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by Jeffrey Boney, NNPA Newswire …It is fascinating the way some political candidates scurry around during election season trying to solicit the black vote so that they can get elected to a certain office or retain their current seat. It’s an art. Many of these campaign operatives and elected officials...
Both state Sen. Lee Harris and Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir agree that education, especially early childhood education, should be a main focus for the next mayor of Shelby County if there is going to be a brighter future here. Harris, a Democrat, and Lenoir, a Republican, on Wednesday agreed...
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is praising the U.S. Department of Transportation's decision to grant $71 million to Memphis, Tennessee, for repairs to an important commercial road. Cohen said the Infrastructure For Rebuilding America grant will go toward improvements to the Lamar Avenue intermodal freight corridor. Lamar Avenue cuts through Memphis...
Chancellor Walter Evans on Thursday ruled that M. LaTroy Alexandria-Williams can be placed on the primary ballot in the Ninth District Congressional race against U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, according to Norma Lester, the senior Democrat on the Shelby County Election Commission. Alexandria-Williams obtained an injunction in April after he was notified that...
By KEN THOMAS and DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Diving into the midterm elections, President Donald Trump is seeking to build a stable of Republicans who will help promote his agenda and serve as a check on Democrats aiming to win majorities in Congress. Trump is traveling to Nashville, Tennessee,...
Save IRV Memphis, a grassroots coalition opposed to repealing the instant runoff voting (IRV) provision, made a public display of that opposition on Tuesday at the IBEW 474 Hall. Save IRV Memphis Spokesperson Theryn C. Bond said this is not an issue that is split by party affiliations. “This is a...
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U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during an event to recognize emerging global entrepreneurs May 11, 2015 at the South Court Auditorium of Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC. Entrepreneurs from across the U.S. and around the world participated, ahead of President Obamas travel to the...
by Melvin Jones, Special to The New Tri-State Defender The demand that African-Americans work for free (slavery) expired in 1865. But that hasn’t stopped some white business leaders from consistently and collectively denying African-Americans opportunities to increase their wealth. These efforts were usually organized or supported by the Greater Memphis Chamber of...
State Sen. Lee Harris will face Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir in the race for Shelby County mayor this August, according to Wednesday’s complete but unofficial election results. Linda Phillips, administrator of elections, said a total of about 75,000 Shelby County residents cast their votes in this year’s primary election....
We're tracking election results as they come in for the May 1 primaries for Shelby County. Here are the final vote counts for all races. https://electioncommission.shelbycountytn.gov/ElectionResults/ And look for extended coverage in the May 3 issue of The New Tri-State Defender, on newsstands tomorrow!
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