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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, an attorney who served in the Tennessee state Senate for 12 years before joining FACT as President.

Are Tennessee Officials Content to Ignore the Law?

It is becoming increasingly apparent to me that we have a number of state officials (non-legislators) and local elected officials who either don’t know the law or are content with ignoring it. An opinion from Attorney General Slatery proves my point. I…
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Can Washington, D.C., Help ‘Tennessee Thrive’?

The extent to which then-candidate Donald Trump swamped the field of presidential contenders in the Republican Primary and then swamped Hillary Clinton should be an indication that a majority of Tennesseans rejects the liberal political values inside…
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Religious Liberty As We’ve Experienced It Is Dead

Last week the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that a florist, Barronelle Stutzman, could be forced by her state to provide floral arrangements for a same-sex “wedding” ceremony in violation of her religious beliefs. What’s surprising to me…
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Chaos and Timidity at the State Capitol

The chaos we’ve read about in other states has now descended on Tennessee. It appears that loud, intentionally disruptive demonstrations are going to become the norm in Tennessee. And there is, I think, a reason we can expect it to continue. On Monday,…
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Texas AG Takes Supreme Court Judges to School

I have really come to admire Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. After suing the Obama administration more than forty times in the last eight years, the Texas attorney general has now asked the Texas Supreme Court to stick to judging instead of lawmaking…
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The Cure for Liberal Chaos

Just this week, Democratic congressmen “boycotted” a committee meeting because it was not enough to just vote “no” on a cabinet nominee, and students at Cal-Berkeley rioted simply because Breitbart’s editor was scheduled to speak on campus.…
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Legislators Address the Unintended Consequences of Judicial Policy-Making

The front page, headline story in The Tennessean this week was “Bill: Define mother, father, husband, wife by biology.” It has already generated a firestorm of controversy in some circles. The bill sounds simple because it accords with what we…
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Could Reducing Taxes on Bread Create a Hot Potato?

Tennessee’s legislators are faced with a decision—what do they do with a surplus of almost $900 million in recurring revenue? Many will want to spend it on “improving” existing government programs by growing them. Last week I said they could consider…
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Should Tennessee’s Politicians Cut Taxes or ‘Buy’ Some Freedom?

The board that estimates the state’s revenue for the next fiscal year recently estimated that legislators may have as much as $878 million in new recurring revenue to spend or give back to taxpayers through various tax cuts. But should our state politicians…
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Will We Go Into the New Year With Jesus Still in the Manger?

As I thought about heading into the New Year and leaving the Christmas season behind, it struck me that it is, indeed, easy to “leave Christmas behind.” That thought brought to mind an old Larnelle Harris song that describes a son helping his father…
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The Forgotten Part of the Christmas Story

Most Americans think they know the whole “Christmas story,” much like many Americans think of Thanksgiving as simply a time when the Pilgrims and Indians celebrated a good harvest season. They know Christmas celebrates Jesus being born in a manger,…
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The Virgin Birth and the Modern Birth Certificate Problem

I doubt Bethlehem issued a birth certificate when Jesus was born, but His virgin birth might have presented a problem to some state’s health departments. In fact, the problem came to a head in court last week. State laws, like Tennessee’s, require…