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28 May
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Just Like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell

11222049_10153240718780831_911872457010770941_oToday, the Tennessee Democratic Party continued to hold Republicans accountable for abandoning 280,000 Tennesseans by refusing to pass Insure Tennessee.

Standing with our Democratic legislators, we held a press conference to ask Republican lawmakers three simple questions:

  1. Why are Tennessee’s Republican legislators more concerned with their own political futures than they are with the futures of 280,000 Tennesseans without access to affordable health care?
  2. Why are Tennessee’s Republican legislators more concerned with playing politics with health care like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell than with giving Tennesseans what they want – a vote on Insure Tennessee?
  3. Why are Tennessee’s Republican legislators more concerned with hiding their access to affordable health care than with helping 280,000 hard working Tennesseans get their own access?

We will continue the fight to hold Republicans accountable and continue to stand up for our Democratic values – but we can’t do it without your financial support.

AND WE DID THAT TODAY TOO! During the press conference we also made it clear what Tennessee Democrats stand for:

  1. Tennessee Democrats stand for opportunity for all, because all Tennesseans matter and should have access to affordable health care.
  2. Tennessee Democrats stand for strong families and communities, because nothing make families stronger than having access to a family doctor.
  3. Tennessee Democrats stand for effective and transparent government, because when government is transparent then legislators will put people before politics.
Won’t you help us hold Republicans accountable while we stand strong for Tennessee Democratic values? Click here.
All the best. And thank you!
Mary

Mary Mancini
Chair, Tennessee Democratic Party

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22 May
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TNDP, DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATORS DEMAND GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY, ASK GOVERNOR TO CALL A SPECIAL SESSION TO PASS INSURE TENNESSEE

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Latest Vanderbilt Poll shows up to two-thirds of registered voters want Insure Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nashville, Tenn. (May 22, 2015) — With 64 percent of registered voters favoring Insure Tennessee, Democrats will convene a press conference to demand that Republicans be accountable to the people of the state. They will also call on Governor Haslam to call another special session to approve the plan. Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini will be joined by Democratic members of the General Assembly. The TNDP will announce on Tuesday, May 26, a confirmed time, date and location for the press conference.

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22 May
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TNDP CHAIR MARY MANCINI FEATURED SPEAKER AT COCKE COUNTY FUNDRAISER

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Nashville, Tenn. (May 22, 2015) —Tennessee Democratic Party (TNDP) Chair Mary Mancini will headline the Cocke County Democratic Party Fundraising Dinner this Saturday, May 30. The fundraiser will be held at 6 p.m., Brandywine Creek Steakhouse and Tavern, 1071 W Hwy 25 70, Newport.

“Now is the time to unite Democrats and Chair Mancini has been on the forefront rebuilding and re-energizing Democrats all over the state. She has been instrumental in helping us lay the groundwork to strengthen our party here in Cocke County as we prepare for the upcoming election cycle in 2016,” said Marjorie Ramsey, Cocke County Democratic Party Chair.

Mancini, the second woman to lead the TNDP, will focus her speech about her vision for the future of Tennessee Democrats, plans to to expand the Democratic Party and seat more state, county and local leaders.

“As Democrats, we continue to advocate for the Cocke County families who need a voice and proper representation at all levels. We are committed to empowering residents so they can build strong grassroots campaigns for elections to engage their friends and neighbors,” said Chair Mancini. “We want to build a better future for all Tennesseans by working on issues such as access to affordable health care, raising the minimum wage, retirement security and greater accountability in the public and private sectors.”

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21 May
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RARE REPUBLICAN CANDOR

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Excuses were all she could provide when Republican Speaker of the House Beth Harwell talked about the legislature’s failure to approve Insure Tennessee.

Harwell said there weren’t enogh votes, stating, “We are dealing with a political issue.”

Yes, to Tennessee Republicans a vote on Insure Tennessee was always a case of party allegiance trumping what Tennesseans want – access to affordable health care, functioning rural hospitals, and fiscal responsibility. To them, it was never about good policy or access to affordable health care. To them, it was always a purely political issue to be weighed against the wants of national Republican leaders and their big-money donors.

Speaker Harwell’s and Republican legislators’ inability to ignore party politics and even discuss Insure Tennessee is why Tennessean columnist Keel Hunt describes the GOP-majority legislature as “broken.

Even a recent Vanderbilt poll shows that 2 out of 3 Tennesseans want a discussion and full vote on Insure Tennessee.

But it’s clear that Republican are ignoring the will of the voters and are instead taking marching orders from their national party who are more interested in creating more gridlock in Washington than access to affordable health care, functioning rural hospitals, and fiscal responsibility.

And while Tennessee Republicans continue to play politics, Tennessee Democrats will continue to lead the fight for access to affordable health care in all 95 counties and strong community hospitals that save lives and stimulate the local economy.

Continued news coverage, columns, editorials and letters to the editor show that Tennesseans want to keep Insure Tennessee alive. As Democrats, we now have a better chance to change the political landscape of the legislature by supporting representatives and voting for candidates who truly represent Tennesseans.

As I travel across the state to help kick off campaign season, I’m on the lookout for those who want to join us in helping bring about much-needed change. Please sign up to volunteer, canvass, register voters, and get out the vote and help us get the word out that it’s time to put Tennesseans above politics.

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All the best. And thank you!

Mary
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Mary Mancini
Chair, Tennessee Democratic Party

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21 May
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TNDP CHAIR MARY MANCINI: TENNESSEE REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS PRIORITIZE PARTY ALLEGIANCE OVER TENNESSEANS

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For Immediate Release                                                                                 May 21, 2015

(NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 21, 2015) — Last week, Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell admitted that Insure Tennessee failed because of politics as usual. Insure Tennessee was a “political issue,” she said, and she was unable to convince members of the Republican majority to hold a full floor discussion and vote on the proposal, which would have given 280,000 hardworking Tennesseans access to affordable health care. In response to Speaker Harwell’s admission TNDP Chair Mary Mancini issued the following statement:

“Rarely do we get such a candor from Republican leadership.” Mancini said, “Speaker Harwell knows that members of her own party put politics above the people they supposedly represent. It’s no secret that the national Republican Party plays partisan politics with access to affordable health care and Tennessee Republicans have fallen in lock step.”

A recent Vanderbilt Poll indicates that two-thirds of Tennesseans surveyed want the entire legislative body to discuss and vote on the health insurance proposal, illustrating a disconnect between the goals of Republican lawmakers and what the people of Tennessee want their legislators to do.

“It’s a clear case of party allegiance trumping what Tennesseans want – access to affordable health care, functioning rural hospitals, and fiscal responsibility,” Mancini said, “Instead of listening to the people who voted them into office, Tennessee Republicans chose to serve themselves and their political party. Tennessee Democrats will continue to lead the fight for hardworking Tennesseans by working for access to affordable health care in all 95 counties and strong community hospitals that save lives and stimulate the local economy.”

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14 May
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13 May
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A doctor for every Tennessee family, not just Sen. Todd Gardenhire’s.

A doctor for every Tennessee family, not just Senator Gardenhire's.

A doctor for every Tennessee family, not just Senator Gardenhire’s.

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12 May
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Hey TNGOP: Every Tennessee Family Should Have a Family Doctor, Not Just You

Following a report showing that while Republican lawmakers have access to affordable healthcare, they have refused the same access for nearly 300,000 Tennesseans by killing Insure Tennessee, TNDP Chair Mary Mancini issued the following statement:

“Republicans who voted against Insure Tennessee are fortunate enough to be part of an privileged group – the 24 percent of part-time workers in American who receive health insurance benefits from their employer,” Mancini said, “Republicans leaders have theirs and yet they refuse to pass legislation that would give the same access to hundreds of thousands of hardworking Tennesseans.”

Democratic leaders in the legislature have refused to give up the fight as they continue to push for legislation to resurrect the proposal to provide hundreds of thousands of working families with federally funded health insurance already paid for by Tennesseans.

“As Democrats, we stand for strong families and communities and nothing helps to build a strong family than being able to take your kids to the doctor when they’re sick,” Mancini said, “Every Tennessee family should have a family doctor, not just the families of the privileged few.”

To schedule interviews with Chair Mary Mancini or for more information, contact Beryl Chong at 775-682-0152 or beryl@tndp.org. http://www.tndp.org.

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

You want to know the difference between Tennessee Democrats and Tennessee Republicans? Well look no further than the Tennessee General Assembly.

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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, would approve the plan….During the hearing Tuesday…there was very little discussion….Sen. Dolores Gresha, R-Somerville, asked one question about the plan, the only question asked by a committee member

‘It was disconcerting to see the lack of any meaningful discussion. The people of Tennessee deserved better from their legislature today,’ said Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville.”

The 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 “Insure Tennessee” is “Obama Care” clearly shows that they let their hatred of President Obama get in the way of doing what’s right for the people of Tennessee.

LACK OF CHARACTER: Republican Senator Todd Gardenhire, (R-Chattanooga), who voted against access to affordable health care for 300,000 Tennesseans twice, was filmed calling an Insure Tennessee supporter an “a**hole.” The comment came in response to a question about whether Gardenhire planned to keep his own insurance after voting to deny healthcare to 300,000 hard working Tennesseans.

Sen. Gardenhire showed he had no compassion when he voted twice to deny healthcare to over a quarter of a million hardworking Tennesseans. Sen. Gardenhire showed he had no common sense when he voted twice to turn down over a billion dollars in federal funding to ensure that rural hospitals in Tennessee can stay open. Now Sen. Gardenhire has shown a serious lack of character after calling a fellow Tennessean an a**hole.

LACK OF LEADERSHIP: After the Sen. Gardenhire incident, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) was asked what he thought and instead of reprimanding his Senator, he all but said, “Boys will be boys.”

What kind of leader doesn’t hold his own people accountable for their actions? The kind that panders to special interests, like Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville), who had no problem fast-tracking legislation to allow guns in Tennessee’s parks to appease the NRA. But pushing her members to vote to give access to affordable health care to 300,000 hardworking Tennesseans? No sense of urgency whatsoever.

Speaker Harwell on Guns in Parks Legislation: “And of course we wanted to show we were supportive of them and their agenda, so yeah, we pushed the bill to today.” (Link)

Speaker Harwell on Insure Tennessee: “Do I think we want to spend a lot of time during the regular session? Nah, I don’t think that.” (Link)

This is just another example of Republican opportunism. They saw a chance to do the bidding of the NRA and didn’t hesitate. Speaker Harwell didn’t even have the courage to vote no after admitting that her constituents were against the bill. This lack of leadership is a hallmark of her tenure as Speaker.

At this point, let’s be clear about something, the Tennessee Democratic Party believes in having an honest, open conversation about guns. Part of that conversation is that we strongly believe that guns have no place in parks, especially in parks when children are present during school activities. We can work together to enact commonsense improvements, but when Republicans kowtow to the NRA by stifling discussions, they make it clear that they are more interested in serving radical special interests than the people of Tennessee.


From the Tennessee Democratic Party’s side of the aisle, we continue to see our Democrats WORKING HARD FOR ALL TENNESSEANS.

Tennessee Democrats have sponsored bills this year that address issues of minimum wage to help ensure that over 100,000 hardworking Tennesseans are able to earn a good day’s wage for a good day’s work, equal pay for women, protecting investments in public education, and expanding access to affordable health care.

Everyday Democratic Representatives and Senators are working hard to ensure that Tennessee is a state that treats everyone equally and creates opportunity for all.

 

Don’t ever let anyone tell you there’s no difference.

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31 Mar
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Chair Mancini Statement on Insure Tennessee Senate Committee Vote

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 “Insure Tennessee” is  “Obama Care” clearly shows that they let their hatred of President Obama get in the way of doing what’s right for the people of Tennessee.”

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