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Currently TN-05 is represented by blue dog member Jim Cooper. It has a cook PVI rating of D+3, and is one of the few non-minority based Democratic seats in the Southern United States. This has been a stronghold for the democratic party since the seat was last held by Republicans in 1873.

The seat is 70% white, and 30% non-white with African Americans and Hispanics accounting for the majority of the non-white vote. This is a seat that cannot be won without the help of the white citizenry of Nashville, and what makes it special is that the white citizenry tends to be college educated, students, (Nashville is known as the Athens of the South) and the city even voted down an English only bill that was offered a few years ago. Our mayor has been a vocal supporter of the gay rights movement. Our city council has passed pro-gay legislation, and there is absolutely no reason why someone with these ideals cannot be elected to replace Mr. Cooper.

When Harold Ford Jr. gave up his seat in TN-09, he was a member of the blue dog coalition, and was replaced by an extremely progressive state senator named Steve Cohen. The rest of the blue dogs were wiped out in the 2010 Republican wave. Cooper managed to receive about 56% of the vote in that election. This is obviously a seat that will not swing to the Republicans if they could not even capture it in a wave election. I am not one to encourage a primary challenge to an incumbent if we can't do any better, but I truly believe we can.

August 2, 2012 we vote in the TN-05 primary. I encourage all of you Nashvillians that are tired of being represented by a blue dog to leave that section of your ballot blank and send a message to Rep. Cooper that he either changes, becomes more progressive, or we will find someone to primary him in 2014. This is a guy that finds it tough to stand up for gay rights even when his city has backed them repeatedly. He does not represent Nashville, and we should in no way support him.  

When Tennessee only has two democratic house seats left we want the strongest democratic representation that we can get and Rep. Cooper is not the best we can get. Act up and fight back! I am interested in your opinion about this seat because from where I'm sitting this seems like a perfect opportunity for a progressive democrat to replace a blue dog democrat with little worry that we will lose the seat. Give me your opinions I really want to know :-)

Originally posted to Three Star Kossacks on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 10:27 PM PDT.

Also republished by Southern Action.


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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Born in TN-05, Live in TN-06, Married in IA-02.

    by zakandsantos on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 10:27:08 PM PDT

  •  I used to have the Blue Dog Blues in TN-04. (7+ / 0-)

    Now I have the Tea Party Blues in TN-04. I'm hoping to go back to having the Blue Dog Blues after this election. (Though Eric Stewart is a damn site better than Lincoln Davis on a variety of issues, but he is still a BD).

    I don't think  you can extrapolate from Memphis to the rest of the state though. TN-09 has always been liberal. Harold Ford, Sr. was our Representative for all  of my 20 years of living in Memphis and he was as liberal as Steve (who used to be my State Senator.) Harold Ford, Jr. was elected as a result of his father's reputation - and the fact that he was a very nice young man personally, not because he was a Blue Dog.

    But I do wish you good luck.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 04:16:01 AM PDT

    •  We wish you the best. (3+ / 0-)
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      bfen, sewaneepat, bumiputera

      Although TN-04 is uphill, it got a little less red in redistricting (they gave it all of Rutherford County, containing Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and La Vergne).  We here at DKE were surprised when Senator Ketron (who everyone believed wanted to gerrymander TN-04 so he could run in it) declined to run.  Supposedly, Desjarlais has some personal issues as well.

      "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Theodore Seuss Geisel

      by KingofSpades on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 05:31:07 AM PDT

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      •  I think Eric has a chance. (2+ / 0-)
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        I was surprised Ketron didn't run also.

        I've been focusing on the State Senate Race in district 16. Jim Lewis is an honest-to-God liberal so we have been heavily involved in his race.

        The new state house district 92 also has a good candidate - Anita Tipton.

        So anyone in either of these two districts, please vote for them.

        Unfortunately I'm in District 39 in the State House race so we don't have a very good candidate, but he (Doug Clark) will be a hell of a lot better than teabagger David Alexander.

        You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

        by sewaneepat on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 08:56:38 AM PDT

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        •  What are the lean of those legislative districts? (0+ / 0-)

          Can any of them elect a Dem?

          "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Theodore Seuss Geisel

          by KingofSpades on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 07:11:29 PM PDT

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          •  Oh, who knows. (1+ / 0-)
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            Senate District 16 is Eric Stewart's seat and before that it was Jerry Cooper's, so yes, it has been a Democratic seat for a long time. But it is also slightly different after redistricting. It is Franklin, Marion, Grundy, Warren, Sequatchie, Van Buren, and Coffee Counties. And of course, we used to have Democrats in the corresponding house districts until 2010 for what that's worth.

            The new House District 92 is a strange one. It includes the  very southern parts of Marion, Franklin, and Lincoln counties and all of Lawrence county. As far as I can tell, South Pittsburg is probably the largest town. Then it is pretty much towns of a few hundred people til it gets to Lawrenceburg. (The old house district 92 was in Memphis - not sure what that one is called now or how it got all moved over here.)

            Janice Bowling is the likely Republican candidate for Senate District 16. She probably has pretty good name recognition since she has run for so many things so often.

            You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

            by sewaneepat on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 04:12:07 AM PDT

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  •  I like the tactic to vote BLANK in the primary (0+ / 0-)

    But i am not so sure Cooper would care. he seems very much a man who takes pride in his intellect and convictions and may feel he knows more than his measly constituents anyways and ignore the warning...Northn elite prep school years he had must have made an impact

  •  I wish someone strong (0+ / 0-)

    would run against him. but the TN Dem Party hates primaries.  they tend to clear the field before august.  He's also very disliked by dem leadership in the house (they refused to give him back seniority from hid time in the fourth in 03).
    also he's pro choice but voted for some anti-choice positions for the first time this year. which i find confusing and annoying.

    Originally from TN05 now unrepresented in DC. Familial and Professional Ties to NY.

    by dsh17 on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 08:47:21 AM PDT

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