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Oct. 30, 2013, 6:15 a.m.

Knoxville May­or Bill Haslam (R) and busi­ness­man Mike McWhert­er (D) “par­ti­cip­ated in the event hos­ted by first lady An­drea Conte” at the gov’s man­sion “in which stu­dents from nine schools asked the can­did­ates ques­tions” 8/31.

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The can­did­ates start­ing off talk­ing about a new law al­low­ing open carry in bars and con­tro­versy over the pro­posed mosque in Murfrees­boro. “In one of the only barbs of the even­ing, McWhert­er noted that Haslam only joined” the NRA “after he de­clared he was run­ning for” gov. “Haslam laughed off the gibe after the event.”

Haslam: “Mike knows I sup­port Second Amend­ment rights, that’s really clear.” McWhert­er and Haslam “both con­sidered the pro­posed mosque as a land is­sue, while con­demning the re­cent ar­son.”

McWhert­er: “I think the people down there who com­mit­ted those at­ro­cit­ies down there in burn­ing that equip­ment should be found and pro­sec­uted to the full ex­tent of the law.” Haslam: “No one should con­done what’s just happened, it’s not ac­cept­able in any way. There’s no ex­cuse what happened there in the last week” (AP, 9/1).

Shelby­bound Train

Last week McWhert­er “said he hoped to open” an HQ in Shelby Co. soon and “said he will be much more vis­ible here.”

McWhert­er: “I really be­lieve Shelby Countians will look and real­ize there is a can­did­ate right next door. I un­der­stand the is­sues in Shelby County far bet­ter than my op­pon­ent does.”

Haslam’s camp “strongly dis­putes that, cit­ing 180 meet­ings” in Shelby dur­ing the GOP primary “as evid­ence of his com­mit­ment.” Haslam’s wife, Crissy,” is from Mem­ph­is, as are sev­er­al key sup­port­ers of his cam­paign.”

Shelby Co. Dem chair Van Turn­er: “The loc­al party can’t do it alone. We need the full ap­par­at­us, we need the mon­et­ary sup­port and the hu­man re­sources” (Mc­Mil­lion, Mem­ph­is Com­mer­cial Ap­peal, 9/1).

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