August 1, 2016

Healthcare that Puts People First

It is unacceptable that so many hardworking families do not have access to quality healthcare. However, lack of access is only part of the problem. Most people have access to health insurance but not everyone can afford it. Many Americans, particularly working-class families, just don’t have the room in their budgets to pay increasingly high premiums. This reality is not …

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July 27, 2016

Chuck: It’s not pandering if it’s about terrorism #ChuckSucks

It’s election season, so it must also be pandering season.   Chuck Fleischmann, awakened from his legislative slumber by a pesky election cycle,  has sponsored his first bill of 2016, the Combatting Terrorist Recruitment Act. Introduced in March, the bill passed the House in April. It would appear that Fleischmann has finally started actively drafting legislation, right? Not so fast …

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July 26, 2016

Fighting Terror Takes Courage and Hard Work

The world is reeling from terrorist attacks devastating local communities in each corner of the globe. As we reach across borders to rebuild, we must change. We have to change the solutions we have been using in the past in order to respond to an evolving threat. But the House of Representatives chose the opposite when it passed HR 4820. …

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July 20, 2016

My American Dream

Since the first settlers sailed westward, the United States has been a nation of immigrants. Immigrants from different nations, different walks of life, different religions, and different creeds. But the one thing they had in common was ambition; an ambition to do something greater than themselves, to not only improve their quality of life but to make sure that the …

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July 14, 2016

The Chattanooga Times Endorses Melody Shekari

“In this year of heightened political interest — when the rules are pretty much out the window and the country is screaming for change and for a Congress that works to resolve conflicts, not to gridlock them, Melody Shekari may just be the perfect person in the nick of time.”   Read the whole article here at the Chattanooga Times …

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July 13, 2016

Chuck <3's Banks, Lobbyists, and Wage Theft

In 2008, we experienced a devastating financial crisis. Employment in Tennessee fell by 220,000 jobs, resulting in the worst general economic decline since the Great Depression. Although we are gradually getting back on our feet, we have to ask: “Have we learned from our mistakes?” President Obama called for accountability in 2008: “Let me be perfectly clear. The fact that …

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July 12, 2016

An Economy Built for Working Families

Our community has been fortunate to have progressive leaders pushing to build a better economy for our community. Melody is proud to have worked alongside many of those leaders while she worked at the Chattanooga Mayor’s office. Unfortunately, our do-nothing congress and our go-along-to-get-along congressman has done very little to bring any economic development to East Tennessee.   Melody will …

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July 11, 2016

The Knoxville News Sentinel Endorses Melody Shekari for the August 4th Primary

“In the 3rd District Democratic primary, Melody Shekari is the best candidate to take on Fleischmann. Smart, young and enthusiastic, she most recently completed a fellowship as a policy analyst for Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. Two major issues she cites are jobs — especially rural economic development — and health care, which should resonate in the northern part of the …

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June 23, 2016

Chuck Fleischmann: I’m Against Racism Except When I’m Not

CHATTANOOGA — Here’s another one from Do-Nothing Chuck: Congressman Fleischmann begrudgingly rolled out a hypocritical statement blasting Rick Tyler’s vehemently racist billboard only a month and half after gleefully announcing his support for known racist and demagogue-in-chief Donald Trump. “Congressman Fleischmann is happy to condemn flagrant acts of racism when it’s convenient for him, but he was conspicuously silent when …

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