State Politics

NASHVILLE — State Rep. Rick Womick, who hopes to unseat Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell in Dec. 10 leadership elections, is disavowing anonymous email images portraying Harwell and two key legislative allies as puppets on a string controlled by the House clerk.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A federal court has cleared the way for gay couples to be married in South Carolina.

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam is raising questions about plans by two state Senate Republicans to repeal Tennessee's controversial Common Core education standards and create a new panel to make recommendations on their replacement.

ATLANTA — Georgia’s U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson kicked off the 2016 campaign on Monday, announcing his re-election bid surrounded by top Republicans at the state Capitol.

NASHVILLE — Shunned by much of the Tennessee and Washington GOP establishment, given up for politically dead by most observers, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais triumphed over his opponents this year despite the odds.

ATLANTA — While an effort to bring a form of medical marijuana to Georgia garnered bipartisan support during the most recent legislative session, hurdles remain as lawmakers prepare to make another attempt at passing the legislation next year.

After three and a half years of division, fights and big changes that put Tennessee in the national spotlight for public education, a push has emerged for an education commissioner who is homegrown to replace the departing Kevin Huffman.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., won re-election and will become Senate majority leader in 2015 with his vow to fight what he calls President Obama's "war on coal."

State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman says he knew coming into Tennessee that as Gov. Bill Haslam's personally recruited "change agent" in education he would "upset the apple cart" and encounter "push back" from the state's education establishment.

NASHVILLE — Lenda Sherrell, who recently ran in the 4th Congressional District, is seeking the chairmanship of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

NASHVILLE — State campaign regulators on Wednesday dismissed one of two complaints against a controversial political action committee that spent $27,467 helping candidates in 29 contested August races for the state Republican State Executive Committee.

Stronger stormwater regulations in Chattanooga are on their way toward passage, and City Council and stormwater board members alike say a late effort by state legislators to withdraw state approval of the new rules likely will not shift local opinions.

State Rep. Joe Carr confirmed Tuesday that he will challenge Chris Devaney for the chairmanship of the Tennessee Republican Party.

NASHVILLE -- Supporters of tougher abortion regulations on Monday accused plaintiffs challenging the just-adopted Tennessee constitutional amendment in a federal lawsuit of seeking to undermine the majority of voters who approved it.

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam has some advice for eager fellow Republicans in the state Legislature who plan to push tax cuts in the session that begins in January.

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