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Nashville Mayor Karl Dean to give the Keynote Address at Kennedy Dinner

Friday, August 10th, 2012

We are excited that Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will be our keynote speaker at the Kennedy Dinner in Cookeville on August 25.  Other speakers include Flo Matheson, Democratic Candidate for TN House 42, Thomas Wiloughby, Democratic Candidate for TN House 42, and Rachel Robinson, Write-In Candidate for US House District 6.

The dinner is at Nick’s Restaurant and Lounge and begins at 6 pm.  Tickets are $30 each, or $55 for a pair.  The ticket price includes your choice of three entrees, a non-alcoholic beverage, and desserts.  There will also be a cash bar and a silent auction.

Advance ticket sales only!  No tickets will be sold at the door.  To purchase tickets, contact Michelle Davis at 931-544-0223 or Janet Moore.  Tickets can be purchased online via ActBlue.

Sponsorships are also available.

“Karl Dean is the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He was elected on Sept. 11, 2007 in a runoff election, following a general election where he also received the most votes.

Dean’s priorities are improving schools, making neighborhoods safer and bringing more and better jobs to Nashville. He’s also working to make Nashville a more livable city.”

Chip in $20 for 12 months going into 2012!!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Hey everyone! Now that we are less than a year away from the 2012 election, we’re kicking off a new monthly fundraising idea!

We need folks that can donate $20 a month for the next year as we get ready for the next election. Want signs and visibility here in Putnam County? Then we need money coming in locally. It’s fine to donate to the national groups and candidates, but that money will not be spent here.

People who pledge will receive a Putnam County 2012 T-Shirt. Just let us know your size!

There are several ways to pay. The easiest is via ActBlue on our new $20/12 for 2012 page that I’m linking to below. You can set up a recurring donation that will automatically deduct from your debit or credit card each month for the number of months you specify. (You can cancel at anytime if the need arises.)

You can mail a check to either our PO Box or Street address payable to Putnam County Democratic Party with “2012” in the memo.

Or you can pay with cash during regular office hours, at a movie night, at the parties, or at a meeting! Just make sure the person puts you down as a 2012 pledge!

The Kennedy Dinner helped us greatly with funds for the coming year, but going into an election year increases the need for more funds. To be able to defeat someone like Ryan Williams, we need volunteers and most importantly money to help back the Democratic nominee. Yard signs, stickers, bumper stickers, buttons, etc. aren’t free so we will need more cash to be able to order more supplies!

Can’t do $20 a month? Chip in whatever you can, whenever you can!
ActBlue link:

PCDP Inaugural Kennedy Dinner

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

The Putnam County Democratic Party is hosting it’s first ever Kennedy Dinner. Our keynote speaker will be David King, a proud liberal Democrat in the tradition of JFK who will share his ideas about what it means to be a Democrat and how we can promote our Democratic ideals.

Mr. King is an attorney and minister in Nashville and was a featured panelist at the 2011 Tennessee Democratic Values Summit in Jackson, Tennessee. Those who have heard him speak, have described him as “inspirational” and have said that he got the crowd at the Values Summit “fired up.”

The evening will also include dinner, a silent auction of Democratic and JFK memorabilia, and a video of highlights from John F. Kennedy’s most memorable speeches.

Tickets are on sale now. The cost is $30 for an individual ticket or two tickets for $55. All proceeds from the event will go towards keeping a permanent Democratic office in Putnam County and supporting campaign efforts in 2012.

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets or becoming an event sponsor can contact the Putnam County Democratic Party office at 520-3367 or stop by during our normal office hours (T 2-5 and Sat 9-12). Tickets may also be purchased from any PCDP officer (contact information available at

Also, tickets can be purchased online and printed out from Actblue by going to please note, that if you buy the two ticket special please either call us or email us with your dinner selections.

Let’s make this inaugural Kennedy Dinner a huge success and get fired up for the 2012 election season. Please come out and support your local Democratic Party.

Busy week for events!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

We have a busy week in store for you guys! There are three different events planned for this coming week.

First, this weekend we are having an old fashioned potluck picnic at the lovely Cane Creek Park in Cookeville. We will be having it Sunday June 26 from 5-7pm at the lake view shelter! The Thompsons are bringing hot dogs, buns, and condiments. Feel free to bring your favorite side or drinks!

On Tuesday we are having our movie night! It’s starting at 6pm and we are watching the documentary “Gasland.”

Finally to end our week and to ring in the new month our next Dem Party Squared will be Friday beginning at 5:30pm! A $5 contribution gets you appetizers, wine, beer, and/or non-alcoholic beverages! This is always a great social time no matter the size of the crowd, so we hope to see you there!

Money Buys Access, Access is Power

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

The Branches of Government

Political reporters this weekend reported on the overwhelming influence of money in state politics.

Long story short: with Republicans in charge, there’s more money — from rich and powerful interests — in state politics than ever before.

And with the new GOP rules that raise contribution limits and allow direct donations from businesses, the influence of special interest groups — not hard-working citizens who can’t afford lobbyists — is only going to increase.

“Lobbyists had busy year in Nashville,” Times Free Press:

Special interests this year spent millions of dollars seeking to influence the Tennessee General Assembly on issues ranging from a proposed cap on personal injury lawsuit awards to letting grocery stores sell wine, records show.

Fights in these and other areas, including education policy and telecommunications competition, often played out not only in committee rooms and on the House and Senate floor but behind the scenes in lawmakers’ offices, legislative corridors and sometimes lavish receptions for lawmakers.

Groups also spent money in more public ways with studies, telemarketing campaigns and advertising aimed at encouraging the public to pressure legislators.

In the view of Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga: “Special interests play an outsized role in our government and especially in our legislature.”

Obviously, what we do affects wholesale industries, but it’s difficult not to look at what goes on in the legislature and worry about the individual citizen having his proper say, also,” Berke said.

House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, countered that lobbyists represent Tennesseans who don’t have time to come to the legislature every day.

It’s good for anyone to get their story in front of the legislators, especially the legislators that aren’t necessarily familiar with the issue. In that way, I think just anyone coming to see you would be helpful to their cause,” McCormick said.

Moreover, he said, “We can’t stop people from lobbying. I think the First Amendment makes it clear that people can come lobby, so we have set up a system where they have to at least report who’s paying them.

Nearly $520,000 was spent in total. That’s according to filings on the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance website. But it was only a fraction of lobbying costs. The reporting period came seven weeks before the May 21 end of the legislative session, so many totals will be higher.

Other lobby disclosures reveal scrambling by to fend off lawmakers and retailers who hoped to force it to collect state sales taxes at distribution centers it is building in Chattanooga and Bradley County.

Amazon increased its lobbying staff from one to 10, records show.


Dick Williams with the watchdog group Tennessee Common Cause, said that when combined with campaign contributions, groups that lobby at the Capitol have an advantage.

Businesses, in particular, benefit, he said.

It just flies in the face that lobbying and contributions don’t influence legislation,” Williams said. Companies “want to get results that directly affect their bottom line.”

“$519,000 Used To Entertain State Lawmakers,” WSMV:

Special interest groups spent at least $519,000 this year wining and dining state lawmakers. Last year, even though the legislative session was longer, only $390,000 was spent.

You’ve got a lot of new legislators that special interests or lobbying groups want to ‘educate’ to their issues,” said Dick Williams of Common Cause of Tennessee, a voter watchdog group.

The five of the most expensive events were:

  • The Farm Bureau spent more than $23,000 on a luncheon
  • AT&T shelled out $22,000 for a reception
  • The Hospital Association spent $18,000
  • The School Board Association
  • The Chamber of Commerce reported events costing $17,000.

AT&T had a bill opposed by small phone companies up in the Legislature. The hospital association was a big backer of capping lawsuit damages. The School Board Association was the force behind this year’s most controversial issue: ending collective bargaining for teachers.

“Corporations and for-profit companies don’t spend that kind of money on something they don’t feel is going to bring them some return either financial or otherwise,” said Williams.

“Interest groups wined, dined TN lawmakers,” The Tennessean:

Special interest groups and lobbyists, ranging from the Tennessee Concrete Association to the Tennessee Bar Association, hosted 75 events, according to reports filed with the Tennessee Ethics Commission.

“We’re always dealing with concentrated benefits and distributed costs,” said community activist and tea party leader Ben Cunningham. “That’s the reality of government. Everybody pays for it, and in many cases the recipients of government largess are small groups, small corporations … who can justify spending huge amounts of money on attaining special favors. That’s the nature of the beast.”

Money buys access

Cunningham said the average citizen has a difficult time getting the attention of his state senator or representative the way special interest groups can with expensive events.

“Money means access, and access means power,” Cunningham said. “That is very much true in politics today. It’s probably going to continue to be true, unfortunately.”

Other expensive events were held by corporations including AT&T, which hosted a reception with an open bar and hors d’oeuvres, at a cost of $22,406.39.


Chattanooga Times Free Press Rails Against Bank Influence. “It’s pretty obvious that the Republican-dominated Tennessee General Assembly puts the interests of banks ahead of those of the average Tennessean. Why else would legislators be in such a rush to approve a law that would significantly reduce the advance warning home-owners receive before their property is foreclosed? The only plausible explanation is that legislators are far more willing to do the bidding of the well-heeled bankers and their lobbyists than to properly serve and protect those who elected them to office. [“Foreclosure bill is bad law,” Chattanooga Times Free Press Editorial Board, 5/13/11]

Gov. Bill Haslam Hosts GOP Fundraiser During Legislative Session. The lavish soirée was held March 31 at the governor’s mansion in the “the party room.” Tickets ranged from $3,000 to $25,000. [Humphrey on the Hill, May 23, 2011]

Haslam Flaunts Fundraising Ethics Rules. State law bans fundraising by legislators while the General Assembly is in session. It was passed years ago to address public perceptions that lawmakers were “shaking down” special interests with business being considered by the legislature. [Chattanooga Times Free Press, 3/22/11]

Monthly Partners Needed; Celebrate Kathy Hochul’s Win

Sunday, May 29th, 2011


I’d like to start off by thanking everyone for all that you do for us. Without your volunteering and contributions we’d be nothing. It’s you guys that have brought us to where we are, and will be you who moves us forward in the coming years.

The PCDP is in desperate need for some monthly partners. There are many different ways to track this. The easiest way is via ActBlue, which allows you to contribute online with automatic monthly contributions from your debit/credit card. You can do this by clicking the donate button on the right hand side of this website!

You can also mail us a check payable to Putnam County Democratic Party. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 1112 Cookeville, TN 38503. Or you can donate at our meeting or any other time the office is open. If you choose to do that, I would like a pledge via word of mouth or email so I can keep track of our monthly partners.

With Kathy Hochul’s win in conservative upstate New York, we see how the American people and the GOP are not on the same page. Americans are not ready for a radical Republican government, and we need to help be their voice. Our own district is not as conservative as the district in New York. With the right candidates and some help, we can win! Would you consider visiting our special fundraising page? Our goal is to get 26 new donations. The suggessted amount is $26 to signify the win in NY-26, however, we will take any amount that you are able to give. You can donate at

We use our funds to cover our headquarter expenses, communication expenses, and other things. All money is used locally here in Putnam County and Tennessee, although sometimes we do make a donation via the party to a national candidate. We need funds to stock up on campaign materials for the 2012 election.

PCDP to have Yardsale

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

The Putnam County Democratic Party will be having a yard sale on Saturday May 14, 2011. We will be having the sale at Janet Moore’s residence on Randy Drive. Donations for the yard sale can be made at any time during office hours, we are storing items for the sale in a back room at headquarters. You can also call me, A.D. Maynard at 931-256-7671 to schedule an alternative drop off time. Items can be pre-priced or not.

We still could use some larger furniture items for the sale.


Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Only one word can describe the latest move by the Tennessee GOP: Arrogance.


On Thursday, the Tennessee GOP announced it would be running a statewide radio ad called “Winning.” The spot featured the irrational and senseless Charlie Sheen, who lost his kids because he abused drugs and alcohol and mistreated women.

Is that what the GOP calls winning?

Tennessee Republicans voted to end Medicare for seniors and are passing laws that send Tennessee schools back to the Stone Age — broken promises to people who have worked their whole lives and an increasingly uneven playing field for rural families and working people.

Is that what the GOP calls winning?

Those aren’t Tennessee values. Show Tennessee Republicans we won’t let them get away with this.

Can you give $5, $10 or more today to help us fight back?

While they’re taking direction and handouts from big corporations, we rely on grassroots Democrats like you to show our strength and to be a true force for progress. Every gift – no matter how small – helps us put Republican seats in play.

And we’re going to go after them for this. They’re playing games with people’s livelihoods. We have got to stand up to their ideologically driven nonsense.