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Erwin Woman attends Women’s March in Washington D.C.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

15025213_1773912992858868_3559608008422432000_oWashington – While Donald Trump can’t give away tickets to his inauguration, the Women’s March in Washington is drawing growing interest and projected massive crowds. There are sixteen times more buses requested for the March vs the inauguration. Interest in the Trump inauguration is dropping as fast as his poll numbers. His current popularity is at 37% according to recent polls.

Scores of women across Tennessee are planning to join the Women’s March on Washington, which will take place this Saturday, Jan. 21, near the Capitol. The event is expected to draw women and men alike who are concerned that women’s rights could be rolled back by Congress and the new Republican White House.

Organizers in East Tennessee have chartered three buses to take some 150 people to the rally. These buses will be leaving throughout the day on Friday. Other busloads of marchers will depart from Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga.

Erwin – Several Erwin residents will be attending the march; some are loading up their cars with women from across NE TN while others from Erwin are riding on the buses leaving from Kingsport. The Unicoi County Democratic Party is giving financial assistance to help offset cost of local women and students attending the March for Women.

Some of the Erwin marchers are supporters of Hillary Clinton but virtually all are attending because they fear the rhetoric of the campaign threatens to spill over into everyday life and deal a death blow to women’s rights. Several women are concerned with issues such as gender discrimination, reproductive rights, equal pay and the fair treatment of minorities, immigrants, gays and lesbians.

Yesterday, a group of Erwin women and their supporters observed Martin Luther King Day, in Erwin, making signs for their Washington trip. Cars will be leaving Erwin early Friday morning as they make the trip to Washington. We wish these women and their supporters a safe trip.

UPDATE: Record crowds gathered in Washington and across the nation and world to protest on behalf of people.

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Early Voting Begins Wednesday, October 19th

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

12931245_1593623430963751_8337854735101877452_nEarly voting in Tennessee begins October 19, 2016 and ends Thursday, November 3, 2016. In Erwin, you can vote at the Election Commission downtown Erwin, TN.

The Unicoi County Democratic Party urges you to vote for Hillary Clinton. She is the only qualified candidate for president. She has spent her life of service working for the poor and middle class. Hillary Clinton will make an excellent president. Go to Hillary Clinton’s website to learn more about her life of service and policies to more America forward.13631554_10202035292160011_573393441831653436_n

Trump Attacks

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

As Trump’s campaign implodes, he is increasing his claims that the election is rigged against him. Trump’s words appear to be designed to prepare his supporters for imminent defeat.

Trump continues to erode support for our democratic system by false claims that conspiracy is underway against him. Today, he twitted, “The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary — but also at many polling places — SAD,”

As is the norm, his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, spent the day trying to undo Trump claims. Pence said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he and Mr. Trump “will absolutely accept the result of the election.”

His mislead supporters appear to believe Trump’s words, as violence continues to grow at his events. It appears he is attempting to dampen turnout and/or cause his supporters to deny the legitimacy of the results if he loses.

American elections are void of fraud at any level, but some fear that Trump’s false charge of fraud is destabilizing the election by encouraging his supporters to monitor the election in areas where opposition support [large cities] will be large. Will violence occur in these areas as a result of stirring up his wing-nut supporters? Will we experience an Election Day fiasco?

The game Trump is playing is very dangerous and poses a threat to our democracy. This is the type of thing that happens in a banana republic under the directive of a third world dictator. This tactic is reminiscent of the threats to jail Hillary Clinton, something dictators do to political opposition. His behavior [much like a dictator] is designed to create disturbance and if played out in polling places across the country, has the potential to destabilize the election.

His conduct continues to place down ballet Republicans candidates in a difficult position as they balance winning their elections by distancing themselves from Trump without a angering many of their voters who fervently support Trump. Trump is creating the perfect storm from the Republican Party.

Republican governors are being forced by Trump’s stump speech warning of election fraud to ensure elections in their states will be conducted fairly. Many Republicans and Americans are appalled at Trump’s claims of widespread fraud, which goes to the heart of our democracy.

Trump’s loyal supporters decry insurrection and revolution should [when] Trump is defeated. Violence at his rallies increases and he incites violence against the press and those who oppose him.

As Trump’s campaign surrogates [Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani] join him in questioning the fairness of the electoral process by suggesting that Democrats tend to cheat in elections and count votes from dead people.

Civil rights groups have begun to express alarm at remarks from Mr. Trump that they see as rallying his supporters to intimidate minorities at the polls. It is very dangerous when Trump promotes “vigilante” poll watching.

Earlier this week, President Obama, pointed blame directly at the Republican Party for the rise of Trump and the hate he incites. By remaining silent they have created the monster that now roams the countryside terrorizing the Republican Party. Trump is the same monster that threatens to tear the Republican Party apart and it appears that he has no problem tearing the United States apart as he uses hatred to rally his supporters against his opposition.

Sadly, our democracy relies on confidence in election results, a confidence that Trump is eroding

Clinton Prepares for Debate

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

While Hillary Clinton’s prepares for the first debate by seeking insights about Mr. Trump’s deepest insecurities as they devise strategies, Donald Trump stumps on the left coast visiting Washington for a campaign rally and prepares to travel to Mexico to meet the Mexican President.

The Hillary team is also gathering advice from psychology experts to help create a personality profile of Mr. Trump to gauge how he may respond to attacks and deal with a woman as his sole adversary on the debate stage. Trump’s team is reportedly not planning traditional debate preparation as Trump is expected to trash Clinton.

Team H is undertaking a forensic-style analysis of Mr. Trump’s performances in the Republican primary debates, identifying his strengths and weaknesses as well as trigger points that caused him to lash out in less-than-presidential ways. Sounds like a SWAT analysis.

While Clinton dives into voluminous research with her debate team, Trump is reportedly not performing routing debate preparation. Hillary Clinton has a laser focus on debate preparation. Trump said in an interview last week, “I believe you can prep too much for those things.”

Rarely are debate preparations as revealing about the candidates as a debate itself, but the. Clinton and Trump preparation and lack thereof is striking.

Clinton, a strong debater, wants to crush Trump on live television while Trump, a strong communicator and manipulator viewers to see him as a honest political outsider.

He has been resistant to his advisers’ suggestions that he take part in mock.

Clinton hopes to get under Trump’s thin skin and provoke him to rant and rave.

The Clinton team believes that Donald Trump is most insecure about his net worth, intelligence, his image as a successful businessman, and these are the areas Clinton plans to target. Team H believes if she remains calm, deliberate and relentless in attacking Mr. Trump’s character, volatility and readiness to be commander in chief… Trump will erupt.

How will Hillary – who is deeply rooted in facts – respond to possible Trump false charges? This was a downfall for fellow Republicans in the primary debates. How will Clinton respond to a flood of lies and conspiracy theories?

Who will win [Clinton facts or Trump lies] the debate.

Democratic Convention Ends in Unity

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

DNC_300X250_REV02Philadelphia – Last night the Democratic Convention ended with Hillary Clinton accepting the nomination for President of the United States. The Convention was a big success as Democrats united for Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump. There was a stark difference in the Conventions. Shockingly, Republicans embraced Trump’s message of doom and gloom, while Democrats put on a flawless display of Americana reminiscent of 1980 Republican [Ronald Reagan] Convention. It was amazing to watch roles reverse as Democrats portrayed a message of hope and reminded Americans that America has always been great!

The Convention began as Bernie Sander’s supporters were given a lot of attention and time to vent their disappointment. Unlike the stop Trump movement in the GOP Convention where dissent was shutdown, the Democrats took great strides to bring the Sander’s supporters on board. According to polls during the Convention, they were successful by the midpoint of the Convention as 90% of Sander’s supporters were saying they would vote for Hillary Clinton.

President Obama started the attack on Donald Trump portraying him as a dangerous unstable figure and a friend of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. Some Democrats suggested Trump has authoritarian beliefs and spoke like a dictator when he said he alone could solve America’s many problems. He speaks as if he is promising to be a one-man ruler.

Hillary Clinton pounded Trump repeatedly for depicting the United States as a nation in decline and declaring, “I alone can fix it.” That sentiment, Clinton said, is inconsistent with democracy. She said that Trump’s proclamation should “set off alarm bells for all of us.”

“Remember,” she said, “our founders fought a revolution and wrote a Constitution so America would never be a nation where one person had all the power.”

On Thursday night, Khizr Khan, whose son, a Muslim and a United States Army captain, was killed fighting in Iraq, stirred the convention crowd as he denounced Trump’s lack of moral character by attacking unjustly attacking Muslims, calling it an offense against the Constitution. “Donald Trump, you’re asking Americans to trust you with their future,” Mr. Khan said. “Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution?” Mr. Khan reached in his pocket and pulled out a copy of the Constitution and offered to let Trump read it.

It is obvious that Democrats and some Republicans intend to keep up their wall-to-wall assault on Mr. Trump’s worldview and fitness for office. During the Convention, Democrats reminded Americans that Trump is “not a normal Republican.”

Clinton and Kaine Ticket Debuts in Miami

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Yesterday, Hillary Clinton and Time Kaine of Virginia made their debut as the Democratic presidential ticket, offering the American people a clear choice between the doom and gloom of Trump with a message of hope and a bright future for America and the American people.

Clinton and Kaine appeared together at a 1 p.m. rally at Florida International University in Miami. The joint appearance was designed to introduce the new VP of Hillary Clinton and energize Democrats as they head to their national convention in Philadelphia.

“Tim Kaine is everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not,” Clinton said in introducing her running mate at the rally. “He is qualified to step into this job and lead on day one.”

Kaine used Spanish to energize the crowd, telling the crowd, “Somos Americanos todos” — “We are all Americans” — an obvious reference to Trump and his attacks on immigrants.

Kaine also discussed Trump’s dismal record as a casino mogul in Atlantic City and the failed Trump University which too middle class people for everything they owned. “He leaves a trail of broken promises and wrecked lives wherever he goes,” Kaine said of the Republican nominee.

It was a good opportunity to showcase liberal background and Kaine’s fluency in Spanish, a language he learned as a missionary in Honduras. After considering several VP candidates, Hillary Clinton went with Kaine, who is seen as a safe selection, even though some in the party’s progressive wing wanted a progressive VP.

Kaine, gave a good introduction of his life which exhibited strong liberal characteristics although many consider him not to be a progressive. He also did a good job of praising Hillary Clinton and pointing to her life of public service. He also contrasted Clinton and Trump. “Do you want a trash-talker president or a bridge-builder president?” Kaine asked the crowd.

Kaine is very popular in Virginia, an important swing state and a state that is trending Democratic in recent elections since 2008. Kaine’s victory ended a decades-long losing streak for Democrats. Kaine will be responsible for ensuring that that does not change in November.

Democratic Unity?

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

la-et-ct-cnn-ratings-20151014-003The friction between the Democratic presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders looks less of the problem for the party than past contested Democratic primaries. With that being said, Hillary Clinton is 71 delegates from reaching the number 2383 – the number needed to secure the nomination.

Next Tuesday, Hillary Clinton will reach the amount she needs to secure the Democratic nomination but will she close the divide herself and Bernie supporters?

Democrats are suggesting that the time has come to bring the two wings of the party together. Many feel that Hillary should select Bernie Sanders as her Vice-Presidential running mate while others believe she will/should offer Sanders platform concessions.

Putting a fractured party back together again is never easy and unifying the party is the first step to victory in November.

Clinton has to address the lack of excitement of her campaign and she needs the energy that Bernie has brought to the campaign. His large rallies filled with young [voters] people have been impressive. This excitement reminds many of the election of President Obama in 2008 that proved critical to Democratic victory.

Hard feelings between the Sanders and Clinton campaigns are minor compared to the division of the Donald Trump and Republicans. Trump continues his attacks on Republicans and Hillary Clinton but many Republicans are turning a blind eye to Trump’s lack of a moral compass and threat to the GOP in their lust/desire for Republican [victory] power.

Supporters of candidates who loose close races tend to stay home. But many feel the hatred that Trump has stirred will motivate many to get out and vote against his vile brand of hate. Unity occurred rather quickly after the Obama and Clinton 2008 race and many Democrats feel this will be the case again. Since many of Bernie supporters are first time voters with no party loyalty it will be essential that Hillary Clinton and Democrats do whatever is necessary to pull the party together.

Many Democrats are urging Clinton to include planks in the Democratic Party platform that incorporate Mr. Sanders’s popular positions while others feel she should select Bernie as her VP.

Clinton has moved to the left throughout the primary as she has responded to Mr. Sanders’s challenges but many liberals/progressives feel/fear that she will move back to the center in preparation for a general election battle and this will complicate the effort to appeal to Bernie’s voters, who are already leery of Clinton.

Clinton endorsed Obama, in 2008, soon after she dropped out of the race and this united Democrats. But, will Clinton be able to mend fences with Sanders and his supporters?

The horrible thoughts/reality of Trump in the White House will do more to unify the Democratic Party than anything Hillary or Bernie could do.

Democratic Race Enters New Stage: Unification

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

la-et-ct-cnn-ratings-20151014-003The animosity surrounding the Democratic presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders looks less problematic for the party than past contested Democratic primaries. With that being said, Hillary Clinton posted a double-digit victory over Bernie Sanders in New York on Tuesday.

Next Tuesday, Hillary Clinton could win 90% of the amount she needs to secure the Democratic nomination. She is projected to win big in four of the five primaries to be held: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Democrats are suggesting that the time has come to bring the two wings of the party together.

Putting a fractured party back together again is never as easy as it seems but unifying the party is almost always the first step to victory
Clinton has to address the lackluster feel of her campaign and she could use the raw energy and spirit that Mr. Sanders has brought to this campaign. His large rallies teeming with young first-time voters have been impressive. This excitement mirrors the election of President Obama in 2008 and proved to be a critical part of the Democratic coalition.

Unity is a problem for both parties this election. But, whatever bad feelings may exist between the Sanders and Clinton campaigns, they pale in contrast to the Republicans. Donald Trump has warned/threatened violence in the streets should his opponents or other appointed replacements steal the nomination.

In a CBS News poll this month, 24 percent of Mr. Sanders’s supporters said they would not support Mrs. Clinton should she win the nomination. Among Republicans, 32 percent of Mr. Trump’s supporters said they would not support Mr. Cruz in a general election; 27 percent of Mr. Cruz’s backers said they would not vote for Mr. Trump in November.

History has shown that when a candidate loses a highly contested race, backers of that candidate then to stay home. This was not the case with the Obama and Clinton 2008 race and many Democrats feel this will be the case again. But, many of Bernie supporters are first time voters with no party loyalty and they may feel a sense of disappointment. It will be vitally important that Clinton and Democrats do whatever is necessary to bridge the divide between the two sides. Hillary seemed to realize this and make a move toward that end in her victory speech after the New York primary.

Many Democrats are urging Clinton to include planks in the Democratic Party platform that incorporate Mr. Sanders’s popular positions.
She moved to the left throughout the primary as she adjusted to Mr. Sanders’s challenges but many feel she will move back to the center in preparation for a general election battle, this will complicate the effort to appeal to Bernie’s voters, who are already leery of Clinton.
In 2008, Mrs. Clinton endorsed Mr. Obama soon after she dropped out and Democrats united.

The horrible thoughts/reality of Trump or Cruz in the White House will do more to unify the Democratic Party than anything Bernie or Hillary could do.

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

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

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Contact: Mike K. Hampton

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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 tndp.org, 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.