Senator Jim Tracy Addresses Nashville Chapter

→ Posted on Jul 19, 2008 - 12:08 AM

On July 15, Senator Jim Tracy talked with the Nashville TFA Chapter (open to all) about how to be more effective when contacting your legislators and also why good Second Amendment legislation is getting killed in the House of Representatives by individuals such as Jimmy Naifeh.  It was interesting to hear Sen. Tracy talk about effectiveness when data shows that he is increasingly one of the more effective legislators in Tennessee.

http://www.statesurge.com/members/1028 (Tracy)

Compare that with data on legislators such as, well Jimmy Naifeh, and you see a difference in the quality of legislation that Sen. Tracy supports but also his effectiveness in passing the legislation that he does support.

http://www.statesurge.com/members/1101 (Naifeh)

What are 3 quick points we learned from Senator Tracy?

1) Phone calls directly to your senator or representative are most effective (compared to faxes, emails, etc) and perhaps second only to personal visits (by appointment).  They primarily need to know the bill number, the issue addressed in the bill and whether you, as a constituent, support or oppose the bill.

2) Phone calls to committee members make a difference.  As with the above, keep it short with bill number, topic and support or oppose.

3) Apathy and disgust do not work.  If you want to help improve the system or change it, you must take an active role which includes not only voting but a) voting intelligently (know the records) and b) staying involved vocally and personally once the election is over.