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Karl Dean, the Democratic candidate for governor, told attendees at a luncheon Thursday afternoon that, if elected, he will focus on turning around the economy of struggling small towns.

The remarks were part of what was meant to be an event with both gubernatorial candidates, organized by Farmers Insurance Group.

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U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has joined the group of lawmakers who are calling to put off the vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court,  but the two candidates running to succeed him disagreed Monday on the need for a delay

The Senate is scheduled to vote on Thursday, and in an interview with Politico, Corker said he thinks delaying the vote would be “best for all involved.” But, he added, Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, should speak “promptly.”

Bill Lee for Tennessee/Karl Dean for Governor

One of the first major polls of the Tennessee governor’s race shows a pretty sizeable advantage for the Republican nominee. But it also highlights a question being asked across the state: Who are these guys?

A recent poll found that more than a quarter of likely voters are either unsure about or have never even heard of Williamson County businessman Bill Lee. Nearly a third are unfamiliar with former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The polls opened in Nashville at 7 this morning, allowing voters a final chance to cast ballots in the special runoff contest for vice mayor.

This time there’s only one item - selection for the city’s next vice mayor, who will serve out the remaining year of the current term.

Poll officials estimate that just 30,000 votes may come in — a low number they attribute partly to voter fatigue, and the fact that the only contest on this ballot is for vice mayor. 

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set to face a second round of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. He's expected to be questioned about his views on previous Supreme Court cases, as well as a range of policy issues. Kavanaugh is also likely to be asked about his work on Ken Starr's independent counsel investigation of former President Bill Clinton, and his time working in the White House under former President George W. Bush.

Bill Lee for Tennessee/Karl Dean for Governor

Over the past year, WPLN has been asking the candidates for governor where they stand on topics important to Tennessee voters.

Now that former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a Democrat, and Williamson County businessman Bill Lee, a Republican, have clinched their parties' nominations, we're pulling their answers together. Read on to see what they think about a dozen key issues.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The busiest voting locations for the Nashville vice mayoral runoff election were — perhaps unsurprisingly — the home bases of the two candidates running.

As early voting wrapped up over the weekend, the leading polling places were in Green Hills, the former district of councilman Jim Shulman, and Bellevue, which is represented by acting Vice Mayor Sheri Weiner.

Chas Sisk / WPLN (File photo)

Tennessee is joining 15 others to try to overturn a recent ruling that found sex discrimination laws cover transgender people.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery made the announcement Tuesday. He and his colleagues want the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule a decision issued earlier this year by the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Tennessee. It decided in favor of a transgender employee who was fired by a Michigan funeral home for refusing to abide by its dress code.

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Nashville’s contest for vice mayor enters the home stretch this week, as more early voting locations open and turnout is expected to ramp up.

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Former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen — and his Republican rival for the U.S. Senate, Congressman Marsha Blackburn — have both been talking up plans to expand broadband access in rural places.

But they're pitching two very different solutions.

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