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Mae Beavers

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This year's race for governor has one less contender.

Mt. Juliet Republican Mae Beavers announced on Facebook Tuesday that she's suspending her campaign. The move follows signs that the former state senator had been lagging far behind the other top Republicans.

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Voters east of Nashville will decide tomorrow who's going to replace state Sen. Mae Beavers.

Republican state Rep. Mark Pody faces Democrat Mary Alice Carfi, an attorney, in a special election to replace Beavers. The longtime conservative firebrand resigned recently to run for governor — one of many GOP legislators contributing to a remarkable run of turnover.

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As a state lawmaker, Republican Mae Beavers frequently proposed legislation to do away with handgun carry permits. And as a candidate for governor, her position is unchanged.

She believes there are already enough strings attached to gun purchases, so the permit process is pointless.

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Tennesseans have softened their opposition to medical marijuana in recent years, and the candidates for governor reflect that change in public opinion.

Although none is calling to legalize cannabis outright, several say the state should consider allowing it for people who have serious health issues.

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The question of whether immigrants brought to the United States as children should qualify for in-state tuition has divided Tennessee Republicans in recent years.

But the five major GOP candidates for governor all see it the same way: They're against it.

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Republican Mae Beavers says she's stepping down after 14 years in the state Senate to focus on her run for governor.

The Mt. Juliet lawmaker made the announcement at a Wednesday afternoon press conference, saying she couldn't continue to represent her district east of Nashville while simultaneously campaigning statewide. Beavers also used the occasion to take a few digs at her rivals and the Republican governor she aims to replace, whom she implied is too liberal.

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Two state lawmakers are trying to set up another court fight over same-sex marriage.

Lebanon Representative Mark Pody and Mt. Juliet Senator Mae Beavers are proposing a measure that would once again define marriage in Tennessee as being between a man and a woman.