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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.

What I Gleaned From the Governor’s Call to Prayer and Fasting

What I Gleaned From the Governor’s Call to Prayer and Fasting

Oct 11, 2019

Earlier this week Governor Lee issued a proclamation for October 10th urging citizens to engage in a day of prayer and fasting. A big event relative to the proclamation was scheduled for the large civic auditorium in Nashville. Some greeted it with e...
Constitutionality of New TN Marriage Law and Personal Repentance

Constitutionality of New TN Marriage Law and Personal Repentance

Jul 19, 2019

The other week I read in The Tennessean that the state’s lawyers did not satisfy a federal district court judge’s demand that they provide a “rational basis” for a new Tennessee law that bans ministers with online ordinations ...
Picking the Next House Speaker

Picking the Next House Speaker

May 24, 2019

With the impending resignation of state Representative Glen Casada as Speaker, the question turns to “Who’s next?” As someone who has either served in the legislature or observed it from up close for 25 years, unless some particular...
Will the House Republican Caucus Avoid Riding the Moral High Horse on Monday?

Will the House Republican Caucus Avoid Riding the Moral High Horse on Monday?

May 17, 2019

As I continue to contemplate on the one hand the lascivious nature of the texts exchanged between the House Speaker and his Chief of Staff two years ago and accompanying issues of racism in the state House and, on the other hand, the moral outrage ex...
Casada, Cothren, Politicians, and Christians

Casada, Cothren, Politicians, and Christians

May 10, 2019

Earlier this year God broke and humbled me in a deeper and more profound way than ever before, yet it was deeply and profoundly life giving, too. As a result, the events of this week surrounding Tennessee’s House of Representatives, its Speaker...
A Constitutionally Defensible Reason for Supporting the Pro-Life ‘Heartbeat’ Bill

A Constitutionally Defensible Reason for Supporting the Pro-Life ‘Heartbeat’ Bill

Apr 5, 2019

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 o...
Just How Pro-Life Are Tennessee’s Republican Legislators?

Just How Pro-Life Are Tennessee’s Republican Legislators?

Mar 29, 2019

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 ar...
Meet My Tennessee Political Hero

Meet My Tennessee Political Hero

Mar 22, 2019

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 ...
The Most Important Legislation You Haven’t Heard About

The Most Important Legislation You Haven’t Heard About

Mar 15, 2019

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 prop...
Is the Fetal Heartbeat Bill Viable?

Is the Fetal Heartbeat Bill Viable?

Mar 8, 2019

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 ...

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