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Hall tax repeal prompts letter-writing war between GOP legislators and Democrats

A letter-writing war has been underway in recent editions of The Cleveland Daily Banner between Republican state legislators representing Bradley County and Democrats. A letter from state Democratic  Chair Mary Mancini was the latest episode and prompted the newspaper to do a roundup story that chronicles the back-and-forth written sniping.

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Judge dismisses Durham lawsuit seeking pension and insurance benefits

U.S. District  Court Judge Aleta Trauger dismissed Friday a lawsuit filed by former state Rep.  Jeremy Durham seeking to restore lifetime health care and pension benefits he lost when the state House voted to expel him last year, according to The Tennessean. Continue reading

ALEC meeting brings conservative legislators from across nation to Nashville

Conservative activists and state legislators from across the country will gather in Nashville for a summit of the American Legislative Exchange Council that runs from Wednesday through Friday, reports WPLN. Gov. Bill Haslam is expected to address the group Thursday.

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State Rep. Shelia Butt won’t seek reelection, plans full-time Christian ministry work

State Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, announced Tuesday that she will not run for re-election in House District 64 next year, reports the Columbia Daily Herald. She plans to work full time for a Christian “women’s ministry” called “Sisters, Servants and Soldiers.”

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Politicians cheer appointment of Fulmer as UT athletic director

Tennessee politicians are generally praising the appointment of former head football coach Phil Fulmer as athletics director at the University of Tennessee, reports the News Sentinel, but some are also voicing concerns about the future of the state’s flagship campus in Knoxville.

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Art Swann picked as interim successor to Sen. Doug Overbey

The Blount County Commission voted today to name state Rep. Art Swann of Maryville to temporarily fill the state Senate District 2 seat vacated by Doug Overbey, who resigned to become U.S. Attorney for East Tennessee.

Swann received 14 votes from commissioners to three for Scott Williams, who lost to Overbey in the 2016 Republican primary, according to County Clerk Gaye Hasty. Four commissioners were absent at the meeting.

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TN politicans join fans in shooting down Schiano as UT head football coach; Haslam concerned about ‘rush to judgment’

State legislators and Tennessee gubernatorial candidates joined fans in a revolt that apparently derailed a tentative deal for making Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano the University of Tennessee’s next head football coach, according to media reports.

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Overbey sworn in as U.S. attorney, resigns state Senate seat

Former state Sen. Doug Overbey, R-Maryville, resigned his Senate seat effective 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, Nov. 21, and was sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee at 3:30 p.m., reports the Maryville-Alcoa Daily Times.

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Rep. JoAnne Favors announces she won’t seek reelection

State Rep. JoAnne Favors, a Chattanooga Democrat representing House District 28, announced Monday she won’t seek re-election in 2018 and instead will retire at the end of her current term, reports the Times Free Press.

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State Sen. Overbey confirmed as U.S. attorney for East Tennessee

The full U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of state Sen. Doug Overbey, R-Maryville, as U.S. Attorney for East Tennessee late Thursday.

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