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FACT Report: The ‘Little Guys’ Rise Up in the House

The Tennessee House has always operated with a top-down management style with the Speakers seemingly always loyal to their party’s Governor. As a result, rank-and-file Representatives can represent their constituents so long as their views don’t conflict with those of the Speaker or Governor.

But a few years ago, the “Little Guys” in the House fought the Speaker and Governor on Common Core and got some changes made. Now the same thing is happening on the Governor’s gas tax proposal. The “Little Guys” are protesting the way the proposal has been rammed through some House committees.

As citizens, we often feel like we don’t have much say in what happens, either. So, regardless of how our legislators decide to pay for our roads, it’s nice to see the “Little Guys” rise up and demand to be heard.

The FACT Report, featured on several conservative radio stations, is a weekly one-minute audio commentary about a political or cultural issue affecting Tennesseans.

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FACT Report: What Servant Leadership Requires

Recently, leaders in the Tennessee Senate made sure a senator had no opportunity to present her bill to protect the privacy of children in public school bathrooms and locker rooms.

Then leaders in a Tennessee House committee made sure opponents of the governor’s gas tax proposal didn’t get to speak.

The way some of our legislative leaders are acting is quite a contrast to what Jesus said should be true of leaders, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them . . . But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant” (Mark 10:42-43 NASB).

Servant leadership requires leaders to give up control and put their faith in God’s good providence, to trust Him with results. And that may just explain why servant leadership is so rare.

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Flushing Down Student Privacy

Last week the so-called “bathroom bill” designed to protect the privacy of the children in our K-12 public schools died in the Senate Education Committee.

As a result, local schools can allow biological males to choose to use a young girl’s bathroom or locker room, and local schools that protect privacy will still be exposed to expensive lawsuits for “discrimination” by groups like the ACLU.

But the most tragic thing is that the bill died because no one made a motion to allow it to be discussed. It didn’t die because it was debated and a majority of the committee members voted against it.

The values of hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans were flushed away without any discussion. Learn who these senators are and how to contact them through the Legislation tab on our website.

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FACT Report: The Secret Behind Judges ‘Making Law’

Judges are only supposed to interpret and apply the law, so why does it seem that judges are increasingly making the law? A case in Knoxville is demonstrative.

The court is being asked to “interpret” a statute that expressly refers to a husband and wife marital relationship so that it would now apply to a marriage between two women. When that law was enacted, the Legislature never intended it to apply to two women. But if the court “interprets” the law contrary to the intent of the Legislature or “interprets” it to apply to situations that the law was never intended to cover, then the court will have actually made a new law.

Now you know how judges go about making law—by “interpreting” existing laws to do things and apply to things our real lawmakers never intended.

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FACT Report: Will Judges Stop Lawless County Clerks?

A few years ago, the attorney general opined that elected officials such as county clerks must obey the law, even if similar laws in other states have been held unconstitutional, until a court actually declares the Tennessee law unconstitutional.

So why are our county clerks issuing same-sex “marriage” licenses when the license law, which requires applicants to be a male and a female, has not yet been ruled unconstitutional by a court? Who gave county clerks the authority to act like judges and decide whether the words “male” and “female” could just be stricken from that law and that they could go on with business as usual?

A lawsuit filed by FACT has asked the courts to stop this unauthorized activity. Soon we will find out if even our judges care anymore if the law is obeyed.

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