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1. Trump returning to Tennessee for Blackburn Senate fundraiser -

JOHNSON CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Monday he is returning to Tennessee for another fundraiser to boost Republican Marsha Blackburn in her tough U.S. Senate race, as well as hold a rally for his supporters.

2. Finch endorses Blackburn in Tennessee Senate bid -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's former GOP opponent for Senate has endorsed her, a change from February when he left the race and urged Republican Sen. Bob Corker to reconsider retiring from the seat that Blackburn is seeking.

3. Bredesen aims for Senate win by edging away from party -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Phil Bredesen is a Democrat. But he'd rather you not mention that. "I need to make clear to everybody my independence from all of the national Democratic stuff," said Bredesen, the former two-term governor of Tennessee who is now running for the U.S. Senate.

4. Pence: Bredesen would make Senate Dem center of resistance -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence on Friday told a crowd of conservatives in Tennessee that a win by Democrat Phil Bredesen would help the U.S. Senate become the center of the Democratic resistance.

5. Bredesen says Kavanaugh accuser 'credible' -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said that the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault "has a very credible story." But he said the Judiciary Committee should consider proceeding with a vote if she does not testify under oath.

6. Bredesen ad touts gun rights support as NRA backs Blackburn -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen went clay shooting in a TV ad released after the National Rifle Association endorsed his Republican opponent, Marsha Blackburn.

7. Bredesen says Kavanaugh accuser 'credible' -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said that the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault "has a very credible story." But he said the Judiciary Committee should consider proceeding with a vote if she does not testify under oath.

8. Pence, Blackburn to attend conservative conference -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will be one of the top guests at a conference for conservative leaders in Tennessee.

9. Blackburn: Kavanaugh accusations are a 'delay tactic' -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn says sexual misconduct accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from high school are a "delay tactic," saying his female accuser should testify under oath and a committee vote shouldn't be delayed.

10. Bredesen jabs at Blackburn, unnerves some with Trump talk -

MEMPHIS (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen took some soft jabs at Republican opponent Marsha Blackburn on Thursday for refusing to debate him in Memphis, Tennessee, while also unnerving some supporters when he said he could back policies made by President Donald Trump — as long as they help the state.

11. Come fly with Phil, Marsha on gilded wings -

Early in his U.S. Senate campaign, former Gov. Phil Bredesen shied away from talking about his opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, preferring to focus instead on ideas.

But a new TV ad paid for by Majority Forward, a Democrat-leaning group, dubs her as “Air Blackburn” for taking all sorts of junkets and voting herself pay raises over 10 years in Congress.

12. Bredesen 'embarrassed' by Kavanaugh hearings -

LEBANON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen says he's "embarrassed by the circus" in the confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee — and he's pointing at both Democrats and Republicans.

13. Bredesen, Blackburn tout plans to curb debt -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two rivals in Tennessee's open U.S. Senate race are touting plans to curb the $21 trillion-plus national debt, with Democrat Phil Bredesen saying his idea could balance the budget within six years.

14. Pence to headline fundraiser for Blackburn's US Senate bid -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will headline another Tennessee fundraiser for Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in her Senate bid.

15. Senate bid: Bredesen tax break; Blackburn undisclosed credit -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen has written his city a six-figure check and removed his properties from a state program that provided him $520,600 in property tax breaks since 2011 for producing hay, The Tennessean reports.

16. Legislators work all the angles for leadership posts -

With apologies to Robert Zimmerman, “the times they are a-changing.” Unlike Bob Dylan’s 1964 song of rebellion, Capitol Hill isn’t turning into a hotbed of liberals, although someday the first could be last. In fact, it could turn more conservative this fall before things take a different direction.

17. Blackburn names Jim Haslam II, Smith campaign finance chairs -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Marsha Blackburn has named Pilot Corporation founder Jim Haslam II and construction company leader Steve Smith as her Senate campaign's finance chairmen.

18. Bredesen TV spot: Group's attack ad 'full of flat-out lies' -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen is running a TV commercial that says an attack ad against him by the Koch network is "full of flat-out lies."

In a new TV and digital ad Thursday, the former governor also addresses his opponent, Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, saying she has been "in Washington 16 years now and frankly this ad shows it."

19. Koch-backed group lobs $2M attack ad buy against Bredesen -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Koch network has launched a $2 million TV and digital advertising attack against Democrat Phil Bredesen in Tennessee's U.S. Senate race.

Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee announced the ad Wednesday. The group supports Bredesen's opponent, Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn.

20. 1st debate set for Sept. 25 in US Senate race in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The first U.S. Senate debate between Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen and Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is set for Sept. 25.

Blackburn's campaign announced Monday she'll join the Cumberland University debate in Lebanon, the first invitation it has accepted as part of its general election debates. Hosts include The Tennessean, the League of Women Voters of Tennessee, WTVF-TV and WNPT-TV.

21. Bredesen proposes 4 debates in US Senate race in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democrat Phil Bredesen is proposing four debates before the November election for U.S. Senate against Republican Marsha Blackburn, whose campaign says she's still finalizing her debate schedule but looks forward to debating Bredesen.

22. Blackburn touts Trump endorsement in US Senate race ad -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is keeping President Donald Trump at the center of her Senate campaign in her second TV ad.

In the new digital and statewide TV commercial, Blackburn's campaign is replaying footage of a Nashville rally in May when Trump boosted her candidacy. The ad touts Trump's endorsement and Blackburn's commitments to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, repeal the Affordable Care Act and keep tax cuts permanent.

23. Mixed success for candidates favoring Trump in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Basking in the afterglow of an emphatic Republican primary victory in her Senate bid, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn proclaimed it a win for the agenda of President Donald Trump, a statement from Tennessee voters that they want to give him their full support.

24. Stage set for races for 3 open US House seats in Tennessee -

MEMPHIS (AP) — The stage is set for spirited races for three open U.S. House seats in Tennessee.

Voters on Thursday chose Republican and Democratic candidates in House districts where longtime GOP Congressman John Duncan Jr. retired and fellow Republicans Marsha Blackburn and Diane Black moved on to seek other political jobs. The races for all nine House seats in Tennessee will be decided in the Nov. 6 general election.

25. History at stake in Tennessee clash for US Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen and Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn are on a collision course to claim their own slices of history in a critical U.S. Senate race.

26. Haslam touting Blackburn for US Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is touting Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's candidacy for U.S. Senate, saying the race is about who voters want to control the Senate.

27. Rough governor's race highlights Tennessee primary election -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Four candidates who have spent tens of millions of dollars of their own wealth fighting over who is more devoted to President Donald Trump face off Thursday in the Republican primary for Tennessee governor.

28. Rough governor's race highlights Tennessee primary election -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Four candidates who have spent tens of millions of dollars of their own wealth fighting over who is more devoted to President Donald Trump face off Thursday in the Republican primary for Tennessee governor.

29. Trump tariffs put GOP on defense in Tennessee's Senate race -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Marsha Blackburn is supposed to do well among Tennessee's hog farmers and whiskey makers.

Yet the Republican Senate candidate is struggling to explain President Donald Trump's nascent trade war to her state's local business community. Jack Daniel's whiskey and Jimmy Tosh's hog farm are among those warning that Trump's trade policies — and the Republican candidates who support them — are hurting the very people who backed the Republican president in the first place.

30. Trump tariffs put GOP on defense in Tennessee's Senate race -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Marsha Blackburn is supposed to do well among Tennessee's hog farmers and whiskey makers.

Yet the Republican Senate candidate is struggling to explain President Donald Trump's nascent trade war to her state's local business community. Jack Daniel's whiskey and Jimmy Tosh's hog farm are among those warning that Trump's trade policies — and the Republican candidates who support them — are hurting the very people who backed the Republican president in the first place.

31. Bredesen: Pence tweet 'name-calling' -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen has said Vice President Mike Pence was "name-calling" in a tweet against him, and wondered if Pence can't think of something better to say than calling him liberal.

32. What statewide candidates have to say about education -

Gov. Haslam and the General Assembly have invested in education during the last eight years. Has that been a good investment and should it continue? What do the candidates propose for the next four to eight years?

33. Tennessee senators, hopefuls oppose Trump remarks on Russia -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Republican senators and two Senate candidates are speaking out against President Donald Trump's refusal to condemn Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

Sen. Bob Corker said Trump's comments Monday made the U.S. "look like a pushover."

34. Bredesen, Blackburn raise millions in Senate race -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn narrowly outraised Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen last quarter and maintains a 2-to-1 cash advantage against him in the open U.S. Senate contest in Tennessee, according to totals released by the campaigns.

35. What statewide candidates have to say about rural Tennessee? -

Like most of America, Tennessee’s metropolitan areas have prospered during the last eight years, while the rural areas have lagged in almost every measure. The state has 19 of its 95 counties classified as “distressed.” What can and should we do to give every Tennessean a chance to succeed?

36. Blackburn backs Supreme Court pick; Bredesen awaits hearings -

NASHVILLE (AP) — In Tennessee's U.S. Senate race, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn is backing President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee and Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen is holding judgment until after confirmation hearings.

37. In Tennessee, Trump's tariffs become a political issue -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Jimmy Tosh's sprawling hog farm in rural Tennessee is an unlikely battleground in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate.

Yet his 15,000 acres (6,000 hectares) two hours west of Nashville showcase the practical risks of President Donald Trump's trade policies and the political threat to red-state Republican Senate candidates such as Tennessee's Marsha Blackburn.

38. What statewide candidates say about opioids, public safety -

The spread of opioid abuse claimed more than 1,600 lives in Tennessee in 2016, and it is getting worse. Methamphetamine abuse, while not getting the headlines, has increased. Gun violence and murder is increasing. What proposals do our candidates have to help Tennesseans address these public safety issues?

39. Blackburn to Trump administration: Reconsider broad tariffs -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn says President Donald Trump's administration should reconsider broad tariffs to avoid unintended negative consequences on Tennessee's economy and workers, her toughest stance on tariffs yet.

40. What do statewide candidates say about infrastructure investment? -

Is investment in public infrastructure important? And should Tennessee have more dedicated revenue sources to pay for construction and maintenance of infrastructure across the state, or is the existing tax structure – primarily the state tax on fuel, and wheel taxes – sufficient to pay for what Tennessee needs to sustain and grow its economy?

41. Blackburn looks to Supreme Court vacancy to boost Senate bid -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate campaign is quickly trying to capitalize on Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement.

42. Bredesen to push for TVA to help expand broadband access -

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said Tuesday he would push to get the Tennessee Valley Authority to help expand broadband internet access to rural areas if elected.

Bredesen is a Democrat and a former Tennessee governor. He is seeking to replace Sen. Bob Corker, a two-term Republican who is not seeking re-election.

43. Bredesen: Trump's tariffs are 'pure presidential politics' -

MEMPHIS (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said Monday that tariffs on steel and aluminum being imposed by President Donald Trump's administration are "pure presidential politics" but will hurt key Tennessee industries such as agriculture and auto production.

44. Corker, Alexander oppose Trump plan to sell TVA assets -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Senators from Tennessee are opposing part of President Donald Trump's reorganization plan that revisits possibly selling the transmission assets of the nation's largest public utility.

45. What statewide candidates say about health care - According to Think Tennessee’s State of Our State dashboard, the state ranks near the bottom in the number of adults with heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It also ranks near the bottom of all states for the health of senior citizens, infant mortality and number of adults who smoke, and at the absolute bottom in childhood obesity. Tennesseans are, on the whole, not healthy. What can and should our next political leaders do about it?

46. Blue wave? State Democrats more likely up a creek -

Tennessee Democrats are hoping a “blue wave” will wash across the Volunteer State this fall and help them regain a number of seats lost over the last decade. Republicans are banking on red voters to crush any wave by capitalizing on the popularity of President Donald Trump when November arrives.

47. Blackburn blames liberals in separations -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's leading U.S. Senate candidates are decrying the separation of immigrant families at the border, with Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn blaming liberals.

Blackburn said her "heart breaks for the families" but liberals wouldn't pay to enforce immigration laws or build suitable facilities for asylum seekers. She says rulings by liberal judges mean children can't be kept with their families when it comes to border security enforcement. She's calling for securing U.S. borders.

48. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for May 2018 -

Top residential real estate sales, May 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

49. Blackburn’s scattershot hits surprise targets -

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is doubling down against Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat, hammering him as a liberal in the vein of Obama, Clinton, Schumer and Pelosi.

50. More women than ever run for Senate, but hurdles remain -

PHOENIX (AP) — Women running for office are due to hit another threshold with a record number of candidates for the U.S. Senate, but actually winning those seats and changing the face of the chamber are a different matter.

51. Streets closing ahead of Trump visit -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Streets will be closing in anticipation of a visit by President Donald Trump.

Trump will be in Nashville today for a 7 p.m. rally and will headline a fundraiser earlier in the day for Rep. Marsha Blackburn's U.S. Senate bid.

52. Trump to campaign in Nashville today to thwart Dems' US Senate bid -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Diving into the midterm elections, President Donald Trump is seeking to build a stable of Republicans who will help promote his agenda and serve as a check on Democrats aiming to win majorities in Congress.

53. Trump to rally in Tennessee, where crucial Senate race looms -

NASHVILLE (AP) — President Donald Trump is turning his attention to Tennessee, where he will raise money and rally supporters Tuesday in a crucial race for control of the U.S. Senate.

Trump hopes to boost Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn in the open contest to replace GOP Sen. Bob Corker, who is retiring.

54. Corker says he won't campaign against Bredesen -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outgoing Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee is sticking by his decision not to campaign against the Democrat seeking to fill his seat.

Corker says he considers the Democrat, former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a "friend." Corker backs Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn but says he won't oppose Bredesen.

55. Trump backs Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee GOP US Senate bid -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has endorsed Marsha Blackburn in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat from Tennessee.

Trump tweeted Thursday that the sitting congresswoman is a "wonderful woman who has always been there when we have needed her." Trump said she's great on his key issues of the military, border security and crime and "loves and works hard for the people of Tennessee."

56. Corker donates to Republican running to succeed him -

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says he is donating money to another Tennessee Republican's campaign to succeed him.

News outlets report Corker tweeted his support Monday for U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn after the Tennessee Republican Party ended the primary over the weekend. Seven Senate candidates and one gubernatorial candidate were removed from the August ballot for lacking voting credentials to justify running as Republicans.

57. Democrats need viable candidates to catch blue wave -

Republicans called it the “kickoff” to what they hope will be a great election season. Democrats are downplaying a lopsided loss in the 14th Senate District special election, saying it won’t represent results later this year in President Donald Trump’s midterm.

58. Gov. Haslam joins chorus of concerns over Trump tariffs -

NASHVILLE(AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is joining several other Tennessee officials voicing concerns over President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

The Republican governor told reporters Tuesday he's concerned about additional costs to manufacturers, particularly the state's car industry. He said that a trade war wouldn't be good for Tennessee, a manufacturing state.

59. Bredesen TV ad says he's 'not running against Donald Trump' -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen says in his U.S. Senate campaign's second TV ad that he's "not running against Donald Trump."

Bredesen says he learned long ago to "separate the message from the messenger."

60. Blackburn, Bredesen have concerns about Trump's tariffs -

NASHVILLE (AP) — In Tennessee's U.S. Senate race, Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and ex-Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen are concerned about President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

61. Bredesen's Senate campaign fears it was hacked -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen's campaign for U.S. Senate told the FBI on Thursday that it fears it has been hacked, amid growing concern that candidates in the 2018 election could be targets of cyberattacks.

62. Bredesen backs universal background checks, bump stock ban -

NASHVILLE (AP) — In his U.S. Senate bid, former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen says he supports universal background checks on gun sales and a bump stock ban.

Stressing support for the 2nd Amendment, Bredesen told reporters Friday his ideas following the deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, last month.

63. GOP averts ugly battle with Corker opting out of race -

It’s not often Tennessee’s Republican legislative leaders have to endorse a congressional candidate against a vacillating opponent. But the General Assembly’s GOP must have been worried about losing to a Democrat as they consolidated forces behind U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in an effort to maintain a hold on the U.S. Senate seat Bob Corker might or might not be vacating.

64. Sen. Corker won't seek re-election after all -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker has decided anew not to seek re-election this fall, his chief of staff said Tuesday, after spending recent weeks reconsidering his initial decision to leave the chamber where he's served since 2007.

65. State Senate speaker, 18 other senators endorse Blackburn -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Senate leader and 18 other Republican state senators have endorsed U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in her U.S. Senate bid.

66. State Senate speaker, 18 other senators endorse Blackburn -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Senate leader and 18 other Republican state senators have endorsed U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in her U.S. Senate bid.

67. Bredesen: U.S. Senate win possible for Dems -

The last Democrat to win statewide elected office in Tennessee eight years ago acknowledges times have changed.

“The Democratic brand is damaged in Tennessee,” former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said in Memphis. “The Republican percentage has stayed the same over the last decade. What’s changed is people have abandoned the Democrats and started calling themselves independents.”

68. Alexander says he's 'staying out of' Corker re-elect choice -

DICKSON (AP) — Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander says he was disappointed when Sen. Bob Corker decided not to seek re-election and they have talked about his decision whether to reconsider. But Alexander claims he hasn't urged Corker to run again and is "staying out of it."

69. Bredesen urges tighter mental illness checks for guns -

NASHVILLE (AP) — While defending his gun-rights pedigree, Tennessee Democrat Phil Bredesen on Monday called for "common-sense" gun laws, saying the deadly Florida school shooting shows the need for tougher background checks to keep guns away from the mentally ill.

70. Campaign: Only 'sexist pig' would think Blackburn can't win -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's campaign said Tuesday that anyone who thinks she can't win the general election in Tennessee's U.S. Senate race is a "plain sexist pig."

71. Blackburn reserves $1m in TV ad time before Senate primary -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A top adviser to U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate campaign says the Republican has reserved nearly $1 million for a statewide TV advertising buy before the Aug. 2 primary.

72. Blackburn reserves $1M in TV ad time before Senate primary -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A top adviser to U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate campaign says the Republican has reserved nearly $1 million for a statewide TV advertising buy before the Aug. 2 primary.

73. Bredesen raises $518K in short US Senate fundraising kickoff -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Phil Bredesen's campaign says he raised $518,000 during the first 24 days of his Democratic bid to replace Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, who is retiring.

A campaign news release Wednesday says the former Tennessee governor raised almost $21,600 a day from his Dec. 7 campaign launch through Dec. 31.

74. Blackburn to report $2M raised in US Senate race -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Latest on fundraising totals in the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn says she raised $2 million in the last quarter of 2017 in her bid to succeed U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.

75. Fincher to report $1.45M raised in Tennessee US Senate race -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican hopeful Stephen Fincher says he raised $1.45 million in about two months for his bid to succeed Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.

A campaign news release Thursday says the former congressman had more than $2.3 million in his federal campaign account before the October-through-December fundraising quarter, so he entered 2018 with $3.7 million cash on hand.

76. Buoyed by Alabama win, Democrats eye Tennessee Senate race -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democrats eager to take control of the Senate next year are turning to the state of Tennessee, where a popular Democratic former governor is running for the seat being vacated by the retirement of Republican Sen. Bob Corker.

77. Narrow state Senate win called wakeup call for Tennessee GOP -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A top Republican strategist says a 308-vote special election victory in a heavily GOP state Senate district should serve as a wakeup call for the state party in Tennessee.

The contest was narrowly won by State Rep. Mark Pody, a main sponsor of unsuccessful bills seeking to rescind the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same sex marriage and to require students to use restrooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificates.

78. Songwriter drops bid to succeed Blackburn in Congress -

BRENTWOOD (AP) — Tennessee songwriter Lee Thomas Miller is dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination to succeed Rep. Marsha Blackburn in Congress.

79. Poll: Tennessee voters more moderate than they think -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new poll says Tennesseans are more moderate than their neighbors think they are.

In the Vanderbilt University poll Thursday, more than six of 10 people surveyed believed fellow state residents are conservative or very conservative.

80. Mackler exits Senate race, clearing side for Bredesen -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democrat James Mackler says he's dropping out of the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee to replace Sen. Bob Corker, a move that appears to clear the path to the Democratic nomination for former Gov. Phil Bredesen.

81. Mackler exits Senate race, clearing Dem side for Bredesen -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democrat James Mackler says he's dropping out of the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee to replace Sen. Bob Corker, a move that appears to clear the path to the Democratic nomination for former Gov. Phil Bredesen.

82. Bredesen joins race to succeed Sen. Corker in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win a statewide election in Tennessee, touted his problem-fixing credentials on Thursday in announcing his bid to succeed Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

83. Bredesen joins race to succeed Sen. Corker in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win a statewide election in Tennessee, touted his problem-fixing credentials on Thursday in announcing his bid to succeed Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

84. Former Tennessee Gov. Bredesen running for Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has been calling potential donors to let them know he plans to join the race to succeed Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

A prominent supporter confirmed he had spoken to Bredesen, the most recent Democrat to win a statewide race in Tennessee, about the decision Wednesday. He spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement wasn't expected until Thursday.

85. Black: State, Congress should release sex harassment claims -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Congresswoman Diane Black wants the Tennessee General Assembly and Congress to release information about sexual harassment claims and settlements involving lawmakers and staffers.

86. Despite massive turnover, GOP owns legislature -

2018 will be a year of change for the Tennessee General Assembly, and 2019 will bring even more, especially in leadership – much depending on the popularity of President Donald Trump.

Not only is the Legislature moving to the Cordell Hull Building, vacating the Legislative Plaza after 45 years or so, a number of legislative faces are changing, too, even before next year’s election.

87. Activist Ogles drops bid to succeed Tennessee Sen. Corker -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Conservative activist Andy Ogles announced Wednesday that he is dropping his bid for the Republican nomination to succeed Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

Ogles is the former state director of Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch's network. He had announced his candidacy before Corker's surprise decision not to seek another term representing Tennessee in the Senate.

88. Songwriter joins GOP race to succeed Blackburn in Congress -

BRENTWOOD (AP) — Songwriter Thomas Lee Miller is joining the race for the Republican nomination to succeed Rep. Marsha Blackburn in Congress.

89. Eye doctor announces GOP bid for Senate in Tennessee -

MEMPHIS (AP) — A former team ophthalmologist for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retirement of Republican Bob Corker.

The Commercial Appeal reports that Rolando Toyos, the founder and CEO of Toyos Clinics, announced he will join the field seeking the Republican nomination. Other GOP candidates include U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, former Rep. Stephen Fincher and conservative activist Andy Ogles.

90. Blackburn says it would be 'absurd' to return pharma money -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a co-sponsor of legislation criticized as checking federal power to stop companies from distributing opioids, is calling it "absurd" to suggest she return contributions from big drug companies that supported the new law.

91. Blackburn names Gant as treasurer for Senate campaign -

BRENTWOOD (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn has named southwestern Tennessee state Rep. Ron Gant as campaign treasurer for her bid for the Senate.

92. Blackburn names Gant Senate campaign treasurer -

BRENTWOOD (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn has named southwestern Tennessee state Rep. Ron Gant as campaign treasurer for her bid for the Senate.

93. Democrats look to Bredesen to run, reinvigorate party -

Tennessee Democrats are canvassing the state to find candidates at every political level, but their next star is a well-known veteran who has people of all political stripes holding their breath.

Phil Bredesen, the former mayor of Nashville and a two-term governor, could alter the landscape of Tennessee politics if he enters the race for U.S. Senate to fill the void by departing Republican Sen. Bob Corker in 2018.

94. Fincher announces bid for US Senate seat in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher is joining the race to succeed Republican Bob Corker in the Senate.

The gospel singing farmer from the rural western Tennessee community of Frog Jump announced his bid in an interview with The Tennessean .

95. Blackburn cites 'unintended consequences' of opioid law -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee, on Monday called for immediately addressing any "unintended consequences" of a federal law she co-sponsored that dialed back federal power to stop companies from distributing opioids.

96. Democrat Bredesen confirms interest in Tennessee Senate race -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win a statewide race in Tennessee, is considering a bid to succeed retiring Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

In a statement Monday to The Associated Press, Bredesen said he is mulling an entry into the race after several people urged him to reconsider his initial statements that he had no interest in running.

97. Trump’s bluster cascades through state politics -

The chaos emanating from President Donald Trump’s administration is changing the landscape of Tennessee politics, setting the stage for upheaval within the dominant Republican Party.

“This is a really big moment for the Tennessee Republican Party,” with the Trump wing or far-right wing “firmly in control,” says Kent Syler, Middle Tennessee State University political science professor.

98. Twitter reverses decision to block Blackburn's video -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Twitter is reversing a decision to keep Tennessee Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn from promoting a campaign video on that platform because of the congresswoman's statements about the sale of fetal tissue for medical research.

99. Twitter shuts down Blackburn campaign announcement video -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate campaign announcement ad has been blocked by Twitter over a statement the abortion rights opponent makes about the sale of fetal tissue for medical research.

100. Fincher launches Tennessee listening tour about Senate bid -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Rep. Stephen Fincher, a gospel singing farmer from the rural western Tennessee community of Frog Jump, is launching a statewide tour to weigh whether to join the race to succeed Republican Bob Corker in the Senate.