LISTEN 🎧 "The electoral college violates the fundamental principle of democracy that there's to be political equality."
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) November 13, 2020
“What About Us?” is a discussion about policies that impact rural Tennesseans. We dive into a variety of topics like healthcare, small businesses, employment, education, and the environment. Tennessee is 93% rural with over 1.5 million residents, but resources and attention are often directed to urban areas. The rural way of life is valuable and we want to preserve it.
We hear “Erasing history” and “destroying our heritage” but what does one family member raised in the South and great-grandson of a revered Confederate General think about the removal of a monument from the public square? Louis Rice joins to discuss.
LISTEN 🎧 "If we’re going to have a nat'l dialogue on systemic racism you have to come to grips that we were founded as a slave nation."
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) November 6, 2020
We conclude our interviews with Tennessee state candidates with Dr. Jenn Foley running for House District 65. She summarizes issues and concerns expressed by constituents across the state and the need for relief from the GOP super-majority agenda. We need more discussion, representation and balance, along with less arrogance and paternalism. Please go out and vote for a better Tennessee for all Tennesseans.
LISTEN 🎧 "TN is the "Best State for the Unborn" & I'm thinking, why is that something to be proud of? Why wouldn't we want to be the best state for prosperous families?"@JennTn65 joins @sandrafrice55 on #WhatAboutUs to talk about her race.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) October 23, 2020
Elizabeth Madiera, House Candidate for District 63, discusses the murkiness surrounding the passage of the voucher bill under her opponent Glen Casada’s “leadership”. It’s unpopular, unconstitutional, under investigation by the FBI, and unseated him as leader of the house. We need the General Assembly to be out of the Republican supermajority, better balanced, and more transparent to achieve better legislation.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) October 16, 2020
Robyn Deck, candidate for Tennessee’s State House District 25, needs better broadband service. It is vital for rural health services, business, and education. So why do so many other things take priority in the General Assembly? Robyn has a plan and we need a change. How about we elect some people with new ideas willing to do the work for rural priorities?
Rural Tennessee needs access to high-speed broadband. Why hasn't #TNLeg taken it up?
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) October 9, 2020
Mariah Phillips, candidate for State House Rep in District 37, joins Sandy to talk about what it means to be a “Right to Work” state. They both urge caution as the General Assembly considers chiseling the law into the Tennessee State Constitution. Unions get a bad rap and low wages have bought many jobs to Tennessee but what are the long-term consequences of handing our future to big corporations? Hasn’t the pandemic uncovered many inequalities in worker’s safety and security?
LISTEN 🎙 #WhatAboutUs, a rural podcast by @sandrafrice55, just dropped a new episode.@Mariah4TN, candidate for State House District 37, joins to break down "Right to Work" myths & why it's terrible for workers but great for the rich.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) October 2, 2020
Medical marijuana is a hot topic for many people in the United States of America. For the longest time, marijuana has been classed as an illegal drug that could land long jail sentences for those caught in possession of it. Now it is available in many forms to target different illnesses and pains, for example, private label softgels.
However, times are constantly changing and so are people’s opinions on marijuana and cbd edibles. More and more citizens and health officials have been opening their eyes to the potential benefits of medical marijuana and its derivatives as well. Medical marijuana has been known to treat chronic diseases where pain, low mood, and inflammation are factors. Marijuana is known to have been used as a medical treatment as early as ancient China where it is said to have been a complementary treatment to acupuncture. CBD is a close relative taken from the hemp plant (consumed either as an oil or in Private Label CBD Capsules) which can treat similar conditions as well.
With such potential benefits, it’s important to have a clear and detailed discussion on medical marijuana and its derivatives and how they can benefit America. Whether it be in the form of CBD products, cannabis edibles, vape liquids or whatever else is necessary.
In the following podcast. Host Sandra Rice and Candidate Jarvus Turnley for State House District 66 talk about legalizing medical marijuana. A Vanderbilt study reports that 80% of Tennesseans support it and 33 states already do but the GOP General Assembly balks. They also review CBD and THC as well as efforts to decriminalize marijuana possession and criminal justice reform.
Jarvus Turnley, candidate for State House District 66, joins to talk about how fighting for Medical Marijuana in Tennessee supports the will of the people.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) September 25, 2020
Executive Director of the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance Patrick Dean discusses the amazing success of this multi-use former rail bed. Currently stretching across the Cumberland plateau from Sewanee to Tracy City, it is a perfect example of ecotourism. It conserves the natural environment also has improved the welfare of local people.
LISTEN 🎙 #WhatAboutUs, @sandrafrice55's rural podcast, dropped a new episode 🎉@patrickldean of Mountain Goat Trail Alliance joins to talk about the outdoors and how a multi-use former rail bed can bring tourism and help conservation.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) September 18, 2020
Anne Ferrell Quillen is the President of the recently formed and awesome TNDP rural caucus. Although rural areas are represented by elected officials, they don’t seem to have us in mind when they vote with the GOP supermajority. Expanding Medicaid for rural hospitals, funding for public schools and infrastructure, and developing economic opportunities for our businesses, communities and way of life are all essential issues for rural Tennessee. We do make up 93% of the state. Let’s elect some homegrown candidates to make some change.
President of TNDP's Rural Caucus, Anne Quillen, joins to talk about how we should elevate the needs of rural TN instead of maligning the people who live there.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) September 11, 2020
Who chooses the President, the people, or the Electoral College? “It’s complicated,” says Sandra Rice’s guest Dr. Andrea Hatcher, professor of politics and pre-law at The University of the South. The founders would be surprised that we are still using this system despite its flaws and threat to democracy. Would the popular vote be a more equitable way? How could this be changed? Please vote.
LISTEN 🎙 a new episode of "What About Us?" is LIVE!@sandrafrice55 talks to @Prof_Hatcher, Professor of Politics at @univofthesouth, about the flaws in the Electoral College and how to make our system more democratic.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) August 27, 2020