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Reps. Tim Wirgau, Glen Casada: Out-of-work Tennesseans, You’re On Your Own

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Jobs aren’t the only thing you can’t find in Tennessee, we’re also in the middle of a major leadership crisis.

Democrats won the fight to include jobless benefits for 28,000 Tennesseans in the final state budget, but it wasn’t without callous and incorrect dissent from Republicans.

GOP Rhetoric:

Rep. Glen Casada: “I would contend the answer to that is it’s up to individuals to help their family and their friends and neighbors who don’t have a job.” [Chattanooga Times Free Press, 5/20/11]

Rep. Tim Wirgau: “We got people who can’t find jobs, but we got more people who don’t look for jobs because we keep handing them money.” [Chattanooga Times Free Press, 5/20/11]

Gov. Haslam’s first budget didn’t include this funding. His administration said helping jobless Tennesseans was not a “top priority.” [Chattanooga Times Free Press, 5/20/11]

Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey opposed extending the benefits, saying that after 79 weeks “you have to draw the line in the sand and say: ‘This is it.’” [Chattanooga Times Free Press, 5/21/11]

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Instead of looking for meaningful solutions to fix our state economy by laying out serious plans to put 300,000 out of work Tennesseans back on the job, our elected leaders Rep. Glen Casada and Rep. Tim Wirgau demonized citizens for being out of a job.

THE FACTS: Bad GOP Economy, Lack of Jobs to Go Around

Tennesseans are looking for jobs, but, under this Republican leadership, the state economy is toxic. When the jobs picture in 47 states has stabilized or improving – how is it that Tennessee’s unemployment problem is getting worse? [Bloomberg, 5/20/11]

Payrolls grew in 42 states in April. The only states going the opposite direction were Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.

The jobs that do open up are getting tons of attention.

  • In Hamilton County, Amazon.com  received 4,300 applications in two days. They can only hire a fraction of those people. You can’t tell me people aren’t looking. [Memphis Business Journal, 5/18/11]
  • In Tullahoma, 60 people applied for 10 jobs — at McDonalds. [Tullahoma News & Guardian, 4/28/11]
  • In Shelby County, more than 20,000 job-seekers applied over 14 days to work at a brewery that plans to hire 500 workers over the next five years. [The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal, 4/13/11]
  • In Montgomery County, “thousands of people” attend a two-day job fair in Clarksville. [The Leaf-Chronicle, 4/28/11]
  • In Rutherford County, 800 people apply for teaching positions. [Daily News Journal, 5/15/11]
  • In Knox County, Jobs News’ drew more than 1,400 seekers. [WVLT, 5/4/11]

Betsy Phillips at The Nashville Scene has more on Wirgau and Casada:

I hope y’all didn’t miss this little gem on Friday. In a story about extending the unemployment benefits for thousands of our most-screwed Tennesseans, Glen “Let Then Eat Cake” Casada and Tim Wirgau argued against the measure.

Andy Sher, in the Chattanooga Times Free Press , has the relevant quotes.

First from Casada:

But Rep. Glen Casada, R-College Grove, the former House Republican Caucus chairman, spoke against acting, saying that although most of the money comes from the federal government, it affects all taxpayers.

“We cannot continue to borrow money to give to people who don’t have a job after 79 weeks,” Casada told the chamber. “I would contend the answer to that is it’s up to individuals to help their family and their friends and neighbors who don’t have a job.”

Apparently Casada doesn’t know that individuals who have family, friends and neighbors are taxpayers, but Casada is … well, Casada. Hard to even get mad at him anymore, really.

But Tim Wirgau is a more interesting case. He says, “We got people who can’t find jobs, but we got more people who don’t look for jobs because we keep handing them money.” Got that? There are, according to Wirgau, people who can’t find jobs — that’s one group — but there’s a larger group of people who don’t even bother to look for jobs because they’re lolling around counting that sweet unemployment money.

In Wirgau’s own district in March, there were 3,420 people out of work. If some of them can’t find jobs but “more” of them aren’t even bothering to look, that means there are, at the least, 1,711 people in District 75 who just aren’t trying hard enough, by Wirgau’s own metric. There are jobs; those jackasses just aren’t working them.

Here’s my question: If what Wirgau says is true — there are all those people who could find jobs, if they’d just look, which would mean there’s at least 1,711 open positions in his district, why isn’t he setting up some kind of program to tell the people who can’t find jobs about them?

 

 

 

Winning?

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Only one word can describe the latest move by the Tennessee GOP: Arrogance.

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On Thursday, the Tennessee GOP announced it would be running a statewide radio ad called “Winning.” The spot featured the irrational and senseless Charlie Sheen, who lost his kids because he abused drugs and alcohol and mistreated women.

Is that what the GOP calls winning?

Tennessee Republicans voted to end Medicare for seniors and are passing laws that send Tennessee schools back to the Stone Age — broken promises to people who have worked their whole lives and an increasingly uneven playing field for rural families and working people.

Is that what the GOP calls winning?

Those aren’t Tennessee values. Show Tennessee Republicans we won’t let them get away with this.

Can you give $5, $10 or more today to help us fight back?

While they’re taking direction and handouts from big corporations, we rely on grassroots Democrats like you to show our strength and to be a true force for progress. Every gift – no matter how small – helps us put Republican seats in play.

And we’re going to go after them for this. They’re playing games with people’s livelihoods. We have got to stand up to their ideologically driven nonsense.

We Need to Hear from You

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

We need to hear from you. We cannot shape the direction of the Tennessee Democratic Party without your input.

Click the Logo to Take the Tennessee Values Survey

 

So we put together a survey to get your thoughts. It will only take a few minutes, and it will ensure your voice is heard.

Can you take a second to share your feedback?

Your ideas will help Democrats fight for rural folks and working people so that there are jobs and educational opportunities for all Tennesseans.

Click here to fill out the Tennessee Values Survey now.

We’ll announce the results of this survey on May 21 at the Tennessee Values Summit in Jackson, Tenn. Please join us and Democrats from across the state to discuss our values and start laying the groundwork for 2012.

Register to attend the Summit by clicking here.

Thanks for your hard work and your feedback.

 

Apply for a Summer Internship with the TNDP

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Young people in Tennessee have never had less of a voice at our state capitol.

At a time when 1 out of 6 young people are out of work, Republicans have turned a deaf ear to their concerns by cutting investments in education, college and the economy.

Now is the time for a new generation of Tennesseans to step up and lead.

The Tennessee Democratic Party is looking for young people to join our summer TNDP Student Internship Program. Help us fill our program by sharing this link with someone who may be interested:

Online Application: Click Here

http://www.tndp.org/page/internships-1

Please share this page with a friend

This summer the TNDP will begin training the next generation of political leaders — people who will make a difference by helping to elect strong candidates and strengthen our democracy in communities throughout Tennessee.

The TNDP Student Internship Program provides students of all levels and recent graduates an opportunity to play a hands-on role in politics.

TNDP Summer Interns will gain political leadership experience in areas such as grassroots organizing, fundraising, data management and campaign communications. Former TNDP interns have gone on to work on political campaigns, for government and have run for public office.

We’re looking for individuals who are ready to build the framework to turn Tennessee blue in 2012 and elect leaders who stand up for students entering the work force.

We have began interviewing for the program and space is limited. So don’t wait to contact us if you are interested in applying or know a student who would be perfect.

We are looking for interns who will commit to 20-40 hour/week. Please contact Kate Dobbins at (615) 327-9779 or by email at kate@tndp.org if you have questions.

TNDP Announces The Tennessee Values Summit on May 20-22 in Jackson, Tenn.

Friday, April 15th, 2011

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Democratic Party will host a statewide conference and workshop for Democrats in Jackson, Tenn. on May 20-22.

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Bringing One Tennessee Together

The Tennessee Values Summit will be the first step in 2011 the party takes to refocus on its “ground game,” said Chip Forrester, chairman of the state party.

“Tennesseans have a long history of engaging with one another at town hall-style events,” Forrester said. “So we’re going back to our roots. We’re going to bring Democrats together, discuss our values and talk about the best ways to communicate why we choose to stand up for rural folks and working people.”

The Tennessee Values Summit will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Jackson. Democrats will open the Values Summit with a reception 7 p.m. Friday. The conference will conclude at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Democratic leaders and organizers from around the state will be in attendance.

Programs and workshops will educate Democrats on how best to message current issues and provide strategies for grassroots party building in their communities.

In an email to supporters, Forrester explained the program: “Learn how we plan to take back Tennessee for rural folks and working people by showing our families, friends and neighbors what it means to be a Democrat.”

The Summit motto is: Bringing One Tennessee Together.

Online registration is now open. For more information visit: http://www.tndp.org/page/the-tennessee-values-summit.

A copy of TNDP announcement:

Friend,

It is with great excitement that we invite you to join us in Jackson, Tenn. on May 20 – 22 for the Tennessee Values Summit 2011 presented by the Tennessee Education Association.

To bring one Tennessee together in 2012, we’re going back to our roots.

Join us in Jackson at the DoubleTree Hotel for the Summit to discuss our values and learn how to best communicate our democratic priorities to our friends and neighbors.

Space is limited. Register now to attend The Tennessee Values Summit in Jackson on May 20 – 22.

Learn how we plan to take back Tennessee for rural folks and working people by showing our families, friends and neighbors what it means to be a Democrat.

Take advantage of a spirited program designed to educate and inform Democrats on how to best message current issues. Hear from our Democratic “Young Guns” and organizers and connect with fellow Democrats from around the state.

We’ll kick off The Tennessee Values Summit at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20 with a Welcoming Reception. Panels and meetings will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Your $40 registration fee includes admission to the welcoming party and four meals. Applications for free registration are available based on need, email kate@tndp.org for details.

Sign up to attend The Tennessee Values Summit today.

If you have any questions, please contact the Party offices by calling (615) 327-9779.

Please join us in Jackson as we work hard to bring back opportunity for Tennesseans.

Chip Forrester
Chair, Tennessee Democratic Party