NASHVILLE — With early voting kicking off Friday in Tennessee's Aug. 7 party primaries, the three major U.S. Senate Republicans' latest campaign finance disclosures show they're ready to rumble.

NASHVILLE — Democrat Lenda Sherrell of Monteagle ramped up her 4th Congressional District bid in the second quarter, with a little help from a $100,000 personal loan as well as $78,670 from contributors.

If 3rd District congressional candidate Weston Wamp has been on paid leave from Lamp Post Group — as a founding partner said early this month — he could find himself in an election finance nightmare.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais went up with his first television ad on Tuesday that touts his conservative record and slams his GOP primary challenger, state Sen. Jim Tracy, as a supporter of Common Core education standards who "tried to make gas taxes automatic."

The August ballot will include seven names for the District 5 seat on the Hamilton County school board, but only five people are actively pursuing the seat.

The four Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate — Terry Adams, Gordon Ball, Larry Crim and Gary Gene Davis — have been invited to speak at the JFK Luncheon Club at noon today at The Chattanoogan hotel, 1201 Broad St.

NASHVILLE — Challenger Jim Tracy has dropped the political "A" bomb — as in abortion — in his effort to unseat U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the 4th Congressional District's Republican primary on Aug. 7.

The Hamilton County Criminal Court Clerk's post is not a political job. The clerk makes no policy, wields no real power and largely performs administrative work.

Republican voters in Tennessee House District 27 may be able to make their Aug. 7 decisions based squarely on issues.

U.S. Senate candidate Terry Adams is criticizing Democratic primary rival Gordon Ball over Ball’s rejection of a debate.

U.S. Senate candidate Terry Adams is criticizing Democratic primary rival Gordon Ball over Ball's rejection of a debate.

Danny Page, an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate, has filed two more complaints against Alexander, whom he accuses of "colluding" with the Tennessee State Museum to boost the federal lawmaker's candidacy.

The National Federation of Independent Business' political arm has endorsed incumbent state Rep. Ron Travis, R-Dayton, in Travis' 31st House District race with former Rep. Jim Cobb, R-Spring City.

The National Right to Life Committee has endorsed Republican U.S. Chuck Fleischmann as the Chattanooga lawmaker seeks a third term, according to a Fleischmann news release.

NASHVILLE — It's often said that talk is cheap, but that isn't always the case when it comes to getting your message across to voters in a U.S. Senate race.

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