There’s a lot to get to today – deadlines, trainings, and news – so let’s get to it!
Have a great weekend!
– Mary Mancini
Chair, Tennessee Democratic Party
ATTN: VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE
IS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD
The voter registration deadline for voting in the March 3rd presidential primary is this MONDAY, February 3rd. Make sure you double check your registration – many voters have been purged the past few years. After you’ve checked your voter registration, make sure to help a friend register to vote. Friends that vote together, stay together!
- Monday, February 3, 2020 – Voter Registration Deadline
- Wednesday, February 12 – Tuesday, February 25, 2020: Early Voting Period
- Tuesday, February 25, 2020 – Absentee Ballot Request Deadline (Find out more about absentee voting)
- Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – Presidential Preference Primary and State/County Primary Election Day
Register or check your voter registration now!
HELP PROTECT THE VOTE
Find out how you can help protect the vote and ensure everyone’s voice is heard at the polls this year. These training sessions will teach you the basics of voter protection and how to become a poll watcher on Super Tuesday, March 3rd 2020. Register for an event near you now:
BECOME A DNC DELEGATE
The deadline to apply to be a DNC Delegate is less than 30 days away. Visit TNDP’s website for more details.
We are hosting a series of workshops across the state to explain the process for becoming a delegate. Register for a Delegate Selection Workshop near you!
REPRESENTATIVE HODGES QUESTIONS
MOTIVES FOR KEEPING
NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST STATUE
During a committee meeting this week, Representative Rick Staples proposed removing Nathan Bedford Forrest’s bust from the Capital. During a Confederate historians’ bargaining to keep it, Representative Jason Hodges asked an important question that reveals the horrific acts the bust actually represents. Watch the viral video now!
TN HOUSE DEMOCRATS DEMAND
$1.5 BILLION INVESTMENT FOR OUR
After overwhelming data of voucher programs not working and a high rate of fraud associated with vouchers, Republicans spent hours passing a rule to speed up the implementation of vouchers in Tennessee. Rather than spending the millions of Tennessee taxpayer dollars it will take to implement, Republicans should be focused on meeting the required funding for our public schools. Tennessee ranks 45th in the entire nation for funding public education, yet, Governor Bill Lee likes to brag about the billions of dollars in Tennessee’s surplus. In a press conference on Tuesday, Democrats from the State House and State Senate announced a plan to fix BEP funding and increase student funding by $1.5 Billion to address three main issues:
- Boosting teacher pay
- Increasing the number of nurses and social workers in schools
- Updating student-to-staff ratios
LISTEN NOW: TNDP PODCAST
TNDP has partnered with We Own This Town Network to launch “If You Didn’t Know, Now You Know: A TNDP Podcast.” Recorded live from the Tennessee state capitol in Nashville, we speak with lawmakers, activists, and candidates, people who can tell you – and show you – how the laws are made that affect our lives. There’s no shortage of issues to be covered – about freedom, opportunity, equity, justice, and safety – and we’ll hustle to keep you in the loop.
Check out last week’s episode with Senator Katrina Robinson and the Tennessee AFL-CIO on The Right To Work For Less.
Check out this week’s episode with the Tennessee Educators Association President, Beth Brown.
TWEETS FROM THE WEEK
SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER DEFINES
HIS 40+ YEARS POLITICAL CAREER BY
HELPING COVER UP
DONALD TRUMP’S CORRUPTION
Millions of phone calls were made and thousands of letters were sent. After days of Democrats from the US House and Senate asking tough questions about Donald Trump’s corruption and collusion to interfere with a United States’ election, Senator Lamar Alexander decided to vote no on allowing witnesses during the impeachment trial. His reasoning? He already knew Donald Trump was guilty. Read more….
INVEST IN DEMOCRACY
Enraged by Lamar Alexander’s decision? Heartbroken by Tennessee General Assembly’s Republicans focus on a slate of hate instead of legislation to help families? The most impactful thing you can do to change that is vote. But, we’ve got to have strong candidates running good campaigns if we want to win, and that’s where your investment in the party is crucial. It’s expensive to maintain and expand TNDP operations in an election year. Paying for things like poll watcher trainings, candidate recruitment efforts and campaign support are expensive – that’s why every dollar you contribute helps us win elections and fight back.