NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican voters will decide Thursday whether to re-nominate Lamar Alexander, a 40-year veteran of Tennessee politics, to a third term in the U.S. Senate.
They will also decide if they want to stick with embattled Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais despite a series of personal scandals that have dogged him since he was first elected in 2010, and whether to retain or replace any of three Democratic state Supreme Court justices up for another eight-year term.
41. 5 things to know in Tennessee primaries - Friday, August 01, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Five things to know about Thursday's primary elections and other ballot issues in Tennessee:
1. RACES TO WATCH
The U.S. Senate primary has brought some of the sharpest duels. Tea party-backed candidate Joe Carr is seeking to upset Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, who appears to have a clear edge but certainly cannot ignore the unexpected tea party gains in other states. In the state's 4th Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Scott DesJarlais is seeking to fend off a strong GOP primary challenge after a series of sex scandals.42. Tennessee Supreme Court races see spending spike - Friday, August 01, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - An influx of campaign spending on three Tennessee Supreme Court seats has transformed what is traditionally a sleepy affair into a hard-fought campaign that has raised questions about the role of partisan politics in the judiciary.43. 3 Democratic Supreme Court justices launch TV ad - Friday, July 11, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — The three Supreme Court justices facing retention elections next month have launched a television ad to stress their dedication to the federal and state constitutions.
The three Democrats in the ad boast of protecting gun rights and of upholding nearly 90 percent of death sentences that have come before them.44. Survey of lawyers finds vast support for state Supreme Court justices - Friday, June 13, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee Bar Association survey of its lawyer members found nine out of 10 respondents support the retention of three state Supreme Court justices who are on the ballot in August.45. Incumbent Tennessee Supreme Court justices raise $600K - Friday, May 30, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — The coordinated campaign of three incumbent Tennessee Supreme Court justices announced Monday that it has raised $600,000 for the effort to keep them on the bench for eight more years.46. Lawyers fight effort to oust justices - Friday, May 23, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Lawyers are fighting back against an effort by conservatives to oust three sitting justices on the state's highest court.
Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville has been circulating a document that takes aim at Supreme Court Justices Cornelia Clark, Gary Wade and Sharon Lee. All three were appointed by former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, and all three are up for election on Aug. 7.47. Some expect costly, divisive Tennessee justice campaign - Friday, May 09, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee could be facing the costliest state Supreme Court election in its history now that conservatives have targeted three sitting justices on the state's highest court.
Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, has been circulating a document that takes aim at Supreme Court Justices Cornelia Clark, Gary Wade and Sharon Lee. All three were appointed by former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, and all three are up for election in August. The replacements for two retiring Republican justices won't be on the ballot yet.48. Haslam: Judicial campaign could hurt amendment - Friday, May 02, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he's concerned that an effort by some fellow Republicans to oust three incumbent state Supreme Court justices in August could hurt the prospects of a separate constitutional amendment on judicial selection that goes before voters two months later.49. Campfield has more fun in follow-up to Holocaust remark - Friday, May 02, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - A Tennessee state senator who compared the federal health care law to the forced transportation of Jews to concentration camps during the Holocaust appeared to make light of the firestorm about his comments this week in a blog post on Tuesday.50. Campfield's Obamacare-Holocaust comparison criticized - Friday, May 02, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - A state Senator's blog post likening the insurance requirement under President Barack Obama's health care law to the forced deportation of Jews during the Holocaust drew swift condemnation Monday from leaders of both parties in Tennessee.51. 108th General Assembly adjourns for the year - Friday, April 18, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - State lawmakers concluded a session Thursday in which they approved measures to allow folks to buy wine in grocery stores, fight methamphetamine production and give high school graduates free tuition at community colleges.52. Lawmakers approve $32.4B spending plan - Friday, April 11, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Thursday approved the state's $32.4 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning in July after failed attempts to increase the pay of teachers and state employees.53. Senate votes for open gun carry without permit - Friday, April 04, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — The state Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without a state-issued permit.
The chamber voted 25-2 in favor of the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet.
54. For-profit charter schools bill fails in House - Friday, April 04, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to allow charter schools in Tennessee to be operated by for-profit groups failed in its final committee vote Thursday before reaching the House floor for debate.
The Calendar and Rules Committee voted 10-7 against the bill after House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville raised what she called "grave reservations" about it.55. Could Ramsey really win a statewide race? - Friday, April 04, 2014
A few years ago, before Bill Haslam took office, then-Gov. Phil Bredesen was mentioned as the front-runner for the position of secretary of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration.
For a whole 24 hours, according to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Bredesen was going to be named as a member of Obama’s cabinet. If that happened, Ramsey would be next in line to be Tennessee’s governor.56. Ramsey: Pay raises, higher ed funding face cuts - Friday, March 28, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says worse-than-expected revenue collections could force Tennessee to cancel planned pay raises for state employees and reduce planned investments in higher education.57. Tax cuts = less revenue? Basic math hits home - Friday, March 28, 2014
With Tennessee having collected $176 million less in taxes than expected, Gov. Bill Haslam finds himself in a tight spot.
The budget situation is bad enough that Haslam has declared this might not be the best year to cut taxes. You know it’s bad when a Republican doesn’t want to cut taxes.58. Haslam signs supermarket wine bill into law - Friday, March 21, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Folks waiting for the neighborhood grocery store to stock their favorite merlot or chardonnay may have to wait a little longer even though Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a law to allow supermarket wine sales in Tennessee.59. Common Core data bill passes Senate 31-2 - Friday, March 14, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation that would require any data collected under Tennessee's Common Core standards only be used to track the academic progress and needs of students was approved by the Senate on Monday.60. Panel member: Politics affect decisions on judges - Friday, March 07, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - A leading conservative member of the commission that evaluates Tennessee's appellate judges says the panel was influenced by partisan politics in deciding whether a judge on the state's highest court was fit to serve.61. Bill to block Nashville Amp project worries Haslam - Friday, March 07, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday raised concerns about efforts by fellow Republicans in the state Legislature to block a dedicated bus lane project through Nashville.
The governor told reporters after a speech to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce that although he has not formed an opinion about whether the project - called the Amp - is a good idea, he's worried about the possible precedent of legislative committees deciding over individual transportation projects in the state.62. Senate passes Medicaid legislative approval bill - Friday, March 07, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Senate on Thursday voted to require Gov. Bill Haslam to secure legislative approval for any potential deal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee despite the Republican governor's repeated assurances that he would first seek their OK for any arrangement.63. Senate passes Medicaid legislative approval bill - Friday, February 28, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal that requires Gov. Bill Haslam to secure legislative approval for any potential deal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee has passed the Senate even though the Republican governor has already said he would consult with lawmakers.64. Supermarket wine sales bill headed to governor - Friday, February 28, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation that would let voters decide whether their cities or counties allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores has been sent to the governor, who is expected to sign the measure into law.65. Tennessee House passes supermarket wine sales bill - Friday, February 21, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - A years-long effort to allow wine to be sold outside of Tennessee liquor stores easily cleared what was expected to be its toughest hurdle on Thursday when the state House overwhelmingly approved the measure.66. Tennessee House passes supermarket wine sales bill - Friday, February 14, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - A years-long effort to allow wine to be sold outside of Tennessee liquor stores easily cleared what was expected to be its toughest hurdle on Thursday when the state House overwhelmingly approved the measure.67. Senate defeats proposal to elect attorney general - Friday, January 31, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - The Senate on Wednesday defeated an effort to change the Tennessee constitution to require the popular election of the attorney general.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet received 15 votes in favor and 14 votes against. Proposals need at least 17 votes - a majority of the 33-member chamber - to pass.68. Haslam's free tuition proposal echos Bredesen's - Friday, January 31, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — A popular Tennessee governor running for re-election wants to create a free community college program. Sound familiar?
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, who is up for a second term this fall, proposed the change in his State of the State on Monday night. His Democratic predecessor, Phil Bredesen, made a similar pitch en route to sweeping all 95 counties in 2006.
69. Haslam wants free tuition for high school seniors - Friday, January 31, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has made it tough for graduating high school seniors in Tennessee to find an excuse not to further their education.
During his State of the State address Monday evening, the Republican goverrnor unveiled a plan to allow them to attend two years of community college or a college of applied technology free of tuition and fees.70. Tennessee Senate passes supermarket wine bill 23-8 - Friday, January 31, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Voters would decide whether their cities or counties allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores, under a bill passed by the state Senate on Thursday.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro was approved on a 23-8 vote after the companion bill was revived in the House this week.71. Tennessee Senate passes supermarket wine bill 23-8 - Friday, January 24, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Local governments could hold votes on whether to allow wine sales in supermarkets and convenience stores, under a bill the state Senate passed on Thursday.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro was approved on a 23-8 vote after the companion bill was revived in the House this week. Five Republicans voted against the measure, along with three Democrats.72. Haslam has 'major concerns' on guns-in-parks bill - Friday, January 24, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he has "major concerns" about a measure supported by fellow Republicans in the Legislature seeking to do away with local government's power to decide whether to allow firearms in public parks.73. Republicans discuss new voucher bill with governor - Friday, January 24, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican state lawmakers have proposed a school voucher bill they hope will be acceptable to Gov. Bill Haslam, who has repeatedly said he favors a more limited version of the program that gives parents another option for educating their children.74. Supermarket wine bill up for key votes next week - Friday, January 24, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - The full Senate is scheduled to vote next week on a proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets, while a House committee that derailed last year's version is set to consider reviving the measure.75. Supermarket wine bill up for key votes next week - Friday, January 17, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - The full Senate is scheduled to vote next week on a proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets, while a House committee that killed last year's version is set to consider reviving the measure.76. Republicans discuss new voucher bill with governor - Friday, January 17, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican state lawmakers have proposed a school voucher bill they hope will be acceptable to Gov. Bill Haslam, who has repeatedly said he favors a more limited version of the program that gives parents another option for educating their children.77. Grocery wine bill negotiations near breakthrough - Friday, January 17, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - After years of bitter legislative fights over efforts to allow Tennessee grocery stores to sell wine, groups representing liquor stores and supermarkets are nearing an agreement that would give the measure its best ever chances of becoming law.78. Haslam announces anti-meth proposal in Tennessee - Friday, January 17, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday proposed legislation that would require a prescription to obtain more than a 20-day supply of cold medicines used to make methamphetamine.
The Republican governor said the bill is meant to target illegal drug production with medicines such as Sudafed, which contain pseudoephedrine, while also maintaining access for people who need it.79. Haslam to bring back school voucher bill - Friday, January 17, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday he will support a school voucher bill this legislative session that's similar to a limited measure he proposed last year, even though other GOP lawmakers say they'd like to see something a little broader.80. Haslam to decide on school vouchers next week - Friday, January 10, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam won't announce his decision about whether to support school voucher legislation until next week, when state lawmakers return into session.
The Republican governor last year supported a voucher program limited to students from low-income families attending failing schools. Haslam had that measure withdrawn when Senate Republicans sought to expand to a larger number of children.81. Gov. Haslam lays out conditions for Medicaid deal - Friday, December 06, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is putting his goals for a special Tennessee deal for Medicaid expansion into writing.
The governor said in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday that unless a special agreement can be reached, "we do not see a path forward in the current environment that will allow us to extend coverage to the Medicaid Expansion population."
82. Senate leader calls Medicaid talks waste of time - Friday, November 01, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he would be against an effort to expand Medicaid even if fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam successfully negotiated a special deal for Tennessee.83. Campaigns begin 1 year from abortion referendum - Friday, October 25, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Anti-abortion rights activists are planning a high-dollar fundraiser next week to kick off their campaign for a constitutional amendment next fall that would give lawmakers more power to restrict access to abortions.84. Supermarket wine bill could be revived in House - Friday, September 27, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee House chairman who cast a deciding vote against a bill seeking to allow supermarket wine sales in the state said Thursday that he's willing to reconsider the measure next session.85. Ramsey: Little chance of Carr upsetting Alexander - Friday, September 20, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he sees little chance of state Rep. Joe Carr upsetting U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in next year's Republican primary.
In a conversation with reporters Wednesday, Ramsey cited his experience as a 2010 gubernatorial candidate - he overcame a fundraising disadvantage in the Republican primary won by Bill Haslam.86. Speaker Ramsey predicts supermarket wine will pass - Friday, September 20, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey predicts that lawmakers will approve a bill to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores next session.87. Former GOP chairwoman appointed to women's council - Friday, September 13, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Former state Republican Party chairwoman Robin Smith has been appointed to the Tennessee Economic Council on Women.88. Democrats hit Speaker Ramsey over Obama tweet - Friday, September 06, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - State Democrats are criticizing Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey over a Twitter post that said President Barack Obama was trying to become an ally with al-Qaida in Syria.
Ramsey, a Blountville auctioneer, said in the tweet that "we must always remember who attacked us on our soil 12 years ago."89. Ramsey: New guns-in-parking lots law needs tweaking - Friday, July 12, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, who backed a new law allowing handgun carry permit holders to keep weapons in their vehicles at work, says the law needs clarifying.90. Guns in parking lots among Tennessee new laws - Friday, June 28, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — A measure that allows people with handgun carry permits to store firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked is among a number of new state laws that take effect Monday.91. Ramsey taps social studies teacher for TCRS board - Friday, June 21, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has appointed a Kingsport social studies teacher to the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System Board of Trustees.92. Ramsey reappoints De Friece to museum commission - Friday, June 14, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says he has reappointed Nancy De Friece to the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission.93. Tennessee GOP supermajority struggles to find footing - Friday, June 14, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam began the year by dismissing what he called misguided predictions that the new Republican supermajority in state government would devolve into infighting.94. Speakers seek review of no-bid outsourcing deal - Friday, June 14, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — The speakers of the state House and Senate said Thursday that they will seek a review of no-bid elements of an outsourcing deal with a real estate firm that has counted fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam as one of its investors.95. Green appointed to Interbranch Affairs Committee - Friday, June 07, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — State Sen. Mark Green has been appointed to the Council of State Government Interbranch Affairs Committee.96. AG: Gun measure doesn't affect employment law - Friday, May 24, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - A Tennessee employer could fire a worker who violates company policy by storing firearms and ammunition in vehicles parked on employers' property despite a new state law, according to a state attorney general's opinion.97. Haslam unswayed by celebrities opposing 'ag-gag' - Friday, April 26, 2013
SMYRNA (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday he was not swayed by celebrities opposing a bill that would make it a crime to video record animal abuse if it isn't turned over to law enforcement authorities within 48 hours.98. TN GOP says infighting typical of supermajority - Friday, April 26, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Republicans, positioned to make major changes to state law with the governorship and a supermajority in the General Assembly, ended the session with some high-profile measures derailed by infighting.99. 108th General Assembly adjourns for year - Friday, April 19, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - The 108th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on Friday, the first time in 45 years that lawmakers have finished as early as April in the first year of a session.
Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey had set an adjournment goal of April 18, but he didn't seem upset finishing a day later.100. Judicial redistricting plan dies this session - Friday, April 19, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to redraw Tennessee's judicial districts for the first time since 1984 was killed on Friday when House members voted against it.
The lower chamber voted 66-28 to defeat the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol. The companion bill was approved 27-4 earlier this month.