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McNally, Harwell Selected as GOP Nominees for Lieutenant Governor, House Speaker

Republican members of the Tennessee General Assembly convened today for leadership elections within their respective House and Senate Caucuses. Senator Randy McNally of Oak Ridge was unanimously elected as the GOP nominee for Lieutenant Governor. McNally is a retired pharmacist and a UT Health Science Center alumnus. He has served in the powerful role of … Continued

President Joe DiPietro Presents Budget Testimony

UT President Presents Top Funding Requests at Governor’s Budget Hearing

Governor Bill Haslam held his higher education budget hearing on November 8, where UT President Joe DiPietro and other public higher education leaders put forth their top funding requests for the next fiscal year.  The hearing represents a public “launch-point” of sorts in the state’s overall budget process.  State entities, like the University of Tennessee, … Continued

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Incumbents Win Big in State Primaries

After lagging statewide voter turnout, the unofficial results are in for the state’s Primary Election. Overall, most incumbents won their primary challenges and only two incumbents were unseated, both in the House of Representatives.


Compromised Diversity Bill Passed

With the legislature rapidly approaching adjournment, sponsors of SB 1912 and its companion bill HB 2248 came to a compromise on a bill that will defund the University of Tennessee- Knoxville’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The bill would restrict all state funds from being expended by the University to promote the use of gender … Continued

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