Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is hoping a deficit deal can shake loose in Congress, now that the election is past and the so-called “fiscal cliff” is looming. Corker handily won a second term last night.
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Congressman Scott DesJarlais pulled out a victory over Democratic challenger Eric Stewart, despite a second election cycle marked by unsavory details from his past.
Governor Bill Haslam is keeping his distance from fellow Republican Scott DesJarlais. The congressman representing Murfreesboro and Columbia has been battling revelations that he urged a mistress to have an abortion 12 years ago.
The Tennessee Democratic Party is trying to take full advantage of news accounts detailing extra marital affairs of Republican Congressman Scott DesJarlais. The party chair now sees dethroning the freshman representative as a political parting shot.
Former Tennessee Congressman Lincoln Davis regrets using ads about Republican Scott DesJarlais’s divorce. Davis was trying to hold onto his seat in Congress two years ago. Now he wants to distance himself from new attacks on DesJarlais, which tear at the doctor for telling a patient he slept with to get an abortion.
New ads are attacking Congressman Scott DesJarlais as a “hypocrite,” amid claims the Republican doctor urged a patient he had an affair with to get an abortion, but some Republican voters are standing by the incumbent.
Democrats in Washington see a new opening to unseat freshman Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who has been dealing with new revelations from a decade-old divorce.
Incumbent Diane Black easily won her rematch against Lou Ann Zelenik in the 6th Congressional district’s GOP Primary. Two years ago, Black squeaked past Zelenik by fewer than 300 votes. This time, the margin of victory was more than two to one.
A few Super PACs are keeping political ads – most of them negative – on the air in Tennessee through Election Day. The biggest spending is in the 6th Congressional District.
A hint of bi-partisanship has emerged in one Tennessee congressional race – albeit unspoken. Rep. Diane Black’s latest campaign ad refers to legislation introduced by a neighboring Democrat.
State Senator Bill Ketron says he won’t run for Congress this fall. Many had expected him to challenge freshman Scott DesJarlais in the Republican primary.
This week President Obama stalled a proposed fuel line from Canada to the Gulf Coast – and drew fire for it from much of Tennessee’s Congressional delegation. While Nashville Democrat Jim Cooper has sided with Republicans on the issue before, he isn’t exactly piling on with the attacks.
The state House of Representatives agreed today on new lines for Tennessee’s Congressional districts. Nashville Democrat Jim Cooper’s district would add the southern part of Davidson County, which leans Republican.
On the same day the 2012 legislative session convened, committees in the General Assembly approved new voter district lines. They now go the full state House and Senate. But some lawmaker want more time to look the plans over.
In a brief statement today, Murfreesboro State Senator Bill Ketron did not rule out a congressional challenge of a fellow Republican — a primary fight with freshman representative Scott DesJarlais.
The congressional district that includes Nashville would stretch west and encompass Dickson County under a proposal released today by Republicans in the state legislature. But all in all, the representative who holds the seat calls the redistricting plan “fair.”
Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper wants his district to go back to the way it once was and include all of Davidson County.