Alexander, Corker Betray Tennesseans

Statement from Tennessee Citizen Action Executive Director Andy Spears on Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education: “Watching Senators Alexander and Corker support and vote for Betsy DeVos is profoundly disappointing. Her track record on education indicates she’s not a supporter of public schools and her education reform experiments in Michigan have been devastating […]

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Corker Caves on DeVos

February 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Good Government, Recent Blog Posts

Despite mounting opposition from across Tennessee, Senator Bob Corker today released a statement indicating he supports Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary. Here’s what he had to say: “For decades, Betsy DeVos has passionately and effectively advocated for all children – regardless of gender, race or socioeconomic status – to have access to a quality education,” […]

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What About Bob?

February 1, 2017 by  
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While it is becoming clear that Senator Lamar Alexander is a staunch supporter of Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos, Senator Bob Corker has yet to make a public statement about his position. Currently, 50 Senators have said they will vote “NO” on DeVos. A 50-50 tie vote would be decided by Vice President Mike Pence. […]

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More than 300 Citizen Activists Urge Alexander to #DumpDevos

January 27, 2017 by  
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More than 300 parents, teachers, and community members stood outside in the cold early evening in front of Senator Lamar Alexander’s Nashville office to urge the Senator to oppose the confirmation of Education Secretary nominee Betsy Devos. The demonstrators, a number of whom also took the time to express their concerns to the local staff […]

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The SWAMP Takes Over

When he was a candidate for President, Donald Trump pledged to “Drain the Swamp” of Washington by keeping lobbyists and insiders out of top-level posts in the Administration. Now that he’s President, however, he’s appointing a team of swamp monsters to key posts. The Guardian reports: For Jean Sassine, who lost his job and nearly […]

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FRIDAY: Stand With Our Allies and Oppose Betsy DeVos

Here’s what’s happening Friday: For Immediate Release: January 25, 2017   Contact: Crystal Bowron   (615) 479-7610 BowronFam@gmail.com   *****Media Advisory *****   Tennessee Public Education Coalition Opposing the Secretary of Education Nominee   Representatives from various groups such as MNEA, SOCM, TREE and other teachers, parents, and students will come together to show their […]

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Ethics and Transparency? Not So Much

Joel Ebert at the Tennessean has a story out about the Tennessee General Assembly’s Ethics Committees and their tendency to not meet at all. So, while bad behavior persists among legislators, the groups tasked with reining it in simply don’t. As Ebert notes: The Tennessee House ethics committee hasn’t met in at least six years. […]

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The Importance of Insure Tennessee

April 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Good Government, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

I talk with NewsChannel5’s Ben Hall on OpenLine about the importance of Insure Tennessee:   Related Posts:Healthcare Task Force MeetsHarwell’s Impossible MissionNot Even KiddingTurning Up the Heat on HarwellRural Hospitals Struggling

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ALEC’s Influence in Tennessee

We’ve told you before about one of ALEC’s favorite Tennessee lawmakers, Senator Brian Kelsey. Now, a story from Rick Locker about ALEC’s super-sized influence at the General Assembly. Locker reports: Indeed, ALEC is ingrained in the Tennessee Legislature, particularly among majority Republicans. Eighteen Tennessee lawmakers spent just over $53,000 in taxpayer money to attend ALEC […]

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Free and Fair Elections — It’s Time to Investigate

On August 14th, we called for an investigation into potentially illegal campaign activity between a Texas-based SuperPAC and the mayoral campaign of David Fox. The SuperPAC is funded by Fox’s wealthy hedge fund investor brother, George Fox. When the Fox Brothers failed to respond, we stated our intent to keep monitoring the situation — and, if […]

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