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VOL. 125 | NO. 242 | Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tenn. Democrats Prepare for Election of New Leaders

LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Associated Press

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NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee House Democrats, still recovering from the drubbing they got in the November election, are trying to begin rebuilding by choosing new leadership that could include the state's first African-American as minority leader.

Democrats lost 14 seats in the House, giving Republicans a 64-34 majority.

Eight leadership positions are up for grabs in House Democratic caucus elections scheduled for Wednesday. The one drawing the most attention is the minority leader spot, partly because of the candidacy of Rep. John Deberry of Memphis.

Deberry, the chairman of the Tennessee Black Caucus, is one of two people challenging Gary Odom of Nashville for the position. The other is House Finance Chairman Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 76 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 83 131 1,047
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 19 170
BUILDING PERMITS 190 277 3,028
BANKRUPTCIES 39 73 691
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 22 298
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0