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Gov. Bill Lee was the only candidate last year with no previous political experience.

He touted his outsider status and business background as an advantage, promising to bring new perspectives to the office. But some recent hiccups point to how hard it can be going from running a business to a running a state.

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The Tennessee Education Savings Account.

That’s the name of the school voucher program proposed by Gov. Bill Lee during his first State of the State address.

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Last week the conflict over Confederate monuments came back to a boil at the Tennessee State Capitol.

Protestors demanding removal of a bust honoring Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest clashed in the halls with Republican leadership.

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CNN isn’t usually interested in the minutiae of state politics. But comments from Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada about Rep. David Byrd have brought the network and other national outlets to the state Capitol.

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Contrary to Democrats, Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly have resisted for years the idea of expanding the state's Medicaid program, also known as TennCare.

They repeatedly blocked Gov. Bill Haslam's efforts to expand coverage.

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Marijuana is, once again, taking center stage in the Tennessee legislature.

Republicans have filed bills this year that would allow for medical marijuana. And Democrats have introduced measures that could decriminalize it all together.

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Randy McNally is starting his third year as speaker of the Tennessee Senate.

He’s already weighed in on issues such as abortion, Nashville's Community Oversight Board and closing primaries in Tennessee. He says he wants to make sure that the bills that are passed are constitutional and good for the state.

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A pioneering guitarist who played on hundreds of hits and helped lay the foundation for Nashville’s music business has died.

Harold Bradley passed away in his sleep Thursday morning in Nashville at the age of 93.

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Hundreds of bills have already been filed in the Tennessee General Assembly and the House is only one week in while the Senate is just set to begin.

Now committees will start discussing the measures.

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Reggie Young, who died last week at 82, played on hundreds of hits including some late-career favorites by the most famous singer to ever come from Memphis: Elvis Presley. 

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