governor’s race 2018

Lee accused of campaign finance violations; spokesman calls complaint ‘nonsense’

Williamson County businessman Bill Lee is accused in a recently-filed complaint of violating various laws in the financing of his campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, reports The Tennessean. A spokesman for the candidate calls the complaint “nonsense” and the newspaper notes there are a couple of apparent factual errors that might prompt the Registry of Election Finance to dismiss it.

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Guber candidates talk on electing AG, marijuana, Confederate statutes at TN Bar Association forum

Four gubernatorial candidates – Republicans Randy Boyd and Beth Harwell; Democrats Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh —  told the annual convention of the Tennessee Bar Association Thursday that they favor keeping the Tennessee Attorney General a position appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court, reports the Memphis Daily News.

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Haslam on race to replace him: Lots of talk on illegal immigration, not so much on education

In a speech to the Collierville Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, Gov. Bill Haslam suggested that the candidates running to replace him are overly focused on things that don’t have much to do with being governor, like illegal immigration, and not so much on matters where a governor can have impact, like education and the TNReady testing system or TennCare financing.

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Black has missed 36 percent of U.S. House votes this year while campaigning for governor

As Diane Black runs for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, she has missed more than a third of floor votes in the U.S. House of Representatives this year, reports The Tennessean. That’s far more than the rest of the Tennessee congressional delegation and more than seven of the eight other congressmen running for governor in other states.

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Black TV ad touts Tea Party endorsements

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Boyd ‘Welfare to Work’ TV spot: He worked for $1 an hour at age 8

 

Press release from Randy Boyd campaign

Nashville, Tenn. – Randy Boyd, Republican candidate for Governor, launched his latest campaign commercial “Welfare to Work” which highlights Boyd’s belief that those who are able to work should work, not permanently live on government assistance.

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Black offers everyone an opportunity to sign her Donald Trump birthday card

U.S. Rep. Diane Black has —  well, at least arguably —  already outdone other Republican candidates for governor in proclaiming her support and admiration for President Trump. Latest gesture (gimmick?): You can now sign a birthday card to the president on her campaign website. (His birthday is June 14 and he’ll be 72.)

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Black’s new TV ad touts ‘lanes, not trains’

Republican Diane Black’s new ad in the governor’s race touts her “lanes, not trains” approach to dealing with traffic congestion in Middle Tennessee.

The U.S. representative from Gallatin discusses her plan to complete the northern loop of I-840 around Nashville so trucks can be sent around the city rather than through it. She doesn’t mention her call to “double-stack” the interstates through the center of the state capital.

The ad is running in the Nashville media market.

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New Lee and Harwell ads hit the airwaves

Republican gubernatorial candidates Bill Lee and Beth Harwell are on the air with new ads:

Karl Dean TV ad No. 2 entitled ‘Different Sort’

Press release from Karl Dean campaign

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 4, 2018) — The Karl Dean for Governor campaign today launched the second ad in a series of TV spots that are airing in all seven media markets across Tennessee. The ad titled “Different Sort” highlights Dean’s thoughtful style of leadership that has made him successful at bringing people together to solve tough problems.

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