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“I’m censured? What does that mean? Do you know what that means? Have I lost my right to speak? Do I have to stay in my room? I can’t come out without permission? I’m censured. This is the first I have heard of it, and I don’t know what...
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By ANDREW MELDRUM, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Without ever mentioning President Donald Trump by name, former U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday took aim at "strongman politics" in his highest-profile speech since leaving office, urging people around the world to respect human rights and other values now under threat in...
The Shelby County Democratic Party and Myron Lowery have asked Chancellor JoeDae L. Jenkins to hold the Shelby County Election Commission and Executive Director Linda Phillips in contempt for opening one of its early-voting polling places 40 minutes late on Saturday, according to a petition filed Monday. Mississippi Boulevard Christian...
State Sen. Lee Harris wants to shake things up in Shelby County government as a way of solving age-old problems such as segregation, poverty and lagging educational opportunities for children. In a recent visit to The New Tri-State Defender, Harris said there are many residents tired of the status...
  Democrat Floyd Bonner Jr. and Republican Dale Lane emerged victorious in the May primaries for Shelby County Sheriff. Bonner, chief deputy of the Sheriff’s office, boasts the endorsement of out-going Sheriff Bill Oldham, a Republican who is term limited. Lane, director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness, has been endorsed...
by Dr. Sharon Griffin (as told to Lee Eric Smith) (The following is based on a lightly edited transcript of an exclusive interview with Dr. Sharon Griffin, the superintendent of the Tennessee Achievement School District. Griffin recounts how going to vote wasn’t just a civic duty but a family responsibility....
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by Michelle Wilson Bradley, Special to The New Tri-State Defender First it was on, then it was off and then it was back on again after a controversial move to change moderators. That was the backdrop as State Sen. Lee Harris and Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir met for a...
by Rev. Earle J. Fisher The May 1, 2018 Shelby County Primary Election produced a five percent increase (19k) overall and a seven percent increase (15k) in early voter turnout from 2014. The Shelby County Election Commission’s response to this increase has been to shut down early voting locations for...
Now hear this: Early voting starts on Friday (July 13) and five sites will be open. Then on Tuesday (July 17), all 27 early voting locations will be open to cast ballots for the Aug. 2 election. The fact that all early voting sites will be open on Tuesday reflects Chancellor...
Another layer was added on Monday to the early voting mess that is spilling onto the Aug. 2. Elections. Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins Monday evening ruled in favor of the Memphis Branch NAACP and the Shelby County Democratic Party. Each group filed a lawsuit challenging the Shelby County Election Commission’s plan...