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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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‘Pharisaical’ Politics on the Left and the Right?

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I was recently asked a question in the context of a discussion about various LGBT policy issues that was so different from the others. It had to do with Pharisees. Am I a Pharisee? The question actually came in the form of a text from a pastor who supports…
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My Emotional Roller-Coaster Journey to Election Day

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Judgment Day came for a number of political candidates yesterday. Having served in the Legislature for 12 years, I truly appreciate all those who offered themselves for our consideration, and I congratulate the winners. But, I don’t think I’ve ever…
Republican gubernatorial candidates (listed alphabetically from left to right): Diane Black, Randy Boyd, Beth Harwell, and Bill Lee wearing the same T-shirt
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Summing Up the Republican Gubernatorial Primary

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I don’t watch much television for fear it will rot my mind, but I’ve sure heard complaints about all the “negative” television ads and mail pieces paid for by some Republican gubernatorial hopefuls. Whether perceived by voters as negative or not,…
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The 'Stinking Thinking’ of Politicians on Education

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Recently, I sat in a meeting with some politicians and couldn’t help but think about what a Christian lawyer discussing religious liberty litigation said a few years ago, “Stupid for Jesus is still stupid.” It has stuck with me ever since. What…
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Thoughts on the Republican Gubernatorial Primary

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I’ve probably had more calls and emails about the Republican gubernatorial primary than any election in my 24 years in state politics. With so many going to the polls early, yet many looking for those last bits of information that will prove decisive…
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Making Wise Use of Voter Education Materials

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Trying to educate voters is a tricky business. Both the provider and recipients of candidate information can make assumptions about that information that can lead to wrong conclusions. Hopefully, this explanation will help as you consider my recent commentaries…
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Pro-Life Pocketbooks Speak Louder Than Words

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If you vote Republican, then you’ve probably noticed that no Republican runs for office in Tennessee who is not pro-life. So, how might a voter in a Republican primary know which Republicans are pro-life in word or deed? Here are some thoughts when…
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Be Wary of Politicians Bearing Endorsements

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I just gave some friends advice on deciding whom to vote for. One of my suggestions was not to give too much credence to endorsements by “political personalities.” One of the reasons I don’t give them much weight is demonstrated by the endorsement…
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The Cure Humanism and Humanistic Evangelicalism Can’t Provide

This week I end my series on whether America is dying—and it is—and the cure for its death—the Church again proclaiming the sovereignty of God over all things and the depth of humanity’s depravity. Of course, that answer is an anathema to Enlightenment…
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Why ‘Returning’ to ‘Christianity’ Isn’t Stupid

Today’s conservative-thinking adherents of the Enlightenment’s emphasis on human autonomy and the sufficiency of human wisdom are trying to figure out how to reverse what they perceive to be America’s slow march toward death, at least as the nation…

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