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Even while chauffeuring, those troopers are still working, gov says

Those state troopers who were driving Bill Gibbons were working, the governor reassures us.

Jul 23, 2014 1:47 PM

Business Coalition makes endorsements

From the inbox:

The Nashville Business Coalition (NBC) has announced its endorsements in Davidson County state legislative races scheduled for August 2014. The NBC is a political action committee comprised of business leaders committed to supporting local and state candidates who understand the importance of a more prosperous business environment.
The NBC endorsements:

Senate District19 – Thelma Harper (incumbent)

Senate District 24 – Jeff Yarbro

House District 55 – Gary Odom (incumbent)

“Nashville’s business community applauds all those who choose to run or re-run for public office,” said NBC Chair Nancy Stabell. “Our coalition is pleased to support incumbents – Sen. Thelma Harper and Rep. Gary Odom – who have consistently been supporters of pro-business legislation that benefits our economy.”
“We are also pleased to support Jeff Yarbro in the Senate District 24 race; as a successful, civic- minded attorney, Jeff understands the complexity of the issues facing Nashville,” Stabell added. “He has been a longtime volunteer in Metro Schools and serves as an advocate for solutions to our city and region’s growing congestion challenges. We encourage business leaders to make their voices heard in support of pro-business candidates and vote in the upcoming primary and general elections.”

Jul 23, 2014 9:26 AM

Vouching for vouchers

One of the Koch brothers leads an organization dedicated to school vouchers. Said group hosted a forum on same yesterday in Nashville.

Jul 23, 2014 7:03 AM

Laura for Joe

Five hundred folks showed up to hear Laura Ingraham use more metaphors than your average Nashville Scene sports columnist:

Comparing U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to an old sweater, a hooked fish, beige wallpaper and a baseball player who has struck out, Ingraham urged listeners to believe Carr, a three-term state representative from Lascassas, can upset the incumbent senator in the Aug. 7 Republican primary.

Jul 23, 2014 7:01 AM

Fred for Lamar

Fred Thompson is doing TV and radio ads for Lamar Alexander.

Jul 23, 2014 6:58 AM

Terry Adams' campaign finances are sputtering

Things aren't going well for Democratic Senate hopeful Terry Adams in the war-chest department:

The Knoxville attorney reported having just $10,507 in cash on hand and $4,500 in debt.

Adams faces multimillionaire Gordon Ball, a fellow Knoxville lawyer, in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary.

His disclosure to the Federal Election Commission shows he raised just $19,560 from April 1 through June 30 and spent $31,302. Adams' total money raised since announcing earlier this year was just $80,358.

Adams also made a $3,600 loan to the campaign last quarter, bringing the total amount he has loaned or guaranteed to $8,100 for the campaign cycle.

Jul 22, 2014 1:05 PM

DesJarlais' new ad

Scott DesJarlais has a new one.

Jul 22, 2014 9:54 AM

Can Carr catch-up with Ingraham?

Is today the day Joe Carr makes a big leap? Laura Ingraham is in town for a rally.

Jul 22, 2014 7:01 AM