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By KIMBERLEE KRUESI Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican Tennessee House speaker's chief of staff resigned Monday amid allegations that he sent sexually explicit and racist text messages, and after admitting he used cocaine inside a legislative office building when he held a previous job. Cade Cothren stepped down...
by Raynard Jackson, NNPA Columnist As I always say, “Weak people take strong positions on weak issues.” Exhibit A for this is the recently released Mueller report. Democrats have lost their damned minds over this report. They didn’t get the result they wanted, an indictment of President Trump, so they figured if...
Pamela Moses chose Good Friday to kick off her surprise mayoral run. Despite the unseasonably cold drizzle and dipping temperatures, the afternoon launch event, originally scheduled as an open-air, live music event in Handy Park on Beale Street, the campaign kickoff was held inside Club Handy. Friends and supporters offered an...
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By JUANA SUMMERS Associated Press ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris has described her experience as a student at a historically black college as "one of the most important aspects" of her life. Now, her Democratic presidential campaign is using that experience to connect with voters. Not only is...
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia An estimated 62 million Millennials – adults ages 20 to 35 in 2016 – were voting-age U.S. citizens in the nation’s electorate in 2016. Millennials comprised 27 percent of the voting-eligible population, just below Baby Boomers – ages 52 to 70 – who made...
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Chair of the Elections Subcommittee of the Committee on House Administration, will hold listening sessions to hear from citizens about their recent voter registration and voting experiences. It is anticipated that any evidence of voter suppression or voter intimidation heard...
Local organizers are calling a new bill moving through the Tennessee General Assembly a direct attack on minority voters. “It’s preposterous and intended to disenfranchise minorities from voting,” said Ian Randolph, a local organizer who also serves as a committee member for the Shelby County Democratic Party. “It could definitely...
By JONATHAN MATTISE Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee could penalize some paid voter registration groups with fines for too many faulty signups and criminal charges for violating new requirements under a proposal passed by the House on Monday. The vote bucked some voting rights groups, who have voiced fear...
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — African American residents who sued Mississippi say they are accepting legislators' plan to redraw two state Senate districts in a way that could increase black representation at the state Capitol. A lawsuit filed by black plaintiffs last year challenges a Senate...
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By ELANA SCHOR Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates on Friday touted their plans on criminal justice reform, the study of reparations and other racial equality issues, highlighting the critical role black voters will play in choosing the party's 2020 nominee. Speaking at the National Action Network's conference...