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The Tennessee Supreme Court has become an electoral battleground for Republican state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and a group of fellow conservatives, including state house Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, and Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville.

State election officials are warning the state's 475 Democratic and Republican county election commissioners that they will get bounced off the local panels if they cross over and vote in the opposite party's Aug. 7 primary election.

  • July 30th, 2014  |
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Our tired and unoriginal 3rd District incumbent Republican congressman, Chuck Fleischmann, has adopted the ultra-right's "we-can't-trust ..." chant often aimed at the president to paint his youthful and energetic opponent with a completely deceptive message and manipulated photograph in a mailer advertisement sent out last week.

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Since 1978, Tennesseans have gone back and forth in electing governors for two consecutive terms from first the Republican and then the Democrat parties.

Chances are, if state Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyille, is elected in November as Tennessee's 4th District congressman, his conservative ranking will be nearly as high in 2016 as that of the incumbent he is facing in the Aug. 7 Republican Party primary.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Chattanooga, in person is deferential but guarded, earnest but reticent. Some of his negative ads are another thing entirely.

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Two years ago this week, an 84-year-old nun, a carpenter and a Vietnam veteran committed an act of civil disobedience so jarring that history may one day judge it as the most compellingly influential since Rosa Parks.

The recent "botched" execution in Arizona sparked more debate about the death penalty.

  • Aug. 1st, 2014  |
  • By By Ron Hart
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How fragile is the American middle class?

On Tuesday, we had the fastest Internet on the planet. We were Dale Jr. on fiber optics; everybody else, the Ingalls family.

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Before you condemn Russia for killing 300 people, guess who supplied Israel the bombs and rockets to kill 650 Palestinians?

Are all UAW members as unhappy as those in the July 11 front page photo appear to be? Try smiling for a change.

  • July 20th, 2014  |
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President Obama goes to Texas not to check the border but to pick up a check.

  • July 13th, 2014  |
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On July 15, Tommy Crangle met with the Kiwanis Club of Hixson as he continues his bid for Tennessee state representative.

I write this to say the broken record continues.

Being conservative, accessible, competent, an experienced and proven leader, possessing excellent business skills, being extremely hard-working and having a great desire to serve our state are qualities I want in my state representative in District 27.

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