Sohn: Make Glenn Scruggs our new state senator

Sohn: Make Glenn Scruggs our new state senator

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / Chattanooga Assistant Chief of Police Glenn Scruggs speaks during a protest for Chattanooga area school Children on June 6 in Chattanooga. Chattanooga Assistant Police Chief Glenn Scruggs is taking on eight-year incumbent legislator Todd Gardenhire, whose District 10 state Senate seat represents about 192,306 residents from south Chattanooga to Red Bank to East Brainerd and nearby Bradley County. And though this was a hard decision for us (Gardenhire is very personable and generally a straight shooter — traits we value), we’re endorsing Scruggs. We like Scruggs not just because he is a Democrat, but also because he is about fixing problems with common-sense solutions and troubleshooting the ramifications of a vote before he takes it. Gardenhire, 72, first won his seat in 2012, and during his two terms, some of his most notable votes have proven bad for Tennesseans. Very bad. Gardenhire not once but twice voted no to former Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed Insure Tennessee — a Volunteer State version of the Affordable Care Act’s provision to expand Medicaid to give our state’s working poor access to health insurance. In at least one of those instances, Gardenhire’s committee vote was the deciding factor. In nixing the proposal, he and other lawmakers turned down a federal offer to pay for a two-year pilot that would cover 285,000 Tennesseans at 100 percent. In all, Gardenhire et al. turned down $2.8 billion — yes billion with a "b" — claiming they did not trust the […]

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