American’s for Prosperity Tennessee Grassroots Director Grant Henry Goes a Door Knocking to Campaign for the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act

American’s for Prosperity Tennessee Grassroots Director Grant Henry Goes a Door Knocking to Campaign for the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act

 

Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Grassroots Director of American’s for Prosperity-Tennessee Grant Henry to the studio to further describe the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act, what it does, and the beginning’s of successful door knocking.

Leahy: In studio our good friend Grant Henry with Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee. As I’m driving in this morning, there was a different phenomenon in the sky. That phenomenon was light. It was light.

Almost every day when I drive in because I leave Thompson Station at about 4:25 or 4:30 in the morning depending on the day, it’s always pitch black. Except for today, it started out kind of pitch black.

But then I get on 65 and what’s that? It’s light! And suddenly I realize, oh, yeah, we are approaching the summer solstice. And there’s something about getting up as dawn and the light comes in.

It kind of sets your body rhythm right. So it’s a good day. It’s a good day with the sun coming up. Speaking of good days, Grant Henry, tell us about what’s going on with the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act, which I guess now is scheduled for a vote, a referendum on July 27.

There’s litigation going on, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop it. Tell us what the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act does in Davidson County, and tell us what Americans for Prosperity is doing to support it.

Henry: The Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act does about six different things. The one that we would like to focus on the most at Americans for Prosperity is the first amendment. The one that will take the property tax rate that was increased by 34 percent over the last year.

We could roll that back to 2019 rates and set a cap at no more than a three percent increase per year without a voter referendum. Obviously, it makes it a little bit easier.

Leahy: Subsequently. Subsequently, in other words. So what it does is if you vote yes on that referendum, and I think you’re right. Just to focus on that one key thing, which is the rollback of property taxes.

What that means is to roll back the property taxes in the next session. And if the City Council wants to increase property taxes by more than three percent, they can’t do it without a referendum and approval of the people. Wow! That’s pretty good.

Henry: And it obviously does a couple of other things there that are important. But we are starting our grassroots campaign right now.

Leahy: Now, tell me about that. Tell me when does early voting begins because I’m looking at the clock. Tick tock, tick tock goes to clock in the calendar. Today is June 17.

Henry: That’s right.

Leahy: And when does early voting begin?

Henry: Early voting starts on July seventh and will go to July 22. And the vote itself election days on July 27.

Leahy: So early voting begins seven days plus 13. 20 days from today.

Henry: Yeah, that’s right. It’s right around the corner. And Grassrootsnashville.com is the place that we’re directing everyone to go to find more information. Not just about the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act, but also about ways to get involved.

Grassrootsnashville.com has some information on the background of what happened in the last couple of years. The three-point six billion dollars worth of debt that the city of Nashville is in. The terrible spending problems and the inherent nature of Nashville alone that got us here.

It also has a site, a clickable link there on the calendar section to go and sign up for door knocking or phone banking and help get this word out. We just started doorknocking last night.

Leahy: You did? So set the stage for us. Were you there door-knocking?

Henry: Oh, yeah. Myself and six other folks.

Leahy: You’re kidding me?

Henry: A great family called the Smith family, and Daniel Adams was with Phil Smith, Jonah Smith, Tiffany, some great folks up there.

Leahy: Okay, so just are you, like, wearing a T-shirt? What are you wearing?

Henry: I’ll post pictures about this today.

Leahy: Why didn’t you bring your t-shirt in?

Henry: I have some in the car.

Leahy: During the break, you got to go down and get them. What does the T-shirt say?

Henry: The T-shirt is lime green and yellow, just like the door hangers that we’re putting on there. It’s got a big liberty banner on the back, the little AFP logo in the top left-hand corner. So you’ll see us marching around.

Leahy: Does it say vote yes or on the referendum to turn back. Does it say anything?

Henry: The shirts do not. the shirts just say liberty.

Leahy: Just liberty.

Henry: That’s right.

Leahy: If you see somebody in a lime green and yellow T-shirt, open up the door because they have an important message for you. What time did you start? Because, you know, I’m a big fan of door-to-door canvassing because we did the Beat Lamar program back in 2013-2014.

Didn’t beat him, but got pretty close. Real close. So tell us, when did you start? What neighborhood did you go to? How did people react?

Henry: We had just a quick doorknocking session last night just to get it rolling off the ground just to get some people acclimated to door knocking that hadn’t done it before. We started right around 6:30 p.m. and went to about eight or 8:30 p.m. or so.

We had a fantastic reaction in the Hermitage area. And that’s what we’ll be knocking this weekend as well on Friday.

Leahy: Hermitage?

Henry: That’s right. All-day Friday and all day Saturday. If you go to grassrootsnashville.com, you can sign up to come to meet us out there.

Leahy: Now, when you approach a door, is it, one person or two people?

Henry: We need to go in pairs.

Leahy: Smart. This is somebody who knows what he’s doing. You always go in pairs.

Henry: Just for safety reasons and double-checking.

Leahy: So here you go. Knock, knock, knock. Who did you knock? Who’s part of your team? You are a two-person team.

Henry: Last night, we were pairing off male-female, if we could. It just tends to work better at the doors and especially in that area. But obviously, go up to door, let them know you’re with Americans for Prosperity.

Leahy: So knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock. Describe one of your memorable door knock interactions.

Henry: Last time we knocked in, this guy’s door came to the door. I gave him a quick spiel and that I’m Grant Henry from Americans for Prosperity here to talk to you about the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act.

And are you supportive of Mayor Cooper’s exorbitant 34 percent property tax increase over the last year? And he said, no! Absolutely not! He signed that petition. He’s like, honey, come here! (Laughter)

We talked for 10-15 minutes at this guy’s door. He’s supportive. He’s signing on. He knows about the vote. We mark him down in our little I-360. And we say hey, he’s voting for it.

Leahy: Grassroots activism at its best.

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American’s for Prosperity-Tennessee Grant Henry Calls on Conservatives to Come Out and Voluneteer at Grassrootsnashville.com

American’s for Prosperity-Tennessee Grant Henry Calls on Conservatives to Come Out and Voluneteer at Grassrootsnashville.com

 

Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Grassroots Director of American’s for Prosperity-Tennessee Grant Henry to the newsmakers line to outline their efforts urge people to volunteer to get out the word for the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act referendum on the July 27 ballot.

Leahy: Joined now on our newsmaker line by our good friend, the grassroots director for Americans for Prosperity of Tennessee, Grant Henry. Good morning, Grant. Good morning, sir.

Henry: Thank you for the opportunity again to be on.

Leahy: Well, great. And thanks for coming in studio last week while I was goofing off down on the beaches of Florida.

Henry: (Chuckles) You don’t tell people how nice that studio is down there, too. It was a fantastic opportunity. I had an incredible time. And if you ever want me to come back, you don’t have to twist my arm. I promise.

Leahy: We’re going to have you in studio. So you liked the palacious studio here?

Henry: Yeah, it was great. It was an awesome time. Really, really nice place. But you’re a radio guy, aren’t you?

Henry: I was back in the day. In a former life. That’s correct. Yes.

Leahy: In a former life. Did you have your own program up there in Knoxville?

Henry: Yeah. I actually was entitled Real News back in the day. It was a playoff Trump’s fake news type thing. (Leahy laughs)

Leahy: We try to cover news in a real way here. So you were the groundbreaker. We’re just following your lead, Grant.

Henry: Oh, sure. Yes, sir. (Laughter)

Leahy: Grant, now tell me it like we want to talk about the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act. It looks like it’ll be a referendum on the ballot of July 27 of this year. Now, the lefties are trying to do everything possible to stop it.

Jim Roberts, the lawyer who put this together, will be with us at 7:15. He’ll give us an update on the legal side of things. I think it’s looking good for the home team there, by the way. So I think that it will be on the ballot.

But tell us what it is that you plan to do at  Americans for Prosperity to gather support for those who want to turn back or roll back the property taxes that Mayor Cooper put in here and want to vote in favor of that roll back on this July 27 referendum in Davidson County? What are you doing at American’s for Prosperity?

Henry: Michael, again, thank you so much for the opportunity to talk about this and specifically talk about what the ground game and the opportunities are. Let me start by saying Grassrootsnashville.com is going to be the best way to sign up for some of these opportunities and see what’s coming forward.

Obviously, Americans for Prosperity are known as the ground game type people. We’re going to be making phone calls for the next couple of months here, doing several different phone banks, reach out, get in touch with me, go to that website, sign up for an opportunity to do that.

We’re also going to be doorknocking, which is a major, major way to meet people where they’re at, create an organic community buzz and a groundswell that is irrefutable. We’ll be starting doorknocking next weekend and going pretty much every weekend for June and July other than that July fourth weekend.

And right now since the last time, we did this when we gathered those 27,000 signatures, meeting people where they’re at at the doors is the best way, not just to get the word out about this referendum, but I’m telling people also, it’s the best way to send a signal across the bow to Metro government that, listen, Conservatives are here.

We are a loud major voice in the area. They’re structural, systemic change that needs to happen right now. We will not be refused. To make your voice heard come in these doors, tell these people to their face as well.

Leahy: The website is grassrootsnashville.com and that sends you to an AFP-related site. You can sign up there. There’s an action center. And if you want to help out financially, there’s a donate button. I am a big fan of Get out the Vote door to door Canvasing.

As you may recall, back into 2013, I set up a little conservative political action committee called Beat Lamar. And you may recall, we had a very aggressive door-to-door campaign and ended up endorsing a candidate to challenge Lamar Alexander named Joe Carr.

And in the primary of August of 2014, largely because of that very aggressive door-to-door campaign, Joe Carr became very close to defeating Lamar Alexander 49 to 40. And it turned out in Middle Tennessee, where the grassroots activists were most engaged, we had probably about 90 kids at any time over a three-month period knocking on doors.

It’s very effective. I am excited to see what’s going to happen because, with COVID-19, grassroots door-to-door campaigning stopped. This looks like this may be the first major effort in the country where conservatives are back doing door-to-door canvassing.

Henry: And the door-to-door canvassing is part of it. We will also be doing mailers. We’re doing massive media breaks and a social media campaign as well. Another thing I’d like to give people a heads up on or at least get their help on is look, if you have a story to tell, okay, anecdotes pull heartstrings.

We understand that. We understand that. If you have a story to tell as to how this referendum will affect you, how it will make your life better, I will give you room to breathe maybe you came in as some of my favorite people around here now call themselves California refugees.

If you fled another state because of terrible spending and you don’t want to repeat the same mistakes here, tell me these stories. I’ll give up my number on air. If people want it, it’s 615-330-4569. That’s 615-330-4569.

Give me a personal phone call. I will put those stories on camera. We will spread it around or at grassrootsnashville.com. And I’m telling you, our city, Nashville, will continue to dig itself into a deeper hole and raise taxes unless voters can decide whether some guard rails are needed to curb Nashville’s spending addiction that puts us in the current crisis we are at right now.

We at American Prosperity look forward to getting out in this community and letting people know that they can play a role in getting Nashville’s priorities in order and help them help our city prosper for years to come.

And Michael, let me tell you, some of these situations are just inherent to Nashville alone. Nashville has nearly twice as many employees per 1,000 residents as the more populous cities of Louisville, Indianapolis, and Jacksonville.

That’s according to an analysis from The Beacon Center done just a few years ago. Some of these situations where there is a spending problem being that we’re 3.6 billion dollars. Billion with a b. 3.6 billion dollars in debt. Some of those situations are inherent to just to Nashville. We got a very interesting situation going on here.

Leahy: If you do not want to California Nashville, you should go to grassrootsnashville.com. It is June the 11th and this is like six weeks before the referendum, but there will be early voting as well, won’t there?

Henry: That’s right. Early voting starts on July seventh, and early voting will go to July 22. Election Day itself will be on July 27. And again, as I said before, we’ll be knocking every Friday and Saturday.

Other than that July fourth weekend. We’ll be setting up call banks all over town. And one more thing here, too. Well, I am not an out-of-the-box thinking kind of guy, okay? I think very analytically.

If it’s done well, one way, I’ll do it that way again, if you are an out-of-the-box thinking kind of person, give me a call also. Reach out and sign up on Grassrootsnashville.com I’m open to any and all types of changes here.

Whoever is running this other campaign here, Michael. And I’m not pretending to speculate that I know all the players on the other side. I do know they’re spending hundreds of thousands of dollars already. Already! We’re just now starting the TV ads.

Leahy: And the TV ads are so misrepresentative of what this referendum would do if it passed. If you want to lie, just join the campaign against this referendum. That’s what they’re doing, in my view.

Henry: Yes. And all we’re asking for, really, is to hold Mayor Cooper accountable for what he said during his own campaign. Let me read you a quote real quick, what Mayor Cooper said while he was campaigning.

A properly managed city should be able to thrive on a four-point five percent revenue increase. Metro needs a return to fiscal stewardship.’ I don’t feel good about asking taxpayers to pay more in taxes when we are not properly managing the money we already have.

That was Mayor Cooper while he was running for this position. And since 2015, The Beacon Center has identified more than $300 million in Metro Nashville waste, fraud, and abuse in their yearly pork reports.

Again, it’s a spending problem with Nashville. We’re reaching out and saying, Listen, Mayor Cooper, Metro Council, Cooper ran on a ticket of being fiscally responsible. Now is the time to finally have your voice heard. Come out, knock on doors with us. And it’s a blast out there, too.

Leahy: Grant Henry, with Americans for Prosperity Tenant for Tennessee. Thanks so much. One thing I think we conclude about this is, apparently Mayor Cooper does not feel good about what he’s done as Mayor based on that statement? David Grant Henry, thanks so much for joining us this morning. Come back again if you would, please.

Henry: Thank you, sir.

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