Archive for February, 2016

GOP Presidential Race Sinks into Gutter

Monday, February 29th, 2016

il_570xN_383378165_4tk4The GOP candidates take a nose dive into the gutter. Trump has hit Cruz and Rubio hard with charges of both being liars. He points out that Rubio sweats because there is something wrong with him. He sweats so much they have to cover the sweat with makeup using a trawl to apply it to his face. He now calls him little Rubio and reminds all that he is a very nasty person. The last few days Rubio has come back strong with comments about Trumps plane as Hair force one and he points out that Trump is not going to make America great again, he is going to make it orange in reference to his spray tan. Cruz claims Trump has ties to New York Crime families and he can’t be trusted to be president.

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday and Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Tex.) are increasing the personal attacks against the other’s appearances and personal backgrounds. They are sinking to the lowest levels of profane discourse and personal attacks unprecedented in a presidential campaign. Rumors increase of a brokered convention as Republican Party leaders fear the long term damage of Trump as Trump victories becomes more increasingly likely. Voters are the real losers as the insults fly, while Republican Party leaders can only fear that the gutter tone of the race could have longer-term implications. As the tone becomes more and more personal and sinks even lower in the gutter, Democrats can only wonder, is this Republican implosion — manna from heaven?

Unicoi County Democratic Party Meeting: Saturday, Feb. 27th

Friday, February 19th, 2016

UCDP MThe Unicoi County Democratic Party will meet Saturday, February 27 at 9a.m. at Erwin Town Hall.

This meeting will involve open conversation about our county party’s path forward. We will be discussing the latest about Insure Tennessee, Haslam plans for privatization of state jobs, building the county party, registering people to vote, and 2016 election year activities.

Discussion will include the 2016 Unicoi County Democratic Party Convention scheduled for March 5th at 11 am at Erwin Town Hall. Announcements on the District Democratic Convention and National Democratic Convention will also be part of the agenda. We will also discuss activities of the Tri-Cities Tennessee Young Democrats and College Democrats of America at ETSU. We will also be discussing funding/donations to these organizations.

We will discuss details of the 2016 Calendar of Events for the Unicoi County Democratic Party and meetings dates for the county party and plans to conduct phone banking for Democratic Voter turnout.

The public is welcome to attend. Get involved and help our county, state and nation move forward. For more information, call 743-7696. You can also

Unicoi County Democratic Party to Host County Delegate Convention March 5th

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016


Contact: Mike K. Hampton

Phone Number: 423-743-7696


Unicoi County Democratic Party to Host County Delegate Convention March 5

Erwin, Tenn. (February 14, 2015) – The Unicoi County Democratic Party will host its Democratic Party County Delegate Convention on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Erwin Town Hall to select the delegates from each county to the District Convention. The doors open at 12 pm and the event is open to all registered voters in the county, supporters of the Democratic Party, and those who agree to support the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2016 Presidential election. The doors will close at 1 pm and he Delegate Convention will begin. The party welcomes all who wish to participate in selecting Tennessee’s delegates to the Democratic Presidential Convention to attend.
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Information about becoming a DNC delegate and the rules governing the DNC
Delegate Selection Process may be obtained from, or from the Tennessee Democratic Party, 1900 Church St, Ste 203, Nashville, TN 37203, 615-327-9779.

Democratic Primary: Battle between the Left and the Main Stream

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

la-et-ct-cnn-ratings-20151014-003The Democratic primary has become a hotly contested race as Bernie Sanders gives Hillary Clinton real competition in a race between the dreamers who wants to move quickly ahead and doers who want to stay the course.

One major divide has emerged between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton between the idealistic voices in the party, with Liberals and Progressives viewing Sanders as a lightening rod for rethinking traditional politics and policies and those Traditionalists who prefer the approach of governing by pursing practical, achievable goals backing Clinton.

Sanders is getting the support from liberal Democrats while centrists Democrats prefer Clinton.

The battle lines over the party are clearly being drawn. Groups like the Nation and MoveOn want to accomplish policy goals that press for broader political reform. They are intentionally not “part of the system that backs Clinton” and often criticize Democrats who are.

“He has summoned the people to a ‘political revolution,’ arguing that the changes our country so desperately needs can only happen when we wrest our democracy from the corrupt grip of Wall Street bankers and billionaires,” the Nation’s editors wrote this week in embracing Sanders. “We believe such a revolution is not only possible but necessary—and that’s why we’re endorsing Bernie Sanders for president.”

Clinton, the magazine declared, would be limited by her traditional goals of “seeking common ground with Republicans and making deals to ‘get things done’ in Washington.”

Both candidates are aware of a divide in the party, and both candidates are taking steps not to alienate the other’s coalition. Sanders increasingly refers to polls that show him leading in potential match-ups against Donald Trump and other Republican candidates, an appeal to the Democrats who care most about keeping the White House.

Polls suggested after the caucus and primary in Iowa and New Hampshire, where Clinton and Sanders had campaigned extensively, the candidates are unlikely to change voter perceptions of Sanders as the activist and Clinton the experienced statesman.

After Sanders fought to a virtual tie in Iowa and won impressively in New Hampshire, last night, this divide could become an interesting test with minority voters.

Clinton has the backing of many influential African-American political leaders, from state representatives and mayors to major figures. This fact mirrors Clinton’s strong support among whites in the political establishment.

Are African-Americans open to rethinking their position in American politics? The status quo has resulted in blacks having disproportionately low levels of wealth and power. Sanders’ proposal for dramatic changes in U.S. economic policy mirrors how the Black Lives Matter movement is seeking to disrupt racial politics and the status quo.

Clinton currently has a huge lead among minority voters overall in the south and in South Carolina, the first primary that will have a large percentage of black voters.

Polls in South Carolina shifted dramatically in 2008, once Obama won Iowa and proved he was viable. Can the same happen with Bernie Sanders? After all, his message mirrors those of Jessie Jackson and President Obama during their runs, gaining huge black support. Or will the Clinton machine roll once it enters into the south?

Regardless, the Democratic Primary has become very exciting as enthusiastic young people flock to Sander’s message as while the party base embraces Clinton.