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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...
By KIMBERLEE KRUESI Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican Tennessee House speaker's chief of staff resigned Monday amid allegations that he sent sexually explicit and racist text messages, and after admitting he used cocaine inside a legislative office building when he held a previous job. Cade Cothren stepped down...
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By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Voter suppression and Russian interference are some of the greatest barriers to minority voting in 2020, the National Urban League said Monday. This year's State of Black America report focuses on voting rights, and National Urban League President and CEO Marc H....
The survey results are in and nearly 2,000 Memphians have vocalized the issues that matter to them in the upcoming October 3 election. It’s a part of an online survey distributed by organizers of the People’s Convention, a non-partisan grassroots initiative that is seeking to galvanize residents around a group...
Pamela Moses chose Good Friday to kick off her surprise mayoral run. Despite the unseasonably cold drizzle and dipping temperatures, the afternoon launch event, originally scheduled as an open-air, live music event in Handy Park on Beale Street, the campaign kickoff was held inside Club Handy. Friends and supporters offered an...