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Trump tweets promise to campaign for Marsha Blackburn

Press release from Marsha Blackburn campaign

Brentwood, TN –  Today, President Donald Trump announced his endorsement of Marsha Blackburn for U.S. Senate.

President Trump tweeted“.@MarshaBlackburn is a wonderful woman who has always been there when we have needed her. Great on the Military, Border Security and Crime. Loves and works hard for the people of Tennessee. She has my full endorsement and I will be there to campaign with her!”

“I thank President Trump for both his support and leadership. I am grateful for this endorsement,” added Marsha Blackburn“Tennesseans from all walks of life support the President’s work to cut taxes, rebuild the military, care for our veterans, and nominate conservative judges who won’t legislate from the bench. They expect Tennessee’s next Senator to work alongside the President and their Senate colleagues to pass his agenda, and I’m looking forward to doing exactly that.”

WaPo: Of all relationships with Trump, ‘nothing has the torque of Corker’s Corkscrew’

Excerpts from a Washington Post story, datelined Chattanooga, providing a lengthy and thorough review of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s relationship with President Donald Trump, written by a reported who traveled  through Tennessee with the retiring senator:

It took Bob Corker 21 seconds to begin answering the question.

If the election were held today, would you vote for Donald Trump?

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Retiring Corker subject of billboard campaign in Nashville

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Chattanooga) may be hanging ’em up this year, but that’s not stopping a group called Not One Penny from taking out a billboard near the state Capitol in Nashville to attack him over his vote on President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul.

The Not One Penny campaign is part of the Tax March organization that describes itself as “everyday Americans who are tired of systems that are rigged in favor of the super-rich.” The billboard says that Corker’s vote for the tax bill led enriched the senator personally.

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Poll: Trump approval in TN higher than Alexander or Corker; lower than Haslam

President Trump’s approval rating in Tennessee stands at 56 percent, according to polling focused on Southern states and reported by NBC News. That’s higher than favorablity ratings for U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker; lower than for Gov. Bill Haslam.

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Corker bashes Trump and Congress as ‘fiscally irresponsible’

Press release from U.S. Sen. Bob Corker

WASHINGTON – During a hearing today on the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) budget and economic outlook for fiscal years 2018 to 2028, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, discussed how Congress as a whole and the Trump administration have neglected fiscal responsibility.

“None of us have covered ourselves in glory,” said Corker. “This Congress and this administration likely will go down as one of the most fiscally irresponsible administrations and Congresses that we’ve had.”

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Bredesen discusses Trump in second TV ad

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen has released his second ad in which he discusses his feelings about President Donald Trump.

Look, I’m not running against Donald Trump,” Bredesen says in the spot, pledging to support the president’s initiatives when they’re good for the state, and to oppose them when they’re not.

“I think that’s what senators ought to do,” the former governor says.

That’s a more qualified approach than Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s blanket statements of support for the president.

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Alexander, Corker — and Bredesen — don’t like Trump tariffs (Update: Blackburn, too)

Tennessee’s two U.S. senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, are both criticizing President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that were announced Thursday.

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GOP gubernatorial candidates differ — or dodge — on Trump’s gun law proposals

Excerpt from a story by the AP’s Jonathan Mattise:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In gun-friendly Tennessee, President Donald Trump’s ideas to ban bump stocks and bar people under 21 from buying semi-automatic guns have put the leading GOP candidates for governor in a tough spot. In response, they have mostly avoided taking firm stances.

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Slatery among critics of federal move to block state oversight of student loan collectors

The Trump administration is taking steps to shield student loan collection companies from state regulators, over the objections of consumer advocates and even some Republican attorneys general, reports Politico. Tennessee AG Herbert Slatery is one of them.

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Haslam backs ban on bump stocks, raising age for gun buys

Gov. Bill Haslam declared his support for banning “bump stock” gun modifications and for raising the legal age for purchase of semi-automatic firearms in a Washington, D.C., speech from 18 to 21, reports WBIR TV. President Trump has supported both notions.

“It’s just crazy to me that you can’t buy a beer at 19, but you can buy an AR-15,” Haslam said during a speech at the breakfast event at the Pew Charitable Trusts Friday.

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