An Open Letter to the TNDP and Obama For America [2009]

An Open Letter to the TNDP

June 24, 2009

Dear Mr Forrester:

I have a HUGE problem with the “Chip in for Chip Campaign” I feel this is a grievous misrepresentation of the TNDP and the incestuous affiliation it appears to have with the NCO.

What an awful way to start you tenure and try to gain support from local, vocal advocates and activists like myself. http://www.actblue.com/page/chipin

Unfortunately, duty calls, and I don’t have the time to fully express just how disturbed I was by how betrayed I feel by the TNDP that caused me to question the ethics of my own party. a breach of ethics within the Democratic party.

But rest assured I will return to this topic with further details, and a copy of a letter I received from one of of your staff members the day after we discussed the possibility of summoning volunteers from the health care lobby to get your new office up and running.

Although you did invite me both verbally and through e-mail, I was told by one of your staffers that I was not welcome since I “Chip doesn’t even know you, AND because I did not even volunteer at the Obama Headquarters.”

Sorry– I was hitting the streets with Health Care for America Now [HCAN] and manning the phones for Cover the Uninsured.

This campaign was misrepresented to me as a non-profit supporting the community through and by local activists and advocates right here in Nashville.

The website revisions validate that transformation from as the NCO slowly morphed into the TNDP.

This kind of and followed up with one of the most disgusting displays of all the things ugly we hate about politics.

NCO is NOT act blue. As a former lobbyist, I am deeply offended by the ethics and misrepresentation of the TNDP. Especially after being told I am not a welcome volunteer at YOUR office.

Bad business, Chip.

It is unfortunate that you have surrounded yourself with people who are working against you to further their own political agenda hoping they may someday replace you.

It was interesting to watch how quickly the dispersed when the “Chips were down.”

As a life-long democrat who missed only one election since I turned 18, I truly hope your staff (especially the “NCO” can recognize how seriously they are jeopardizing and alienating members of the Democratic party.

Unfortunately, I can’t donate money, but I would have more than happy to volunteer time. Therefore, I am formally requesting a refund of the $5.44 I donated online.

I shared the letter with a friend in the Republican Party because it was so offensive and shocking. I think you deserve a copy as well. I will try to get that o you in the near future.

Please note, it is not personal against you, but In the meantime, I would like to formally request a refund of $5.44. You can make it payable to charity of MY choice, however since I am unemployed and on disability, I wouldn’t object if you made the check out to “cash.”

Sincerely yours,

Elyssa Durant, Ed.M.
Nashville, Tennessee

Because THIS is how the Tennessee Democratic Party treats volunteers in “The Volunteer State”

So, no. Don’t ask me to “chip in for Chip Forrester” or donate money to any of the people associated with this organization.

To quote Kathy, “it’s just not happening.” ELyssa Durant, Ed.M.

TN05, House 52

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> > ——Original Message——

> From: kathy@communityorganizers.net

> To: Ed70@columbia.edu

> Subject: TNDP

> Sent: Feb 8, 2009 7:27 AM

> > Hey Elyssa,

> > Just wanted to let you know that the TNDP Transition Team already has formed, met, and is working. I know you’re interested in being on it, but it’s just not happening this time. You’re not on it. Chip doesn’t know you, hasn’t worked with you, and hasn’t even met you, Elyssa. You’ve got a good heart with great intentions, but you’re just being too aggressive right now and it’s having an opposite effect than what you want. No one knows you here -you weren’t on the Obama staff or volunteer staff here, or even a volunteer at HQ, and haven’t done anything with NCO. Give it time.

> > I know you’ll appreciate the direct approach. No worries!

> > Kathy

> > >

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An Open Letter to the TNDP and Obama For America [2009]

An Open Letter to the TNDP

June 24, 2009

Dear Mr Forrester:

I have a HUGE problem with the “Chip in for Chip Campaign” I feel this is a grievous misrepresentation of the TNDP and the incestuous affiliation it appears to have with the NCO.

What an awful way to start you tenure and try to gain support from local, vocal advocates and activists like myself. http://www.actblue.com/page/chipin

Unfortunately, duty calls, and I don’t have the time to fully express just how disturbed I was by how betrayed I feel by the TNDP that caused me to question the ethics of my own party. a breach of ethics within the Democratic party.

But rest assured I will return to this topic with further details, and a copy of a letter I received from one of of your staff members the day after we discussed the possibility of summoning volunteers from the health care lobby to get your new office up and running.

Although you did invite me both verbally and through e-mail, I was told by one of your staffers that I was not welcome since I “Chip doesn’t even know you, AND because I did not even volunteer at the Obama Headquarters.”

Sorry– I was hitting the streets with Health Care for America Now [HCAN] and manning the phones for Cover the Uninsured.

This campaign was misrepresented to me as a non-profit supporting the community through and by local activists and advocates right here in Nashville.

The website revisions validate that transformation from as the NCO slowly morphed into the TNDP.

This kind of and followed up with one of the most disgusting displays of all the things ugly we hate about politics.

NCO is NOT act blue. As a former lobbyist, I am deeply offended by the ethics and misrepresentation of the TNDP. Especially after being told I am not a welcome volunteer at YOUR office.

Bad business, Chip.

It is unfortunate that you have surrounded yourself with people who are working against you to further their own political agenda hoping they may someday replace you.

It was interesting to watch how quickly the dispersed when the “Chips were down.”

As a life-long democrat who missed only one election since I turned 18, I truly hope your staff (especially the “NCO” can recognize how seriously they are jeopardizing and alienating members of the Democratic party.

Unfortunately, I can’t donate money, but I would have more than happy to volunteer time. Therefore, I am formally requesting a refund of the $5.44 I donated online.

I shared the letter with a friend in the Republican Party because it was so offensive and shocking. I think you deserve a copy as well. I will try to get that o you in the near future.

Please note, it is not personal against you, but In the meantime, I would like to formally request a refund of $5.44. You can make it payable to charity of MY choice, however since I am unemployed and on disability, I wouldn’t object if you made the check out to “cash.”

Sincerely yours,

Elyssa Durant, Ed.M.
Nashville, Tennessee

Because THIS is how the Tennessee Democratic Party treats volunteers in “The Volunteer State”

So, no. Don’t ask me to “chip in for Chip Forrester” or donate money to any of the people associated with this organization.

To quote Kathy, “it’s just not happening.” ELyssa Durant, Ed.M.

TN05, House 52

אל

> > ——Original Message——

> From: kathy@communityorganizers.net

> To: Ed70@columbia.edu

> Subject: TNDP

> Sent: Feb 8, 2009 7:27 AM

> > Hey Elyssa,

> > Just wanted to let you know that the TNDP Transition Team already has formed, met, and is working. I know you’re interested in being on it, but it’s just not happening this time. You’re not on it. Chip doesn’t know you, hasn’t worked with you, and hasn’t even met you, Elyssa. You’ve got a good heart with great intentions, but you’re just being too aggressive right now and it’s having an opposite effect than what you want. No one knows you here -you weren’t on the Obama staff or volunteer staff here, or even a volunteer at HQ, and haven’t done anything with NCO. Give it time.

> > I know you’ll appreciate the direct approach. No worries!

> > Kathy

> > >

Public records in electronic form | tennessean.com | The Tennessean

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Tennessee’s Public Records Law does not make a distinction between records on paper and records in an electronic format. A state Supreme Court decision upheld the idea that information stored, say, on a local government’s computer is also open to public inspection, just like information printed on paper stored in a filing cabinet.
However, many public officials in Tennessee do not seem aware of that fact. So don’t seem surprised when you can’t get the county property assessor to cough up a computer file.

 

If a citizen asks to inspect an electronic government record and is turned down, the procedure is the same as the one for citizens who have been turned down for paper records. The government official who turns you down has to cite for you a specific state law that says the electronic record is closed.

 

If the government person can’t cite a valid state law

for you, you can file a complaint in your county Chancery Court, asking the judge to intervene and order the record open to inspection.

 

Another thing that electronic-record-seekers should watch for is how much government agencies may try to charge for getting databases and other such electronic media. The Tennessean once asked a local utility for a large database and was quoted a price of more than $90,000. That would have included the cost of sending a first-class letter to all 250,000 customers of Nashville Electric Service to notify them that the newspaper had requested the information, such as their names and addresses. However, because the legislature had not specifically authorized that kind of charge for such records, the court held the agency’s price quotation wasn’t valid.

 

There are three things to keep in mind about such fees:

 

• It can save you a lot of headache later on to ask government agencies beforehand how much they will charge for a given database. Always ask such questions ahead of time, before you formally request the record and agree to pay the price for it.

 

• If a government official gives you a price quote for records that seems high, be sure to ask for an itemized breakdown of the charges.

• On the one hand, governments can charge you a fee for getting copies of records, but be careful. The Public Records Law authorizes governments to charge “reasonable” copying fees for any public record, but it doesn’t define “reasonable.” The fee, in theory, is legal, but you shouldn’t let anyone charge you more than the going market rate for copying such electronic matter. The true cost of the $90,000 database The Tennessean asked for was less than $5,000.

NASHVILLE – An incorrect electronic file submission sent to TennCare’s system caused information for some enrollees to be sent to incorrect addresses statewide. Approximately 3,900 enrollees were affected when letters and cards that contained one or more pieces of personal information were sent to incorrect addresses.

enough said?

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2683501/career_center_chaos.html?singlepage=true&cat=17

 

 

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The Wealthiest Towns in America: Belle Meade, Tenn. – BusinessWeek

Belle Meade, Tenn.

Belle Meade, Tenn.

Overall rank: 12
Households: 1,027
Average income: $333,923
Average net worth: $1,578,235
Change in income since 2000: 18%
Income rank: 4
Net worth rank: 39

The affluent Nashville suburb is home to former Vice-President Al Gore. Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker paid $1.5 million for a Belle Meade mansion last year.

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Just a few miles away fromthe homeless shelter for children, and the Nashville Rescue Mission that can barely feed the growing number of homeless children and families in Nashville, Tennessee.

#enoughsaid