Herron Calls for End to GOP Shutdown Hurting Tennessee Economy

October 7th, 2013 by TNDP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron today called for Congressional Republicans to stop harming Tennessee businesses and working families by ending the government shutdown.

“A small faction of one party in one House in one branch of the government has shut down the government and taken the American economy hostage,” Herron [...]

Powers Divisive on 4th

July 7th, 2013 by

I’ve let a few days pass since the celebration of our beloved country’s independence from England. I did not want to mark the joyous anniversary with the same divisive language our State Representative, Dennis Powers, chose to publish in his commentary for July 4th in the LaFollette Press.

What Mr. Powers did to the words of our founding fathers is the same thing many manipulative preachers do to the Gospel, indeed, to all of Holy Scripture. It’s called proof-texting. It involves lifting quotes out of context to support a present argument regardless of their original intent.

He lauds conservatives as believing the founders “had it right” without a word about what “it” was that isn’t still “it” today. He then attacks a group of fellow citizens he identifies as “today’s liberals” without saying who they are. He accuses them of trying to “dismantle our county” without saying how. I found such vitriol inappropriate to the occasion and just plain ugly.

Now, the occasion having past, I will pick up Power’s label and wear it proudly. I think of myself as one of today’s liberals. Here is my wish for our country. I want good jobs for our citizens that pay a living wage. I want quality public schools for students taught by highly educated, experienced teachers. I want higher education that is affordable for the average American family. I want affordable healthcare open to every resident. I want our government – local, state, and federal – to promote the general welfare of every American without regard to wealth, family or position. That is my “leftist agenda”. It is the agenda that built the American middle class into the greatest middle class the world has ever seen in the last century. It is the agenda that can recreate that middle class today.

Tenn. Unemployment Rate Jumps as Gov. Haslam, Republicans Shutdown 34 Career Centers

May 20th, 2013 by TNDP

The latest job numbers are in and it’s not good for Tennesseans. The numbers show that Tennessee’s unemployment rate has jumped to 8 percent. Tennessee was one of only three states that saw an increase in the unemployment rate in April.

This discouraging economic news comes on the heels of the announcement that [...]

Sign the Petition: Gov. Haslam, Release Your Tax Returns

May 15th, 2013 by TNDP

It's time for Gov. Haslam to come clean on his income from Pilot and release his tax returns.

The GOP Will Raise Your Taxes

June 20th, 2012 by TNDP

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Democratic Party released the following statement today after tax experts confirmed the House Republican tax plan, supported by ALL Tennessee Republican members of Congress, would hike taxes on hardworking, middle-class Tennesseans and cut vital programs and services to pay for budget-busting tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires:

“Today’s analysis confirms [...]

Jackson Day 2012: Fired Up and Ready to Go

April 2nd, 2012 by TNDP

Tennessee Democrats kicked off the 2012 campaign season by celebrating Jackson Day on the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville this past weekend.  Our big tent party went into the night as 700 folks from across the state celebrated our past and looked forward to the future.

We honored Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh with the Gov. Ned [...]

Chairman Forrester on the Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

March 23rd, 2012 by TNDP

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester today released the following statement on the two year anniversary of President Obama’s signing of the Affordable Care Act – which to date has helped millions of middle class families, seniors, and young people receive quality affordable health care:

“Two years ago with the stroke of a pen, [...]

Election Botched: Former Congressman Lincoln Davis Denied the Right to Vote and Fighting Back

March 9th, 2012 by TNDP

The state election office made a historic mess of Tennessee’s Presidential Primary — with mistakes that robbed a former U.S. Congressman and his wife of their right to vote and denied voters access to the polls.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett and State Election Coordinator Mark Goins are in charge of the government office [...]

The End of an Era: Speaker Naifeh Set to Retire

March 8th, 2012 by TNDP

NASHVILLE – Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh announced today on the House floor that he will not seek re-election to his district 81 seat this fall. Naifeh has served in the House of Representatives for 38-years, 18 of which he spent as Speaker of the House.

“Governor McWherter always told me when it was time to [...]

TNDP Chair Chip Forrester’s Statement on Results of Tennessee’s Presidential Primary

March 6th, 2012 by TNDP

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester released the following statement tonight on the results of the GOP Primary in Tennessee:

“Mitt Romney’s loss tonight shows that he is out-of-touch with Tennesseans and it raises serious concerns about his chances in November — if he can make it to the general election. Not [...]