primary election

A new system that checks in voters before they cast ballots had glitches during the recent primary, and the irregularities could have troubling implications if the system is launched statewide, Tennessee Citizen Action’s Mary Mancini said Monday. Mancini, executive director of the left-leaning public advocacy group, said three elected officials and at least two registered […]


Leading House Republican Rep. Debra Maggart hasn’t decided whether she’ll make another go if it in 2014 following her recent GOP primary defeat in Sumner County. The Hendersonville Republican blamed her loss on the National Rifle Federation and the Tennessee Firearms Association which “dumped over $150,000” worth of political ads into the race, she said. […]


Incumbent Tennessee Democrats evaded the kind of thrashing administered by legislative primary voters to their Republican counterparts. But they didn’t come away entirely unbloodied either. Five incumbent Democrats were voted out of office Thursday. Among them were four who lost against fellow lawmakers who they were pitted against as a part of redistricting, and one […]


They Play, You Pay

by Andrea Zelinski on August 1, 2012

The decision of who wins, loses and participates in primaries is ultimately left to the parties, not state and county election offices. That fact’s been exemplified recently in both the Rhea County GOP squabble and a federal court judge upholding the state Democratic Party’s handling of former Clarksville Sen. Rosalind Kurita’s case from 2008.


Debts owed because of her husband’s business led Courtney Rogers and her husband to file for bankruptcy in 2005. Rogers is trying to unseat GOP Caucus Leader Debra Maggart in the August primary.


Press Release from the National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee Chapter; July 6, 2012: NFIB/Tennessee supports pro-small business candidate for reelection NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 6, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee’s leading small business association, has endorsed incumbent Debra Maggart (Hendersonville) in the race for the 45th House District. The endorsement was […]


“When you have more people that are on your side, things tend to go a little easier,” Gov. Bill Haslam said of the makeup of the General Assembly. Haslam plans to stump for Debra Maggart, Richard Montgomery, and Kevin Brooks, who all face primary challengers.


But some GOP-leaning outsiders say the automatic impulse to protect incumbents is rarely the answer — and more often likely part of the problem in government and politics.


Besides being a time to remember fallen soldiers, reopen swimming pools and enjoy a long weekend, Memorial Day also represents the unofficial start of campaign season. Gov. Bill Haslam says he’ll lend some of this clout this year to Republican lawmakers in legislative races who have helped advance his agenda. “Obviously I’ll be a lot more […]


Press Release from Jeff Yarbro for Senate; Aug. 17, 2010: NASHVILLE – Jeff Yarbro filed a formal request today with the Democratic Party Executive Committee, seeking an expedited recount of the votes in the Senate District 21 Democratic Primary. “The results of this election continue to change, following yesterday’s news from the Election Commission that […]


Eleven votes now separate the two Nashville Democrats competing for a state Senate seat. Once the results are certified Monday, it will be up to the party to announce the winner or authorize a recount.

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Polls show the lieutenant governor running third heading down the homestretch. But in one place and for one night at least, the state senator from Blountville was the clear favorite in the GOP primary race to replace Gov. Phil Bredesen.