Monday, May 16, 2022

Power + Politics

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By KIMBERLEE KRUESI and STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press KNOXVILLE — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn repeatedly attempted to tie her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen to national Democrats in their second and final debate on Wednesday, while the former Tennessee governor deflected the attacks by once again promising to improve bipartisanship in...
At 17, Caitlin Brinson isn’t yet old enough to vote, but she’s working hard to get other Memphis residents to the polls in November. The Cordova High School school senior is active in a new youth initiative called Engage Memphis, which aims to increase voter turnout and to educate young...
The political action committee for Tennessee’s largest teachers organization on Tuesday endorsed Democrat Karl Dean for governor over his Republican opponent, Bill Lee. The Tennessee Education Association PAC cited Dean’s record on school funding and his opposition to vouchers that use taxpayer money to pay for tuition to private...
BuzzFeed News and Maru/Blue decided to poll 1,006 millennials between 22 and 37 years old about which side of the political aisle they prefer and the results may surprise you. What they discovered showed deep gender divides among young women and men when it comes to the types of...
By now, no one should be surprised that Kanye West is a fan of President Donald Trump. It’s been months since he first posted a selfie wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap, so the surprise should be gone. And yet, there we were again Monday morning, talking about West...
Having covered President Donald Trump's campaign rally at the Landers Center on Tuesday, I came away thinking of hockey: It's one thing to watch it on TV, and an entirely different thing to be in the building. Speaking to a capacity, standing-room-only crowd of about 11,000, Trump played his "hits"...
Former first lady Michelle Obama told a crowd of young voters to “take their power back” if they want to change the current political climate, and “actually do something about it.” During a voter registration rally Friday at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., that also included former...
Bill Lee, the Republican candidate for governor of Tennessee, met in Memphis on Monday with Thomas Burrell, founder and president of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association (BFAA), and Bishop David A. Hall Sr., the group's ecumenical support advisor. The 45-minute meeting at BFAA’S corporate headquarters at 287 Madison Ave. provided...
The Memphis City Council positions set to become vacant as a result of the Aug. 2 election will not be filled by a special election in November. Instead, interim members will be selected by the council, according to Shelby County Election Commission officials. The August election, where a wide range...
Shelby County Mayor-Elect Lee Harris ran on a platform of shaking things up in Shelby County government as a way of solving age-old problems such as segregation, poverty and lagging educational opportunities for children. With his inauguration pending, we thought this July 13 Q & A with The New Tri-State...