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Governor writes to president, concerned about influx of immigrant kids

Gov. Haslam needs to know what's up with the immigrant children being placed by the feds in Tennessee.

Jul 28, 2014 6:48 AM

Miller's super PAC pumps $300K in effort to oust Alexander

Andrew Miller's Citizens 4 Ethics in Government spent $300,000 helping Joe Carr's effort to beat Lamar Alexander. You'll remember Carr's campaign loaned Miller's LifeWatch Pharmacy $200,000, according to FEC filings, and is being paid back with interest.

Jul 28, 2014 6:46 AM

What's going on in the 55th?

Andrea Zelinski breaks down the attacks in the 55th House District primary (which is functionally the election as there are no Republican candidates).

Jul 25, 2014 9:00 AM

Unusual harmony

Nate Rau with an examination of Marsha Blackburn's relationship with the music industry and how the strongly conservative representative from Williamson County crosses the aisle to do so. Also: she plays ukelele.

Jul 25, 2014 7:10 AM

Ball's new ad focuses on minimum wage

Gordon Ball's latest focuses on raising the minimum wage.

Jul 25, 2014 7:07 AM

Lamar on the bus

The senator is taking it to the streets:

Lamar Alexander today announced that on Friday he will kick off a nearly two-week “Standing up for Tennessee” bus tour that will begin in Maryville, the senator’s hometown, and feature 35 stops in all regions of the state before the Aug. 7 primary.
 
“I learned from Howard Baker that one of the best ways to finish a campaign is a bus tour across the state,” Alexander said. “I work hard every day to stay connected to Tennesseans, and this bus tour is one more way to keep providing Washington with a steady supply of that Tennessee common sense we need so much more of in Congress.”
 
The tour builds on the rest of the efforts by Alexander’s campaign for re-election, which include a TV ad showing Alexander sparring with President Obama over Obamacare; a TV ad about Alexander fighting against the Obama administration acting like a de facto national school board; endorsement ads by former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson and former presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; and a series of radio ads featuring community leaders across Tennessee.
 

Jul 24, 2014 12:15 PM

Mayor's race gets twist of Kane

Jeremy Kane is running for mayor, shocking no one.

Here's the video. And from the inbox:

Jeremy Kane, Founder and former Chief Executive Officer of LEAD Public Schools, today announced that Pam Martin, President of Cushion Employer Services and a longtime civic leader, will serve as treasurer for his campaign for mayor of Nashville.

Martin, who served as co-chair of Mayor Karl Dean's 2007 campaign for mayor, as well as a member of his initial transition team, brings deep business and community ties to Kane's campaign for mayor of Nashville.

"No one lives the values of passion, persistence, and partnerships better in our city than Pam Martin," Kane said. "Pam believes in Nashville at its best, and has demonstrated her leadership throughout our community time and again. I'm honored to work with her in this campaign for our city's future.”

Martin has chaired the Mayor's Minority Business Advisory Council and is a former chair of the Metropolitan Tourism Commission. She was vice president for community development at SunTrust Bank, and was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to serve on the Tennessee Ethics Commission. She currently serves on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Martin said Kane's success as an educator and community partner attracted her to his campaign.

"Jeremy Kane has what our community needs," she said. "He has proven he knows how to bring people together to solve problems, educate kids, and build successful partnerships. That's the definition of the job description for mayor, and no one fills it better than Jeremy. I look forward to helping him become mayor."

Kane launched his campaign for mayor by filing candidacy papers at the Metropolitan Election Commission with his wife, Tracy, and daughter, Wells.

Jul 24, 2014 9:13 AM

At least one Supreme has conservative support

The Tennessee Conservative Union — which led the effort to oust Penny White in 1996 — backs the retention of Gary Wade.

Jul 24, 2014 6:52 AM

The drive in 55

John Ray Clemmons brings the heat to Gary Odom in an enticing District 55 primary.

Jul 24, 2014 6:51 AM