Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Power + Politics

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Hi folks, live blogging the Shelby County Elections as well as the Tennessee primaries. 11 p.m.: This will wrap up my live blogging for the night. A few more key victories to note: Tami Sawyer defeated David Goff in a landslide to win the District 7 Shelby County Commission race. Raumesh Akbari defeated...
As the Aug. 2 Election Day dawned, a whopping number already had been posted – 86,002. That, according to Shelby County Election Commission officials, is how many voters opted to cast ballots during the early-voting period. The tally of early voters surpassed the May Primary Election total by 45,667. For...
Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and state Rep. Craig Fitzhugh agree that Memphis get’s the short end of the stick when it comes to state government power in Nashville. Both men pledge to change that, if elected governor. With the Aug. 2 Primary election as the backdrop, Dean and Fitzhugh pitched...
The Shelby County Democratic Party will host a Democratic Gubernatorial Town Hall at 6 p.m. Friday at the Fairley High School Auditorium, located at 4950 Fairley Road in Memphis. The event features the Democratic primary candidates for governor, Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh, and will be moderated by Tajuan Scott...
With 20-plus years working in the Shelby County Clerk’s office, Donna Creson now wants to run the place. On Wednesday, Creson shared that she chose to retire out of the Clerk’s office when confronted with the choice of retirement or termination. The Republican Party’s nominee on the Aug. 2 ballot,...
“I’m censured? What does that mean? Do you know what that means? Have I lost my right to speak? Do I have to stay in my room? I can’t come out without permission? I’m censured. This is the first I have heard of it, and I don’t know what...
Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir wants a great public school system, a tightly run budget that will give voters more bang for the buck and to attract more industry to Greater Memphis. He also wants to help the poor, attack crime and protect youth from entering the prison pipeline....
  Democrat Floyd Bonner Jr. and Republican Dale Lane emerged victorious in the May primaries for Shelby County Sheriff. Bonner, chief deputy of the Sheriff’s office, boasts the endorsement of out-going Sheriff Bill Oldham, a Republican who is term limited. Lane, director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness, has been endorsed...
by Dr. Sharon Griffin (as told to Lee Eric Smith) (The following is based on a lightly edited transcript of an exclusive interview with Dr. Sharon Griffin, the superintendent of the Tennessee Achievement School District. Griffin recounts how going to vote wasn’t just a civic duty but a family responsibility....
by Michelle Wilson Bradley, Special to The New Tri-State Defender First it was on, then it was off and then it was back on again after a controversial move to change moderators. That was the backdrop as State Sen. Lee Harris and Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir met for a...