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Gov. Lee, Let Me Introduce You To Clifton Cates, A TN Hero We Should Be Honoring

Instead of Forrest, let’s focus on a forgotten hero from our state’s history that we can all admire. Let us hold up a Tennessean that everyone should agree is worthy of praise. We should be honoring Marine Commandant Clifton Cates. As impressive as his personal heroism was in WWI, he was an equally impressive commander in WWII.  He was given command of the 1st Marines at Guadalcanal.  It was his command that oversaw the marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima.  Basically, if there was gut wrenching fighting to be done in the Pacific, the US sent the Marines and the Marines sent Clifton Cates.   

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Robert Donati
Cartographers Versus Democracy

Anyone living in a gerrymandered district and wondering why they don’t have a choice at the ballot box and how that happened needs to read this.  This is what the subversion of the democratic process looks like:  a memorandum from a brilliant cartographer to his billionaire patron. 

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Robert Donati
The Legislature In Nashville Is Out Of Control, But The 2020 Project Offers Hope

2020 will be a pivotal year for Tennessee politics and this is particularly true for the state House of Representatives.  These House seats are often overlooked, but in reality, that body plays a critical function in state government.  Moreover, because the Republicans don’t just control the House, but have a “supermajority,” there has been no check on the flow of horrible policy in the past sessions.  Future901 has a plan to change that.

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Robert Donati
In A State Desperate For Expanded Healthcare Access, TN GOP Sets The Stage For Potential Cuts To 1.4 Million

About 1.4 million Tennesseans get their health coverage through Tennessee’s Medicaid offering in TennCare. That number is about 300,000 less than it would have been if Tennessee legislators had taken Medicaid expansion funds in 2014 when the Affordable Care Act offered Tennessee roughly $1.4 billion annually to expand coverage. Failing to do so has cost many Tennesseans access to health care through lack of insurance.

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Robert Donati
Why the Census Matters

As Future901 supporters know, 2020 is a critical year to break the super majority in our State Legislature (aka General Assembly). Currently, Republicans hold 73 of the 99 (74%) House seats and 27 of the 33 (82%) Senate seats. Redistricting occurs after the decennial census, which means how many people live in Memphis and Shelby County will impact our representation between now and 2030. In short, this means if our residents are not counted in full, we will risk losing representation…

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Robert Donati
Life After Election

In November, 2016, I, Dwayne Thompson, was unexpectedly elected as the Tennessee State Representative in District 96 (Cordova, Germantown).  This article will give some insight into some of the aspects of learning to be a legislator outside of just passing bills.  I hope it will help others to understand some of the behind the scenes things that aid in becoming a successful office holder.

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Robert Donati
Protecting Government Whistleblowers

The Public Employee Political Freedom Act or PEPFA is currently under assault in the General Assembly.  PEPFA is a whistleblower law that protects the right of a state, county, or city employee to speak to his or her elected representatives about concerns they have in the workplace without fear of retaliation. 

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Robert Donati
 Is #VoteByMail the Answer to Voter Suppression?

The 1965 Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. It outlawed the discriminatory voting practices adopted in many southern states after the Civil War, including literacy tests as a prerequisite to voting. The law had an immediate impact. By the end of 1965, a quarter of a million new black voters had been registered, one-third by Federal examiners. By the end of 1966, only 4 out of the 13 southern states had fewer than 50 percent of African Americans registered to vote. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was readopted and strengthened in 1970, 1975, and 1982.

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Robert Donati