Archive for the ‘Roy Herron’ Category

TNDP Chair Roy Herron’s Statement on Raumesh Akbari’s Victory in State House District 91 Race

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Memphis — Following the announcement that Democratic candidate, Raumesh Akbari, won the special election race for Tennessee’s open State House District 91 seat, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron released the following statement:

Representative Akbari has won a clear victory, but it’s the people of Memphis who are the real winners. Today [...]

Herron Calls for Rules to Protect Taxpayers from ‘Exploding’ Contracts, Insider Dealing

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Comptroller Rebukes Haslam Contract with Business Partners

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron called for new rules to protect taxpayers from insider contracts that keep growing — and padding the contractor’s pockets.

The state comptroller’s office Wednesday issued what reporters called a “scathing” review of a contract Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration gave to [...]

Obamacare: What’s in a name?

Monday, October 14th, 2013

As the GOP government shutdown enters its third week, it’s important to consider why Republicans are risking great harm to the economy and working families. An extreme faction of one party in one house has shutdown the government because they don’t want Tennesseans to have Obamacare. Chairman Roy Herron wrote a column published Sunday in [...]

Herron: Why Tennessee should expand Medicaid

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Tens of thousands of Tennesseans are signing up for affordable health insurance through the new online exchanges. Meanwhile, dependable health coverage for 330,000 Tennesseans hangs in the balance.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press published the following column written by Chairman Roy Herron on October 10, 2013:

Why Tennessee should expand Medicaid

If [...]

Herron Calls for Comptroller Investigation

Friday, October 4th, 2013

State Employee: ‘We’ve Already Broken Several Laws’

News Report Reveals Haslam’s Business Partner Directed State Contract 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron today called for a comptroller’s investigation into dealings between Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration and a controversial firm with financial ties to the governor.

According to News Channel 5, Jones Lang [...]

GOP Shutdown Obstructing Full NTSB Investigation of Deadly Bus Crash

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Deadly Bus Crash Victims Deserve Full Federal Investigation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Following an East Tennessee bus crash that left eight people dead and 14 more injured, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron issued a statement today pressing Republicans in Congress to end their self-inflicted shutdown and return federal crash investigators to work:

“Republicans [...]

Herron: Republican Shut Down Threatens Economy, Tennessee Jobs

Monday, September 30th, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn — Ahead of the impending Republican shut down of the federal government, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron issued a statement Monday:

“Republicans are threatening to shut down our United States government unless they can deny hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans and millions of Americans affordable health care. The politicians [...]

New Report Shows Tennessee’s Obamacare Premiums Among Nation’s Lowest

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

GOP efforts to repeal would hurt economy and raise average rates

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As Republicans attempting to defund the Affordable Care Act march the country toward both a government shutdown and also a default on our obligations, the Tennessee Democratic Party touted new data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showing [...]

Chairman Roy Herron’s Statement on Lt. Gov. Ramsey Syria Comment

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron issued a statement Wednesday condemning a message broadcast from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey twitter page:

“Speaker Ramsey should fire whoever wrote such an outrageous, dishonest, misleading, incendiary, unpatriotic and dangerous attack on our nation’s president and on Republican leaders like Senators Corker and McCain and House [...]

The 9/11 Marathon

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Chairman Roy Herron wrote this essay shortly after the 9/11 attacks on America:


I had decided not to run the New York City Marathon in 2001. Then came September 11.

That morning a friend told me to turn on the television, and I watched as the second jetliner crashed into the World Trade [...]