MURFREESBORO, Tenn., May 27, 2015– On Tuesday, Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee hosted their inaugural “Pints & Politics” event at The Alley on Main. The event featured a legislative update from AFP-TN, as well as updates from State Senator Bill Ketron and Representative Bryan Terry. Tori Venable, the communications director for AFPTN opened the event introducing those unfamiliar with their organization to the background of their group, as well as other members of AFPTN including Vincent Kreul, the grassroots director, and Shawn Hatmaker, the new Middle Tennessee director. Mrs. Venable spoke of the impact and advocacy that AFPTN had during the 2015 legislative session including the debates on Insure Tennessee, the Right to Try Act, and educational savings accounts for students in IEP’s.
Senator Ketron highlighted several issues including the budget, transportation, and the overall outlook for Tennessee and Rutherford County. He spoke of legislation addressing human trafficking, animal abuse, illegal immigration, and the refugee resettlement program. He complimented AFPTN for their work at the Capitol, and spoke highly of Representative Terry saying, “Most freshmen lay low, but not Dr. Terry. He’s been active from the start. District 48 picked a good one.”
Representative Terry addressed the crowd by discussing his CODE BLUE 2 agenda that he laid out during his campaign and how he was able to uphold his agenda this session. While he went through the entire agenda, some highlights included Citizen Empowerment where he worked with a constituent to have the TDOE and Textbook commission adopt rules and regulation changes for textbook adoption, health care legislation including his Mission Tennessee for Veterans Program, and physician credentialing bill, as well as pro-life legislation. “I was very excited to take part in this event. I, always, look forward to talking to constituents about the issues and discussing the concerns of the district. I appreciate Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee for putting on this event for Murfreesboro and asking me and Senator Ketron to take part,” stated Dr. Bryan Terry.
The event concluded with Senator Ketron and Representative Terry fielding questions from the audience. Topics of interest included the new Tennessee logo, a gas tax, in state tuition for children of illegal aliens, and Insure Tennessee. All of the which were very unpopular with the crowd, as well as with the speakers.