Where in the World is TN’s Insurance Commissioner?

While Tennessee consumers face the highest health insurance rate increases in the country, the Insurance Commissioner who approved those increases is taking industry-funded trips to Bermuda and Puerto Rico. That’s just not right. Newschannel5 reports: Critics say Tennessee’s insurance commissioner spends way too much time away from her office, working with other state regulators and […]

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Holding Government Officials Accountable

Tennesseans should be able to count on their government officials to show up to work and advocate for what’s best for our state. When they don’t, we work to hold them accountable. Newschannel5’s Jennifer Kraus reports on Tennessee’s Commissioner of Commerce and Insurance – the state’s top insurance regulator — and her tendency to be […]

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Standing up for Truth

Last week, we joined with Nashville Indivisible to demonstrate outside an event featuring Congressman Marsha Blackburn and Trump Adviser Kellyanne Conway. The message: It’s time for the truth. No more alternative facts. No more secrets and games on health care. Tell the truth. Here’s a bit of the coverage: A group marched through downtown Nashville […]

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RED ALERT: Take Action NOW!

Yesterday, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey just as the investigation into the President’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign was heating up. Senators Alexander and Corker both issued statements suggesting the timing raised questions. But, they’ve yet to call for an independent investigation. Neither has challenged the recommendation from Attorney General Jeff […]

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Tom Price Profits from High Drug Prices

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who was supported in confirmation by Tennessee Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, personally intervened to protect drug companies in which he’d purchased stock, according to a new report from ProPublica. ProPublica notes: On March 17, 2016, Price’s broker purchased shares worth between $1,000 and $15,000 each in […]

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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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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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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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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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Return of the SuperPAC

Last week, 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. The Fox campaign called our complaint “fake” and the SuperPAC said it was “frivolous.” But guess what? The Fox Brothers have […]

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