Jackson Day 2012: Fired Up and Ready to Go

April 2nd, 2012 by TNDP

Tennessee Democrats kicked off the 2012 campaign season by celebrating Jackson Day on the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville this past weekend.  Our big tent party went into the night as 700 folks from across the state celebrated our past and looked forward to the future.

We honored Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh with the Gov. Ned [...]

Chairman Forrester on the Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

March 23rd, 2012 by TNDP

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester today released the following statement on the two year anniversary of President Obama’s signing of the Affordable Care Act – which to date has helped millions of middle class families, seniors, and young people receive quality affordable health care:

“Two years ago with the stroke of a pen, [...]

Election Botched: Former Congressman Lincoln Davis Denied the Right to Vote and Fighting Back

March 9th, 2012 by TNDP

The state election office made a historic mess of Tennessee’s Presidential Primary — with mistakes that robbed a former U.S. Congressman and his wife of their right to vote and denied voters access to the polls.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett and State Election Coordinator Mark Goins are in charge of the government office [...]

Election Botched: Former Congressman Lincoln Davis Denied the Right to Vote and Fighting Back

March 9th, 2012 by TNDP

The state election office made a historic mess of Tennessee’s Presidential Primary — with mistakes that robbed a former U.S. Congressman and his wife of their right to vote and denied voters access to the polls.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett and State Election Coordinator Mark Goins are in charge of the government office [...]

The End of an Era: Speaker Naifeh Set to Retire

March 8th, 2012 by TNDP

NASHVILLE – Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh announced today on the House floor that he will not seek re-election to his district 81 seat this fall. Naifeh has served in the House of Representatives for 38-years, 18 of which he spent as Speaker of the House.

“Governor McWherter always told me when it was time to [...]

TNDP Chair Chip Forrester’s Statement on Results of Tennessee’s Presidential Primary

March 6th, 2012 by TNDP

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester released the following statement tonight on the results of the GOP Primary in Tennessee:

“Mitt Romney’s loss tonight shows that he is out-of-touch with Tennesseans and it raises serious concerns about his chances in November — if he can make it to the general election. Not [...]

Tennessee Veterans Oppose Governor’s Move to Take Away Veterans’ Rights

February 24th, 2012 by TNDP

Halsam’s “TEAM” Act Would Eliminate Veterans’ Preference for State Workers

Governor Bill Haslam’s stealthy effort to eliminate veterans’ preference for state hires looks poised to hit a very public stumbling block — Tennessee veterans.

Haslam’s TEAM Act would eliminate civil service rules, such as veterans’ preference, that protect taxpayers from political patronage, a corrupted [...]

Rep. Mike Turner Fighting Republican Plan to Eliminate Veterans’ Preference

February 21st, 2012 by TNDP

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner stood up for Tennessee veterans and their families Tuesday defending the state’s “veterans’ preference” hiring policy.

Governor Bill Haslam and Republicans are proposing to eliminate preference given to military veterans and spouses of deceased and disabled veterans with a change to state personnel rules.

Haslam’s “TEAM Act,” sponsored [...]

Early Voting Underway in Tennessee

February 21st, 2012 by TNDP

Early voting for the March 6th Presidential Primary is underway in Tennessee, and you have one week — until February 28 — to cast your vote early.

If you miss early voting, Tennessee is among 10 states holding its Presidential Primary on “Super Tuesday” March 6th.

But why wait? Click here [...]

Democrats Launch Online Petition Against Governor’s Move to Increase Class Sizes

February 8th, 2012 by TNDP

View the Petition: http://tndp.org/blog/take-action/tell-governor-haslam-class-size-matters/

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Democratic Party launched Wednesday an online petition drive opposing Governor Bill Haslam’s proposal to eliminate average class size requirements at public schools. Chairman Chip Forrester released this statement to accompany the petition:

“Parents and teachers know first hand what a difference small class sizes make [...]