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NASHVILLE -- Democrat Gordon Ball says a new poll he commissioned shows Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander ahead but with just 45 percent of the vote compared to 32 percent for Ball.

NASHVILLE -- Democrat Gordon Ball says a new poll he commissioned shows Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander ahead but with just 45 percent of the vote compared to 32 percent for Ball.

NASHVILLE - In a just-released TV ad, Republican U.S. Sen Lamar Alexander is again linking Democratic opponent Gordon Ball to President Barack Obama and asks voters to "trust me."

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — In a ramshackle campaign headquarters just off the town square here, Democrat Lenda Sherrell last week was firing up the troops in her bid to unseat the most controversial congressman in modern Tennessee history.

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander on Thursday added a new rule to his "Little Plaid Book" of 311 rules about running for office.

COOKEVILLE - Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democrat Gordon Ball repeatedly attacked each other on both political and personal fronts this morning as the two candidates met in their first and last joint appearance.

NASHVILLE -- U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., said today a nonpartisan congressional study demonstrates Tennessee Republican legislators were more interested in voter "suppression" than ballot security when enacting a law requiring state residents to present government-issued photo ID before casting ballots.

NASHVILLE -- Secretary of State Tre Hargett disputes a nonpartisan congressional study that found once Tennessee and Kansas enacted strict voter identification laws, the states saw deeper drops in election turnout, especially among black and young voters, than four other states that didn't toughen their requirements.

NASHVILLE - If you're confused about who's running and where you can vote in Tennnessee's Nov. 4 election, the state now has an easy way for you.

NASHVILLE -- Armed with a $900,000 war chest, grocery stores are blitzing television, radio and social media across Tennessee this week with ads aimed at persuading voters in 78 municipalities to say yes to allowing wine sales in food stores.

Armed with a $900,000 war chest, grocery stores are blitzing television, radio and social media this week with ads aimed at persuading voters in 78 municipalities to say yes to allowing wine sales in food stores.

NASHVILLE — Warring sides in Tennessee's historic state Supreme Court election battle spent a record-shattering $2.4 million, a final tally of expenditures reveals.

NASHVILLE - Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, says he is working on a contingency plan should voters reject a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that would enshrine the state's existing retention elections for appellate judges.

NASHVILLE — The battle over a proposed Tennessee constitutional amendment aimed at giving state lawmakers more power to regulate abortions has drawn big contributions for both sides in a fight that has drawn national attention.

NASHVILLE — Lenda Sherrell is taking U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais to task in a new television ad in which the Democrat draws a direct line from abuse allegations made against him by his first wife to the lawmaker's subsequent votes on domestic violence.

NASHVILLE -- Lenda Sherrell is taking U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais to task in a new commercial in which the Democrat draws a direct line from abuse allegations made by his first wife to the lawmaker's subsequent votes on domestic violence.

NASHVILLE — More than two decades before national Common Core education standards became a target for critics, then-President George H.W. Bush and his education secretary unveiled their own ambitious strategy for improving the nation's ailing schools.

Proponents of Tennessee grocery stores being able to sell wine say they’re gearing up for the Nov. 4 election where voters in Chattanooga, Signal Mountain and dozens of other communities will decide the issue on local referendums.

NASHVILLE — A new poll shows Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander leads Democratic challenger Gordon Ball by 21 points, but with his overall support hovering just

NASHVILLE - Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today launched his second general election television ad, the second in as many days, with this one directly attacking his Democratic opponent, Gordon Ball, by name.

NASHVILLE -- Democrat Gordon Ball's first TV ad in the general election charges U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is "out of tune" with Tennesseans, and it features a piano-playing Alexander serenely pounding out a mangled version of the "Tennessee Waltz."

NASHVILLE -- U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., is urging fellow Democrats to vote for independent John Jay Hooker in governor's race over Democrats' little-known nominee, Charlie Brown, on Nov. 4.

Democrat Gordon Ball's first TV in the general election charges Sen. Lamar Alexander is "out of tune" with Tennesseans and features a piano-playing Alexander pounding out a mangled version of the Tennessee Waltz.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., faces renewed criticism from his vanquished GOP primary rival, tea party conservative Joe Carr, who so far has refused to endorse him.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam is defending his administration’s 2012 closure of Taft Youth Development Center in rural Bledsoe County despite recent riots and two mass escapes by hardened teen-age felons housed in a Nashville facility.

NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's first political ad for the Nov. 4 general election doesn't bother to mention Democratic rival Gordon Ball by name but has plenty to say about President Barack Obama.

NASHVILLE -- Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's first political ad for the Nov. 4 general election doesn't bother to mention Democratic rival Gordon Ball by name but has plenty to say about President Barack Obama.

NASHVILLE — Democrat Lenda Sherrell's first TV ad in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District race never mentions her opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, but the South Pittsburg physician looms large in it nonetheless.

NASHVILLE - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has gotten a "D" grade on fiscal policy from a libertarian think tank which says Tennessee's governor hasn't done enough to cut state spending and taxes.

NASHVILLE -- Democrat Lenda Sherrell's first TV ad in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District race never mentions her opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, but much of it appears directed at him.

NASHVILLE — Herbert Slatery was sworn in as state government’s top lawyer on Wednesday, giving Tennessee its first Republican attorney general since 1870.

Herbert Slatery sworn in as Tennessee's attorney general

First Republican to hold post in 144 years

NASHVILLE -- Herbert Slatery III was sworn in today as Tennessee's first Republican state attorney in 144 years in a ceremony shared by his now-former boss, Gov. Bill Haslam, and state Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee.

NASHVILLE -- On its face, it would appear to be the least controversial of the four proposed changes to Tennessee's Constitution on the November ballot.

NASHVILLE -- The battle over a proposed abortion amendment to the Tennessee Constitution took to the airwaves Tuesday as opponents began running their first television spot attacking the proposal.

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee-based nonprofit groups -- churches, schools, hospitals, civic service clubs and others -- collectively grossed $23.5 million over the past three years from charitable fundraisers featuring raffles, cakewalks and similar games of chance, figures show.

NASHVILLE - The campaign to defeat the proposed Amendment 1 on abortion begins airing its first television ad in the Nashville market today.

NASHVILLE -- Conservative Christian reality TV stars Jim Bobb and Michelle Duggar threw their support behind Amendment 1 on abortion Monday, with Michelle Duggar charging the provision is needed to stop a "baby holocaust" taking place in Tennessee.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and his Democratic challenger, Gordon Ball, finally share something in common.

NASHVILLE - While Democrat Gordon Ball continues to push Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander for a full-fledged debate, six other Senate hopefuls running as independents or under less well-known party banners say they've agreed to hold one of their own. debate.

NASHVILLE - Herbert H. Slatery III will be sworn in as Tennessee’s first Republican attorney general in 144 years on Wednesday with his soon-to-be ex-boss Gov. Bill Haslam and state Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee administering the oath of office.

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam has ordered state agencies to slash discretionary spending by up to 7 percent as his administration builds the new budget it will present to legislators early next year.

NASHVILLE -- Some 22,800 students have registered so far in Gov. Bill Haslam's Tennessee Promise program, which offers "last dollars" scholarships to high school graduates wanting to attend two-year state community colleges or colleges of applied technology, officials say.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s planned exit from office has two delighted Southeast Tennessee Republican congressmen almost giddy, but a Democratic lawmaker from Memphis is hailing Holder, the first black to become the federal government’s top lawyer, for his work on civil rights and criminal justice reform.

Tennessee congressmen react to Holder resignation

AG Holder's departure draws conflicting reactions from DesJarlais, Cohen

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to leave his post once his successor is confirmed drew opposite reactions today from two Tennessee congressmen who occupy polar ends of the political spectrum.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron said Saturday he's "heavily disappointed" the state Supreme Court didn't reappoint Democrat Bob Cooper as state attorney general, and he revealed the party spent $300,000 to help save the three Democratic justices on the retention ballot.

NASHVILLE — Newly appointed state Attorney General Herbert Slatery, who last week became only the second Republican in Tennessee history to hold the post, fully embraces the unusual process in which the state Supreme Court names the state's top lawyer.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron announced today he won't run for a second term as the party chairman.

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.

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