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In our blog, read about the political and cultural issues affecting Tennesseans written from a conservative perspective. Commentaries are typically written by David Fowler, who served in the Tennessee state Senate for 12 years before joining FACT as President.

Mr. Trump and Tennessee’s Legislators Need My Wife’s Advice

Soon after I got elected to the Tennessee Senate, my wife, Linda, gave me some blunt, good advice. It’s the same advice I hope someone will give to President-elect Trump, and it’s advice I’m going to give to our legislators in Nashville. The…

Holy Cow. Is the Attorney General Full of Bull?

This week I couldn’t help but think of our state’s Attorney General when I drove by the cattle farm I pass on my way home. And I thought, "Holy Cow! Our Attorney General is full of bull." I’m not referring to the Attorney General as a person,…

Tennessee’s Attorney General: ‘Winning’ the Battle, Losing the War

Not long ago I again watched the Bridge on the River Kwai. I couldn’t help but think of that movie when I was on the other end of the Tennessee Attorney General’s latest abandonment of our state’s prerogatives under the Tenth Amendment. The movie…

Would Rahab Vote for Trump?

Last week I was discussing with a good friend whether Christians could vote for Donald Trump. He noted that many Christians supporting Trump do not give him a scriptural analysis in response to the objections to Trump’s moral character. I sensed his…

Is Trump Destroying or Refining the 'Religious Right'?

The Trump campaign has created a tension, if not a crisis, among evangelicals. Last week a noted evangelical wrote in what some might have described as a gleeful tone that Trump’s nomination would be the demise of the “religious right.” It sparked…

Cleaning Up the Supreme Court’s Obergefell Mess

When the U.S. Supreme Court in the Obergefell case decided it could redefine marriage for all the states, it created a mess. Fixing it will take an assist from the states. A decision this week by the same state Supreme Court that first gave us same-sex…

A Political Lesson I Learned the Hard Way

I’ve learned some lessons the hard way. One of those lessons I learned was when I got sued in federal court and lost. I couldn’t help but think of that lesson as I’ve observed the recent goings-on in the state House. That lawsuit was by a state…

The New Frontier for Liberals in Tennessee

The conflict between Tennessee’s increasingly liberal cities and the state Legislature is about to explode. The left’s tactic of running to the courts to get what they want is taking on a new twist, and the Legislature must address it. What I see…

The Supreme Court Is the Tip of the Iceberg This November

Certainly, the appointments that will take place within the U.S. Supreme Court over the next four to eight years are important, but we can’t focus only on “the tip of the iceberg” when it comes to the federal judiciary and the increasing control…

Is Quitting the Best Way to Defend Marriage?

This week I couldn’t help but think of what Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” It came to mind when I learned a national organization I respect was quitting on the most important issue…

What the Texas-Tennessee Bathroom Decision Means

This week a federal district court judge ruled in the “bathroom” lawsuit filed by Texas and Tennessee and several other states. The lawsuit involved the legal effect of the “guidance letter” sent by the Obama administration telling public schools…

Can Trump Protect Religious Liberty?

Is religious liberty really under attack in the United States? If so, will Donald Trump, if he’s elected, really be able to protect it from further attack? Many of my Christian friends probably wonder why I would even pose the first question, because,…