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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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An Open Letter to Governor-Elect Bill Lee About His Advisors

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Bill, congratulations on your election as our state’s next governor. I followed with great interest both the primary and the general election in which you ran. Our political stories are remarkably similar in some respects, and I hope you will find this…
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Working Across What Aisle?

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Now that the election is over, the question in the minds of many is whether those elected are willing to “work across the aisle” with each other. Will Trump and Pelosi work across the aisle to govern? At his very first press conference, Governor-elect…
Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: Governor Wolf gives remarks regarding Pittsburgh shooting and participates in vigil
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Getting the Right Policy Prescription for Gun Attacks

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I’ve never written on gun violence since it’s really outside the immediate purview of the issues dealt with by the organization I lead. But given the latest attack on a group of people and the growing frequency of such attacks, I think it’s time…
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Can One Issue Really Define the U.S. Senate Election?

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I don’t think about how I vote the same way I did before I got into politics 24 years ago, because now I know too much how the legislative process works once a candidate is elected. That knowledge is important to me. For all the policy differences between…
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Don’t Cast a Naive Vote for U.S. Senate

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One thing I know from 12 years in the Tennessee Senate and another 12 years trying to work with the General Assembly is party politics and how it affects what legislators do. So, with early voting starting this week and a hotly contested U.S. Senate race…
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Was Kavanaugh the End or Beginning of a Revolution?

As I watched video of people banging on the doors to the U.S. Supreme Court chambers while Justice Kavanaugh was being sworn in last Saturday, I couldn’t help but wonder, am I witnessing the end of the first American revolution or the beginning of a…
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Is Abortion Really THE Issue Regarding Kavanaugh’s Confirmation?

Over the last few weeks we’ve learned that Democrats fear and conservatives hope that Brett Kavanaugh, if confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, will provide a fifth vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, prevent a president (Trump, in particular) from being indicted…
July 9, 2018 - President Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court.
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The Weighty Issues Associated With Judging Kavanaugh

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Being a “public figure” who has had to leave my home with my family because of escalating threats that ended with a death, emails using every profanity and expression of ill will I could conceive, and lampooning by cartoon editorialists who think…
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Did Feinstein Cast the Stone That Strikes the Match?

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I never was very good at using a stone flint to start a fire, but by casting a “stone” at Brett Kavanaugh, Senator Feinstein may have thrown the flint that starts the fire that burns down what’s left of our Republic. As I watched the unfolding…
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What Will Next Week’s Constitution Day Celebrate?

September 17th is a special day, designated by Congress as Constitution Day. It’s the date, when, in 1787, following a speech by Benjamin Franklin, 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention endorsed and submitted our Constitution to the Congress…

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