If you’re like me, and watched in horror as the Tennessee General Assembly considered, and often passed one bad GOP sponsored bill after another, bringing shame to our state, you’re probably wondering what you can do about it.
If you thought Stacey Campfield and his bevy of bills that would harm regular Tennesseans was dispicable, and don’t want to see his face on The Colbert Report anymore, you’re probably wondering what options you have, especially if you don’t live in Knoxville.
Perhaps you were offended by the blatant mistruths spouted by Rep. Andy Holt (R-Desden) as he pushed through his ALEC sponsored Ag Gag Bill, which not only protects animal abusers, but punishes those who seek to expose them.
To be honest, there are far too many examples of legislative over-reach, and bad policy to put in one place. (Here’s my best effort)
Over the past two cycles the GOP has reached “super-majority” status. Its enough to make you think the leadership of the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses would just fold.
Thankfully they didn’t.
With a renewed energy, and the addition of some voices that had previously been silent, the Caucuses put up a fight, even if they didn’t have the votes to stop some of these bills.
Big ups to Minority Leaders Craig Fitzhugh and Lowe Finney, the ever “vocabulant” Mike Turner, and a newcomer to the House Democratic Caucus, Gloria Johnson, who proved herself to be a force to be reckoned with. In all, considering the circumstances, I feel they did a pretty good job.
If you’re like me and tired of having to deal with a state government that is pushing the state backwards and hurting regular folks while helping out of state special interests, maybe its time to put your money where your mouth is.
Give to the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses. These organizations support Democratic legislative candidates across the state and are working to expand the ranks of Democrats in their respective caucuses.
Give what your can. Even small donations go a long way (I don’t have much to give either). But you can make your voice heard, and make a difference. Contribute to the Tennessee House and Senate Democratic Caucuses securely using the Act Blue links below.
Because being jaded never changed anything.
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