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A new political action committee headed by former UnifiEd Executive Director Jonas Barriere has endorsed incumbent Jim Copppinger for mayor and nine candidates for Hamilton County ... Bill Haslam, calls himself the architect of Tennessee's Drive to 55 education and workforce development initiative.
In a statement to USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee, Clemmons criticized Republicans in the General Assembly not only for failing to pass the initial version, but also for plagiarizing his language, he said. "In yet another example of how out of touch this Republican supermajority has become, they are the ...

Darren Jernigan, D-Old Hickory, said he worried about the measure because it gave the historical commission — which consists of political appointees — the power of eminent domain. “I'm not comfortable with giving them that power,” he said. Rep. Bud Hulsey, R-Kingsport, said he was concerned about ...
On hand were such as realtor Bobbi Gillis, Cooper-Young mogul Charlie Ryan, Grizzlies exec Jason Wexler, several sitting commissioners and fellow council members, businessman/political broker Karl Schledwitz, and former Mayor AC Wharton. A grateful Ford delivered himself of some lengthy remarks in ...
In another twist, a bill that would ban child marriage in Tennessee was sent back to committee from the Senate floor Monday after it had advanced with bipartisan support. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Darren Jernigan, D-Old Hickory, and Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, originally sought to ban the marriage of ...
It didn't even make it out of committee in the Tennessee legislature. The resolution was written by Tennessee Democratic state Rep. ... "In the past two sessions, our Committee has had several resolutions from various political parties, aimed at special prosecutors, designations of terrorist organizations, ...

On Wednesday, the bill that called for Tennessee to outlaw marriages where one of the parties is younger than 18 was sent to summer study session, where bills are usually reviewed but do not often come back for a vote. House Majority Leader Glen Casada, a Republican from Franklin, Tenn., who sits on ...
Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, has called Jordan “one of the most dangerous and extreme candidates” he has seen in Tennessee politics. Such rhetoric was never used ... Since entering the race, Reeves has received donations from 16 state lawmakers or their political action committees. Other contributors ...
Despite a strong push to keep the records public in Tennessee, two Republican lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that would make the results of autopsies conducted by the state and county medical examiners secret. The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Eddie Smith, R-Knoxville, and Sen. Joey Hensley ...
"We sent a notice that we saw several signs so we did send out some notices then we found out a week after that, a law had been passed last year that allows certain signs and political signs to be in private property," Petrosino said. "The law changed in the great State of Tennessee in July of 2017," said ...

A bill that would allow a select number of teachers to carry guns on campuses across Tennessee passed its first hurdle in the legislature Wednesday, thrusting the state into the national debate about how best to protect students from school shootings. Mothers, teachers and other gun control activists spoke ...
(CNN) Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen's Senate campaign told the FBI in a letter Thursday that it fears it was hacked. The revelation comes as intelligence experts predict a widespread threat of cyberattacks on campaigns and election systems from both domestic and foreign hackers. According to a ...
In search of what it all means, I reached out to Erik Schelzig, the editor of The Tennessee Journal -- a political tipsheet on Volunteer State politics. Our conversation, edited only for flow, is below. Cillizza: Megan Barry just resigned after weeks of scandal following her affair with a former head of security.
"I have sat down with Carter, and I was more than shocked when I found out that there are judges in the state of Tennessee that allow for children to be married," Casada said. "So, with that fact given, we are going to revisit these limits on what a judge in Tennessee can do on marrying children in our state.".
McQueen said similar data reported by schools shows about 10 percent of high school students say they've been threatened or injured with a weapon on school property in the last year. Almost 11 percent report being in a fight. McQueen also said a growing number of Tennessee students in recent years ...
But Jordan said she thinks the GOP leadership's targeted remarks have more to do with politics than religion. ... Regardless, being an atheist is not considered a plus for a candidate running for office in the heart of the Bible Belt, said Kent Syler, a political science professor at Middle Tennessee State ...
Neither version of the bill allowed recreational use of marijuana in Tennessee. Faison's changes to the bill resulted in him getting support from at least two committee members — Farmer and Van Huss — who said they now approve of the legislation. Law enforcement and state health officials have objected ...


 

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