Tonight at 7!

April 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Healthcare, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

Tonight at 7PM I’ll be live on Open Line on NewsChannel5+ in Nashville discussing access to healthcare and Insure Tennessee. Last week, we saw Speaker Beth Harwell announce a task force instead of proposing action on access to affordable healthcare. There’s no clear plan yet. Task force members have yet to talk to the federal government, who must […]

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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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Barry Moves Forward on Affordable Housing

April 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Economic Justice, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

Despite efforts in the General Assembly led by Franklin Rep. Glen Casada to thwart affordable housing initiatives in Tennessee’s cities, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is moving forward with a significant investment in an affordable housing plan. The Tennessean reports: Mayor Megan Barry on Monday pledged $10 million to boost affordable housing in Nashville, a jolt […]

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Casada vs. Consumers

The Tennessean reports that Rep. Glen Casada has a new enemy: Consumers seeking affordable housing in Tennessee. From the story: Legislation that would prohibit municipalities in Tennessee from mandating that developers include affordable housing in new residential development is headed to the desk of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. The Tennessee House of Representatives voted 72-23 […]

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Marsha’s Payday

I’ve written before about U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s defense of the payday loan shark industry. Here’s more on what H.R. 4018, a bill she’s co-sponsored, would do. From the Chicago Tribune: The wonderful Florida law these folks want to protect results in effective annual interest rates of 312 percent. The proposed CFPB rules would put […]

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Middle Tennessee to Get Elder Justice Task Force

The Department of Justice this week announced the launch of 10 new Elder Justice Task Forces around the country, including one in the Middle District of Tennessee. From a press release: “Millions of seniors count on nursing homes to provide them with quality care and to treat them with dignity and respect when they are […]

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Turning Up the Heat on Harwell

March 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Healthcare, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

Newschannel5 has the story of how activists supporting Insure Tennessee are turning up the heat on House Speaker Beth Harwell — calling on her to bring the legislation to the House floor for a vote. Activists, who want the state Legislature to expand Medicaid benefits to Tennesseans who lack health coverage, have turned up the […]

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Debt Trap Lending

From US News: The standard payday loan is marketed as a one-time quick fix for those facing a cash crunch. But the typical borrower ends up in a very long series of loans – 10 on average – incurring extra fees each time out. Car-title and payday installment lenders play variations on the same theme: […]

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Beating Back the Shark Attack!

Thoughts on a visit to Washington, DC: You just sent a powerful message to policymakers in Washington, DC. This week, you told the stories of Tennessee families trapped in a cycle of debt by predatory payday lenders. And you told that story to the very regulators who have the power to make real change. I was honored […]

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Massey Stands Up for InsureTN

A recent profile of state Senator Becky Massey of Knoxville noted that she has been a consistent supporter of Governor Haslam’s proposed Medicaid expansion known as InsureTN. Specifically, the Nashville Ledger notes: …she voted twice in 2015 for Insure Tennessee as a member of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, once in special session and once […]

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