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Council readies steps to repeal ranked-choice voting

Memphis City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to add a referendum to the next ballot in hopes of repealing instant runoff voting. “I’m proud of my council members,” Councilman Edmund Ford Jr. said. Ford has been nothing short of vocal about repealing instant runoff voting,...

Atlanta Hasn’t Had a White Mayor Since 1974, and Tuesday’s Mayoral Race is So Close That It’s Headed for a Recount

On Wednesday morning the race for Atlanta’s may was still too close to call, but that didn’t stop candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms from claiming victory. “I am just in awe of what God is able to do,” she told cheering supporters early Wednesday at an...

Conyers retires from Congress amid harassment allegations

By COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Besieged by allegations of sexual harassment, Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday, bringing an abrupt end to the Detroit liberal's nearly 52-year career in the House. The 88-year-old civil rights leader becomes the highest-ranking figure on...

Will pre-K put the city of Memphis back in the education business?

For the first time since the city of Memphis ceased funding schools after the historic merger of city and county districts, it’s looking into getting back into public education — by putting dollars into pre-K classrooms. Several members of the City Council say they will...

Atlanta mayoral runoff a test of race, gender and grudges

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By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP Race & Ethnicity Writer The process of choosing Atlanta's next mayor has come down to two candidates, one black, one white, after a campaign that laid plain the city's sore spots of race, gender and political grudges. Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary...

CBC Members Met with FBI Director Christopher Wray about the FBI’s Controversial “Black Identity Extremists” Report. This Is What They Learned.

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) FBI Director Christopher A. Wray failed to explain why the agency he leads changed the name of a domestic terrorism designation from “Black Separatist Extremists” to “Black Identity Extremist,” during a recent meeting with a group of Congressional...

Rep. James Clyburn joins growing chorus for Conyers to step down

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images and Mark Wilson/Getty Images)On Thursday, James Clyburn added his voice to the many people who have called for Rep. John Conyers Jr. to step down amid accusations of sexual harassment.Clyburn, the assistant Democratic leader, is part of the Congressional Black...

Memphis NAACP changes course, says ‘not right now’ to instant runoff voting

Back in 2008, the Memphis chapter of the NAACP got behind instant runoff voting for city elections. As America was on the brink of electing its first African-American president with the largest voter turnout in U.S. history, the idea was to capture the will...

I AM MEMPHIS?

By The Rev. Earle J. Fisher, Special to TSDMemphis.com Jesus was a poor black peasant preacher. Jesus led a religious and political revolution against Rome. Jesus’s revolutionary behavior and public proclamations got him executed – or what we’ve come to call “crucified” – by the...

Proposed ordinance would tighten rules for parades, demonstrations

A proposed ordinance introduced by Memphis City Council member Reid Hedgepeth could put tough restrictions on the way public assemblies are held in Memphis. On Tuesday, members of the Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens held a press conference outside City Hall where those against the...