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 - While Democrat Gordon Ball says the federal government "should repeal any prohibition concerning marijuana," his rival, Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is offering a more nuanced approach.

NASHVILLE — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball said Thursday the federal government has no business regulating pot.

NASHVILLE -- Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball said today the federal government should get out of the pot regulation business.

NASHVILLE -- Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is defending his decision not to take part in a Senate debate later this afternoon with a blast at his Democratic rival, Gordon Ball, who is.

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NASHVILLE -- Flanked by a man in a yellow chicken suit wearing a familiar-looking plaid shirt, Democrat Gordon Ball today again called on Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to debate him and hinted if the senator won't, it's because he's …

NASHVILLE - A political action committee belonging to one of the nation's largest environmental groups has jumped into Tennessee's U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Lamar Alexander and Democrat Gordon Ball.

Tennessee's first five days of early voting was down by nearly a third compared to the somewhat similar 2010 election, state figures show.

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NASHVILLE -- Democrat Gordon Ball says a new poll he commissioned shows Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander ahead but with just 45 percent of the vote compared to 32 percent for Ball.

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