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When Bob Corker was Chattanooga’s mayor a decade ago, his encounters with “foreign powers” mostly were limited to dealings with neighboring towns in Hamilton County.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's campaign says the Tennessee Republican's latest polling shows him with at a 56-14 over his best-known GOP primary opponent, state Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas.

NASHVILLE —Former state Rep. Donna Rowland Barrett has been appointed to the Tennessee State Election Commission, Secretary of State Tré Hargett said Wednesday.

NASHVILLE — Former state Rep. Donna Rowland Barrett has been appointed to the Tennessee State Election Commission, Secretary of State Tre Hargett said today.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said Monday that a decision on where Volkswagen will build a new sport utility vehicle is due “in the very near future.”

U.S. GOP Senate hopeful Joe Carr will be the featured speaker this Thursday at the Chattanooga Tea Party's monthly meeting.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said today he believes things are "moving in the right direction" on Volkswagen's pending decision on whether to add a second line of production at the auto manufacturer's Chattanooga plant.

NASHVILLE — Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he doesn't intend to put any of his own campaign cash behind his push to defeat three Democratic state Supreme Court justices up for yes/no retention votes on the August ballot.

NASHVILLE — Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he doesn't intend to put any of his own campaign cash behind his push to defeat three incumbent Democratic state Supreme Court justices up for yes/no retention votes on the August ballot.

NASHVILLE — Former Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice William “Mickey” Barker says an effort by some fellow Republicans in the state Legislature to unseat three incumbent Democratic justices in August elections is nothing less than “an attack on the entire judicial system.”

NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said today he won't take part in efforts by Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountvile, to defeat three Democratic state Supreme Court justices on a yes/no retention election ballot this August.

NASHVILLE -- U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., remains one of the nation's top 10 "most vulnerable" congressmen, according to a Washington, D.C.-based newspaper.

NASHVILLE — State officials have given UTC the go-ahead to begin planning a $59 million student residence hall to ease chronic bed shortages at the Chattanooga campus.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam says he intends to rely on a panel of experts plus some advice from above when deliberating the fates of 10 convicted murderers with scheduled execution dates in the next two years.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam told attendees at a conference of church leaders today that he "can't honestly answer" what decision he will make on 10 convicted murderers' scheduled executions in Tennessee until their pleas for clemency come before him.

NASHVILLE — The legislative session that just ended proved to be Gov. Bill Haslam's most challenging year yet as he faced a tough state budget and increasing pushback from his fellow Republican lawmakers — especially on education.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee lawmakers ended their annual session Thursday by passing a flurry of last-minute measures, including a bill aimed at bringing peaceful resolution to many cities' yearslong failure to share liquor taxes with local school systems.

NASHVILLE — A bill designed to bring peaceful resolution to Tennessee cities' years-long failure to share liquor taxes with local school systems is headed to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

NASHVILLE -- After months of wrangling, a bill limiting the amounts of pseudoephedrine-based cold medicines Tennesseans can buy without a prescription is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam.

NASHVILLE — Efforts to let senators double the amount of campaign contributions they get from special interests and individual donors over the four-year course of their term belly flopped in the House this afternoon.

NASHVILLE — Legislation implementing a one-year delay in the testing component of Tennessee's Common Core curriculum is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam.

NASHVILLE — A bill overhauling Erlanger Health System’s board and removing Chattanooga city government’s long-held seats on the panel is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee would be ready to electrocute death row inmates should lethal injection drugs be unavailable under a bill approved Wednesday by the House.

NASHVILLE — House members this afternoon approved a conference committee report implementing a one-year delay in the testing of Tennessee's Common Core education standards. Tennessee House members OK report implementing delay of Common Core education standards

Gov. Bill Haslam this week signed legislation by two Hamilton County lawmakers that ends Tennessee cities' ability to annex by ordinance.

Republican state Sen. Jim Tracy maintained his campaign fundraising lead over incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., in the first three months of 2014, according to the candidates' latest disclosures.

NASHVILLE -- The House took final action today on a measure expected to save local governments money on some jail inmate medical costs, sending the bill to Gov. Bill Haslam.

NASHVILLE -- No fuss, no muss, no debate: in one fell swoop, the state House this morning passed a measure overhauling Erlanger Health System's board along with 68 other local bills and resolutions.

NASHVILLE -- House members this afternoon approved a conference committee report implementing a one-year delay in the testing of Tennessee's Common Core education standards.

A last-minute bill scheduled for a vote today in the General Assembly could overhaul Erlanger Health System’s board and remove Chattanooga city government’s long-held seats on the panel.

NASHVILLE — State legislators from Hamilton County are moving a bill in the General Assembly that strips appointments by Chattanooga as well as Hamilton County’s two Chancery Court judges to Erlanger Health System’s board of trustees.

NASHVILLE -- A bill that makes it easier for parents to decide the future direction of a struggling school is dead for the year.

NASHVILLE -- The State Board of Education will be able to approve charter schools rejected by local school boards under a bill headed to Gov. Bill Haslam.

NASHVILLE — With no discussion, the House today sent to Gov. Bill Haslam a bill authorizing a limited, four-year study of the effectiveness of cannabis oil on certain types of intractable seizures.

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee House gave final approval this afternoon to a controversial bill that allows the State Board of Education to approve charter schools rejected by local school boards.

NASHVILLE -- A top Tennessee School Board Association official said today the group has reservations about a bill seeking to address many cities' failure to pay liquor taxes to local education agencies for years.

NASHVILLE -- The state House today sent Gov. Bill Haslam a bill providing courts direction on using public nuisance laws to bar criminal gang members from specifically designated public areas like parks and neighborhoods.

NASHVILLE — Like weary boxers entering the 12th round of a hard fight, Tennessee lawmakers return today for what members hope is the final week of their annual legislative session.

With talks stalled and a potential change in state law threatening the mounting tab owed to the Hamilton County school system over past-due liquor taxes, school officials filed a lawsuit against Chattanooga on Friday as a safeguard.

NASHVILLE — State lawmakers on Thursday gave final approval to a $32.4 billion spending plan for 2014-2015 after majority Republicans fended off Democrats' attempts to partially restore pay raises for teachers and state employees.

An attorney for a Chattanooga anti-union group said Thursday he expects challenges to emerge to some of the two dozen United Auto Workers' subpoenas issued this week in its appeal of the Volkswagen plant's union election.

NASHVILLE — The state's $32.4 billion budget is on its way to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam after the Senate took final action on the governor's recommended spending plan.

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee House passed Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's recommended $32.4 billion budget this afternoon after beating back Democratic efforts to restore planned teacher and employee pay raises scrapped by revenue shortfalls.

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Democratic Party today informed state election officials that anti-gay rights activist Mark Clayton should not be allowed to run for governor as a Democrat.

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Senate on Wednesday took a historic step and approved legislation allowing a limited hospital study of whether cannabis oil is effective in treating certain types of intractable seizures.

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Senate today approved legislation authorizing a limited, four-year study of the effectiveness of cannabis oil on certain types of intractable seizures

NASHVILLE — Legislation altering the boundary line between Marion and Franklin counties is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam after the House took final action on the bill today.

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee House today approved a bill compromise today limiting the amounts of pseudoephedrine-based cold medicines consumers can buy in an effort to curb its use in illegal methamphetamine production.

NASHVILLE — Any Tennessean who can legally have a firearm would be able to carry a handgun openly with no need for any state-issued permit under a bill that whizzed through the Senate on Tuesday.

NASHVILLE — School districts that own their own school buses may get some relief as a new bill approved by the Tennessee General Assembly will allow school buses to stay on the road longer.

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