What’s he got to say? Kemper Project manager remains muzzled

Chris Butler is an investigative reporter for Watchdog.org who covers Tennessee and his home state of Louisiana. Chris is based in Nashville. Contact him at cbutler@watchdog.org and follow him on Facebook at "Chris-Butler-WriterJournalist" or on Twitter at cdbutler1204.

Parents kept out of lawsuit challenging Louisiana’s charter schools

By   /  February 27, 2015  /  Education, Louisiana, News  /  No Comments

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A Louisiana teachers union can join a lawsuit challenging state funding for Louisiana charter schools, but parents of children attending these schools may not participate.

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Possible FCC ruling on expanded government Internet may not survive courts

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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The Federal Communications Commission may decide Thursday whether to overrule state laws, such as those in Tennessee, that keep government-owned Internet networks from expanding beyond municipal boundaries.

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Why is U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen so angry?

By   /  February 23, 2015  /  Commentary, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — RWNJ, according to a Google search, means “right wing nut job.”
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen D-Memphis, used the term on his official Twitter page Saturday to describe his conservative constituents.

Memphis conservatives were riled up over a tweet Cohen made Friday in response to former Republican New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani […]

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Memphis gets millions to (yet again) end homelessness

By   /  February 23, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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The feds will give millions of taxpayer dollars to Memphis to end homelessness — again.

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Tennessee leans on federal money

By   /  February 20, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Tennessee officials can boast all day about states rights and all they’re doing to keep the federal government at bay.
Ironically, according to a new report, Tennessee ranks third on a list of states most dependent on federal dollars, behind only Mississippi and Louisiana.
The author of the study, Joe Luppino-Esposito […]

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Unelected Louisiana board can grant property tax exemptions

By   /  February 19, 2015  /  Louisiana, News  /  No Comments

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An unelected board of 24 people in Louisiana has the apparent power to determine which businesses interested in relocating to the state must or must not pay local property taxes for up to 10 years.

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