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  • Races Surprisingly Close? Published 7/23/2014 at 10:39 a.m. 0 comments

    They were surprised to see that challenger Joe Carr was within striking distance of incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in those areas.

  • Complaint: Judges on Ballot Illegally Published 7/23/2014 at 10:32 a.m. 0 comments

    A complaint has been filed with the Board of Judicial Conduct charging that the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission illegally certified all the appellate court judges on the ballot in the August election.

  • TVA's Mayor Not Consulted? Published 7/23/2014 at 10:24 a.m. 0 comments

    Despite being the prominent Democratic mayor of the town in which TVA has its headquarters, and the fact that she was just at the White House last week, Knoxville’s mayor says she hasn’t been consulted about appointments to the utility’s ...

  • Made in Tennessee? Published 7/23/2014 at 10:18 a.m. 0 comments

    The $8 million Made in Tennessee campaign was designed and will be executed by VML, a marketing firm based in Kansas City.

  • Postcard Not Big Enough? Published 7/16/2014 at 12:07 p.m. 0 comments

    There are a reported 20,000 postcards being mailed in Knox County this week urging residents to “vote for anyone else” but state Sen. Stacey Campfield, in the primary and the general election.

  • UT Wants Pro-Funding Candidates Published 7/16/2014 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments

    It’s very carefully worded, so as not to anger legislators, but it’s a first for the University of Tennessee.

  • Some More Equal Than Others Published 7/16/2014 at 11:48 a.m. 0 comments

    Gov. Bill Haslam and House Speaker Beth Harwell are doing just that, either making direct contributions or funneling the money to unopposed House members who then make the contribution themselves.

  • Word to the Wise? Published 7/16/2014 at 11:41 a.m. 0 comments

    It’s called Lamar Alexander’s Little Plaid Book, subtitled “152 rules, lessons and reminders about running for office and making a difference whether it’s for President of the United States or president of your senior class.”

  • Ethics Complaint Filed Against Ramsey Published 7/9/2014 at 11:06 a.m. 3 comments

    An ethics complaint has been filed against Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey over his PowerPoint presentation calling the state attorney general an enemy of “job creators.”

  • Be Careful What You Wish For Published 7/9/2014 at 11:05 a.m. 0 comments

    When the Republicans redrew the lines for legislative districts, the Knox County delegation made sure they added as many Republicans as possible to their districts.

  • It's a Small, Small World Published 7/9/2014 at 11:04 a.m. 0 comments

    Talk about weird coincidences.

  • Boomlet Fizzles Published 7/2/2014 at 11:20 a.m. 0 comments

    >U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s narrow victory in his runoff election damaged the national media bloomlet for state Rep. Joe Carr, running against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

  • School Board Shut Out of Process Published 7/2/2014 at 11:19 a.m. 0 comments

    The Knox County school board has discovered it has little to say about replacing board member Indya Kincannon, who resigned to go with her husband to Slovenia for a one-year posting.

  • Late Interest in Politics? Published 7/2/2014 at 11:16 a.m. 0 comments

    Congressman Jimmy Duncan’s supporters say his opponent has not shown much interest in politics before entering the race. They say Jason Zachary has had a pretty hit or miss voting record.

  • Bill Dunn? Liberal? Published 6/25/2014 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments

    The veteran conservative legislator says the designation has provided a lot of “chuckles.”