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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
The Start of Women's Voting in Tennessee

The first woman to vote in Tennessee was from West Tennessee and she prized her right to vote. Extensive organizing and hard work preceded her vote. The strategy to achieve woman suffrage was two-fold: work for partial suffrage in the states and press for a federal amendment. Once a state granted the franchise to women, which was usually limited, it made it more likely that the federal legislators would support the 19th Amendment which would grant all women the right to vote.

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Robert Donati
After the Election – What’s Next?

“We need more women in office.” It was a cold January day in 2017 when I sat in a corner of the old Booksellers café (now Libro in Novel) and heard this call to action at our first Pantsuit Mid-South (now Together We Will West Tennessee) meeting. So I stood up and said, “My name is Racquel Collins, and I’m going to run for office!” Forced out of my comfort zone, I spent the year learning how to run for office with newly formed Emerge Tennessee. In November, I announced my candidacy for Shelby County Commission District 1 and two months later, I received my first official endorsement…from Future901.

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Robert Donati
Dr. Jeff Warren - Future901 Endorsed Candidate

Future901 is excited to announce our endorsement of Dr. Jeff Warren as he runs for City Council Super District 9-3.

Dr. Jeff Warren is a family doc who came to Memphis in 1989 to finish his medical training at the University of Tennessee.   Jeff was won-over by the friendly folks and smoky barbeque, but most of all he was impressed by the determination of a diverse population tackling big issues.  He and his wife, KC, a native Memphian, decided to make Memphis their home. 

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Robert Donati
Book Review: "Dark Money"

As a friend of mine said, this book is a “must have” for your non-fiction library and she has bought over a dozen copies and gives them out to interested parties. I initially heard about this book, when the author, Jane Mayer, was interviewed on NPR. I ran to find a pencil, so I could order this interesting book. And, the book turns out to be a well researched accounting of over 50 years of conservatives efforts to control our government and what we, as progressive Democrats need to know, to reverse this control for the future.

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Robert Donati
Election Results and the 10 for 20 Test

After an exhausting 2018 election cycle, we now take stock in where we are in Tennessee and Shelby County.  Given the results of our top ticket races, it is easy to focus on the negative.  Bredesen and Dean ran well-funded, “moderate” races.  They did everything that the political class tells us that Democrats are supposed to do to prevail in Tennessee.  Then they both lost.  Soundly.

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Robert Donati