Tuesday, March 10, 2015

And now, a word from our State Chair, Mary Mancini

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Dear Steven, 
For Tennessee’s Republican legislators, it’s business as usual on Capitol Hill. Instead of tending to the people's business, they're serving only themselves and their radical beliefs without a care for the destruction they heap upon children, families, and communities. Here's what they've done  in just one month...

  • Rep. Sheila Butt (R-Columbia), the Republican floor leader in the Tennessee House of Representatives, posted on Facebook that it was time for an “NAAWP.” Read more...
  • Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden), Republican chairman of an agriculture committee, is under investigation by both the Environmental Protection Agency and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for code violations and operating his hog farm without a permit. Read more… 
  • Sen. Joey Hensley (R- Hohenwald), who was served an order of protection after his wife said he hit her with his car, and Rep. David Hawk (R-Greeneville), who was convicted of reckless endangerment in 2013 after an angry run-in with his ex-wife, have filed legislation “dealing with distribution of property during divorce proceedings." Hensley admitted the bill was based on his divorce. Read more….
  • Seven Republican senators, including Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga, made the decision to shut the door to critical healthcare for over a quarter of a million hard working Tennesseans by voting NO to Insure Tennessee. Their vote NO is a direct result of the failure of leadership by Republican leaders Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Speaker Beth Harwell who caved to right-wing extremists instead of standing up for 250,000 working Tennesseans who can't go to the doctor when they're sick. Readmore....
  • Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) have shown an absolute lack of leadership in refusing to hold any of these members accountable and/or strip them of their leadership positions. Read more...
It's clear that Tennessee Republicans are unfit to hold any elected office. It's clear that once given power, they use it to serve themselves and live as though the laws of Tennessee don’t apply to them.
But it’s not enough for Democrats to point fingers and laugh at how “crazy” these folks are. It’s not enough for us to shake our heads and ask, “How in the heck do these people get elected?”

In Nashville, the state capitol has been overrun by self-serving Republican legislators and special interests so now is the time to let everyone know exactly who these Republicans are and what they stand for. And now is the time to make sure every voter knows who WE are and what WE stand for...

  • Tennessee Democrats fight for equal pay, because we know that women make up 51% of the population and still make less than men.
  • Tennessee Democrats fight for equality and opportunity for all because we know that racism and inequality in any form is unacceptable.
  • Tennessee Democrats fight for equal justice because we know that no one is above the law.
  • Tennessee Democrats believe in smart government and effective leadership.
  • Tennessee Democrats believe it’s time our state legislators served the interests of all Tennesseans - not just themselves and their cronies. 
  • Tennessee Democrats believe in a good day's pay for a hard day’s work.
  • Tennessee Democrats believe that if someone is injured on the job, they should be able to feed their family.
  • Tennessee Democrats believe that all Tennesseans should be able to take themselves or their kids to the doctor when they’re sick.
  • Tennessee Democrats believe in investing in our future (our kids, our schools, our roads and bridges.)
  • Tennessee Democrats believe in strong families and communities.
  • Tennessee Democrats are the party of opportunity for ALL - THEY are the party of opportunism.
Now is the time to start working to take back our state from these radical, self-serving Republicans...so spread the news...DON'T KEEP WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE STAND FOR TO YOURSELVES!
Thank you for all you do,
Mary Mancini
Chair, Tennessee Democratic Party