

NASHVILLE — Dear Tennessee Democrats: You have done it again.

NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and state Sen. Jim Tracy are now talking with lawyers as the two 4th Congressional District GOP primary foes prepare for a potential legal fight over the congressman's razor-thin victory in Thursday's race.

NASHVILLE — Leading by just 35 votes, Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais this afternoon declared victory in Thursday's 4th Congressional District GOP primary with challenger Jim Tracy.

NASHVILLE — Television ad spending soared above $1.4 million in Tennessee's state Supreme Court retention election in which voters kept three Democratic justices despite efforts by Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and independent groups to oust them, a nonpartisan group says.

NASHVILLE - Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais scraped through with a 35-vote margin over GOP primary challenger Jim Tracy in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District, but Tracy is not conceding and the final outcome may boil down to uncounted provisional ballots.

With a lead of just more than 1,400 votes, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann kept his job in Tennessee’s 3rd District Thursday over Republican challenger Weston Wamp.

NASHVILLE — Republican Jim Tracy this evening predicted he's going to win his 4th Congressional District GOP primary challenge to embattled U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.

NASHVILLE — A fierce ideological civil war is playing out in some Tennessee Republican state legislative primary contests among tea party-style Republicans and traditional conservatives battle ahead of Thursday’s election.

NASHVILLE — Dismissed as burnt toast after a scandal over affairs and abortions in late 2012, is it possible Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais could pull off a victory in his 4th Congressional District GOP primary with Jim Tracy?

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.

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