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Stand for Children PAC dumps $700K into TN campaigns

Stand for Children, a political action committee focused on promotion on charter schools, sent more than $700,000 from its Portland, Ore., headquarters and then spent it attacking or supporting Tennessee candidates from July 1 through July 25, according to the group’s new disclosure statement.

The Tennessean has a report on the disclosure, focusing on $200,000 spent in Metro Nashville School Board races. But it also notes:

The organization also spent big in Republican primaries at the statehouse level.

Having already spent more than $65,000 on advertising and mailers in June in support of Sam Whitson — who’s running against embattled Rep. Jeremy Durham for a seat representing parts of Williamson County — the group spent another roughly $15,000 on fliers in July for Whitson. It also spent roughly $9,000 on ads and mailers attacking Durham.

They spent similar amounts either attacking Reps. Courtney L. Rogers and Judd Matheny or supporting their GOP primary opponents, Beth Cox and Will Lockhart.

Some further notes: It appears the biggest beneficiary is Christy Sigler, seeking the House District 34 seat vacated by Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale. She’s listed as supported in independent expenditures totaling more than $120,000.

The blog Rocky Top Politics, published anonymously with a strong Republican right-wing inclination, had a recent post — before the new disclosure — declaring Stand for Children the “new Advance Tennessee.” Advance Tennessee got widespread conservative criticism in 2014 after six-figure spending in legislative races — the money coming mostly from supporters of Gov. Bill Haslam. Advance Tennessee dissolved in January of this year, according to the Registry of Election Finance.

TN Republican Assembly backs (mostly) primary challengers

The Tennessee Republican Assembly — which bills itself as “a socially, morally, and fiscally conservative group of individuals committed to strengthening the Republican party by upholding the traditional, Republican ideals that represent the American founders’ original intent” – has endorsed 28 candidates in state legislative races.

There are seven incumbent House members on the list and no incumbent senators. With a couple of exceptions in open seats, those backed are challengers in GOP primaries.

The group maintains a political action committee (TRA PAC) with a current reported balance of $2,699 and no contributions made to candidates since 2014, when the PAC made donations totaling $1,500.

The TRA website is HERE. It’s endorsement list, as posted on Facebook, is below. Continue reading

NFIB backs 27 incumbent GOP legislators — and Lundberg in Senate District 4

Tennessee’s chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has endorsed 28 Republicans in their primary races for seats in the state Legislature — all incumbents with the exception of Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol, who is giving up his House incumbency to seek the Senate District 4 seat vacated by retiring Lt. Gov. Ron Rammsey.

The press release, with legislators listed, is below. Continue reading

NRA backs 18 state House Republicans in primary elections

The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund has endorsed 18 incumbent House Republicans in their re-election campaigns.

They are Reps. John Holsclaw of Elizabethton in District 4, Gary Hicks of Rogersville in District 9, Jeremy Faison of Cosby in District 11,

Martin Daniel of Knoxville in District 18, Mike Carter in District 29, Ron Travis in District 31,

Jerry Sexton of Bean Station in District 35, Kelly Keisling of Byrdstown in District 38, Courtney Rogers in District 45,

Judd Matheny of Tullahoma in District 47, Mike Sparks of Smyrna in District 49, Charles Sargent of Franklin in District 61,

Jimmy Eldridge of Jackson in District 73, Jay Reedy of Erin in District 74, Tim Wirgau of Buchanan in District 75,

Curtis Halford of Dyer in District 79, Curry Todd of Collierville in District 95, Steve McManus of Cordova in District 96.

The full list is https://www.nrapvf.org/grades/tennessee/.

Note: Perhaps the most notable non-endorsement of a Republican incumbent is in District 65, where embattled Rep. Jeremy Durham has an ‘A’ rating from NRA. His chief primary opponent, Sam Whitson, also got an A, though it’s noted that is based only on answers to a questionnaire. For comparison, Hicks — who is an incumbent by appointment rather than by election — was endorsed when he had an ‘A’ rating and his primary opponent, Cynthia Bundren Jackson of Rogersville, had the same grade based on the questionnaire. Ditto for Sargent in District 61 and Halford in 79.

And here’s an NRA listing of pro-gun bills passed by the Tennessee legislature this year.

UPDATE/Another note: The Tennessee Firearms Association is not endorsing the NRA endorsements. Here’s the press release:

Email from Tennessee Firearms Association
NASHVILLE, TN: Tennessee Firearms Association expressed the organization’s caution to Tennessee voters about the ratings and endorsements coming out of some State and National policy and advocacy groups such as the National Rifle Association. With less than four weeks until the August 4 primary, candidates, primarily incumbents, and early voting starting next week, the ratings and endorsements raise some concerns when contrasted with the actions and voting records of some of the “endorsed” and highly rated incumbents particularly when the primary purpose of these ratings are an attempt to influence voter decisions.

“Having been involved in Second Amendment advocacy in Tennessee for over 20 years, TFA has seldom “endorsed” a candidate,” said John Harris, Executive Director of the Tennessee Firearms Association. “We put our money where our mission is. We support both incumbents and opponents based upon their efforts to carry and co-sponsor legislation, support legislation, and champion the 2nd Amendment. TFA also carefuly scrutinizes the actions of incumbents and opposes incumbents. like Sen. Doug Overbey, Rep. Jon Lundberg, and Rep. Charles Sargent, who have proven by their actions that they do not truly support the rights of Tennesseans.”

The TFA’s concern is that in this election cycle some ratings and endorsements do not appear to reflect the true history of certain individual incumbents on the Second Amendment issues. These concerns seem to relate primarily to a limited number of incumbents who typically serve in leadership positions within the current GOP caucus.

For example, Sen. Doug Overbey is well known to have voted against many bills in Senate Judiciary that are advanced by real gun rights advocates. For example, this year he voted against Sen. Mark Green’s constitutional carry bill (Senate Bill 1483) helping to kill it in Senate Judiciary when the NRA’s lobbyist was in the room. He also voted “no” on a bill to allow handgun permit holders to carry in public parks (HB995, SB1496) in 2016. Yet, the NRA gave Sen. Overbey an “A-“ rating which it defines as somewhere between “solidly pro gun” and “generally pro gun.” In addition, it gave Sen. Overbey its endorsement in that specific race.

Similarly, in another Senate race, the NRA have given former House member Jon Lundberg an “A” rating – again indicating that he is “solidly pro gun”. The truth is that Jon Lundberg has a documented history of voting against 2nd Amendment legislation in a subcommittee that he serves on such as bills to enact Constitutional carry and to enact permitless open carry. For example, in 2016 he either voted voice voted no or he changed his “no” vote to a “present not voting” on bills such as HB0481 regarding storing legally owned firearms in parked cars, HB0684 regarding passage of permitless open carry (which approximately 30 states already have), and also HB0535 which was a bill to enact Constitutional Carry in Tennessee which approximately 12 states have already adopted.

Then, consider a House incumbent, Rep. Charles Sargent. Sargent’s antics in helping to kill and derail gun bills over the years by his chairmanship over the House Finance Committee is no secret to anyone who pays attention to the Second Amendment legislation in Tennessee. Although the NRA downgraded him to a B+ classification in 2014 and rated his challenger, Steve Gawrys with an A, the NRA has given Sargent not only an “A” rating in 2016 but it has given him the NRA’s endorsement as well and it has not rated his challenger Steve Gawrys at all.

Obviously, Tennessee Firearms Association disagrees strongly with these endorsements based simply on the observable facts. But then again, the NRA endorsed Democrat Harry Reid in the past who similarly is well known as an enemy of 2nd Amendment advocates. Yet, some sources report that the NRA’s endorsement of Reid prior to 2010 had more to do with his ability to provide a reported $61 million in funding for a gun range that the NRA wanted in Neveda than it had to do with his historical support for legislation to advance the 2nd Amendment.

The actual histories of these state incumbents and the facts concerning the Harry Reid endorsement raise legitimate questions about the basis for at least these ratings and endorsement and could easily diminish the reliability of other ratings even for candidates who have actually earned and deserved good ratings. Further, one need only pay passing attention to the endorsements and ratings to realize that the endorsements rarely given to opponents of incumbents even if the challenger has a clear history of being stronger on an issue.

TFA has not made its support decisions based upon incumbency. Again, TFA Executive Director John Harris: “Our mission at TFA is to move 2nd Amendment legislation without regard for incumbents, the money that they could direct to TFA, or the requests of challengers. We’re not afraid to support challengers who are running against incumbents who clealry do not support our mission or who use their offices to derail bills that advance the citizens’ right to ‘keep and bear arms’. Similarly, TFA is not hesitant about supporting incumbents who are strong even if they are in the minority party or principled incumbents who are labeled by the party’s leadership as not being ‘team players’ suggesting that leadership values mindless minions over principled public stewards.”

Harris continued, “Some advocacy groups exhibit little courage at times by taking what may be the easy path in order to avoid the wrath of leadership or an incumbent. Apparently for some, just because an incumbent has cast a vote in their favor from time to time is enough reason to ‘endorse’ that candidate, even when the actual facts show that the incumbent more frequently is a problem than a hero on your issue. The fact is, the committee process in the Tennessee Legislature is designed to and works to shield some incumbents from being exposed on their real views by letting them avoid having to make votes on the public record.” In that type of environment, endorsements based only on a few choreographed public votes or bill sponsorships can easily mislead voters to believe that an incumbent is good on an issue when sometimes they are the primary source of the problem.

“We have made it a habit to get in the fight with candidates who support our mission. We do not put our finger into the wind. At TFA, we put our finger on the support ‘trigger’. We believe if you’re afraid to pull the trigger, you’ll never hit the target. We also believe that principled constitutional leadership is more important than blind party loyalty.”

NRA endorses state Sens. Overbey, Tracy, Green and Gresham in GOP primaries

The National Rifle Association’s PAC has endorsed four incumbent Republican state senators who have contested August primaries — Doug Overbey of Maryville in District 2, Jim Tracy of Shelbyille in District 14, Mark Green of Clarksville in District 22 and Delores Gresham of Somerville in District 26.

The state Senate endorsement list is HERE.

Notes: The NRA Political Victory Fund makes no endorsement in the District 4 open seat (now held by retiring Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey), though giving the two leading GOP candidates — state Rep. Jon Lundberg and former Rep. Tony Shipley — ‘A’ ratings. Perhaps curiously, there’s no endorsement in District 16, though incumbent Sen. Janice Bowling has an ‘A-‘ rating and her primary opponent, Michael Wilcher, gets only a question mark beside his name. Also, there’s no endorsement of incumbent Republican Sen. Steve Dickerson in District 20; he’s given a ‘B+’ and his primary opponent, Ron McDow, has an ‘A,’ though its noted that is assigned on the basis of his response to an NRA questionnaire.

And here’s an NRA listing of pro-gun bills passed by the Tennessee legislature this year.

UPDATE/Another note: The Tennessee Firearms Association is not endorsing the NRA endorsements. Here’s the press release:

Email from Tennessee Firearms Association
NASHVILLE, TN: Tennessee Firearms Association expressed the organization’s caution to Tennessee voters about the ratings and endorsements coming out of some State and National policy and advocacy groups such as the National Rifle Association. With less than four weeks until the August 4 primary, candidates, primarily incumbents, and early voting starting next week, the ratings and endorsements raise some concerns when contrasted with the actions and voting records of some of the “endorsed” and highly rated incumbents particularly when the primary purpose of these ratings are an attempt to influence voter decisions.

“Having been involved in Second Amendment advocacy in Tennessee for over 20 years, TFA has seldom “endorsed” a candidate,” said John Harris, Executive Director of the Tennessee Firearms Association. “We put our money where our mission is. We support both incumbents and opponents based upon their efforts to carry and co-sponsor legislation, support legislation, and champion the 2nd Amendment. TFA also carefuly scrutinizes the actions of incumbents and opposes incumbents. like Sen. Doug Overbey, Rep. Jon Lundberg, and Rep. Charles Sargent, who have proven by their actions that they do not truly support the rights of Tennesseans.”

The TFA’s concern is that in this election cycle some ratings and endorsements do not appear to reflect the true history of certain individual incumbents on the Second Amendment issues. These concerns seem to relate primarily to a limited number of incumbents who typically serve in leadership positions within the current GOP caucus.

For example, Sen. Doug Overbey is well known to have voted against many bills in Senate Judiciary that are advanced by real gun rights advocates. For example, this year he voted against Sen. Mark Green’s constitutional carry bill (Senate Bill 1483) helping to kill it in Senate Judiciary when the NRA’s lobbyist was in the room. He also voted “no” on a bill to allow handgun permit holders to carry in public parks (HB995, SB1496) in 2016. Yet, the NRA gave Sen. Overbey an “A-“ rating which it defines as somewhere between “solidly pro gun” and “generally pro gun.” In addition, it gave Sen. Overbey its endorsement in that specific race.

Similarly, in another Senate race, the NRA have given former House member Jon Lundberg an “A” rating – again indicating that he is “solidly pro gun”. The truth is that Jon Lundberg has a documented history of voting against 2nd Amendment legislation in a subcommittee that he serves on such as bills to enact Constitutional carry and to enact permitless open carry. For example, in 2016 he either voted voice voted no or he changed his “no” vote to a “present not voting” on bills such as HB0481 regarding storing legally owned firearms in parked cars, HB0684 regarding passage of permitless open carry (which approximately 30 states already have), and also HB0535 which was a bill to enact Constitutional Carry in Tennessee which approximately 12 states have already adopted.

Then, consider a House incumbent, Rep. Charles Sargent. Sargent’s antics in helping to kill and derail gun bills over the years by his chairmanship over the House Finance Committee is no secret to anyone who pays attention to the Second Amendment legislation in Tennessee. Although the NRA downgraded him to a B+ classification in 2014 and rated his challenger, Steve Gawrys with an A, the NRA has given Sargent not only an “A” rating in 2016 but it has given him the NRA’s endorsement as well and it has not rated his challenger Steve Gawrys at all.

Obviously, Tennessee Firearms Association disagrees strongly with these endorsements based simply on the observable facts. But then again, the NRA endorsed Democrat Harry Reid in the past who similarly is well known as an enemy of 2nd Amendment advocates. Yet, some sources report that the NRA’s endorsement of Reid prior to 2010 had more to do with his ability to provide a reported $61 million in funding for a gun range that the NRA wanted in Neveda than it had to do with his historical support for legislation to advance the 2nd Amendment.

The actual histories of these state incumbents and the facts concerning the Harry Reid endorsement raise legitimate questions about the basis for at least these ratings and endorsement and could easily diminish the reliability of other ratings even for candidates who have actually earned and deserved good ratings. Further, one need only pay passing attention to the endorsements and ratings to realize that the endorsements rarely given to opponents of incumbents even if the challenger has a clear history of being stronger on an issue.

TFA has not made its support decisions based upon incumbency. Again, TFA Executive Director John Harris: “Our mission at TFA is to move 2nd Amendment legislation without regard for incumbents, the money that they could direct to TFA, or the requests of challengers. We’re not afraid to support challengers who are running against incumbents who clealry do not support our mission or who use their offices to derail bills that advance the citizens’ right to ‘keep and bear arms’. Similarly, TFA is not hesitant about supporting incumbents who are strong even if they are in the minority party or principled incumbents who are labeled by the party’s leadership as not being ‘team players’ suggesting that leadership values mindless minions over principled public stewards.”

Harris continued, “Some advocacy groups exhibit little courage at times by taking what may be the easy path in order to avoid the wrath of leadership or an incumbent. Apparently for some, just because an incumbent has cast a vote in their favor from time to time is enough reason to ‘endorse’ that candidate, even when the actual facts show that the incumbent more frequently is a problem than a hero on your issue. The fact is, the committee process in the Tennessee Legislature is designed to and works to shield some incumbents from being exposed on their real views by letting them avoid having to make votes on the public record.” In that type of environment, endorsements based only on a few choreographed public votes or bill sponsorships can easily mislead voters to believe that an incumbent is good on an issue when sometimes they are the primary source of the problem.

“We have made it a habit to get in the fight with candidates who support our mission. We do not put our finger into the wind. At TFA, we put our finger on the support ‘trigger’. We believe if you’re afraid to pull the trigger, you’ll never hit the target. We also believe that principled constitutional leadership is more important than blind party loyalty.”

Physician PAC endorses Dr. Dickerson over Dr. McDow in Senate District 20

The Tennessee Medical Association has endorsed incumbent physician state Sen. Steve Dickerson in the District 20 race over his physician challenger, Dr. Ron McDow, reports Nashville Post Politics.

A list of TMA endorsements through its PAC (known as IMPACT for Independent Medicine Political Action Committee of Tennessee) shows only incumbents endorsed so far. But the doctors made a special point in an email of endorsing all physician legislators up for reelection — Sen. Mark Green, MD (R-Clarksville), Sen. Joey Hensley, MD (R-Hohenwald), Rep. Sabi Kumar, MD (R-Springfield) and Rep. Bryan Terry, MD (R-Murfreesboro) — but especially Dickerson.

From the email:

Dr. Dickerson is competing in one of the most contested races in the state. He is being aggressively targeted by his opponents. His primary opponent is also a Nashville physician who is not a TMA member and has never been involved in organized medicine here in Tennessee. We are calling on all members to support Dr. Dickerson and IMPACT to help protect those that support us on Capitol Hill.

Dr. Dickerson as well as Tennessee’s other physician legislators work with TMA on every issue that affects physicians and their patients. They work hard to ensure Tennessee remains one of the best states for practicing medicine.

TMA and IMPACT is fully behind Senators Dickerson, Green and Hensley and Representatives Kumar and Terry. We have worked hard to put these physicians in the legislature but we now have to keep them there. Their campaigns need support from TMA members.

TN Right to Life endorses Kelsey, Lundberg, 3 Democrats, independent

Tennessee Right to Life’s political action committee has announced endorsements in the Aug. 4 congressional and legislative primary elections. Most of the anti-abortion group’s backing at the legislative level may be seen as symbolic since many f the candidates have no primary opponents.

The endorsement list is HERE.

At the congressional level, the PAC is backing state Sen. Brian Kelsey in the crowded 8th Congressional District Republican primary and incumbent Rep. Diane Black, who faces a potentially serious challenge from former state Rep. Joe Carr and others in the 6th Congressional District. Incumbent Reps. Phil Roe in the 1st District, John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. in the 2nd District and Chuck Fleishmann in the 3rd District are given Right to Life blessings over token primary opponents.

Notably omitted from endorsements are Republican Reps. Marsha Blackburn in the 7th District and Scott DesJarlais in the 4th. Blackburn, who has no primary opponent, currently chairs a Republican-launched congressional investigation into sale of fetal tissue obtained by abortion providers – widely supported by anti-abortion activists while condemned as a “witch hunt” by some Democrats. While generally anti-abortion, she has in the past supported exceptions in the case of rape, incest and for saving the life of the mother. DesJarlais, a physician, has been widely criticized for personally approving abortions in the past for patients and his former spouse.

Perhaps most notable in legislative endorsements is that given perennial candidate Pete Drew, running this year as an independent in House District 15, a seat now held by Rep. Joe Armstrong, D-Knoxville. As an independent, Drew, a former state representative who converted to the GOP after election as a Democrat in the 1980s, will not be on the Aug. 4 ballot, but will be up against Armstrong – who has no opponent in the primary while awaiting trial on tax evasion charges — in the November general election.

Otherwise, Right to Life is endorsing Republican candidates in 13 state Senate races, all but one of them an incumbent and no challengers. The exception is state Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol, who has a contested race in the GOP primary to replace retiring Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey in Senate District 4.

In state House races, there are endorsements in 59 races, including Drew. There are three Democrats without primary opposition: Reps. Kevin Dunlap of Rock Island, Joe Pitts of Clarksville and John Mark Windle of Livingston. Dunlap and Windle face Republican opponents in November; Pitts does not.

The others endorsed in House races are all Republican, most without any opposition to reelection. Exceptions include five favored incumbents with primary opponents: Reps. Jeremy Faison of Cosby, John Ragan of Oak Ridge, Courtney Rogers of Goodlettsville, Mike Sparks of Smyrna and Jay Reedy of Erin. There’s also Davette Blalock, one of three Republicans seeking the party nomination to run against Rep. Jason Powell, D-Nashville.

Anti-annexation PAC makes picks in legislative races

Citizens for Home Rule PAC, created last year to help candidates favoring restrictions on city government annexation, is supporting nine Republicans in state House races and six in state Senate races — mostly incumbents, but with a few exceptions.

The PAC reports $26,700 in donations to seven of the candidates in its 2nd quarter disclosure, ranging from $7,600 to Rep. Mike Carter to $100 for Rep. Andy Holt. It still had a balance of $28,162 cash on hand.

Carter, R-Ooltewah, sponsored legislation requiring voter approval in the impacted area of a city annexation, approved two years ago, and unsuccessfully pushed this year a bill to allow deannexation, wherein voters could decide to take themselves out of a city’s incorporated area.

The PAC’s parent organization, Citizens For Home Rule, strongly supported both efforts. The PAC reported receipt of $50,000 from the parent organization in its initial financial disclosure.

Here’s the latest CHR news release:
Alamo — Citizens for Home Rule Political Action Committee (CHR—PAC) announces nine key endorsements in state House of Representative races, and six endorsements in State Senate races across the State.

These endorsements are made to candidates with the most favorable views on private property owners rights views based on our 2016 candidate survey and/or the record of Members of the Tennessee General Assembly this year. We urge voters to vote for these candidates because they exemplify solid leadership and understanding regarding private property ownership. Without private property, no citizen can truly enjoy the fruit of his own labor.

“We are engaged in a struggle for the heart and soul of the Republican super-majority in the General Assembly,” said John Avery Emison, the group’s treasurer. CHR—PAC along with a handful of other principled, small-government, conservative organizations across the state are leading this struggle.

The CHR-PAC Gold Standard endorsement goes to the candidates listed below. “We are proud to stand with these fine men and women, truly limited-government conservatives one and all,” Emison said. Continue reading

Bo Watson joins legislators’ PAC club

Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson has become the latest state legislator to set up his own political action committee, naming the new entity BowPAC and declaring it will help provide the “fuel of funding” for future Republican political successes in Tennessee.

About 30 of Tennessee’s 132 legislators — most of them Republicans — now have their own PACs, kept separate from their re-election campaign accounts, in accord with a trend that has slowly grown since Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey set up RAAMPAC in 2003.

The Legislature’s senior member, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, finally joined the PAC trend late last year by creating McPAC. In an April disclosure McPAC reported a cash-on-hand balance of $36,356 after initial fundraising efforts — most of the money coming in contributions from 26 special interest PACs.

Watson chipped in $500 to McPAC through a personal check, Registry of Election Finance records show. He gave $1,000 to RAAMPAC last year. Now that he has set up BowPAC, of course, he can have the PAC make such donations instead of himself. The PAC name, by the way, ties into both Foy “Bo” Watson’s nickname and the Hixson lawmaker’s penchant for wearing bow neckties.
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Animal protection PAC backs 19 in TN legislative primaries (including Durham)

News release from Tennessee Voters for Animal Protection
NASHVILLE, June 22, 2016 – Tennessee Voters for Animal Protection (TVAP), a non-partisan political action committee (PAC), released its list of endorsed candidates in 19 state legislative primary races today.

“We are excited to announce our endorsements for the upcoming state primaries,” said Anjie Crow, TVAP’s president. “We’ve never endorsed this many candidates in the primaries before and are very pleased that there are so many animal-friendly candidates this year. It’s proof that animal protection issues are more important in Tennessee than ever and that there are many candidates who are willing to ensure that animals have a voice in Tennessee.”

Senate
2, Doug Overbey (R) 4, Jon Lundberg (R) 10, Ty O’Grady (D) 20, Steve Dickerson (R) 30, Sara Kyle (D)

House
4, John B. Holsclaw Jr. (R) 11, Michael McCarter (R) 28, JoAnne Favors (D) 45, Courtney Rogers (R) 58, Harold M. Love Jr. (D) 61, Charles Sargent (R) 65, Jeremy Durham (R) 80, Johnny Shaw (D) 85, Johnnie Turner (D) 88, Larry J. Miller (D) 94, Thomas E. Cooper (R) 95, Curry Todd (R) 96, Steve McManus (R) 98, Antonio Parkinson (D)

TVAP’s political support for candidates is based solely on animal protection issues. Methods used to determine endorsements may be questionnaires and/or combined results of TVAP Scorecards.

General election endorsements will be announced later this summer.

Tennessee Voters for Animal Protection is a PAC dedicated to electing animal-friendly candidates and unifying voters by creating a powerful voting bloc, ensuring animals have a voice in Tennessee. For more information, please visit www.tnanimalprotection.org.

Note: Perhaps the most notable endorsement is that for embattled Rep. Jeremy Durham, R-Franklin, currently under investigation for alleged sexual harassment and campaign finance violations and facing two primary challengers. In Senate District 10, O’Grady is one of three Democrats seeking nomination to oppose Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga. The only endorsed challenger to an incumbent on the list is Michael McCarter, opposing Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, in House District 11.