Archive for the ‘Jim Kyle’ Category

Sen. Kyle: Programs for Kids, Seniors Deserve Haslam’s Support

Friday, October 18th, 2013

NASHVILLE – In light of Gov. Bill Haslam’s flip flop on the use of state funding to fill in federal budget cuts, state Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle is calling on the governor to consider using state support to shore up programs benefiting children and the elderly that were hit earlier this year by [...]

From the Trenches: Democrats Defend Our Values to Beat Back ‘Starve the Children’ Bill

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Democrats made us proud in the successful fight to beat back Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield’s extreme “Starve the Children” bill, which failed to move out of the Senate.

You’ll be inspired by what they said. If you’re as proud as we are, consider signing our thank you card.

Sen. Lowe Finney, Rep. Joanne Favors, [...]

Do Nothing Governor: Haslam ‘Plan’ Amounts to a No

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

‘Tennessee Plan’ leaves uninsured, rural hospitals with no solution

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Halsam promised a decision on expanding Medicaid today, but instead delivered a “no” dressed up as a year of delayed action and indecision.

“We expected clarity today on Medicaid, but all we got was confusion,” Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Sen. [...]

Tenn. Republicans Resisting Third Party Access

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Some Tennessee Republicans are showing that the only ideas they want to hear are their own.

Take for instance, the legislative proposal — ordered by a federal court — to give third parties easier access to Tennessee ballots.

In every sense, a third party adds to the free marketplace of ideas in an open society. But Republican House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga is not interested in shopping around for the best ideas.

From The AP:

House Majority Leader Rep. McCormick of Chattanooga

“I don’t want to see us become like Italy and have a dozen different parties and all these splinter groups, and have to make coalitions with them,” said McCormick.

Heavens to Betsy! Working with “different parties?” Having to “make coalitions with them?!” That would just be awful.

The Knoxville News Sentinel says it more eloquently:

A vast majority of American voters cast their ballots for one of two parties, not only recently but going all the way back to the Federalists and the Jeffersonian Republicans in the early days of presidential politics.

But third parties – the generic name given to political parties opposing Democrats and Republicans – deserve to have their names on the ballot and try to win public approval.

The state Legislature has an opportunity to make that happen this term, and that should be one of its accomplishments when the session ends.

Third parties have provided a colorful and thoughtful element to American politics, although none in modern times has been able to displace either of the top two. Nevertheless, there is always that possibility in an open and free society.

Sen. Kyle: "Democracy works better when the rules are fair."

Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis has also spoken in favor of third party access to Tennessee ballots. He suggests 10,000 signatures from eligible voters should be enough to get your preferred party on the ticket.

“My goal is to allow people who believe they’re in the Tea Party or the Green Party or the Libertarian Party to get on the ballot,” Kyle said. “Any organization that can get 10,000 signatures is as legitimate a political entity as any other. People should be able to stand up there and say I believe in these principles. I just think democracy works better when the rules are fair.”

Well said, Sen. Kyle. Well said.