State Politics

State Sen. Bo Watson, R-Chattanooga, will be the guest speaker Tuesday at the Marion County Republican Party's monthly meeting.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee's Supreme Court will name its pick for state attorney general on Monday, the office announced late Thursday afternoon, while the state's lieutenant governor and a former Knoxville mayor complained that the process lacks transparency.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has reappointed retired Chattanooga businessman John Foy to the University of Tennessee's governing board of trustees.

NASHVILLE — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says there are at least three Republican candidates for the next state attorney general he believes can do as good a job or better than the Democrat they would replace.

NASHVILLE — A security audit will be performed on all three of the state’s youth development centers after a recent breakout and violence at the facility in Middle Tennessee, according to a preliminary report sent to the governor.

NASHVILLE — Mistakes in Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's office caused 79 bills to become law without his signature and another 67 measures to be backdated to meet constitutional deadlines.

NASHVILLE — Eight applicants on Monday made public pitches to and fielded questions from Tennessee Supreme Court justices for an appointment to an eight-year term as state attorney general.

ATLANTA — First lady Michelle Obama debuted on the 2014 campaign trail Monday in Georgia, where Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is working to pick up a key seat for Democrats.

NASHVILLE — Thirteen Republican lawmaker want state Supreme Court justices on Monday to ask candidates for Tennessee attorney general whether they would have joined other states in challenging the Affordable Care Act in 2011.

NASHVILLE — Three state lawmakers are urging the Haslam administration to consider reopening Taft Youth Development Center near Pikeville after mass escapes and a riot by teenage felons at a less secure facility in the middle of Nashville.

NASHVILLE — Three state lawmakers are urging the Haslam administration to consider re-opening Taft Youth Development Center near Pikeville in the wake of two nights of mass escapes and a riot by teenaged felons at a less secure facility located in the middle of Nashville.

A federal judge has ordered Tennessee’s state Medicaid program to take responsibility for long-delayed applications, calling for the agency to hold hearings for people who have waited months to find out whether they will receive coverage.

NASHVILLE — Registered voters in 80 Tennessee towns and cities, including Chattanooga, will vote in November on whether to allow the sale of wine in retail food stores, the Red White and Food campaign said Tuesday.

NASHVILLE — Nine years after Tennessee lawmakers required many state-created boards to establish audit committees, the central administrative office for Tennessee's 31 district attorneys general has finally agreed to obey the law.

NASHVILLE — For U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the elder statesman of Tennessee politics, a primary challenge by a little-known tea party opponent was supposed to be little more than a glorified victory lap around the state.

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