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Laura Baker

As Nashville’s seven major mayoral candidates congregated at a forum hosted by the Nashville Business Journal, one of the big questions revolved around competition:

"If a Fortune 500 company were looking to relocate to Williamson County, how would you bring it to Davidson County instead?" a moderator asked.

Businesswoman Linda Rebrovick pointed to her career experience, saying she knows how to sell Nashville to big companies. Attorney Charles Robert Bone, on the other hand, said Nashville’s authenticity does a good job of selling itself.

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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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Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander used a hearing of the Health Committee – which he chairs – to debunk the link between autism and vaccines. The discussion on the "Reemergence of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" just happened to coincide with an outbreak of measles largely blamed on falling vaccination rates.

On Tuesday, Alexander questioned an often-cited study by Andrew Wakefield from a 1998 report in Lancet. He asked Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control what she would tell a parent who ran across the article.

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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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Nashville’s next mayor will be supportive enough of gay marriage to officiate a same-sex ceremony. The societal hot-button is a non-issue for the field of candidates. 

The mayor – like most elected officials – can perform weddings. Assuming the courts overturn Tennessee’s ban on same-sex marriage, WPLN asked the candidates at a forum if they would be willing to lead a ceremony.

“You know, I abhor discrimination of any kind," real estate developer Bill Freeman said. "I would be proud to perform that marriage.”

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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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Update
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.

Original Post (Feb. 6)

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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Most of Nashville’s mayoral candidates support the decriminalization of marijuana to some degree. They were asked about the issue this week at a forum hosted by the Nashville Bar Association and moderated by WPLN.

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