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Key points on Tennessee ballot

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Incumbent Chuck Fleishmann and democratic challenger, Dr. Mary Headrick face off in the race for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District seat. 

It's been a district that's gotten a lot of the spotlight in past races..

Fleischmann won against Weston Wamp for the second time in August.  

Certainly, if you've been watching television over the last two weeks, you are familiar with the fact there are four proposed amendments to the tennessee constitution on the ballot.. Ads for and against have been running, seemingly, in every commercial break.

A vote in favor of Amendment 1 would give state lawmakers more power to regulate and restrict abortion.

Amendment 2 would determine how appellate and supreme court judges are selected, appointed by the governor, approved by the legislature, then, after 8 years, up for retention election by the voting public. 

The constitution states "the judges of the supreme court shall be elected by the qualified voters of the state." Some argue we haven't been doing it that way since a rule change more than 40 years ago.  

Amendment 3 would constitutionally ban state income tax, in effect, permanently taking that off the table as a future revenue source.  

And the 4th, if passed, would allow veterans organizations to hold lottery, raffle, bingo-type events as fundraisers, with okay of two-thirds of the legislature. They are currently barred because of their tax classification.

On the national scene, all U.S. House seats are up for election Tuesday. Here on the southern end of the 3rd district, the race putts incumbent representative Republican Chuck Fleischmann against Democrat, Dr. Mary headrick.

 Fleischmann is a lawyer, a two-term congressman.. And faces Headrick, from Maynardville, who has worked as a doctor and a scientist for the second time. Two years ago he bested her by 26 points.  

And what an intriguing race in District 4 with incumbent representative Scott Desjarlais, a doctor from South Pittsburg, overcoming scandal to win a hard-fought republican primary, and currently battling cancer. Now duking it out with challenger Lenda Sherrell of Monteagle, a democrat, a retired CPA, who has out-fundraised him, and recently gone on the attack on TV.  

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