House District 51: Mike Turner

Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 10:45pm

Turner’s district includes Lakewood, Donelson, Old Hickory and parts of East Nashville, but it’s his work as House Democratic Caucus chair — and his refusal to play in the dirt with many of his colleagues — that earns him our nod.

The House honored Turner for his heroic rescue efforts (along with his fellow firefighters’) during May’s floods. Tennessee Conservation Voters gave the three-term representative its highest rating for his record on environmental issues. Turner also sponsored a bipartisan bill that streamlines the process of transferring credits from two-year colleges to four-year universities. That bill had nearly unanimous support in the General Assembly. And during budget negotiations, Turner stood up for funding the state’s infant mortality program, which was left intact in the final budget.

Importantly, Turner has also stood up against the highly charged partisan rhetoric that tends to obscure legislative progress. Specifically, Turner openly criticized the Health Freedom Act, a preposterous bit of bluster from the Republican Party’s right wing that did nothing but state a disagreement with federal health care reform law.

It was a waste of time, especially given the problems Tennessee faces at home, and Turner was right to call it out.

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1 Comment on this post:

By: PKVol on 10/28/10 at 8:38

And let's not forget that Mike Turner helped paved the way for illegal aliens to get Drivers Licenses from the State of Tennessee and then when he realized that was a mistake and that voters actually didn't like the idea of illegal aliens being in the state, he 'blew the whistle' on the hiring of illegal aliens working on the Music City Center. Mike Turner is about Mike Turner and the liberal Democrats. It is time to see what Charles Williamson can do for the 51st District.