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by Edmund Ford Jr. Nationally, people have been making relevant noise about how dark money should not influence their elections. I believe in transparency and disclosure in government as well in campaigns. Unfortunately, this did not occur in our local November elections. In October 2018, there were four Memphians that filed...
A campaign finance report filed by a major backer of instant runoff voting has some decrying the election on the November ballot issue as “bought by outside interests.” Not so, say supporters of Save IRV, Inc., who counter that those voicing the claim are “looking for an excuse” for why...
The Memphis City Council, which has been entangled in a messy deadlock over filing the District 1 vacancy, has put off filling the seat and two others until Jan. 8. That decision came after wrangling over the District 1 vacancy seat prompted the council to take Rhonda Logan, Raleigh Community...
The public chorus of groups and individuals dissatisfied with the moves the Memphis City Council has made to fill the vacant District 1 seat rang out again on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s council session. “The Memphis City Council did not follow their own process in filling that vacant seat,” said...
By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced Monday that he won't seek re-election in 2020, giving the red state its second open Senate contest in two years. Alexander said in a news release that he was deeply grateful for being elected to...
Expressing concern about the protracted way the Memphis City Council is moving to fill the vacant District 1 position, Memphis Branch NAACP President Deidre Malone is asking for citizen engagement. "We are asking our members and all citizens who believe in fair and equitable representation to contact their City Council...
Memphis City Council Chairman Berlin Boyd adjourned a fourth straight meeting without a quorum Friday, announcing that the next scheduled session is set for 10 a.m. next Tuesday. The 13-member council is three members short because of members who won election to positions with the county. And since last Tuesday,...
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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press with additional reporting by Lee Eric Smith, The New Tri-State Defender JACKSON, Miss.  — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith won a divisive Mississippi runoff Tuesday, surviving a video-recorded remark decried as racist and defeating a former federal official who hoped to become the state's first African-American...
By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee has named three Cabinet members and six senior staffers for his new administration, including investment company chairman Stuart McWhorter as finance commissioner. The list released Tuesday unveils the first wave of picks by Lee, the Franklin GOP businessman now...
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By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The first and only black Republican woman in Congress delivered a sharp rebuke Monday to President Donald Trump and her party's relationship with African-Americans in her first remarks since her midterm defeat. Mia Love was narrowly defeated by Democrat Ben McAdams for...