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1. Tennessee Lawmaker Calls Haslam ‘Traitor’ to GOP -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A Republican state lawmaker on Tuesday called Gov. Bill Haslam a "traitor to the party" over what he called efforts by a political action committee run by supporters to defeat opponents of Common Core education standards.

2. Tennessee's Corker Won't Rule Out Presidential Bid -

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said Wednesday he isn't ruling out joining the field of Republicans running for president in 2016, but any decision would wait until next year.

3. Cohen Prevails, Incumbents Dominate -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen held off Thursday, Aug. 7, the most serious electoral challenge he’s faced since winning the Congressional seat in 2006, in the form of attorney Ricky E. Wilkins.

4. Cohen, Luttrell, Weirich, Harris Take Early Vote -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has taken the early vote over challenger Ricky Wilkins in the hard fought Democratic Congressional primary on Thursday’s Shelby County election ballot.

5. Alexander Looks to Fend Off Tennessee GOP Challengers -

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (AP) – After losing his first bid for Tennessee governor 40 years ago, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander shed his blue suit and buttoned-up appearance for a plaid shirt, hiking boots and a 1,000-mile walk around the state.

6. Haslam, Alexander Look to Boost Republican Turnout -

U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher remembers the first time that he talked with U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Fincher had been elected to Congress long enough to have made several votes after a 2008 campaign in which he touted his conservative values and stances. And in the process, Fincher admitted to Alexander that he had been critical of Alexander’s voting record during the campaign.

7. Republicans Rally In Bartlett -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told a group of several hundred Republicans in Bartlett Monday, Aug. 4, that he would like to see a statewide turnout in the August Republican primaries of 750,000.

Haslam and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander have been on a statewide bus tour since last week to pump up overall Republican turnout even as they face opposition in the GOP primaries for governor and the U.S. Senate. The goal is to also boost the turnout for Republican candidates in local general election races on the ballot.

8. Senate Candidate Gives Loan to Prominent Supporter -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The campaign of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Carr has loaned $200,000 to the company of a prominent supporter in an unusual arrangement that has drawn the attention of the Federal Election Commission.

9. ‘Big Ballot’ Moves to Early Voting Friday -

Voters begin making their decisions Friday, July 18, on the longest ballot of any election cycle in Shelby County politics.

Early voting in advance of the Aug. 7 election day begins Friday at the Shelby County Election Commission’s Downtown offices, 157 Poplar Ave., from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

10. Alexander Raises More Than $900,000, Launches New Ad -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander has raised more than $900,000 in the second quarter and has more than $3.4 million on hand in the final weeks before the primary.

Alexander's campaign is also launching a new television ad stressing the senator's opposition to President Barack Obama's health care law.

11. Lamar Alexander Shows Little Interest in Debates -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Lamar Alexander showed little interest Monday in taking up challenger Joe Carr's call for a debate in advance of the Republican Senate primary in August.

12. GOP Lawmakers Demand Education Chief's Resignation -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's office is dismissing as a "political stunt" a letter signed by 15 Republican lawmakers demanding the resignation of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

13. U.S. Senate Primaries Feature Different Realities -

The statewide primary races for U.S. Senate on the August ballot feature the longest and best-known political back story in Tennessee politics and competing realities about what it takes for Democrats to end their shutout in statewide offices.

14. August’s ‘Big Ballot’ Awaits County’s Voters -

With the unofficial results in the Shelby County primary elections in, get ready for the “big ballot.”

The candidates who won the Democratic and Republican primaries in Tuesday’s elections advance to the August ballot where they will join a much larger group of candidates and races that once every eight years produce the largest ballot of any election cycle in Shelby County politics.

15. House Passes Haslam Free Tuition Plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to his desk after passing the House on Tuesday.

16. Haslam Unveils $1.5B Transportation Plan -

Gov. Bill Haslam and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer have released the state’s three-year, $1.5 billion transportation program.

The Haslam administration said the plan unveiled Thursday takes a conservative approach because of uncertainty over future federal transit funding. It contains no money to pay for early engineering work on new projects.

17. Alexander has $3.1 Million for Senate Campaign -

Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander raised $614,000 in the first quarter, leaving him with $3.1 million on hand for his bid for a third term.

Alexander said he received formal notification on Thursday that he has qualified for the Aug. 7 primary. His eight opponents in the GOP nomination contest include state Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro and former Shelby County Commissioner George Flinn.

18. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

19. Common Core Spawns Widespread Political Fights -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.

20. Jeb Bush: Follow Through on Common Core Standards -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday urged state officials to follow through on Common Core education standards despite what he called an "avalanche" of criticism from those who oppose them.

21. Alexander Reports $3.2 Million on Hand for Senate Race -

NASHVILLE (AP) – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's campaign says it raised nearly $770,000 in the fourth quarter and that it ended the year with $3.2 million on hand.

Alexander, a former Tennessee governor, is running for a third term in the Senate. He raised a total of about $4.7 million in 2013, and his minute-long television ads have been in heavy rotation around the state.

22. Hats in the Ring -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will be seeking a second term as governor, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will be running for re-election – both starting with the Aug. 7 statewide primaries that open for filing Friday, Jan. 3.

23. Health Care Tactics Split Republican Senate Rivals -

ATLANTA (AP) – Republicans who want to regain control of the Senate will first have to do battle among themselves in 2014 primary elections, due largely to differences over how to proceed against the law they deride as "Obamacare."

24. Report: Refugees Net Positive for Tennessee -

A report by the state's Fiscal Review Committee has found that refugees bring in more money to Tennessee than they cost the state in entitlements. But that's not the message some of the lawmakers who asked for the report want to hear.

25. Report Says Refugees a Net Positive for Tennessee -

A report by the state’s Fiscal Review Committee has found that refugees bring in more money to Tennessee than they cost the state in entitlements. But that’s not the message some of the lawmakers who asked for the report want to hear.

26. Current Elections Merge With Future Campaigns -

The campaigns for elections in 2013 are beginning to overlap with campaigns on the ballot in 2014.

The set of 11 elections in three months ends with the Nov. 21 special general election for state House District 91 and a citywide referendum on a half percent sales tax hike.

27. Carr Raises Just $52,000 for Alexander Challenge -

State Rep. Joe Carr’s campaign says the Republican raised just $52,000 in the first fundraising period of his challenge of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

28. Alexander Raises $838,000 in Quarter for Senate Race -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has raised nearly $838,000 in the third quarter for his re-election bid.

Alexander, who faces a tea party-backed challenge from state Rep. Joe Carr for next year's GOP nomination, has raised $3.9 million since the beginning of the year, and had $2.8 million on hand at the end of the quarter.

29. Group Wants to Oust Tennessee GOP Head -

A group seeking to deny incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander another term in office is pushing to oust the head of Tennessee's Republican Party.

The tea party group Beat Lamar demanded last week that Chairman Chris Devaney resign. Beat Lamar says Devaney violated party bylaws by signing a fundraising letter that appeared to assume Alexander would be the GOP nominee in the 2014 general election

30. Carr Brings US Senate Bid to Memphis -

Republican state Rep. Joe Carr brought his challenge of incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to Memphis Saturday, Sept. 7, in the latest of a series of closed meetings with tea party partisans that amount to a tea party primary.

31. Carr Makes Campaign Appearance in Memphis Saturday -

Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s bid for re-election, makes his first Memphis campaign appearance Saturday, Sept. 7.

32. Kookogey Abandons GOP Challenge of Sen. Alexander -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tea party activist Kevin Kookogey says he is abandoning plans to run against incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in next year's Republican primary.

Kookogey, a former Williamson County Republican Party chairman, tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press that his months-long preparations to challenge Alexander were sidetracked by state Rep. Joe Carr's decision to get into the race two weeks ago.

33. Carr Makes Campaign Appearance in Memphis Saturday -

Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s bid for re-election, makes his first Memphis campaign appearance Saturday, Sept. 7.

34. No Surprises for Alexander and GOP Incumbents -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Faced with a potentially serious primary challenger, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander was not about to sit back and wait.

The former two-term governor locked down endorsements, banked more than $3 million and linked arms with popular Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and former GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee. When conservative state Rep. Joe Carr announced he would challenge Alexander, the senator's team was ready.

35. Shelby County to Play Key Role in 2014 State Election -

As prospective candidates weigh special election races in the next three months for a state House seat and suburban school boards, there are also signs of life in Shelby County in the statewide races on the 2014 election ballot.

36. Tennessee Legislator to Challenge Alexander -

Sen. Lamar Alexander’s efforts to ward off a primary challenge from the right fell short Tuesday with Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr’s announcement that he will mount a tea party challenge for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

37. Huckabee Raising Funds for Alexander Re-Election -

Former Arkansas Gov. and Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has joined U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s campaign for re-election in 2014.

Huckabee, who carried Shelby County and Tennessee in the 2008 Republican presidential primary, sent a statewide fundraising letter this week on Alexander’s behalf. The appeal to Tennessee citizens compares Alexander to former President Ronald Reagan.

38. Huckabee Raising Funds for Alexander Re-Election -

Former Arkansas Gov. and Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has joined U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s campaign for re-election in 2014.

Huckabee, who carried Shelby County and Tennessee in the 2008 Republican presidential primary, sent a statewide fundraising letter this week on Alexander’s behalf.

39. Tennessee Legislator to Challenge Alexander -

Sen. Lamar Alexander’s efforts to ward off a primary challenge from the right fell short Tuesday with Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr’s announcement that he will mount a tea party challenge for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

40. Sheriffs, State Lawmakers Push Back on Gun Control -

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – From Oregon to Mississippi, President Barack Obama's proposed ban on new assault weapons and large-capacity magazines struck a nerve among rural lawmen and lawmakers, many of whom vowed to ignore any restrictions – and even try to stop federal officials from enforcing gun policy in their jurisdictions.

41. Evans Joins American Esoteric as Vice President -

Dr. Jess Evans has joined American Esoteric Laboratories as vice president of technical operations. In his new role, Evans is responsible for instrumentation, personnel, operational performance and quality assurance for the Memphis laboratory.

42. Governor Signs Bill Proving Legality for Benefits -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a measure that requires agencies to verify that applicants for public benefits are legal residents.

The legislation – which passed the Senate 29-1 and the House 64-18 – was delayed in the lower chamber last year because the cost of the measure was a little over $1 million. But House sponsor Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, said the tab has been reduced to around $100,000.

43. Bill to OK Legality for Benefits Goes to Governor -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would require agencies to verify that applicants for public benefits are legal residents is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The measure was sent to Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday after the Senate voted 29-0 to concur with minor changes made by the House.

44. Bill to Prove Legality for Benefits Passes Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would require agencies to verify that applicants for public benefits are legal residents has passed the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Jack Johnson of Franklin was approved 29-2 on Monday. The companion bill was to be heard on the House floor later in the day.

45. Lawmakers Discuss Bills to Reduce Tenn. Sales Tax -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Republican sponsor of a proposal to reduce the sales tax on groceries in Tennessee said Wednesday he's open to working with Democrats who have a similar measure if it would help the legislation's passage.

46. Commissioners Fail to Approve Redistricting Plan -

Shelby County Commissioners will try again Monday, Dec. 19, to give final approval to a new set of district lines for the 13-member body.

At a special meeting Wednesday, Dec. 14, a new set of district lines that would keep but tweak the current five-district setup won approval on the second of three readings. But it did not appear to have the two-thirds majority – or nine votes – needed to pass next week.

47. Commissioners Fail to Approve Redistricting Plan -

Shelby County Commissioners will try again Monday, Dec. 19, to give final approval to a new set of district lines for the 13-member body.

At a special meeting Wednesday, Dec. 14, a new set of district lines that would keep but tweak the current five-district setup won approval on the second of three readings. But it did not appear to have the two-thirds majority – or nine votes – needed to pass next week.

48. AP Interview: Haslam Says Not Time for Tax Cuts -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says he doesn't plan to eliminate Tennessee's estate tax and Hall income tax despite efforts by several Republican lawmakers to kill the measures because they believe they're hurting the state's economic development.

49. Council Approves Redistricting Plan -

Memphis City Council members approved a redistricting plan for the council just two days before the filing deadline for the Oct. 6 city elections.

All 13 city council seats are on the ballot as well as citywide races for Memphis Mayor, City Court Clerk and the three city court judges.

50. Sponsor Delays Immigration Bill to Address Cost -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The House sponsor of legislation that would allow law enforcement agents in Tennessee to question suspects about their immigration status says he's trying to make the proposal financially feasible.

51. Immigration Bills Delayed in House Panel -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Two contentious immigration proposals have been delayed in the House Finance Subcommittee.

Both measures sponsored by Republican Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas were put off Wednesday to the committee's last calendar.

52. Immigration Bills Advance in Tenn. House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Opponents of a proposal that would allow law enforcement agents in Tennessee to question suspects about their immigration status are concerned it will hurt the state's image.

53. Tenn. House Commends Ariz. on Immigration Law -

The Tennessee House has passed a resolution congratulating Arizona lawmakers and Gov. Jan Brewer for "their actions to protect their citizens and the borders of our great nation."

54. Tenn. House Passes Bill Targeting Underage Drinking -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The House has passed a bill aimed at making it a crime for adults to host parties where alcohol is available to underage drinkers.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas, said current law only applies to youths ages 17 and under, but not those between 18 and 21.

55. Tenn. House Keeps Referendum Option for Distilleries -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The House has voted to keep a county referendum option in place for whether voters want to allow distilleries to be located in their communities.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas passed on a 67-27 vote on Wednesday. It originally sought to automatically allow distilleries in any county that had previously approved liquor sales.

56. Renasant Names Wiegert VP, Mortgage Production Manager -

Michael Wiegert has been named vice president and mortgage production manager for Renasant Bank in Memphis.

57. Jones Ascends to High-Level Position At Army Corps of Engineers -

Carol Winfield Jones has been selected as chief, project development branch and assistant to the deputy district engineer for project management for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District.

58. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis Names Byrd Executive Director -

Caron Byrd has been hired as executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. Previously, Byrd served as deputy manager of the Mid-South chapter of the American Red Cross, where she was employed for more than 11 years.

59. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Young Lawyers Division Announces New Board Members

MSO Names New General Manager

Alberto Gutierrez joined Memphis Symphony Orchestra as general manager. Gutierrez previously served as operations manager for the San Antonio Symphony. After grad...

60. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Tennessee Press Association elects vice president

Pitts Named Principal Owner at Pickering

Robert J. Pitts was named principal owner of Pickering Inc. Pitts is the companys civil engineering team leader. He received a bachelors degree from the...

61. Archived Article: Memos - Khara Woods was the 2003 recipient of the John Paul Jones Journalism Scholarship

Khara Woods was the 2002-2003 recipient of the John Paul Jones Journalism Scholarship at the University of Memphis. Woods, a 21-year-old senior journalism major, is ...

62. Archived Article: Real Focus - Home builders association elects 1999 volunteer leadership team Home builders association elects 1999 volunteer leadership team By DAVID REEL Special to The Daily News David Gribble of Boyle Investment Co. has been elected to serve as 1999 president...

63. Archived Article: Memos - Sam Hubbard has joined Financial Federal Savings Bank as vice president in the companys construction lending department Sam Hubbard has joined Financial Federal Savings Bank as vice president in the companys construction lending department. Hubbard ...

64. Archived Article: Memos - Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. has announce several employee promotions and additions: Brian Jones has joined Pickering Inc. as an environmental scientist. Jones previously worked for Hess Environmental and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee...