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1. US court upholds Tennessee's gay marriage law -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal appeals court upheld Tennessee law prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages, even if they are performed in other states.

The Thursday ruling marks a rare victory for gay marriage opponents. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel voted 2-1 to uphold same-sex marriage restrictions in Tennessee as well as Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky.

2. Criminal charges recommended for Ramsey, Harwell -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A grand jury in Nashville on Friday recommended criminal charges be filed against the Republican speakers of the Tennessee House and Senate for failing to appoint an adequate number of women and minorities to a commission that decides whether Tennessee's appeals judges keep their jobs.

3. Report finds $3M in political ads in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new study finds that nearly $3 million has been spent on broadcast TV advertising for state-level races in Tennessee so far this year.

The report released by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity on Wednesday found that 8,565 ads have run for and against judicial, gubernatorial and legislative candidates in the state.

4. Haslam keeps door open to pre-K; Ramsey skeptical -

NASHVILLE (AP) - While Gov. Bill Haslam is keeping the door open to an expansion of the public pre-kindergarten program in Tennessee, any such move would remain a tough sell among some fellow Republicans in the Legislature.

5. New chief justice echoes Haslam mantra on review -

NASHVILLE (AP) - First, the state Supreme Court hired Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal adviser as Tennessee's next attorney general. Now the high court's new chief justice is also adopting the Republican governor's rhetoric.

6. Sen. Summerville charged with public intoxication -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Outgoing state Sen. Jim Summerville, whose behavior has often drawn the ire of his Republican colleagues, has been charged with public intoxication.

7. Senate Speaker Ramsey spins wins out of defeats -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has a way of turning spectacular failures into soaring victories.

The latest example is Ramsey's recent attempt to defeat Democratic state Supreme Court justices in last month's retention elections as a way to install a Republican attorney general. The ouster effort was solidly defeated at the polls, but the court this week still decided to replace incumbent Attorney General Bob Cooper, a Democrat, with Republican Herbert Slatery.

8. Tennessee Supreme Court names Slatery as attorney general -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The state Supreme Court on Monday named Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal adviser, Herbert Slatery, as Tennessee's next attorney general.

The announcement came in the aftermath of a failed campaign led by Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey to oust three Democratic justices who make up a majority on the five-member court. That effort focused heavily on incumbent Attorney General Bob Cooper's refusal to take part in a multistate lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's health care law.

9. Senate speaker lauds 3 Republican AG candidates -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey on Thursday voiced support for Republican state attorney general candidates, while refusing to divulge how much he spent on trying to oust members of the Supreme Court who will decide the next AG.

10. Coverage gap leaves Tennessee hospitals on life support -

Four rural hospitals have closed and dozens are at risk of shuttering: That’s the fallout, some say, from Gov. Bill Haslam’s decision not to join the Affordable Care Act in 2013 and tap into millions in promised federal funds for Tennessee’s financially-strapped health care institutions.

11. Candidates makes pitches for state attorney general post -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Supreme Court justices on Monday heard candidates make their case for the next eight-year term as state attorney general.

The eight candidates spoke at a public hearing and were interviewed by the justices, who will appoint one of them. Tennessee is the only state where the high court appoints the attorney general.

12. Haslam, legislative speakers call education summit -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey are convening a summit to discuss education changes in Tennessee.

13. 8 apply to become next Tennessee attorney general -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Eight candidates submitted applications with the Tennessee Supreme Court by Friday's deadline to be considered for the next eight-year term as state attorney general.

Tennessee is the only state where the high court appoints the attorney general. The justices will make their choice after public hearings with finalists.

14. Tennessee tea party supporters take heart from vote -

NASHVILLE (AP) - For U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the elder statesman of Tennessee politics, a primary challenge by a little-known tea party opponent was supposed to be little more than a glorified victory lap around the state.

15. Tennessee AG Bob Cooper to seek another 8-year term -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper announced Monday he will seek another eight-year term after three Democrats were retained on the Supreme Court.

Cooper, a former aide to then-Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, had not divulged his plans before last week's election in which the three justices fended off a conservative effort to oust them.

16. Rep. DesJarlais holds on in Tenn. despite scandals -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Scandal-plagued Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais and challenger Jim Tracy's race was still too close to call Friday as election officials in Tennessee's largely rural 4th Congressional District tallied outstanding votes.

17. Congressional races top Tennessee primary election -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican voters will decide Thursday whether to re-nominate Lamar Alexander, a 40-year veteran of Tennessee politics, to a third term in the U.S. Senate.

They will also decide if they want to stick with embattled Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais despite a series of personal scandals that have dogged him since he was first elected in 2010, and whether to retain or replace any of three Democratic state Supreme Court justices up for another eight-year term.

18. 5 things to know in Tennessee primaries -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Five things to know about Thursday's primary elections and other ballot issues in Tennessee:

1. RACES TO WATCH

The U.S. Senate primary has brought some of the sharpest duels. Tea party-backed candidate Joe Carr is seeking to upset Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, who appears to have a clear edge but certainly cannot ignore the unexpected tea party gains in other states. In the state's 4th Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Scott DesJarlais is seeking to fend off a strong GOP primary challenge after a series of sex scandals.

19. Tennessee Supreme Court races see spending spike -

NASHVILLE (AP) - An influx of campaign spending on three Tennessee Supreme Court seats has transformed what is traditionally a sleepy affair into a hard-fought campaign that has raised questions about the role of partisan politics in the judiciary.

20. 3 Democratic Supreme Court justices launch TV ad -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The three Supreme Court justices facing retention elections next month have launched a television ad to stress their dedication to the federal and state constitutions.

The three Democrats in the ad boast of protecting gun rights and of upholding nearly 90 percent of death sentences that have come before them.

21. Survey of lawyers finds vast support for state Supreme Court justices -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee Bar Association survey of its lawyer members found nine out of 10 respondents support the retention of three state Supreme Court justices who are on the ballot in August.

22. Incumbent Tennessee Supreme Court justices raise $600K -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The coordinated campaign of three incumbent Tennessee Supreme Court justices announced Monday that it has raised $600,000 for the effort to keep them on the bench for eight more years.

23. Lawyers fight effort to oust justices -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Lawyers are fighting back against an effort by conservatives to oust three sitting justices on the state's highest court.

Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville has been circulating a document that takes aim at Supreme Court Justices Cornelia Clark, Gary Wade and Sharon Lee. All three were appointed by former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, and all three are up for election on Aug. 7.

24. Some expect costly, divisive Tennessee justice campaign -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee could be facing the costliest state Supreme Court election in its history now that conservatives have targeted three sitting justices on the state's highest court.

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, has been circulating a document that takes aim at Supreme Court Justices Cornelia Clark, Gary Wade and Sharon Lee. All three were appointed by former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, and all three are up for election in August. The replacements for two retiring Republican justices won't be on the ballot yet.

25. Haslam: Judicial campaign could hurt amendment -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he's concerned that an effort by some fellow Republicans to oust three incumbent state Supreme Court justices in August could hurt the prospects of a separate constitutional amendment on judicial selection that goes before voters two months later.

26. Campfield has more fun in follow-up to Holocaust remark -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Tennessee state senator who compared the federal health care law to the forced transportation of Jews to concentration camps during the Holocaust appeared to make light of the firestorm about his comments this week in a blog post on Tuesday.

27. Campfield's Obamacare-Holocaust comparison criticized -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A state Senator's blog post likening the insurance requirement under President Barack Obama's health care law to the forced deportation of Jews during the Holocaust drew swift condemnation Monday from leaders of both parties in Tennessee.

28. 108th General Assembly adjourns for the year -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State lawmakers concluded a session Thursday in which they approved measures to allow folks to buy wine in grocery stores, fight methamphetamine production and give high school graduates free tuition at community colleges.

29. Lawmakers approve $32.4B spending plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Thursday approved the state's $32.4 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning in July after failed attempts to increase the pay of teachers and state employees.

30. Senate votes for open gun carry without permit -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without a state-issued permit.

The chamber voted 25-2 in favor of the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet.

31. For-profit charter schools bill fails in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to allow charter schools in Tennessee to be operated by for-profit groups failed in its final committee vote Thursday before reaching the House floor for debate.

The Calendar and Rules Committee voted 10-7 against the bill after House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville raised what she called "grave reservations" about it.

32. Could Ramsey really win a statewide race? -

A few years ago, before Bill Haslam took office, then-Gov. Phil Bredesen was mentioned as the front-runner for the position of secretary of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration.

For a whole 24 hours, according to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Bredesen was going to be named as a member of Obama’s cabinet. If that happened, Ramsey would be next in line to be Tennessee’s governor.

33. Ramsey: Pay raises, higher ed funding face cuts -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says worse-than-expected revenue collections could force Tennessee to cancel planned pay raises for state employees and reduce planned investments in higher education.

34. Tax cuts = less revenue? Basic math hits home -

With Tennessee having collected $176 million less in taxes than expected, Gov. Bill Haslam finds himself in a tight spot.

The budget situation is bad enough that Haslam has declared this might not be the best year to cut taxes. You know it’s bad when a Republican doesn’t want to cut taxes.

35. Haslam signs supermarket wine bill into law -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Folks waiting for the neighborhood grocery store to stock their favorite merlot or chardonnay may have to wait a little longer even though Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a law to allow supermarket wine sales in Tennessee.

36. Common Core data bill passes Senate 31-2 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation that would require any data collected under Tennessee's Common Core standards only be used to track the academic progress and needs of students was approved by the Senate on Monday.

37. Panel member: Politics affect decisions on judges -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A leading conservative member of the commission that evaluates Tennessee's appellate judges says the panel was influenced by partisan politics in deciding whether a judge on the state's highest court was fit to serve.

38. Bill to block Nashville Amp project worries Haslam -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday raised concerns about efforts by fellow Republicans in the state Legislature to block a dedicated bus lane project through Nashville.

The governor told reporters after a speech to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce that although he has not formed an opinion about whether the project - called the Amp - is a good idea, he's worried about the possible precedent of legislative committees deciding over individual transportation projects in the state.

39. Senate passes Medicaid legislative approval bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Senate on Thursday voted to require Gov. Bill Haslam to secure legislative approval for any potential deal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee despite the Republican governor's repeated assurances that he would first seek their OK for any arrangement.

40. Senate passes Medicaid legislative approval bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal that requires Gov. Bill Haslam to secure legislative approval for any potential deal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee has passed the Senate even though the Republican governor has already said he would consult with lawmakers.

41. Supermarket wine sales bill headed to governor -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation that would let voters decide whether their cities or counties allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores has been sent to the governor, who is expected to sign the measure into law.

42. Tennessee House passes supermarket wine sales bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A years-long effort to allow wine to be sold outside of Tennessee liquor stores easily cleared what was expected to be its toughest hurdle on Thursday when the state House overwhelmingly approved the measure.

43. Tennessee House passes supermarket wine sales bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A years-long effort to allow wine to be sold outside of Tennessee liquor stores easily cleared what was expected to be its toughest hurdle on Thursday when the state House overwhelmingly approved the measure.

44. Senate defeats proposal to elect attorney general -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Senate on Wednesday defeated an effort to change the Tennessee constitution to require the popular election of the attorney general.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet received 15 votes in favor and 14 votes against. Proposals need at least 17 votes - a majority of the 33-member chamber - to pass.

45. Haslam's free tuition proposal echos Bredesen's -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A popular Tennessee governor running for re-election wants to create a free community college program. Sound familiar?

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, who is up for a second term this fall, proposed the change in his State of the State on Monday night. His Democratic predecessor, Phil Bredesen, made a similar pitch en route to sweeping all 95 counties in 2006.

46. Haslam wants free tuition for high school seniors -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has made it tough for graduating high school seniors in Tennessee to find an excuse not to further their education.

During his State of the State address Monday evening, the Republican goverrnor unveiled a plan to allow them to attend two years of community college or a college of applied technology free of tuition and fees.

47. Tennessee Senate passes supermarket wine bill 23-8 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Voters would decide whether their cities or counties allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores, under a bill passed by the state Senate on Thursday.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro was approved on a 23-8 vote after the companion bill was revived in the House this week.

48. Tennessee Senate passes supermarket wine bill 23-8 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Local governments could hold votes on whether to allow wine sales in supermarkets and convenience stores, under a bill the state Senate passed on Thursday.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro was approved on a 23-8 vote after the companion bill was revived in the House this week. Five Republicans voted against the measure, along with three Democrats.

49. Haslam has 'major concerns' on guns-in-parks bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he has "major concerns" about a measure supported by fellow Republicans in the Legislature seeking to do away with local government's power to decide whether to allow firearms in public parks.

50. Republicans discuss new voucher bill with governor -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican state lawmakers have proposed a school voucher bill they hope will be acceptable to Gov. Bill Haslam, who has repeatedly said he favors a more limited version of the program that gives parents another option for educating their children.

51. Supermarket wine bill up for key votes next week -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The full Senate is scheduled to vote next week on a proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets, while a House committee that derailed last year's version is set to consider reviving the measure.

52. Supermarket wine bill up for key votes next week -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The full Senate is scheduled to vote next week on a proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets, while a House committee that killed last year's version is set to consider reviving the measure.

53. Republicans discuss new voucher bill with governor -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican state lawmakers have proposed a school voucher bill they hope will be acceptable to Gov. Bill Haslam, who has repeatedly said he favors a more limited version of the program that gives parents another option for educating their children.

54. Grocery wine bill negotiations near breakthrough -

NASHVILLE (AP) - After years of bitter legislative fights over efforts to allow Tennessee grocery stores to sell wine, groups representing liquor stores and supermarkets are nearing an agreement that would give the measure its best ever chances of becoming law.

55. Haslam announces anti-meth proposal in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday proposed legislation that would require a prescription to obtain more than a 20-day supply of cold medicines used to make methamphetamine.

The Republican governor said the bill is meant to target illegal drug production with medicines such as Sudafed, which contain pseudoephedrine, while also maintaining access for people who need it.

56. Haslam to bring back school voucher bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday he will support a school voucher bill this legislative session that's similar to a limited measure he proposed last year, even though other GOP lawmakers say they'd like to see something a little broader.

57. Haslam to decide on school vouchers next week -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam won't announce his decision about whether to support school voucher legislation until next week, when state lawmakers return into session.

The Republican governor last year supported a voucher program limited to students from low-income families attending failing schools. Haslam had that measure withdrawn when Senate Republicans sought to expand to a larger number of children.

58. Gov. Haslam lays out conditions for Medicaid deal -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is putting his goals for a special Tennessee deal for Medicaid expansion into writing.

The governor said in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday that unless a special agreement can be reached, "we do not see a path forward in the current environment that will allow us to extend coverage to the Medicaid Expansion population."

59. Senate leader calls Medicaid talks waste of time -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he would be against an effort to expand Medicaid even if fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam successfully negotiated a special deal for Tennessee.

60. Campaigns begin 1 year from abortion referendum -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Anti-abortion rights activists are planning a high-dollar fundraiser next week to kick off their campaign for a constitutional amendment next fall that would give lawmakers more power to restrict access to abortions.

61. Supermarket wine bill could be revived in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee House chairman who cast a deciding vote against a bill seeking to allow supermarket wine sales in the state said Thursday that he's willing to reconsider the measure next session.

62. Ramsey: Little chance of Carr upsetting Alexander -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he sees little chance of state Rep. Joe Carr upsetting U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in next year's Republican primary.

In a conversation with reporters Wednesday, Ramsey cited his experience as a 2010 gubernatorial candidate - he overcame a fundraising disadvantage in the Republican primary won by Bill Haslam.

63. Speaker Ramsey predicts supermarket wine will pass -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey predicts that lawmakers will approve a bill to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores next session.

64. Former GOP chairwoman appointed to women's council -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Former state Republican Party chairwoman Robin Smith has been appointed to the Tennessee Economic Council on Women.

65. Democrats hit Speaker Ramsey over Obama tweet -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Democrats are criticizing Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey over a Twitter post that said President Barack Obama was trying to become an ally with al-Qaida in Syria.

Ramsey, a Blountville auctioneer, said in the tweet that "we must always remember who attacked us on our soil 12 years ago."

66. Ramsey: New guns-in-parking lots law needs tweaking -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, who backed a new law allowing handgun carry permit holders to keep weapons in their vehicles at work, says the law needs clarifying.

67. Guns in parking lots among Tennessee new laws -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A measure that allows people with handgun carry permits to store firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked is among a number of new state laws that take effect Monday.

68. Ramsey taps social studies teacher for TCRS board -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has appointed a Kingsport social studies teacher to the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System Board of Trustees.

69. Ramsey reappoints De Friece to museum commission -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says he has reappointed Nancy De Friece to the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission.

70. Tennessee GOP supermajority struggles to find footing -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam began the year by dismissing what he called misguided predictions that the new Republican supermajority in state government would devolve into infighting.

71. Speakers seek review of no-bid outsourcing deal -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The speakers of the state House and Senate said Thursday that they will seek a review of no-bid elements of an outsourcing deal with a real estate firm that has counted fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam as one of its investors.

72. Green appointed to Interbranch Affairs Committee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — State Sen. Mark Green has been appointed to the Council of State Government Interbranch Affairs Committee.

73. AG: Gun measure doesn't affect employment law -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Tennessee employer could fire a worker who violates company policy by storing firearms and ammunition in vehicles parked on employers' property despite a new state law, according to a state attorney general's opinion.

74. Haslam unswayed by celebrities opposing 'ag-gag' -

SMYRNA (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday he was not swayed by celebrities opposing a bill that would make it a crime to video record animal abuse if it isn't turned over to law enforcement authorities within 48 hours.

75. TN GOP says infighting typical of supermajority -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republicans, positioned to make major changes to state law with the governorship and a supermajority in the General Assembly, ended the session with some high-profile measures derailed by infighting.

76. 108th General Assembly adjourns for year -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The 108th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on Friday, the first time in 45 years that lawmakers have finished as early as April in the first year of a session.

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey had set an adjournment goal of April 18, but he didn't seem upset finishing a day later.

77. Judicial redistricting plan dies this session -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to redraw Tennessee's judicial districts for the first time since 1984 was killed on Friday when House members voted against it.

The lower chamber voted 66-28 to defeat the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol. The companion bill was approved 27-4 earlier this month.

78. Judicial redistricting plan passes Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to redraw Tennessee's judicial districts for the first time since 1984 has passed the Senate.

The plan from Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville was approved 27-4 on Tuesday.

79. Senate votes to block access to gun carry records -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Before last year's elections, the Senate Republican Caucus obtained a copy of the entire database of handgun carry permit holders in Tennessee. On Wednesday, the GOP-controlled chamber voted to block public access to those records.

80. Most top issues decided as session hits final lap -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The path may have been rocky at times for the new Republican supermajority in the General Assembly, but leaders are pleased that many of the most contentious issues have been decided as lawmakers enter the final few weeks of the session.

81. Bill won't allow student IDs for Tennessee voting -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The senator who sponsored a measure to let people show student IDs to cast ballots realized it didn't have enough votes to pass, so he instead backed a bill that doesn't allow them to be used.

82. Bill won't allow student IDs for voting -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The senator who sponsored a measure to allow people to show student IDs to cast ballots realized it didn't have enough votes to pass, so he instead backed a bill that doesn't allow them to be used.

83. Wine bill to get 2nd chance in Senate committee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores isn't quite dead yet.

A tie vote in the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday morning initially indicated that bill had failed for the year. But a spokesman confirmed later in the day that Democratic Sen. Douglas Henry of Nashville, who abstained on that vote now wants to vote in favor of the measure after receiving assurances that it would no longer include a provision allowing Sunday liquor sales.

84. Lawmakers seek takeover of US Senate nominations -

NASHVILLE (AP) - An average of about 686,000 people have voted in the last eight U.S. Senate primaries in Tennessee. Under a Republican proposal advancing in the state Legislature, that number would be driven down to 132.

85. Bill would limit gun carry records to politicians -

NASHVILLE (AP) - An effort to seal Tennessee's handgun carry permit records from public scrutiny would create an exception for political operatives and lobbying groups to still obtain the entire set of names and addresses.

86. Haslam begs off Medicaid expansion millions -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday that a breakdown in negotiations with the federal government means that he won't expand the state's Medicaid program, a decision that will cost Tennessee billions of dollars in federal money and keep 140,000 uninsured Tennesseans from obtaining free coverage.

87. Echoes of TennCare feed state Medicaid misgivings -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Proponents of expanding Medicaid in Tennessee say the financial support from Washington is a deal too good to pass up — federal funding for 100 percent of the expansion costs for three years and at least a 90 percent match after that.

88. Ramsey named to executive committee of RLGA -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is joining the executive committee of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association.

89. Competing voucher bill withdrawn -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The sponsor of legislation that was competing with Gov. Bill Haslam's to create a school voucher program withdrew her bill on Wednesday after proponents of a broader program decided they want to focus on the governor's plan.

90. Federal judge bars state from barring Planned Parenthood -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A federal judge in Nashville has blocked Republican leaders' efforts to keep Planned Parenthood of Tennessee from participating in venereal disease prevention programs. The efforts are federally funded, but administered by the state and are aimed at reducing the infection rate of HIV and syphilis.

91. Governor signs guns in parking lots bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill that would allow people with handgun carry permits to store firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked.

The signing comes despite questions about whether the legislation affects employment law in Tennessee.

92. Sponsors seek to clarify parking lot gun bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The votes have been cast and the bill is awaiting Gov. Bill Haslam's signature, but sponsors are still trying to clarify whether a contentious gun bill affects employment law in Tennessee.

93. Ramsey wants committee to clear supermarket wine -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he wants a supermarket wine bill to clear his chamber's committees even though the companion bill has fallen short in a House panel.

The Blountville Republican said he would then put the bill on hold before a floor vote takes place to see what action the House might take.

94. Ramsey wants committee to clear supermarket wine -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he wants to a supermarket wine bill to clear his chamber's committees even though the House version failed this week.

95. House passes bill to close handgun carry records -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The House has passed a bill that would seal most handgun carry permit records in Tennessee.

The chamber voted 84-10 on Monday in favor of the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. William Lamberth of Gallatin. The bill would block all public access unless a requester presents evidence that permit holders had been charged or convicted of a crime making them ineligible to carry firearms.

96. Brewers swing support to grocery wine -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The beer industry has swung its support behind a bill to allow Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores to sell wine — provided the measure also allows them to sell strong beer.

97. Limited approach taken to judicial redistricting -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey on Monday gave his proposal for redrawing Tennessee's judicial districts for the first time since 1984.

The Blountville Republican's plan would affect just eight of the existing 31 judicial districts. Ramsey said the plan had drawn the support of the association representing the state's trial judges, who as recently as last week had opposed changing the current judicial map.

98. Renewed bid would dilute Tennessee open meetings law -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A renewed push is under way to get Tennessee lawmakers to allow local official to hold more closed-door meetings.

Williamson County Commissioner Bob Barnwell, who also spearheaded a similar attempt last year, has written to local government colleagues around the state urging them to encourage state lawmakers to pass a bill to allow private meetings among officials as long as a quorum isn't present.

99. 14 proposals submitted for judicial redistricting -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has received 14 proposals for how to redraw Tennessee's judicial districts.

100. GOP lawmakers seek to back away from 'fringe' -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Before a House vote to give final approval to a contentious firearms bill last week, Speaker Beth Harwell implored her Republican colleagues to ignore demands from what she deemed "fringe" groups to make major changes to the measure.