Politics

After five months of planning, organizers of Up the Vote 901 are gearing up for what they’re expecting to be an eventful display of democracy at the upcoming People’s Convention. So far, 18 candidates in the upcoming October 3 election, including two mayoral contenders, have confirmed attendance, according to the...
Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) and his district staff will hold a “Congress On Your Corner” event on Friday (May 31) to help constituents with issues involving federal agencies, benefits, grants and other programs. "We can help with issues involving Social Security and Medicare, Veterans benefits, housing, federal grants and more,"...
After months of controversy, Michael Harris will remain the chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party. The decision was made during a closed meeting held by the party’s executive committee at Solid Rock Christian Church on Tuesday evening. Harris retained the chairman’s post with an 18-9 vote by the committee....
Issues related to school vouchers, a new law some consider “voter suppression” and the federal government’s “real ID” statute dominated the agenda during the first Town Hall meeting that London Lamar hosted as the first-term state representative for District 91 on Tuesday. With Democrats in the minority and Republican Party...
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By MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Lori Lightfoot told aldermen and other city powerbrokers assembled at her inauguration Monday as Chicago's first black woman mayor that she meant what she said on the campaign trial about top-to-bottom reforms in the nation's third largest city. "For years, they've said Chicago...
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By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren was the last of eight presidential candidates to take the stage at Texas Southern University last month when she was pressed for a solution to black women dying during childbirth at far higher rates than white women. The Massachusetts...
By CHRISTINA L. MYERS, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — During the last week of this year's legislative session in South Carolina, eight of the state's nine African American women serving in the House gathered to record a historic moment. This is the first time in the state's history that nine...
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By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Two national organizations pushing for federal legislation on reparations for descendants of African American slaves are bringing their agendas and messages to Detroit. The Detroit-based Reparations Labor Union has scheduled a summit in June, which later the same week will be followed by...
By MATT SEDENSKY AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Speaking from the Senate floor for the first time, Kamala Harris expressed gratitude for a woman on whose shoulders she said she stood. In her autobiography, Harris interspersed the well-worn details of her resume with an extended ode to the...
The Shelby County Democratic Party has called a special meeting to determine the fate of its recently elected chairman. The decision was made Thursday during the executive committee’s first meeting since Michael Harris was elected chairman in April. Party member Sanjeev Memula motioned for a meeting in 20 days to reconsider...