Saturday, January 23, 2021

General Assembly takes bold action to transform educational outcomes for Tennessee students and offset any learning losses from Covid-19 lockdowns.

The below post is a repost from the Tennessee Eagle Forum newsletter.  Tennessee Eagle Forum is an organization I support and their newsletter is a valuable source of information. Follow the link to subscribe. 

In whirlwind special session, Tennessee lawmakers approve $160M package of education bills aimed at learning loss, literacy. 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Lt. Gov. McNally, Speaker Sexton and members of the General Assembly closed a historic special session to address learning loss and the negative effects on student proficiency in reading and math marked by time away from the classroom due to COVID-19.

“COVID-19 has severely disrupted education in Tennessee. Our decisive action to intervene on behalf of Tennessee students will equip them for success, educating our kids better in the future than before the pandemic,” said Gov. Lee. “I thank the General Assembly for their swift passage of legislation that will benefit our students.”
In addition to interventions for Tennessee students, the passed legislation increases the salary component of the education funding formula by 4%.

“I am grateful for a productive and efficient conclusion to a legislative session focused on helping children, parents and teachers,” said Lt. Gov. McNally (R-Oak Ridge). “Tennessee has made tremendous improvements in education over the last decade. The coronavirus public health crisis began to put all of that at risk. The steps we took this week will reverse the learning loss that has taken place and prevent any further erosion of our progress. I appreciate Governor Lee calling this special session to draw our attention to the pressing needs of education in this state. The House and the Senate came together to ensure our progress continues. I appreciate the efforts of each and every one of my colleagues for their efforts this week on behalf of our students, teachers and parents.”
Gov. Lee’s slate of education priorities included learning loss, phonics-based reading instruction and accountability measures to inform student progress.

“This is a momentous day for Tennessee, for our students, and for our parents because our General Assembly has drawn a line in the sand, and we have said we can no longer accept that only one third of our students are proficient in reading and in math,” said Tennessee House Speaker Sexton (R-Crossville). “We want to be number one in education; I appreciate Gov. Lee for his vision, as well as Lt. Gov McNally, and the House and Senate for their partnership as we all have worked together this week to transform educational outcomes for Tennessee students.”
Accountability to InformSB 7001/HB 7003 Extends hold harmless provisions from the 2019-20 school year to the 2020-21 school year so that students, teachers, schools and districts do not face any negative consequences associated with student assessments Provides parents and educators with assessment data including TCAP testing to provide an accurate picture of where Tennessee students are and what supports are needed to offset any learning losses Passed the Senate 23-5; passed the House 71-17.

Intervening to Stop Learning LossSB 7002/HB 7004 Requires interventions for struggling students including after-school learning mini-camps, learning loss bridge camps and summer learning camps, beginning summer 2021 Program prioritizes students who score below proficient in both reading (ELA) and math subjects Creates the Tennessee Accelerated Literacy and Learning Corps to provide ongoing tutoring for students throughout the entire school year Strengthens laws around a third grade reading gate so we no longer advance students who are not prepared Passed the Senate 23-4; passed the House 70-21.

Building Better Readers with PhonicsSB 7003/HB 7002 Ensures local education agencies (LEAs) use a phonics-based approach for kindergarten through third grade reading instruction Establishes a reading screener for parents and teachers to identify when students need help, well before third grade Provides training and support for educators to teach phonics-based reading instruction Passed the Senate 25-3; passed the House 84-5.

Increased Funding for Teachers, Schools - SB 7009/HB 7020 Appropriates the funding for these initiatives, adding over $100 million to Tennessee’s public education system. $535,200 in state dollars is set aside to administer the literacy program. $81 million is appropriated to establish and support the learning loss remediation and student acceleration programs. In addition to these funds, $42.9 million is allocated to LEAs to be used to increase teacher salaries from January 2021 through June 2021. Passed the Senate 23-5; passed the House 91-0-1.

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Senator Bob Corker feels vindicated, as he should.

by Rod Williams - Senator Bob Corker supported the Republican ticket in 2016 but was an early critic of President Trump beginning  in 2017.  I am sure many other Republican leaders felt the same way, but fearful of being primaried or attacked as "establishment" or "RINO," if they expressed their concerns, they kept quit. Bob Corker did not. Of course, in 2018 Corker did not seek a third term.

At one point Corker described the White House as an "adult day care."  And, he once said Trump's cabinet would “help separate our country from chaos.” This is recalled in an article published Jan. 10th in Politico, and excerpted in the January 19th Tennessee Star.   

After Trump incited the deadly attack on the Capitol, Corker says he has been vindicated in his criticism of Trump. “Nobody's perfect.' he told Politico. "You don't ever have all of the information. But I think I’ve been validated.  My observations about his character and his conduct certainly have been validated, unfortunately, with people's lives being lost. And our country appearing to be run by a tin pot dictator to people around the world.” 

In speaking about the future of the Republican Party, Corker said, "Republicans are going to have to have a real debate about who they are going to be. The Republican Party has been a party of adults, and people who make tough decisions. Obviously, that hasn't been the case in recent times."

Corker says the recent attack on the Capitol has diminished Trump and lessened his political influence.  I hope Corker is right and think he is, but I am not sure to what degree.  Trump still has a large devoted, almost cult-like following and he has a huge war chest raised under the false pretenses of using the money to fight the alleged voter fraud that he claimed cost him the election.  My fear is that in a crowded field, Trump could again win the Party's nomination, unless he is barred from seeking reelection or dies between now and 2024,  If nominated, he would lose badly in a general election as the party's nominee and Joe Biden or Kamala Harris would be virtually assured of being reelected.

In any event, Bob Corker is justified in feeling vindicated for being a critic of Donald Trump.

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

"Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Kelvin Jones testified that he buried $100,000 cash in his backyard .....

Judge Kelvin Jones

 .... to hide it from the state and from his creditors. .... Jones, who was elected to the bench in 2014, made the admissions during a sworn deposition that he gave last July in his divorce case. "  This is unreal. He admits to various other illegal activities. What a scumbag! 

See, Nashville judge's own sworn admissions in divorce case spark ethics complaint

 Also, from May of 2020 see, Judge Kelvin Jones’ divorce raises questions of invasion of privacy, mysterious deposits.

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Mayor Cooper endorses President Biden's decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement.


Climate Mayors Statement on President Biden’s Executive Order to Rejoin Paris Agreement 

JANUARY 20, 2021 — Today, Climate Mayors, a bipartisan network of over 470 U.S. mayors working to combat climate change through meaningful actions in their communities, issued the following statement regarding President Biden’s Executive Order to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement: 
Since 2017, when the previous administration announced its intention to leave the Paris Agreement, Climate Mayors served as a bulwark against climate complacency. Our 474 member cities have remained committed to upholding the Paris Agreement, and have taken strong actions to reduce carbon emissions and keep the United States on a path of climate progress.
This past year, our cities were ground zero for the fourfold crisis the Biden administration intends to prioritize: the COVID-19 pandemic, a profound economic downturn, extreme climate impacts and a national reckoning with racial inequity. We are at an inflection point and, for cities, the stakes could not be higher. 
Against this urgent backdrop, Climate Mayors applaud and endorse President Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement. With the stakes so high, we are eager to collaborate with a federal administration committed to urgent, bold climate action at the national and international levels. As leaders on the ground, we keenly understand that climate action will not only protect human civilization and prevent irreparable climate disruption, but will also make American cities cleaner, healthier and more equitable.
This announcement is only the beginning; there is still a lot of work to do. It is essential that the transition to a green energy economy is front and center in any comprehensive economic stimulus package. Climate Mayors are ready to partner immediately on accelerated climate solutions here in the U.S. and abroad. The future of our economy, our public health, and our world depend on it.

Rod's Comment: Getting the US back in the Paris Agreement was to be expected.  Anything done by executive order can be undone by executive order.  Don't get too worked up over this.  The Paris Agreement is not a treaty.  We do not surrender any sovereignty with this accord.  It is simply a statement of good intentions.  An executive order can not bind the United States to a course of action.  It is symbolic.  

My view is that President Trump should have never gotten us out of it but simply should have ignored it. That is a case where he unnecessarily alienated people and tarnished the image of the US in the eyes of the world for no good reason.  If the Paris Agreement actually did anything, then I would have supported Trumps decision to get us out of it, but saw no need to take a stand on something that didn't matter anyway. 

The US leads the world in reducing greenhouse gases.  This was primarily accomplished by switching from burning coal to using natural gas made abundant by fracking. Another factor was the downturn in economic activity caused by the Covid-19 crisis.  

President Biden has pledged to ban fracking on federal lands and new regulations will probably make fracking more difficult everywhere. As the economy picks back up and the fracking ban takes hold, I expect the US will reduce greenhouse gases less under Biden than we did under Trump. At the same time we will probably lose our energy independence achieved under Trump.

As one who accepts the theory of global warming, I do think we should attempt to reduce greenhouse gases, but not at the cost of destroying the economy.  I believe the solution lies in embracing new technologies, market forces, fracking and the new generation of nuclear power plants. The environmentalist community unfortunately, opposes both fracking and nuclear power and seems to not believe in the science of economics.  

The Green New Deal would destroy our economy.  I don't think it will pass.  If we could have held the Senate, it would have been dead on arrival.  However, even with Democrats controlling both houses of Congress, I don't think it will pass.  When individual legislators look at the cost to their district or state and the economy, many will abandon it.  If is easier to say you support something when campaigning than to actually vote for it. The Congress may pass a watered down mild version and call it the Green New Deal but the radical version envisioned by some, I don't think will be passed. 

As for the nations mayors taking bold action on climate change, it is mostly posturing and smoke and mirrors.  Recently, Mayor Cooper claimed to have taken action "that moves Nashville a decade ahead in sustainability," when all he had really done was sign an ordinance passed by the Council that was a mandated update to the housing and fire code. For more on this see Mayor Cooper Celebrates Passage of Green Legislation. Hyping a routine overdue required update.  

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The Trump farewell address: It is a shame we did not see more of this Trump.

by Rod Williams - Below is President Trump's farewell address. If you have not already watched it, please do. President Trump had some remarkable achievements and he was capable of being a great leader. If we would have seen more of this Trump on the campaign trail I truly believe it would be Trump being being sworn in for a second term on January 20th rather than Joe Biden being sworn in. This is a speech, much like his Mt. Rushmore July 4th address and the Trump acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, that can make people feel good about the country and  the Trump presidency. 

Instead of this Trump, unfortunately we more often saw a angry man who was crude and rude and self absorbed. Instead of uniting people around a shared vision for the future, he drove wedges between people. Instead of appealing to the best in people, he appealed to the worst. Instead of attracting people to the cause, he unnecessarily alienated people. It is a shame.  He leaves the country in the hands of Democrats with a radical agenda. 

Even after losing the election, if President Trump would have made the Georgia senate races about stopping the Democrat agenda rather than about Donald Trump, he could have at least left the country with a divided government. Unfortunately, President Trump too often put Donald Trump ahead of the good of the county.  He lost the White House and the Senate and left the Republican Party weak and divided.  What a shame. He could have been a great President. 


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Monday, January 18, 2021

Louella T Ballenger Williams, A remembrance of the woman I loved and of our life together.

Louella Ballenger
by Rod Williams - My dear wife, Louella passed away on December 21st.  She passed peacefully as I held her hand. She was in Brighton Garden's nursing home and due to lockdowns and quarantine I had last seen her on December 4th.   Fortunately, I did get to be with her when she passed. Her eyes were open most of the time and I got one faint smile.  I had about three hours with her.  I told her everything I wanted to say and held and kissed her and petted her and then told her that if she was ready to go, she could go at any time. About 20 minutes later at 12:40PM she took her last breath.

Louella is survived by me, Rod Williams her husband; two brothers, Ben Dillingham and Bruce Dillingham; a sister, Linda Eppard; and her two children, Lee and Dana. 

For those who only knew Louella after she was sick, I wish you would have known the Louella I knew. She was smart, well educated, cultured, adventurous, kind and had a easy smile and boundless curiosity.  She had formal education but never stopped learning and knew so much about so many things. She knew philosophy and art and history and was a ferocious reader.  She could name by the pattern numerous oriental rugs and loved fabrics and tapestries and especially oriental rugs.  She knew classical music.  She broadened my knowledge and we explored and learned things together. 

Louella was born at home in Barnardsville, North Carolina on May 5, 1941.  I have visited the community.  It is an unincorporated community isolated in the mountains.  Louella lived there until she was twelve years old. Part of that time she and her family lived with her grandparents on a farm and Louella shared fond memories of that period.  She told me of them keeping a goat and how when you got too close it, it would butt you.  She told me of playing in the attic and hiding and making scary noises and scaring her younger siblings, and the one time she left a gate open and the cows got out and how she got a real scolding from her granddaddy. 

When she was twelve her family moved to Engleside, Virginia where her father went to work with his brother at a market he owned.  Shortly after that move, her father died in a tragic accident. Sometime after that her mother remarried and they  moved to Alexandria where Louella graduated from high school.

Upon graduation from high school, Louella's aunt, Aunt T, encouraged Louella to go to college and invited her to come live with her and so she could, and Louella did.  Louella often told me how much she loved her Aunt T, and if not for her she would not have gotten to go to college and her life might have turned out much differently.  She lived with Aunt T in Winston-Salem and attended Wake Forrest where she graduated with a degree in Economics.

After college she move back to Northern Virginia, worked for a while then got married and had two children. She stayed home until her children were in their early teens and then worked part time for the Federal Government, working as a field representative, compiling data for the Consumer Price Index.  

Knowing she wanted to work full time as her children got older, she said she knew she needed more education to get the good Federal jobs. She enrolled in George Mason University and got a masters in Economics.  She said one of the high points of this college experience was sitting in a class taught by Walter Williams. She also studied Spanish and went on a several week study-vacation to Spain. 

Upon graduation, and after her children were grown, she went to work full time and then sometime after that her marriage ended in divorce.  During her career she worked for the IRS, some other agency a short while, and the CIA, but most of the time she worked for the Department of Labor.  She returned to the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statics, working again on the Consumer Price Index but in a full-time higher paying position. She told me that to advance with the Federal government one had to be willing to move within the government as job openings became available. After landing the job with the CPI, she said she reached a point where she did not care to advance higher, and stopped seeking advancement. She was content and enjoyed her job.

Fascinated that she had worked for the CIA, I asked her one time what she did.  She looked at me without cracking a smile and sweetly said, "I could tell you, but I would have to kill you."  She then told me she was an analysist in the Mexico division but it did not involve cloak and dagger. Actually she did not like working for the CIA. A funny thing I recall is that she told me she failed her lie detector test for getting the position.  Even failing when they asked her, her name.  She over analyzed each question. She said she thought about her name and asked herself if her real name was her married name or her maiden name and did the initial constitute her middle name, or is her full middle name called for to be considered her name.  After being coached to just answer honestly and not think about it too much, she passed and got the job.  She did not like the CIA however.  She would go to training session and was not even to tell anyone where she was, and she said you were not to discuss normal chit-chat stuff about your job with family or friends. 

I met Louella in May 1992. I was underemployed at the time doing whatever I could to earn a living.  I got a part-time job with the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, working as a field rep on the Consumer Price Index.  I had to go to a several-day training session in Annapolis, Virginia and it is there that I met Louella. She was one of the trainers. We connected due to an ice breaker game that this type training sessions often start with.  This one involved naming one's favorite broadcaster, beverage, and book.  We both named Atlas Shrugged. At break, I sought her out. I did not expect to find a fan of Ayn Rand at a federal government training session and I wanted to meet this person. As it turns out, neither of us were libertarians and were both pretty much mainstream pragmatic conservative Republicans but like a lot of people, Ayn Rand was somewhat of an introduction to purist thoughts on the nature of individualism, liberty and free markets.  

That brief introduction at break led to going with a group of about eight or so to a popular sea food restaurant where we got to know each other better.  Then the next night she and I met for drinks in the hotel lounge after the day's training. The drinks turned into a meal and we stayed late into the evening.  I had never talked with anyone so easily and had so much to talk about.  She was passionate about ideas, especially economics and political philosophy.  We knew so much on the same topics and had read so many of the same books.  Besides political conversation and current events however, we shared our life stories, and talked about family and she told me of her trip to Spain.  We got to know each other and immediately liked each other and had a lot in common. 

I was smitten. She was pretty, smart, curious and a good person and shared my views and values and was passionate about ideas.  When I talked about something, she knew what I was talking about. We kept in contact by letters, and email, and phone conversations, after that week.  A few weeks later I went for another, more advanced training session, this time in Baltimore, and we picked up where we left off and began a romantic relationship. 

We had a long-distance relationship that lasted until she moved to Nashville in 2001.  Long distance relationships seldom work out but ours did.  We saw each other frequently. The airline schedule worked to our advantage.  Louella's office was right next to the Union Station, across from a side street.  She had flex time and would leave work a little early on Friday, walk across the street, catch a train to the airport, and get a direct flight to Nashville, and I would pick her up at the airport at the curb and we would be home having dinner by 7PM, while some of her co-workers were still heading home on the interstate.  On Monday morning, I dropped her off at the airport about 7AM for a flight to Washington where she would again catch the train to Union Station and be at her desk by about 9:30.  On three-day weekends I went to visit her.  We saw each other at least twice a month.  

We enjoyed life.  We took up serious Asian cooking and would learn new recipes and shop for ingredients and cook together.  We had both been casual occasional wine drinkers; we became knowledgeable wine drinkers and went to wine tastings and read about wines, enjoyed shopping for wine and discovering new taste. 

Louella taught me to dance. I had been limited to swaying to a slow song, Louella taught me dance steps and to hear the beat of the music and we took a few formal dance lessons.  We went to the summer Big Band Dances in the Park and we often went out dancing to country music.  We loved going to the Broken Spoke, a bar on Trinity Lane that had a big dance floor.  I never became a great dancer but enjoyed it immensely. 

We loved art openings and the monthly art crawl.  We enjoyed annual events like Wine on the River, the Belmont Christmas program at Belmont Mansion, The Whitland Ave 4th of July, Festival of Nation, the Southern Festival of Books and others.  We went to lectures, writer's nights, free concerts at the Blair School of Music, honky-tonking on Lower Broadway, and we took hikes and long walks and enjoyed yard sales and dining out.  We were always on the go and having a good time. 

On three-day weekends, I would go to Washington and visit her where we enjoyed all there is to do in Washington.  We went to free cultural events hosted by embassies, we saw most of the Smithsonian Museums taking it in, in small doses at a time and we enjoyed eating out and exploring the city. Between visits, we talked on the phone, often for hours at a time.  

Each year we took a foreign vacation.  Travel had appealed to me but for some reason I thought it was too expensive and too daunting.  Louella convinced me it wasn't.  Our first trip was to Spain and it was wonderful.  Subsequent trips included Italy, France, Portugal, Mexico twice, Turkey, Czech Republic, and Hungary. We traveled light, without reservations.  With two good guide books we figured it out as we went. We stayed at ma and pa pensions mostly.  If we loved a place we would stay an extra day, if we had seen enough we moved on.   We had an itinerary but not a schedule. We took local trains and buses and subways. We visited the great museums of the world and explored and had adventure.  Prior to our trips, we spend a lot of time deciding where we would go and for months in advance we read about the country we would visit and its history and culture and art and what we wanted to see. We were knowledgeable travelers.  Louella was a great travel companion and we had magical moments and romance and adventure. 

The terrorist attack of 9-11 was a wake-up call for us.  We realized life is uncertain and short and if we were going to be together we ought to do it.  We bought a house together and Louella retired and moved to Nashville on Thanksgiving weekend, 2001.

Unfortunately, something was not right. Louella who had been full of life and had varied interests suddenly did not care what we did and had little enthusiasm.  We didn't fight much, but were just not happy.  In addition to quitting her job and moving away from her children, her mother died that year.  I thought Louella was experiencing depression but thought maybe also she was having regrets about our relationship and her move.  It wasn't constant, however.  We still enjoyed some things and there would be times when the dark cloud  would lift and things would seem as they were before, but something was not right. Then one day something happened that caused me to realize that there was definitely something going on beyond depression.  It took a while to get a firm diagnosis but by March 2005 she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.  As it turned out it was not Alzheimer's but Hydrocephalus, which is treatable and if she had been correctly diagnosed and treated early she would have gotten well, but by the time she was correctly diagnosed the brain damage had already occurred.

After being diagnosed, and getting on medication we had the sadness of the realization of her condition, but the undefined dark cloud lifted. We enjoyed life again.  In the early stages Louella still had her knowledge and still appreciated the same things she had appreciated, she just could not do things that required reasoning.  We had one more adventurous vacation, this one to Greece. Louella could not make change or read a map, but otherwise not much was different. We had a wonderful romantic time. We decided to not stop having fun and living life until we absolutely had to.  We enjoyed our family, and still went out to dine, and to events and enjoyed the political social life. On December 4, 2005, we were married in a beautiful ceremony at our home.  

Over the following years Louella's health declined.  We still had some good times, however.  But as the years rolled by she became less and less able to do the things we had done.  I was fortunate to find a good caregiver for Louella who worked for us forty hours a week.  The rest of the time, I was her full-time caregiver.  There were trying times when Louella experienced periods of agitation, and periods of insomnia, and there were scares where she almost died.  She declined and the last five years or so of her life she was "total care."  She had to be fed and changed and was in a wheel chair.  She totally lost the ability to talk.  It was sad watching her decline.  It was trying but I loved her and was glad I could take care of her.  Despite her inability to talk, Louella still had lots of personality and would say syllables in conversational tones and would smile and laugh and love attention. Despite her condition she was jealous of my attention.  If we had a guest and I was engrossed in conversation and ignoring her, she would act out.  In many ways she was child-like.

In February of 2020 there were some changes in circumstances and I realized I could just not take care of her at home anymore.  I found a place for her and put her in Brighton Gardens of Bentwood.  There are bad nursing homes and good ones and this was a good one.  They really cared about her and treated her with dignity.  The food was good and Louella was engaged and talked to. I visited with her for hours on end almost everyday, enjoying our time together in this new setting.  Unfortunately, the next month after putting her in the nursing home, the Covid-19 virus crisis erupted and my visits were restricted and there were periods of no visits at all.  She continued her decline and passed away on December 21. 2020.

I am glad I had Louella in my life.  I wish you would have know the woman I loved. I miss her. 

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Armed soldiers to protect the inauguration are justified

Ralph Bristol
by Ralph Bristol, 1/18/21, reposted from Facebook - I’ve seen two separate posts (so far) that have said “If you need…Armed Soldiers to protect your inauguration from The People, then you probably weren’t elected by The People.” 

The 25,000 federal troops plus 10,000 police and other law enforcement are guarding the Capitol, along with a 12’ fence topped with razor wire BECAUSE hundreds of most fanatical wing of pro-Trump protesters easily overran the Capitol police force on 1/6/21 and launched a deadly attack with the stated (during the attack) intent of capturing and/or killing both the Vice President and the Speaker of the House.

They did so immediately after the President, his son and his lawyer held pep rallies for them and urged them to march to the Capitol, “fight like hell” and conduct “trial by combat.” The most fringe element took them literally and attempted exactly that. Most people know not to take Trump literally, but we’re not talking about the hottest French fries in the Happy Meal here. 

Within days, that same element encouraged what they called “armed protests” at the U.S Capitol and state Capitols on or before inauguration day. Given those facts, the troops guarding the incoming administration are justified, and the threat is not coming from “the people.” 

The people who conducted a deadly attack on the Capitol on 1/6/21 and have announced plans for “armed protests” on or before Inauguration Day represent the darkest side of the angriest half of the losing side of the election. That’s not “the people.” Their numbers are large enough to represent a clear and present danger that warrants extraordinary security measures, but they are a very small fraction of one percent of “the people.” Just so the math is clear.

Ralph Bristol is a former popular local conservative radio talk show host with Super Talk 99.7 (WTN 99.7) where he worked for 11 years. He is now semi-retired.

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Democrats elect Remus new party chair

Hendrell Remus
Nashville Post - Members of the Tennessee Democratic Party’s executive committee on Saturday elected Hendrell Remus as the new party chair.

Remus, an assistant emergency operations officer at Tennessee State University, is said to be the first Black leader of the state party organization. He has previously run, unsuccessfully, for local and state offices in Memphis. Remus is vice chair of the Tennessee Young Democrats and in that role has served as an ex-officio member of the TNDP Executive Committee. 

Remus takes over the party from three-term chair Mary Mancini at a low point for Tennessee Democrats, who have not won a statewide election since 2006 and whose House and Senate caucuses have dwindled to super-minorities. 

The House and Senate caucuses supported Wade Munday for the chairmanship.(read more)

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