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As the incumbent talks about accelerating momentum, and a first-term Shelby County Commissioner rides an out-of-the-gate buzz about “we can’t wait,” former mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton is putting things in place to “do it again.” It’s been almost a year since Herenton, who has been elected Memphis mayor five...
There are a lot of reasons why you might not be able to make it to a Shelby County Commission meeting. Work. Family obligations. Classes. Church responsibilities. That’s why County Commission Chairman Van Turner Jr. is launching a brand new podcast called “The Chairman’s Perspective” on the Memphis-based Kudzukian Network. Co-hosted...
Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer has made the decision. She is running for mayor, taking a “social leadership stance.” The first-term District 7 representative will “expound on plans to drive progress and change and broaden impact for Memphis” during a press conference at Makeda’s Homemade Cookies, 488 S. 2nd St.,...
One asks for the chance to keep momentum going. Another asks for a chance to pick up where he left off years ago. And, still another, well, that sentence can’t quite be completed, yet. The election of the next Memphis mayor is still several months away. The buzz, however, is picking up...
Looking for something exciting to do this Friday and Saturday? How about a crash course in grassroots community organizing and politics? It’s available Friday and Saturday at the Tennessee Regional Black Millennial Convention’s “Black Millennials Unbossed & Unapologetic Summit” that kicks off with a Friday banquet from 7-10 p.m. at...
“You have to break through all of that sexism and racism. You have to really confront that all of the time.” By Christina Cauteruci There’s a crew of new women in Congress who’ve become fast friends since the election. Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have become...
PODCAST GALLERY: "Where Do We Go From Here?" Inaugural Show: A conversation with Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer "...Activist is a dirty word to a lot of people and it shouldn't be. ... I use that privilege and the power I have inside of me ... to push for change." Listen to...
by Edmund Ford Jr. Nationally, people have been making relevant noise about how dark money should not influence their elections. I believe in transparency and disclosure in government as well in campaigns. Unfortunately, this did not occur in our local November elections. In October 2018, there were four Memphians that filed...
A campaign finance report filed by a major backer of instant runoff voting has some decrying the election on the November ballot issue as “bought by outside interests.” Not so, say supporters of Save IRV, Inc., who counter that those voicing the claim are “looking for an excuse” for why...
The Memphis City Council, which has been entangled in a messy deadlock over filing the District 1 vacancy, has put off filling the seat and two others until Jan. 8. That decision came after wrangling over the District 1 vacancy seat prompted the council to take Rhonda Logan, Raleigh Community...