Though it's just a start, it wouldn't be happening but for the Tennessee 3, legislators who led protests and faced expulsion, captivating the nation.
I have several thoughts on this as a Tennessee Democrat. First off, Lee is the most spineless governor we’ve ever had who has always taken the easy road and blindly followed the Republican agenda. If he does a 180 against his party platform, anyone can be persuaded. Of course, he may have also been pushed by his wife since the Lee children attended Covenant School, and she lost her dear friend in the shooting.
I have contacted Dwayne, my former congressman before November’s gerrymandering stole him from us and placed him in a stronger blue district. He barely won the last three elections, so they fixed that and gave us a GQP a- hole. Anyway, Dwayne is a friend who will hopefully convince the Shelby County attorney to file a lawsuit to get Sexton and the Republican Party to pay for our recall election and legal fees. I have also reached out to the Nashville mayor. Wish us luck!
This asshole doesn’t care about gun reform. Just protecting his political life.
They made a clean spot. Now we gotta wash the whole state.
Yes, Michelangelo, the best advice you gave in your report was .."....that the protests must continue." We all need to do something, if we can't get out into the streets....we can be active with phone calls/letters/emails to demonstrate our deep concerns and indignation with those NRA sponsored Repugnants ...let's do it!
Democrats should challenge republicans and demand that they - put their guns where their mouths are - and allow guns at the GOP convention - especially the AR-15.
As Dorothy said on Golden Girls: Too Wittle, Too Wate. To suddenly get religion after leaving the voters to twist in the wind via inaction on common sense gun reforms, Lee needs to be recalled period! I get that the racist gop still cling to the confederate defeat as a reason to exact revenge once ensconced in power but the filthy lucre keeps their ears clogged. Even bellweather elections (Wisconsin) can't make these cultists reconsider losing propositions...
Activism does work. But it needs to remain consistent so no one forgets. I applaud any Republican who does anything to curb gun violence. I don’t care their motive. Now that 1 in 5 Americans have lost a family member or friend to gun violence, this fact, along with activism will move the needle. I have to believe!
Time and again we know that activism succeeds; people should never be complacent when injustice is in plain sight. So proud of Justin, Justin and Gloria for continuing the fight for meaningful gun reform. And ALL who agree need to support their efforts in whatever way possible. Thanks again Michelangelo for a crystal clear assessment of the Tennessee situation.
So glad I chose to subscribe to your newsletter. You do an outstanding job at shining a lot on so many injustices being perpetrated and promoted by Far right dictatorial elected officials. This has been great news out of Tennessee. When er fight back it can make a difference. Thanks for what you do Michaelangelo
With all of the masa shootings and the GOP’s refusal to address common sense gun laws, I wondered how they would respond if they were directly impacted by loss of loved ones.
I thought, even that wouldn’t matter.
Perhaps I was wrong.
Gov. Bill Lee has given me some hope.
Activism works when it suggests actions that are pair with punishment of inaction.
From the state that brought us the KKK, not surprised they did what they did to the reps and then blatantly excepted a white woman. Shame be on the South for its continued racism.
Good cartoon in today's Tampa Bay Times.....Jesus says " There is no greater love than to lay down your children's lives for the 2nd amendment. " (Jesus is wearing a Maga hat and holding a gun.)
I oppose all gun ownership and believe the second amendment must be repealed. A long and winding road, I am aware. “The journey of a thousand (or billion) miles begins with a single step”.
Thanks MS for keeping us informed.
Lee was trying to stop a snowball coming Tennessee's way, thanks to the student and legislative protests; and the narrative(media) fulcrum got finally tilted our way. Business doesn't like negative attention.