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In a busy year for elections in Tennessee, from governor to Senate to numerous state seats. Nashville mayor was not supposed to be one of them. But last week, the city elected David Briley to replace Megan Barry on a long-term basis.

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As a state lawmaker, Republican Mae Beavers frequently proposed legislation to do away with handgun carry permits. And as a candidate for governor, her position is unchanged.

She believes there are already enough strings attached to gun purchases, so the permit process is pointless.

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Tennesseans have softened their opposition to medical marijuana in recent years, and the candidates for governor reflect that change in public opinion.

Although none is calling to legalize cannabis outright, several say the state should consider allowing it for people who have serious health issues.

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The question of whether immigrants brought to the United States as children should qualify for in-state tuition has divided Tennessee Republicans in recent years.

But the five major GOP candidates for governor all see it the same way: They're against it.

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The former mayor of Nashville says if he's elected governor, he would turn his economic development efforts far outside the city limits. Karl Dean spent an hour taking questions from Nashville journalists on Wednesday and began to flesh out his statewide campaign message.

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Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is joining the faculty of Belmont University, as a professor of history and politics.

The school announced Wednesday morning that the outgoing mayor will become a "visiting professor" after he leaves office this fall.

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It’s not just any old bike lane that Nashville has paved on 11th Avenue in the quickly growing Gulch neighborhood near downtown.

Mayor Karl Dean is urging the Davidson County Election Commission to back off its plan to cut the number of early-voting sites.

Dean, a Democrat, says the commission has more than enough money to hold early voting throughout the city. Commissioners voted earlier this week to close all but one early-voting location during upcoming city elections, with Republican members saying they couldn't afford to hold voting in 10 satellite locations. 

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The fastest-growing part of Nashville is in line to get a major park. The Southeast corner of Davidson County was identified years ago as the only remaining area without significant open space owned by the city.

This morning, Mayor Karl Dean announced the preservation of 600 acres near Cane Ridge High School. The property includes rolling hills, ponds and streams.

“While I’ve worked hard to encourage development, I also know how essential it is for a thriving community to have open space and parks for residents to enjoy,” Dean said.

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In Mayor Karl Dean’s final State of Metro address, he said "I don't apologize" for focusing on downtown redevelopment. The mayor framed his signature project—and the most expensive in city history—as an economic stimulus.