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Lawmakers Return to Nashville for 110th General Assembly

Lawmakers convened on Capitol Hill this week for the start of the 110th General Assembly, where the first orders of business were electing the House and Senate Speakers. House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) unanimously won reelection and long serving Senator Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) was sworn in as the state’s next Lieutenant Governor and Speaker … Continued

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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.

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