Sevier County Democratic Party to Host County Delegate Convention

The Sevier County Democratic Party will host its Democratic Party County Delegate Convention on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the King Family Library to select delegates from each county to attend the District Convention.

The doors open at 12 p.m. and the Convention will begin promptly at 1 p.m. The event is open to all registered voters in the county, supporters of the Democratic Party, and those who agree to support the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2016 Presidential election. The party welcomes all who wish to participate in selecting Tennessee’s delegates to the Democratic Presidential Convention to attend.

Information about becoming a DNC delegate and the rules governing the DNC Delegate Selection Process may be obtained from, or from the Tennessee Democratic Party, 1900 Church St, Ste 203, Nashville, TN 37203, 615-327-9779.

The King Family Library is located at 408 High Street, Sevierville, TN 38762.

For more information, call 865-654-9349.

Discussion of Haslam’s Insure Tennessee Plan at King Family Library

Governor Haslam’s proposed Insure Tennessee program will be the topic of public discussion at a gathering in Sevierville this month. The discussion is hosted by the Sevier County Democrats and the public is invited to attend and participate.

Insure Tennessee is the Governor’s proposal to offer Health Coverage for those whose incomes are under 100% of the Federal Poverty Level, currently about $11,000 per year for a single person or $24,000 per year for a family of four. The Insure Tennessee proposal will also cover those between 100% and 138% Federal Poverty Level as well, but under somewhat different financial arrangements.

Because of the legislative & judicial history of The Affordable Care Act nationally and in Tennessee, there is a “Gap” in coverage. This is especially true for many under 100% Federal Poverty Level who are not eligible for TennCare and who also are not eligible for the Tax Credits and other Federal subsidies that make the Marketplace insurance more affordable. There are 200,000-300,000 Tennesseans who fall into this Gap, including 5,000-7,000 people who live in Sevier County. These people are often low-wage workers, disabled persons and seniors waiting for Medicare coverage, those needing unaffordable medical care to go back to work, and even 24,000 veterans not covered by VA Health Benefits.

Insure Tennessee will not cost Tennesseans additional taxes, since it will be paid for by Federal taxes already collected. The 10% or so that is not, will be covered by fees self-imposed by Tennessee Hospitals on themselves, since the program will relieve them of a much larger financial burden of uncompensated care. The program will bring 15,000 new jobs and over $1 billion per year in new Federal investment into Tennessee.

Insure Tennessee is a bi-partisan program including ideas from both sides of the political isle and it has bi-partisan support in the Tennessee General Assembly. However, it failed to pass there last Session. We will be discussing the future of Insure Tennessee.

The Insure Tennessee discussion will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 in the Birchfield room at the King Family Library, 408 High Street in Sevierville, Tenn. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 865-654-9349.

Sevier County Democratic Party to Elect New Leaders at Reorganization Convention

The Sevier County Democratic Party will hold a Biennial Reorganization Convention where local Democrats will elect new leaders.

The Biennial Reorganization Convention of the Sevier County Democrats will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the King Family Library in Sevierville. Doors will open at 12:15 p.m. and the convention will begin promptly at 1 p.m.

All Democrat residents who are eligible voters of Sevier County are urged to attend.

Local Democrats will elect a new Chairperson, Vice Chairperson(s), Secretary, Treasurer and the Executive Committee for Sevier County for a two-year term. They will also discuss the Party’s agenda and events for 2015. This will be an open forum for all attendees to express their ideas and thoughts about the future.

The Party will provide a selection of foods, coffee and soft drinks.

“I encourage all Democrats to come out and get involved. We have opportunities available for Democrats to represent and help their community,” said Mike Fitzgibbons, chairperson of the Sevier County Democrats.

The King Family Library is located at 408 High Street, Sevierville, TN 38762.

For more information, call 865-654-9349.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 for the November 4, 2014 General Election Ballot

Vote no on 1Shall Article I, of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section:

“Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.”

Because there is valid concern that the legal language of these amendments may confuse voters, we have asked Baptist minister, constitutional lawyer and renowned author Oliver ‘Buzz’ Thomas to provide his interpretation in laymen’s terms, along with a vote recommendation, he says:

This is the amendment that would strip our state constitution of its own privacy rights independent of the federal constitution. It would also open the door to legislative forays into a woman’s private healthcare decisions. Whatever you think about abortion, you have to question the wisdom of this amendment. RECOMMENDATION: Vote NO.