Chris Butler is the Tennessee bureau reporter for Chris has previously worked at newspapers in Florida, Texas and his home state of Louisiana and has awards from the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press as well as the Louisiana Press Association. He earned his bachelor's degree from Louisiana Tech University and his master's degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Prominent journalist must not have anything better to do than attack Tennessee Watchdog

By   /  July 31, 2014  /  Commentary, Tennessee  /  No Comments

Phil Williams

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Phil Williams, chief investigative reporter for Nashville’s News Channel 5, evidently doesn’t want Tennessee Watchdog posing questions about why Tennessee Supreme Court officials scheduled 10 unprecedented executions before their retention election.
And if Williams has his way, the Tennessee Supreme Court will remain majority Democrat and out of touch with [...]

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TN political legend calls retention election a ‘political ploy,’ focused on Amendment 2

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Don’t waste your time and energy fretting over whether to retain three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in an Aug. 7 election, said Tennessee political legend John Jay Hooker.
“All of that is just a political ploy,” Hooker, 84, told Tennessee Watchdog this week.
Hidden beneath the superficial layers of this retention [...]

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TN attorney general didn’t find Obamacare fight worthwhile

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments


Obamacare’s harsh effects throughout all of Tennessee apparently failed to persuade state Attorney General Bob Cooper to join 27 other states in fighting the law in court.

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Crime victims blast Tennessee Supreme Court justice

By   /  July 28, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments


Don’t wear your emotions on your sleeve in a Tennessee courtroom. Members of Tennessee’s Supreme Court, like “Dragnet’s” Joe Friday, just want the facts.

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TN Supreme Court justices give generously to Democratic candidates, records show

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

The Assembly on Wednesday passed a bipartisan bill doubling campaign contribution limits in Wisconsin. This bill is far from perfect and I know there are members on both sides of the aisle with heartburn on this legislation,” said JoCasta Zamarripa, D-Milwaukee. She voted for the bill.

The three Tennessee Supreme Court justices up for retention like to give lots of money to Democrats, including Phil Bredesen, who appointed all three to the court, and even Al Gore.

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Zip codes shouldn’t determine a child’s future, Nashville panel says

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

FAILURE ON THE RISE: More Virginia schools failed to reach "fully accredited" status this year.

Tennessee resident Arika Trevino told a panel of school of choice advocates in Nashville this week a tenured union teacher emotionally damaged her autistic son, now 9, when he was only in first grade.

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