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Accountability

Accountability

Accountability—noun ac·count·abil·i·ty \ ə-ˌkau̇n-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ The quality or state of being accountable; especially: an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions Americans increasingly believe that elected officials need to improve their accountability to voters. I agree with these sentiments; we need more accountability in Congress. America was founded on principles … Read Article

Campaign Progress

Campaign Progress

This weekend campaign manager Clare Considine and I traveled to Nashville to interact with statewide Democratic leaders there. My wife Natalie also traveled with me and honed her campaigning skills. I learned a lot at the Bredesen for Senate campaign launch event. For example, the number of Republicans in Tennessee is about the same as … Read Article

Youth Viatality

Youth Viatality

I had quite a few events to attend over the weekend, but the most fun one was with the Junior Democrats of Hamblen County. These high school students recognized that homeless neighbors in their community needed help. But they didn’t wring their hands and wonder why someone didn’t fix the problem, and they didn’t just … Read Article

Professional Campaign Manager!

Professional Campaign Manager!

I am thrilled to announce the arrival of a full time professional to the leadership of the Olsen for Congress campaign. We are indeed fortunate to have successfully recruited such a high-quality individual. Clare Considine will bring both energy and experience to my campaign for the Tennessee First District seat in Congress. Clare has a … Read Article

Control of Medical Costs

Control of Medical Costs

I’m sitting in my living room on a rainy Sunday preparing my weekly newsletter. I’ve been under the weather myself for a few days since I’ve had a viral illness. Fortunately, I’m reasonably healthy and resilient; a full recovery seems around the corner. Friday I was started on oseltamivir phosphate (trade name Tamiflu) to fight … Read Article

The New Congress of 2019

The New Congress of 2019

At the most recent count, 55 members of Congress have thrown in the towel, saying they have had enough and will not run for re-election. The retirements of 38 Republicans and 17 Democrats approaches the largest number since the World War II era; it was in 1992 that 65 elected officials called it quits. Political … Read Article

DACA, Dreamers and Immigration

DACA, Dreamers and Immigration

DACA is the abbreviation for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This is a program put in place by the Obama administration in 2012. This decision was made after Congress failed to pass a bipartisan plan called the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) act. The young people affected are therefore called Dreamers. These … Read Article

Women’s March 2.0

Women’s March 2.0

The Women’s March 2.0 for our region will start on this coming Saturday, Jan 20, at 1:00 PM. All who respect the contributions of women and who believe there is work to be done to decrease discrimination in our country are welcome to attend. I’ll be there and I am honored to have a chance … Read Article