“If I’m Going to be the Keeper of my Brother, I have to Wear my Mask.”

Rep. Vincent Dixie talks about how Gov. Bill Lee’s “survival of the fittest” tactic has landed Tennessee in the position of being the worst place in the world to be for #COVID19.

 

Evacuation Before Nashville Bombing

“IT’S LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A MOVIE”

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department has released Officer Sipos’ BODY CAM footage of the moment the Nashville Bombing occurred. They demonstrated heroic courage and calm under pressure.

 

Racist Tullahoma Alderman: “I WILL NOT APOLOGIZE.”

N-word using, Confederate flag picture-posting TULLAHOMA alderman JENNA AMACHER invokes Shakespeare to defend her “COMEDY”🤔, says “diversity” should also give cover to her racism. Jaw-Droppingly ignorant stuff right here, y’all.

 

Workers, Wages, and Weed

For the final episode of the year, Anna and Aftyn dig into how the Democratic party should utilize three winning progressive policies to bring new folks in. Embrace an economic populist message and distribute LEGALIZE IT bumper stickers across the country: is it that simple? Happy holidays and the girls will see y’all in 2021! #KeepItGritty

NYMag, Democrats Have a Problem. ‘Workers, Wages, Weed’ May Be the Answer

Mother Jones, The $15 Minimum Wage Wasn’t the Only Progressive Ballot Measure That Passed in Conservative States

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

A Tale of Two Governors

State Representative Gloria Johnson talks with Christina Henry, a teacher in Anderson County, Tennessee whose husband is in critical care for COVID in Kentucky, and whose brother-in-law recently passed away from COVID, also both teachers. Tennessee is now the worst place in the world to be for COVID19 under the poor leadership of Governor Bill Lee. Christina and Representative Johnson talk about how the different responses between Governor Andy Beshear of Kentucky and our own Governor Lee have affected the health outcomes of the residents of each respective state.

Kentucky is the only state where ICU occupancy is lower now than three months ago

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

The Power of Restoring Voting Rights

Your favorite democracy duo is back with another electric episode featuring Desmond Meade of Florida Rights Restoration and The Equity Alliance Direct Impact Fellows: Terrance Simpson, Big Fridge, Robert Sherrill, and Daniel Westbrooks. Participants share how their personal stories of challenge and triumph have led them to be community leaders, entrepreneurs, and voting rights restoration advocates.

Charlane and Tequila are Co-Founders and Co-Executive Directors of The Equity Alliance.

Porch Politics is recorded LIVE from our porch every other Thursday at 6 pm CT. You can stream it on The Tennessee Holler or wait for it to drop as a podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever else you like to listen.

Bill Lee Blames Everyone But Himself

Phil Williams:  “Why not listen to health professionals and impose a mask mandate?”

Governor Bill Lee: “That’s not a unified voice. There’s a lot of argument about what’s the right tactic.”

Lee is still a deaf ear to the cries of Tennessee’s medical community despite our horrific numbers.

 

The Many Facets of Voter Suppression

Perceived problems with the 2020 election are historical but many things like government IDs, long lines, limited hours, closed polling places, intimidation and misinformation have been chipping away at our ability and willingness to vote for years.  We the people will need to overcome voter fraud in all its forms or risk losing our right to self-govern.

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

 

Protecting the Knox County Board of Health

Knox County Commissioner Courtney Durrett joins to talk with Representative Gloria Johnson about an insidious effort to effectively dissolve the Knox County Board of Health and create a new “advisory” board of brand new members who don’t have the experience dealing with the COVID19 crisis that the current members have. The first meeting for this ordinance will be held Monday, December 21.

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

Where is Your Responsibility, Governor Lee?

“Governor Bill Lee, you’ve said time and time again that the only way to manage this crisis is through personal responsibility, but we ask you, Sir – WHERE IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY IN THIS MATTER?”

Dr. Martin of Protect My Care reams Governor Lee for his botched handling of #COVID19.