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by JONATHAN MATTISE and KIMBERLEE KRUESI --  NASHVILLE — Tennessee lawmakers are set to tussle for months over how to change the state’s criminal justice and education systems, whether they should legalize sports betting or medical marijuana, and how much they’re willing to wade into hot-button topics like guns, abortion,...
by Lauren Victoria Burke --  Though much of the 2020 Election attention this week went to former Starbucks Coffee executive Howard Schultz, the end of the week held a surprise entry: Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey. It was widely expected that Sen. Booker would run, the former mayor of Newark...
“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...
by Che Watkins -- Full disclosure: I only listen to National Public Radio and old school radio. Anything new on the radio and I probably won’t find out about for at least six to eight months.  My friends can verify this. We can be out and a hear a song and they’ll say, “Wow, that is the jam!...
Sitting calmly on the set of ABC’s Good Morning America with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, Senator Kamala Harris announced she is running for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States this Monday. There was an audible cheer from someone behind the cameras the moment Harris said the...
A day after he officially rolled out word that he is seeking a second term, Mayor Jim Strickland fielded questions from The New Tri-State Defender, blending into his answers the basic tenet of his re-election pitch – to “keep the momentum going.” The first question directed to him was this:...
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...
The Super District 8 Position 2 seat vacated when Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove resigned to serve as Shelby County Juvenile Court Clerk now is represented by Cheyenne Johnson. During a session where filling three vacant seats was a major order of the day, Johnson, former Shelby County Assessor,...
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...