Nothing to See Here, Totally Legal

Five lawmakers take a vacation at the beachside condo of a major donor to a lobbying group and then go on to sponsor legislation supported by that group. Campaign finance violation? No. Violation of lobbying rules? Nope. Ethics violation? Not in Tennessee. Because the host of the event was not a registered lobbyist — just […]

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What Jeremy Durham Exposed

September 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Fair Elections, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

No, not that. Well, probably that. But also, he exposed a huge loophole in Tennessee campaign finance law. In fact, what Durham exposed was so big that now, Speaker Beth Harwell wants to take action. Specifically, Durham’s campaign finance misdeeds relate to a disappearing $190,000. The money was allegedly invested, which isn’t currently against the […]

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Double Your Impact — Keep the Fight Alive

This year, we’ve been fighting hard on issues ranging from healthcare security to payday lending to campaign finance transparency. We plan to keep fighting — this year and into the 2017 legislative session. And we’re pleased to have the support of activists from across the state. Now, we have a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our […]

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Fighting for Election Transparency

September 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Fair Elections, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

We believe elections should be fair and that campaign funding should be transparent. That’s why we filed a complaint when an outside group spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in Nashville School Board races and appeared to be coordinating their efforts with candidates in violation of Tennessee campaign finance law. We’re pleased the Tennessee Registry […]

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The Case for Payday Lending Reform

September 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Issues, Payday Lending, Recent Blog Posts

The Orlando Sentinel argues that the CFPB’s proposed payday lending rules should be made stronger: The proposed federal regulations would compel payday lenders to do more to assess whether a borrower has the ability to afford a loan. They would be required to check the borrower’s credit and consider his other living expenses. This is […]

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Strong Payday Lending Rule Needed

September 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Issues, Payday Lending, Recent Blog Posts

Consumer advocates from Arizona analyzed complaints about payday lenders from the CFPB database and what they found was a need to rein-in the worst abuses of a predatory industry. Here’s a short summary of what they found: The analysis of consumer complaints about predatory lending to the CFPB shows a critical need to rein in […]

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“Rip-off Clause” May Come to an End

Lisa Gilbert and Lisa Donner note in The Hill today that the so-called “Rip-off clause” in financial contracts may soon come to an end thanks to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB). Specifically, they say: Known as forced arbitration, this system of bought-and-paid-for justice has worked out very well for what The New York Times […]

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Religious Leaders Take On Payday Predators

August 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Issues, Payday Lending, Recent Blog Posts

From WVTF Public Radio in Virginia comes a story of religious leaders taking a stand against payday predators. Here’s more: From his position as minister at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Richmond, Rodney Hunter says he sees firsthand the devastation of predatory lending. He says every month, the church is approached by yet another […]

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TNCA Stands Against Forced Arbitration

Tennessee Citizen Action today joined 280 other groups from around the country in supporting the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed rule restricting the financial industry’s use of forced arbitration. Here’s a press release explaining more: 281 organizations that advocate on behalf of consumers, students, civil rights, labor, small business, and more have sent a […]

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Mayor Barry Proposes Housing Initiative

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry this week proposed an affordable housing initiative focused on an incentive plan for developers. The Tennessean has details: The proposal, billed as a pilot program and already backed by two key Metro Council members, would not require that residential developers include affordable housing in new large-scale projects. Instead, the mayor has put forward […]

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