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.

Contact Andy at 615-255-0550 or asher@timesfreepress.com

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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.

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