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  • Judge Races Producing Angst? Published 4/23/2014 at 10:34 a.m. 0 comments

    Judges have eight year terms, which provides stability in the local legal community. But this year the ones who haven’t retired are up for re-election.

  • Cracks in the GOP Monolith? Published 4/23/2014 at 10:32 a.m. 0 comments

    All is not rosy within Republican ranks these days, despite a supermajority in the Legislature and control of the governor’s office.

  • It's About the Money Published 4/23/2014 at 10:31 a.m. 0 comments

    The fund-raising ban is lifted on May 15, even if the Legislature is still in session, but that would still have been three weeks without being able to raise money, while opponents are getting all they can. Some legislators had ...

  • Tip: People Read Facebook Published 4/16/2014 at 10:56 a.m. 0 comments

    But, according to the Nashville Scene, Pate is the campaign spokeswoman for state Rep. Joe Carr, a Republican running against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in the primary. Carr voted for the budget, evidently lacking the “courage” to do the right ...

  • Speak of The... Published 4/16/2014 at 10:54 a.m. 0 comments

    Former University of Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl is one of the hosts for a fund-raiser in Knoxville next week.

  • Et Tu, Cuonzo? Published 4/16/2014 at 10:52 a.m. 0 comments

    Though Hart said he didn’t give Martin a deadline for an answer to the offer, the coach’s sudden decision to join the California Golden Bears was still a “surprise.”

  • Take This Job and Shove It Published 4/16/2014 at 10:48 a.m. 0 comments

    Republicans were noticeably absent at a going-away party for former state House Speaker Kent Williams last week. Williams is leaving the Legislature to run for Carter County mayor.

  • Pot Cousin New Cash Crop? Published 4/9/2014 at 11:08 a.m. 0 comments

    A bill that allows the growing of hemp is expected to be sent to Gov. Bill Haslam this week, joining Kentucky as allowing the growing of the crop.

  • Where Did the Money Go? Published 4/9/2014 at 11:06 a.m. 0 comments

    While sales tax collections are up this year, the state faces a budget shortfall in business taxes. There is growing concern that several large national and international companies in Tennessee have figured out a loophole that drastically cuts the amount ...

  • Reading on Old Rocky Top Published 4/9/2014 at 11:03 a.m. 0 comments

    The most popular guessing game among political junkies these days is identifying the author of a new anonymous blog about Capitol Hill called Rocky Top Politics.

  • The Importance of Being A Published 4/9/2014 at 11:00 a.m. 0 comments

    There is widespread suspicion that state Sen. Stacey Campfield got his friend Mike Alford to get into the state Senate race, joining Knox County Commissioner Richard Briggs in running against him. Alford’s petition was turned in by a guy who ...

  • Haslam to Have Opponent Published 4/2/2014 at 10:24 a.m. 0 comments

    John Jay Hooker was expected to turn in a petition this week to run for governor as an independent.

  • City Lacks Leadership? Published 4/2/2014 at 10:22 a.m. 0 comments

    Knox Heritage Executive Director Kim Trent took to Facebook recently to express some frustration, describing her disappointment in the last two years and decrying a lack of leadership.

  • More TVA Names Surface Published 4/2/2014 at 10:21 a.m. 0 comments

    Two other names have emerged as potential TVA board members, both with ties to board member Mike McWherter. If confirmed it will likely mean a new day for TVA governance.

  • Annexations Likely to Stall Published 3/26/2014 at 10:16 a.m. 0 comments

    Knoxville has some weird areas, like 525 houses in the Kingston Woods area, between Westland Drive and Montvue, where 20 of the houses aren’t in the city. How do you hold a referendum?