Automatic for the People

There’s some great news about this year’s session of the Tennessee General Assembly. YES! You read that correctly. This year’s legislative session offers some truly good news. A pair of bills have been filed to make it easier for individuals to register to vote. We’ve always fought for greater access to the ballot box and […]

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Who Will Fight Back?

Steve Gill is at it again. He’s joined with a group of right-wing activists to form a new group, Tennesseans for Conservative Action.  This new group pledges to be involved in legislative advocacy to give tax breaks to the wealthy and weaken protections enjoyed by Tennessee workers. You can count on attacks on unions, efforts to weaken […]

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Marsha’s Choice

A Tennessee Loan Shark on the Prowl Marsha Blackburn, who represents Tennessee’s 7th District in Congress, has made her choice. She’s chosen to stand with payday lending loan sharks and against the interests of Tennessee consumers. Blackburn has signed-on to co-sponsor HR 4018, the misnamed “Consumer Protection and Choice Act” that would allow payday lenders […]

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Tennessee Workers Deserve a Living Wage

  New Report Shows Tennessee Workers Need $14.79 an Hour to Make Ends Meet “It’s time for a state minimum wage and local living wage legislation”   Nashville, TN – Minimum wage workers in Tennessee are falling further behind. While Tennessee has no official state minimum wage, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour […]

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Financed by Loan Sharks: A Stephen Fincher Story

In August, we told you about Tennessee Congressman Stephen Fincher standing up for payday loan sharks and against Tennessee consumers. Now, we’ve learned that Fincher’s earning a big political payday from those who prey on Tennessee’s most vulnerable. The Campaign for Accountability filed an ethics complaint about Fincher and 10 other Members of Congress, calling into question donations from the […]

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Payday Loan Sharks and the High Cost of Being Poor

A recent article in The Economist highlights the high cost of being poor in America. From fees to cash checks to getting paid on prepaid debit cards that carry costly fees and yes, to accessing credit by way of high-priced predatory lending loan sharks. The article notes: To access credit, the poor typically rely on high-cost payday lenders. In 2013 the […]

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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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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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Loan Sharks Find Friend in Fincher

Good news! The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is considering tough new rules to rein-in payday lending loan sharks. In fact, the Credit Union Times reports: “Today the CFPB announced it is considering proposing rules that would end payday debt traps by requiring lenders to take steps to make sure consumers can repay their loans,” a statement […]

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Preserving Election Integrity

  TENNESSEE CITIZEN ACTION NOTIFIES DAVID FOX AND GEORGE FOX OF INTENT TO SEEK INJUNCTION AGAINST CITIZEN SUPER PAC PUBLIC INTEREST GROUP RENEWS CALLS FOR FOX BROTHERS TO SIT FOR DEPOSITIONS TO ENSURE ‘FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS’   (Nashville, TN) — Tennessee Citizen Action, a nonprofit public interest organization, today sent registered letters to David […]

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