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State of Tennessee Politicians: Archives


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  • Bill Hagerty (30) Republican Senate challenger Tennessee
  • Bill Haslam (30) Tennessee Republican Governor
  • Bill Lee (59) Tennessee Republican candidate for governor of Tennessee
  • Bob Corker (6) Republican Jr Senator Tennessee
  • Bob Tuke (6) Democratic challenger (2008) Tennessee
  • David Kustoff (12) Republican U.S. Rep Tennessee- 8
  • Diane Black (12) Tennessee Republican candidate for Tennessee Governor
  • Don Sundquist (6) Former Republican Governor (1995-2002)
  • Gordon Ball (21) Democratic Challenger Tennessee
  • Howard Phillips (1)
  • James Mackler (19) Democratic candidate for Tennessee Senator Tennessee
  • Joe Carr (12) Republican Challenger Tennessee
  • Karl Dean (28) Tennessee Democratic candidate for Governor
  • Lamar Alexander (8) Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2020) Tennessee
  • Larry Crim (12) Republican candidate for Tennessee U.S. Senator Tennessee
  • Manny Sethi (17) Republican 2020 Senate Challenger Tennessee
  • Mark E. Green (1) Republican U.S. Rep Tennessee- 7
  • Mark Green (3) Tennessee Republican candidate for Governor
  • Marquita Bradshaw (16) Democratic Senate Nominee Tennessee
  • Marsha Blackburn (19) Republican Challenger for TN Senator Tennessee
  • Phil Bredesen (30) Tennessee Former Democrat Governor (2002-2010)
  • Scott DesJarlais (1) Republican U.S. Rep Tennessee-4
  • Steve Cohen (1) Democrat U.S. Rep Tennessee-9
  • Terry Adams (4) Democratic Challenger Tennessee
  • Tim Burchett (4) Republican U.S. Rep Tennessee- 2
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Abortion
    Bill Lee: Seeing premature granddaughter strengthened my resolve.
    Manny Sethi: A strong supporter of the Heartbeat Bill.
    Bill Hagerty: Vehemently opposes taxpayer funds for abortion.
    Bill Hagerty: Possible exceptions for rape/incest, "challenging" situation.
    Manny Sethi: Opposed to exceptions for rape and incest.
    James Mackler: Woman's medical decisions should be between her & her doctor.
    Tim Burchett: 100% rating from Tennessee Right to Life.
    Bill Lee: Ban abortion, even for rape and incest.
    Karl Dean: Politicians shouldn't insert themselves in abortion decision.
    Marsha Blackburn: Ban abortion; ban public funds for Planned Parenthood.
    Phil Bredesen: Keep abortion legal, but not high priority.
    Bill Lee: Against abortion: life begins at conception.
    Diane Black: Opposes funding of Planned Parenthood.
    David Kustoff: No exceptions for any circumstances.
    David Kustoff: Life begins at conception.
    Terry Adams: Pro-choice.
    Gordon Ball: Opposes Amendment 1 banning abortion for rape & incest.
Budget & Economy
    Bill Lee: Addressing maintenance the fiscally responsible thing to do.
    Marquita Bradshaw: Raise minimum wage to $15/hr; end "Right to Work".
    Manny Sethi: Will fight out of control federal spending.
    Bill Lee: Investment & incentives to support rural counties.
    Bill Hagerty: Work to get government out of the way of business.
    Bill Hagerty: Won't raise taxes; committed to cutting spending.
    Bill Hagerty: Democrats plan to undo Trump's economic success.
    Bill Lee: Better to save for emergencies than spend now.
    Marsha Blackburn: Across-the-board federal spending cuts.
    Bill Lee: Made hard decisions needed on company budget; it worked.
    Bob Corker: Adding $2T to deficit was fiscally irresponsible.
    James Mackler: Investment in infrastructure means jobs.
    Diane Black: Get government off the backs of job creators.
    Karl Dean: Economic development statewide instead of just Nashville.
    David Kustoff: Oppose tax-and-spend policies, as well as over-regulation.
    Gordon Ball: Balanced budget amendment to restore fiscal discipline.
    Bill Haslam: Balance budget without education cuts & tax decrease.
    Phil Bredesen: Adjust our expenses to match our income, like family budget.
Civil Rights
    Marquita Bradshaw: Against overturning rights, especially of LGBTQ+.
    Marquita Bradshaw: Calling for unity without addressing racism is a band-aid.
    ACLU: Fight to defend Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling.
    Mark E. Green: Overturn Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling.
    Marsha Blackburn: Let people of faith withhold services to gay couples.
    Phil Bredesen: Disallow withholding services to same-sex couples.
    James Mackler: Fight for LGBT rights.
    Bill Haslam: Remove Confederate statues from state capitol.
    Diane Black: Confederate statues are part of history.
    David Kustoff: Marriage is between a man and a woman.
    Karl Dean: First in Tennessee to join Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.
    Gordon Ball: Pro-gay rights.
    Terry Adams: Pro-gay rights.
    Lamar Alexander: Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act: heal ugly scars of the past.
Corporations
    Bill Hagerty: Stop the socialist agenda; cut corporate tax rate.
    James Mackler: Trump's tax cuts make it easier for jobs to move overseas.
    Bill Lee: Reduce the tax & regulatory burden for everyone.
    Phil Bredesen: Pay for corporate tax cuts by closing loopholes.
    Bill Lee: Get government out of the way; give jobs chance to flourish.
    Phil Bredesen: As mayor, enticed the NFL's Oilers to relocate to Nashville.
    Karl Dean: Used tax incentives to lure companies to Nashville.
    Mark Green: Reapportion corporate excise tax to favor businesses in TN.
    Bill Haslam: Revenue Modernization Act: level playing field for business.
    Terry Adams: Democracy is hijacked by corporations & special interests.
    Phil Bredesen: Plan for robotic factories of the future.
Crime
    Bill Lee: Improved enforcement training for police cadets.
    Marquita Bradshaw: We need restorative justice & overhaul of justice system.
    Bill Hagerty: Uphold the rule of law; stop ANTIFA.
    Bill Hagerty: Supports death penalty for human trafficking.
    Bill Hagerty: Use Insurrection Act against domestic terrorism.
    Bill Lee: Increase penalties for firearm theft & reckless endangerment.
    Bill Lee: Improve supervision; encourage hiring of former prisoners.
    Bill Lee: Electronic monitoring for low-risk offenders.
    Bill Lee: Volunteer to mentor degree-seeking inmates.
    James Mackler: Prosecutor JAG in military, and in criminal law afterwards.
    Bill Lee: Sentences should be upheld and violent offenders prioritized.
    Bill Lee: Men of Valor: re-entry program for former offenders.
    David Kustoff: Fight violent crime; advocated for death penalty.
    Gordon Ball: Where do the little people go for justice?
    Diane Black: Haley's Law: new criminal offenses on child abuse.
    Phil Bredesen: Haley's Law: new criminal offenses on child abuse.
    Steve Cohen: Haley's Law: new criminal offenses on child abuse.
    Tim Burchett: Haley's Law: new criminal offenses on child abuse.
Drugs
    Marquita Bradshaw: Support the full legalization of recreational marijuana.
    Manny Sethi: Wants to promote faith-based recovery programs for addicts.
    Marsha Blackburn: Stiffer penalties for deceptively trafficking in fentanyl.
    Manny Sethi: Let local officials have more authority on opioid crisis.
    Bill Lee: Fight Medicaid fraudulent distribution of opioid medications.
    Bill Lee: Drug traffickers should fear Tennessee.
    Bill Lee: Opposes recreational marijuana; wait on medical marijuana.
    Karl Dean: No recreational marijuana; decriminalize light medical use.
    Marsha Blackburn: Don't loosen federal regulations marijuana.
    Phil Bredesen: Let states decide on marijuana legalization.
    Bill Lee: Raise penalties on drug traffickers, aid non-violent addicts.
    Phil Bredesen: Get tough on opioid prescriptions from pain clinics.
    Karl Dean: Provide treatment for opioids while stepping up prosecution.
    James Mackler: Legalize medical marijuana for PTSD and chronic pain.
    Karl Dean: Medical marijuana ok, but opposes recreational use.
    Bill Haslam: Get tough on meth crimes.
    Lamar Alexander: Combat Meth Act: fund law enforcement crack down.
Education
    Bill Lee: Expanding civics education with Civics Seal Initiative.
    Lamar Alexander: COVID: direct some relief funding to school choice programs.
    Marquita Bradshaw: Relieve current student debt, provide quality childcare.
    Bill Lee: 4% salary boost for teachers; make $40,000 minimum salary.
    Bill Lee: Focus on new initiatives in teacher training.
    Bill Hagerty: Shift education spending to block grants to states.
    Manny Sethi: Not government's role to wipe away college debt.
    Bill Lee: Fund school choice; competition via charters and ESAs.
    Bill Lee: Schools must focus on acquiring job skills.
    Bill Lee: Teach civics, with unapologetic American exceptionalism.
    Bill Lee: Supports charter schools & vouchers.
    Karl Dean: Opposes vouchers & for-profit charter schools.
    Marsha Blackburn: Supports vouchers for private schools.
    Marsha Blackburn: Don't lower student loan interest.
    Phil Bredesen: Supports charter schools but "not wild about vouchers.
    Phil Bredesen: Free community college tuition; lower student loan interest.
    Bill Lee: Education, including vocational, is key to a bright future.
    Karl Dean: Expand access to vocational training programs.
    Karl Dean: Increase teacher pay; more resources for schools.
    Karl Dean: Supports charters; opposes vouchers.
    Larry Crim: Children should have quality education minus crushing debt.
    Larry Crim: Children should have quality education minus crushing debt.
    Bill Haslam: Boost public education by $1.5B.
    James Mackler: Against vouchers, for accountability.
    Diane Black: Supports tax dollars for private schools.
    Karl Dean: Small city property tax increase to directed to education.
    Bill Lee: Charter schools change lives of at-risk youth.
    Karl Dean: Supports publicly financed, privately led charter schools.
    Karl Dean: Expand school choice teacher accountability.
    Karl Dean: Charters ok if non-profit, but vouchers not ok.
    Bill Haslam: Narrow score gaps for minority and female students.
    Bill Haslam: STRONG Act: tuition-free public college for veterans.
    David Kustoff: Oppose Common Core; local folks know best.
    Bill Haslam: Tennessee Promise: two years of free community college.
    Bill Haslam: $2.5M for SAILS program: math tutors for high school seniors.
    Gordon Ball: I believe in public education.
    Bill Haslam: Drive to 55: 55% get post-HS certificate or degree by 2025.
    Joe Carr: Prohibit discrimination against college religious groups.
    Bill Haslam: Drive to 55: Increase college graduation to 55% by 2025.
    Bill Haslam: Remove 90-cap limit on charter schools.
    Phil Bredesen: New reforms: student achievement to evaluate teacher.
    Phil Bredesen: $48M for state colleges for tuition, & $10M scholarships.
    Don Sundquist: Invest more in teachers and in early education.
    Don Sundquist: We test students & rate schools; now invest in reading.
    Don Sundquist: Invest in teachers: scholarships, mentors, merit pay.
Energy & Oil
    Marquita Bradshaw: First Senate candidate in TN to sign Green New Deal Pledge.
    Bill Hagerty: Fight socialist fracking bans, repeal fuel standards.
    Karl Dean: Pledged to work toward reducing greenhouse gases.
    Marsha Blackburn: Climate change isn't settled; withdraw from Paris Accord.
    Phil Bredesen: Green energy will be of vast importance and growth.
    Diane Black: Rejects Paris climate change agreement.
    Gordon Ball: Transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean renewables.
    Gordon Ball: Commercial solar & wind, and also clean coal.
    Gordon Ball: Supports construction of the Keystone pipeline.
    Phil Bredesen: Green energy growth: develop a Solar Institute.
    Bob Tuke: Dependence on foreign oil hurts security & climate.
    Bob Corker: Promote fuel cells & alternatives to reduce oil dependence.
Environment
    Marquita Bradshaw: Grew up near Superfund Site, can't afford to be sick.
    Bill Hagerty: Eliminate senseless EPA interference on farmers.
    Marquita Bradshaw: I'm an environmental justice activist at my core.
    Marsha Blackburn: Cut budget of Environmental Protection Administration.
    Phil Bredesen: Supports environmental regulation by government.
    Karl Dean: Cuts to the EPA are unthinkable.
    David Kustoff: Help farming community's low commodity prices.
    Bill Haslam: 35 million visits annually to Tennessee State Parks.
    Gordon Ball: No one has the right to pollute America's air and water.
    Gordon Ball: Class-action lawsuits against paper companies' dumped waste.
    Joe Carr: Require photographic evidence of animal abuse.
    Joe Carr: Rated 40% on voting record by Tennessee Conservation Voters.
    Bill Haslam: Haslam's Pilot company cited for 70 environmental violations.
    Phil Bredesen: Public-private foundation to preserve Cumberland Plateau.
    Phil Bredesen: $10M to partially restore cuts in land acquisition fund.
    Don Sundquist: Supports new State Forest and 23 new natural areas.
Families & Children
    Bill Lee: Extend coverage for new moms, mental health for children.
    Bill Lee: Pro-life includes improving lives of struggling families.
    Bill Lee: Marriage is between a man & a woman.
    Karl Dean: Supports gay marriage.
    Bill Lee: Historical evidence: marriage is between a man and a woman.
    Bill Haslam: Declare pornography a public health crisis.
    Bill Haslam: Response speed exceeds standard for Child Abuse Hotline.
    Bill Haslam: Support services to 100% of former foster youth.
    Bill Haslam: Abstinence-only education in K-12 schools.
    Joe Carr: Abstinence-only education in K-12 schools.
    Diane Black: Claire's Law: hearing loss screenings for every newborn.
    Phil Bredesen: Claire's Law: hearing loss screenings for every newborn.
    Tim Burchett: Claire's Law: hearing loss screenings for every newborn.
Foreign Policy
    Lamar Alexander: Russia out to destabilize western democracies.
    Bill Hagerty: Ensure our allies support us and enemies fear us.
    Bill Hagerty: US has moral obligation to protect Israel.
    James Mackler: Don't reduce funds for State Department nor reduce diplomacy.
    Diane Black: Must stand up to North Korea's missile tests.
    Bob Corker: Russia a bad actor, not moral equivalent to US.
    David Kustoff: Our allies don't respect us and our enemies don't fear us.
    Gordon Ball: Promote human rights as cornerstone of US foreign policy.
Free Trade
    Manny Sethi: Need a second Industrial Revolution to bring jobs back to US.
    Bill Hagerty: Decrease our strategic dependency on China.
    Bill Hagerty: Stand with Trump on being firm with China.
    James Mackler: Trade war with China is a disaster.
    Bill Lee: Opposes Trump's tariffs on China.
    Karl Dean: Opposes Trump's tariffs on China.
    Marsha Blackburn: Trump's tariifs are a bad deal for Tennesseans.
    Phil Bredesen: Trump's tariifs are same as a new tax on Tennesseans.
    James Mackler: Renegotiate NAFTA; it hurts American workers.
    Bob Corker: Supports free trade, but anomalies need to be addressed.
    Gordon Ball: Fair trade is vital; but don't ship jobs overseas.
    Bill Frist: Increase trade by designating Tri-Cities as port of entry.
    Lamar Alexander: Increase trade by designating Tri-Cities as port of entry.
    Bob Tuke: Moratorium on all new Free Trade agreements.
    Bob Corker: Break down trade barriers to give farmers a world market.
Government Reform
    Marquita Bradshaw: Overturn Citizens United; outlaw gerrymandering.
    Bill Hagerty: Constitutionalist judges who won't legislate from the bench.
    Bill Hagerty: Protect Constitution; support Congressional term limits.
    James Mackler: Doesn't accept corporate PAC contributions.
    Karl Dean: Nonpartisan redistricting; no voter ID.
    Bill Lee: Term limits would bring in new leaders with new ideas.
    Marsha Blackburn: Require presidential candidates to show birth certificates.
    Joe Carr: Reduce crossover voting in Tennessee primary elections.
    Bill Haslam: We reduced wait times for licenses from 38 minutes to 18.
    Bill Haslam: Increase campaign contribution limits but disallow lobbyists.
    Bill Haslam: Require photo ID in order to vote.
    Joe Carr: Increase campaign contribution limits but disallow lobbyists.
    Joe Carr: Require photo ID in order to vote.
    Lamar Alexander: The Era of the 1,000-Page Bill Is Over.
    Diane Black: Require paper ballot trail on voting machines.
    Phil Bredesen: Require paper ballot trail on voting machines.
    Tim Burchett: Require paper ballot trail on voting machines.
Gun Control
    Bill Lee: Reintroducing concealed carry legislation.
    Marquita Bradshaw: For background checks, red flag laws, CDC research on guns.
    Manny Sethi: Red-flag laws are unconstitutional.
    Bill Hagerty: The threat to gun rights is real.
    Bill Lee: Oppose any attempt to ban an entire class of weapons.
    Karl Dean: Strong background checks; ban bump stocks.
    Marsha Blackburn: Get background checks working, but no other gun regulations.
    Phil Bredesen: Close gun show loophole & ban bump stocks.
    Bill Lee: Law-abiding citizens have a right to guns; don't punish them.
    David Kustoff: Unequivocal right to keep and bear arms.
    Gordon Ball: Second Amendment protects Americans from tyranny.
    Joe Carr: 30,000 people respond to raffling off a Beretta 92A1.
    Joe Carr: Permit the possession of firearms in restaurants and bars.
    Phil Bredesen: Veto firearms permits in bars: guns and alcohol don't mix.
Health Care
    Bill Lee: Tennessee first state to get Medicaid block grant waiver.
    Marquita Bradshaw: Medicare for All is a good place to start.
    Bill Hagerty: Trump administration did a great job on COVID-19.
    Manny Sethi: Against government required vaccinations.
    Bill Hagerty: Government run health care model failed in China.
    Bill Lee: Create K-12 Mental Health Trust Fund for teachers & students.
    Bill Lee: Extend postpartum coverage under TennCare to 12 months.
    Manny Sethi: We need less government involvement in healthcare, not more.
    Bill Hagerty: Return health care to patient choice in free market.
    Bill Lee: Community/faith-based care, not big government.
    Bill Lee: Expand funding for mental health treatment.
    James Mackler: Keep rural hospitals, to serve thousands of Tennesseans.
    Bill Lee: ObamaCare will not expand in Tennessee under my watch.
    Karl Dean: Support ObamaCare; expand Medicaid.
    Marsha Blackburn: Health savings accounts instead of ObamaCare.
    Phil Bredesen: Support ObamaCare, with fixes, and some Medicare-for-All.
    Bill Lee: Out-of-box approach to healthcare: create your own system.
    Karl Dean: Expand Medicaid for low-income families.
    Larry Crim: Constituents should have a seat at the table on health care.
    Larry Crim: Constituents should have a seat at the table on health care.
    Diane Black: Patients should respect their doctors' religious beliefs.
    James Mackler: Healthcare is a right.
    Diane Black: Repeal ObamaCare;need market-based solution.
    David Kustoff: Work to dismantle convoluted and expensive ObamaCare.
    Bill Haslam: Must provide health coverage, if not Insure Tennessee.
    Gordon Ball: ObamaCare is over the top, but keep the good parts.
    Bob Tuke: National health care insurance exchange.
    Don Sundquist: We must save TennCare, for children & the needy.
Homeland Security
    Manny Sethi: Agrees with Trump that Antifa is terrorist organization.
    Bill Hagerty: Give military tools to complete their missions; repair VA.
    James Mackler: Let immigrants serve in military, as they always have.
    Bill Lee: Adjust budget to include benefits, services veterans earned.
    Marsha Blackburn: Supported military spending bills in Congress.
    Larry Crim: We honor our veterans by keeping their care a priority.
    Larry Crim: We honor our veterans by keeping their care a priority.
    James Mackler: Against privatization of VA.
    James Mackler: Allow transgender people to serve in the military.
    Scott DesJarlais: Prohibit transgender people from serving in the military.
    Larry Crim: Provides spiritual counseling to help America's Veterans.
    Gordon Ball: Ensure our troops receive the support & resources they need.
    Terry Adams: Men & women in uniform are victims of catastrophic neglect.
    Bill Haslam: ObamaCare costs TN $350M; cut but preserve rural hospitals.
    Bill Haslam: Only 1% of our country serves to keep the rest of us free.
Immigration
    Marquita Bradshaw: Support DACA, pathway to citizenship for undocumented.
    Manny Sethi: End birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants.
    Manny Sethi: We're giving away our nation.
    Bill Hagerty: Opposes amnesty, DACA, and sanctuary cities.
    Manny Sethi: We need a merit-based system to admit immigrants.
    Bill Lee: Benefits for illegal immigrants is the wrong strategy.
    Karl Dean: Earned path to citizenship; they are Tennesseans.
    Marsha Blackburn: No amnesty for DREAMers; it makes illegal immigration surge.
    Phil Bredesen: Deporting DREAMers would be un-American.
    Bill Lee: Build the border wall built and forbid sanctuary cities.
    James Mackler: Don't separate kids from parents crossing border illegally.
    Bill Haslam: College tuition break for in-state undocumented immigrants.
    Karl Dean: Immigrants are part of community; college tuition break ok.
    David Kustoff: Secure the border & enforce laws already on the books.
    Gordon Ball: Fair and just path to citizenship.
    Joe Carr: AdWatch: Border crisis was created by giving amnesty to 11M.
    Bob Tuke: More border security; more enforcement.
Jobs
    Bill Lee: Helped faith communities connect people with job services.
    Marsha Blackburn: Minimum wage is a federal mandate; let competition decide.
    Phil Bredesen: Minimum wage should keep pace with inflation.
    Bill Haslam: Created 80,000 jobs by making TN a good place for capital.
Principles & Values
    Bill Lee: Through times of trial we become more purposeful.
    Marquita Bradshaw: Lost election but will continue to build grassroots movement.
    Marquita Bradshaw: Lost but will continue to build grassroots movement.
    Marquita Bradshaw: One job away from middle class, one loss away from poverty.
    Manny Sethi: Work to fight for our Christian values.
    Bill Hagerty: America, greatest country, at risk from radical Left.
    Bill Hagerty: Must stand up to radical liberals and their socialist agenda.
    Bill Hagerty: Endorsed by President Trump for nomination.
    James Mackler: Change broken system with Jewish tradition "Tikkun Olam".
    Bill Lee: Faith-based & community initiatives better than government.
    Bill Lee: Religious liberty is guaranteed to us by the constitution.
    James Mackler: Wife is a rabbi at Congregation Ohabai Sholom.
    Phil Bredesen: 1960s scholarship to Harvard; millionaire businessman at 43.
    Bill Lee: We accomplished my vision at granddad's company.
    Bill Lee: Former chairman of the Tennessee Prayer Breakfast.
    Bill Lee: Faith would influence my decisions as governor.
    Karl Dean: Pro-business centrist: good things happen in the middle.
    Joe Carr: Endorsed by Tea Party Patriots on anti-amnesty grounds.
    Lamar Alexander: Declined to debate in Republican primary.
    Bill Haslam: Tennessee--America at Its Best: we are a model to the nation.
    Al Gore: Take your souls to the polls.
Social Security
    Bill Hagerty: Don't "cut" social programs, make them more efficient.
    Larry Crim: Don't touch Social Security funds.
    Gordon Ball: No scare tactics: system is solvent for next 20 years.
    Bill Haslam: TN named the best state in the country to retire in 2013.
Tax Reform
    Manny Sethi: Reduce regulation; cut taxes for long-term growth.
    Bill Lee: Halve professional privilege tax, it's arbitrary and unfair.
    Bill Hagerty: Trump's tax cuts are working; for balanced budget amendment.
    Marsha Blackburn: Support President Trump's tax cuts.
    Larry Crim: Lower tax rates; close loopholes.
    Diane Black: Flatter, simpler tax needed.
    Karl Dean: Raised city property taxes, but after Great Recession.
    Mark Green: Eliminate Hall tax: 6% on unearned interest and dividends.
    Gordon Ball: Simplify and streamline the tax code with flat tax.
    Bill Haslam: TN thinks differently: don't spend money; give back taxes.
    Bob Tuke: Repeal Bush tax cuts that favor wealthy Americans.
    Howard Phillips: Eliminate income tax, corporate tax, & estate tax.
Technology
    Bill Lee: One-time investment of $200 million in broadband expansion.
    Bill Hagerty: Work with both parties to close digital divide in Tennessee.
    Karl Dean: Increase gas tax to fund local transportation infrastructure.
    Marsha Blackburn: Opposes Net Neutrality; it's government-controlled internet.
    Phil Bredesen: Empower TVA to bring rural broadband internet access.
    Phil Bredesen: Supports Net Neutrality: equal access for everyone.
    Bill Lee: Infrastructure needs repairs, stop kicking can down the road.
    Larry Crim: Our interstates and highways need our tax dollars now.
    Larry Crim: Our interstates and highways need our tax dollars now.
    Bill Haslam: Tools to be successful: good roads and broadband access.
    Gordon Ball: We send too little on infrastructure.
    Joe Carr: Cell phone ban should be addressed by airlines, not feds.
    Lamar Alexander: No cell phone conversations on planes; email and texting ok.
    Phil Bredesen: Memphis Research Consortium: life science research center.
    Don Sundquist: Wire government plus libraries and schools.
War & Peace
    Manny Sethi: Improve VA hospitals; provide quality mental health care.
    Marsha Blackburn: Iran nuke deal puts future security in jeopardy.
    Larry Crim: Oppose President Obama's disastrous Iran Deal.
    Bob Corker: Countries must pony up for NATO; alliance is important.
    David Kustoff: Take the fight to ISIS and other terrorists.
    Gordon Ball: Time for our service members to come home from Afghanistan.
    Gordon Ball: Critical to avoid nukes in North Korea and Iran.
    Mark Green: Don't forget soldiers who made capturing Saddam possible.
    Bob Tuke: Responsible Plan to End the War.
Welfare & Poverty
    Bill Lee: Recruit business to locate in distressed, at-risk counties.


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