State Politics

NASHVILLE — Four years ago, U.S. Rep. Diane Black was battling fellow Republican Jim Tracy in a tough three-person GOP primary in Tennessee's 6th Congressional District.

NASHVILLE — Four years ago, U.S. Rep. Diane Black was battling fellow Republican Jim Tracy in a tough three-person GOP primary in Tennessee's 6th Congressional District.

With one week to go before the state primary, TV ad wars are raging in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District.

NASHVILLE — Spending in the ongoing fight over the re-election of three Tennessee Supreme Court justices has now topped $575,000, according to an independent group.

NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's campaign spent $1.34 million, much of it on television broadcast and cable ads, during the first 18 days of July as he ramped up his GOP primary effort for early voting in Tennessee, his disclosure shows.

After a super PAC supporting Tennessee 3rd Congressional District candidate Weston Wamp dropped an additional $193,000 on a campaign ad this week, his rival's camp is again calling on Wamp to denounce the political action committee.

NASHVILLE — Immigrant advocates say they are baffled by a letter that Gov. Bill Haslam sent to President Barack Obama that says his administration should have been informed about the placement of 760 unaccompanied immigrant children in Tennessee.

With his white beard, lined face and gravelly voice, Gary Owens could pass for songwriter Kris Kristofferson’s younger brother.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — It is critical that Tennessee maintain a fair and impartial Supreme Court that is free of partisan politics, Justice Sharon Lee said Monday during a stopover here.

NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander told cheering supporters Monday that he learned as governor he sometimes had to work with Democrats to get things done for Tennessee and has found it necessary sometimes in Washington to do the same.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and his GOP primary challenger Weston Wamp whipped out their campaign wallets and collectively spent more than three-quarters of a million dollars during the first part of July as the two men’s bitter rivalry headed into early voting.

NASHVILLE — For a low-key, even-keeled kind of a guy, Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is nonetheless managing to ignite a lot of passion on Tennessee's campaign trail right now.

NASHVILLE — A conservative super PAC controlled by a Nashville millionaire pumped nearly $300,000 in independent expenditures into Tennessee's U.S. Senate Republican primary last week, mostly against incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Wine in Tennessee's grocery stores inching closer to vote

Aug. 21 is deadline for petition the referendum

The drive to get wine in Tennessee's grocery stores is picking up traction.

NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is aiming his third straight televised punch at GOP challenger Weston Wamp with a new ad in which both men's 2012 rival, Scottie Mayfield, directly takes Wamp to task over secretly recording him last spring.

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