Archive for May, 2010

Gubernatorial Candidate Ron Ramsey Wants To Boot Life-Saving Programs For Babies

Friday, May 21st, 2010

State Sen. Ron Ramsey has once again shown his indifference to the needs of ordinary Tennesseans by backing a Republican budget that would eliminate funding for an agency meant to save the lives of babies.

Tennessee’s infant death rate is the 47th worst in the country. The Governor’s Office of Child Care Coordination was established in 2004 by Gov. Phil Bredesen to coordinate a wide range of services to children, including programs to reduce infant mortality rates across the state.

“It’s ironic a gubernatorial candidate who claims to be pro life would callously slash programs meant to save the lives of our babies,” Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester said. “Mr. Ramsey’s boot evidently knows no boundaries.”

According to news reports, the Office of Child Care Coordination spends about $5 million annually, of which a little more than $2 million is state money.

Ramsey and other Republican candidates across the state have been railing against federal assistance. And Ramsey’s campaign has been airing television advertisements promising to give Washington “the boot.”

“It would make better sense to me if Tennessee voters would give Ramsey the boot,” Forrester said

Health experts attribute increased infant mortality rates to lack of prenatal care, premature births, low birth weights, tobacco use among pregnant woman and Sudden Infant Death syndrome.

“We have made progress reducing the infant mortality rate here in Tennessee since Gov. Bredesen started the Office of Child Care Coordination,” Forrester said. “Why in the world would you want to eliminate programs meant to save a baby’s life?

“Senate Republicans and Mr. Ramsey are misplacing their priorities here. They need to quit playing these silly political games and focus on ways to improve the lives of Tennesseans,” he added.

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Tennessee Heroes

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

As you have seen over the last several days, our fellow Tennesseans have been ravaged by historic flooding in Middle and West Tennessee. As the water slowly recedes, I want to take a moment to thank all the heroes across the state who risked their lives to save others. Men like Tennessee House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner, a firefighter in Nashville who waded in water up to his chin to save dozens of people trapped this week.

Heroic stories like the one above took place from Memphis to Spring Hill and should inspire and remind each of us that the time to live up to our “Volunteer” name is now. I hope each of you will continue to reach out to help friends, neighbors, loved ones, and fellow Tennesseans who face massive challenges as they recover from the damage and suffering the water left behind.

I am asking our staff at the Tennessee Democratic Party to take Friday off to volunteer with organizations assisting with recovery, clean up, and aid to those who need our help. I hope each of you will also reach out in any way you can.

Here are a few ways you can help.

Give Money:

Tennessee Red Cross
Donations are accepted online or by texting REDCROSS to 90999

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle TN

MidSouth Food Bank

Volunteer:

Tennessee Red Cross

Hands On Nashville

For questions about water advisories, returning home after a flood event, or government status reports you can view that information here:

Tennessee Government Flood Guidance

Sincerely,

Chairman Chip Forrester

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