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NASHVILLE — House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner said Thursday he won’t seek re-election to the state Legislature in November.

NASHVILLE — Future Tennessee candidates for state and local office would face limits on how much they can personally lend their campaigns under a bill that passed the House on a 75-12 vote Thursday.

NASHVILLE -- Future candidates in Tennessee would face limits on how much they can personally "loan" their campaigns under a bill that passed the House on a 75-12 vote this morning.

NASHVILLE -- State House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner announced today he will not seek re-election to the House District 51 after 14 years in office.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that legislative efforts to make children of illegal immigrants eligible for in-state college tuition have "some merit," but he doesn't see including them in his own proposal to offer free tuition to students attending community colleges.

NASHVILLE — Democratic lawmakers efforts to make Tennessee the 22nd state to set a minimum wage higher than the federal standard failed in a Republican-led House panel today.

NASHVILLE — The battle over Tennessee’s annexation laws now moves to the state Senate after the House this week overwhelmingly approved a bill requiring referendum votes before cities can legally take in new territory.

NASHVILLE — Local lawmakers and Bradley County families of victims on Monday renewed their push for legislation boosting penalties for some categories of drunken drivers involved in fatal crashes.

NASHVILLE — Following a spirited debate about the First Amendment, the state House on Monday approved a nonbinding resolution condemning "Sex Week" festivities at the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus.

Local state senators and representatives have gone back to the drawing board on legislation they say is crucial for the survival of Erlanger Health Services.

NASHVILLE — Hamilton County state legislators have introduced legislation paving the way for Erlanger' hospital's governing authority board to create a nonprofit group to run the public hospital.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee’s fines for driving without a seat belt would more than double under a Haslam administration bill that Safety Department officials say is needed to cut the death toll on Tennessee highways.

NASHVILLE — Despite Volkswagen workers' voting down union representation last week at the company's Chattanooga plant, Tennessee's chief economic recruiter says more needs to be done to persuade the German manufacturer to bring a new line of SUV production to Southeast Tennessee.

NASHVILLE — Rep. Richard Floyd says he is sponsoring a resolution condemning the University of Tennessee's "Sex Week" because "people in my district are fed up with the perversion."

NASHVILLE — Sen. Mike Bell on Tuesday shelved his bill aimed at protecting wedding-related business from lawsuits for refusing service to same-sex couples if it violates owners’ religious beliefs.

NASHVILLE — Sen. Mike Bell on Tuesday shelved his bill aimed at protecting wedding-related business from lawsuits for refusing service to same-sex couple if it violates owners’ religious beliefs.

Just days after a unionization effort went down in flames at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, company officials on Tuesday reached out to the Haslam administration to restart discussions on state economic incentives tied to possible plant expansion.

NASHVILLE -—A House panel today approved a resolution condemning "Sex Week" activities at the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus following a wording change.

Gov. Bill Haslam said he hopes to start discussions as early as this week with Volkswagen about a new incentive package to help the manufacturer settle on the Chattanooga plant to produce a new line of SUVs.

NASHVILLE — It's not every day that an election with just 1,338 participants winds up drawing a state governor, U.S. senator and even the president of the United States into the fray.

NASHVILLE — State House Speaker Beth Harwell says she and fellow Republican representatives will seek to strike a balance on a just-passed Senate bill stripping Tennessee cities and counties of authority to ban guns from local parks, playgrounds and ball fields.

NASHVILLE - Tennessee cities and counties would lose their ability to ban guns from local parks under legislation that passed the Senate this morning.

NASHVILLE — Despite opposition from some members of his own party, Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, on Wednesday persuaded a key panel to approve his bill allowing U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants living in Tennessee to attend public colleges paying in-state tuition rates.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and fellow Senate Republicans are pushing a bill delaying for one year new Internal Revenue Service rules GOP lawmakers say can "target" political speech by nonprofit groups.

NASHVILLE — New polling released by Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s re-election campaign shows the Tennessee Republican with a better than 3-to-1 lead over his GOP primary opponent, state Rep. Joe Carr.

NASHVILLE -- New polling released by Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's reelection campaign show the the Tennessee Republican holding a better than 3-to-1 lead over his GOP primary opponent, state Rep. Joe Carr.

NASHVILLE -- U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and fellow Senate Republicans are pushing a bill delaying for one year new Internal Revenue Service rules GOP lawmakers say can "target" political speech by non-profit groups.

State House Democratic lawmakers and a labor union attorney this afternoon attacked comments from Republican officials threatening future economic incentive deals with Volkswagen if employees agree to allow unionization of the company's Chattanooga plant.

NASHVILLE -- State House Democratic leaders this afternoon have scheduled a news conference this afternoon in which they will urge Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and fellow GOP lawmakers to stop "interfering" in this week's unionization vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

NASHVILLE — State Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson, R-Hixson, House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, and other area Republican legislators plan to hold a news conference Monday regarding next week's unionization vote at the Volkswagen plant.

NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam continued to speak out Thursday against unionization of the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga, even as fellow GOP critic U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says further criticisms by him before next week's vote aren't appropriate.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam today continued to speak out against unionization of the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga even as fellow vocal Republican critic, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says further comment by him before next week's vote isn't appropriate.

NASHVILLE — The top House Democratic leader is requesting the Obama administration turn over documents detailing Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's interactions with the administration on his Medicaid expansion proposal.

NASHVILLE — A proposed state constitutional amendment calling for the popular election of Tennessee's attorney general fell two votes short Wednesday on the Senate floor.

NASHVILLE — A national group that works to elect what it considers promising conservatives announced today that is backing state Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, in his GOP primary challenge of U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., says he is cosponsoring two bills that would create a permanent federal income tax deduction for state and local sales taxes paid by residents of Tennessee and other states which have no general state income tax.

NASHVILLE — Efforts to change the Tennessee Constitution to require the popular election of the state attorney general failed on the Senate floor today.

Cities across Tennessee that are failing to keep up with annual required contributions to their employee retirement plans would have to do so within six years or face a penalty, under legislation proposed by state pension officials.

NASHVILLE — State Rep. Mike Carter said he is continuing to explore introducing legislation amending Tennessee's strict anti-marijuana laws to allow possession of a cannabis-derived oil seemingly effective in treating a rare form of epilepsy.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., raised just $17,580 for his re-election campaign during the fourth quarter, federal filings show, compared to $151,384 by his GOP primary challenger, state Sen. Jim Tracy, of Shelbyville.

NASHVILLE — With his only potential opponents for now an outraged raccoon-loving Republican and a 1960s-era Democratic warhorse, Gov. Bill Haslam's campaign on Friday reported raising more than $5.2 million for his re-election effort.

NASHVILLE -- Voters in Chattanooga and many other Tennessee cities or counties could authorize wine sales in supermarkets, big-box retailers and convenience stores under a bill passed Thursday by the state Senate.

Wine in grocery stores passes Tennessee Senate, 23-8

Chattanoogans may get chance to vote on it

NASHVILLE — Residents in Chattanooga and many other Tennessee cities would be allowed to vote on whether to allow wine sales in supermarkets and convenience stores under a bill passed this morning by the state Senate.

NASHVILLE — Add Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke to the list of Tennessee's "Big Four" city mayors opposing a bill in the Legislature that seeks to strip local governments of their power to keep firearms out of public parks.

NASHVILLE — The House committee that killed last year's version of a bill to allow wine sales in Tennessee grocery stores on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of giving cities the ability to hold referendums on the proposal.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday staked out a middle ground on anti-methamphetamine measures, proposing a bill that requires a prescription to obtain more than a 20-day supply of cold remedies used to manufacture meth.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee lawmakers opened their 2014 session Tuesday with the House offering a bipartisan tribute to the late Rep. Lois DeBerry before Republicans and Democrats promptly fell out over how bad the state government's revenue picture really is.

An adviser to Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann says the Chattanooga congressman is in a strong position financially to fend off a primary challenge from Weston Wamp.

GOP leaders are content in this year's legislative session to support Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's decision not to expand Tennessee's Medicaid program for the poor.

NASHVILLE — With less than 10 months to go before Election Day 2014, it appears that Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam may stroll to re-election.

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