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2019 Tennessee General Assembly: The Art of Timidity

This article was compiled by multiple people who spent countless hours and days in committee meetings, the halls of the statehouse and legislators’ offices. Pay special attention to the “procedural ruses” listed below. An ongoing goal of Tennessee Rising is transparency and accountability, and that requires knowing how the sausage is made. Before or after […]
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2019 Tennessee Legislative Report Card Scoring Overview

By Jackie Archer, leader of the Tennessee Legislative Report Card project. You can search for your Tennessee legislators from the home page here. You will notice some interesting contradictions between individual member’s vote scores and their leadership grades this year. There is a simple explanation. It is the difference between voting on very few divisive […]
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Correction

Notice:  A score has been revised for one of our distinguished members of the Tennessee House of Representatives.  Chairman Cameron Sexton received an incorrect vote score.  His corrected vote score is 98%, raising his Leadership Grade to a B+.  We regret the error and ask our readers to share this important revision.   For scoring and grading […]
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Did PAC Money Influence House Votes On The IMPROVE Act?

Like most political action committees (PAC), the Tennessee Highway Contractors PAC contributes money to state legislators’ campaign accounts.  But would it surprise you to know that those contributions to State House members peaked in 2017, when the gas-tax and registration-fee increasing IMPROVE Act was voted on and passed by the Tennessee General Assembly? The image […]
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