Former AG Cooper chairs new TN ‘think tank’

Former Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper and Shanna Singh Hughey, who was senior advisor to Karl Dean when he was mayor of Nashville, have launched a nonprofit think tank, reports the Nashville Post.

It’s called Think Tennessee (website HERE). Cooper is chairman; Hughey president.

The ostensibly nonpartisan entity hopes to develop and promote “pragmatic public policy” — think something like the Brookings Institution on a much smaller scale and with much briefer and more accessible white papers. Cooper and Hughey have been working on the plan for over a year, visiting leaders across the state, to figure out the best way to be able to provide reliable research and policy analysis. The organization will be, at times, partnering with larger national think tanks for data.

“Think Tennessee fills a gap in the public policy debate in our state,” Cooper said in a press release. “Our state has benefited from moderate, pragmatic ideas for generations. This new think tank will help ensure those ideas continue to play a role in shaping public policy.”

The first project of the agency is a dashboard showing how Tennessee ranks on 88 different subjects, from obesity to voter turnout to broadband access. Underway is an analysides and how it is projected to keep changing in years to come.

Note: The Tennessean has published an article by Cooper and Hughey  on the new organization, HERE.

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