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Our tired and unoriginal 3rd District incumbent Republican congressman, Chuck Fleischmann, has adopted the ultra-right's "we-can't-trust ..." chant often aimed at the president to paint his youthful and energetic opponent with a completely deceptive message and manipulated photograph in a mailer advertisement sent out last week.

The doorway to TennCare is like "the eye of a needle," according to legal and health care experts.

While Tennessee's Sen. Lamar Alexander campaigns to keep the tea party alligator known as Joe Carr off his heels, a young innovative Democrat named Terry Adams is campaigning around the state.

Ardena Garth has built a legacy of good work from the Hamilton County Public Defenders Office that she built in 1989 from the ground up, and the office continues to be an example across the country.

  • July 26th, 2014  |
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Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Christie Mahn Sell has been busy since she became the first female General Sessions judge elected to an eight-year term here in 2006.

Mayor Jim Coppinger is the best Aug. 7 choice in his re-election bid against independent candidate Richard Ford of Birchwood.

It's time to return Democrat John Allen Brooks to the Hamilton County Commission District 6 seat.

  • July 23rd, 2014  |
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By the normal rules of a county general election, Randy Fairbanks — the Republican primary nomination winner with no Democratic opposition — should be waltzing to a victory in the Aug. 7 Hamilton County general election.

Early voting began Friday, and in Tennessee much is at stake.

In District 8, a former principal who is the incumbent school board member is challenged by a former teacher who also is a former teacher's union president.

  • July 19th, 2014  |
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In this two-man race, long-time science educator Jim Watson is challenging incumbent Greg Martin, a cemetery operator who was appointed to the board in March 2012 for his business expertise after Everett Fairchild stepped down.

If Chattanooga and Hamilton County Schools officials actually follow through this time with a tentative agreement for the city to pay delinquent liquor taxes, and if the school system actually forks over delinquent city sewer stormwater fees, then perhaps our children will benefit more than the lawyers.

  • July 16th, 2014  |
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What a relief to finally get to write that the new Volkswagen SUV will, in fact, be built in Chattanooga.

President Barack Obama last week urged Congress to quickly provide almost $4 billion to confront “an urgent humanitarian situation” — a surge of young migrants from Central America crossing the border into Texas.

There is no excuse for Tennessee to have such a fouled-up TennCare application process.

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