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Governor Lee Plays Dumb

“I haven’t read that report.” 🤔‬ ‪Gov. Bill Lee plays dumb about Trump’s admission that he intentionally “downplayed” a virus that has killed 190,000 Americans, including ~2000 Tennesseans. ‬

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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TODAY’S HOLLER: COWARDLY CURCIO, Minneosta’s Fury, Trump’s Tantrum

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COWARDLY CURCIO: “ANOTHER BROKEN PROMISE TO THE VICTIMS.” ‬ — Despite promises on the house floor, Rep. Michael Curcio & the TN GOP killed Rep. Gloria Johnson’s bill to Expel admitted child sex abuser David Byrd. Curcio left the room when Rep. Bo Mitchell gave the bill a motion, but no second came. ‪Curcio is a liar & coward.🤥🐔‬Here’s proof.👇🏽‬Pass it on.‬ Non-Facebook Link

Yesterday In education committee where admitted child sex abuser Rep. David Byrd is a member, Rep. Gloria Johnson wore a mask that says “support victims of sexual assault” 🔥😷🙌🏽‬

MINNESOTA’S FURY: After police murdered George Floyd in Minnesota, protests have turned into looting and vandalism. Violence is never encouraged, but these outbursts are not unmotivated, and as MLK said: “Riots are the language of the unheard”. The officer was fired but still walks free… meanwhile Minnesota State Police arrested CNN reporter Omar Jimenez on the air for reporting on the protests. Non-Facebook Link

Trump did his part to enflame things with this (racist) tweet, which was flagged by twitter for “glorifying violence”:

Don Lemon’s accurate take on Trump enflaming the situation: “No one wants to hear from the man who wanted the death penalty to come back for the Central Park Five… from the guy who says Obama wasn’t born here.. who says there were fine people on both sides…” 🎯🔥 Non-Facebook Link

MLK’s daughter Bernice puts it very well:

ALSO:

The president’s new fascist “online censorship” executive order (that will likely amount to nothing but betrays how sensitive and out of control he is, done in reaction to Twitter fact-checking his endless firehose of lies) reads in part: ‬‪“Increased scrutiny of users based on the other users they choose to follow, or their interactions with other users” 🤔‬

PANDEMIC LESSON: ‬Fact-Checking IS NOT CENSORSHIP

-Pretty Much:

While he cries about being fact-checked, he RT’s videos calling for Democrats to be murdered… Class act all the way. ‬But Obama is the divisive one, right?

We asked TN GOP Rep. Bruce Griffey about his social media censorship bill here in TN and why he thinks protestors of the KKK Grand Wizard bust at the TN State Capitol should be “subject to arrest”.‬ Non-Facebook Link

-With 100,000 Americans dead, the TN HOUSE GOP Caucus chair Rep. Jeremy Faison is complaining the seating arrangements have changed. 👶🏻 🍼 👇🏽😷‬‪Not a great speller either. ‬#SocialDistanacingSavesLives ‬

Also:
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-‪When the TN GOP wasn’t persecuting LGBTQ folks or blocking student-athlete’s ability to earn💰from their name & Likeness — they were passing a permitless carry bill opposed by law enforcement that Gov. Lee was against as a candidate… but now supports. 🤔🤥👇🏽

As Republicans spread the myth that vote-by-mail means fraud… they themselves have no problem doing it. What’s Trump’s press secretary has voted by mail 11 times since 2010.

The Chattanooga Chief of Police speaking out about the murder of #GeorgeFloyd 👇🏾🙌🏼We need more police to be willing to speak out about things like this.

-‪MUST-READ from Frank Garrison on the horrible business decision Gov. Lee & the TN GOP make rejecting $1 BILLION in Medicaid Expansion💰yearly while our rural hospitals close, our state budget suffers, and we lead 🇺🇸 in medical bankruptcies. ‬

State-Sponsored Travel to Tennessee has been BANNED By At Least One State Because of Anti-LGBTQ Policies 🏳️‍🌈 ‪The cost of hate. ‬

-RHEA COUNTY Farm announces entire workforce has tested positive… and are still working” 😷😢👇🏽

-‪WATCH the TN GOP Kill a bill to allow STUDENT-ATHLETES to earn💰from their Name & Likeness ‬from Rep. Parkinson & Towns. Non-Facebook Link
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CARTOON OF THE DAY ‬By @deAdder ‬

-WATCH: “Delete the voucher program… it’s ILLEGAL… we’re wasting the courts’ time with something we know is wrong.” – Bo Mitchell’s bill to kill Lee’s UNCONSTITUTIONAL” private school vouchers fails for lack of a second. ‬(Left it hanging: Byrd, Moody, Dunn, White, Deberry, Cochran)‬ Non-Facebook Link

-🚨🚨In the run-up to COVID TN GOP Rep. Phil Roe bought STOCK in ZOOM & VACCINE/DRUG companies, DUMPED stocks in cruise lines and other companies that would be harmed. ‬Tennessee, it seem we have our very own Senator Burr. ‬

‪PANDEMIC LESSON: THE STOCK MARKET IS NOT THE ECONOMY💰🇺🇸‬

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TODAY’S HOLLER: “OBAMAGATE” EXPOSED, Memphis Election Commission Shenanigans

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“OBAMAGATE” EXPOSED: At his press conference yesterday a REPORTER asked Trump: “You appeared to accuse Obama of a crime yesterday. What did he do?”

TRUMP’s response: “You know what the crime is. The crime is very obvious to everybody.”

TRANSLATION: “OBAMAGATE”, currently trending because of right wing desperation, is bullshit. 💩

They want us to believe Obama is going to prison, but it’s Trump’s capos who are in prison, convicted, or having their charges dropped because of pure corruption. Non-Facebook Link

MEMPHIS ELECTION COMMISSION QUESTIONS: The MEMPHIS Election Commission needs to be watched. Election administrator Linda Phillips has conflicts of interest with their voter registration software company, including her sons working there. This is in addition to their lawyer sharing office space with the lobbyist for the touch screen voting machine company they just awarded another contract to, even though touch screens take 3x longer, and they recently *miscounted* black votes. Voter suppression in minority-heavy areas continues.

OBAMA RIPS TRUMP’S RESPONSE: OBAMA calls Trump’s Pandemic Response “a CHAOTIC DISASTER”, adding “when that mindset of what’s in it for me and to heck with everybody else is operationalized inside our government.” Boy is he right. And boy do we miss him. Non-Facebook Link

ALSO:

A CONTACT TRACING SHORTAGE is being reported in TN, where we have just 25% of the recommended amount of contact tracers – 1,500 people short for the critical disease mitigation effort. Rep. Mike Stewart is right… with so many unemployed, this is a win-win way to put folks to work.

-A BULLSEYE 🎯 target was placed at NASHVILLE NAACP President Keith Caldwell’s house. He says the responding officer “shrugged” & said the target was “pretty cool.” Unacceptable… Racists sure are feeling emboldened lately.

-An unreleased White House report has VIRUS RATES SPIKING IN THE HEARTLAND — “10 top areas recorded surges of 72.4% or greater over 7-day period… They include Des Moines, Iowa; Amarillo, Texas and Central City, Kentucky… and NASHVILLE, TN.

-Yesterday TRUMP had the nerve to say “We have met the moment, and we have prevailed.”Most cases in the world. Most deaths in the world. 80,000+ dead Americans and their loved ones would likely disagree. 🇺🇸

-SEARING new Biden ad🔥:  “We have an economic crisis because we have a public health crisis… and we have a public health crisis because Trump refused to act…Trump didn’t build a great economy. His failure to lead destroyed one.” 🔥🎯Non-Facebook Link

-And here’s another ad where Biden sets the record straight. 🔥🔥Obama-Biden built a response pandemic apparatus. Trump tore it apart. HE WILL NOT REWRITE HISTORY. Non-Facebook Link

-‪WASH POST EDITORIAL BOARD: “WHISTLEBLOWER paints shocking picture of White House Bungling COVID Response”‬

BROOKINGS: “As states reopen, COVID-19 is spreading into even more Trump counties”‬

-This is Katie Miller, Pence’s press secretary, who just tested positive for COVID-19, at the healthcare facility where Pence just *heroically* delivered masks. ‬The ONLY ONE not wearing a mask.‬ 😷🤔‬

-We took the liberty of fixing this for Trump:

-UC BERKELEY STUDY: a simple solution to help us emerge from this nightmarish lockdown? ALWAYS social distance in public and, most importantly, wear a mask… ‪There is no excuse not to mask up at this point. It’s not brave, it’s selfish. 😷 ‬

-It didn’t have to be this way.

-4 Americans Died At BENGHAZI — Hillary faced hours upon hours of interrogation. ‬80,000 Americans are dead. Worst outbreak on 🌍 — yet Trump won’t let the task force answer questions? ‬ ‪What is he hiding? 🤔😷 🇺🇸 ‬ SHARE THIS

-RESIGN, BARR: “Nearly 2000 former Justice Department officials have signed onto a letter calling for Attorney General William Barr to resign over his improper intervention in the criminal case of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.” ‬

CARTOON OF THE DAY: Obama’s Crime, revealed!‬ #Obamagate

-Tennessee says absentee ballots are now available “for those eligible”, but this isn’t good enough. We should all be “eligible” to not have to risk our lives to vote. Holler at Hargett615-741-2819 ☎️ ‬

‪-California will send ALL voters mail-in ballots for the November election. THIS is what states that actually want people to vote and believe in democracy do during a deadly pandemic. ‬We’re at the bottom in voter turnout by design. Voter suppression is real. ‬ 🇺🇸🗳‬
-Suddenly Marsha and the Republicans pretend to care about the debt again, right as folks need help and they know a Dem may be in charge soon?‬ ‪REMINDER: Blackburn voted to blow a $2 TRILLION HOLE in the deficit to hand a tax cut to corporations and the wealthy even before the virus. Spare us. 🙄‬

-Chris Hayes said it best…

-HOLLER GRAPHIC OF THE DAY: ‪Tennessee is #1 in MEDICAL BANKRUPTCIES… ‪#1 in RURAL HOSPITAL CLOSURES per capita… ‪We lose $1 BILLION EVERY YEAR we don’t EXPAND MEDICAID… ‪Not expanding Medicaid is POLICY MURDER.

-Senator Lamar Alexander called the DOJ’s anti-Obamacare lawsuit that would rip coverage from millions “REALLY FLIMSY” 👀🔥

-The President of the United States shared a video which concluded there had been a “silent coup” attempted against him. ‬This guy is reckless and dangerous in so many different ways. ‬

-‪Cool news—TODAY at 11AM CST we’ll have Congressman Steve Cohen LIVE!‬ Join on Twitter & Facebook. (Follow/Like our page to get reminded when we go live)

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INTERVIEW: Former Trump Supporter-Turned-Democrat DAVID WEISSMAN

David Weissman was an avid Trump supporter, actively trolling folks on twitter. He saw the light when Sarah Silverman took the time to talk to him, and has become a proud Democrat.

“When you learn to have empathy, your heart feels lighter.”

INTERVIEW: KEEL HUNT – Tennessean Columnist & Former Special Asst. to Lamar Alexander

Holler co-founder Justin Kanew interviews KEEL HUNT, Tennessean columnist and former Special Assistant to Lamar Alexander who recently spoke out about the need to speak up in the time of Trump in this poignant column: “I’m Done Being Quiet”.
PODCAST on iTunes. (13 mins)
CLIP:  “I think it’s fear that leads to silence.”
Full FACEBOOK LIVE interview.

INTERVIEW: Former White House Middle East Policy Advisor DANIEL BENAIM

Holler co-founder Justin Kanew talks to‬ ‪White House Middle East advisor during the Iran Deal Daniel Benaim about how Trump made the Iran situation more dangerous, and put Americans in harm’s way unnecessarily. ‬

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FULL FACEBOOK LIVE INTERVIEW

CLIP: “I get what’s in it for him… what’s in it for us?”

VIDEO: Nashville Trump 2020 Co-Chair Comes Out AGAINST Private Prisons

On Fox Nashville’s Politics in Focus Sunday, Republican strategist and Trump 2020 Davidson County Co-Chair Rick Williams came out against private prisons, which flies in the face of Republican policy.

ALSO – Davidson Democrats black caucus chair Jasper Hendricks wondered aloud why private prisons get more per inmate than state-run prisons. A good question.

Tell your local reps it’s time to stop letting people profit off of the incarceration of human beings, especially at the border. President Trump has increased the investment in private prisons tremendously, as has the state of Tennessee under Governor Bill Lee.

VIDEO: IMPEACHMENT EVE IN TENNESSEE

Patriots braved the cold at rallies across TN on the eve of an historic vote to #DefendOurDemocracy. ‬

‪This is about country, not party. Nobody is above the law. That’s what makes America Great. 🇺🇸

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TN Farm Bureau President: “We’ve Endured About All The Pain We Can Stand”

The Tennessee Farm Bureau lobbies on behalf of the state’s farmers.  TN’s is the largest Farm Bureau in the nation, with more than 677,000 members. Bureau President Jeff Aiken was re-elected this week, and Aiken had some frank words about Trump’s Trade War and the “pain” it’s causing our farmers at their convention at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Cool Springs Tuesday.

Below are some excerpts from Aiken’s speech, courtesy of the Columbia Daily Herald:

“Trade is vitally important to Tennessee farmers. Many of the commodities we produce are heavily dependent on the export market… Most have endured about all of the pain we can stand. The trade war with China has caused soybean exports to decline by 52%, forest products by 43% and cotton by 36%. The Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation and the American Farm Bureau Federation remain vigilant in sharing that message.”

To put a few more tragic numbers on it – Trump’s ex-senior Econ advisor Gary Cohn recently pointed out USA AG Exports have dropped from $30 Billion to $9 Billion in the wake of Trump’s Trade War, and Tennessee has been the hardest hit state by far.

And no, China is not paying for the tariffs.

Aiken then went on to talk about the need for MORE immigration/immigration reform, to provide farmers with an informed, motivated labor force:

“Farmers across Tennessee have trouble finding workers who understand agriculture and show persistence on the job. The country needs a comprehensive guest worker to allow migrants to enter legally, but reform has been slow with the fight over illegal immigration in Washington

For those who face the challenge of an available workforce, your patience is probably wearing thin as well. We have not had any meaningful reforms to our guest worker programs for 25 year. There is legislation in the House of Representatives now, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019, which addresses farm labor. AFBF believe the bill has severe shortcomings and must be substantially modified before we can support it. However, at this time, AFBF has not taken a position of opposition because it is most likely the only chance for needed reforms.”

That’s a starkly different message from the one emanating out of the Oval Office, where Trump has been clamping down on immigration and taking drastic measures at the border, including separating families to send a message of deterrence. (likely the work of Stephen Miller, who was recently revealed to have White Supremacist beliefs, causing 27 senators to send a letter calling for his removal.

Aiken then closed with an inspirational story about Jim Thorpe having his shoes stolen and running in the Olympics with someone else’s shoes.

“These are stressful times in agriculture. I love the Farm Bureau because it allows the voice of farmers to be heard… I want to close with a story about Jim Thorpe. He was from Oklahoma and was representing the U.S. in track in the 1912 Olympics. On the morning Jim was to compete, his shoes were stolen. Luckily, Jim found two shoes but they were not the same size. One of the shoes was too big so he had to wear an extra sock to make it fit. Wearing these shoes, Jim won two gold medals that day. Life is not always fair, but we can’t let obstacles keep us from running our race. We can have reasons or we can have results… but we can’t have both.

Again, Tennessee is being hit the hardest by Trump’s trade war by far.

At a House Budget hearing Dept. of Agriculture commissioner Charlie Hatcher was very frank about the pain being caused to Tennessee farmers by Trump’s tariffs, pointing out that 60% of our exports WERE going to China before the Trade War, but China is now importing from other suppliers (including Russia), and that even if the tariffs were to go away today it would take years to recover, despite repeated claims by Trump that the multi-billion farmer bailout is making them whole.

He also said the farmer bailout funds are not making farmers whole, despite what the president has been saying. Farm bankruptcies, and suicides, are both skyrocketing.

Farmers want trade, not aid. Trump needs to stop stealing our farmers’ shoes and end this disastrous Trade War.

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ANTIFA and The Rise of the Radical Right with DAVID NEIWERT

David Neiwert of Daily Kos joins LIVE to discuss what “ANTIFA!” is and isn’t, and his book “ALT-AMERICA: THE RISE OF THE RADICAL RIGHT IN THE AGE OF TRUMP.”
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