Republicans made huge gains last night in the state legislature, picking up at least a dozen seats in the 99-member House of Representatives. The GOP now controls both legislative chambers, along with the governor’s office, for the first time since the Civil War. But the specifics of how Republicans will use that newfound power aren’t clear yet.
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Republicans are expecting big gains in Tennessee after today. As many as three congressional seats are in play as well as the governor’s office. Some voters say they’re trying to send a message to Washington.
Independent candidates on this year’s ballot are in a fight against history. No Tennessean has become governor or won a congressional seat without a party affiliation. But long odds haven’t stopped more than 40 independents from jumping in this year.
Tennessee’s two main candidates for governor both tout their credentials as businessmen, particularly when talk turns to the economy. Among the next governor’s top concerns will be managing the state’s slimmer budget, and putting Tennesseans who are out of a job back to work.
A small business advocacy group has endorsed Republican Bill Haslam in the Tennessee Governor’s race, while part of one of the state’s major newspapers is throwing its support behind Democrat Mike McWherter.
The state’s two main candidates for governor traded shots last night during a televised debate, as they fielded questions from Tennesseans. But as WPLN’s Daniel Potter reports, several people who addressed the candidates weren’t impressed by their answers, or their attacks on each other.
Haslam Questions McWherter’s Budget Assessment in TTU Debate, McWherter Says State Can Help Business
Tennessee’s two leading candidates for governor sparred in a debate Tuesday night at Tennessee Tech, concluding by asking questions of each other on live TV. Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam tried to discredit his opponent’s budget assessment.
Former President Bill Clinton made a stop in Nashville last night to stump for the state’s Democratic candidate for governor, Mike McWherter. Roughly a thousand people turned out for the event.
Tennessee’s two main candidates for governor both say there’s no excuse for the arson at a planned Islamic center in Murfreesboro. That’s after several pieces of construction equipment at the site were burned last week.
The Republican Candidate for governor says the state has to balance its environmental concerns with the drive to recruit businesses to Tennessee.
Tennessee’s Democratic candidate for governor says he wants to punish employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers.
The Republican candidate for governor says he supports the state’s effort to make switchgrass a competitive alternative to fossil fuel. The state invested some $70 million three years ago toward research, and a small-scale biorefinery in East Tennessee, to work on turning switchgrass into ethanol.
Republican Bill Haslam and Democrat Mike McWherter will face off in a trio of televised debates.
Tennessee’s Democratic candidate for governor has recruited a commissioner from the outgoing Bredesen administration.
The race to be Tennessee’s next governor narrowed last night. Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam beat out Chattanooga Congressman Zach Wamp and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey in the Republican primary. He’ll face Democrat Mike McWherter, who was the only candidate on that party’s ballot.
Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam clinched the GOP nomination in the race for governor, while Jackson businessman Mike McWherter skated uncontested through the Democratic primary vote. Two other Republicans had also hoped they’d be facing off against McWherter this fall, but lost out to Haslam, who is part-owner of the Pilot truck-stop company.
The three-way Republican race to get the party’s nomination for governor has pushed many voters to the polls
The Republicans who want to be governor are making one last swing through the state before tomorrow’s primary. The two who shook hands in the Midstate Wednesday tried to assure voters they have West Tennessee’s best interests in mind.
Two candidates for the Republican nomination for governor traded jabs over a state income tax during campaign stops in Middle Tennessee Wednesday.
Candidate for governor Ron Ramsey is on a final campaign swing across the state before Election Day. Even though he trails his two Republican primary opponents in the polls, Ramsey calls the race “fluid.”