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At 92, retired Capt. Jerry Williams of the Memphis Police Department most likely will drive to his local precinct to vote in the Oct. 3 Municipal Election. And if by some chance he can’t continue his personal tradition, he’ll hitch a ride. Voting is that big of a deal to...
 A federal judge has blocked Tennessee’s new restrictions for registering voters from taking effect on Oct. 1 while a challenge of the law proceeds. Judge Aleta Trauger wrote Thursday that there’s no basis in the record to conclude the law will provide much benefit to Tennesseans, and less reason to...
We live in a democratic republic, where the individual essentially is the government. Those who do not understand that – and participate at that level – will not get what they need out of the government. Throughout Memphis, forums and various forms of voter engagement events and activities are underway...
Corey Strong took the helm of a frayed, embattled Shelby County Democratic Party on August 5, 2017. On Friday, he announced a run for Congress, touting his leadership as a major component for crafting the local party’s turn-around. The former Shelby County Democratic Party chairman has decided to challenge incumbent...
Mayoral contender Dr. Willie W. Herenton on Thursday picked up the endorsement of IBEW Local 1288, which also announced its support for a slate of other candidates running for city council, county clerk and municipal judge seats in the October 3 Municipal Elections. IBEW Local 1288 is the union that...
For Corey Strong, now is the time voters to choose someone other than incumbent Steve Cohen to represent the Ninth Congressional District. On Friday, the former Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Corey Strong officially announced his candidacy at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis. "There are two major qualifications...
Early voting for the Oct. 3 Municipal Elections begins Sept. 13, with Sept. 3 the last day to register to get in on the ballot cycle. Last week, The Shelby County Election confirmed the contenders qualified to run. Eleven candidates are vying for mayor, with 53 looking to fill the...
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NOTE: PRESIDENTIAL FORUM STARTS AT 2:17:00 IN THE ABOVE CLIP. Technically, the next official Democratic debate isn't until next week, stretched over two nights on CNN. And even then, it's unlikely that the field of 20 will spend a great deal of time speaking directly to the needs of...
The Memphis municipal elections are less than 90 days away and the pool of contenders vying for the city’s top spot is full. So far, 15 candidates have pulled petitions for mayor, including incumbent Jim Strickland, Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer and former Memphis Mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton. All...
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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...