Tennessean Insurrectionists and the Importance of Antifascism

Journalists Abby Lee Hood and Matt Bastin join to talk about Tennesseans’ involvement in the undemocratic coup attempt by MAGA insurrectionists that took place at our Capitol last week. We explore the moment we are in and where to go from here, including how it is more important now than ever to include antifascism into everything we do. Not only is supporting antifascism the right thing to do, but we will never pass a Green New Deal or any other progressive legislation if we don’t both practice antifascism and push for democratic reforms.

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How Small Farmers Have Handled the Pandemic

Jess Wilson joins again to talk about local food farming programs during the Covid pandemic as well as issues our farmers continue to face as they try to bring income and work equality to a rural industry.

Jess’ Business:  In Town Organics and Summer Fields

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Rep. Dixie on How GOP “Savings” Don’t Help Tennesseans

“I keep hearing a lot of numbers about cost-cutting, savings…we should be getting health care to all Tennesseans.” – Caucus Chair Vincent Dixie points out Medicaid “SAVINGS” the GOP brags about aren’t necessarily good when it means less care for Tennesseans. #NotABlockGrant

The State House passed this rushed “not-a-block-grant” bill 70-22, making Tennessee the only state to have one once Governor Lee signs it into law. TNGOP did this on a Friday to sneak it in before Biden takes office. Expect lawsuits.

 

Rep. Clemmons Slams TNGOP’s Rushed “Not-A-Block” Program

“We’re blowing up a system that is working in the middle of a pandemic…or we could EXPAND MEDICAID and start realizing BILLIONS without reinventing the wheel.” – Rep. John Ray Clemmons on the TNGOP’s rushed, probably illegal not-a-block-grant program. The bill passed the State House. #ExpandMedicaid

 

Lamberth Doesn’t Seem to Understand Tennessee’s Budget

“Gov. Bill Lee’s own budget says we get 36% of our budget from the federal gov. It doesn’t seem like TN House GOP majority leader William Lamberth knows what’s going on.” Kanew and Cassie blast Lamberth on #HollerHour for not seeming to understand Tennessee’s budget, as noted by Representative Jason Hodges.

Watch the full Lamberth/Hodges clip here.

 

TN’s Secretary of Voter Suppression Tre Hargett Reconfirmed

Despite pushing for in-person voting during COVID, criminalizing voter reg, and pushing racist voter suppression legislation, TN Secretary of Voter Suppression TRE HARGETT was just confirmed for another 4 years.
 
All 6 TN SENATE DEMS and these 8 Reps did NOT vote to confirm: CLEMMONS, G JOHNSON, DIXIE, BECK, FREEMAN, POTTS, MCKENZIE, SHAW, CAMPER, STEWART

Sen. Johnson: “GET OUTTA MY FACE”

Williamson County Senator Jack Johnson was unenthusiastic about discussing the role a letter from Tennssee state legislators encouraging Tennessee reps to challenge Biden’s win played in the deadly attack on our Capitol by Trump supporters.

 

Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver: “I DID NOTHING WRONG”

Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver ducks questions about her presence in DC during the deadly Trump insurrection (which she posted fondly of afterward) as her husband INITIATES PHYSICAL CONTACT with our reporter.

 

Bill Lee on the FBI Raiding Casada’s Office

AUDIO: “It’s certainly very concerning.” – Governor Bill Lee on this morning’s FBI RAIDS at disgraced former speaker Glen Casada and his sidekick Cade Cothren’s houses, plus Rep. Robin Smith and others.

Read more about the raids in The Tennessean here.

 

How MNPD Responds to Drugs Versus Bombs

“I’d like to see some level of acknowledgment from Metropolitan Nashville Police Department that if it had been drugs instead of bombs that would have triggered different levels of alarm.”
 
Nashville Council Member Bob Mendes on how MNPD was tipped off about the bomber 16 months ago but did nothing.

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