State Politics

NASHVILLE — Democrat Gordon Ball raised just $26,950 in contributions from donors for his U.S. Senate campaign in the second quarter, but the successful Knoxville class-action lawsuit lawyer more than made up for that by reaching into his own pocket.

For the first time this election cycle, 3rd District Congressional candidate Mary Headrick shared a stage with the Republican she will face in November — although voters will decide in about two weeks whether that will be incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann or challenger Weston Wamp.

NASHVILLE — The National Rifle Association's political arm has endorsed U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District GOP primary and is wishing him "good luck with your campaign."

If early voting numbers are any indicator, most of Tuesday's runoff races in Northwest Georgia will be decided by a scant few.

NASHVILLE — As he seeks re-election, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., hopes Republican primary voters focus on his staunchly conservative record in Congress and forget, or at least forgive him for, what he once described as the "darkest secrets" of his personal life.

On the eve of Georgia's runoff election, two Republican U.S. Senate candidates were on a mad dash to garner support — and get people to the polls.

NASHVILLE — Voters won't decide this issue until November, but the fundraising, education and organizational battle is already in full swing over a proposed Tennessee constitutional amendment granting state lawmakers more power over abortion.

Three weeks ahead of the Aug. 7 primary — and just before the start of early voting today — Tennessee 3rd Congressional District candidate Weston Wamp faces a federal complaint over his campaign finances.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — J. Adam Lowe, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the state House District 22 seat, is criticizing the source of contributions to his opponent in the Aug. 7 primary, Dan Howell.

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.

NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander spent $623,840 between April 1 and June 30 as the two-term incumbent geared up for an increasingly contentiouis GOP primary battle with challengers Joe Carr and George Flinn.

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.

Health advocates in Tennessee and in the Southeast say they are "disappointed" and "troubled" by TennCare's response to federal officials about problems with the state's Medicaid application system.

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."

NASHVILLE — A sometimes-defiant Haslam administration fired off its response Monday to criticisms from the Obama administration over Tennessee's implementation of rules and programs intended to facilitate enrollment of low-income residents under the federal health care law.

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