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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.

My Prediction After State’s Oral Argument Defending Abortion Ban Laws

My Prediction After State’s Oral Argument Defending Abortion Ban Laws

Apr 30, 2021 by David Fowler

Yesterday I listened to the oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit over the correctness of federal District Court Judge William Campbell’s decision to prevent enforcement of Governor Lee’s abortion legi...
Accused of Bearing False Witness? No, But the Process Needs Fixing

Accused of Bearing False Witness? No, But the Process Needs Fixing

Apr 15, 2021 by David Fowler

On Wednesday I was accused by a legislator I like, and who is generally conservative, of being “ungodly” because I “bore false witness” against that legislator’s vote in favor of House Bill 1379. I did not bear false...
Be Afraid of Tennessee’s God-like Republican Legislature, Very Afraid

Be Afraid of Tennessee’s God-like Republican Legislature, Very Afraid

Apr 9, 2021 by David Fowler

A bill coming up next week in the Tennessee legislature should send a strong signal to Christians and conservative, small-government Republicans (e.g., those concerned with COVID mandates) that they have much to be concerned with when it comes to...
Upcoming State Legislation Will Separate the Sheep from the Goats

Upcoming State Legislation Will Separate the Sheep from the Goats

Mar 26, 2021 by David Fowler

In politics, a war takes place every primary election cycle among Republican gubernatorial and legislative candidates over who is the real conservative. In the general election, a more subtle war occurs between those who claim to be Christians...
Tennessee House Subcommittee Shows Representative Government Is on the Ropes

Tennessee House Subcommittee Shows Representative Government Is on the Ropes

Mar 11, 2021 by David Fowler

After the political dust settled on January 6th, a friend asked me, “David, is the Republic lost?” The House Civil Justice Subcommittee’s actions on Tuesday regarding Metro-Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle showed that t...
Removing Chancellor Lyle

Removing Chancellor Lyle

Mar 5, 2021 by David Fowler

One of the most important constitutional issues before the Tennessee General Assembly is House Resolution 23 by Representative Tim Rudd. It calls for the creation of a House and Senate Committee to determine whether Chancellor Ellen Lyle should be ...
Will Tennessee Keep Sports Competition Fair for Girls?

Will Tennessee Keep Sports Competition Fair for Girls?

Feb 11, 2021 by David Fowler

This week, a bill sponsored by Tennessee state Representative Scott Cepicky took a first step in the state House toward keeping biological males from competing against biological females in high school sporting events. Here are grounds on which I c...
Following Justice Thomas’s Instructions on SCOTUS’ Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Following Justice Thomas’s Instructions on SCOTUS’ Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Oct 8, 2020 by David Fowler

This week, Justice Clarence Thomas issued a “statement”—in layman’s terms, a certain kind of opinion—about the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an appeal of a judgment against Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk, Kim ...
The ‘Well-Being Check Up’ Tennessee Needs

The ‘Well-Being Check Up’ Tennessee Needs

Aug 21, 2020 by David Fowler

Last week, Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education released a child well-being toolkit that government officials were to use to “ensur[e] that the needs of Tennessee children are met during and after extended periods away from school.&rdquo...
Will Ballot Issues Make Tennessee’s Constitution Meaningless?

Will Ballot Issues Make Tennessee’s Constitution Meaningless?

Jul 30, 2020 by David Fowler

  This week, Tennessee’s Supreme Court heard oral arguments in regard to a lawsuit in which a handful of Tennesseans alleged that Tennessee’s absentee ballot statutes violate their right to vote. As I read some of the questions the ...

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