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A political action committee formed in Tennessee aims at preventing Republican David Byrd of Waynesboro from being reelected to the state House of Representatives.

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The first Senate debate between Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen focused on a political back and forth — whether the Tennessee race would determine who ultimately leads the chamber. 

But the candidates also commented on several issues directly affecting Tennesseans, including the closure of hospitals across the state and gun rights.

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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.”