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Democrats seek public input on delegate selection plan

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Democrats have published a draft plan to select delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats.

“This plan provides Tennessee Democrats a blueprint for getting involved and making their voice heard in the 2012 presidential election cycle,” said Chip Forrester, Chair of the state party. “We advocate for open, accountable government and we hold ourselves to the same standard so we’re looking for citizen feedback on the plan before the rules are adopted by the state party executive committee.”

The delegate selection plan specifies the methods and timetable for selecting delegates to represent Tennessee Democrats at the national convention to be held in Charlotte, N.C. scheduled for Sept. 3, 2012.

All written public comments received between today and May 30 will be submitted to the Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee, the body that must issue final approval to the plan.

The full text of the delegate selection plan is available at or by calling the Nashville headquarters at 615-327-9779.


Media Contact: Brandon Puttbrese, 615-327-9779

State Dem Party Chair Statement on the Killing of Osama bin Laden

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Chip Forrester issued the following statement Sunday evening regarding the death of Osama bin Laden:

“Thank you to the courageous men and women of the United States Armed Services for your commitment to justice since September 11, 2001, and thank you to President Obama for your leadership and unwavering dedication to the mission. May we all remember the sacrifices of our brave US servicemen and woman — many Tennesseans — at this time of victory against a despicable enemy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who died on 9/11, and the loved ones of those who sought justice in the years that have followed. The debt of honor we owe to the US soldiers who continue fight to promote freedom around the globe grows each day.

“We applaud President Obama for delivering on his promise to bring bin Laden to justice. Under his leadership, our military refocused its efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan and delivered.”

On the One-Year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

One year ago today, President Obama signed the historic Affordable Care Act into law. In the 12 months since enacted, many new patient protections and benefits have already taken effect – insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions or take away individuals’ health coverage when they need it most; all new health plans must offer free preventive care that will help Americans stay healthy; and young people can stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26, while they look for a job or finish school.

The Affordable Care Act has made a difference for people across the country, people like Janice of Cleveland, Tenn. Janice’s daughter was born with Down’s Syndrome and because it is a pre-existing condition, she could never get coverage.

In January, Janice received a letter from her insurance company explaining that because of the Affordable Care Act, her family’s policy is no longer subject to a lifetime maximum of $250,000.

Janice said: “This is huge for our family.  It means our family is protected from losing our home, our farm, our life savings simply because someone gets hurt or sick. My husband & daughter, because of the Affordable Care Act can no longer be denied access to insurance because of pre-existing conditions.”

Janice’s daughter is one of 2,800,000 Tennessee residents with a pre-existing condition who could be denied coverage by insurance companies without the protections in the Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act provides Tennesseans with more freedom and control in their health care choices. It gives families the freedom from worrying about losing their insurance, or having it capped unexpectedly if someone is in an accident or becomes sick. It frees Americans from discrimination when insurance companies deny women health insurance because they are pregnant, or refuse to provide coverage to children who are born with disabilities.

Despite the clear benefits of this law for every Tennessean, our Republican lawmakers in Nashville and Washington, D.C. continue to challenge health care reform in Congress and in the courts. Repealing or even defunding the Affordable Care Act would put the many benefits of health reform at risk and add over a trillion dollars to the national deficit.

It is critical that we continue to protect the Affordable Care Act and prevent Republicans from rolling back new health care benefits for Tennesseans. We applaud President Obama, our Democratic delegation and other Democrats in Congress for their leadership in making tough choices to improve America’s health care system and we look forward to celebrating the passage of this historic law far into the future.

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