Mike McWherter

Democrats paid tribute to former Gov. Ned McWherter, who died this year, during the party’s Jackson Day Dinner held Saturday in Nashville. Speakers praised his record on education and civility in public life, and McWherter’s son, Mike, announced the first Ned McWherter Legacy Award to veteran Democratic Rep. Lois DeBerry from Memphis.

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Former legislator and economic development commissioner Matt Kisber and current House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh will be among those speaking in tribute to the late Gov. Ned McWherter at the Tennessee Democrats’ Jackson Day Dinner Saturday. The event will be at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall in Nashville. John Seigenthaler, chairman emeritus of The Tennessean, and […]

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It’s a common concept and tool businesses use, said the governor. The administration says it’ll use publicly viewable “dials” to track policy progress.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter, who lost the race to Bill Haslam in November, wants to find an innovative way to stay current and active in state politics. McWherter, who hasn’t ruled out another run for office in the future, is now launching a daily e-mail service called “Out of the Blue” that he’s billing […]

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Larger than Life

by Mike Morrow on April 10, 2011

Saturday’s funeral service for Gov. Ned Ray McWherter at the Capitol drew a power-packed line-up of state dignitaries. Al Gore and Bill Clinton eulogized. Also attending were Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, former U.S. Sens. Howard Baker, Jim Sasser and Harlan Mathews and former governors Phil Bredesen, Don Sundquist and Winfield Dunn.

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From education, to health care to criminal justice, many of Tennessee’s present-day policies still bear the fingerprints of the two-term governor who left office in 1995.

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Statement from former Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Mike McWherter; Dec. 22, 2010: As 2010 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to wish you and your family Merry Christmas. As well, I would like to share my thoughts as we end what has been a momentous year. I have been blessed to travel […]

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Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam will be the next governor of Tennessee. The Tennessean reports that the Associated Press has called the race. Haslam is leading Democrat Mike McWherter by a more than 2-to-1 margin.

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Both candidates for governor spent the eve of the election swinging through the state for last-minute campaign stops to shake hands, knock on doors and make final appeals to fence-sitting voters before the polls open tomorrow. Democrat Mike McWherter says he’s feeling good about his chances, even though he’s 29 points behind Republican Bill Haslam […]

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The Knoxville mayor says he’d change the way the state makes purchases and would examine which assets Tennessee should sell, but offers few details.

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With just a week to go before election day, Republican Bill Haslam is backing away from comments he made recently about eliminating handgun carry permits. “I’m in favor of leaving the law the way it is now. I’ve said that that night. I’ve said that ever since then. Somehow we keep coming back to this,” […]

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Republican Bill Haslam wasn’t the only gubernatorial candidate feeling pressured by the Tennessee Firearms Association. Democrat Mike McWherter tells TNReport that he had a “frank exchange” with the TFA about a month ago with members who were “civil to me but they were yelling at me, if you want to know the truth about it.” […]

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