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Aug 3, 2023

In this week’s episode, co-host Ryan Coonerty speaks with Nashville, TN, Representative Caleb Hemmer, who has finished his first session in the state legislature. They talk about the national attention that Tenneese has received this year for the Republican party's profoundly undemocratic actions, including the expulsion of two Democratic lawmakers for minor infractions, and how Representative Hemmer fights on the side of democracy. Hemmer also reflects on the recent mass shootings in his state and why he advocates for laws to reduce gun violence. They also talk about his path to public service, how he won a divided district, and the challenges his hometown is facing as it rapidly grows into a city where everyone wants to be. Tune in to learn more about his legislative priorities, his successful campaign, and what it is like being a blue dot in a red state.