State Politics

NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has sworn in newly elected Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon G. Lee.

NASHVILLE — State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has a way of turning spectacular failures into soaring victories.

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 — Four years after the Libertarian Party of Tennessee filed its first lawsuit to get on the ballot, the group is still fighting for access in a state that has some of the most restrictive rules in the country for smaller political parties.

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.

State Sen. Bo Watson, R-Chattanooga, will be the guest speaker Tuesday at the Marion County Republican Party's monthly meeting.

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.

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

NASHVILLE — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says there are at least three Republican candidates for the next state attorney general he believes can do as good a job or better than the Democrat they would replace.

NASHVILLE — A security audit will be performed on all three of the state’s youth development centers after a recent breakout and violence at the facility in Middle Tennessee, according to a preliminary report sent to the governor.

NASHVILLE — Mistakes in Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's office caused 79 bills to become law without his signature and another 67 measures to be backdated to meet constitutional deadlines.

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.

ATLANTA — First lady Michelle Obama debuted on the 2014 campaign trail Monday in Georgia, where Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is working to pick up a key seat for Democrats.

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 — Three state lawmakers are urging the Haslam administration to consider reopening Taft Youth Development Center near Pikeville after mass escapes and a riot by teenage felons at a less secure facility in the middle of Nashville.

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