We've written a lot of threads on #Tennessee status at the bottom of 50 states on virtually everything from average income to life expectancy. Sadly it isn't a surprise that @TNGOP is now resorting to authoritarianism, since its members lack the skills to lead our state. 🧵
Basically the issue is that @TNGOP "leadership" puts big business/their donors first. They don't even think about average Tennesseans, since those folks don't have big bucks to pour into campaign coffers.
The second #NoNewNashvilleStadium vote is THIS TUESDAY. We wrote a petition with some background information and links to actions folks have already taken such as a great open letter from @_kellykitty_.
The petition contains links to contact Metro Councilmembers, tho you can also do that here. You may want to contact them all, since #WarOnNashville may affect who represents you soon.
Earlier in our mentions we drew a troll who claims we're "making stuff up" when talking about Tennessee's status at the bottom of every measure of the civilized world on everything from child mortality to literacy to medical bankruptcy. Not the case. 🧵
We're seeing folks pick up some of our language on this. For our beloved followers rather than Mr. Troll, here's some source material for topics we often discuss.
Child mortality: TN is generally bottom 10, tho some years we're #42, some it's #44.
Journo @cjcmichel was the first to dig up a trove of docs proving Kline Preston - interviewed by @Tennessean re his ties to Russian spying in a now infamous article we'll link below - was the head of @MarshaBlackburn's campaign org from its inception. 🧵
Firstly the infamous article. We think this doesn't go into Preston's ties to Blackburn because IWRC, they hadn't been proven yet. (We think @anitawadhwani, one of our faves now writing for @TNLookout, would have asked had she had access to the docs.)
[Thread] We're starting to see RTs and likes on an old thread we wrote about Alexander Torshin/Maria Butina Russian influence spreading into TN via Kline Preston, the longterm (10+ year) campaign manager of @MarshaBlackburn.
which dropped a few days ago. Yes, it does include quite a bit of info about Torshin and Butina's activities in Nashville.
We notice it also says members of the Trump Transition Team (again, Blackburn was a co-chair of the Transition) were subject to Russian influence.
Jan 20, 2020 • 26 tweets • 17 min read
Back in 2016 TN Sen. @MarshaBlackburn was selected as one of only 4 members of Congress to serve as co-chair of Trump's transition team along with the likes of Michael Flynn, Rebekah Mercer & Newt Gingrich.
Next Tweets: Pic of Torshin and Butina in Nashville at the 2015 @NRA Convention; pic of Torshin in Nashville in 2012 looking at voting machines with @MarshaBlackburn long term org chair Kline Preston; a couple recent threads we've written on these subjects. #TrumpRussia [Thread]
.@VoteMarsha ginning up the 'fake outrage' machine again. Last time she did this she violated @Twitter TOS against distributing hacked material. The first time she contributed to the deaths of a police officer and a decorated veteran. [THREAD] #TNSen
In 2001, as a state Senator, she played a lead role in instigating a group of 1000+ who broke windows & shut down the Legislature over a vote on a potential state income tax. @Tennessean coverage tells the tale. #TNSen [THREAD]
The July 13, 2001 issue of @Tennessean was more or less full of the story. (You can purchase it yourself at Tennessean.com archives or on sites like Newspapers.com.)
Unfortunately it's in a format that's difficult to represent here, but we've done our best