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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The chairwoman of the Tennessee Democratic Party wants to begin a discussion about whether to keep naming an annual fundraiser after President Andrew Jackson.

Mary Mancini said in an email Tuesday that while the party has long celebrated Jackson's legacy as a general and the country's seventh president, it shouldn't ignore his participation in slavery and the forced removal of native Americans.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is launching a 15-stop tour of Tennessee to discuss the transportation funding challenges as he considers a proposal to increase the state's gas tax for the first time in 25 years.

Haslam in a release Tuesday cited a "multi-billion dollar backlog" of highway projects across the state. He said the state can no longer depend on federal funding. He also said maintenance becomes more expensive as infrastructure ages and new projects are needed to improve safety, access and economic development.

Tenn. Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade announces retirement

Jul 27, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade, a target of a failed ouster campaign led by Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey last year, says he plans to retire in September.

Wade was the Supreme Court's chief justice when Ramsey last year decided to pour at least $605,000 from his political action committee into trying to defeat him and two other justices appointed by then-Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat.


WASHINGTON, D.C.  (AP/WMOT)  --  Tennessee Senator Bob Corker tangled Thursday in a congressional hearing with Secretary of State John Kerry over the nuclear arms deal Kerry struck earlier this month with Iran.

Corker chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and recently championed legislation that gives Congress the opportunity to review the deal made with Iran.

Opening that review process yesterday, Corker was scathing in his assessment of the agreementl Kerry negotiated.


WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is lending her voice to efforts to defund Planned Parenthood following the release of videos showing some of the organization’s top officials discussing the harvesting of fetal tissues.

In reaction to Republican efforts, Democrats have this week withdrawn a bill that would have expanded fertility services for wounded veterans. The bill’s sponsor, Democrat Patty Murray of Washington, complained that Republicans were attaching amendments to her bill attacking women’s health programs.