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 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.
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.
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.
The first thousand people to buy electric cars in Tennessee could receive a $2500 rebate from the state.
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 Party has agreed to consider a recount in this year’s closest state senate race, between a veteran Nashville lawmaker and his young challenger.
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.
A young Democratic challenger says he’ll ask for a recount in his close primary contest against a longstanding state senator.
Tennessee’s Democratic candidate for governor has recruited a commissioner from the outgoing Bredesen administration.
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.
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.
Two candidates for the Republican nomination for governor traded jabs over a state income tax during campaign stops in Middle Tennessee Wednesday.
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.
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.”
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.
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.