Sunday, October 17, 2021

From Tim Skow: 

TN State Attorney General
Herbert Slatery! 

1ST TUESDAY Members and Friends !

The news is finally GOOD NEWS ... and there is a fair amount of it !!

These days, one of the busiest men in ALL of Tennessee is TN State Attorney General Herbert Slatery!  

But, the first bit of GOOD NEWS is that AG Slatery has been able to adjust his schedule and has found he can make time on Thursday, October 21st to return to 1ST TUESDAY !! 

There are SLEW of topics and legal fights breaking these days involving the State of Tennessee, multiple States vs. the Federal Government, the Biden Administration and MORE on the immediate horizon that will impact your life and/or the lives of many you know !!!  The list includes, but is not limited to:

1] Public schools and our students - be it ..... Biden Admin trying to push schools to push agendas and masks on students ...... OR .... fallout from the State Legislature passing legislation to pull State funds from schools caught including the tenants of Critical Race Theory in classrooms,,, OR ... fights from heated School Board meetings? 
Can you say "LAW SUITS " ?? 

2] Redistricting legal actions coming - Democrats aim to hold all 10 of State House seats in Nashville. Dems say they plan to challenge the lines Republican draw for the State Legislature and the 5th District Congressional seat. 
Can you say "LAW SUITS to follow" ?? 

 3] FACEBOOK .... Anyone see TN Senator Marsha Blackburn grilling the Big Tech Executives this year? Word is that multiple States are teeing up to sue Facebook on variety of counts seeking damages. Guess who will do that? 
Can you say "LAW SUITS to follow" ?? 


I promise that 1ST TUESDAY is going to be ZESTY !!

As has been the case since Covid-19 hit, we will meet at Brentwood's LUDLOW & PRIME [ 330 Franklin Road 
Doors open at 11AM. Lunch will be served at 11:30 with Programs starting at Noon. Q&A ends at 1:00PM sharp.

Lunch is $25 for Members and $30 for Guests. Please visit the following link / shopping cart to secure seating for you and Guests. Feel free to share this event with others! We expect this to be a VERY popular event !!!

NOW ... about our 1ST TUESDAY website and most importantly our website shopping cart.

In short, we have finally be able to determine that it is NOT me, nor is it 1ST TUESDAY who owns our website!! Technically, it is our website designer still showing on the records as "the official owner" of our 1ST TUESDAY website according to the WIX platform the website is built on. Once our site was operational, she then pointed all transactions via our website for lunches, dues and more through card processing firm named STRIPE. 
[ a large firm with HQ in California that ONLY communicates via email ]

After over 2 years of flawless operations, our dozens of credit card transaction for August event never landed in our 1ST TUESDAY bank account !! Neither WIX nor STRIPE recognize me or acknowledge to know our bank or anyone other than the lady who originated our 1ST TUESDAY website. 

She now refuses to assist. We have since learned she has torpedoed other clients she built websites for as well.
We are still trying to figure out if there is some way to rehabilitate the website and shopping cart. But for the short term, 1ST TUESDAY invites and link to our NEW Shopping Cart [ that we control ] will be coming to you via EMAIL, Facebook invites and other sources, but prepayments for lunch will be with this embedded link till further notice.

Thanks for ALL so many of you continue to do to support 1ST TUESDAY !!
We look forward to having you on Thursday, OCT 21st with Tennessee State AG Herb Slatery !!!

Looking forward to seeing you at LUDLOW & PRIME !!

Tim Skow

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TDOE Announces Chairs of 18 Education Funding Review Subcommittees; Conversations to Explore Student-Based Investment Strategy

Chairs Will Lead Critical Discussions Representative of Tennessee Values 

Press release, Wednesday, Nashville, TN, October 13, 2021- Today, the Tennessee Department of Education announced the chairs for the 18 education funding review subcommittees, who will lead conversations on how to create a student-focused investment strategy from the lens of the state’s students, families, educators, district and school leaders, higher education partners, elected officials, business leaders, and education stakeholders. 

Last week, Governor Lee called for a full review of the state’s funding formula for public education to focus on a student investment strategy that emphasizes all students rather than systems, empowers parents to engage in their child’s education and outcomes, ensures all students are prepared for postsecondary success, and reflects Tennesseans’ values. 

"All stakeholders that have a hand in a child’s education and the future of Tennessee are integral to these conversations on exploring a funding strategy that emphasizes the needs of all students, and we want to provide all Tennesseans a seat at the table to make their voices heard,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “Now is the time for bold action for our kids—to ensure we are doing everything in our power to serve them well, which starts with how we fund their educational journey. We are delighted to welcome these state and national experts to lead conversations on how we can develop a student-focused funding strategy in Tennessee.” 

Each of the 18 subcommittees, composed of 8-10 members, will be led by a chair who is tasked with capturing ideas and feedback based in the unique perspective of the stakeholder group or respective topic area they serve. Additionally, each chair is a trusted advocate to responsibly collect and share feedback and suggestions for a student-based funding approach. The chairs for each of the subcommittees are: 

Student Engagement Subcommittee 
Chair: Elizabeth Brown, State President, Future Business Leaders of America – Tennessee; Senior, Coffee County High School 

Students with Disabilities and Gifted Students Subcommittee 
Chair: Commissioner Brad Turner, Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 

English Learner Subcommittee 
Chair: Raul Lopez, Executive Director, Latinos for Tennessee 

Economically Disadvantaged and Highly Mobile Students Subcommittee 
Chair: Victor Evans, Executive Director, TennesseeCAN 

Parent Choice and Voice Subcommittee 
Chair: Dr. Derwin Sisnett, Commissioner, Tennessee Public Charter School Commission 

Teacher Advisory Subcommittee
Chair: Morgan Rankin, 2021-22 Teacher of the Year, Johnson City Schools 

Principal Advisory Subcommittee 
Chair: Farrah Griffith, Principal, White County Schools School System 

Personnel Subcommittee 
Chair: Steve Starnes, Director of Schools, Greeneville City Schools School System 

Leadership Subcommittee 
Chair: Dr. Danny Weeks, Director of Schools, Dickson County Schools 

Rural and Small District Subcommittee 
Chair: Janet Ayers, President, The Ayers Foundation 

Suburban Districts, Municipals, and Fast-Growing Communities Subcommittee 
Chair: Dr. Ted Horrell, Director of Schools, Lakeland School System 

Urban District Subcommittee 
Chair: Cato Johnson, Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of Public Policy/Regulatory Affairs, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare 

Higher Education and Post-Secondary Readiness Subcommittee 
Chair: Dr. Youlanda Jones, President, Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology- Covington, Ripley, and Newbern Post-Secondary 

Readiness and the Business Community Subcommittee 
Chair: Randy Boyd, President, University of Tennessee System 

Chambers of Commerce and Industry Subcommittee 
Chair: Dr. Jared Bigham, Senior Advisor on Workforce & Rural Initiatives, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce 

Education Foundations Subcommittee 
Chair: Dr. Dan Challener, President, Public Education Foundation 

Regional Collectives and Advocacy Subcommittee 
Co-Chairs: Scott Niswonger, Chairman and Founder, Niswonger Foundation, and Dr. Nancy Dishner, President and CEO, Niswonger Foundation 

Fiscal Responsibility Subcommittee
Chair: Justin Owen, President & Chief Executive Officer, Beacon Center of Tennessee 

The state’s engagement includes a central steering committee composed of statewide policymakers and 18 subcommittees, in addition to a committee of national experts, regional meetings of county commissioners and school board members, public engagement representatives, and an opportunity for public comment through a formal survey later in the fall. Over the next three months, the subcommittees will meet twice a month, either in person or virtually. All associated committee meeting materials, including recordings and minutes, will be posted here. Steering committee and subcommittee members will be released in the coming days. 

“Few students have had the opportunity to serve in the development of a student-centered school funding strategy. I am honored to be chosen, especially as a current student,” said Elizabeth Brown, State President, Future Business Leaders of America – Tennessee; Senior, Coffee County High School.
“Every Tennessean impacts public education and should be at the table. I will proudly assist as a subcommittee chair, working alongside student leaders from across Tennessee to ensure that students have the educators and supports needed for every level of education.” 

“Nothing is more important than serving our children, and I am excited to see the state review how we fund public education,” said Cato Johnson, Senior Vice President of Public Policy/Regulatory Affairs & Chief of Staff, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System. “It is critical that our focus is on ensuring we do the best we can to prepare our students for the future and that must start now. Removing barriers to future success for all Tennessee children is something I am proud to be a part of, and I am thrilled to see these conversations take place across the state to support our students and education in this great state."

“The natural alignment between education and economic development is undeniable, and that begins with building a robust funding structure for our state’s public schools,” said University of Tennessee System President Randy Boyd. “It is also critical that we continue the important work of the Drive to 55 by increasing the number of Tennesseans with post-secondary degrees to 55 percent by 2025. Each percentage we miss translates into a percentage of our population that will either be unemployed or underemployed in the years to come. Tennesseans are relying on our best efforts to create a student-centered approach to school funding, helping to ensure our children are ready for college, career, and life.” 

"Serving Tennessee students and the future leaders of our state should be our top priority, and I am thrilled to focus on exploring a more student-focused education funding strategy to ensure all their needs are met," said Commissioner Brad Turner, Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. "I am honored to serve my state as a subcommittee chair to lead conversations and share feedback from fellow Tennesseans who care about our children and setting them up for success, which ultimately sets our state up for success." 

“I’m honored to facilitate the engagement of Tennessee principals as school, community, and instructional leaders to discuss how every school should be equipped to meet the comprehensive needs of all our students,” said Farrah Griffith, Principal, White County Middle School. “The expertise of principals and their ability to engage families as part of this school funding formula review process is essential to the development of a well-informed strategy for our state moving forward.” 

“Providing access to much-needed resources for our rural communities in Tennessee is essential to the future of our students and our state, and I am proud to serve as a leading voice in these conversations to focus on how to match our students’ needs with our education funding strategy,” said Janet Ayers, President, Ayers Foundation. “Now is the time to act on behalf of our students and continue building on the influx on new businesses and industries coming to Tennessee to ensure they are workforce ready and prepared for post-secondary success.” 

Justin Owen
"How we fund students is important to their future success, and doing that in a fiscally responsible way to ensure we are good stewards of taxpayers' funds is critical for the sustainability and future of our state," said Justin Owen, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Beacon Center of Tennessee. "This process matters because we must balance the interests of all Tennesseans and ensure the dollars we spend go towards measurable educational outcomes. We look forward to finding a strategy that will best serve the students, families, and taxpayers of our entire state." 

"Our state has been a leader in academic achievement and innovation to provide access to essential resources and supports for our students and educators, and it is time to review our education funding strategy to ensure it reflects these ambitious goals and the trajectory of acceleration for our state," said Dr. Danny Weeks, Director of Schools, Dickson County Schools. "I am honored to serve as a chair to lead these critical conversations amongst fellow district and school leaders to dig in and discuss how we can best support our communities." 

“The statewide engagement of a student-centered school funding strategy is a profound moment for our state impacting the prosperity of Tennessee students, families, and communities for generations,” said Nancy Dishner, President and CEO, Niswonger Foundation. “Scott Niswonger and I are proud to do all we can to support this critically important work.” 

Raul Lopez
“As the son of Cuban refugees who knows firsthand the challenges that come with learning a new language, I am honored to accept the governor’s invitation to chair the English Language learner Subcommittee. Although we have been making considerable strides in recent years, far too many Tennessee students are struggling to keep pace – a crisis only exacerbated by the challenges of learning in a global pandemic,” said Raul Lopez, Executive Director, Latinos for Tennessee. “I am particularly excited about Gov. Lee’s proposal to redesign public school funding in the state. Instead of funding institutions and physical buildings, this administration is prioritizing the specific funding needs of customized learning and instruction. I’d like to thank the governor for his vote of confidence in me and look forward to serving the people of Tennessee in my capacity as the chair of the English Language learner Subcommittee.” 

“I applaud Governor Lee, Commissioner Schwinn, and our legislative leaders for looking at ways we can modernize the state's approach to school funding. We need a bold student-centered approach that respects the individual needs of families and children, and that responds to what we have learned during the pandemic so all kids can reach their fullest potential,” said Victor Evans, Executive Director, TennesseeCAN. “I look forward to helping lead that discussion as the chair of the subcommittee zeroing in on the needs of economically disadvantaged and highly-mobile students who were most at risk of falling behind academically before the pandemic and who need our help now more than ever." 

"Now is the time to begin these critically important conversations to explore a new education funding strategy on how we ensure our students are prepared for success on day one of their educational journey," said Dr. Ted Horrell, Superintendent, Lakeland School System. "I am honored to serve as the chair of a subcommittee and represent fellow education leaders and stakeholders who all have the same goal in mind- to ensure the needs of our students, educators, schools, and communities are met and taken into account during these discussions." 

"Addressing our educational funding strategy can have tremendous benefits for students to be able to explore the vast number of workforce opportunities available to them," said Dr. Youlanda Jones, President, Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology - Covington, Ripley, and Newbern. "This work provides us a chance to improve the lives of these students by giving them access to explore future careers and the pathways available. This will go a long way towards meeting Tennessee's future workforce needs and goals." 

“As a former charter school operator, I understand how critical it is to ensure funding is distributed equitably to all students,” said Dr. Derwin Sisnett, Commissioner, Tennessee Public Charter School Commission. “I am grateful for this opportunity from Governor Lee and Commissioner Schwinn to provide a voice for our students, parents, and communities on what their needs are and how we can best support them as we explore possibilities for a new funding strategy.” 

“This is our moment as a state to intentionally review and take action around how we equip schools with the educators and wraparound supports needed to meet the aspirations we have for all Tennessee students,” said Steve Starnes, Director of Schools, Greeneville City Schools. “I look forward to engaging school system leaders to inform a school funding model that will meet the needs of Tennessee students enabling them to succeed in postsecondary and the workforce.” 

"Finding a way to fund education that empowers students and gives them future post-secondary opportunities is critical across rural Tennessee," said Dr. Jared Bigham, Senior Advisor on Workforce & Rural Initiatives, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry. "Leveling the playing field for these students so they can access the resources and supports they need to be ready for the modern workforce will build stronger communities and our state’s pipeline to continue bringing much-needed business and industry to rural communities in our state."

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Metro Planning Department release initial draft of redistricting map


For much more on the topic of Metro Council and Metro School Board redistricting and to see a schedule of where and when one may view the maps in-person follow this link

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15 "Men," mostly Hispanic and other minority men, Charged in Undercover Sex Trafficking Operation

by Rod Williams - A two-day undercover operation on Wednesday and Thursday by MNPD Human Trafficking detectives, with the assistance of the TBI and Homeland Security Investigations resulted in 15 men being charged with trafficking for a commercial sex act: 

  • Charence Smith, 49, of Clarksville; 
  • Arthur Burnett, 51, of Clarksville; 
  • Kendall Kendrick, 28, of Nashville; 
  • Jumapili Lumumba, 29, of Nashville; 
  • Gabriel Soto Adame, 33, of Nashville; 
  • Aroldo Garcia, 25, of Nashville; 
  • Marqueze Parrish, 20, of Nashville; 
  • William Moore, 55, of Nashville; 
  • Antwan Davis, 21, of Nashville; 
  • Uchenna Ugwu, 37, of Nashville; 
  • Minor Gabriel Perez, 22, of Lebanon; 
  • James White, 57, of Greenbrier; 
  • Alex Patel, 20, of Nashville; 
  • Luis Antonio Lopez, 45, of Nashville; 
  • Johnny Ardon Gozales, 38, of Sevierville. 
The men responded to a Nashville hotel in response to internet ads posted by undercover officers who portrayed themselves as 16-year-old females.

The above is from a Metro press release.  Government agencies nor the news media will tell you the race, nor ethnicity, nor nationality, nor immigration status of the arrested.  I guess is it considered racist
or prejudiced to even wonder about such a thing.  I think, however, inquiring minds would like to know. I always would like to know that when I read a story like this.  I like it when the press posts the mug shot of the arrested. 

Antwan Davis
Based on names I am assuming that six of the men are Hispanic, two are of Indian or Pakistani nationality and one is African. There is no way to know the immigration status, so everyone can make their own assumptions in the absence of that information. There is no way to know the race of the men involved.  I am assuming "Antwan" is Black. "Charence" maybe Black also.  I don't see any other obviously Afrocentric names in the mix, so I am assuming the other three are white Americans.

Thankfully the press release did tell us that "men" were charged, not just "persons."  I keep expecting political correctness to make it improper to tell us the gender of the people involved. I am surprised we are not there yet. To even wonder as to the gender, is that not sexist? 

Update:  WKRN News 2 has posted the mug shots. You can see them at this link

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Biden Suddenly Loves Frackers

 After waging war on the industry, Biden wants its help to reduce gas prices. 

By The Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 15, 2021 - Falling poll numbers concentrate the presidential mind, and the result can be startling. Look no further than this nominee for headline of the year from Politico this week: “ Biden team asks oil industry for help to tame gas prices.” Stranger things have happened, but we can’t recall one. 

For nine months President Biden has been pursuing policies to squeeze oil-and-gas producers to limit production and eventually go out of business. Having begged OPEC in vain to boost oil production, Mr. Biden is now having to suffer the humiliation of beseeching an American industry he vilifies as destroying the planet to save the day. (read more)

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Nashville Fed Soc: Tennessee Redistricting - How Does It Work?

Tennessee Redistricting: How Does It Work? 
John Ryder Attorney at Harris Shelton PLLC 

Event Details 
Date: Monday, October 18th, 2021. 
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT 
Location: Hilton Nashville - Downtown 121 4th Ave S Nashville, TN 37201 

CLE credit will be available. 
Paid parking is available on site and free parking is available in the surrounding area.

To RSVP: Click Here 

Price: $15 (members), $30 (non-members) Includes lunch and refreshments Note: If you would like to pay with cash or check, please email Grant Starrett at 

About John 
John Ryder's practice is split between two divergent areas of law: commercial litigation and election law. He has significant experience representing secured lenders, unsecured creditors’ committees, trustees and debtors in the bankruptcy process. He has participated in a number of major bankruptcies including The Julien Companies (the largest bankruptcy ever filed in the Western District of Tennessee), Microwave Products, Wexner & Jacobson, Wang’s, XpertTune and Braniff, to name a few. Mr. Ryder has also served as Receiver for Beale Street Historic District, Avery Outdoors, Inc and First American Monetary Consultants. In addition, Mr. Ryder is knowledgeable in the area of election law, having represented clients in numerous cases involving redistricting matters and election contests, as well as defending clients before the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance. Currently, he is litigation counsel for the Shelby County Election Commission. He has taught Election Law as an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Money. com list Franklin, Hendersonville and La Vergne as among top places to live.

by Rod Williams - has issued its 35th annual list of top places to live.  Three Tennessee cities make the cut and all are suburbs of Nashville. They are all part of the Nashville MSA. The cities are Franklin at number three in the nation, Hendersonville at number 16 and La Vergne at 26th.

The ranking highlights the places where "job growth is rising, home prices are affordable, and the quality of life shines."  Most of the criteria I certainly agree with such as cost of living, affordable housing, opportunities for fun, and a low crime rate.  

Here is what Money says about Franklin. 
To read the report on Hendersonville, follow this link.  To read the profile of La Vergne, follow this link

Congratulation Franklin, Hendersonville and La Vergne!

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Will Nashville become the Mecca of conservative influence in America?

by Rod Williams - Conservative social media platform Parler is moving its headquarters from Nevada to Nashville.  This follows the move of  The Daily Wire from Los Angeles to Nashville in November 2020. Turning Point USA, I think, is still officially headquartered in Pheonix Arizona but has a large operation here in Nashville.  This follows the move to Nashville of such conservative luminaries as economist Author Laffer, the creator of the "Laffer Curve;" Belmont School of Law Dean and former Bush Attorney General, Alberto Gonzoles; and former Lieutenant Governor of California Mike Crub, who has become a a civic leader and benefactor of Belmont University, Vanderbilt and Rhodes College in Memphis. 

The Belle Meade zip code is one of the top zip codes in the nation for contributions to Republican candidates across the nation. The state of Tennessee is one of the best ran states in the nation and votes reliably Republican.  With Nashville already being the home of the Southern Baptist Convention and the country music industry, elements of which are friendly to conservative values, and Nashville being home to national conservative radio personalities like the late Phil Valentine and money management guru Dave Ramsey and Nashville's own Carol Swain, and conservative columnist David French, Nashville may be poised to become the center of the conservative movement in America.  I doubt this would stop Nashville from electing ultra progressives to our school board and Metro Council, but it would be nice to live in the Mecca of American conservatism. 

I would welcome Fox News and National Review's relocation. 

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Knox mayor Glenn Jacobs says "kids are being used as fodder to further a political agenda." Criticizes federal order mandating universal masking in Knox County Schools. County forced to violate ADA.

"I’d like to talk about the federal order mandating universal masking in Knox County Schools. Since Schools are the target of this order, my office does not technically have standing in this case, but I cannot ignore the calls from the hundreds of residents and parents who have reached out to me, expressing their disappointment with this situation. 

Further, I won’t stop speaking up on behalf of these students and their families who feel as if they aren’t being heard when they speak for themselves. When Judge Greer mandated this edict, he did so with the intent of protecting students with certain disabilities, and I truly believe that was his intent. I do not believe that he would knowingly cause harm. However, this order makes it impossible to serve the needs of hundreds if not thousands of other students with special needs, and In doing so, has forced the schools to actively violate 504 and IEP plans which are in place to ensure that those students have reasonable accommodations to meet their needs, none of which have been made available to them in the ten days they were forced to sit in isolation rooms or at home. 

He said his mandate was based on ADA, but instead it forces the school system to violate ADA requirements. Judge Greer asked the schools to provide a list of suggested medical masking exemptions for his consideration. The schools submitted that list on September 29th. Since the medical exemption list was submitted, The Court has said nothing. Meaning the schools must continue operating in this horrifically unjust status quo. For many students masking is simply not an option. This injunction is Actively hurting them; which is in direct opposition of what the plaintiff’s case claims to be doing in the name of ADA. 

Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that the plaintiff’s attorneys are based out of Jackson and Chattanooga and their arguments are being supported by the D.C.-based litigation non-profit Democracy First. This group was founded and is managed by high-level Democratic Party operatives with significant ties to Hillary Clinton. People like John Podesta who was Bill Clinton’s presidential Chief of Staff and Chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Their main goal is to advance a political agenda that removes the ability of parents to determine what is best for their child. They are instigating filings in Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Texas, and Memphis, and they’re making a mess of things in Knox County without care or acknowledgement of the potentially irreparable harm they are doing to so many of our students. In other words, are kids are being used as fodder to further a political agenda. 

I believe the elected members of the Board of Education are fully qualified and capable of determining what is best for Knox County schools, and that they should continue making the decisions that impact students most. Judge Greer should allow them to do so. I ask that he also respond to the motions filed by the Law Department, stop allowing politically motivated out-of-towners to bog the system down with briefs, share a specific timeline for the advancement of this case, and provide a comprehensive plan to the schools for how best to serve all their students. Acting swiftly and objectively in this case is the only way around appearing as if the litigation is anything other than an attempt to push a political agenda at the expense of the very children this order claims to protect."

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Blackburn Confronts DOJ Defying Deputy AG Over Deployment Of FBI Against School Parents

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Dr. Carol Swain Joins Texas Public Policy Foundation as Distinguished Senior Fellow for Constitutional Studies

Oct. 8, 2021 - The Texas Public Policy Foundation has announced that Dr. Carol Swain, highly accomplished professor formerly at Vanderbilt University and Princeton University, has joined the Foundation as Distinguished Senior Fellow for Constitutional Studies. Swain has extensive experience in American politics, race relations, and immigration reform, having held political appointments in the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations. In 2011, she founded the Be The People Project to educate Americans about conservative values and principles. Swain is the author of 11 books and is regularly published in major media outlets, as well as being featured in documentaries and in television appearances.

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Happy Indigenous Peoples Day


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A belated "Happy Death of Che Guevara Day."


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