published Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Rep. Brown for 28th District

With their overwhelming control of this year's decennial redistricting, Republican legislators greedily seized the opportunity to squeeze out or weaken seats held by Democrats across the state in hopes of winning super-majorities in both the state House and Senate. The biggest loser may be minorities. Certainly that's true for Hamilton County's delegation, which put the address of Rep. JoAnne Favors, a Democrat who had represented the 29th House District, into Democratic Rep. Tommie Brown's 28th District. That effectively cut the number of House Democrats -- and African-Americans -- in the county's legislative delegation in half.

Favors, who once managed a Brown campaign before running for office herself, is now actively running against Brown. The winner will be the last Democrat in the county's delegation to the House. And whoever wins the August Democratic primary will have to face Republican Johnny Horne in the November election. The winner would still be the sole African-American in the county's delegation.

Rep. Tommie Brown, an 18-year veteran, should be that person. Her indomitable fighting spirit, independence and legislative depth is too great to give up. That's not to disparage Rep. Favors' service over her four terms. Indeed, Rep. Favors, a registered nurse and teacher who has served on the Erlanger Hospital board and administered a county health clinic, possesses valuable insight into health care at a particularly critical juncture: The state still must decide whether to expand Medicaid and establish state insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

But while health care is the second-largest expenditure in state government, education is the largest and most critical, especially for minorities. And in that arena, Dr. Brown's insight and long history as a leader is not expendable. A former professor at UTC, Dr. Brown's role in the care and education of Tennessee's children has won her distinction -- and a school named after her here.

Improvement in the state's care for children in its custody continues to rise as a result of reforms she won in federal court in a 1998 ruling on a case she initiated after gathering a ream of data from the state comptroller's office.

Brown's deep legislative history has provided her with enough seniority and experience to keep her on the important House Finance, Ways and Means committee, which reviews appropriations; the joint House-Senate Fiscal Review committee; and a State and Local Government subcommittee. Her seniority guarantees Democrats an important voice on departmental budget matters, and her long leadership in education assures Tennessee an intuitive and experienced watchdog on important educational issues. Over her long career, moreover, Brown has served on more than two dozen committees. Few areas of state government escape her scrutiny.

Brown, to be sure, understands the dilemma facing Democrats in the House, where they now hold just 34 of the 99 seats. They cannot control the outcome on legislative votes these days, but they can serve as a voice of conscience and reason in the service of both poor and middle-class Tennessee families. And that is what Dr. Brown does best. We urge her nomination in the August Democratic primary, and in the November general election.

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Proportional representation, rather than WTA districts.

Reform the legislature in a sensible way.

July 23, 2012 at 1:20 a.m.
annisisbell said...

Its vitally important who gets elected at the state level. Since our government is in the hands of a hostile ruling elite trying to destroy Western civilization and create a Global world order, our only hope is state legislatures that will nullify government actions.

For instance the attempts of Arizona, which is overwhelmed with Mexicans, and its attempts to get rid of illegals. At the state level we could get every Southern state to make punitive laws that drive minorities out.

That way they would flee to Northern White Liberal states. This would give the liberals a good doze of what they are sentencing future generations of White people to. Of course those states would fail, just as California has been bankrupted.

Hospitals are overwhelmed with foreigners and are closing. That is what the Federal government is attempting to do. Overwhelm the institutions of Western civilization and bankrupt us and bring on the One World Order.

Many will claim that I am racist. Go back and reread the article above, which talks about how "MINORITIES" will be hurt by Republican redistricting. If minorities have legitimate reason to seek their own interests, it follows that the founding stock also has such legitimate interests which we may also seek.

The article creates the sentiment that for Republicans to seek White interests is wrong. It attempts to make it seem that the founding stock of America is somehow illegitimate but counter intuitively, magically, minorities are legitimate, even if they are illegal.

That is psychological warfare used against White people in our own countries and its being done around the world. Its subtle but will prove to be lethal for us if White people buy into it.

Breivik of Norway shot and killed the children of liberals who ar making Norway and Europe go Islamic. We should simply drive minorities to their blue states.

July 23, 2012 at 10:20 a.m.
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