When President Donald Trump visits a school, it's usually for a campaign rally, not a classroom tour. At his latest State of the Union address, he mentioned education just once. On Twitter, he has...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Green says he's "thinking about" running for a Senate seat opening up in Tennessee but hasn't given much thought to when he'll decide.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and President Donald Trump's proposed border wall (all times local):
A dozen defecting Republicans have joined Senate Democrats to...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Twelve Republican senators sided with Democrats Thursday and voted to block President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency on the southwest border. Trump has vowed to veto...
Alexander, Blackburn: New act expands Shiloh battlefield
SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn say a law signed by President Donald Trump will expand Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A national conservative group is attacking former Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam as he considers running for another open U.S. Senate seat.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee says she won't vote for a resolution aimed at blocking President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration along the...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate opponents of President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border have moved very close to having enough votes to prevail, and one Republican...
Trump border emergency foes close in on needed Senate votes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate opponents of President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border moved within a hair Thursday of having enough votes to prevail, and one...
Trump’s national emergency sparks new GOP divide in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall ends one political problem for the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill, but launches another.
Ex-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he’ll mull Senate options
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he'll take some time to consider his options before deciding whether to run for the U.S. Senate.
The Tennessean reports Haslam said Saturday at the inauguration of his successor, Bill Lee, that he will take several weeks to make up his mind.
Mackler announces Dem bid for Tennessee’s open Senate seat
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic Nashville attorney and former Army helicopter pilot James Mackler said Tuesday that he's running for U.S. Senate in 2020, marking the first candidate to announce a bid for the seat Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will leave after his term.
In an announcement video, the 46-year-old says he's not a politician and President Donald Trump is making life harder across Tennessee, citing health care, the tax law and the trade war.
Tennessee governor renames state park after senator
FLAG POND, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has renamed a state park to honor Tennessee's senior U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.
Haslam announced Monday he had signed an executive order renaming Rocky Fork State Park in Unicoi County as Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park.
The outgoing governor says the Republican senator's commitment to preservation and record of service prompted him to make the change.
Tennessee gov to decide on Senate bid after leaving office
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said he will decide whether to run for an open U.S. Senate seat sometime after leaving office next month.
The two-term governor told The Associated Press late Tuesday that he's planning a short vacation with his wife after leaving office Jan. 19 to consider his decision. Haslam said he doesn't have a deadline but won't take six months.
GOP Sen. Alexander of Tennessee not seeking 2020 re-election
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced Monday that he won't seek re-election in 2020, giving the red state its second open Senate contest in two years.
Alexander said in a news release that he was deeply grateful for being elected to more combined years as governor and senator than anyone else in Tennessee. But the 78-year-old politician said it's now time for someone else to have that privilege. He will serve out his final two years.
The Latest: Haslam giving Senate bid ‘serious consideration’
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 U.S. Senate race in Tennessee (all times local):
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he will give a U.S. Senate bid "serious consideration" after GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander announced he wouldn't run again in 2020.
Haslam also told the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Monday that he will have a better answer in coming days about a possible bid. He says that for now, it's a great time to honor Alexander.
Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says he is not running for re-election in 2020
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says he is not running for re-election in 2020.
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Outgoing Tennessee governor emotional as portrait unveiled
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has unveiled the official portrait of Gov. Bill Haslam, a ceremony that made the term-limited Republican emotional at times.
Haslam was surrounded by former and current administration figures, family and others close to him during Monday's event. He became choked up when he talked about his family and others who helped him along the way as governor.
$25M federal grant to help add Middle Tennessee interchange
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A $25 million federal grant will help build a new interstate interchange in Middle Tennessee.
A U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander release says the money will go to the city of Spring Hill. It says funds will be used to add the interchange between Interstate 65 and Interstate 840 and extend a road to connect to the interchange.
Tennessee attorney confirmed as USDA’s general counsel
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Senate has confirmed a Tennessee attorney to become the U.S. Department of Agriculture's general counsel.
Senators voted 53-46 this week to confirm Stephen Vaden amid opposition from some groups. Vaden is currently USDA's principal deputy general counsel.
US senator says China, US ‘competitors but not adversaries’
BEIJING (AP) — China and America are "competitors but not adversaries," U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday, despite a spiraling trade war and other tensions that have pushed relations to their lowest point in years.
State Sen. majority leader, 2 others, confirmed as US judges
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The majority leader of the Tennessee Senate has been confirmed as a federal judge by the U.S. Senate.
News outlets report that Republican state Sen. Mark Norris was confirmed as a U.S. District Court judge for the Western District of Tennessee with a 51-44 vote Thursday evening.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — White House counselor Kellyanne Conway; Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii.
New Tennessee State Museum building opens in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A ribbon-cutting has been held to open the new Tennessee State Museum building in Nashville.
Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and other dignitaries attended the unveiling of the $160 million Tennessee State Museum building Thursday.
It's the first time in the museum's 81-year history that it has its own building in Nashville. The museum was located in the War Memorial Building until it was moved to the James K. Polk Center in 1981.
Fred Thompson federal courthouse to be complete by 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials have broken ground on a Tennessee federal courthouse named after the late Sen. Fred Thompson. The facility should be completed by 2021.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, Rep. Jim Cooper, federal judges and others headlined Friday's Nashville ceremony for the Fred D. Thompson Federal Building and United States Courthouse.
Bredesen supports FBI probe, still mum on how he would vote
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Democrat Phil Bredesen says an FBI investigation of a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is a chance to restore "self-respect" in the Senate, but the Senate candidate stopped short of saying how he would vote on the nomination.
Bredesen says if the claims have substance, senators should take that into consideration before voting.
Bill overhauling songwriter royalties heads to Trump’s desk
WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to substantially overhaul the way music is licensed and songwriters compensated for songs online is being sent to the president's desk for his signature.
Congress cleared the bill Tuesday, giving final passage to a rare bipartisan accord between Republican and Democratic lawmakers. It enjoyed wide support in both the House and Senate, and within the music industry.
President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law.
Alexander calls for Kavanaugh accuser testimony, panel vote
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says he hopes the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault will appear before a committee next week. But he's stressing that her story concerns a "disputed event from high school 35 years ago," and after time, "memories fade."
Music modernization bill clears another hurdle in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — The way music is licensed and songwriters are compensated for the digital age will be undergoing big changes under a bill making its way through Congress.
The Senate cleared a bill late Tuesday that creates a new independent entity that will license songs to companies that play music online. The nonprofit collective will then pay songwriters, including those who wrote pre-1970s classics before music copyrights protected their work.
Blackburn names Jim Haslam II, Smith campaign finance chairs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Marsha Blackburn has named Pilot Corporation founder Jim Haslam II and construction company leader Steve Smith as her Senate campaign's finance chairmen.
The picks came Tuesday in the congresswoman's critical red-state race against Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen, who is courting moderate Republicans.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Republican political leaders and candidates held a carefully choreographed news conference Saturday to project unity as they look toward competitive November elections after a rough primary for governor.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Republican senators and two Senate candidates are speaking out against President Donald Trump's refusal to condemn Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
Sen. Bob Corker said Trump's comments Monday made the U.S. "look like a pushover."
Sen. Lamar Alexander said there's no doubt about Russia's interference. He said it's important for senators and special counsel Robert Mueller to continue and complete investigations.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In Tennessee's U.S. Senate race, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn is backing President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee and Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen is holding judgment until after confirmation hearings.
Blackburn said Monday that Brett Kavanaugh will make a fine Supreme Court justice, calling him a strong constitutionalist with a record of upholding the rule of law.
STONINGTON, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent U.S. senator is joining with a group of colleagues to push for legislation that promises to address a maintenance backlog within the National Park Service.
Sen. Angus King is helping introduce the Restore Our Parks Act along with Republican Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia. The senators say their bill would address nearly $12 billion in deferred maintenance in the park system.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn says President Donald Trump's administration should reconsider broad tariffs to avoid unintended negative consequences on Tennessee's economy and workers, her toughest stance on tariffs yet.
The Senate candidate's letter Wednesday to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says Tennesseans stand to suffer disproportionate and negative consequences under broad tariffs. Those include tariffs on some foreign steel and aluminum under Trump.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Senators from Tennessee are opposing part of President Donald Trump's reorganization plan that revisits possibly selling the transmission assets of the nation's largest public utility.
Sen. Lamar Alexander called the proposed Tennessee Valley Authority sell-off a "looney idea" Thursday.
In April, Alexander opposed Trump's budget proposal idea of possibly selling TVA assets.
Tennessee officials praise online sales tax ruling
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials are praising a U.S. Supreme Court decision that lets states force online shoppers to pay sales tax.
Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday's ruling will help local businesses compete on an even tax playing field with out-of-state companies. He said the administration is reviewing the decision and considering next steps.
A legal challenge was filed last year after Haslam moved to make major online vendors collect sales taxes on purchases made in Tennessee.
Longtime Tennessee broadcaster John Ward dies at 88
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John Ward, the radio voice of Tennessee football and men's basketball for over three decades, has died. He was 88.
Vol Network tweeted that Ward died Wednesday night in Knoxville. Tennessee athletic officials confirmed Ward's death.
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The leading Republican candidates for Tennessee governor tried not to second-guess President Donald Trump during a debate Wednesday night, including pledging support for his administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's leading U.S. Senate candidates on Tuesday decried the separation of immigrant families at the border, with Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn laying the blame for that on liberals.
The Senate Health Committee advanced opioids legislation Tuesday that packages dozens of measures aimed at seizing and destroying deadly fentanyl at the border, reining in excessive amounts of addictive pills and speeding safer painkillers to market.
McConnell says he’s open to paring back US spending bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican said Tuesday that he's open to a proposal from the White House to pare back a hard-fought spending package that has come under assault from party conservatives.
But at the same time, Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell said the idea of cutting billions of dollars of just-approved spending may not have enough support to pass the narrowly divided Senate.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says he is donating money to another Tennessee Republican's campaign to succeed him.
News outlets report Corker tweeted his support Monday for U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn after the Tennessee Republican Party ended the primary over the weekend. Seven Senate candidates and one gubernatorial candidate were removed from the August ballot for lacking voting credentials to justify running as Republicans.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says he's "not a big fan" of arming teachers at school, saying they have their hands full without carrying guns.
Alexander told reporters Monday he thinks teachers ought to teach and let policemen, including school resource officers, have the guns. He noted that pilots aren't armed on airplanes, but trained marshals are.
A few days after Congress approved billions in opioids funding, Sen. Lamar Alexander released draft legislation Monday urging the Food and Drug Administration to use its portion to upgrade inspection tools, expand labs and train more canine officers to detect and intercept deadly fentanyl that's slipping through U.S. mail facilities.
With time running out, Sen. Lamar Alexander is pleading with Congress to rally behind his Obamacare-stabilization plan for two simple reasons it will slash premiums, and it pays for itself.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a bipartisan plan to restore insurer payments that President Trump canceled last year, and free up billions of dollars to subsidize super-costly enrollees, would cut consumers' premiums by 10 percent nationwide next year.
Gov. Haslam joins chorus of concerns over Trump tariffs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is joining several other Tennessee officials voicing concerns over President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
The Republican governor told reporters Tuesday he's concerned about additional costs to manufacturers, particularly the state's car industry. He said that a trade war wouldn't be good for Tennessee, a manufacturing state.