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Goins becomes latest incumbent to retire from General Assembly

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Republican Rep. Tilman Goins (R-Morristown) is the latest sitting lawmaker to announce he won’t seek re-election this fall.

“It is now time to step aside so that someone else with a heart for service can bring their perspective to help continue fighting for the people of Morristown and Hamblen County,” Goins said in a release Monday.

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Rep. Johnnie Turner won’t seek reelection in House District 85

Press release from House Democratic Caucus

NASHVILLE – State Representative Johnnie Turner of Memphis today announced that she will not run for re-election when her current term ends later this year.  Turner has been a member of the State Legislature since January 2010 when she succeeded her late husband, Representative Larry Turner.

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More than 3,700 probation or parole violators now at large in TN

More than 3,700 convicted criminals under the community supervision of the Tennessee Department of Correction are now at large, according to state records reported by WJHL-TV. TDOC confirmed all of those people are in “warrant status” for violating the terms of their probation or parole.

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Trio mentioned as possible candidates to succeed Roe demur — at least for now

The Johnson City Press contacted state Reps. David Hawk and Matthew Hill, along with Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge, after their names were mentioned in a Washington report as prospective candidates for the 1st Congressional District seat, should incumbent U.S. Rep. Phil Roe decide not to seek reelection. Perhaps predictably, the newspaper reports none of them said yes to a run at this point; but they didn’t give an absolute no, either.

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Sen. Lundberg tangled in flap over firing of policeman who ticketed his daughter

Bristol city officials were concerned about “political interference and retaliation” by state Sen. Jon Lundberg after his daughter was ticketed by a police officer who was subsequently fired, reports the Bristol Herald Courier.

The Bristol Republican says he did not try to get his daughter out of the ticket and has actively opposed dismissal of officer Phil Kiersnowski – though he contacted the city police chief at the time to jokingly remark on his wife and daughter both being ticketed  by Bristol police on the same day.

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Former state Rep. Joshua Evans running for Robertson County mayor

Former state Rep. Josh Evans is running for Robertson County mayor. (Photo credit: Evans campaign)

Former state Rep. Josh Evans is running for Robertson County mayor. (Photo credit: Evans campaign)

Press release from Joshua Evans campaign

SPRINGFIELD – Recognizing a strong future for Robertson County, Joshua Evans launched his bid for Robertson County Mayor in the August election.

With six years of experience, serving the residents of Robertson County in the Tennessee General Assembly, Evans brings an energetic and experienced perspective to Robertson County government.

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Some legislators collect more expense money for out-of-session work than in-session

Tennessee state legislators collected a total of $2.4 million in “per diem” expense payments last year with 14 getting more money for days when the General Assembly was not meeting than for days it was in session, reports The Tennessean.

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Former state Sen. Joe Haynes dies aged 81

Joe M. Haynes, a Nashville lawyer who served almost 30 years as a state legislator including a decade as Senate Democratic Caucus chairman, has died at age 81.

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TBI reported ignoring state law giving hiring preference to veterans

Two state legislators say they want to change state law giving military veterans a preference in hiring for state jobs because the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been ignoring the statute, reports WTVF-TV.

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State House GOP has a ‘rebranding’ and new logo

Press release from House Republican Caucus

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(NASHVILLE) — House Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) today announced a statewide rebranding initiative — including a new logo and video — which recaps the successes Tennessee has experienced in recent years, thanks to the efforts of House Republicans.

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