FACT Report: April 18, 2012

Election vs. Appointment of Judges (April 18, 2012)

Does it matter to you who sits on the Tennessee Supreme Court?

It should because these state judges decide what your constitutional rights are or are not, based on how they interpret the state constitution.

But did you know that the state Senate just passed a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would allow the establishment of an unelected and therefore unaccountable commission to determine who can serve on our Supreme Court?

Probably not. Most mainstream media are too busy talking about the so-called “monkey bill” or the “saggy pants” bill.

But when people learn that an appointed commission could forever be in control of who can be on our Supreme Court, most don’t like the idea.

Go to our website to learn more about this and other important state issues.

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See David Fowler’s commentary on why the issue of judge selection really does matter to Tennesseans.

“The bottom line is that when voters know what’s at stake, they care. And if this amendment gets on the ballot, then everybody is going to know about the issue. And they will probably want to know who voted to put on the ballot an amendment that would take their rights away.”

FACT Report: April 11, 2012

Protections for Tennessee Businesses Defended! (April 11, 2012)

Last year the Tennessee General Assembly passed House Bill 600, the Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act. This law prevents cities and counties from imposing on private businesses non-discrimination policies that go beyond the protected classes covered under state and federal law.

Homosexual activists immediately launched a nationwide effort to persuade the governor to veto it, but the effort failed and the bill was signed into law.

Earlier this year, Sen. Jim Kyle of Memphis brought a bill that would have repealed House Bill 600.  But last week Sen. Kyle’s bill was defeated in the Senate State and Local Government Committee. That’s very good news for Tennessee businesses!

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Go to our website to see a list of those Senators who voted to uphold HB 600 and protect Tennessee businesses from demands from cities and counties that would hinder business growth.

See how the Senators voted on the effort to repeal HB 600

FACT Report: April 4, 2012

Catch Them Doing Something Right! (April 4, 2012)

There’s nothing like praise from your employer, is there? In America, we elect those who represent us in government. So, in essence, we are the “employer” of our legislators.

Every week our state Senators and Representatives are in and out of committee meetings, attending floor sessions, and meeting throughout the day with other legislators, all-the-while trying to move their own legislation through the process.

And they’re frequently meeting with lobbyists and constituents. Unfortunately, all too often they only hear from people who have something to complain about and rarely get praise. So if you like the work your state Senator and Representative are doing, take a minute to call their office and let them know they’re doing a good job.

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Go to our website to find your legislators’ phone numbers so you can tell them to keep up the good work. It will be a great encouragement to them.

Find your legislators’ phone numbers.

FACT Report: March 28, 2012

Things are Moving Fast in the Tennessee Legislature (Mar 28, 2012)

Tennessee’s Legislature is in full swing with dozens of bills being voted on each week.

Some very important bills are being debated right now: Senate Bill 3310 would bring much-needed reforms to sex education in Tennessee’s schools, while House Bill 3597 would ensure religious freedom for student groups on Tennessee’s public college campuses.

Another bill, the Teacher Protection Academic Freedom Bill, is on its way to the governor to be signed into law.

These bills, and others like them, will likely impact someone in your family, but we know that the legislative process can be confusing at times. So it’s important to have someone you can trust looking out for your interests, and that’s why we’re here.

Stay informed about the ongoing battles over family values in Tennessee. Go to our website where you can learn more about bills that will impact your family.

FACT Report: March 21, 2012

Teacher Protection Academic Freedom Bill Passes Senate (Mar 21, 2012)

The Teacher Protection Academic Freedom Bill (Senate Bill 893) passed the Senate on March 19 by a strong, bi-partisan vote of 25-8. (There are 33 Senators.) The bill makes it clear that teachers can help their students to develop critical thinking skills regarding scientific evidence and to consider the strengths and weaknesses of various scientific theories. And, yes, that includes evolution.

The Senate version did include an amendment clarifying the language of the bill, and it will have to go back to the State House for its approval. With the bill having passed the House already by a vote of 70-23, it is anticipated that the Senate version will get the 50 votes required for the bill to go to the governor.