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Don’t Think There’s a Difference Between TN Democrats and TN Republicans? Think Again.

Monday, April 6th, 2015
You want to know the difference between Tennessee Democrats and Tennessee Republicans? Well look no further than the Tennessee General Assembly. [Get messages like these delivered straight to your inbox – sign up  here!] From the Tennessee Republican Party’s side of the aisle, we see a staggering lack of CONCERN, CHARACTER, and LEADERSHIP. LACK OF CONCERN: Without much consideration or thought, Senate Republicans dashed the hopes of Tennesseans like Tracy Foster, who need access to affordable health insurance to stave off life-threatening diseases and potential personal bankruptcies: “It was never very likely the nine-member committee, eight of whom are Republicans,...

Chair Mancini Statement on Insure Tennessee Senate Committee Vote

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
Nashville, Tenn. (March 31, 2015) — Mary Mancini, chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party issued the following statement after Insure Tennessee failed to pass out of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee: “Today’s vote on Insure Tennessee shows that Tennessee Republicans don’t care if they deny health care to hardworking Tennesseans. They don’t care that working families will go broke if they get sick. They don’t care that hospitals are going to close and people will lose their jobs. They don’t care that without health care, Tennesseans will die. The ridiculous amount of time they spent debating whether or not...

TNDP Chair Mancini Statment on Harwell, NRA & Guns in Parks

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
Nashville, Tenn. (March 31, 2015) — Yesterday, the Tennessee state house passed a bill allowing guns in parks, including those where little league and other youth sports are being played. After allowing no debate on the bill, Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell said, “And of course we wanted to show we were supportive of them and their agenda, so yeah, we pushed the bill to today.” Harwell was referring to the NRA and their upcoming conference in Nashville as the impetus to schedule the bill and pass it without debate. Mary Mancini, chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party issued the following...

Good News, Insure Tennessee & Equal Pay

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
GOOD NEWS ABOUT INSURE TENNESSEE! A resolution sponsored by Democratic Senator Jeff Yarbro (D-Nashville) Nashville to revive Insure Tennessee passed a Senate subcommittee yesterday. There’s still a long way to go to extend health coverage to 280,000 hardworking Tennesseans, but Democrats are fighting hard to keep it alive. Tomorrow, the resolution will come before the Senate Health Committee, which has different members than the committee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey rigged to defeat Insure Tennessee last month. There is hope! And because women in Tennessee lose $7 billion each year due to wage disparity -making anywhere from 77 to 83 cents for every dollar...

TN House & Senate Dems Working Hard for All Tennesseans

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
As the legislative session continues to move forward, I wanted to share with you some of the ways that our Tennessee Democratic legislators are working hard to create opportunities for all Tennesseans: Rep. Darren Jernigan (D-Nashville) and Sen. Sara Kyle (D-Memphis) have introduced legislation that would limit the interest charged by payday and title lenders to 28% annually. Many Tennesseans have become trapped in a cycle of debt with these companies, who often charge over 200% interest a year. Rep. Johnnie Turner (D-Memphis) and Sen. Lee Harris (D-Memphis) are sponsoring legislation that would set the minimum wage at $10.10/hr. It also...

Opportunism vs. Opportunity for All

Monday, March 16th, 2015
Last week I told you about Tennessee’s Republican legislators and their lack of concern for hardworking Tennesseans. You may be surprised to hear that since then, Republicans have admitted to the world that they are a very self-serving bunch. Last week, Republican State Rep. Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga) suggested that State Senate Republicans were meeting only to “pad their expense accounts.”  Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s only defense was to say that instead of focusing on work, House Republicans “adjourn…early to partake in social hour.” [% member:state default=”Friend” %], we know that Tennessee Republicans are focused on their own business instead of the...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Republican Bill Sanderson Fights for Republican Bill Sanderson

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
  Chooses to serve himself instead of the Tennesseans that elected him. Nashville, Tenn. (March 23, 2015) — In what can only be described as a very good week for him, Rep. Bill Sanderson (R-Kenton) passed two bills out of sub committees that would directly benefit his number one constituent – himself. The first of Rep. Sanderson’s bills, HB0029, protects landlord right over those of the tenants. His second bill, HB0760, benefits winery owners. Rep. Sanderson owns multiple rental properties across his district and recently had a ribbon cutting ceremony last fall for the opening of his own White Squirrel...

A Failure of Leadership

Thursday, February 5th, 2015
Yesterday was a truly a low point in our state’s history. With one vote in a senate committee, seven Republican senators made a decision to shut the door to critical healthcare for over a quarter of a million hard working Tennesseans. The seven Republicans are: Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga, Frank Niceley of Strawberry Plains, Mike Bell of Riceville, Janice Bowling of Tullahoma, Brian Kelseyof Germantown, Rusty Crowe of Johnson City and Kerry Roberts of Springfield. But those seven Republican senators didn’t act in a vacuum. The end of Insure Tennessee is a direct result in the failure of leadership by Republican...

Tennesseans with Medicare save $33M this year – WSMV Channel 4

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Thanks to the new health reform law, tens of millions of Americans are saving money, and getting the health care security they need.

Unfortunately, Tennessee Republicans are threatening to repeal the law, taking away the many critical — and POPULAR — reforms like ensuring people with preexisting conditions are no longer discriminated against, requiring insurance [...]

Democratic Businessman Mike McWherter Launches “Out of the Blue”

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

April 20, Democratic businessman Mike McWherter rolled out a daily news service for Tennesseans looking for news that covers the fight to provide opportunity for all Tennesseans.

We’re excited that Mike is using his strong voice to speak to these important issues.

You can read the announcement and sign up to receive emails from McWherter’s new website BlueTN.com:

Tomorrow you will be receiving a daily e-mail from me titled “Out of the Blue.” It is designed to summarize the “Daily Buzz” of events happening around the state. It is not designed to be an “editorial,” but rather a short version of comments by others from around the state on current affairs. Of course, with the legislature in session, many of the comments will center on their activities for now. My hope is this information will be useful in generating “coffee shop” talk throughout our state and provide you with commentary to engage in meaningful dialogue with your friends and acquaintances. Please feel free to forward this information onto others with whom you wish to share.

During my campaign for Governor, I realized a need to capture traditional and new media content in an easily accessible format to measure the thoughts of various constituencies. I am truly grateful to my supporters from the gubernatorial campaign, and in launching this communication tool, my goal is to help keep them informed. Many of you may be like me in finding it difficult to have the time to navigate all the different sources available online. This is an attempt to summarize the “daily buzz” from around the state. Trace Sharp, former newspaper editor and social media expert, has graciously agreed to staff this effort. I hope you find it useful and informative.

So many candidates walk away and “fold the tent” following their races. I want to remain an active Democrat and do everything I possibly can to promote the values our party. Due to the recent illness of my father, Governor Ned McWherter, we were forced to delay this venture, but now we are moving forward. Let me assure you, this is not an attempt to usurp any efforts by our leadership, but merely to help enhance communication efforts. United we can stand and develop an environment in our state which serves everyone, not just a privileged few.

To sign up to receive Out of the Blue use the form on the right.

Sincerely,

Mike McWherter