Tennessee AG Bob Cooper to Seek Another 8-Year Term

Aug 11, 2014
State of Tennessee

Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper says he will seek another eight-year term following the retention of three Democrats on the Supreme court.

Cooper, a former aide to then-Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, had not divulged his plans before last week's Supreme Court vote in which three Democratic justices prevailed despite a concerted effort to oust them.

Tennessee is the only state in the country where the Supreme Court appoints the attorney general.

Republicans hold vast majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, and some leaders like Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey hoped to oust at least one of the justices to give the GOP a majority on the five-member court -- and control of naming the next attorney general.

Cooper's term expires at the end of the month.

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has received its final approval after a nearly two-year legal battle to prevent it from opening. Islamic Center board chairman Essam Fathy said he was relieved and happy the mosque has its permanent occupancy permit.

Sumner County, Tennessee students will start classes Thursday, following a nearly two week delay over school funding issues. The issue was resolved at last night’s meeting of the Sumner County Board of Education.

It's finally opening day for a Tennessee mosque after opponents waged a two-year court battle trying to stop it. Leaders of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro say they intend to hold midday prayers in the new building Friday.

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker has fended off four challengers in a Republican primary to win his party's nomination for a second term. The former Chattanooga mayor faced a much easier time in his re-election bid than he did when he ran in 2006. Then he had a tough primary against two former congressmen and narrowly defeated former Democratic U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. in an even-more bruising general election campaign.