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.

More out-of-state forces helping left-of-center groups in Tennessee

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  Commentary, Louisiana, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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The same Washington, D.C., law firm that has campaigned in Tennessee in favor of Medicaid expansion has a history representing the like-minded MoveOn.org.

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Will Tennessee get a costly new logo? State officials aren’t saying

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

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possible new logo for the state of Tennessee — bright red and white with a simplistic design — could cost taxpayers a lot of money and state employees a lot of time.

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Despite media hype, Tennessee liberals benefit from out-of-state money

By   /  May 18, 2015  /  News, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Reporters from Tennessee’s four largest newspapers used a slew of catch phrases in stories about out-of-state money influencing state politics.

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Inverted pyramid: Bass Pro Shops resort cost Memphis taxpayers $78 million, says one estimate

By   /  May 13, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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Bass Pro Shops founder John Morris had a grand idea. He wanted to convert the iconic Memphis Pyramid — neglected and long-abandoned — into another one of his retail stores.

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Memphis charter school creating ripple effect of positive change

By   /  May 8, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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In Memphis, stories circulate about kindergarten students tutoring their older siblings, some of whom, the rumors go, are in fifth grade.

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Critic derides Chattanooga mayor’s ‘Obamaphone’ program

By   /  May 5, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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Good news, those of you Chattanooga residents with a child in a school’s free and reduced lunch program: Mayor Andy Berke wants to slash your monthly Internet subscription costs by half.

That is, as long as you’re a subscriber to Chattanooga’s government-owned Internet.

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