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Herbert Slatery sworn in as Tennessee's attorney general

First Republican to hold post in 144 years

NASHVILLE -- Herbert Slatery III was sworn in today as Tennessee's first Republican state attorney in 144 years in a ceremony shared by his now-former boss, Gov. Bill Haslam, and state Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee.

NASHVILLE -- On its face, it would appear to be the least controversial of the four proposed changes to Tennessee's Constitution on the November ballot.

NASHVILLE -- The battle over a proposed abortion amendment to the Tennessee Constitution took to the airwaves Tuesday as opponents began running their first television spot attacking the proposal.

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee-based nonprofit groups -- churches, schools, hospitals, civic service clubs and others -- collectively grossed $23.5 million over the past three years from charitable fundraisers featuring raffles, cakewalks and similar games of chance, figures show.

NASHVILLE - The campaign to defeat the proposed Amendment 1 on abortion begins airing its first television ad in the Nashville market today.

NASHVILLE -- Conservative Christian reality TV stars Jim Bobb and Michelle Duggar threw their support behind Amendment 1 on abortion Monday, with Michelle Duggar charging the provision is needed to stop a "baby holocaust" taking place in Tennessee.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and his Democratic challenger, Gordon Ball, finally share something in common.

NASHVILLE - While Democrat Gordon Ball continues to push Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander for a full-fledged debate, six other Senate hopefuls running as independents or under less well-known party banners say they've agreed to hold one of their own. debate.

NASHVILLE - Herbert H. Slatery III will be sworn in as Tennessee’s first Republican attorney general in 144 years on Wednesday with his soon-to-be ex-boss Gov. Bill Haslam and state Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee administering the oath of office.

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam has ordered state agencies to slash discretionary spending by up to 7 percent as his administration builds the new budget it will present to legislators early next year.

NASHVILLE -- Some 22,800 students have registered so far in Gov. Bill Haslam's Tennessee Promise program, which offers "last dollars" scholarships to high school graduates wanting to attend two-year state community colleges or colleges of applied technology, officials say.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s planned exit from office has two delighted Southeast Tennessee Republican congressmen almost giddy, but a Democratic lawmaker from Memphis is hailing Holder, the first black to become the federal government’s top lawyer, for his work on civil rights and criminal justice reform.

Tennessee congressmen react to Holder resignation

AG Holder's departure draws conflicting reactions from DesJarlais, Cohen

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to leave his post once his successor is confirmed drew opposite reactions today from two Tennessee congressmen who occupy polar ends of the political spectrum.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron said Saturday he's "heavily disappointed" the state Supreme Court didn't reappoint Democrat Bob Cooper as state attorney general, and he revealed the party spent $300,000 to help save the three Democratic justices on the retention ballot.

NASHVILLE — Newly appointed state Attorney General Herbert Slatery, who last week became only the second Republican in Tennessee history to hold the post, fully embraces the unusual process in which the state Supreme Court names the state's top lawyer.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron announced today he won't run for a second term as the party chairman.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Gordon Ball is fighting back against his "F" rating by the National Rifle Association, accusing the powerful gun-rights group of putting out a "hit piece" on him without even contacting him.

NASHVILLE - U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Gordon Ball is fighting back against the National Rifle Association giving him a "F" rating, accusing the powerful gun-rights group of putting out a "hit piece" on him without even contacting him.

NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is trying to hit the reset button on the debate over Tennessee's controversial Common Core standards after state lawmakers last spring forced him to back off plans to use one group's assessments and bid out development of new tests.

NASHVILLE — The National Rifle Association says it’s given Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Gordon Ball an “F” rating on Second Amendment rights, charging Ball has embraced former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “gun control agenda.”

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam today sought to punch the reset button on Tennessee's controversial Common Core student testing standards at an "education summit" attended by state lawmakers, educators and business leaders.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Republicans and Democrats forgot about party and split every which way on Wednesday as the Republican-controlled U.S. House voted on a spending bill that also gave the Obama administration approval and money to train and arm Syrian rebels.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Republicans and Democrats forgot about party and split every which way on Wednesday as the Republican-controlled U.S. House voted on a spending bill that also gave the Obama administration approval and money to train and arm Syrian rebels.

NASHVILLE - Whether it develops into a debate or not remains to be seen, but Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has accepted a Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation invitation to participate in a meet-the-candidate "forum" on Oct. 16 with Democratic rival Gordon Ball.

NASHVILLE — Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey may have lost at the ballot box in his efforts to defeat three Democratic Supreme Court justices, but he wound up Monday with a history-shattering consolation prize.

NASHVILLE - The state Supreme Court today named Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's legal counsel, Herbert Slatery, as Tennessee's next attorney general, rejecting Democratic Attorney General Bob Cooper's bid for a second eight-year appointment.

NASHVILLE — In making his case for reappointment to a new term, Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper told Supreme Court justices last week that the skills and experience he first cited in 2006 to get the job "have only been enhanced" by eight years in the office.

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.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Supreme Court justices plan to announce their pick for state attorney general on Monday, their office announced late this afternoon.

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

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.

The 57-year-old Democrat and Chattanooga native is competing with seven other lawyers for the eight-year appointment.

NASHVILLE - Republican Dan Howell of Cleveland was sworn in early as the new state representive for House District 22 in a ceremony this afternoon.

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 — Cleveland, Tenn., Republican Dan Howell on Monday will be sworn in early as the new state representative for House District 22, according to the office of House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-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.

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 — A federal judge plans to rule next week in a lawsuit seeking class-action status for would-be TennCare enrollees who charge Tennessee officials delayed processing their Medicaid applications for months despite requirements of the federal health care law.

NASHVILLE — A federal judge plans to rule next week in a lawsuit seeking class-action status for potential TennCare enrollees who charge the state has failed to process their applications under the federal health care law.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday he hopes to put a long-delayed Medicaid expansion proposal before federal officials soon that would extend subsidized health insurance to an estimated 180,000 low-income Tennessee adults.

NASHVILLE — A long-expected plan for a Medicaid expansion in Tennessee could be placed before federal officials soon, Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday. If the feds approve, an estimated 180,000 low-income state residents could be eligible for subsidized health insurance.

NASHVILLE — Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Gordon Ball is calling on Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander to debate him in major Tennessee cities, including Chattanooga, before the Nov. 4 election.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee officials say the state's School Bond Authority has just completed the sale of $345 million in higher education facilities bonds at historically low rates.

NASHVILLE — Scandal-ridden U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais on Monday was finally able to bring his Aug. 7 GOP primary election to a successful close after state Sen. Jim Tracy announced he won't challenge the razor-thin results and conceded defeat.

NASHVILLE — Proponents say 12,403 people have so far signed Chattanooga petitions seeking a November referendum on wine sales in grocery stores.

NASHVILLE — Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke will endorse 4th Congressional District Democratic nominee Lenda Sherrell next week, the Sherrell campaign says.

NASHVILLE — Lakesite and Red Bank have joined the list of Tennessee cities that have collected enough petition signatures to let voters decide in November whether retail food stores may sell wine, proponents say.

NASHVILLE — With all but one provisional vote counted in last week's 4th Congressional District GOP primary, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has at least a 38-vote lead over challenger Jim Tracy.

NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam this afternoon announced he has created a 27-member Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism as part of his administration's overall effort to cut crime and improve public safety.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais on Wednesday stepped up pressure on Jim Tracy to concede their 4th Congressional District Republican primary race after reviews of provisional ballots in most counties showed DesJarlais with an insurmountable 37-vote lead.

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