Politics

9:32am

Wed August 28, 2013
Politics

Business, Faith and Law Groups Hope to Influence Immigration Debate

Credit bbbimmigration.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The immigration reform group Bibles, Badges and Business held a roundtable discussion Wednesday morning at the First Amendment Center in Nashville.

The group is part of a nationwide effort by business, law enforcement and faith groups to influence the immigration debate in the nation’s capital.

Former attorney General Alberto Gonzales led Wednesday's discussion. Also attending are representatives of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, the Middle Tennessee Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, and the Tennessee Farm Bureau.

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10:16am

Fri August 23, 2013
Politics

IN HIS OWN WORDS: U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Carr

State Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas
Credit tn.gov

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee State Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas announced this week that he’ll challenge incumbent Lamar Alexander for his seat in the U.S. Senate next year.

Carr abandoned his bid to unseat troubled U.S. Congressman and fellow Republican Scott Desjarlais to mount the senate bid.

WMOT News had a chance to speak to the representative Thursday. You can listen to that conversation by clicking on the link above.

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8:56am

Fri August 23, 2013
Politics

Tenn. Senator Bemoans New American Isolationism, "Nativism"

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tennessee
Credit senate.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker was featured speaker Thursday at a foreign policy discussion in Nashville.

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition sponsored the event. Former Gov. Phil Bredesen and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist are both members.

Corker is top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In his speech, Corker noted that the economic downturn has resulted in new isolationist tendencies in American politics.

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11:18am

Tue August 20, 2013
Politics

Joe Carr Challenges Lamar Alexander, Hopes for Tea Party Support

Tennessee State Rep. Joe Car, R-Lascassas
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee State Rep. Joe Carr announced Tuesday morning that he's abandoning his bid for Rep. Scott Desjarlais's 4th District Congressional seat.

Carr will instead challenge incumbent Lamar Alexander for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate next year.

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8:13am

Fri August 16, 2013
Politics

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Gov. Haslam

Gov. Bill Haslam
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former state Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester is filing ethics and campaign finance complaints against Republican Gov. Bill Haslam for failing to disclose how much he has paid his former chief campaign strategist for political advice.

Forrester told reporters in Nashville on Thursday that Haslam should be required to disclose how much he paid prominent GOP operative and lobbyist Tom Ingram following the 2010 governor's race.

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