Politics

by Carlos Ochoa Legal documents show that Memphis City Council attorney Allan Wade is actively working to impede the implementation of ranked choice voting (RCV), an issue which has been decided by Memphis voters in both 2008 and 2018. Wade argues in legal documents that RCV cannot be implemented in Memphis...
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By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor “These are the vestiges of enslavement that people don’t want to deal with,” said Dr. Julianne Malveaux, the former President of Bennett College. Malveaux testified at a House hearing on legislation that would set up a commission to study reparations for the ancestors of...
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By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The debate over reparations catapulted from the campaign trail to Congress on Wednesday as lawmakers heard impassioned testimony for and against the idea of providing compensation for America's history of slavery and racial discrimination. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, the sponsor...
  Headlines coming out of “The People’s Convention” were all about Tami Sawyer, the activist-turned-county commissioner now seeking to become the next mayor of Memphis. Sawyer and seven other candidates in multiple races won the title of “The People’s Candidate” in the grassroots nonpartisan political event held June 8 at...
Note: TSD's Lee Eric Smith was on special assignment for both The New Tri-State Defender and MLK50: Justice Through Journalism. A different version of this story can be found at MLK50.com. In the run-up to The People’s Convention, there were rumblings that the event would be a glorified pep rally...
Putting the power back into the hands of the people. That’s always been the primary goal of the People’s Convention, according to the organizers who spent Thursday finalizing the details of one of the city’s most anticipated political gatherings. More than 1,000 people are expected to assemble at the Paradise...
After five months of planning, organizers of Up the Vote 901 are gearing up for what they’re expecting to be an eventful display of democracy at the upcoming People’s Convention. So far, 18 candidates in the upcoming October 3 election, including two mayoral contenders, have confirmed attendance, according to the...
Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) and his district staff will hold a “Congress On Your Corner” event on Friday (May 31) to help constituents with issues involving federal agencies, benefits, grants and other programs. "We can help with issues involving Social Security and Medicare, Veterans benefits, housing, federal grants and more,"...
After months of controversy, Michael Harris will remain the chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party. The decision was made during a closed meeting held by the party’s executive committee at Solid Rock Christian Church on Tuesday evening. Harris retained the chairman’s post with an 18-9 vote by the committee....
Issues related to school vouchers, a new law some consider “voter suppression” and the federal government’s “real ID” statute dominated the agenda during the first Town Hall meeting that London Lamar hosted as the first-term state representative for District 91 on Tuesday. With Democrats in the minority and Republican Party...