Beth Harwell

Stealth contest no more? Boyd puts out 2-week schedule

Tennessee gubernatorial candidates talk education during SCORE event at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, January 23, 2018. (Photo credit: Belmont Univeristy)

For reasons that haven’t been entirely clear, most of the candidate running for governor this year have kept their whereabouts a closely-guarded secret from the media and the public at large. That appears to finally be changing among the Republican field as we head into the final 45 days before early voting gets underway.

Franklin businessman Bill Lee’s campaign has begun putting out more detailed calendars about where the Republican will be campaigning, while U.S. Rep. Diane Black’s camp has announced occasional one-off events. For House Speaker Beth Harwell it’s mostly been radio silence. But Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd took a major step in scheduling transparency by releasing a detailed list of events he is holding as part of his 95-county bus tour over the next two weeks.

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TEA endorses Harwell for GOP gubernatorial nomination, Fitzhugh for Democratic nomination

Press release from Tennessee Education Association

The Tennessee Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education (TEA-FCPE) has endorsed Beth Harwell in the Republican Primary for Governor, and Craig Fitzhugh in the Democratic Primary for Governor. TEA-FCPE is the political action committee of TEA, the state’s largest professional association.

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TSEA endorses Harwell for GOP gubernatorial nomination, Fitzhugh for Democratic nod

Press release from Tennessee State Employees Association

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Employees Action Movement (TEAM-PAC) the official PAC of TSEA, today voted to endorse Beth Harwell in the Republican Primary and Craig Fitzhugh in the Democratic Primary in the race for Governor in Tennessee.  Continue reading

Guber forum: Harwell and Boyd clash on ECD grants; Fitzhugh criticizes Dean

In a gubernatorial candidate forum Tuesday, House Speaker Beth Harwell promised, if elected, to reject any state-funded financial incentives for businesses moving into Middle Tennessee, reports The Tennessean. Fellow Republican candidate Randy Boyd, a former ECD commissioner, rejected the idea.

On the Democratic side, House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh criticized his primary opponent, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, on his handling of federal relief funding after a 2010 flood hit the city.

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Campaign finance panel takes ‘no action’ on Harwell

The Tennessee Registry of Campaign Finance has voted to take “no action” on complaints alleging coordination between Republican gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell and her political action committee and questioning the veracity of a $3.1 million loan she made to her campaign.

The panel voted 3-0 to against proceeding with the complaints. Chairman Tom Lawless, who abstained on the vote, said he had a “beef” with Attorney General Herbert Slatery for refusing to provide a requested legal opinion on the matter and Gov. Bill Haslam for failing for make the appointments to two vacant positions on the six-member panel.

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GOP gubernatorial candidates fret about trade war, but declare trust in Trump

President Donald Trump’s plan to raise tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel drew concerns from most Republican candidates for governor at a forum on Thursday at Martin, according to the Associated Press. They generally indicated worry about a trade war could harming Tennessee’s farm exports, particularly soybeans.

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Harwell campaign and PAC, accused of improper coordination, using same ad company

House Speaker Beth Harwell’s gubernatorial campaign and her political action committee – facing a complaint alleging they have illegally coordinated political activities – have been using the same company for advertising expenditures, reports The Tennessean – citing campaign finance reports.

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Harwell seeks comptroller review of TNReady contract vendor Questar

Press release from House Republican Caucus

(NASHVILLE) — Under the direction of House Speaker Beth Harwell (R–Nashville), State Representative Jeremy Faison (R–Cosby) has officially requested a review by the Tennessee Comptroller related to recent testing issues of the TNReady school assessments.

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Takeaways from the GOP gubernatorial debate in Memphis

The Memphis event was billed in advance (and again from the stage) as not being yet another meaningless gubernatorial forum in which everybody would end up restating the same platitudes, but a bona fide battle royale, a “debate.” It wasn’t.

There was little overt disagreement and minimal effort to create it. The Republican participants  — Diane Black, Randy Boyd, and Bill Lee (Harwell begged off because of legislative responsibilities) — became a virtual amen chorus to the idea that Memphis has been shafted by the state relative to other sections of Tennessee.

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Bill requiring some to work for TennCare coverage gets final legislative approval

The Republican-led Tennessee Legislature on Thursday passed a controversial bill aimed at imposing work requirements on people receiving Medicaid benefits through the TennCare system, reports the Associated Press. Gov. Bill Haslam has backed the measure.

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