governor’s race

Of six gubernatorial candidates, only Harwell supports removing governor from UT board

House Speaker Beth Harwell supports Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to reduce the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees from 26 to 11 members – including elimination of the governor as a board member, according to a Victor Ashe column. But  five other major candidates for governor want to have a seat on the board if elected.

Randy Boyd, Craig Fitzhugh, Bill Lee and Diane Black all said they thought the governor should be a board member and they would actively attend meetings as governor. Karl Dean said he would actively attend meetings but did not respond to the question of whether the law should be amended to remove the governor.

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Gubernatorial candidates talk on local control versus legislature

Excerpt from the Times-Free Press report on a gubernatorial candidate forum Thursday:

In response to a question about cities’ and towns’ complaints about the General Assembly’s propensity to wade into their operations on issues like guns in public parks, removal of Confederate statues and education, (Democrat Craig) Fitzhugh said, “I believe in local control” and put the blame on the Republican-run Legislature.

“It seemed to me that for many years, the Republican view was the best government was at the local level, but here recently at the Legislature, the majority party has taken it upon themselves to sort of get into cities’ business and counties’ business on various things. I think they had it right the first time.”

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Lee, Boyd differ on megasite development at guber forum

Two leading Republican candidates for governor in Tennessee drew a contrast over an economic development “megasite” during a forum Thursday, reports the Associated Press.

At the Tennessee Press Association forum, former state economic development chief Randy Boyd said it’s worth the time and remaining investment of $70 million-plus to the Memphis Regional Megasite because it could help create more than 30,000 jobs.

But businessman Bill Lee said there isn’t currently a workforce prepared for the jobs that the megasite might attract.

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Black TV ad: Stand up for national anthem and veterans

 

Press  release from Diane Black campaign

Nashville, Tenn. – Today, Diane Black released a new TV ad, “Patriotic” that will air during the Super Bowl pregame show. The ad comes after the NFL rejected a program insert from American Veterans (AMVETS) urging Super Bowl attendees to stand for the national anthem.

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Boyd claims lead in gubernatorial campaign fundraising

Press release from Randy Boyd campaign

Nashville, Tenn. — Randy Boyd, Republican candidate for Governor, announced that his year-end financial report totals more than $7.5 million in contributions through the second reporting period, with more than 3,000 campaign donations to the campaign to date from all 95 counties in Tennessee.   Continue reading

Dean reports gubernatorial campaign balance of $1.8M

Press release from Karl Dean campaign

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 31, 2018) — Building on the momentum from the first financial reporting period, Karl Dean for Governor announced that the campaign brought in $1.45 million from July to mid-January.

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Fitzhugh raises $304K, loans gubernatorial campaign $500K

State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh says he’s satisfied with his gubernatorial campaign’s fundraising and believes he will have enough to compete for the Democratic nomination after reporting he raised $304,000 while making a personal $500,000 loan, according to the Times Free Press. Continue reading

Harwell has $5M cash on hand for gubernatorial race

Press release from Beth Harwell campaign

In her first gubernatorial finance report, Speaker of the House Beth Harwell will
show more than $5 million cash-on- hand, with more than 1,000 individual
Tennesseans contributing to her bid for governor since July, the campaign
announced today.

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Lee reports $3.7M cash on hand for gubernatorial race

Press release from Bill Lee campaign

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee announced his campaign for governor has raised nearly $2.3 million for the 2017 reporting period, with over $900,000 in the second half of 2017.  In addition to the amount raised, Bill and his wife Maria committed to match campaign donations dollar for dollar, ending the reporting period with over $3.7 million cash on hand.

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Republican Governors Association reports record fundraising with Haslam as chair

Press release from Republican Governors Association

WASHINGTON D.C.  – The Republican Governors Association announced today $63.2 million raised in all of 2017, including $27.2 million raised in the final six months of the year, setting a new fundraising record that significantly eclipses the $52.5 million raised in 2013, the last comparable year. This fundraising success allows the RGA to strongly support incumbent Republican governors, target key Democrat-held governorships, and elect a new class of Republican governors in 36 gubernatorial elections scheduled to occur less than 10 months from now.

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