Politics

Congressman Roe, what are you doing when not inciting division and racism?

This morning, WCYB Reporter, John Engel, interviewed Tennessee’s First Congressional District Representative, Phil Roe, where Congressman Roe stated that “many” of the students taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in the Johnson City School System are here illegally. John Engel asked: “Congressman, if they’re hiring English learning language teachers, that doesn’t necessarily mean … Read more

Legalized Voter Suppression in Tennessee

Registering to vote is a right of passage for young adults who turn 18. There are scores of voter registration drives on high school campuses to get these young people registered. Yet what they don’t tell students in Tennessee is that unless they stay local, voting in their first election will require many hoops to … Read more

What National Coming Out Day Means to Kate Craig

October 11 is a day I didn’t used to notice. I had no idea the significance of it or the significance it would one day hold for me. October 11 is National Coming Out Day. My story is much like others and yet also uniquely my own. I came out in 2007 at the age … Read more

A Democratic Majority in the U.S. Senate

Friday delivered a decided gut punch to many Democrats across the state when Governor Bredesen released a statement supporting U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. None of us knew how to react or how to respond when this happened. And no one is here to sugar coat this; this move was strategic and hurtful. It … Read more

Strategizing for the Counter Demonstration on Monday

As soon as the 2016 election results were decided, we all had so much to say. And our first opportunity to express that those emotions was during the 2017 Women’s March. Some people went to the march in Jonesborough, some went to Washington, D.C., and some went to the marches in Asheville, Knoxville, as well … Read more

Why Picking Up A Democratic Primary Ballot on August 2nd is Important

We are days away from the August 2nd Election Day. This is the moment we’ve been waiting for since November 9, 2016 to change the tide of the country, a moment of redemption reflective of all of our collective hard work, protesting, advocating, letters to the editor, sign making, candidate recruiting, canvassing, phone-banking, and donating. … Read more

Sign the Petition

Tell the Johnson City Commission that you do not support the proposed anti-homelessness ordinance! The Johnson City Commission has now passed ordinance 4659-18 on it’s second reading. This proposed ordinance would criminalize being homeless by allowing police officers to issue a fine to any homeless person found “camping,” “laying down bedding,” “setting down their belongings,” … Read more

We are living in a state of emergency!

Last week, Governor Haslam gave his State of the State address and painted the current state of Tennessee has being competitive and a great place for all Tennesseans. Governor Haslam, what you said and what are facts are starkly different. While Tennessee offers a beautiful and diverse geography, with people from all over the world … Read more

“We” Will Prevail

Tonight, at 9 PM, President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address to the American people. Many, like Representative John Lewis and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, won’t be in attendance; but instead leaving their absence as a protest against Trump and his unAmerican Administration and their policies. It is expected that he … Read more

Better education, health care on radar for local Democrats

Hours ahead of Gov. Bill Haslam’s State of the State address on Monday, members of the Washington County Democratic Party gathered to discuss what they’d like to see moving forward for the state. Party leader Sydney Crowder said in her statement that she’d be looking for ways in which the governor will approach improvements to … Read more