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Election 2014


Gov. Bill Haslam took his re-election easily, amassing 70 percent of the vote in both the state and in Rutherford County. His Democratic opponent, the largely unknown Charles V. “Charlie” Brown, got 23 percent of votes around the state and 21.34 percent in the county. Of the five candidates running as independents or under minor …

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee voters approve giving lawmakers more power to regulate abortions. The change opens the way for the state Legislature to enact many new restrictions on abortion in Tennessee. The referendum was originally conceived in response to a 2000 Tennessee Supreme Court decision that held abortion was protected by the state constitution …

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Voters have approved a change to the Tennessee Constitution that would prohibit lawmakers from imposing a state income tax. The last serious attempt to impose a state income tax failed in 2002 amid raucous Capitol protests that included a brick thrown through the window of the governor’s office. The public backlash …

Travis Loller, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With nearly all precincts reporting, support for all four constitutional amendments on the Tennessee ballot was outstripping opposition. The most hard-fought of all the amendments was also the closest, with about 54 percent of voters supporting a change to the Tennessee Constitution that would give lawmakers more …

Lenda Sherrell conceded defeat in her loss against Republican Scott DesJarlais for U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday night during her post-campaign celebration at Mayday Brewery in Murfreesboro. Sherrell, a Monteagle native, lost District Four to DeJarlais, who took 58 percent of the vote. “If this campaign has taught Washington anything tonight, it is that talking …

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A referendum on the Tennessee ballot for supermarket wine sales was outstripping opposition in early voting returns Tuesday night. Seventy-eight municipalities collected enough signatures to place the referendum on the ballot. Of those, voters in more than 60 communities were voting in favor of the referendum, according to early election returns. No …