Medical Marijuana in Tennessee

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.

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

COVID19 and Why We Need Medicare for All to Solve Climate Change

Hosts Hale Masaki and Isabella Killius dive into the intersections between COVID19, climate change, and Medicare for All with Stephanie Kang, a good friend of Sunrise Tennessee, Nashville Native, and health policy adviser to Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. Congresswoman Jayapal is the lead sponsor of Medicare for All in the House of Representatives.

Email MidTN DSA’s M4A Working Group at m4amidtn@gmail.com to join the fight for Medicare for All here in Tennessee.

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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.

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.

Why All Dems Support Medicaid Expansion with Sheila Younglove

Senate Candidate District 16, Sheila Younglove, joins us again to answer the question: Why Medicaid Expansion is supported by every Democrat running for state office. It is because it is outrageous that affordable health care for thousands of Tennesseans has barely been discussed in the General Assembly since Governor Haslam’s Insure Tennessee was rejected in committee in 2014. With the pandemic, an estimated 750,000 Tennesseans could become uninsured! It is unlikely that the 3rd legislative session will even consider adopting Medicaid Expansion as have 38 states.  We really need some change in our state government. Vote wisely.

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

Standing Tall meets Scrappy Time

Gloria Johnson’s STANDING TALL collides with Jay Clark’s SCRAPPY TIME in this latest episode!

Representative Johnson and Jay Clark chill and chat in Gloria’s luxurious pool talking healthcare, the upcoming special session, and our Governer’s refusal to meet with the peaceful protesters occupying the plaza outside the State Capitol.

Jay is running for State House in District 8 and has his own show “Scrappy Time,” which y’all should be on the lookout for because Jay is joining The TN Holler Podcast Network!

You’ll see Gloria and Jay on “Scrappy Time” THIS WEEK, stay tuned! 📺

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

Schools Reopening during COVID19 with Civil Miller-Watkins

Civil Miller-Watkins is running for State Senate District 26  and joins host Sandra Rice to discuss TN’s plan for students to return to school amid a pandemic. She is a mother of 8, a current school board member, and is very familiar with homeschooling and virtual learning. The lack of state plans for managing COVID19 and school reopening as well as a lack of broadband in all rural areas makes learning more difficult in Tennessee.

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

Carol Swain Insanity

This past Sunday morning, The Holler’s Kanew joined FOX 17’s “Nashville in Focus” political panel along with the infamous Carol Swain. Swain is known for spewing top-notch GOP propaganda, and her talking points on this panel were no different. From downplaying the COVID19 pandemic to claiming that teachers shouldn’t be paid as much to teach remotely, Swain is in rare form on this panel.

Swain on Masks:

Swain on schools re-opening during COVID19:

Watch the full panel here.

HOLLER PODCAST – Brandon Thomas

Tennessee State House candidate Brandon Thomas joins us to discuss his race in one of the most flippable districts in the state. He is running a progressive campaign against Republican incumbent Mike Sparks who was recently asked by The Holler whether or not the Civil War was fought over slavery, to which he responded “I haven’t really studied it.” Brandon is running in State House District 49 (Smyrna, Murfreesboro, and La Vergne).

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