Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Power + Politics

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For all eight years of his presidency, Barack Obama was the epitome of class and grace, ever speaking to how to bring opposing sides to common ground, whether during a beer summit or in offering a hand to recalcitrant Republicans. Now, the nation’s forever president is calling out “cancel culture,”...
The window for early voting in the Memphis City Council Runoff Election for District 7 had been open about five hours when candidate Michalyn Easter-Thomas and a bevy of supporters made a move crafted to thrust her toward a victory over incumbent Berlin Boyd. The move was a press conference...
Early voting for runoff elections for Memphis City Council District 1 and District 7 is now underway. Meanwhile, Shelby County Election Commission officials are scrambling to get more voters added to their roll while local advocacy groups are pushing to get more voters to the polls. Early voting extends through November...
Election Day is upon us! Polls open at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 for Memphis Municipal elections -- in which we'll find out who the newest members of the City Council will be, as well as whether incumbent Mayor Jim Strickland will keep his job, or whether he'll be...
With early voting still underway at sites throughout the city, reports obtained this week showed that older voters are the largest group to have voted thus far. According to turnout data released from the Shelby County Election Commission, 21,983 voters had cast their ballots during the early voting period that...
By Arekia Bennett, Executive Director of Mississippi Votes (via The Root) While folks around the country are galvanizing today, National Voter Registration Day, to make sure people are eligible to vote come Election Day, here in Mississippi, young black voters are fighting for much more than making sure our names...
Tami Sawyer has experienced her share of criticism and controversy since announcing her bid to run for mayor of Memphis, but this time, she told The New Tri-State Defender on Tuesday, the backlash is different. After several old tweets resurfaced from her personal Twitter account, the District 7 Shelby County...
Updated: Profiles of all three of the leading candidates for Memphis Mayor are now live online.  Excellent reporting and writing by Erica R. Williams. Click to access the candidate of your choice: Former Mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton Mayor Jim Strickland (Incumbent) Shelby County Commissioner and Memphis mayoral candidate Tami...
Updated: Profiles of all three of the leading candidates for Memphis Mayor are now live online.  Excellent reporting and writing by Erica R. Williams. Click to access the candidate of your choice: Former Mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton County Commissioner Tami Sawyer Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is optimistic. With the...
Updated: Profiles of all three of the leading candidates for Memphis Mayor are now live online.  Excellent reporting and writing by Erica R. Williams. Click to access the candidate of your choice: County Commissioner Tami Sawyer Mayor Jim Strickland (Incumbent) Dr. Willie W. Herenton recalled the days when he attended...