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Impact of March 1st Cuts on Middle Class Families, Jobs and Economic Security: Tennessee

Unless Congress acts by March 1st, a series of automatic cuts—called the sequester—will take effect that threaten hundreds of thousands of middle class jobs, and cut vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women [...]

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Roy Herron published his first column as Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party in the Feb. 22nd edition of The Tennessean. In the article, Herron lays out his reasons for being a Democrat. You can read the full article here:

Why I’m a Democrat
by Roy Herron

“How can [...]

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SEQUESTER FACTS: House Republicans’ Sequester Will Eliminate Millions of Jobs, Including Nearly 40,000 Jobs in Tennessee

Tea Party House Republicans left the capital last week without any attempt to negotiate a deal on the sequester — a series of deep and indiscriminate cuts that experts estimate will eliminate millions of jobs and could throw the [...]

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President Barack Obama presented a plan today to protect our children and communities by reducing gun violence.

Our nation has suffered too much at the hands of dangerous people who use guns to commit horrific acts of violence. As President Obama said following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, “We won’t be able to [...]

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After decades of paying into Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, these services have provided millions of Tennesseans with security in bad times and dignity in old age. Regardless of these programs successful track record, Republicans are chomping at the bit to cut these essential services and balance our nation’s budget on the backs of our [...]

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Sen. Jim Kyle (D-Memphis) is challenging the growing culture of corruption in the state legislature by pressuring the Republicans who control Nashville to adopt greater transparency rules for the state Senate.

If Republican politicians are going to waste our time on extreme legislation that doesn’t create jobs or draft new handouts for wealthy special interests, [...]

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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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