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An apparent communications breakdown at the Hamilton County Election Commission on Thursday caused much consternation for candidates and party leaders. The commission released only a portion of the second-quarter campaign financial disclosure reports to the public after Thursday's deadline.

Second-quarter campaign disclosure reports would have shown voters who has been raising and spending the most money ahead of the Aug. 7 county election -- but only 15 county candidates filed by the Thursday deadline.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann's campaign launched a volley against Republican opponent Weston Wamp on Thursday over pro-Wamp advertising that began airing Thursday, paid for by a Virginia-based political fundraising group.

The Hamilton County Criminal Court Clerk's post is not a political job. The clerk makes no policy, wields no real power and largely performs administrative work.

Republican voters in Tennessee House District 27 may be able to make their Aug. 7 decisions based squarely on issues.

Both candidates agree: Wednesday's 3rd Congressional District Republican primary debate got straight to the core differences between two-term incumbent Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and challenger Weston Wamp.

It's settled once and for all. It's not OK to campaign at the courthouse or any county property — except 101 feet or more from polling locations.

Hamilton County Commissioners today voted to prohibit campaign signs, endorsements or any kind of political messaging on county property — except for property adjacent to polling places.

The incumbent is a two-term, staunchly conservative congressman who earned his spot in Washington on a nationwide wave of tea party buzz. He finished April with $640,000 in total campaign support.

The House District 27 Republican primary just became a head-to-head race.

After some confusion and an emergency meeting, a ballot question asking voters to support or reject same-sex benefits for Chattanooga employees will appear in its original form on the Aug. 7 ballot.

A letter supporting Criminal Court Clerk Gwen Tidwell's re-election may end up marring the 20-year incumbent's campaign.

The House District 27 Republican Primary just became a head-to-head race.

The Hamilton County Election Commission voted today to approve the language of the ballot question seeking to recall the city of Chattanooga's same sex employee benefits ordinance for the Aug. 7 ballot.

On Thursday, Howard Baker Jr. pulled Washington politicians together for the last time.

In the wake of a tea party push to oust Washington incumbents, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is getting primary support from a few big names from the conservative establishment.

In the wake of a tea party push to oust Washington incumbents, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is getting primary support from a few big names from the conservative establishment.

The Hamilton County Schools system is $2.1 million closer to its next building project.

The GOP primary race for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District may come down to how much political pull the milkman has -- or which candidate puts the most sweat into the district's rural counties.

One thing is clear: All the Republican candidates for the state House District 27 seat firmly believe in states' rights, gun ownership and limited government.

Without any fuss, the Hamilton County Commission approved a $672.5 million budget Wednesday.

The Aug. 7 election may seem like deja vu for District 8 residents.

Hamilton County Commissioners today voted to approve Mayor Jim Coppinger's fourth budget, with no debate.

A collection of flying doughnuts on 20th Street has brightened the Southside neighborhood but frosted the city of Chattanooga.

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger has not been spared this election season.

The east side of the county is one of four battlegrounds where Democrats are hoping to gain on Aug. 7 in the county general election. But a long line of Republican leadership in the district could make that difficult.

You’ve been there. Hungry, short on time and in desperate need of an authentic Mexican taco.

The ballot won't show it, but there is a contest for Hamilton County's District 1 commission seat.

Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, resigned today as the chairman of the Hamilton County Legislative Delegation.

Tennessee-American Water Co. is touting straight A's on its annual drinking water quality report for Chattanooga.

A political newcomer is seeking to continue 32 years of Republican reign in Hamilton County Commission District 7, but a Democratic pastor from Knoxville is seeking to tilt the political scales in the county's southeastern corner.

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger's new $672.5 million budget could add eight new officers to the county jail and put 30 more patrol cars on the road, although Sheriff Jim Hammond says his department would continue to lag on both fronts.

Even after voting this week to give Hamilton County more control over Erlanger Health System’s board of trustees, county leaders aren’t ready to boost local financial support for the public hospital.

The Hamilton County Commission has done its part to change the way Erlanger Hospital is governed.

Hamilton County Commissioners today heard and immediately passed a Payment In Lieu of Tax agreement for an automotive supplier at Enterprise South Industrial Park.

For the fourth year in a row, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger today presented a budget without a tax increase to the county commission.

A former Hamilton County commissioner is trying to reclaim District 6 for the Democrats in the Aug. 7 county general election, and the Republican incumbent says he's up for the challenge.

Hamilton County Commissioner Jim Fields is mum on whether he is seeking to replace Clerk and Master Lee Akers. But the state's attorney general has helped to shed some light on the subject.

The fanfare of primaries has passed, but local political parties and candidates are now focusing on the prize -- the Aug. 7 election.

The long-awaited restructuring of Erlanger hospital's governing board appears to be in the final stretch.

Weston Wamp says some of the country's biggest problems are its oldest. And Congress needs young, tech-savvy millennials to make government meet private sector standards.

Statewide, the food and wine war is over. Locally, the wets have one more battle — but election officials say they haven't yet taken the field.

In some ways, Rick Carpenter got his wish. He can now pay two years' worth of sewer bills in cash. There will be no transaction fee per se -- but there will be one due for Hamilton County Chancery Court.

Chancellor Jeffery Atherton has ruled against an East Ridge couple sued by the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority for nonpayment of bills.

Hamilton County's chancellors are seeking a replacement for Clerk and Master Lee Akers. But when asked for the list of applicants, the judges first denied the request on nonlegal grounds, and then ordered the records sealed.

Residents seeking to pay property taxes or fees to Criminal Court with plastic will soon see a boost in convenience and savings.

Randy Fairbanks faces no Democratic opposition for the District 1 Hamilton County Commission seat, but that doesn't mean he's going to walk into office.

Nearly 20-year-old computer systems have left Hamilton County's ambulance service's bill collection on life support — and they are a time drain for paramedics to boot.

For more than 30 years, the Brainerd levee system has done what it was intended to do — prevent the kind of flooding that submerged hundreds of homes and businesses around South Chickamauga Creek in the 1970s.

More than two dozen Hamilton County high school students were sworn in Wednesday to serve on the county's first youth court.

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