Mancini: TN Democrats Keeping Busy With Launch of 109th General Assembly

Press release from Tennessee Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini; January 22, 2015:

Last week Tennessee Democrats helped to gavel in the 109th Tennessee General Assembly and they’ve been busy:

  • Senator Jeff Yarbro (D-Nashville), wrote an op-ed for the Tennessean (which you can read here) in which he puts Governor Haslam’s election to a second term in perspective:

    “Despite cruising to re-election with 70 percent of the vote, Gov. Haslam received… 300,000 fewer votes than Gov. Bredesen did in his…landslide re-election in 2006. In fact, fewer Tennesseans voted to re-elect Gov. Haslam than the number who voted for President Barack Obama in 2012 or 2008…

    …when you do the math, Gov. Haslam’s 70 percent victory represented just over 20 percent of eligible voters…

    By virtue of the election outcomes, Gov. Haslam and the Republican supermajority have the right to govern. But when the votes that elected them come from only 29.1 percent of the eligible voters — and even less for those legislators essentially elected in partisan primaries — it is clear that most Tennesseans have not given them a mandate to lead.”

  • Tennessee State Representatives Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) & Brenda Gilmore (D-Nashville) were sworn in as 2015 State Directors with Women In Government. They were elected by their peers. (Read more from Nashville Pride by clicking here.)
  • The Tennessee House Caucus celebrated MLK, Jr. day with this truth: “49 years after Dr. King uttered these words, we’re still fighting for a living wage for regular people. This ‪MLK day tell legislators it’s time for a state minimum wage.
  • ​And finally, members of the Tennessee Senate Caucus (Yarbro, Kyle & Harris) abstained from voting for the reelection of Ron Ramsey as Senate Speaker and Lieutenant Governor. (Read more from Humphrey on the Hill by clicking here.)
  • I’m hitting the road! ​Look for our “Listening Tour” announcement next week.