Dear Tennessee Democrat,,
Democrats want to work with Republicans to do the right thing - to save Tennessee lives and ensure the health and safety of everyone who lives and works in this beautiful state. And as the state legislature heads back into session next week, it's clear that all Republicans want to do is ram through their extremist agenda.
Republicans can't be trusted to do their job anymore. As unemployment in the state surpasses 500,000, deaths from COVID 19 are on the rise, and the safety-net crumbles into a mess of hours spent waiting on the phone and missing checks, their plan when the state legislature goes back into session next week will be to continue their march to reduce pour liberties, dismantle public education, and increasing access to permit-less guns.
It's also clear Republicans can't be trusted to do what's right anymore. Expanding access to absentee voting is a bi-partisan no brainer. The Secretary of State in Michigan as well as Republican Secretaries of State in Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska and West Virginia are sending all registered voters applications for absentee ballots. They know that in this public health crisis they must do everything they can to protect the health and safety of voters and poll workers.
But rather than working with Democrats to change the law and expand access to absentee voting, Tennessee Republicans have to be sued to do the right thing.
Next week, Democrats will once again try to do the job they were sent to Nashville to do:
- Ensure medical treatment for people who don’t have health insurance
- Protect lives in the wake of the COVID 19 Pandemic
- Provide necessary relief for the over 500,000 unemployed
- Expand access to absentee ballots to keep you safe when you vote
A smart, effective government that keeps its people safe should be the goal of every elected representative. If Republicans can't do the work necessary to protect us through these difficult times, they need to get out of the way and let Democrats lead.
Proud to be a Democrat with you,
Chair, Tennessee Democratic Party
PS - Voting is more important now than ever. Donate to our voter protection program.
TAKE ACTION: ADVOCATE FOR
UNIVERSAL ABSENTEE BALLOTS
The COVID-19 pandemic poses a new threat to elections across Tennessee. But Tennessee has the ability to ensure Tennesseans don’t have to choose between exercising their right to vote or working at the polls and protecting their health. We need your help.
Here are some actions you can take:
SIGN YOUR NAME TO DEMAND
UNIVERSAL ABSENTEE VOTING
"Action to safeguard our electoral system cannot wait. In a matter of weeks, millions of Americans across several states will be asked to vote in municipal and primary elections, and they deserve better than the impossible choice between preserving their well-being and casting their ballots." -TNDP chair, Mary Mancini
The above is from a letter from DNC state party chairs urging election commissions and governments to adopt legislation to expand voter health and safety. Read the full letter.
No Tennessean should ever have to choose between protecting their family or casting their vote. The Tennessee General Assembly had six different opportunities to pass legislation to protect voters before they recessed last month. The Republican supermajority voted everything down. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has emphatically stressed social distancing and staying away from crowds of ten or more. Polling places are in direct conflict with CDC recommendations and force voters to choose between staying safe or casting their vote. Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Governor Bill Lee, and President Donald Trump must create universal absentee voting. Sign the petition now!
CONVERSATIONS AND QUESTIONS:
TN HOUSE DISTRICT 8
Join Jay's campaign! This week we sat down with Jay Clark, candidate for TN House District 8. Hear first hand the issues Jay plans to tackle in office and why he decided to run. Watch the discussion!
Conversations and Questions, a weekly happy hour, happens every Thursday at 4:00 pm CT/ 5:00 pm ET on Facebook live. Each week we sit down with Democratic candidates on the 2020 ballot to discuss current issues, their platform, and their campaigns.
TNDP TRAINING HUB
We have the opportunity in 2020 to present ourselves and our candidates to voters who are looking for an alternative to the corrupt and inept Republican Party.
Digital organizing and digital voter engagement is more crucial than ever during this crisis and we must operate as if it will not be completely over by August or November.
That's why we created a the TNDP Training Hub to serve as your one stop shop for trainings and skill building.
The TNDP Hub provides county parties, candidates, and campaigns a list of training opportunities from the TNDP, DNC, National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC) and other orgs that covers digital organizing, campaign planning, communications, field & volunteer recruitment, fundraising, and training the trainer.
NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT:
FILL OUT THE US CENSUS
It's a census year, and with more time at home there is ZERO EXCUSE for you to not fill it out. A few quick facts on the importance of the census:
- Congresses uses the data to determine how many Representatives a state gets.
- The federal government uses census numbers to allocate more than $675 billion in federal funds annually for community programs and services, such as education programs, housing and community development, health care services for the elderly and job training.
- State, local and tribal governments use census information for planning and allocating funds for new school construction, libraries, highway safety and public transportation systems, new roads and bridges, location of police and fire departments and many other projects.
- Many 911 emergency systems are based on maps developed for the last census.
Fill out the census now!
IF YOU DON'T KNOW, NOW YOU KNOW:
A TNDP PODCAST
This year we head to the ballot box, both locally and nationally. It feels weird to say that given the current state of our country and world, but, elections now are crucial to our economy and health. Use some of your time at home to catch up on some of the biggest stories in Tennessee's legislature.
If You Don’t Know, Now You Know: A TNDP Podcast is hosted by Tennessee Democratic Party Chair, Mary Mancini. 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.
TWEETS OF THE WEEK
YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS IN ACTION
In the face of the pandemic, Democrats are leading the charge to save and protect Tennesseeans. Before they were elected though, they had to be recruited and trained through the Democratic Party. Any contribution you give today, will help us strengthen our pipeline of candidates and ensure we have effective campaigns running.
Will you consider donating today?