House Democratic Caucus Chairman to Step Down

State Rep. Mike Turner says he plans to step down as House Democratic Caucus chairman after five years due to sharp differences with the direction of Tennessee Democratic Party leaders, the Tennessean reports. Turner, who made his intentions known at a state party executive committee meeting Saturday, called the party’s chairman, Roy Herron, “a friend for a long time” but suggested the two have vastly different visions. “This is not anything personal against him, but my approach to what the party needs and where it needs to go is way different than his,” Turner said today. “I want a more progressive and aggressive party that more reflects probably the national trend and where Democrats are having some success in other areas.”