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Democrats have fielded candidates in almost all state House and Senate races

Democrats have filed as candidates for almost all seats in a Tennessee General Assembly that is now controlled by a Republican Supermajority and party leaders say that sets up more contested partisan legislative races than they can remember from recent history.

By the party’s initial count, there were Democratic candidates running in 97 of the 99 state House seats and 15 of the 17 Senate seats that are on the November, 2018,  general election ballot. But a final review of qualifying petitions indicates there are three Republicans each in the Senate and House with no Democrat qualifying to oppose them.

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House GOP drops effort to revive anti-Nazi resolution

House Republicans won’t be pursuing their own resolution to denounce neo-Nazis after they previously helped kill a Democratic measure to do so.

Rep. John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville) saw his resolution fail last month when it failed to receive a second in the Republican-controlled House State Government Committee last month. The Tennessean reported last week that House Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) planned to bring forward a nearly identical measure.

But Williams declined to promote the measure in a meeting of the House Delayed Bills Committee on Tuesday, meaning that it won’t proceed this session.

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Blackburn gets new GOP primary opponent; says he’ll spend $5M

Citing fears that U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn could lose to former Gov. Phil Bredesen in November, Williamson County businessman Darrell Lynn has declared himself a candidate for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, reports The Tennessean. Lynn says he prepared to spend $5 million in personal funds on the campaign.

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Andy Ogles nominated as GOP candidate for Maury County mayor

Andy Ogles, the former Americans for Prosperity director for Tennessee who briefly launched a campaign for the U.S. Senate last year, was nominated to become Maury County mayor at a county GOP convention Saturday, reports the Columbia Daily Herald. Three other candidates for the office are running as independents.

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Blackburn, DesJarlais rally for Reeves; another Republican urges ‘protest vote’ for Democrat

U.S. Reps. Marsha Blackburn and Scott DesJarlais urged support for Republican state Senate candidate Shane Reeves on Saturday while the Murfreesboro Post reports a former GOP congressional and state Senate candidate is urging voters to cast a “protest vote” for Democrat Gayle Jordan instead.

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Blackburn blessed by 56 of 74 Republican state representatives

Press release from Marsha Blackburn campaign

BRENTWOOD, TN – Today, 56 state Representatives announced their support of Marsha Blackburn for U.S. Senate. They join Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally, a majority of Republican state Senators, and a growing list of Tennesseans in endorsing Blackburn for Senate.
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Haslam spokeswoman: ‘Political affiliation did not play a role’ in appointing school safety panel

Through a spokeswoman, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s office is pushing back against criticism of his appointments to a  task force assigned to study school safety and recommend revisions in state laws or policy, reports the Times Free Press. Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris has been the lead critic, saying the 16-member panel is solid Republican with no Democratic members “where a bipartisan consensus is sorely needed.”

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Politico: ‘Distaste’ for Blackburn behind GOP prodding of Corker to reconsider retirement

Following up on earlier reports, Politico says  “a faction of Republicans in Tennessee and Washington” – worried that Republican Marsha Blackburn could lose the November U.S. Senate general election and give Democrats a Senate majority – continues to urge Sen. Bob Corker to reconsider his retirement plans.

A Blackburn spokeswoman scoffs at the notion of the current congressman as a loser and Corker is non-committal (though someone ‘close’ to the senator says he’s listening), according to the lengthy article. The piece also suggests that Corker has “reached out” to President Donald Trump to get his thinking on a retreat from retirement.

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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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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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