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State Rep. Charles Sargent will not seek re-election, after more than two decades in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

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Vice President Mike Pence is due in Nashville on Thursday to speak to the Tennessee Republican Party — an appearance that comes amid a tumultuous period in the White House.

Pence will speak at the Tennessee GOP's annual Statesmen's Dinner, its biggest event of the year. The fundraiser at the Music City Center typically draws more than 1,000 of the party's most ardent supporters, and the Tennessee Republican Party has a history of lining up top-tier figures.

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Healthcare activists say they will continue protesting at the Capitol until the state expands Medicaid. A group called Moral Movement Tennessee talked to reporters Monday, about a week after 11 people were arrested during a sit-in at Gov. Bill Haslam’s office.


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Tennessee Republicans are gathering in Nashville Thursday to select their legislative leaders, and there's certain to be at least some changing of the guard.

Republican state senators will meet in a downtown law office to pick their nominee to succeed Speaker Ron Ramsey, who will retire in January after a decade in the second-highest post in state government. Oak Ridge Sen. Randy McNally, one of the legislature's longest-serving members, is likely to take the gavel from him.

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The leader of the Tennessee Republican Party says he's done.

With the election over, Chairman Ryan Haynes is giving up the reins and headed into the private sector.

After dodging inquiries just before the election, Haynes confirmed Friday that he will not seek another term as leader of the state GOP.

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On a muggy, late summer night, Erin Coleman is greeting supporters at a newly opened Nashville bar.

This is a meet-and-greet for young professionals, one of many such events Coleman has thrown as she tries to build awareness for her run for the state Senate.

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Shirley Jaskolka hasn't met the people running in the Republican primary for the 6th Congressional District.

But that doesn't matter much, because she's seen their ads. And the picture that's emerged of Congressman Diane Black is one that Jaskolka favors.

"She seems to be genuine," Jaskolka said shortly after casting her ballot at the Mt. Juliet Community Center. "She seems like her life is in control."

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If there is one politician who's made a career out of railing against Washington, it's U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

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A Nashville candidate for the state Senate is accusing his Republican opponent of rolling out the welcome mat for ISIS.

Ron McDow says in a mailer that reached voters over the weekend that state Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, favors letting "potentially dangerous" Syrian refugees move into Tennessee.

The mailer is referring to a resolution that passed the state legislature last spring. It called on the attorney general to sue the federal government in a bid to block refugees. Dickerson was the only Republican to oppose the measure.

A longtime Republican activist in Tennessee says he’s quitting the state party.

Mark Winslow announced Thursday that he’s resigning from the Tennessee GOP’s Executive Committee. In a statement posted on social media, he says the soul of the state party has “rotted away.”

"As it's currently constituted, the TNGOP is really nothing more than a small corrupt group who view our party as their private club and personal piggy bank," Winslow wrote in his resignation post.