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Lawsuit Filed Against Senate Redistricting Plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Opponents of Republican-drawn lines for the Tennessee Senate are suing for the redistricting plan to be thrown out on the basis that it ignored proposals made by the Legislature’s Black Caucus, their lawyer said Friday.
Bob Tuke, attorney for the opponents and a former state Democratic Party chairman, told The Associated Press the lawsuit to halt the plan was filed in chancery court in Nashville.
The lawsuit names Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and state elections officials as defendants. Among the eight Shelby County plaintiffs is Rep. G.A. Hardaway, who was drawn together with another Memphis Democrat in the GOP plan, and who is considering challenging Democratic colleagues in both the House and Senate.
It will be heard by Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle.

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Democrats Say Maybe Somebody Will Run Against Corker

Sen. Bob Corker appears positioned to coast to re-election next year, though some Democrats are at least raising the possibility of an opponent, according to Michael Collins.
Some snippets from his story:
In the first three months of this year alone he raised $1.9 million. The inflow of new cash means Corker already has $2.9 million in his campaign account. Another fundraiser is planned for this Friday in Knoxville.
…(Chief of Staff Todd) Womack said Corker’s strong fundraising is “a vote of confidence” from people across Tennessee who have “recognized and appreciated the work Sen. Corker is doing to solve complex problems that our country faces.”–
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee recently listed six seats it will be targeting in 2012, but Corker’s wasn’t among them. That doesn’t mean Democrats are writing off Tennessee, said the committee’s spokesman, Matt Canter.

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