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TENNESSEE GOP GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES SQUARE OFF IN DEBATE

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A trio of Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidates met in Memphis last night (Wednesday, April 18) to discuss issues that ranged from school safety, immigration and the opioid crisis to economic development in Western Tennessee and the state’s retribution against Memphis for its removal of Confederate statues from city parks last year.

While U.S. Rep. Diane Black and Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd both agreed with Bill Lee, a businessman from Williamson County, in saying the statues should not have been removed, Black and Boyd decried the House decision Tuesday to withhold a quarter million dollars in funding from Memphis’ upcoming 2019 bicentennial celebration.

The lawmakers’ decision drew criticism and claims of racism from Shelby County representatives.

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