Politics

There is no question that the founders of our democracy did a great job crafting a constitution that anticipated most of the problems that they determined could occur. Crafting three co-equal branches of government was a stroke of genius that has served us well for most of our history. But...
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By BILL BARROW, ERRIN HAINES and KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Coming out of their debate in a key center of black America, the leading Democratic presidential contenders aimed for the party's crucial black and minority vote, with the scramble putting internal party tensions on display. From black protesters...
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By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and BILL BARROW, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats spent more time making the case for their ability to beat President Donald Trump than trying to defeat each other in their fifth debate. Civil in tone, mostly cautious in approach, the forum on Wednesday did little to reorder...
TSD Newsroom State Sen. Raumesh Akbari (District 29, Memphis) is one of 15 leaders from across the country selected to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of rising state and local elected officials. Members of the 165-plus-person network are working to enact pro-growth progressive solutions in...
Michalyn Easter-Thomas and Rhonda Logan – upset winners Thursday of the two Memphis City Council runoff elections – each attributed victory to a “power” surge. Easter-Thomas, an educator, beat out incumbent Berlin Boyd in a landslide victory for the District 7 seat. Raleigh community activist Rhonda Logan defeated Sherman Greer,...
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS and JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss.  — Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy announced Tuesday that he's running again for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith, setting up a 2020 rematch of a race that churned up the state's painful racist history. "I can and will do...
Just hours before the University of Memphis Tigers tipoff against their first nationally-ranked opponent The University of Oregon Ducks, new allies have emerged in the legal fight to preserve freshman star James Wiseman's NCAA eligibility — and they are in the Tennessee State Legislature. State Rep. Antonio Parkinson of Memphis...
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By Jay Connor, The Root Baltimore was dealt a devastating blow with the unexpected death of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings in October, and as the city that Donald Trump once belittled as “a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess” recovers from the loss of its longstanding congressman, a familiar face has...
NASHVILLE — Tennessee activist Justin Jones has filed to run against Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in the upcoming 2020 primary election. According to the Federal Election Commission, Jones filed to run for the Nashville congressional seat on Monday. Jones did not immediately return multiple requests for comment. The 24-year-old black activist...
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By JILL COLVIN, ERRIN HAINES and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press ATLANTA — During the 2016 campaign, candidate Donald Trump stood in front of largely white crowds and asked black voters to consider, "What the hell do you have to lose?" Four years later, the president has a new message for black...