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Bill Haslam’s High Unemployment Rate Signals Success in GOP ‘War on Working People’

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Figures released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that Tennessee has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. At 8.4%, Tennessee is tied for 42nd in unemployment.

“Unfortunately for Tennesseans, the Republicans are winning their war on working people,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner (D-Nashville). “The [...]

House Democrats Tell Haslam to Listen to GOP Governors Expanding Medicaid

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

In what must be ironic news to the 330,000 Tennesseans waiting for a decision on Medicaid expansion, Governor Bill Haslam was chosen to Chair the National Governors Association’s Health and Human Services Committee along with vice-Chair Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.

“This could be terrific news for Tennessee,” said House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh. “Six [...]

Lawmakers Calls for Investigation of Haslam Contract

Friday, October 4th, 2013

State House Democratic leaders are outraged to learn via a News Channel 5 investigative report that Governor Bill Haslam’s administration may have rigged contracts to benefit out-of-state contractors at the behest of Jones Lang Lasalle.

“The continuing saga of the Jones Lang Lasalle contract is troubling to say the least,” said House Democratic [...]

Democrats Applaud President Obama’s Focus on a ‘Better Bargain for the Middle Class’

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Tennessee’s House Democrats are applauding President Barack Obama’s speech in Chattanooga on the need to reinvest in building a strong, sustainable middle class.

“We are so proud that President Obama chose Tennessee to present his vision for cutting taxes and investing in job growth,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner. [...]

Haslam’s Attack on Middle Class Driving Unemployment Higher

Friday, July 19th, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Labor released numbers Thursday showing that Tennessee continues to be a leader in rising unemployment rates. The unemployment rate is now at 8.5 percent, nearly one percent higher than the national unemployment rate of 7.6 percent.

“The Republicans have spent the past year trying to find new [...]

State Democrats Cheer Congressman Cooper’s Effort to Protect Voters

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

House Democrats support a proposal by Congressman Jim Cooper to amend the U.S. Constitution in support of the people’s right to vote

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — House Democrats are applauding a proposal by Congressman Jim Cooper (D-Nashville) to enshrine the people’s right to vote in the Constitution. On Wednesday, Rep. Cooper announced that he would introduce [...]

House Democrats Lead Defeat of Bill to Weaken Oversight of Corporate Influence

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — House Democrats were joined by 13 Republicans and one Independent Republican in voting against legislation by House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada to change corporate contribution laws. The bill failed 48-41 after nearly an hour of debate.

“The people of Tennessee don’t want this because they know that money corrupts,” said House [...]

Weakening the Middle Class: Workers Suffer Worst Week at Legislature

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

The Republicans who control the Tennessee State House passed on Thursday a series of bills that will weaken the middle class by eliminating rights and lowering wages for Tennessee workers.

During the nearly four-hour session, House Republicans voted to destroy the state workers’ compensation system and do away with the prevailing wage, a rule [...]

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, [...]

Democrats Call on Haslam to Protect Injured Workers’ Rights in Compensation Changes

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

House Democrats joined workers’ advocates to ask Governor Haslam to delay HB194 until the Department of Labor gets its house in order

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — House Democrats joined with workers’ advocates today to call on Governor Bill Haslam to delay the special interest workers’ compensation overhaul package until 2014. This renewed push comes after a [...]