TNDP Weekly Recap: Stand with Vindman & Against Republicans Broken Promises

//TNDP Weekly Recap: Stand with Vindman & Against Republicans Broken Promises
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Hours before Governor Lee’s State of the State address, TNHoller produced a video outlining the reality of the state of Tennessee, including some heart wrenching statistics. Watch it now to learn the truth about our state. 

Tennessee is:

  • 39th in Median Household Income
  • 47th in Small Business Ownership
  • 41st in Poverty
  • 37th for Children Living in Poverty
  • 1st in Minimum Wage Jobs

But you wouldn’t know it listening to Governor Bill Lee.

The speech was insulting to struggling Tennesseans and was filled with big promises – slight increases in funding for education, teacher pay, and mental health services – that have already been broken.

EDUCATION: Less than 12 hours after the speech, Governor Lee’s staff backtracked and said they couldn’t promise the $117 Million would translate to larger teacher paychecks. And even if teachers did see an increase in pay, it would be less than what was promised (approximately $28 more per paycheck) and hardly enough to cover what they are already paying out-of-pocket for state mandated supplies and materials.

MENTAL HEALTH: Lee also promised to invest $250 Million in mental health, yet his staff clarified that the money will actually go to a Wall Street fund and will reach patients ONLY IF the investment turns a profit in coming years. Families struggling with mental health issues need direct investment in mental health services today, not if and when a gamble with our tax dollars pays off.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM: Governor Lee also announced a “criminal justice reform plan” that focused on increasing punishments, but does nothing to address inequity in the system or invest in successful community prevention and re-entry programs.

Republican at the state legislature copied Lee’s theme of broken promises and harmful policy decisions throughout the rest of the week by defending the treasonous actions of a confederate racist, refusing to invest in the care of hungry school children, and pushing for more guns on public university and college campuses. And then we had to listen to it all again from Washington the next night!

TRUMP’S IMPACT ON TENNESSEE: Donald Trump delivered a heavily partisan speech during the State of the Union on Tuesday night and, like Governor Lee the night before, did so while ignoring the harm and destruction of his policies on Tennesseans. Here are a few:

  • Trump trade policies have all but wiped out Tennessee soybean farmers, who were sending 60% of their crops to China
  • Tennessee Farmer bankruptcies are up 29%
  • Medically uninsured children jumped up 18%
  • Job growth has slowed dramatically, and 2019 was the slowest year for job growth since 2011
  • The national deficit for FY 2019 reached nearly $1 trillion, almost double what it was when President Obama left office
  • For the first time in decades, corporations paid a lower tax rate in 2018 than most Tennessee families 

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again – we’re on the ground every day to help elect leaders who will support our children, our students, and our families with smart and effective policies that will improve lives. Join us by joining your Democratic County Party, a TNDP Caucus, or a Democratic candidate’s campaign of your choice.

Together we can make Tennessee a better place for all who live and work here.

– Mary Mancini
Chair, Tennessee Democratic Party


STAND WITH TNDP VETERANS AND

MILITARY FAMILIES CAUCUS

The Tennessee Democratic Party Veterans and Military Families Caucus released an open letter to address Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn’s attack on Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. Instead of defending the decorated veteran and his sacrifices for our country, Senator Blackburn contributed to the witness backlash by sending a series of tweets questioning his patriotism and ultimately resulting in the loss of Lt. Col. Vindman’s job. The letter denounces Senator Blackburn and asks her to apologize for treating a member of the military in such a disrespectful way simply because she disagreed with him. All Tennesseeans are invited to stand with Veterans and Military Families by signing the letter denouncing Senator Blackburn’s behavior. Sign the letter now!


REPUBLICANS DEFEND CONFEDERATE

GENERAL AND VOTE TO KEEP 

NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST BUST

AT CAPITOL

First things first, when someone pulls out the “politically correct” card it means they’re trying to control the debate to ultimately stop social change and progress.

Representative Rick Staples brought legislation again this week to remove the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust from a place of honor in the State Capitol. Republicans continued to argue against the removal. Republican Representative Sexton went as far to say, “There wasn’t enough data to know if Nathan Bedford Forrest was a bad person. He made mistakes, and all humans make mistakes…..There’s a lot of pressure for people to be politically correct and I don’t want to go down that road.” Republicans then voted against the legislation and in favor of keeping the bust.

In the words of Democratic Representative Bo Mitchell, “This is not political correctness, this is historical correctness…. We know what this is about and you’re either for or against the man who took up arms against the United States.”


PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY EARLY VOTING

BEGINS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH 

Early voting begins this upcoming Wednesday, February 12th and runs through February 25th. A flat tire, sleeping through an alarm, or a meeting that runs late. Life happens, so don’t let it stop you from voting. Get ahead and vote early. Find your polling location and make a plan to vote now!


LISTEN NOW: TNDP PODCAST

On Monday, we heard Governor Lee’s State of the State, which focused heavily on education and possible investments. In our podcast, TNDP Chair, Mary Mancini sits down with Tennessee Education Association President, Beth Brown. Hear first-hand the current state of education.


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! 


TWEETS FROM THE WEEK


INVEST IN DEMOCRACY 

Disgusted by Marsha Blackburn’s behavior? Discouraged by Governor Lee and the Republican legislator’s broken promises?

The most impactful thing you can do to make the change you want to see in Tennessee, is to vote. But we also have to have strong candidates running good campaigns if we want to win and that’s where your investment in the our work 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.

Thank you!

PAID FOR BY THE TENNESSEE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, DR. GEETA MCMILLAN, TREASURER NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATE’S COMMITTEE. CONTRIBUTIONS OR GIFTS TO TENNESSEE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ARE NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

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