Kanew and Cassie Rip Former TNDP Chair

“To be a white man saying these things on the record, WHERE DOES HE GET OFF?” Justin and Cassie dissect former TNDP Chair Chip Forrester’s offensive comments in the latest from Tennessee Lookout about Marquita Bradshaw’s incredible victory.

Rural Democrats with Anne Ferrell Quillen

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.

FULL PODCAST available on Apple Podcasts here, and wherever else you like to listen here.

Jim Cooper Grills Postmaster DeJoy

Representative Jim Cooper:  “Did you pay back several of your top executives for contributing to Trump’s campaign?”

DeJoy:  “That’s an outrageous claim, sir.”

According to employees, it’s not so outrageous at all.

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Distressed Rural Counties with Carol Abney

Carol Abney, candidate for TN House District 38, knows about distressed counties and closed rural hospitals. Fentress and 3 other TN counties were removed from the bottom 10% of economic performers across the country but 2 more in this district remain on the list.  A licensed CPA, Carol discusses the tax burdens, limited resources, inaccessible medical care, and lack of job opportunities that keep rural residents distressed.  The TN Rural Initiative provides” window dressing” when real financial support from the state government is needed.

FULL PODCAST available on Apple Podcasts here, and wherever else you like to listen here.

#DemConvention with State Senator Raumesh Akbari

State Senator Raumesh Akbari chats with Wade Munday about the Democratic National Convention happening this week. Senator Akbari will be speaking at the Convention as a Rising Star of the party, you won’t want to miss it! Watch the Convention here.

FULL PODCAST available on Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you like to listen.

SCRAPPY TIME – Healthcare Crisis in Tennessee

On this episode of Scrappy Time, Jay meets with State Representative Gloria Johnson to discuss the healthcare crisis in Tennessee and what we need to do to fix it.

Also on deck for this episode is Lola Jack and Buddy for this week’s Dem Dogs segment. These two hounds were both rescued and are loving their new lives! Consider donating to the local animal shelter. They’re really struggling during the pandemic and need your help.

This episode is also available on Representative Johnson’s podcast “Standing Tall,” and you can listen on Apple Podcasts or wherever else you like to listen.

SCRAPPY TIME – NextGen

Tonight on Scrappy Time Jay spends some time with Kylie Sliger, an 18-year-old first-time voter who has been volunteering on political campaigns for several years, and Ali Lawson, a 22-year-old senior business analytics major with a blue-collar background. These young people break down what motivates them to participate in politics and what issues they think will drive more young people to the polls to vote.

We also have some fun playing a game with Blount County elementary students Ella Russell, Kija Burr, Sunny Burr and their mother Stephanie. The game is called “Where’s the Moon?” and it’s a hoot!

SCRAPPY TIME – Education

This week on Scrappy Time, Jay Clark asks Blount County Teacher Rebecca Dickenson how we can help support teachers this school year when COVID-19 made an already difficult job dangerous to their lives.

SCRAPPY TIME – Accountability

INTRODUCING “Scrappy Time” as part of The Tennessee Holler Podcast Network! On Scrappy Time this week, Jay Clark talks about the importance of accountability and interviews Maryville Mayor Tom Taylor. Remember to send Jay your DemDogs video footage!

Tennessee’s Criminalization of Protest with Senator Jeff Yarbro

Justin Kanew talks with State Senator Jeff Yarbro about the Tennessee State Legislature’s new draconian anti-protest laws that specifically target the protesters who have been occupying the plaza outside of the State Capital, and the far-reaching implications these laws will have on the citizens of Tennessee.

FULL PODCAST available on Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you like to listen.