NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a possible presidential contender in 2016, will headline the Tennessee Republican Party's annual fundraiser in May.


Chairman Chris Devaney says that the Statesmen's Dinner speech by Bush reflects that Tennessee will play a key role in the 2016 nomination process.


WASHINGTON (APWMOT) — A Tennessee Democrat voted against party and president yesterday to help Republicans pass a bill approving construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper was one of 28 Democrats to join the Republican majority to pass the bill. Rep. Rep. Steve Cohen, the other Democrat in Tennessee’s congressional delegation, voted against the pipeline.

President Obama has promised to veto the measure. While the bill passed both chambers comfortably, neither has the votes to override a veto.


WASHINGTON (AP) — This year’s open enrollment period under president Obama’s health care law comes to a close on Sunday.

So far, about 7.5 million people have enrolled using the Affordable Care Act’s online Insurance Marketplace. The marketplace provides federal subsidies for private health insurance for people who don't have job-based policies.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander has used his new position as Chairman of the Senate Health Committee to weigh in on the debate concerning Measles vaccinations.

Health officials say there are now 121 measles cases nationwide, all but 18 are tied to an outbreak that started at the Disneyland amusement park in California.

Until recently, it was unusual to see more than 100 measles cases a year in the United States. However, many parents now avoid getting their kids vaccinated, believing the shots themselves cause devastating illnesses.




NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gov. Bill Haslam devoted half of his State of the State speech to education and again this year promised Tennessee teachers a pay raise.

The Republican governor announced Monday evening that he’s included $100 million dollars in the upcoming budget to fund a 4 percent salary increase for teachers. Haslam also announced that he’ll be submitting legislation to make other changes teachers have been asking for.