Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press.

A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications.

Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, politics and general assignment beats.

He was won public service, investigative, deadline and project awards from the Tennessee Press Association, Common Cause of Tennessee, the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists and Remove Intoxicated Drivers.

Andy grew up in Chattanooga. A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Andy is a past chairman of the Tennessee Capitol Hill Press Corps and served as an acting director of the Regional Reporters Association while in Washington.

Contact Andy at 615-255-0550 or asher@timesfreepress.com

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NASHVILLE -- Democrat Gordon Ball says a new poll he commissioned shows Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander ahead but with just 45 percent of the vote compared to 32 percent for Ball.

NASHVILLE -- Democrat Gordon Ball says a new poll he commissioned shows Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander ahead but with just 45 percent of the vote compared to 32 percent for Ball.

NASHVILLE - In a just-released TV ad, Republican U.S. Sen Lamar Alexander is again linking Democratic opponent Gordon Ball to President Barack Obama and asks voters to "trust me."

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — In a ramshackle campaign headquarters just off the town square here, Democrat Lenda Sherrell last week was firing up the troops in her bid to unseat the most controversial congressman in modern Tennessee history.

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander on Thursday added a new rule to his "Little Plaid Book" of 311 rules about running for office.

COOKEVILLE - Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democrat Gordon Ball repeatedly attacked each other on both political and personal fronts this morning as the two candidates met in their first and last joint appearance.

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 -- 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.

NASHVILLE - If you're confused about who's running and where you can vote in Tennnessee's Nov. 4 election, the state now has an easy way for you.

NASHVILLE -- Armed with a $900,000 war chest, grocery stores are blitzing television, radio and social media across Tennessee this week with ads aimed at persuading voters in 78 municipalities to say yes to allowing wine sales in food stores.

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