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State Sen. Mark Norris's nomination to be a federal judge might be in trouble amid scrutiny over his legislative record.

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President Donald Trump's planned freeze on refugee resettlement could also put the brakes on a planned lawsuit against the federal government over asylum seekers.

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Memphis, has pushed for the lawsuit. He says state officials should have a bigger role in deciding which refugees are allowed in.

But that was before the Trump administration developed a plan to suspend the refugee program. If no refugees are coming in, Norris says attorneys are trying to decide whether the state still has a case.

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Tennessee lawmakers are moving ahead with a suit against the federal government over refugee resettlement.

Some have wondered if the case is still necessary, given President-elect Donald Trump's promise to shut the door to many asylum seekers. The suit began as a protest against President Barack Obama's decision to allow into the country 10,000 refugees from the Syrian civil war.

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The 2016 election may have only been a week ago.

But some Tennessee political figures are already turning their thoughts to 2018, as the jockeying to succeed Governor Bill Haslam has begun.

Clarksville Republican Mark Green's high political ambitions have been no secret. And with his re-election to the state Senate safely in the books, he's embarked on a "listening tour" of Tennessee that should end with him announcing his intentions in January.

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With Speaker Ron Ramsey retiring in January, Republicans in the Tennessee Senate are trying to figure out who their next leader will be.

Some, including Ramsey himself, say an Oak Ridge lawmaker could be the candidate to lead them through a time of transition.

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A top ally of Bill Haslam is telling Tennessee's governor to forget about increasing the state's gas tax next year.