The End of an Era: Speaker Naifeh Set to Retire

March 8th, 2012 by TNDP

NASHVILLE – Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh announced today on the House floor that he will not seek re-election to his district 81 seat this fall. Naifeh has served in the House of Representatives for 38-years, 18 of which he spent as Speaker of the House.

“Governor McWherter always told me when it was time to [...]

TNDP Chair Chip Forrester’s Statement on Results of Tennessee’s Presidential Primary

March 6th, 2012 by TNDP

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester released the following statement tonight on the results of the GOP Primary in Tennessee:

“Mitt Romney’s loss tonight shows that he is out-of-touch with Tennesseans and it raises serious concerns about his chances in November — if he can make it to the general election. Not [...]

Tennessee Veterans Oppose Governor’s Move to Take Away Veterans’ Rights

February 24th, 2012 by TNDP

Halsam’s “TEAM” Act Would Eliminate Veterans’ Preference for State Workers

Governor Bill Haslam’s stealthy effort to eliminate veterans’ preference for state hires looks poised to hit a very public stumbling block — Tennessee veterans.

Haslam’s TEAM Act would eliminate civil service rules, such as veterans’ preference, that protect taxpayers from political patronage, a corrupted [...]

Rep. Mike Turner Fighting Republican Plan to Eliminate Veterans’ Preference

February 21st, 2012 by TNDP

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner stood up for Tennessee veterans and their families Tuesday defending the state’s “veterans’ preference” hiring policy.

Governor Bill Haslam and Republicans are proposing to eliminate preference given to military veterans and spouses of deceased and disabled veterans with a change to state personnel rules.

Haslam’s “TEAM Act,” sponsored [...]

Early Voting Underway in Tennessee

February 21st, 2012 by TNDP

Early voting for the March 6th Presidential Primary is underway in Tennessee, and you have one week — until February 28 — to cast your vote early.

If you miss early voting, Tennessee is among 10 states holding its Presidential Primary on “Super Tuesday” March 6th.

But why wait? Click here [...]

Democrats Launch Online Petition Against Governor’s Move to Increase Class Sizes

February 8th, 2012 by TNDP

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NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Democratic Party launched Wednesday an online petition drive opposing Governor Bill Haslam’s proposal to eliminate average class size requirements at public schools. Chairman Chip Forrester released this statement to accompany the petition:

“Parents and teachers know first hand what a difference small class sizes make [...]

Forrester: Focus All Tax Relief on Working, Middle Class Families

February 2nd, 2012 by TNDP

Eliminating the Grocery Tax Should Come First

NASHVILLE – Chip Forrester, chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, urged the General Assembly Thursday to give working and middle class families top priority on tax cuts and move all tax relief efforts toward eliminating the sales tax on groceries.

“Tennessee has one of the highest grocery taxes [...]

Black History Month: Honoring Tennesseans Who Made A Difference

February 1st, 2012 by TNDP

Recommit to Progress Tennesseans Have Fought For

Today we begin our celebration of Black History Month honoring the critical role African Americans have played in making our nation a more perfect union and our state a better place for all Tennesseans.

We recognize the vast accomplishments of African Americans throughout our nation’s and our state’s [...]

Republican Candidates Mislead Christians About Abortion

January 17th, 2012 by TNDP

The Religious Right as well as the Catholic Church are about to receive letters that prove that the Republican candidates receive and accept money from the owners of Abort Clinics and Abortion Doctor Groups. This revelation means that voters that only vote Republican because of the issue of abortion need to look at the larger pictures. Here in Tennessee the Republican Legislature sponsored and passed a bill to give money to Planned Parenthood. The bottom line is that the Republican Legislators receive money from the profits of abortion clinics and the wages of the doctors groups that serve these clinics. The result should be that many Christians that wanted to vote Democratic but did not because of this issue will now be of good conscience to vote the Democratic ticket this year.

Forrester Blasts House Republicans’ Vote to Raise Taxes on 160 Million Americans

December 21st, 2011 by TNDP

Following Tuesday’s vote by House Republicans to reject an extension of the payroll tax cut for the middle class passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester issued the following statement:

“In less than two weeks, 160 million Americans will be hit with a tax hike in the middle [...]