Democrats

Rogero credited with paving the way to majority rule by women in Knoxville government

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero won’t say so out loud, but her election in 2011 and the efforts of a group called Women’s March Knoxville, helped pave the way for a transformation of city government in last week’s Knoxville elections, according to the News Sentinel.

For the first time in city history, four women will sit on the council. With Rogero included, the city’s representation will be five men, five women.

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National Democratic party leader sees TN as battleground state in 2018

Excerpt from a Nashville Post report on Democratic National Committee Associate Chair Jaime Harrison, formerly South Carolina Democratic chairman, speaking to a crowd of around 50 cheering Tennessee Democrats at a Nashville gathering:

“Y’all remember 2006?” Harrison said. “Our team invested in a 50-state strategy, put resources in every state across the land, and we took the majority in the House, which took the majority in the Senate, which led the foundation for what happened in 2008. And all those factors that we saw in 2006? We’re seeing them right now.”

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National Democrats urging Bredesen to run for U.S. Senate

U.S. Senate Democrats are “strenuously wooing” former Tennessee Gov.  Phil Bredesen as a candidate for the seat being vacated next year by Republican Sen. Bob Corker, reports the New York Times as an example in an article generally focused on the minority party’s expanding hopes of making political gains and new efforts to do so.

Mr. Bredesen has been courted personally by Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the (Senate) minority leader, as well as several governors who now serve in the Senate, including Mark Warner of Virginia, according to Democrats briefed on the overtures. And the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee commissioned a poll aimed at coaxing Mr. Bredesen to run.

Mr. Bredesen is in Washington this week and is said to be nearing a decision.

James Mackler, a Nashville attorney and Iraq War veteran, is already running for the Democratic nomination, having entered the race before Corker announced he would not seek reelection.

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher are running in the GOP primary with early polling indicating Blackburn may be the fronrunnner at this point.

TNDP backs ‘Medicare for all,’ $15 minimum wage and medical marijuana

News release from Tennessee Democratic Party

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, the Executive Committee of the Tennessee Democratic Party passed three resolutions supporting progressive policies. First they weighed in on health care, voicing their support for ‘Medicare for All.’

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Domestic assault charge against Maury County Democratic party chair dropped

Charges of domestic assault were dropped against Maury County’s Democratic Party chairman last week despite a police report that described his girlfriend as having a laceration above her right eyebrow after a confrontation with him, reports the Columbia Daily Herald.

Seth James Campbell, 28, was arrested Oct. 5, the morning after the alleged incident, a Columbia Police report said. After stepping aside briefly as chairman, Campbell was reinstated by the Democratic Party’s steering committee and will continue in his role.

“Everything totally was resolved; the DA dropped all charges,” Campbell told The Daily Herald on Saturday. “The party held an emergency executive committee meeting on Oct. 10 and voted to stay the course, pending a full investigation. With the charges being dropped, they have asked me to continue as chair of the party.”

Campbell challenged state Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, for her seat in the 2016 election as an independent. The Mt. Pleasant High School special education teacher and assistant football coach was named party chairman in March.

The girlfriend told police she did not want to press charges and sent the newspaper an email saying, “The officers may have had the best of intentions, but Seth should never have been arrested.”

Bredesen now considering run for U.S. Senate

Former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen, who previously had said he wasn’t interested in running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Bob Corker next year, now says he re-considering the idea after being contacted by several people who urged him to do so.

His comments came in a statement to the Associated Press:

 “In the days ahead, I’m going to do some research, talk with people and carefully think this through,” he said. “I’ll make a decision quickly.”

Bredesen, who turns 74 next month, served two terms as governor, leaving office in January, 2011. The only announced Democrat for the Senate seat, so far, is Nashville attorney James Mackler – though Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke says he’s also eyeing a run.

Teleconference call begins Berke Senate campaign?

Democrat Andy Berke touted his accomplishments as Chattanooga mayor as he promoted a potential run for the U.S. Senate to about 60 people in a teleconference call Sunday, reports the Times Free Press.

“I wouldn’t be thinking about it unless I thought this was a race that could be won,” Berke said. “It’s going to take effort. No one would say I would be the favorite in the race.”

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TNDP chair: If Haslam runs for Senate, Pilot Flying J will be an issue

News release from Tennessee Democratic Party

Nashville, Tenn. (September 29, 2017) – Mary Mancini, chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party, released the following statement on Gov. Haslam considering running for the US Senate:

“Gov. Haslam’s family company, Pilot Flying J, has been embroiled in a fraud scandal since 2013 that has resulted in 10 indictments and $170 million in fines. To this day, Gov. Haslam has not had to answer for these crimes, but he has likely profited from them as he still holds an undisclosed stake in the company.

Nobody knows how much he owns or has profited because his very first executive order eliminated requirements for the governor and top aides to disclose how much they earn in outside income.
If the Governor decides to run for US Senate, we expect there will be considerably more scrutiny of his finances and his family’s business practices.”

Former TNDP chair backs Mackler in potential Democratic Senate primary fight

Former Tennessee Democratic Party chairman Bob Tuke is standing by fellow military veteran James Mackler, the announced Senate Democratic candidate who learned Wednesday he may come under siege in the Democratic primary from as many as four rivals, including Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, reports the Times Free Press.

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Fitzhugh calls for special session on Medicaid expansion

News release from House Democratic Caucus

Nashville—House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh is calling for Gov. Bill Haslam to convene a special session of the legislature in the wake of the Graham-Cassidy bill failing to garner enough votes in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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