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On Democrats Being Relevant in TN Legslature

The Tennessean has a story, led on Harold Love Jr. (whose dad was a legislator in a different era), on Democrats hope to be relevant in the upcoming proceedings of the 108th General Assembly.
For Love Jr., that means advocating strongly for his Nashville district, one running from North Nashville around to South Nashville and Trevecca Nazarene University. It also means trying to start conversations among groups that can help one another.
“For me, the opportunity is there because there are so many issues that are present in that particular community,” he said.
When running for his 58th District seat, Love Jr. said he would focus on solidifying these connections between the communities in his district to statewide organizations that can work with them to improve issues such as education, community health and employment.
“I think there are some issues that span Democratic or Republican affiliation,” Love Jr. said. “It’s not a party issue. It’s a Tennessee issue.”
The initiatives he wants to advance are ones he doesn’t expect to cost the state financially.
“I think we’re talking about collaborative efforts, or maybe just increasing awareness,” Love said.
…When talking to the full Democratic caucus on Wednesday, Minority Leader Rep. Craig Fitzhugh said the incoming class of freshmen will provide new voices and energy to House Democrats. The class includes just five members: Nashvillians Love Jr., Darren Jernigan, Bo Mitchell and Jason Powell, and Gloria Johnson of Knoxville.
“We’ve got some ammunition that we desperately need,” Fitzhugh said.
Those freshmen, Love Jr. said, are ready to work with Democrats and Republicans and are optimistic that their lack of time in the legislature can be beneficial. With his father’s experiences at the Capitol in mind, he thinks communication and respect from both sides of the aisle can also be effective.
“We come in with a clean slate,” he said. “I think we also come in with our own ideas, not just for our district, but for how the party can move forward. We are all excited about what can be done.”

Harold Ford Jr. Wants Part of Grizzlies

Former congressman Harold Ford Jr. has agreed to become a member of Robert Pera’s Memphis Grizzlies ownership group, reports the Commercial Appeal.
Less than two weeks after Pera added some star power in the person of homegrown pop star and actor Justin Timberlake, he’s come to an agreement with the former five-term congressman from Memphis.
“I’m honored to be a part of Robert’s ownership group,” said Ford, who did not specify what percentage of the team he will own. “He’s a genuine guy and a great guy.”
Ford said he met Pera through mutual friends more than a year ago, before Pera began his pursuit of the Grizzlies. When Pera reached an agreement with Michael Heisley to buy the franchise, Ford said he had the same concerns as everyone else.
“I still have a home in Memphis; I didn’t want to see the team leave,” he said. “I watched the speculation and read the articles. But from the beginning, Robert assured me that moving the team was not his desire. He’s serious about making the team a success on and off the court. He’s even more serious about making sure there’s local involvement.”

Pruitt Faces Two Challengers in House District 58

Two years after longtime state Rep. Mary Pruitt held off an upstart Steven Turner by 167 votes in a primary election, both Democrats are running again for the same seat against the son of another tenured lawmaker.
Further from the Tennessean’s review of the race:
The primary race among Pruitt, Turner and the Rev. Harold M. Love Jr. will determine the outcome for the district. No other candidates, Republican or independent, are running to represent the majority African-American 58th District in the state House.
For Turner, who runs a small electronics business in southeast Nashville, his near-election in 2010 was a major reason he decided to run again.
“It was something I owed to my constituents. To have us come so close to victory required us to go for it again,” he said.
Two years later, the district all three candidates are running in has seen its share of changes. Redistricting announced in January turned a district that used to include downtown and parts of Germantown and Belmont into a district stretching from Bordeaux and the areas near Fisk and Tennessee State universities around to greater parts of East Nashville and Murfreesboro Pike.
“Thirty-five percent of this district has never voted for a Pruitt, Love or a Turner,” Turner said. “That presents an opportunity for us to be there and fight for that vote.”
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House District 58: A Combative Democratic Primary

Nashville’s House District 58 is apparently the only place in the state where there’s a serious primary challenge to an incumbent Democratic state legislator that wasn’t created by Republican redistricting. (There are four races where one Democratic incumbent is running against another because of redistricting.) The Tennessean has a rundown on the race:
Two years after longtime state Rep. Mary Pruitt held off an upstart Steven Turner by 167 votes in a primary election, both Democrats are running again for the same seat against the son of another tenured lawmaker.
The primary race among Pruitt, Turner and the Rev. Harold M. Love Jr. will determine the outcome for the district. No other candidates, Republican or independent, are running to represent the majority African-American 58th District in the state House.
For Turner, who runs a small electronics business in southeast Nashville, his near-election in 2010 was a major reason he decided to run again.
“It was something I owed to my constituents. To have us come so close to victory required us to go for it again,” he said.
…. Redistricting announced in January turned a district that used to include downtown and parts of Germantown and Belmont into a district stretching from Bordeaux and the areas near Fisk and Tennessee State universities around to greater parts of East Nashville and Murfreesboro Pike.
“Thirty-five percent of this district has never voted for a Pruitt, Love or a Turner,” Turner said. “That presents an opportunity for us to be there and fight for that vote.
…While Harold Love Jr. hasn’t been on a ballot as recently as Pruitt or Turner, he might be able to make up for it with name recognition in North Nashville.
He’s the pastor at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Bordeaux and the son of Harold Love, a beloved state lawmaker who represented North Nashville for 24 years. His slogan, “Put Love in the House,” harks back to his father’s re-election call to “Keep Love in the House.” His father’s role of neighborhood leader also is inspiring him to try to be an area leader whose goal is “engaging in and transforming the lives of the community.”
He sees the state representative’s office as one that can connect the state to the district, and would use his position, if elected, to improve the health, education and small businesses of the neighborhoods he represents.
“I would put together a measurable plan, something that we could say, ‘In six months, we could do this,’ ” he said
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Harold Ford Jr. Still Showing a Conservative Streak

While Bob Corker prepares for a ho-hum reelection (recent post HERE), the man he narrowly defeated back in 2006, Harold Ford Jr., is doing his thing and still showing a conservative political streak up in New York…. and Jackson Baker has an update on Ford six years later.
Even during his 2006 Senate run, Ford was at pains to distance himself from Democratic orthodoxy, vowing, during the opening of his Memphis campaign headquarters that year, “I’m not a Democrat … running up to Washington yelling, ‘Democrat, Democrat, Democrat, Democrat.’ Somebody’s going to go, and I know I make some Democrats upset at times, because I’m just a believer if it works, you have to support it.”
As a congressman, Ford supported President Bush’s policies in Iraq more vigorously than most of his party mates. Inter alia, he voted for the Bankruptcy Act of 2005, which imposed new restrictions on debtors, sided with the Republicans on the Terri Schiavo case, voted for some restrictions on abortion, and advocated drilling for oil in the Arctic wilderness.
On the stump in Tennessee in 2006, Ford opposed same-sex marriage, and, when he attempted to jump-start a Senate candidacy in New York in 2010, that position came back to haunt him. He was basically booed off the stage when he attempted to address a group of gays in New York City. By last year, he had amended his position on the issue and became the spokesperson for a marriage-equality campaign in a TV ad — a possible indication, along with his 2010 memoir, More Davids than Goliaths: A Political Education, that he still intends an active electoral career.

Two Announce as House Candidates in Nashville

Two candidates announced runs for Nashville seats in the General Assembly on Wednesday, reports the City Paper.
Jason Powell will run for House District 53 in South Nashville, soon to be vacated by Rep. Janis Sontany, who announced her retirement last month. Powell, a real estate broker and former teacher, announced his candidacy via Twitter and Facebook.
In a release posted on his Facebook page, he said, “If elected, I hope to continue in the tradition of strong leadership demonstrated by Representative Janis Sontany.”
Harold M. Love Jr., pastor of St. Paul A.M.E., also announced his run for state House District 58, presently held by Rep. Mary Pruitt, in the Aug. 2 election. Love pointed to his father’s 24 years of service as a state representative that drew him to want to impact other’s lives in similar fashion.
“I feel I have significant fresh ideas regarding governance, utilizing the talents of many that are being ignored in our community, and tapping the full potential of the resources and skills we have at our disposal,” Love said.