Since taking office, Senator Rand Paul has constantly talked about reducing the national debt. It's also an issue that Congress seemingly discusses for every spending bill, large or small. The economy hasn't escaped this year's presidential race either, with President Barack Obama continuing to champion a plan that includes increased taxes on the wealthy to help pay down some debt.
Faced with the possibility of a Republican super majority in both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly, Democratic candidates are aggressively attacking their opponents in legislative races across the state.
Businesses and other groups could set a new spending record for lobbying Frankfort lawmakers this year. Legislative Ethics Commission attorney John Schaaf says more than $13 million has been spent already this year. He projected the total could top $17 million by year's end. That would be slightly more than the $16.9 million spent in 2008.
The candidates for vice president will take center stage when they debate at Centre College next month, but the facility will have a place for others want to champion their causes during the event. Clarence Wyatt, who is co-chairman of the debate steering committee, told the Advocate-Messenger that others who want to make public speeches on Oct. 11 can sign up to take the stage at nearby Speakers Park.
Former U.S. Senator Wendell Ford is weighing in on the 6th District congressional race, telling regulars at the Lexington Senior Citizens Center that they need to re-elect Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler to help protect Medicare.
A new survey of Indiana voters shows Republican Richard Mourdock and Democrat Joe Donnelly remain locked in a tight race for U.S. Senate. Just over a month before of the election, the poll puts the race a statistical dead heat.
Indiana's Republican Senate nominee, Richard Mourdock, is backing away from the tea party rhetoric that helped him knock off veteran Senator Richard Lugar in the GOP primary as he tries to woo moderate voters.
A judge in Nashville has held Tennessee's voter identification statute constitutional. The Tennessean reported the ruling by Davidson County Chancery Court Judge Carol McCoy. After about three hours of oral arguments Wednesday, McCoy ruled against civil rights attorney George Barrett, who contended the state constitution requires only proof of legal age, residency and registration.
A lawyer for U.S. Representative Ben Chandler's re-election campaign contends that a coal executive featured in at least three political ads has become a public figure, which negates claims he has been slandered. Louisville attorney John McGarvey responded by letter to a claim that the Chandler campaign had slandered River View Coal Vice President Heath Lovell. Chandler, a Democrat, is opposed in the Sixth District race by Republican Andy Barr.
House Democrats are voicing their opposition to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration's decision to withhold $3.4 million in state funding from Nashville because of a disputed charter school application. The lawmakers at a news conference outside the legislative office complex in Nashville on Tuesday afternoon argued that Haslam's decision was unfair to students at city schools.