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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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Tennessee Lawsuit Relies on the U.S. Constitution’s New ‘Dignity Clause’

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Last week three individuals sued Governor Lee and his Commissioner of Health in federal court because Tennessee law does not allow individuals to change their sex on their birth certificate once they have figured out the “sex” with which they want…
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‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Bill Suffered from ‘Congenital’ Defects

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Monday night, the so-called “fetal heartbeat” bill was put on life support and transferred to a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee this summer. There’s much not to like about what happened on this bill, particularly some of the parliamentary…
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Oath-Keeping in the State Senate at Eastertime

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Most Christians will celebrate Easter this Sunday and on Monday, the Tennessee Senate will vote on a motion that would pull the so-called “fetal heartbeat” bill out of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee to the floor of the Senate for debate and consideration.…
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Pointing Fingers and Placing Blame on the ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Bill

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I met with mixed emotions the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote late Tuesday to defer a vote on the pro-life “fetal heartbeat” bill until more testimony could be provided during a summer hearing, after which the bill could be taken back up next…
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A Constitutionally Defensible Reason for Supporting the Pro-Life ‘Heartbeat’ Bill

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What is going on in the legislature between the pro-life “fetal heartbeat bill” camp and the pro-life “trigger bill” camp makes no sense to a whole lot of ardent pro-life citizens. The bills seem to be caught up in some kind of power struggle…
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Just How Pro-Life Are Tennessee’s Republican Legislators?

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I’m not sure I know what happened Wednesday when pro-life Republican House members split their vote and killed the pro-life bill that would impose more stringent limitations on abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on abortion are ever “overrule[d],…
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Meet My Tennessee Political Hero

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Political heroes are hard to come by these days. But there is a current officeholder in our state who tops my short list. In a lineup of random politicians, you might never suspect he’d be a political hero. Let me introduce you to him and tell you what…
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The Most Important Legislation You Haven’t Heard About

Tennesseans understandably tend to put their political focus on hot topics such as abortion legislation. But little attention has been given to what I think is one of the most important pieces of legislation going through the General Assembly, a proposed…
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Is the Fetal Heartbeat Bill Viable?

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The bill making it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion (except under limited circumstances) once a fetal heartbeat is detected is “Exhibit A” among the perils of lawmaking and constituent advocacy. I spent six years of my life as a state senator…
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Taking Three Tennessee Politicians to Task

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As I read news reports this week about past conduct in which Gov. Bill Lee and Rep. David Byrd had engaged, my mind recalled something I witnessed a couple of weeks ago for only the second time in my life. That combination changed what I was going to…

Past Blogposts

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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 new one? Over the last few years, I’ve heard talk […]

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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 while in office, and limit the deference that courts have been giving to […]

July 9, 2018 - President Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Weighty Issues Associated With Judging Kavanaugh

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 they know me but don’t, my heart broke as I observed yesterday’s Senate […]

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Did Feinstein Cast the Stone That Strikes the Match?

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 of the events last week surrounding the accusation that […]

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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 of the Confederation. It was then the crowning achievement in the art of civil government, but perhaps […]

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Is America Still ‘the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave’?

The antics associated with misnomered “hearings” on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court demonstrate why the last line of our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” might more accurately refer to America as the ‘land of the un-free, because we’re home of the uncourageous.’ We Are Not Free When Governed by a […]

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Will Tennessee’s Attorney General Lead the U.S. Supreme Court Showdown?

This week, Tennessee’s attorney general, Herbert Slatery, joined the attorney generals in 15 other states in filing an amicus (friend of the court) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. As I read the brief, I wanted both to cheer and spit nails. I hope these words will serve the salutary purpose of having Attorney General […]

‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ More Than Make-Believe

The latest educational fad arrived in Clarksville, Tennessee, last week. It’s “Drag Queen Story Hour.” Before it comes to your public library or the public school attended by your child or grandchild, you better understand what’s so insidious about this movement. Thankfully, there is a way to address this. “Drag Queen Story Hour” or, in […]

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Will the Next Governor Challenge the Prevailing Myth?

As I was writing a brief last week for the Tennessee Supreme Court, I couldn’t believe some of what I said as my thoughts flowed through the keyboard and onto the page. What I wrote exposes a great myth held by a majority within our society, and I suspect the next governor will have to […]

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‘Pharisaical’ Politics on the Left and the Right?

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 some or all of the policy […]