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GOP doctor in Tennessee Senate race wants Fauci fired A Tennessee trauma surgeon running for an open Senate seat is calling for President Donald Trump to fire the nation's leading infectious diseases expert amid a pandemic.
Wisconsin's Democratic governor endorses Biden for president Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday endorsed Joe Biden for president, a move that comes after the first-term Democrat declined to endorse anyone in the primary and just two weeks before the start of the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.
Hamilton County DA finds no fault, no penalty, for school board candidate's GOP billboard It's OK for Hamilton County school board candidate Tom Decosimo to call himself a Republican on a billboard even though the race is nonpartisan, District Attorney General Neal Pinkston has determined.
Public ideas for Mississippi flag: Magnolias, stars, beer Magnolias, stars, guitars, the cross, beer cans, crawfish, a Gulf Coast lighthouse, Elvis Presley and even Kermit the Frog appear on proposals the general public submitted for a new Mississippi flag.
'If not now, when?': Black women seize political spotlight Americans are preparing to choose a leader and a path through a time of extraordinary division and turmoil. Associated Press journalists tell their stories in the series "America Disrupted."
Nearly 600,000 Tennesseans have already voted as candidates mount final effort in Thursday election Tennessee candidates are mounting their final charge toward Thursday's election, in which nearly 600,000 voters have already cast early or absentee votes in contests ranging from county school board to a bitterly contested U.S. Senate Republican primary.
RNC: Decision on private Trump renomination vote not final The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention said on Saturday, citing the coronavirus.
Biden eyes major foreign policy shifts if he wins Should former Vice President Joe Biden win the White House in November, America will likely be in for a foreign policy about-face as Biden reverses, dismantles or severely curtails many of President Donald Trump's most significant and boldest actions.
Hagerty bests Sethi in Hamilton County GOP straw poll for Senate seat Tennessee Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Bill Hagerty topped GOP rival Manny Sethi Friday night in a Hamilton County Republican Party straw poll for the state's hotly contested Aug. 6 primary election.
Delayed election results? Maybe, but not because of fraud A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November's presidential race on election night. But that doesn't mean the results will be flawed or fraudulent, despite President Donald Trump's continued insistence Friday.
Despite coronavirus threat, Black voters wary of voting by mail Despite fears that the coronavirus pandemic will worsen, Victor Gibson said he's not planning to take advantage of Michigan's expanded vote-by-mail system when he casts his ballot in November.
Tennessee newly backs mail vote option for COVID risk group Tennessee officials are prepared to offer absentee ballots to voters who have health conditions or live with someone at risk for COVID-19, even if Tennessee's Supreme Court strikes down expanded mail voting in pandemic times, a state attorney said Thursday.
Trump floats idea of election delay, a virtual impossibility President Donald Trump, lagging in the polls and grappling with deepening economic and public health crises, on Thursday floated the startling idea of delaying the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Hamilton County school board candidate's billboard sparks complaints A billboard proclaiming Hamilton County school board candidate Tom Decosimo a Republican has sparked several complaints from citizens because the campaign is supposed to be nonpartisan, and the matter is under review by the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office.
Dems slam Cowboys for Trump boss for 'back to Africa' video Democrats and civil rights leaders in New Mexico are denouncing the leader of the Cowboys for Trump group after he posted a social media video calling for some Black athletes to "go back to Africa."
Biden says post-pandemic economy can fight racial inequality Joe Biden unveiled a plan Tuesday to ensure that the nation's post-pandemic economic recovery is built around promoting racial equality, promising to dramatically spur investment in Black-owned small businesses and encourage home ownership while closing wealth gaps among minority communities.
Wealthy donors pour millions into fight over mail-in voting Deep-pocketed and often anonymous donors are pouring over $100 million into an intensifying dispute about whether it should be easier to vote by mail, a fight that could determine President Donald Trump's fate in the November election.
Tennessee early voting doubles over 2016; Hamilton County up 170.3% Tennesseans set a blistering pace during the first seven days of state early and absentee voting in the Aug. 6 election, more than doubling numbers of votes cast during the same time frame in 2012 and 2016, state figures show.
From police chief to VP? Inside Val Demings' unlikely path Val Demings has already been vice president.
Twitter and Facebook become targets in Trump and Biden ads Social media has become the target of a dueling attack ad campaign being waged online by the sitting president and his election rival. They're shooting the messenger while giving it lots of money.
How Chattanooga's 2021 mayoral candidates plan to address police reform Though the recent weeks of protests and calls for police reform in Chattanooga took place under Mayor Andy Berke, he has less than a year left in office.
Ocasio-Cortez, Dems assail men's abusive treatment of women Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's outrage over a Republican lawmaker's verbal assault broadened into an extraordinary moment on the House floor Thursday as she and other Democrats assailed a sexist culture of "accepting violence and violent language against women" whose adherents include President Donald Trump.
Obama blasts Trump, praises Biden in new 2020 campaign video Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama stepped up their attacks on President Donald Trump and defended their time in the White House in a new video showing their first in-person meeting since the coronavirus outbreak began.
Facebook's voting labels on candidate posts sow confusion Facebook has started adding informational labels to all posts about voting by federal elected officials and candidates in the U.S., as it said it would do.
One gave to Gore, one gave to 'Democrat PAC': Attacks continue in Tennessee GOP Senate primary Lawyers for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Manny Sethi's campaign are demanding Tennessee television stations yank an attack ad launched by a new Alexandria, Virginia-based super PAC, charging that the 30-second spot is "false and defamatory."
Bolton: Trump lacks strategic vision, historical knowledge Former national security adviser John Bolton said Monday he believes President Donald Trump committed several impeachable offenses, but Democratic congressional leaders doomed their effort to remove him from office by rushing the process for partisan purposes.
Georgia Dems choose state chair to replace Lewis on ballot Georgia Democrats have selected state Sen. Nikema Williams, chair of the state party, to replace Rep. John Lewis on the ballot in November.
Tennessee votes: At least 90,540 cast ballots during 1st two days of early voting; 4,700 in Hamilton County Early voting resumed Monday in Tennessee's Aug. 6 primary elections after at least 90,540 people cast early votes or by mail-in absentee ballot last Friday and Saturday, according to to Secretary of State Tre Hargett's office.
Kanye West wants $1 million for new moms, slams Harriet Tubman at campaign rally Self-declared presidential candidate Kanye West delivered a winding and unconventional campaign introduction speech in which he proposed a $1 million payout to each new mother and decried Harriet Tubman for her work on the Underground Railroad.
Cost, hassle of stamps questioned as mail-in voting surges Even if it weren't for her disability and fear of catching COVID-19, Delinda Bryant said getting the necessary postage to cast a ballot this year will be a struggle.
Trump not ready to commit to election results if he loses President Donald Trump is refusing to publicly commit to accepting the results of the upcoming White House election, recalling a similar threat he made weeks before the 2016 vote, as he scoffs at polls showing him lagging behind Democrat Joe Biden. Trump says it's too early to make such an ironclad guarantee.
Greene, Cowan face off in first televised debate for 14th Congressional District In their first televised debate before the Aug. 11 runoff, Georgia congressional candidates Marjorie Taylor Greene and John Cowan spent much of their time accusing each other of lying, mishandling business operations and derailing the debate structure by arguing over issues both campaigns have been focused on through social media.
Early voting begins in Tennessee Voters now have the option to cast their ballots ahead of the Aug. 6 primary.
Trump's grand GOP convention plans shrink as virus surges President Donald Trump's plans for a grand convention keep shrinking.
Watch: Advocacy approaches, thoughts on COVID-19 reopening framework separate Hamilton County school board District 1 candidates During the final Hamilton County school board debate on Wednesday evening, 16-year incumbent Rhonda Thurman and lifelong resident Stephen Vickers demonstrated strong commitments to the Soddy-Daisy community with contrasting approaches on how to advocate for that community and how schools should respond to COVID-19.
Poll workers needed as early voting for the August primary starts Friday in Hamilton County Tennessee and local election officials are recruiting poll workers, bracing for record-setting absentee voting and overhauling processes to keep people apart and protected from the coronavirus, but there is one thing they can't do as they prepare for early voting to begin Friday in Hamilton County.
In defeat, Sessions still says Trump right for the nation Jeff Sessions took the stage with the same sense of conviction he had displayed in giddier times at a Mobile stadium almost five years ago, declaring once more that Donald Trump's vision was right for America.
Watch: Despite similarities, divisions arise in experience levels, beliefs on funding for Hamilton County District 7 school board candidates While District 7 candidates for the Hamilton County school board shared some common views, differences in experience level and beliefs on funding shaped a Tuesday evening debate.
Biden's $2 trillion climate plan aims to reframe debate Joe Biden released a $2 trillion plan on Tuesday to boost investment in clean energy and stop all climate-damaging emissions from U.S. power plants by 2035, arguing that dramatic action is needed to tackle climate change and revive the economy.
Senate, House runoffs included on Alabama runoff ballot The Republican Senate runoff for U.S. Senate and three contests to select party nominees for two open U.S. House seats are the highlights of Tuesday's election in Alabama.
Watch: District 2 school board candidates draw differences during debate on testing, equity, funding beliefs Hamilton County School Board candidates Marco Perez and Tom Decosimo drew notable differences in opinion about funding, equity and other issues during Monday night's virtual debate hosted by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanooga 2.0 and WRCB in the race to fill the District 2 seat being vacated by incumbent Kathy Lennon.
Donald Trump, Joe Biden win Louisiana's presidential primary President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have won Louisiana's twice-postponed presidential primary.
Biden proposes $700 billion-plus 'Buy American' campaign Launching an economic pitch expected to anchor his fall presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is proposing sweeping new uses of the federal government's regulatory and spending power to bolster U.S. manufacturing and technology firms.
Tuesday is deadline to register for Tennessee Aug. 6 primary Tennesseans are running out of time to register to vote in the Aug. 6 primary election.
Tuesday is Tennessee's deadline to register to vote Tuesday is the last day for Tennesseans to register to vote in the state's Aug. 6 elections, but one result is already clear: Hamilton Countians as of Monday set a modern-day record when it comes to requests for absentee ballots.
Justices rule states can bind presidential electors' votes The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states' popular vote winner in the Electoral College.
Democrats, Biden look to accelerate Southern political shift From Mississippi retiring its state flag to local governments removing Confederate statues from public spaces, a bipartisan push across the South is chipping away at reminders of the Civil War and Jim Crow segregation.
Senate candidate's campaign bus catches on fire in Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville's campaign bus went up in flames Wednesday night on the side of a north Alabama interstate.
What to know about requesting an absentee ballot for upcoming Tennessee elections Tennessee became one of the last states to expand mail-in voting earlier this month when Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled that voters under 60 can request an absentee ballot because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden campaign says 36% of senior staff are people of color Joe Biden's campaign says a little more than a third of its senior staff are people of color, sharing staff diversity data after facing pressure to answer questions on the issue.
Monty Bruell enters 2021 mayoral race to close gap between 'two Chattanoogas' Business consultant Monty Bruell wants to be Chattanooga's next mayor in order to lessen the economic disparity between the "two Chattanoogas."
Mail-in ballots thrust Postal Service into presidential race The U.S. Postal Service's famous motto — "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers" — is being tested like never before, by challenges that go well beyond the weather.
Georgia measure would stop officials mailing ballot requests Republicans controlling a Georgia House committee approved legislation Wednesday that would prevent election officials from proactively sending mail ballot request forms to voters ahead of an election.
Trump rally highlights vulnerabilities heading into election President Donald Trump's return to the campaign trail was designed to show strength and enthusiasm heading into the critical final months before an election that will decide whether he remains in the White House.
Access to ballot, seal of democracy's covenant, under attack The ballot is deployed to replace the bullet, to decide peacefully who will lead, to resolve divisive issues and to empower individual citizens.
Trump suggests US slow virus testing to avoid bad statistics President Donald Trump said Saturday he's asked his administration to slow down coronavirus testing because robust testing turns up too many cases of COVID-19.
Mayoral candidate Andrew McLaren wants to bridge Chattanooga communities with 'out of the box' ideas Independent candidate Andrew McLaren is running for mayor of Chattanooga in hopes of bridging community disparities with fruit trees and police pay raises.
Liberal groups warn Biden could lose over policing policies More than four dozen progressive groups have signed a letter to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign criticizing his police reform proposals and warning that if he doesn't adopt more progressive policies he risks losing black voters — and the election — this fall.
Blind voters fear loss of privacy with shift to mail voting Not that long ago, Ann Byington had to squeeze into a voting booth with a Republican poll watcher on one side and a Democrat on the other reading her voting choices out loud so her ballot could be marked for her and the selections verified.
Tennessee makes mail voting form changes ordered by judge Tennessee election officials on Thursday made changes to the absentee voting application, a move ordered when a judge scolded them for making their own edits after she required a universal mail-in voting option during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nashville judge to top election officials: 'Shame on you' for not following absentee voting order A Nashville judge rebuked Tennessee's top election officials on Thursday, threatening them with criminal contempt of court if they don't abide by her order to update the state's absentee voting request form to accommodate those who wish to vote by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden gets more aggressive as 2020 campaign heats back up Joe Biden is adopting an increasingly aggressive stance as he looks to break out of a monthslong campaign freeze imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.
Polls find majority support among Tennesseans for voting by mail NASHVILLE — Two new polls show most Tennesseans support being able to vote by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic even as state Attorney General Herbert Slatery appeals a Nashville chancellor's ruling that expands absentee voting by mail to all 4.1 million of the state's registered voters.
Mullis holds off Moore in Georgia Senate race; Greene and Cowan advance to August runoff in 14th congressional district With all four counties in the 53rd District Senate race reporting, Sen. Jeff Mullis held off challenger and current House District 1 Rep. Colton Moore by winning 54.67% of the vote.
New voting machines, rain, long lines: Georgia election plagued by problems Voters endured heat, pouring rain and waits as long as five hours on Tuesday to cast ballots across Georgia, demonstrating a fierce desire to participate in the democratic process while raising questions about the emerging battleground state's ability to manage elections in November when the White House is at stake.
Georgia primaries: Officials prep for lines and slow results Elections officials in Georgia are preparing for long lines and slow results in Tuesday's primaries as poll closures and coronavirus restrictions complicate in-person voting and counties grapple with processing a huge increase in paper ballots received by mail.
Democrats look to counter GOP vote-by-mail fraud claims Democrats are mounting a new effort to push back against a well-funded Republican campaign that seeks to undermine public confidence in mail-in voting, which President Donald Trump has said, without offering proof, will lead to election fraud.
Virus, racial unrest force Trump campaign to recalibrate Less than five months before voters will decide his fate, President Donald Trump is confronting a vastly different political reality than he once envisioned. For starters, if the election were held today, he'd likely lose.
Georgia voters heading to polls Tuesday for primary elections The races are set for Tuesday in Georgia's delayed statewide and presidential primary elections.
Judge to decide on excuse-free mail voting in Tennessee amid coronavirus fears A judge will rule on Thursday whether to expand excuse-free absentee voting to any Tennessee voter who requests a mail-in ballot.
With wins in 7 states and DC, Biden closes in on nomination Joe Biden is on the cusp of formally securing the Democratic presidential nomination after winning hundreds more delegates in primary contests that tested the nation's ability to run elections while balancing a pandemic and sweeping social unrest.
Tennessee vote-by-mail case ruling expected next week A Tennessee judge expects to rule next Thursday on whether to order a temporary injunction to let all voters cast ballots by mail in the August primary due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Parties target control of state legislatures, redistricting Drowned out by the coronavirus and national politics, Republican and Democratic operatives are quietly preparing for a battle of state legislative supremacy later this year that could have a profound effect on political power for the next decade.
Tennessee officials: 2020 vote-by-mail for all not feasible Tennessee officials say they "cannot feasibly implement" a quick shift to let all voters cast their ballots by mail in the 2020 elections, an outcome sought in three lawsuits due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months Joe Biden made his first in-person appearance in more than two months on Monday as he marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at a veterans park near his Delaware home.
Judge rules against Florida on felons paying fines to vote A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe, a federal judge ruled Sunday.
Biden aims to move left without abandoning centrist roots Joe Biden worked out deals with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. He defended Vice President Mike Pence as a "decent guy" and eulogized Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain's "fairness, honesty, dignity, respect."
GOP rising star John James faces trouble at top of ticket Michigan Senate candidate John James has been called a rising star of the Republican Party so many times it's become a cliche.
Stacey Abrams endorses candidates in 7 US Senate contests Alongside discussions of her own national political ambitions, former Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams is wading into elections outside her home state, endorsing the campaigns of seven Democrats vying for U.S. Senate seats.
Trump threatens funding after Michigan absentee ballot move President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to hold up coronavirus relief money for Michigan after he said — erroneously — that the state had sent absentee ballots to millions of voters. It's not clear that he can do so.
2016 repeat? Trump revives Clinton playbook to battle Biden Accusations of a "deep state" conspiracy. Allegations of personal and family corruption. Painting an opponent as a Washington insider not to be trusted.
Sweeping federal lawsuit seeks election changes in Wisconsin Advocates for people with disabilities and minority voters in Wisconsin filed a sweeping federal lawsuit Monday asking a judge to order that more poll workers be hired, every voter in the state receive an absentee ballot application and a host of other changes be made to ensure the August primary and November presidential election can be held safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Tech glitches keep Atlanta voters waiting for mail ballots The election director for Georgia's most populous county said Thursday that technical issues have prevented officials from processing absentee ballot applications sent in by email, causing a backlog of thousands of pending applications ahead of the June 9 primaries.
Pandemic creates electoral uncertainty for Trump, Democrats President Donald Trump's reelection is facing growing headwinds less than six months before Election Day.
Georgians face Monday deadline to register to vote on June 9 Georgians have until the end of the day Monday to register to vote in the June 9 elections.
On duty for National Guard, Clay Fuller can't actively campaign for Congress while on the frontlines of coronavirus pandemic Clayton Fuller, a prosecutor in Georgia's Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit and candidate for the state's 14th Congressional District, has been on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak for nearly two weeks helping disinfect nursing homes in Alabama for the Air National Guard.
Georgia election board approves ballot drop boxes for June Georgia's state election board on Wednesday approved a new rule allowing counties to establish absentee ballot drop boxes for the state's June primary elections amid the coronavirus pandemic.
'Against all odds': Colton Moore running against Jeff Mullis for Georgia Senate seat Georgia state Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, told the Times Free Press in a phone call Friday morning that he is running against Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, for the Senate seat in District 53.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke endorses Joe Biden after Pete Buttigieg ends presidential bid Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke announced on Twitter the day before Super Tuesday that he endorses Joe Biden as the Democratic presidential candidate.
Rep. Colton Moore will not run for reelection in District 1 In a surprising announcement that will shake up the political landscape in Northwest Georgia, Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, announced he will not run for relection in House District 1.
What you need to know for Super Tuesday in Hamilton County On Tuesday, Tennessee, Alabama and 12 other states will participate in the 2020 Super Tuesday primary election.
Hamilton County, Tennessee Democrats turned out in droves during early voting Overall numbers of Hamilton County voters who cast early ballots in the upcoming Super Tuesday presidential primary dropped slightly from 2016, but local Democrats' turnout soared nearly 50% and actually topped the total number of GOP voters in the Republican county, state figures show.
Most Americans don't think Democratic candidates are religious, but it may not matter Most Americans do not think the current Democratic candidates for president are very religious, which could damage progressive hopes for wins Southern states where faith remains an important voting issue.
Randy Fairbanks takes Hamilton County property assessor opponent Marty Haynes to task for not owning property Incumbent Property Assessor Marty Haynes is under scrutiny again by opponent Randy Fairbanks as a new campaign mailer suggests Haynes, who does not own property, is unqualified to maintain his office.
Monday is voter registration deadline for Georgia primary Monday is the deadline to register for Georgia's March 24 presidential primary.
Power Poll: Who would Chattanooga leaders back in the coming primaries? If the 2020 presidential primary election were held today, Chattanooga's leaders would choose former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg over all other candidates, according to a new Power Poll released Thursday.
US Senate race: Sethi campaign hits rival Hagerty's use of national surrogates in Tennessee Republican U.S. Senate candidate Manny Sethi on Tuesday knocked GOP rival Bill Hagerty as yet another national surrogate for Hagerty swooped into Tennessee to campaign on his behalf.
Hamilton County early voting off to strong start thanks to heated Democratic contest State figures show 65,491 Tennesseans last week took advantage of the first four days of early voting as they began casting ballots in the March 3 Super Tuesday presidential primary, as well as a smattering of local contests across the state.
Bloomberg rallies Chattanooga: 'Trump is afraid of me.' Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg drew hundreds of people to downtown Chattanooga Wednesday for a rally emphasizing his electability against President Donald Trump.
Opponent Randy Fairbanks accuses incumbent Marty Haynes of favoring political allies Just days before early voting begins, two Republican candidates for Hamilton County property assessor unleashed "D.C. politics" in an effort to sway local conservatives.
A list of Chattanooga area early voting locations and hours Early voting for Tennessee's March 3 Presidential Preference Primary/County Primary Election begins Wednesday and will run through Feb. 25.
Chattanooga City Councilman Russell Gilbert announces 2021 mayoral campaign Chattanooga District 5 City Councilman Russell Gilbert officially announced his 2021 candidacy for city mayor Monday, promising "fresh ideas."
Chattanooga Assistant Police Chief Glenn Scruggs announces state Senate District 10 bid Chattanooga Assistant Chief of Police Glenn Scruggs on Monday announced his candidacy for the Tennessee Senate District 10 seat held by Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga.
Who is running for re-election in Hamilton County this year? Some candidates have already announced their bids for this year's local and state elections, but others have only picked up nominating papers.
Former Red Bank Mayor John Roberts running for Hamilton County school board Former Red Bank Mayor John Roberts picked up nominating papers for this year's District 2 school board race from the Hamilton County Election Commission Monday.
Like-minded conservatives and former friends battle for Hamilton County property assessor position The pair were friends for decades and often allies in their time on the Hamilton County Commission, but now Property Assessor Marty Haynes and Commission Chairman Randy Fairbanks are locked in a heated and deeply personal campaign for the March property assessor primary election.