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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Christy, Miller Refuse to Deny Campaign Coordination

In response to a sworn complaint by Davidson County voter Chelle Baldwin and Tennessee Citizen Action regarding the need for an investigation into potential illegal campaign finance activity in the MNPS school board race, candidates Jackson Miller and Miranda Christy have both released statements. Additionally, Stand for Children, through its attorney, has also issued a […]

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Rural Hospitals Struggling

July 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Healthcare, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

The Tennessean reports on the struggles faced by rural hospitals in the state, especially in light of a lack of Medicaid expansion because of inaction on Insure Tennessee: Tennova Healthcare, owned by Community Health Services, announced in March that the hospital would shutter its doors in May. The company cited several issues, including structural problems with the building, […]

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What Will You Tell Them?

Back in March, I traveled to Washington, DC to represent you before staff of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). I had a clear message: Tennessee families can’t afford the devastating fees and never-ending debt trap that comes with payday and car title loans. Now, it’s your turn. The CFPB has released it’s proposed rule on payday […]

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“This Can’t Be Legal”

NPR is out with a report on the debt trap caused by payday lending loan sharks: A few years ago, a man came to pastor Wes Helm at Springcreek Church in Garland, Texas, and opened up about his financial troubles. Helm looked through the man’s budget and noticed one major monthly expense: a payday loan […]

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A $2500 Payday Loan Turned into $50,000 in Fees

One man in Kansas City borrowed $2500 in payday loans when his wife fell ill and ended up paying $50,000 in fees and interest over a five-year period. Here’s more on his story: Clark took out five separate loans of $500 from payday loan companies in Kansas City. Each of those had $95 bi-weekly interest […]

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Citizen Action Joins Groups Opposing HR 5112

Tennessee Citizen Action has joined a group of 43 National and State Organizations opposing H.R. 5112, legislation that would hinder the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) ability to rein-in abusive practices. Here’s the full text of the letter sent to Congress today: The undersigned organizations urge you to oppose H.R. 5112 or any similar bills that […]

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