Archive for January, 2015

TNDP Chair Host Listening Tour

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

TNDP Chair, Mary Mancini, has hit the ground running, as she crosses the state holding a listening tour. She is presenting her two year plan and a longer term TNDP plan to bring the state party back to power. Her plan aggressively take aim at the 2020 Census and future balance of power in Tennessee. Mary is being warmly received by large crowds, as the faithful base comes back to the TNDP. She is also being greeted with enthusiastic crowds and questions of concern related to the dismal state of Tennessee government under Republican control. Concern seems to be an underlying theme as concerned citizens raise questions on a host of issues they feel are being neglected by the TNGOP. Issues ranging from Republican dismantling and the erosion of public education, the lack of health care coverage for all Tennesseans and good jobs that pay a working wage for Tennessee families are but a few examples of issues on minds of citizens and voters.

A list of upcoming tours are as follows:


Monday, February 2, 6pm – Selmer , TN
Counties: Hardeman, Chester, Henderson, Decatur, Hardin, McNairy
Address: McNairy County Dem Party HQ, 136 West Court Ave

Tuesday, February 3, 6pm – Dickson, TN
Counties: Stewart, Benton, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Cheatham, Robertson, Hickman, Dickson
Address: Dickson First United Methodist Church, 215 N. Main Street

Wednesday, February 4, 6:30pm – Johnson City, TN

Counties: Hancock, Hawkins, Hamblen, Cocke, Greene, Sullivan, Johnson, Carter, Unicoi, Washington
Address: USW Local 7739, 2100 Wheeler St, Johnson City, TN 37604

Friday, February 6 , 6pm– Spring Hill, TN

Counties: Lewis, Lawrence, Giles, Maury, Williamson, Perry, Wayne
Address: UAW Local 1853, 125 Stephen P. Yokich Parkway – 6:00 PM

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Counties: Davidson, Marshall, Bedford, Wilson, Cannon, Coffee, Warren, Sumner, Rutherford
Location TBA – 6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 10, 6pm – Cookeville, TN

Counties: Macon, Smith, Jackson, Clay, Overton, Pickett, Fentress, Dekalb, White, Cumberland, Putnam, Trousdale, Van Buren
Address: Putnam County Democratic Party HQ, 111 N Cedar Ave Cookeville, TN 38501

Wednesday, February 11, 6pm – Oak Ridge, TN

Counties: Scott, Morgan, Roane, Loudon, Blount, Knox, Sevier, Jefferson, Grainger, Claiborne, Union, Campbell, Anderson
Address: Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike

Thursday, February 12, 6pm – Chattanooga, TN

Counties: Sequatchie, Bledsoe, Rhea, Miegs, McMinn, Bradley, Polk, Monroe, Hamilton
Address: TBD

Friday, February 13, 5:30pm – Dyersburg, TN

Counties: Lake, Dyer, Lauderdale, Obion, Weakley, Henry, Carroll, Gibson, Crockett, Madison
Address: Circuit Courtroom, Dyer County Courthouse

Monday, February 16, 6pm – Winchester, TN

Counties: Lincoln, Moore, Grundy, Marion, Franklin
Address: Franklin County Annex Bldg Community Room, 855 Dinah Shore Blvd

Tuesday, February 23- Memphis, TN

Counties: Tipton, Haywood, Fayette, Shelby
Address: Location TBA – 6:00 PM

Unicoi County Democratic Party Reorganization Set

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

DATE: January 17, 2015
CONTACT: Rick Smith 743-3063

Erwin – The Unicoi County Democratic Party will hold party reorganization on Saturday, March 28th at 12 pm at Erwin Town Hall. Registration will begin at 11 am. A light lunch will be served. Elections of all party officers including Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer will be held. New Executive Committee members will also be elected. Offices will be for a two year term.

Members will discuss the party agenda for 2015. This meeting is open for all in attendance to express their ideas and thoughts about the future.

All Democratic residents who are eligible voters of Unicoi County are urged to attend. All Democrats are Welcome.

The election of officers will be conducted in accordance with the Bylaws of the Unicoi County Democratic Party. A current copy of our Bylaws can be found on the home page of this website at this link.


Mancini New Tennessee Democratic Party Chair

Friday, January 16th, 2015

mary mNashville – Mary Mancini was elected to lead Tennessee Democrats after party leaders gave the progressive activist from Nashville a unified show of support in electing her new chair of the state party.

Mancini, collected 61 of 70 votes Saturday from the state party’s Executive Committee. She outlasted three strong candidates for chair.

Mancini immediately hit the ground running after saying. “Together, we must work to elect Democrats. We must rebuild and re-energize the base. We have to strengthen our county parties and we have to lay the groundwork for the next several election cycles”.

In selecting Mancini, Democrats have turned to a progressive voting rights advocate that has criticized the state’s voter identification law. Mancini is a strong leader in liberal circles, a past co-host of Liberadio, a political radio talk show in Nashville.

Mancini distributed a two-year plan to executive members weeks prior to Saturday’s vote as she visited EC members across the state. She reminded Democrats that they must recruit strong statewide candidates, raise more money, effectively use voter data, make strong gains in the state House and Senate and ensure that Democrats have a voice in the next round of redistricting in 2020. She said the party must also execute a strategy that reaches all 95 of Tennessee’s counties.

She reminded Executive Committee members that Republicans want us to think this is a completely red state, but it’s not. “There are Democrats all over the state”, Mancini noted.

Mancini has assumed leadership of a state party that has experienced losses in recent years after controlling the state legislature and governor’s office less than a decade ago. In November, Republicans expanded supermajorities in both the 99-member Tennessee House — from 71 members to 73 — and the 33-member Tennessee Senate, where Republicans now hold a 28-5 majority.

Jeff Yarbro, an ex-officio member, reminded the executive committee Saturday that the upcoming 109th General Assembly, which begins session this week, would feature fewer Democrats than at any point in Tennessee history.

“This is not basketball — this is something where you have to have 17 votes to get things done, and that means that we’re 12 short,” Yarbro said of the Senate. “We’ve got to get those (Democrats) elected.”

Democrats across the state are excited with Mary Mancini leading the party. An energy and excitement exist that has not been felt in years. After the failed experiment with conservative leadership, could it be that the Tennessee Democratic Party is experiencing a new resurgence?