tennessee democratic party

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Democratic Party is disavowing the nomination of Mark Clayton, saying the little-known candidate belongs to a hate group.

During Thursday's primary elections Clayton won the right to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker for one of Tennessee’s Senate seats this fall.

The party says Clayton received the most votes only because his name appeared first on the ballot.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee state elections officials have agreed to stop purging inactive voters from the rolls until after the November election.

Tennessee Democratic Party spokesman Brandon Puttbrese says when the party compared an older voter list with the newly purged list they discovered something odd. 

Puttbrese says the state is required to keep a ten-year-long voting history on file for every Tennessee voter. But after the recent purge, 11,000 voter records had been partially or completely erased. Puttbrese explains why that’s important.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  WMOT News is asking news makers from across the political spectrum to comment on the just ended 107th Tennessee General Assembly. Today the views of State Democratic Party Communications Director Brandon Puttbrese.

While this legislative session was the first in decades that Tennessee Democrats found themselves in the minority, Puttbrese says the Party did enjoy some legislative victories.