State Politics

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., said Wednesday a nonpartisan congressional study demonstrates Tennessee Republican legislators were more interested in voter "suppression" than ballot security when enacting a law requiring state residents to present a government-issued photo ID before casting ballots.

NASHVILLE -- U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., said today a nonpartisan congressional study demonstrates Tennessee Republican legislators were more interested in voter "suppression" than ballot security when enacting a law requiring state residents to present government-issued photo ID before casting ballots.

NASHVILLE — A federal judge has denied a request by the Libertarian Party candidate for governor that his party affiliation appear next to his name on the ballot. Instead, Daniel Lewis will be listed as an independent.

NASHVILLE -- Secretary of State Tre Hargett disputes a nonpartisan congressional study that found once Tennessee and Kansas enacted strict voter identification laws, the states saw deeper drops in election turnout, especially among black and young voters, than four other states that didn't toughen their requirements.

Polls open across Tennessee today for early voting in the Nov. 4 election, and local election officials and party chiefs are urging residents to get out and cast their ballots.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett said Tuesday that "I Voted" stickers featuring his name is a matter of accountability and not intended to be political.

NASHVILLE — Tennesseans are getting ready to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would bar lawmakers from ever imposing a state income tax.

NASHVILLE — Abortion rights supporters contributed big sums last quarter to a campaign to defeat Amendment 1, which would give lawmakers more power to regulate abortions in Tennessee.

NASHVILLE — Warring sides in Tennessee's historic state Supreme Court election battle spent a record-shattering $2.4 million, a final tally of expenditures reveals.

Just hours after Chattanooga wrapped up its annual Pride Celebration, the U.S. Supreme Court decided it wouldn't weigh in on same-sex marriage appeals, opening the door for legal marriage in 30 states.

NASHVILLE — The battle over a proposed Tennessee constitutional amendment aimed at giving state lawmakers more power to regulate abortions has drawn big contributions for both sides in a fight that has drawn national attention.

This week, Georgians will have a chance to influence races for the governor's office and the U.S. Senate that will influence national politics.

NASHVILLE — Lenda Sherrell is taking U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais to task in a new television ad in which the Democrat draws a direct line from abuse allegations made against him by his first wife to the lawmaker's subsequent votes on domestic violence.

NASHVILLE -- Lenda Sherrell is taking U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais to task in a new commercial in which the Democrat draws a direct line from abuse allegations made by his first wife to the lawmaker's subsequent votes on domestic violence.

NASHVILLE — More than two decades before national Common Core education standards became a target for critics, then-President George H.W. Bush and his education secretary unveiled their own ambitious strategy for improving the nation's ailing schools.

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