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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.

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A Pro-Life Decision 17 Years in the Making

On Tuesday, the U.S Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit upheld the vote of the people in 2014 in favor of Amendment 1 to the Tennessee Constitution. The amendment essentially reversed a decision by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2000, holding that abortion…
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A Political ‘Dual’ to the Death

In two types of situations over the last three months, I have had conversations with four different evangelicals, each with a strong Judeo-Christian moral compass. If their thoughts are close to being representative of how a majority of evangelicals think…
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Putting the ‘New’ in the New Year

As we come to the end of the year, ringing out the old and ringing in the new has real meaning to me when it comes to what’s about to happen in Tennessee politics. And if you’re not ready, the ringing could become a loud clanging in your head for…
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How to Wish the Politically Correct Crowd a Merry Christmas

The politically correct crowd insists that it is somehow not correct to wish people a “Merry Christmas.” Instead, we are supposed to say something like “Happy Holidays.” But something’s always troubled me about that. And now I’ve put my finger…
Bradley County, Tennessee, pinpointed on an outline of the state and photos of David Fowler with the judge in the December 13, 2018 oral arguments
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Will Tennessee Judge Be Crazy Like a (Judge) Fox?

The phrase “crazy like a fox” was popularized by humorist S.J. Perelman’s 1944 book by the same name. It describes a person who looks foolish but is actually very smart or clever. Last Friday, a lot of people may have thought Arkansas Circuit Court…
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Will Liberty Be ‘Battered’ by Wedding Cakes?

Multiple thoughts flooded my mind as I read the transcript of Tuesday’s oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court over whether a baker, Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, by refusing to make a custom wedding cake for a same-sex commitment…
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Is Your County Clerk Acting Illegally?

A storm is brewing in Bradley County, Tenn., and it’s not over whether the sheriff there should be convicted of the various crimes for which he’s been indicted. It’s a lawsuit that puts on “trial” a question about whether the Bradley County…
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The Good That Can Come When Evil Is Exposed

In anticipation of Thanksgiving, I have been thinking about the Apostle Paul’s statement, “Test all things; hold fast what is good" (1 Thess. 5:21 NKJV). There is always something good for which thanks can be given. But I’ve also been reflecting…
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Rob Briley, Roy Moore, and Me

Years ago, I wrote about former state Rep. Rob Briley after he’d returned to the state House following a horrible episode associated with his arrest for drunken driving. I couldn’t help but think of that and a political failure of my own as I read…
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The Common Thread to This Week’s Major News Stories

What a week!—the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, polls showing that millennials prefer communism to capitalism, murderous hatred displayed in a small Baptist church, and calls on the federal government for stricter gun control laws. There…

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