“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

Combating Special Interest Money With Citizen Money

On January 27, 2018, Bloomberg Politics ran a story stating that Charles and David Koch planned to spend $400 Million in the 2018 Midterm Election Cycle. Of course, this would be only the known funds not ushered through 501(c)4 organizations to influence elections. These 501(c)4 organizations that lose their donor information as they pass funds … Read more

Lauren Johnson’s Challenge for Voter Registration

Registering voters is one of the single most important tasks any of us can do to be successful on Election Day. Registering voters and making sure everyone is able and turns out to vote ensures that our democracy is truly representative. If any one voice is missing, everyone misses out. Tennessee has made it even … Read more

This past weekend we marched. Now we organize!

Saturday, January 20, 2018, I had the distinct honor of being one of the lead organizers and the emcee for the Women’s March 2.0 Tri-Cities. 2,500 people from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia overflowed Founders Park. It was truly a humbling and awe inspiring experience. Michelle Treece announced her candidacy for Johnson City School Board. … Read more

Local leaders seeking guidance for Confederate monuments, while state lawmakers, governor hopefuls oppose removal

Local leaders seeking guidance for Confederate monuments, while state lawmakers, governor hopefuls oppose removal Zach Vance and Nathan Baker • Updated Aug. 18, 2017 at 8:53 AM zvance@johnsoncitypress.com / nbaker@johnsoncitypress.com Local and state leaders are wrestling with their responses to the deadly events in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, where white supremacists violently clashed with counter … Read more

WCDP Chair’s response to Rep. Micah Van Huss’s Facebook post that celebrated the Confederacy

Representative Micah Van Huss had an opportunity on Wednesday when he posted on Facebook to condemn the violent, hate-filled actions that occurred in Charlottesville, VA this past Saturday. At a time when this nation and his constituents are crying out for sanity and civility from our leaders, Representative Van Huss intentionally allowed the opportunity to … Read more