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Congressional Budget Compromise

On January 2, 2013 By

Here’s a run-down of what was in the budget/tax compromise reached by Congress earlier this week:

Tax rates: The bill permanently extends all of the Bush tax cuts for incomes below $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for families, while reinstating the Clinton-era 39.6 percent tax rate for income above those thresholds.

Capital gains and dividends: [...]

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State Sen. Lowe Finney, the Democratic caucus chairman in the upper chamber, penned an editorial for The Tennessean laying out the case for implementing patient-centered health reform in Tennessee.

From his article:

A new Tennessee General Assembly is just a few weeks from convening. Among the many challenges awaiting it have been whether [...]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s commitment to fighting for an extension of tax cuts for the middle class, in addition to working toward a balanced approach to reducing our nation’s deficit:

“When the American people went to the polls on November 6th, [...]

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For months and months, President Obama and Democrats across the country have said that tackling our budget problems requires a balanced approach. That’s what’s best for middle-class families. An economy built not from the top down, but from the middle out.

The election is over. The people have spoken. It’s time for both [...]

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Everyone has heard of Black Friday, the annual day after Thanksgiving shopping rush. Now there’s Small Business Saturday to encourage folks to shop at local retailers. There’s Cyber Monday for those looking for online deals. And now there’s Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday is a different way to participate in the holiday rush: donating your [...]

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Knoxville News Sentinal

House 13 — Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville

House 15 — Joe Armstrong, D-Knoxville

House 33 — Jim Hackworth, D-Clinton


Chattanooga Times

Third Congressional District — Dr. Mary Headrick

Fourth Congressional District — Eric Stewart

Senate 10 — Andrae McGary

House 27 — Frank Eaton

House 28 — [...]

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One very intended consequence of the Republican party’s effort to open up Tennessee to corporate contributions is a flood of unaccountable, out-of-state money coming into the state to run negative and misleading campaigns against candidates who want to improve our schools and grow the economy for the middle class.

One such group that is [...]

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Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester and Democratic candidates for the state legislature will rally alongside labor leaders and volunteers at three Get Out The Vote Rallies on Saturday in Davidson County.

“Working and middle class families know this is an important election and that’s why they’re coming together to hold the special interests and [...]

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Desjarlais Campaign Telling Reporters His Second Patient Mistress is Correcting the Times Free Press’ Patient-Sex-Drugs Story.

“The woman mentioned in this article has reached out to both the congressman’s wife and the paper to express concerns about her statements being taken out of context and factual inaccuracies contained in this article,” a statement from campaign [...]

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Party Looking for Full Disclosure on the Unethical Republican Doctor who had Sex with a Patient

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Democratic Party is asking a judge to unseal court records tied to Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ doctor-patient sex scandal.

Gerard Stranch, chief legal counsel for the state party, [...]

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