Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press.

A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications.

Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, politics and general assignment beats.

He was won public service, investigative, deadline and project awards from the Tennessee Press Association, Common Cause of Tennessee, the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists and Remove Intoxicated Drivers.

Andy grew up in Chattanooga. A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Andy is a past chairman of the Tennessee Capitol Hill Press Corps and served as an acting director of the Regional Reporters Association while in Washington.

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NASHVILLE — Allegations of an "illegal" raffle for a chance to wear a chicken costume and complaints about Republicans blocking appointment of a U.S. Surgeon General are the topics of the day in Tennessee's U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander and Democratic challenger Gordon Ball.

NASHVILLE — A new poll shows "uncertain" chances for a proposed constitutional amendment to ban an income tax in Tennessee.

NASHVILLE — Opponents of the proposed Tennessee constitutional amendment on abortion have outspent supporters this month by more than 3-to-1, according to new financial disclosures.

Opponents of the proposed Tennessee constitutional amendment on abortion have outspent supporters this month by a nearly than 3 1/2-to-1 margin, to the tune of $3.43 million.

NASHVILLE — With a week to go until Election Day, Democrat Lenda Sherrell on Tuesday released a new television ad that seeks to counter Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ efforts to link her to President Barack Obama and also challenges the congressman to “come clean” about his voting record.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that although state officials continue to monitor the situation, his administration has no immediate plans to go beyond federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines with regard to quarantines for possible Ebola cases.

NASHVILLE - Democrat Lenda Sherrell is up with a new television that seeks to counter Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais' efforts to link her to President Barack Obama and challenges the congressman to "come clean" about his voting record.

NASHVILLE - With Tennessee Democrats getting whopped upside the head by Republicans with images of President Barack Obama, a Democratic state legislator from Nashville has seized upon another figure to whack his GOP opponent.

NASHVILLE - With a new tracking poll showing him comfortably ahead of Democrat Gordon Ball, Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today began running a new ad promising to put "Tennessee common sense to work" in a "new majority" to "fix our broken system."

NASHVILLE — Democrat Lenda Sherrell's campaign plunked down nearly $200,000 for television ads during the 15 days leading up to early voting in her Nov. 4 challenge to Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, filings show.

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