A Long Walk for Healthcare

In yesterday’s Tennessean, there’s a compelling story about the ongoing fight to expand Medicaid in our state. The story details the efforts of 20-year-old Fisk student Justin Jones to bring attention to the need for Insure Tennessee. Here’s an excerpt: Justin Jones, a 20-year-old Fisk University student, is walking 273 miles from a town in North Carolina […]

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What About Bob (and Lamar!)?

This week, 33 U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) encouraging them to adopt strong rules to rein-in the predatory practices of payday lenders. Here’s the list of the 33 Senators who have signed so far: Baldwin, Blumenthal, Booker, Boxer, Brown, Cantwell, Cardin, Coons, Durbin, Feinstein, Franken, Gillibrand, Heinrich, Hirono, Kaine, […]

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Protect Early Voting in Nashville

In a statement released today, we called on the Metro Council and the Davidson County Election Commission to come together to protect access to early voting in Nashville. As a result of actions taken last week, satellite voting locations for early voting will not be available for the upcoming Mayoral and Council elections. The Election Commission meets […]

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How to Stop the Sharks!

A Tennessee Loan Shark on the Prowl Legalized loan sharks in Tennessee use payday loans to prey on vulnerable, hard-working citizens. But, Tennessee Citizen Action is fighting back. In this issue of The Loan Shark Ledger, we have a handy video that shows how the payday lenders can be reined-in. The Pew Trusts explain what can be […]

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ALEC’s Money Laundering Machine Hits Tennessee

A recent news report out of Georgia turned up some disturbing happenings at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Spring Task Force Meeting in Savannah. Lobbyists paying for “scholarships” to cover legislator expenses. Secret policymaking meetings where the press was banned. A so-called “non-profit” that works as a money laundering machine for its corporate donors. […]

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Baptists Join Fight Against Payday Predators

A Tennessee Loan Shark on the Prowl Momentum is building to rein-in the legalized loan sharking that is payday lending. We recently introduced The Loan Shark Ledger — a chronicle of the usurious practices of payday lenders. Just this week, religious leaders representing a diverse group of faiths, including the Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention, announced a bold […]

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Taking a Bite Out of Loan Sharks

  Last week, we introduced The Loan Shark Ledger — Tennessee’s chronicle of the legalized loan sharking that is payday lending. This week, I’m pleased to let you know people are taking notice. Two different news outlets reported on our efforts to rein-in the sharks. Here’s what they reported: Trapped in a Cycle of Debt – WKPT […]

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Introducing The Loan Shark Ledger

Legalized loan sharks in Tennessee can charge up to 375% for a payday loan. And the lobbyists for these predators are fighting to keep it that way. But, Tennessee Citizen Action is fighting back. We’re introducing The Loan Shark Ledger. It’s a weekly email newsletter aimed at keeping the loan sharks in check. We’ll give you news […]

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Thanks to Senators Alexander, Corker for Supporting CHIP

Last night, the Senate passed a two-year extension of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker both voted in favor of this important funding extension. We appreciate the affirmative votes of our two Senators on this fundamental health security legislation.  The extension passed with bipartisan support.  We are happy to […]

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Insure TN: Bring it to a Vote!

This week, after winning two key committee votes, Insure TN — the Governor’s plan to expand Medicaid to some 280,000 Tennesseans — was rejected in the Senate Commerce Committee. While the bill has twice met an untimely defeat, there’s one last chance to revive the plan and improve the health security of Tennessee families. Legislative […]

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