Tennessee Governor Faces Scrutiny as COVID Cases Rise in Volunteer State

Reacting to the firing of Dr. Michelle Fiscus, Tennessee physicians last night launched a letter to the Justice Department calling for an independent counsel to investigate Governor Bill Lee for “reckless misconduct and abuse of his office’ for his suppression of public health and safety guidance and for the political firing of the state’s top health employee, Dr. Michelle Fiscus, just for her doing her job to help vaccinate, and protect, children ahead of school resuming this fall.

Dr. Jason Martin, a critical care physician who has been treating…


Following bipartisan votes in the House and Senate, President Biden recently signed a bill ending a Trump-era rule that allowed payday lenders to circumvent state interest rate caps.

Pro-consumer legislators are applauding the victory:

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) applauded President Biden’s signing of their resolution into law to repeal the Trump Administration’s so-called True Lender Rule through the use of the Congressional Review Act. This regulation, finalized in the last months of the prior Administration, allows predatory lenders to…


Most State Regulators Fail to Provide Useful Consumer Information

A new report by the Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA) and Consumer Federation of America (CFA) found that most state funeral service regulators provide poor or no information to consumers about their funeral rights, how to file complaints, how to learn about disciplinary actions, and how to best shop for funeral services. However, the report also concluded that the following seven agencies make available excellent information to consumers:

· Arizona State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers

· California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau

· Kansas State Board of Mortuary Arts

· Minnesota…


The Pew Charitable Trusts is touting a big legislative victory in the fight against legalized loan sharks with the passage and signing of a bill that creates a rate cap on payday loans and facilitates access to affordable credit.

The new law, which was championed by state Representative Aaron Ling Johanson (D), state Senator Rosalyn Baker (D), and Commissioner of Financial Institutions Iris Ikeda, will eliminate balloon payment payday loans and enable widespread access to affordable installment credit from licensed lenders.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Johanson and passed unanimously by both the House and Senate on April 27, allows…


Following the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a group of Tennessee pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition called on Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to accept the Biden Administration’s incentives and expand the state’s Medicaid program as envisioned in the ACA.

Tennessee is among a handful of states that have yet to accept Medicaid expansion dollars.

“Every Tennessean deserves access to affordable healthcare, no matter the color of their skin or where they live in the state, which is why today I celebrate that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act,” said Rev…


Advocates at the National Consumer Law Center applaud the U.S. House vote to overturn the OCC’s “fake lender” rule, which allows predatory lenders to evade state interest rate laws by putting a federally-chartered bank’s name on the paperwork. H.J. Res. 35, a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), was introduced by Rep. “Chuy” García (D-IL). The U.S. Senate passed a parallel resolution, S.J. Res. 15, on May 11. The resolution now needs only President Biden’s signature, which is expected.

Advocates applauded the vote to repeal the fake lender rule, which protects predatory rent-a-bank schemes that harm small businesses, veterans…


In a bipartisan 218–208 vote today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to overturn the OCC’s “fake lender” rule, which allows predatory lenders to evade state interest rate laws by putting a bank’s name on the paperwork. S.J. Res. 15, a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), was introduced by Senators Chris Van Hollen (MD) and Sherrod Brown (OH), and a parallel resolution, H.J. Res. 35, was introduced by Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García in the U.S. House of Representatives. Now that both the House of Representatives and the Senate have approved the resolution, President Biden must sign it.

Advocates…


If you’re looking for the hotbed of leftist indoctrination in Tennessee, you should look no further than Williamson County, the wealthiest in the state, located just south of Nashville.

I mean, just look at the Williamson County Schools embracing diversity and also promoting seahorse porn.

It’s very troubling.

Williamson Strong has a take on the latest events there:

As a reminder, the national Moms for Liberty organization is making a full court press here in Williamson County against….elementary …


As tensions heat up in Williamson County over the process of instilling principles of diversity and inclusion in the system’s schools, one parent group continues to highlight the work in the community being done on the issue.

Here’s more from One WillCo regarding some of what happened at this week’s school board meeting:

Last week, One WillCo joined with five other local organizations with a joint statement supporting Superintendent Jason Golden, and Williamson County School’s diversity efforts with “Fostering Healthy Solutions.” …


Following a bipartisan Senate vote in May that approved legislation to overturn a Trump-era policy that allowed predatory payday lenders to get around state interest rate caps by using so-called “rent-a-bank” schemes, advocates are now calling for swift House action on the measure.

The National Consumer Law Center sent the following message to supporters:

The U.S. House could soon vote on a resolution to overturn the “fake lender” rule, which protects rent-a-bank schemes where predatory consumer and small business lenders charge interest rates of up to 200% APR, evading state- and voter-approved rate caps. Recently passed 52–47 in the Senate…

Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN

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