Clint Brewer Now Top Dog At TCPR

"GQ" Drew Johnson is leaving the libertarian think tank he founded back in 2004:
The Tennessee Center for Policy Research (TCPR), the Volunteer State’s free market think tank and government watchdog organization, today announced changes to the organization’s leadership structure. Founder and president Drew Johnson will step away from TCPR at the end of 2009 to pursue media and business opportunities. Johnson will remain an active member of the organization’s Board of Directors. Current TCPR staff member Clint Brewer has been promoted to interim executive director and Justin Owen was named director of policy and general counsel. Brewer previously served as TCPR’s director of government accountability. He will take over leadership of the day-to-day operations of TCPR as well as continue his duties as editor of Tennessee Watchdog, the state’s premier non-profit investigative reporting and watchdog journalism website. Owen previously served as TCPR’s director of legal policy. He will oversee all of the organization’s policy initiatives and be the main point of contact for the Tennessee General Assembly, other government officials and the public on matters of policy. “Five years ago, free market economic ideas and the principles of liberty badly needed a greater voice in Tennessee’s political landscape,” said Johnson. “Since that time, TCPR has been a steadfast and successful advocate for liberty and champion of limited, responsible government.” “I am confident that as I leave the duties of day-to-day management of TCPR to pursue new challenges, Clint Brewer, as well as TCPR’s talented board, tireless staff and generous supporters will lead the organization to even greater successes, resulting in a freer, more prosperous state for all Tennesseans.” TCPR Board Chairman John Cerasuolo thanked Johnson for his service, saying TCPR is a unique organization in Tennessee that has served for years as a watchdog over government and an advocate for a free market. “Drew Johnson started TCPR from scratch, and he has turned it into one of the most innovative and well-regarded state-focused policy organizations in America,” Cerasuolo said. “Drew has contributed to the dialogue of public policy and government in our state in a meaningful and profound way. His contribution will be felt for years to come as TCPR continues to grow as a beacon of liberty within our state.” The Board of Directors will conduct a national search for a new executive director, and expects exceptional candidates from within the existing staff, throughout Tennessee and across the country to apply for the position.
SEE ALSO: A sad Mike Slater
Oct 29, 2009 11:22 AM

TCPR Unearths Damaging Memo On Anna Belle Clement O

From a presser:
On Monday, former State Senator Anna Belle Clement O’Brien is scheduled to receive the 2009 Humanitarian Leadership Award in a ceremony to be attended by Tennessee’s political elite. The Tennessee Center of Policy Research (TCPR) is releasing an FBI file today that raises questions about whether O’Brien should receive this distinguished award. The sister of a Tennessee governor and the aunt of a U.S. Congressman, O’Brien is known to many as the “First Lady of Tennessee Politics.” O’Brien was the first woman to serve in the General Assembly as a committee chairwoman. But according to FBI files obtained by TCPR through the Freedom of Information Act, O’Brien potentially deserves another title: corrupt.
UPDATE: Tom Humphrey calls out Drew Johnson for this "cheap shot."
Apr 3, 2009 1:35 PM

GQ Drew Stands By His Story That Gore's House Was Lit During Earth Hour

From the President of the Tennessee Center of Policy Research in response to Al Gore's spokeswoman's assertion that the Gore's did observe Earth Hour to the letter:
I have time-stamped pictures of the floodlights illuminating Al Gore’s driveway entrance and several trees between 8:40-9:00pm during “Earth Hour,” which is certainly an inconvenient truth for Mr. Gore. As I said to my friends on my Facebook page (how amusing is it that a Note on my Facebook page is making national news?), the floodlights that usually light up the outside of Mr. Gore’s mansion were dark and most of his inside lights appeared off. But many of his windows were lit with a blue-ish glow that is usually the result of a TV screen or computer monitor. I understand that when you consume nearly 20 times more electricity than the average American, you can spend all day turning off your lights and still miss a few. I’m sure this was the case for Mr. Gore. Since this was a Note of my Facebook page and not an official press release, I encourage Mr. Gore to take up any complaints or disputes on the Wall of my Facebook page where it can be appropriately discussed.
Mar 30, 2009 10:44 AM

Al Gore Responds To Earth Hour Accusations

Kalee Kreider, a spokeswoman for Al Gore, issued this statement in response to accusations that the Gore's did not observe Earth Hour:
The Gores honored Earth Hour by shutting off the lights at their residence. The heating and air conditioning were turned off as well. But more importantly, the Gores live in a Gold LEED certified home, powered by geothermal power. They have undergone renovations to put solar panels on the roof and participate in all of the renewable power programs offered by their local utility. They aren’t perfect, no family is, but they do their best, year-round to try to make a difference at home and across the country to make a difference on the climate crisis.
Asked if this meant that the Gore's were asserting that Drew Johnson was mistaken about seeing lights on at the residence, Kreider responded, "Correct." UPDATE: Drew Johnson stands by his story.
Mar 30, 2009 8:54 AM

Oh, Good Lord

Drew Johnson sounds like he's seriously considering a run for Governor.
Jan 21, 2009 3:57 PM

The Libertarian Underground

A movement begins to get right-wing think tanker Drew Johnson to make a run for Governor.
Jan 21, 2009 9:01 AM

You're Nothing But A Lot Of Talk And A Driver

Libertarian think tanker Drew Johnson on Speaker Kent Williams:
“They went to Kent Williams and said, ‘Listen, you’ll make three times more money, you’ll have a driver from Carter County…so that’s what it was all about; Kent has no principles, no nothing, now he has $70,000 and has a driver.”
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Jan 14, 2009 12:33 PM

The Drew Johnson Amendment

The Office of Open Records Counsel met today with its advisory committee to help shape policy to deal with folks who make frequent and multiple requests for public records:
Under the policy, records custodians may assess a fee for any labor reasonably necessary to produce the request after one hour. Requests for items that are routinely released and readily accessible, such as agendas or minutes, are exempt from the policy.
Dec 17, 2008 2:10 PM

Those Right Wingers And Their Deficit Spending

The Brainstem doesn't see how the Tennessee Center For Policy Research can gripe about the financial solvency of First Lady Andrea Conte when they themselves are no stranger to getting behind on their bills:
The venture, to sell leaves from around the Governor's mansion dipped in gold for $25 bucks a pop, got off to a good start but has since puttered out. But what is interesting, is that while Drew Johnson criticizes Conte for not being financially solvent with her non-profit venture; his own venture is having trouble staying in the black. According to financial disclosure forms (pdf) obtained from, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research operated in 2006 with a net loss of over 23K dollars...nearly 13K more than Andrea Conte has come up short on her effort to pay for restorations of the Governor's mansion. Of course, its gotta be expensive to pay someone to sit in front of Al Gore's electric meter 24/7, so its understandable why they might be a little light on cash.
UPDATE: Drew Johnson points out that while TCPR did run a deficit that year, they also started the year with some $28,000 in the bank. So while they did go 23K in the hole, they had that money in the bank to make it up leaving them some $5,000 in the bank. SEE ALSO: Drew Johnson on the radio.
Aug 7, 2008 1:16 PM

GQ Drew Gives Nashville The Shaka

Drew Johnson of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, Nashville's premiere libertarian think tank, most famous for its Al Gore exposes, hot air balloon rides, fine art purchases in addition to their more scholarly endeavors, has hired a brand new Executive Vice President, Mr. Shaka Mitchell:
“Shaka is known in the free market community for his vigorous defense of individual liberty. We are excited that he is bringing that commitment to protecting and expanding freedom to Tennessee,” said Drew Johnson, President of TCPR. “His thoughtful and principled advocacy of individual rights is a welcome addition to TCPR where, on a daily basis, we fight to prevent government abuse of the public trust and citizens’ rights.”
Aug 6, 2008 12:04 PM