Archive for February, 2012

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

Friday, February 24th, 2012

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

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

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

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

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

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

View the Petition: http://tndp.org/blog/take-action/tell-governor-haslam-class-size-matters/

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

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

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

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

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 [...]