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On our last show, we discussed the debate between those who would bolster our public education system, and those who would seek to completely replace it with private, charter, home schooling (and voucher programs).

Follow me just below the squggledoodlethingey fold, and I'll tell you what today's show is about, and why it's important to Tennessee. And me. And, especially you.

On last week's show, I told the listeners (847 of them so far) that I would be blogging about the Tennessee delegation to The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

The discussion was about the stark contrast in the public education debate. Today's show will focus on the discussion in Tennessee, those members of the Tennessee ALEC membership (Legislative) delegation who are actively pursuing the complete privatization of education in our State, the model bills and resolutions discussed and passed at the recent ALEC Spring Meeting held May 10-11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the recent legislative results in The Volunteer State.

I was frankly shocked to discover that four members are Democrats, one of which is in the new district that represents my home address. We'll talk about that, as well.

Across the Progressive South, almost every State has the potential to be in play. There seems to be a race for "stupid" in some of them, which are moving the dial towards the "possible" category. As unlikely as it may seem from looking at the most recent polling, there is a very long time until November 6th, 2012. Republican legislatures and Governors in Southern States are seemingly perfectly willing to use every second of that time alienating voters from the Conservative, Republican and Tea Party Terrorist roles, into the Independent or Democratic roles for the election.

This puts the South in play. ALEC has a strategy for the South. So does President Obama. Find out what those strategies are, and what you, as Southern Progressives are, or should be doing about them. Today's show is here. You can call in live to speak with me (no special guest today), or our co-host/producer Progressive Patty, or join our lively debate in our live chat room. We're on the air at 2:30 PM (Central Time). I hope you will join us in this important and current show. "We're on the air!"

I hope we will see YOU there.

Originally posted to An American Citizen on Sun May 20, 2012 at 10:03 AM PDT.

Also republished by Southern Action, Three Star Kossacks, Daily Kos Phazebook Progressive Social Networking Group, and Nashville KosKats.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    Nurse Kelley says my writing is brilliant and my soul is shiny - who am I to argue?
    Left/Right: -7.75
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.51

    by Bud Fields on Sun May 20, 2012 at 10:03:25 AM PDT

  •  One of these days (0+ / 0-)

    I will be home when you are on the air and I will join in.  I live in MA, but I was born in Lawrenceburg (well, actually Red Hill, unnicorporated--Ha), TN  Most of  my family, including my two sisters and my mother, are still there.  The next time I come for a visit, I hope we can meet for coffee.  My younger sister is a recent transplant from Florida and is having difficulty with the extreme conservatism of L'burg.  

    I am amazed that you are keeping this going and I want to send you my heartiest congratulations.  Loved your diary about not being able to go home again.

    Best regards,

    Just waitin' around for the new Amy Winehouse album

    by jarbyus on Sun May 20, 2012 at 05:30:45 PM PDT

  •  Thank you for the kind words! :) (0+ / 0-)

    Any time you are in the area, just let me know. I've been known to hang out at Shoney's here in Columbia. My home is always open to Kossacks. :)

    Nurse Kelley says my writing is brilliant and my soul is shiny - who am I to argue?
    Left/Right: -7.75
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.51

    by Bud Fields on Tue May 22, 2012 at 02:35:51 PM PDT

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