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LCDP Meeting Minutes - August 21, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Meeting Place - City Hall, Lenoir City, TN

Meeting Called to Order - Stuart Starr, Chair

Pledge of Allegiance - Stuart Starr, Chair

Prayer - Moment of reflection

Roll Call - Charlene Bledsoe

Welcome Visitors - Welcome to visitors Donna Watson, Jerry Croy, Linda Best, Larry Best, Chris Miller, Gretchen Kidd, and Isa Infante

Treasurer’s Report - Email submitted by Paul Buie - As approved in the special session, $400.00 was paid to Shamrock Land Developers for September rent of the new LCDP HQ. Happy Dollars- $28 was collected and given to Stuart Starr.

For Discussion:

Prop. 1 Resolution- Gretchen Kidd read the resolution which affirms our support for women’s health, right to privacy, and right to choose.  Peggy Dupont/ Dixie Damm offered a motion to accept the resolution. The motion passed.

Dixie Damm- Motion to give $200.00 to Vote No on Prop.1.  The motion passed.

Don Scott- There needs to be some clarification of the language in Amendment 1.  To pass, the amendment must obtain a majority of yes votes and more than 50% of votes cast for governor.

Picnic - Susan Scott and Eileen Nober - Susan and Eileen will be organizing this year’s LCDP Patriot’s Picnic. It will be held at 5:30, September 11th, at the Lenoir City Park (pavilions 1 and 2). Please bring a dish.  Hot dogs will be provided. Speakers will be Isa Infante and Charlie Brown, candidates for governor of Tennessee, and David Twiggs and Ken Libby from Moms  Demand Gun Sense in America. There will be a Vote No on Prop 1 table. Let us know if you are coming.

New HQ - We can move in to the new HQ any time, maybe this Sunday at 2 pm. Come and help Stuart.

Flyer - Dixie Damm suggested that we make a flyer highlighting all democratic candidates for the county. We need a committee to decide what they want on the flyer. This flyer will be for hand distribution only. It will be a limited edition, maybe 5000 pieces.

Voter Registration - Stuart Starr - Many young people in our county don’t register because they do not feel a part of the system. They see the same local people elected over and over. We need a voter registration drive before October 6th. Maybe we could try to register voters in the local high school.

Primary Vote Irregularity - Mark Mohundro’s mother heard workers at the primary election polling station in Tellico Village say that there were no democrats on the ballot.  A motion was made (Dixie Damm/Don Scott) to write support letter on voting irregularities in TellicoVillage. The motion passed.

East Tennessee Labor Day Picnic - The East Tennessee Labor Day Picnic will be held at Roane County Park, September 1st, Noon-3 pm.  Dixie has tickets.

Mary Headrick thanks the LCDP for the $400.00 donation for her campaign for U.S. Congress.

Program - The speaker tonight was Dr. Isa Infante.  She is the Green Party candidate for governor in Tennessee.

Adjourn - Eileen Nober/ Don Scott

Respectfully submitted by Charlene Bledsoe

Prop One is a matter of life and death for the woman of Tennessee PDF Print E-mail

To my fellow Democratic Chairman

RE: TN Governors Race


We have a problem. If it were a "normal" election year the issue of the Democratic Party's nomination of Charlie Brown for Governor might be acceptable and laughable. However because of the Vote on Proposition One, this issue becomes critical. As you know a voter must vote for a gubernatorial candidate in order that their vote on Prop one counts. In this situation I worry that many voters faced with a choice of Haslam or Brown may not vote for Governor at all.

Prop One is a matter of life and death for the woman of Tennessee.

Now as County Chairman we have all had long shot candidates, novices and those that have never run for office before as candidates. In which cases we help and advise these candidates. We shine up the apple so to speak. We get the candidate out there have them speak to friendly groups, all in hopes if not a victory, then at least a good showing.

I had hoped our state party might do the same with Mr. Brown. However Mr. Brown has not availed himself to us. We still have no further information from the candidate other than a letter and a bad Facebook page. I hate to make this sound like a kidnapping but we have no actual proof of life of Mr. Brown.

Other Party Chairman have suggested a write-in Democratic campaign. But there is no candidate attached to this idea.

The Loudon County Democratic party had the Green Party Candidate for Governor, Dr. Isa Infante, speak at our August meeting on 8/21/14. Dr. Infante is a credible and accessible candidate that already is on the ballot. Under the circumstances our best option may be an endorsement of Dr. Infante for Governor. As I feel just the noise that this cross endorsement would make would inform voters and bring them out to Vote on Prop One.

Dr Infinite's views mirror most of the views of Democrats. She is a strong supporter of Vote No on Prop One. So I ask you to consider this alternative. Not so that we can elect a Green candidate for governor but instead to drive the Vote on Proposition One.

Thank you,

Stuart Starr, Chairman LCDP

Patriot's Day Picnic, Sept 11 - Mark Your Calendar! PDF Print E-mail

Please join in the fun with other Loudon County Democrats at our annual Patriot's Day Picnic on September 11 at 5:30PM at the Lenoir City Park, Pavilions 2 & 3. Grilled Hot Dogs and drinks will be provided; please bring an item to share.

For more information, check out our Facebook page (Loudon County Democrats).

Women's Rights in Tennessee - Head Scarves and Veils? PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor, Knoxville News Sentinel
From Franklin L Greene, Tellico Village, TN
Published 19 July 2014

In 2000, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that the state constitution supported the right of a woman to make her own health decisions, including reproductive rights. During the current legislative session, the boys in Nashville, introduced a proposed amendment to the state constitution. The amendment reads:

“Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.”

I have to admit that, once again, the Tennessee Legislature has surprised me. Just when I thought they could not sink any lower, they came up with this Amendment 1 nightmare.

The proposed amendment would, in a single step, delete all constitutional protections for women faced with the possibility of requiring an artificial termination of pregnancy. If actually enacted, the floodgates would immediately reopen for all types of “protections.” Anyone up for the introduction of vaginal ultrasounds? Mandatory waiting periods? Will psychological counseling be required? Will care providers being required to have local hospital admitting privileges? Imagine the chortles of glee in upcoming legislative sessions as an endless stream of “thou shalt not” laws and regulations pour forth.

But, worst of all, this vile attack on the Tennessee constitution is a deliberate denial of legal protection to a single group of citizens with a specific medical condition. The bill’s sponsors obviously assume that these females are incapable of analyzing alternatives and reaching a rational medical decision without the gross and heavy handed intrusion of government. Perhaps a simpler solution would be to simply pass a law declaring women to be incapable of any personal decision without the guidance of big brother.

Is it too late to get a corner on the market for head scarves and veils?

Letter: Abortion safe and regulated PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor, Knoxville News Sentinel
From Mary Schulz, Lenoir City, TN
Published July 14, 2014

A recent letter writer wanted women to know the facts about Amendment 1 but was totally misleading about them. She wrote that passage of the amendment would “protect” women from unsafe, dirty abortion facilities and clinics. The fact is that abortion in Tennessee is already the most regulated and one of the safest outpatient procedures. The fact she omitted is that passage of the amendment would give Tennessee legislators the option of severely restricting abortion, even in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s health is in jeopardy. New restrictions would actually promote the unsafe, dirty back-room abortions of the past. Abortion is a complex, deeply personal issue for women. In a perfect world there would be no need for it. All women who wanted birth control would have easy access to it. All babies would be born to two loving parents who could support and nurture them. There would be no sexual assault. Until that day, what women need is protection from state legislators who want to invade their personal privacy at a most difficult time in their life. All who cherish privacy will vote no on Amendment 1.

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