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Chas Sisk

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Chas joined WPLN in 2015 and became an editor in 2018. Previously, he covered state politics for Nashville Public Radio and The Tennessean, and he’s also reported on communities, politics and business for a variety of publications in Massachusetts, New York and Washington, D.C. Chas grew up in South Carolina and attended Columbia University, where he studied economics and journalism.

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Lawmakers described it as an "epiphany."

Just a few hours before members of a House panel were to open debate Wednesday on Common Core for the year, they abruptly changed course.

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Tennessee Senator Bob Corker joked when he took over the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last month that he was more used to swinging a hammer than a gavel.

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Making good on promises: That was one of the themes to emerge Monday night from Gov. Bill Haslam's State of the State address.

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Bob Corker will not run for president after all.

The Tennessee senator says he’s pleased with the Republican candidates for 2016 and plans to focus instead on his new duties as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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Gov. Bill Haslam steps back into the lion’s den this evening, when he delivers his annual State of the State address.

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As Governor Bill Haslam licks his wounds from the defeat of his Insure Tennessee health proposal, he’s making plans to tackle another tough subject. Haslam has had far more success in the education arena. Now he hopes to preserve those victories.

The governor doesn’t get much time to rest. Just days after state lawmakers killed his proposal to expand Medicaid, he returns on Monday to the House chamber, where he’ll deliver his annual State of the State address.

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The executive committee for Tennessee's Republican party voted 37-29 Saturday against a recommendation to switch the state's primary elections to a closed system.

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Tennessee’s open primary system might soon become a thing of the past. Republicans meet Saturday to discuss whether voters should be required to register their party affiliation. Such a shift would end decades of practice in the state.

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It appears the first vote on Gov. Bill Haslam’s Medicaid expansion proposal may also be the last. On Wednesday afternoon, the Senate Health Committee went solidly against the plan, dubbed Insure Tennessee.

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Scores of tea party activists turned out at the state Capitol today, hoping to pressure lawmakers to vote down Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee health plan.

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Gov. Bill Haslam urged lawmakers to consider their religious faith as they make up their minds about his Insure Tennessee proposal to expand Medicaid.