Archive for July, 2011

TNDP Looking for Fall Interns

Friday, July 29th, 2011

The Tennessee Democratic Party is looking for enthusiastic, politically minded student leaders for our 2011 Fall Internship Program.

The TNDP internship is a great place to start a career in politics. Take it from Andrew Daly, a former TNDP intern, who worked as a campaign manager in the 2010 midterm elections.

“The people of TNDP encouraged my dreams, expanded my knowledge, and inspired me to excel. I will forever be grateful for the faith they placed in me as an intern, and I will forever look on my time with the people of TNDP as the impetus for everything good that has happened to me in politics.”
- Andrew Daly, TNDP Intern alum

This is a unique opportunity for hard-working, passionate student leaders to gain real life, hands-on experience in Tennessee politics, strengthen their understanding of the political process and prepare for future political opportunities. It’s also a great way to form lasting connections and memories.

The Tennessee Democratic Party offers internships in the following departments:Communications, Field Work, Finance, Operations, and Data Management.  The Tennessee Democratic Party is also seeking interns with expertise in graphic design, web development and digital video editing.

Students wishing to obtain course credit should contact their respective college or university to determine whether credit is possible and what requirements are necessary.  Students are responsible for submitting all paperwork and fulfilling all school requirements.  All internships with the TNDP are unpaid.

If you know a high school, college student or a recent graduate, please share this email with them.

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Contact Elizabeth Crews at (615) 327-9779 if you have any questions.

Thank you for your help in giving talented young Tennesseans the chance to realize their dreams and make a difference for their communities.

Host a Values Summit House Party

Monday, July 25th, 2011

 

This spring, something special happened in Jackson at the Tennessee Values Summit. Democrats and progressive leaders from across state came together to discuss our core beliefs and plan a way forward.

The Values Summit was only the beginning. We want to continue this conversation in your community.

So we are looking for volunteers to host a Tennessee Values Summit House Party in their city and take action on issues that are important to us.

On August 6th and 7th, the Tennessee Democratic Party is asking you to join us and organize a Values Summit House Party in your community.

At dozens of gatherings across the state, participants will view portions of the Values Summit, including a DVD of Dr. Drew Westen, a political communications guru who will teach you how to more effectively speak about your Democratic values.  Following the screening, guests will begin planning steps for taking action in their communities to share those Democratic values with friends and neighbors.

We need a place for folks to gather in your community—can you host a party? It’s really simple, and we will give you step-by-step instructions and everything you need to host a successful meeting.

Click here to sign up to host an event:

Yes, I want to host a house party.

House parties are a fun way to get organized, and they’re very simple. Choose a time on August 6th or 7th when you can open up your house for a gathering. (You could also borrow a friend’s house—or reserve a free public space like a library community room—if your home isn’t a good location for people to gather.)

We will help you invite other Tennessee Democrats, and provide the materials you need to make your house party a success.

We need places all over Tennessee for people to get together so other local folks can be part of the Values Summit. Can you host a party? Click here:

Yes, I want to host a house party.

Thank you for your hard work,

Chip Forrester
Chairman, Tennessee Democratic Party

Welcome to Crazytown

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

CrazytownRemember “Dollar” Bill Ketron and his plan to set up a Tennessee state currency? [Tennessean, March 1]

How about the Tennessee GOP’s new spokesman? Disgraced actor Charlie Sheen, a known abuser of drugs and women. [Nashville Scene, April 29]

Welcome to Crazytown.

Since the beginning of the year, Republican politicians have made no secret of their plans to hand over our state and our democracy to big corporations while sending working- and middle-class families down the Tennessee River.

Sadly, you could overlook the extreme agenda and Tennessee’s Republican politicians would still give you plenty of reasons to scratch your head.

From desk carvers and communist lovers to lunch dates with radical governors and allegations of political corruption, the Tennessee GOP has got it all:

  • GOPer Speaker Beth Harwell giddy for radical Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Walker attacked the rights of Wisconsin workers and families, passed an undemocratic voter ID bill, and gave tax breaks to the rich and big corporations. Considering Beth Harwell accomplished many of the same things, no wonder, in a tweet, she called him “one of our best Republican governors.” [Beth Harwell Twitter, June 29]
  • Tennessee GOP gaga for Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels at big, corporate fundraiser. How do you get Tennessee Republicans to fawn over you? Write a budget plan that crashes the U.S. economy, voice your strong support of privatizing Social Security and slash millions in funding for public schools. Naturally, Republican lawmakers lauded Daniels’ destructive record at a high-dollar fundraiser last week. [TN Report, May 18]
  • State representatives caught in TBI investigation with naughty nurses. The Kingsport Times News reported three suspended nurse practitioners accused of contributing to two patients’ deaths somehow got their licenses restored. State Rep. Tony Shipley told the paper, he’s the “rascal behind the scenes that made it happen.” [WPLN, July 20]
  • Desk-carving GOPer grabs national headlines. Back in Nashville, state Rep. Julia Hurley carved her initials in her desk on the floor of the state House. She said she was bored during a late session and said, “I wasn’t thinking straight.” Unfortunately, her voting record against teachers and Tennessee families showed us that all year. [News Sentinel, July 11]
  • Out-of-touch Obion County Republican praises communist China’s government-run economy within a day of 1,900 factory workers in his hometown losing their jobs through no fault of their own. Rep. Bill Sanderson, on a trip to China, marveled at the “smooth and efficient” Chinese government. Impressed by the government-run economy, the Republican said China has “taken what we do and are now doing it better.” Yes, Mr. Sanderson, the Chinese are taking what we are doing, like the 1,900 jobs at the Goodyear plant in Union City. But Mr. Sanderson, they will never do it better than Americans. [Bill Sanderson Blog, July 11]

Republican politicians may be proud of their party’s scandals, embarrassing gaffes and out-of-touch policies, but Tennesseans aren’t laughing.

We are looking to add 100 new grassroots donors for the month of July.  Click here to help today with a gift of $5 and show your support for returning to common sense and effective leadership in Tennessee.

It’s time to shutdown Crazytown.  With your help, we can do it.

Thanks for all you do,

Chip Forrester
Chairman, Tennessee Democratic Party