State Politics

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 -- 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 — Twenty-five years ago, the exclusionary reputation of a Knoxville country club led to a furor when the University of Tennessee feared that its first African-American basketball coach would be rejected based on race. Today, a membership in that club by the state's new attorney general has been met with barely a shrug.

Thirteen years after protesters stormed the state Capitol over a state income tax that lawmakers were considering, Tennesseans will decide Nov. 4 whether to permanently ban any new state or local personal income or payroll tax in Tennessee.

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 -- After decades of contentious arguing among lawyers and politicians over the best way to choose Tennessee's top judges, voters are being asked to resolve the issue once and for all this fall.

ATLANTA — Georgia's highway department is spending thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for rush-hour radio ads that brag about the department but provide little practical information to the public.

In Alabama, abortion rights advocates have set up an online crowd-sourcing campaign to raise money to help women get to Nashville for an abortion.

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam has ordered state agencies to slash discretionary spending by up to 7 percent as his administration builds the new budget it will present to legislators early next year.

After an uncomfortably tight primary victory, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann has severed ties with longtime political adviser and ally Chip Saltsman.

Last year, activists helping to sign people up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act were in new territory. Little was known about who would actually sign up for the newly available coverage, or how best to reach them.

Chattanooga's City Council meeting Tuesday went along without much fuss. Every resolution and ordinance was passed without discussion.

Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is "evaluating options" about a debate with Democratic challenger Mary Headrick, a campaign spokesman said.

For many Tennesseans struggling to get Medicaid coverage this year, a federal judge's decision appeared to signal an end to a months-long limbo.

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