Newsletter

  MARCH

Hey, Democrats!
 THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19!!! *SCDP meeting Tuesday, March 17, 7:00, Room 131 Kingsport Higher Ed Center*

Election Day Tuesday, March 3! If you haven’t voted already, PLEASE VOTE! This is your chance to vote for your candidate, and every vote is important in the process of our electing our Democratic nominee.

Sullivan County Democratic Party Convention
Saturday, March 7     12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM 
Holston Middle School
2348 Highway 75
Blountville, Tennessee 37617
Come caucus and help elect delegates for your candidate!

Thank you to those of you who volunteered to work the polls. Because of you there is a much better balance between Democratic and Republican workers at nearly all polling sites.

If you didn’t volunteer to be a poll worker and would like to help in some way on Election Day in November, you can become a poll watcher. A poll watcher is an unpaid volunteer who goes to a polling precinct (or precincts) and just sits and watches for a length of time to make sure all is going as it should. Poll watchers can pick where they want to go and how long they want to stay. They are there to WATCH and after they introduce themselves to the Officer aren’t allowed to speak to anyone. Poll watchers help ensure the precinct is being run in a way that’s fair to all voters. If you would like to be a poll watcher, just reply to this email and I’ll put you on the list. 

Have a great March watching Democratic primaries play out across the country! You gotta love the United States of America! Susan Whitlow
Chairperson
Sullivan County Democratic Party

website http://sullivan.tndp.org; Facebook page Sullivan County Democratic Party; Twitter sctndp; Instagram sctndp

If you want to help financially, please send a check to
SCDP
PO Box 502
Blountville, TN 37617.

FEBRUARY

NEXT MEETING FEBRUARY 17, KINGSPORT HIGHER ED CENTER, ROOM 131

LAMAR ALEXANDER
If you haven’t gotten in touch with Senator Alexander about his vote not to have witnesses in the Senate “trial,” please do! Here is his entire statement, the form letter he is sending to those who contacted him before his vote:

I worked with other senators to make sure that we have the right to ask for more documents and witnesses, but there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution’s high bar for an impeachable offense.
 
There is no need for more evidence to prove that the president asked Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter; he said this on television on October 3, 2019, and during his July 25, 2019, telephone call with the president of Ukraine. There is no need for more evidence to conclude that the president withheld United States aid, at least in part, to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens; the House managers have proved this with what they call a ‘mountain of overwhelming evidence.’ There is no need to consider further the frivolous second article of impeachment that would remove the president for asserting his constitutional prerogative to protect confidential conversations with his close advisers.
 
It was inappropriate for the president to ask a foreign leader to investigate his political opponent and to withhold United States aid to encourage that investigation. When elected officials inappropriately interfere with such investigations, it undermines the principle of equal justice under the law. But the Constitution does not give the Senate the power to remove the president from office and ban him from this year’s ballot simply for actions that are inappropriate. The question then is not whether the president did it, but whether the United States Senate or the American people should decide what to do about what he did. I believe that the Constitution provides that the people should make that decision in the presidential election that begins in Iowa on Monday.
 
The Senate has spent nine long days considering this ‘mountain’ of evidence, the arguments of the House managers and the president’s lawyers, their answers to senators’ questions and the House record. Even if the House charges were true, they do not meet the Constitution’s ‘treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors’ standard for an impeachable offense. 
 
The framers believed that there should never, ever be a partisan impeachment. That is why the Constitution requires a 2/3 vote of the Senate for conviction. Yet not one House Republican voted for these articles. If this shallow, hurried and wholly partisan impeachment were to succeed, it would rip the country apart, pouring gasoline on the fire of cultural divisions that already exist. It would create the weapon of perpetual impeachment to be used against future presidents whenever the House of Representatives is of a different political party.
 
Our founding documents provide for duly elected presidents who serve with ‘the consent of the governed,’ not at the pleasure of the United States Congress. Let the people decide.

Here is his contact information: 
Email: https://www.alexander.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email
Address: 455 Dirksen Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Telephone: (202) 224-4944.   (423) 325-6240


POLL WORKERS NEEDED!
We need desperately need Democratic poll workers in these precincts: SULLIVAN MIDDLE SCHOOL, COLONIAL HEIGHTS MIDDLE SCHOOL, BUFFALO RURITAN, AND SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL.
Right now there are only one or two Democrats working each of these locations. I talked with Jason Booher, Commissioner of the Election, and he said if he gets volunteers for those precincts by Friday, February 7, he will do everything he can to move people around to get a better balance of Democrats and Republicans. If he can’t move enough people for this election, he will definitely be able to balance those locations in August and November. PLEASE VOLUNTEER FOR ONE OF THESE PRECINCTS. You can call the Election Office at (423) 323-6444.

VOTE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY!
The Democratic Primary is March 3 with early voting running from February 12-25. Please note: If you live in Bristol, early voting has moved from the Armory to the SLATER CENTER. You can find information you need at this site: http://www.scelect.org

SCDP is focused right now on getting out the vote to turn Sullivan County and Tennessee blue. We know we’re climbing a mountain, and we’re lucky to have a number of people with their boots already laced up. If you want to join us, please do. Our meeting schedule is on our website (below), and Bristol TN Dems has a potluck/meeting the 2nd Monday at the Bristol SCDP headquarters, 2530 Volunteer Parkway. Even if you don’t live in Bristol you can come to the potluck. It’s a good place to get to know some of us in a casual setting. 

You already know how important the 2020 election is. Please help in any way you can!
We know from the sham of a trial in the Senate that it is crucial for Democrats to get the majority in the Senate. If you have an extra dollar or two, please help the following candidates, all of whom have a chance of unseating the Republican incumbent:
Amy McGrath – Kentucky – https://amymcgrath.com
Jaime Harrison – South Carolina – https://jaimeharrison.com
Emily’s List Candidates: https://www.emilyslist.org/candidates/gallery/senate
And keep an eye on Rev. Raphael Warnock in Georgia. He doesn’t have a web page yet but Act Blue has a donation site for him

I think that’s it for February!

Susan Whitlow
Chairperson
Sullivan County Democratic Party

website http://sullivan.tndp.org; Facebook page Sullivan County Democratic Party; Twitter sullivancdems; Instagram sullivancountydems.


If you want to help the Sullivan County Democratic Party financially, you can! Send a check to 
SCDP
PO Box 502
Blountville, TN 37617.