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by Erica R. Williams Special to The New Tri-State Defender It’s a controversial ballot that could disqualify some voters, especially those of low socio-economic status. This is the claim asserted by a trio of elected leaders who urged voters to take a closer look at the November 6 ballot.  “Let’s not go...
by Erika Sugarmon Special to The New Tri-State Defender A homeowner sells you his house, remarking on its high ceilings, lovely sun porch, and Southern exposure, all true. He fails to tell you there are termites, which you find out to your dismay after closing. We’d call that fraud by omission.  You can...
The Fourteenth Amendment establishes citizenship and lays out what it means to be a U.S. citizen. But it doesn’t explain how citizens can use their voices to actively participate in government. That’s what CitizenFEST Memphis is for. The Fourth Bluff and Citizen University are partnering to host CitizenFEST Memphis, a learning...
At 17, Caitlin Brinson isn’t yet old enough to vote, but she’s working hard to get other Memphis residents to the polls in November. The Cordova High School school senior is active in a new youth initiative called Engage Memphis, which aims to increase voter turnout and to educate young...
By now, no one should be surprised that Kanye West is a fan of President Donald Trump. It’s been months since he first posted a selfie wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap, so the surprise should be gone. And yet, there we were again Monday morning, talking about West...
So while I was covering the "Make America Great Again" rally in Southaven Tuesday night, Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer was a couple of hours further south in Greenville, campaigning for Democratic Senatorial candidate Mike Espy. And whle driving that lonely stretch of U.S. 61, she listened to Trump's remarks. What...
The candidates for governor differ on whether the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation should probe all police-involved shootings as has been advocated after last month’s shooting of Martavious Banks by a Memphis Police Department officer. Democratic Party nominee Karl Dean and Republican Party standard-bearer Bill Lee faced off in a televised...
Having covered President Donald Trump's campaign rally at the Landers Center on Tuesday, I came away thinking of hockey: It's one thing to watch it on TV, and an entirely different thing to be in the building. Speaking to a capacity, standing-room-only crowd of about 11,000, Trump played his "hits"...
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Former first lady Michelle Obama told a crowd of young voters to “take their power back” if they want to change the current political climate, and “actually do something about it.” During a voter registration rally Friday at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., that also included former...
Phil Bredesen has opened 24 Tennessee Victory community organizing offices across the state to provide a way for people to pick up yard signs and sign up to volunteer for his campaign for the U.S. senate. Offices have been opened in Whitehaven, Midtown, Bartlett and Germantown, as well as six...