Post Tagged with: "State Politics"

Beth Harwell Is GOP Nominee for State House Speaker

by / on November 18, 2010

Tennessee is on track to make a woman speaker of the state House of Representatives for the first time. Today the House Republican caucus nominated Nashville representative Beth Harwell to oversee the state house.

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Bill and Melinda Gates Visit, Praise Tennessee on Education Reform

Bill and Melinda Gates Visit, Praise Tennessee on Education Reform

by / on November 4, 2010

Bill and Melinda Gates paid a visit to Nashville today. The billionaire philanthropists were in town to talk with Governor Phil Bredesen and Governor-elect Bill Haslam about education.

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Business Backgrounds and the Governor’s Race

by / on October 7, 2010

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.

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Conflicting Endorsements in Governor’s Race

by / on September 29, 2010

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.

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McWherter, Haslam Trade Jabs, But Questioners Left Undecided

by / on September 15, 2010

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.

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Clinton Calls on Party Faithful to Win Others Over

by / on September 10, 2010

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.

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State to Offer $2500 Rebate on Electric Cars

by / on September 8, 2010

The first thousand people to buy electric cars in Tennessee could receive a $2500 rebate from the state.

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Gubernatorial Candidates: Murfreesboro Arson Unacceptable

by / on August 31, 2010

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.

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Haslam: TDEC Must Balance Business, Environment

by / on August 31, 2010

The Republican Candidate for governor says the state has to balance its environmental concerns with the drive to recruit businesses to Tennessee.

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TNDP to Consider Henry/Yarbro Recount Monday

by / on August 18, 2010

Tennessee’s Democratic Party has agreed to consider a recount in this year’s closest state senate race, between a veteran Nashville lawmaker and his young challenger.

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Haslam Supports Switchgrass Program

by / on August 16, 2010

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.

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Yarbro to Ask for Recount in Bid to Unseat State Sen. Henry

by / on August 12, 2010

A young Democratic challenger says he’ll ask for a recount in his close primary contest against a longstanding state senator.

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McWherter Campaign Recruits Bredesen’s Ag. Commissioner

by / on August 10, 2010

Tennessee’s Democratic candidate for governor has recruited a commissioner from the outgoing Bredesen administration.

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Henry “Glad to Have Prevailed;” Yarbro Calls for Clarity

by / on August 9, 2010

A longstanding state senator is declaring victory in the narrow race to hold onto his seat, but his young challenger isn’t calling it quits just yet. The voting tallies swung back and forth between incumbent Nashville Senator Doug Henry, and his opponent in the Democratic primary, Jeff Yarbro.

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Wamp, Ramsey Say Haslam’s Money Was Key, But Ready to Move On

by / on August 6, 2010

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.

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Wamp, Haslam Trade Shots Over State Income Tax

by / on August 4, 2010

Two candidates for the Republican nomination for governor traded jabs over a state income tax during campaign stops in Middle Tennessee Wednesday.

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Time Running Out on Stimulus Jobs in Perry County

by / on July 23, 2010

Federal stimulus dollars for fighting unemployment in Perry County are set to expire at the end of September. After that, state officials aren’t yet sure how many of the program’s 400 workers will be able to hold on to their jobs.

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Bredesen Calls Lawmakers’ Trip to Discuss Immigration in Arizona ‘Grandstanding’

by / on July 20, 2010

Several Tennessee lawmakers will take a trip later this month to visit peers in Arizona, in hopes of emulating that state’s controversial new immigration law. But Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen says immigration suffers when it’s used as a quote “political football.”

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Tougher Testing Could Prompt ‘Standards Anxiety’

by / on July 20, 2010

State officials are warning the families of Tennessee students to brace themselves for higher standards in testing early this fall. They’re traveling the state this week to say despite tougher scoring, students aren’t actually backsliding.

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Former U.S. Education Secretary Expects RTTT to Boost Science and Math Quickly

by / on July 19, 2010

The former U.S. education secretary says Tennessee should expect some results from new Race to the Top programs within the next year or two. The state is receiving half a billion federal dollars to spend on classroom innovation over the next several years.

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