Mae Beavers


Former state Sen. Mae Beavers, a social conservative who has rallied against gay marriage and pushed bills to restrict the bathrooms transgender students could use, said Tuesday that she is dropping out of the crowded Republican field for the open Tennessee governor's race.

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A Tennessee university has canceled a Republican candidate for governor's summit amid criticisms that its speakers were anti-Muslim. 

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Republican Mae Beavers says she will resign from the state Senate so she can focus on her bid for Tennessee governor.

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Republican candidates for Tennessee governor aren't wasting much time in taking aim at each other.

Republican state House Speaker Beth Harwell says she is running for Tennessee governor.

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Republican Tennessee state Senator Mark Green says he has made up his mind about whether to rejoin the state’s gubernatorial race, but doesn't want to make his decision public until later this week.

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A transgender bathroom bill in Tennessee has failed in a state Senate committee. 

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Tennessee Senator Mae Beavers, the sponsor of a bill requiring students to use restrooms and locker rooms of the sex on their birth certificates, says she is exploring a bid for Tennessee governor.

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A bill to have Tennessee state lawmakers fill U.S. Senate vacancies has been defeated. 

A shot at nullifying federal gun laws in Tennessee died in the state Senate Wednesday. A vocal committee chairman sped along debate and ultimately cast the deciding vote.

Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown is a lawyer by training and the newly appointed chair of the Judiciary Committee. He took a personal interest in blocking legislation that would make it a felony for agents to enforce federal gun laws. To make his point, he laid out stark terms.

 “This is a bill that says our individual sheriff’s deputies will be going out and using deadly force of the law of Tennessee to potentially shoot and kill federal authorities for enforcing U.S. Supreme Court decisions,” Kelsey said.