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

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

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 [...]

Tennesseans with Medicare save $33M this year – WSMV Channel 4

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Thanks to the new health reform law, tens of millions of Americans are saving money, and getting the health care security they need.

Unfortunately, Tennessee Republicans are threatening to repeal the law, taking away the many critical — and POPULAR — reforms like ensuring people with preexisting conditions are no longer discriminated against, requiring insurance [...]

Tenn. Rep. Stewart Responds to Mitt Romney’s Plan to Voucherize Veterans’ Health Care

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

NASHVILLE – In response to Mitt Romney’s dangerous plan to voucherize our veterans’ health care, Tennessee State Rep. Mike Stewart, a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, released the following statement today ahead of Romney’s fundraiser in Knoxville:

“Veterans’ healthcare is the moral responsibility of the American people. [...]

Honoring Our Veterans

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Today, in communities across Tennessee, we honor the courage and sacrifice of the many brave servicemen and women who have given so much to their country and fought to ensure that America continues to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities that make our nation great.

We owe each and every one of America’s veterans our eternal [...]

Congressman Cohen Commemorates Veterans Day

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Congressman Steve Cohen issued today the following statement commemorating Veterans Day, which is celebrated tomorrow, November 11:

“Since the Armistice at the end of World War I, November 11th has been set aside as a day to commemorate those men and women, both living and dead, whose service in uniform has given irrefutable testimony to their loyalty, [...]

Haslam’s Policy Suppresses the Rights of All Tennesseans to Peacefully Assemble

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

by Rep. Mike Stewart

There is no more fundamental American freedom than the freedom of speech.   The right of the people to exchange ideas and to protest government actions they find unwise is enshrined in the both the United States and Tennessee Constitutions.  Defending such essential American rights should be the very first job of [...]

New voter law will suppress legitimate voting | timesfreepress.com

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

The following column appeared in the Sunday, October 23, 2011 edition of The Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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Democrats Announce First Phase of Job Creation Legislation

Thursday, October 6th, 2011


jobs tour

Democrats announce first phase of jobs package to put Tennesseans back to work.

 

Plan includes $15 million investment in state technology centers

NASHVILLE – Tennessee House and Senate Democrats announced the first phase of their job creation plan Thursday, which includes calling for $15 million for new equipment and program expansion at the state’s 27 technology centers.

“We heard about the success of our skills training across the state during our jobs tour, but the one thing we heard again and again was the need for more skilled workers,” said House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh. “This investment would enable our technology centers to train more workers faster and get them a good education with an even better job.”

The state’s technology centers’ average completion rate is 75 percent, and the job placement rate is 85 percent. They have been recognized as a national model, but currently only 4 percent of all higher education students in Tennessee attend a technology center.

“The thousands of manufacturing jobs that have come back to Tennessee need a highly skilled workforce. We have the structure to provide that workforce, but we must provide the resources to meet the capacity needs,” said House Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh. Now is the time to make this investment, because it will pay dividends for our workers and our state for a generation.”

Other legislation discussed by Democrats Thursday included:

  • The creation of a commercial properties database for prospective employers to quickly identify potential areas for relocation and expansion;
  • Doubling the capacity of the West Tennessee solar farm by 2013 to keep up with national competition;
  • Providing small businesses a sales tax holiday of up to $5,000 for equipment purchases and upgrades;
  • Fully funding the West Tennessee megasite, in order to give the Grand Division the same opportunities afforded Chattanooga with Volkswagen and Clarksville with Hemlock;
  • Providing a New Entrepreneur Tax Credit for new business owners to recover startup and expansion costs; and
  • A program modeled after the Georgia Works initiative that allows employers to train Tennesseans receiving unemployment benefits, with the goal of providing trainees expanded job opportunities and the potential for a full-time job.

Democrats noted that the initiatives discussed Thursday were only the first phase of an ongoing, bipartisan process to identify ways state government can play a role in job creation.

“We are in a jobs crisis right now, and we need all hands on deck to help sail the ship through these choppy waters,” said Senate Democratic Chairman Lowe Finney. “It’s going to take all of us working together to put Tennesseans back to work.”

 

 

Tickets Sales Extended for Jackson Day

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011


jdaylogoThe excitement around Jackson Day is growing so fast, we had to buy a bigger tent.

That means we have 10 open tables and we are extending ticket sales until the seats are filled! So there’s still room for you to join us — under the big tent — on Bicentennial Mall in Nashville for our annual Jackson Day Dinner this Saturday, Oct. 1. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets at JacksonDay.org.

This year we are celebrating who we are as Democrats by paying tribute to the legacy of Governor Ned McWherter.

We’re thrilled to announce Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, House Leader Craig Fitzhugh and former Commissioner of Economic Development Matt Kisber will be joining us for the tribute.

They’ll be sharing the stage with the outstanding John Seigenthaler and our keynote speaker Governor Ted Strickland of Ohio.

With an incredible Drew Westen message workshop during the day and a comedy filled After Party co-hosted by the Tennessee Young Democrats — this will be the big tent party of the year.

Jackson Day is just three days away and our new, bigger tent is filling fast. So don’t wait to get your tickets.

http://JacksonDay.org

See you, October 1st!

Chip Forrester
Chairman

TNDP Chair Chip Forrester’s Statement On Congressman Tanner’s Service To Tennessee

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

“Congressman John Tanner is a statesman who represents his district well. His service to his district, his state and his country is above reproach. Although his leadership in Congress will be missed here in Tennessee when he retires next year, I respect John’s decision to devote more time to his family.

“But we have other [...]