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By JONATHAN MATTISE Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee could penalize some paid voter registration groups with fines for too many faulty signups and criminal charges for violating new requirements under a proposal passed by the House on Monday. The vote bucked some voting rights groups, who have voiced fear...
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — African American residents who sued Mississippi say they are accepting legislators' plan to redraw two state Senate districts in a way that could increase black representation at the state Capitol. A lawsuit filed by black plaintiffs last year challenges a Senate...
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By ELANA SCHOR Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates on Friday touted their plans on criminal justice reform, the study of reparations and other racial equality issues, highlighting the critical role black voters will play in choosing the party's 2020 nominee. Speaking at the National Action Network's conference...
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Senate on Tuesday adopted a plan to increase the black voting age population in one of its districts, bidding to satisfy a federal court order in a gerrymandering lawsuit. The plan goes to the House for further consideration. It...
On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris unveiled her intention to deliver the largest federal investment in teacher pay in the history of the United States. In declaring a crisis in teacher pay in America, she noted that public school teachers are paid 11 percent less than similar professionals with college...
By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press Gerrymandering is on trial as the U.S. Supreme Court and judges in a dozen states consider whether mapmakers — typically state lawmakers — have gone too far in manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts for their own advantage. The high court is to hear arguments...
As the incumbent talks about accelerating momentum, and a first-term Shelby County Commissioner rides an out-of-the-gate buzz about “we can’t wait,” former mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton is putting things in place to “do it again.” It’s been almost a year since Herenton, who has been elected Memphis mayor five...
There are a lot of reasons why you might not be able to make it to a Shelby County Commission meeting. Work. Family obligations. Classes. Church responsibilities. That’s why County Commission Chairman Van Turner Jr. is launching a brand new podcast called “The Chairman’s Perspective” on the Memphis-based Kudzukian Network. Co-hosted...
Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer has made the decision. She is running for mayor, taking a “social leadership stance.” The first-term District 7 representative will “expound on plans to drive progress and change and broaden impact for Memphis” during a press conference at Makeda’s Homemade Cookies, 488 S. 2nd St.,...
One asks for the chance to keep momentum going. Another asks for a chance to pick up where he left off years ago. And, still another, well, that sentence can’t quite be completed, yet. The election of the next Memphis mayor is still several months away. The buzz, however, is picking up...