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This article was published in cooperation with the Seigenthaler News Service. Tennessee would become the first state in the nation to make the Bible its official state book if Gov. Bill Haslam signs legislation recently passed by the General Assembly. Haslam has raised questions, as has Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, about the constitutionality of such …

Story by Erik Schelzig  // Associated Press | Photo by Bing-Nan Li // Sidelines Archive Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to spin off four-year public universities from the Tennessee Board of Regents system gained final approval in the state Legislature on Monday. The Senate voted 31-1 in favor of the measure, sending Haslam’s top legislative initiative for his …

Photo courtesy of Peretz Partensky Earlier this year, Tennessee House Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) and Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville) proposed a bill that would allow full-time employees of Tennessee state colleges and universities to carry guns on campuses with a valid permit. Since then, the bill has received protest from state university student governments, as well as criticism from proponents and …

Story by Erik Schelzig  // Associated Press | Photo by Max Smith // Sidelines Archive Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that Donald Trump would need to make major policy changes before he could consider supporting the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. Haslam endorsed Marco Rubio before the state’s Super Tuesday primary, but the Florida …

Voters from 11 states casted their ballots on “Super Tuesday” this week during the presidential primary election. The election results showed that Donald Trump (R) and Hillary Clinton (D) both won seven of the 11 states for their parties, and currently take the lead in the presidential race. Ted Cruz held second place for the Republicans, …

Photo by Samantha Hearn // Sidelines Archive The Tennessee presidential primary election is Tuesday (or Super Tuesday as it’s known nationwide), and since 2011, Tennessee has required voters to present a valid form of photo ID to vote. These laws can sometimes lead to confusion at polling places, or leaving voters turned away at the polls. But …